Monday, August 18, 2008

Tarzan

For my birthday last week I was given a Tarzan the Ape Man box set, the old movies starring Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O'Sullivan. I grew up on these movies, watching them every Saturday afternoon that they were on, and was eager for my own kids to see them.

C and I settled in Sunday morning to watch a couple as the other kids bounced in and out. When Weissmuller makes his first appearance in the first movie, he comes swinging in through the jungle. And C says, "It looks like he's on a trapeze." Well, of course he's on a trapeze, but it took me years to figure that out. C spotted it in the first five seconds.

I don't know if these kids today are just used to the CGI special effects and digital animation, and expect everything to at least look real, or if they're just less willing to suspend reality.

He seems to know that sea sponges don't wear pants, square or any other shape. He understands that a spider bite doesn't result in the ability to climb walls, shoot webs or wear your pajamas in public. And he has been made to understand that there is no semblance of talent on American Idol.

So why pick on Tarzan? Why point out what's wrong with my childhood heroes? I don't go around making fun of Dora.

Okay, actually I do. And he can certainly expect more of that from now on.

7 comments:

Kristy said...

He also got barely halfway into the first Star Wars before he said "I bet darth Vader is Luke's father."

He'd be so insulted that you've implied he likes Dora, though.

The Saucier said...

What?!? Darth Vader is Luke's father?

Kristy said...

I told him that was a huge shocking thing when it finally came out in whichever movie it was, and he was all like "seriously?"

Chip said...

There's no talent on American Idol? I knew there was a reason we needed to drop that from the Tivo list.

warren said...

Richard, how old are you, really?

Em and Lib said...

It took mine aboiut 2 minutes to figure oiut the creature formthe black lagoon was really just some gut dressed up with bracnes and slimy twigs. They actaully pointed it out on the screen..they are SO beyond us...
lib

Favorite Aunt Carol said...

I am so jealous, Tarzan with Johnny W. is the only Tarzan. Have you gotten to when he goes to New York? When you are done with all of them send them to me, that was my all time favorite tv show. I have never seen the trapeze!!!