Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Some comedy themes never go out of fashion.

Each weekend, The Boy and I walk up to our local video shop and rent some kid’s DVDs.

This week’s selection included Garfield Two, in which an animated cat (with the voice of Bill Murray) trades amusing quips with less-animated actors – including Billy Connolly.

A key scene in this film features Mr Connolly being bitten on the arse by a wide variety of animals – which provoked screams of laughter from The Boy and the following conversation.

The Boy: “Look, look Dad; he’s being bitten on the bottom by that dog.”

Me: “Yes, Boy.”

TB: “On the bottom!!!!”

Me: “Yes, Boy.”

TB: “By that dog!!!”

Me: “Yes, Boy.”

TB: He’s a beastly man, isn’t he, Dad?”

Me: “He is indeed a beastly man, Boy.”

TB: “What’s that beastly man's name, Dad?”

Me: “His name is John Howard, Boy”

Mrs INH: “RAMON!!!”

Any film for the under-fives could feature just footage of people being bitten on the arse for an hour and a half and the audience could go away, well satisfied.


Anonymous said...

Thus the ongoing success of Funniest Home Videos, which my kids still watch and laugh all the way through.

WitchOne said...

I love Ice Age, all of them.

"Look Mum, that rat is stuck by hs tongue" *giggle, snigger*

"Yes dear, he sure is."

*snort* "LOOK MUM!! That big rat is being hit on the head/bum etc by a hippo/Mammoth/Saber toothed tiger!!"

"Yes dear, now, haven't we discussed what the animals are? Use their names and then I'll listen"

"Okay Mum, the small rat is Nan, the big rat is Aunty so and so, the fat Mammoth is Aunty such and such"

(from my darling partner) "WITCHY!"*

By the way, I have a MAC now and it's the sexiest.

*Maybe I shouldn't have been using his families names.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

What is interesting is that he's moving away from Thomas the Tank Engine to People being Bitten on the Bum.

I suspect the fact that he's started school may be a factor.

Perseus said...

Under 5? I'm 39 and still like Bitten On The Bum plots.

Witchie: I just got an IPhone. I thought it was sexy until I discovered you can't change/add ringtones and sounds. Or receieve photos/business cards via SMS.

It looks good but.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Ah Pers. but do you like being bitten on the bum?

Or is that too personal?

Perseus said...

Not by Bill Murray I don't.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

How about Scarlett Johansson?

wari lasi said...

Toilet humour will never go out of fashion with young kids.

And Boogey, my 16 yr old daughter still loves Funniest Home Videos. But she is old enough to laugh at the ridiculous outfits they make the presenter wear. I can never remember their names but the wardrobe remains as crazy as ever. And fuck, aren't the prizes fantastic?

Emma watches Finding Nemo over and over. Dora is a favourite at the moment but her accent drives me nuts. At least it's semi-educational though.

Anonymous said...

How about Scarlett Johansson?

I think you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who wouldn't want Scarlett biting their bum.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

I have a recurring dream where I meet Scarlett Johansson in the beer garden of the Napier Hotel.

We have some beers and a very nice conversation about Swedish politics.

I think I need to work on my erotic fantasies a little.

Anonymous said...

I won't recount the dream I had about Scarlett and Elizabethan era politics.

Oh, ok, maybe one day I will.

Also, back on topic, in the movie your boy watched, was he being bitten on the bum by a doberman or a poodle?

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

I did notice that story, Boogey.

Ahh, the Canberra Press Galley, working ever hard to flush out the important issues.

That said, I do think it was a bit silly of Jules.

And he was being bitten by a doberman.

Melba said...

Did he really use the word "beastly"?

Does your son also like tongue sandwiches, tinned peaches and blancmange after a jolly good time at the beach?

PS Go the Julia.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

He did indeed, Melba.

Too much Thomas, I suspect.

Melba said...

How quaint. Better than the stuff he'll be coming home from school with soon. Stuff like "I don't give" and "we versed the other team in footy."

I would rather my child swear than torture 'versus' into a verb. But there's nothing you can do.

WitchOne said...

Yes, all Apple products have the weirdest issues, such simple things you should be able to do to but can't. iTunes can't just go looking for stuff once set up has been completed. Stupid!

I love a well mannered child and the word "beastly" is well mannered!

Louche said...

Finn thinks the highlight of Wall-E is he bumps his head on the rocketship.

Wall-E! Dig dig dig! Bump head!

They like physical comedy.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

The Boy is well mannered Witchie.

Most of his favorite books date from the 1940s.

He looked a bit alarmed when I had to explain to him recently that, no, our house doesn't have a coal shute.

eat my shorts said...

I suspect the fact that he's started school may be a factor.

Right on the money.

Everything I know about slapstick I learnt at school. The second time around.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Short school day today, EMS?

WitchOne said...

I get you Ramon, Angel boys' favourite right now, at the tender age of "just turned 4" is the Magic Faraway Tree.

I do love a well mannered, well educated child.

Especially on toast. :-)

Christian Kerr said...

The Napier Hotel, Ramon?

Tsk, tsk, tsk! The Union Club is where it's at.

eat my shorts said...

Short school day today, EMS?

I'm home sick with the flu. Last night I had a fever and I hallucinated that there were big spiders in my room that were coming to kill me. Luckily they didn't because I'm tough. That, or the fever broke, whatever.

And, did you know that you can actually have fluro green snot? True story.