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The Curse of the Were-Elephant
2005-10-09 22:18
by Ken Arneson

I took my older daughter this afternoon to go see the new Wallace and Gromit movie, Curse of the Were-Rabbit. My younger daughter decided to stay home and watch baseball. She didn't care much for the other Wallace and Gromit cartoons. I think the satire/spoofing goes over her head, so she experiences the movies mostly on a literal level, which doesn't quite work for her. It's the difference between age five and age eight, I guess.

When we left the house, Lance Berkman had just hit a grand slam in the 8th inning, to bring the Astros to within one run.

It's a twenty-minute walk to the movie theater from my house. We saw the movie. (Quick review: enjoyable, entertaining, but coulda been better. The plot seemed rather loose, and the editing was choppy.) We walked back home.

And the Astros and Braves were still playing.

Cue the Jon Stewart eye-rub: Wha?

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I recently answered some "What went wrong" questions about the A's over at Baseball Analysts. Check it out.

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Posting might be light here for the next week or three. Now that the A's season is over, I'm gonna try to put some intense focus on programming Fairpole.

Comments
2005-10-10 13:41:37
1.   Jon Weisman
My three-year-old likes the Wallace and Gromit shorts, and we've gotten the go-ahead from my brother that the Were-Rabbit isn't going to be too scary for her. Do you tend to agree?

So sad about the fire that erased the entire history of Aardvark.

2005-10-10 15:25:11
2.   Humma Kavula
I don't have a three-year-old, so maybe this comment is useless, but IMO, the were-rabbit isn't any scarier than Sulley in "Monsters, Inc."

Sulley scared some of my friends' two-year-olds, but later (actually, at age 3), the movie became a favorite.

2005-10-10 15:28:47
3.   Humma Kavula
P.S. I have a tendency to overstate, but I still think that "The Wrong Trousers" is a better movie than "Citizen Kane" or "The Godfather." I like the other shorts, too, but "The Wrong Trousers" is perfect.

My favorite line is after the penguin takes the glove off its head....

WALLACE (gasps): It's YOU!

2005-10-10 16:04:52
4.   Ken Arneson
A three-year-old is borderline, I think. Depends on the kid.

I think the fact that one of the characters tries repeatedly to shoot the were-rabbit is probably scarier than the rabbit itself. If you have any hesitation about exposing your kid to the idea of guns, you might want to think twice.

There's also a mean dog that's scarier than the were-rabbit, too.

Nobody really gets hurt in the movie, but there are a couple moments where you think someone does.

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