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Now on to today’s post…
Saturday morning cartoons ~ a staple in my childhood and a time I looked forward to.
No cartoons 24/7, no video tapes or dvds ~ just me, my sister and Saturday morning.
Some of my absolute favorites were (and still are) Tom & Jerry, Scooby Doo, Road Runner, Bugs Bunny and Sylvester & Tweety.
Even though we knew that Wile E. Coyote was never going to catch the roadrunner, we cheered for him. Was he going to use a rocket or an anvil today? Hmm..we didn’t know.
Who was going to outwit who this time? Tom or Jerry? It was a toss-up.
How many times would Tweety say: “I tawght I taw a puddytat!”?
and..How dang smart is that Bugs Bunny anyway??
Classic, simple humor that is ~ frankly ~ not seen in today’s cartoons.
When I saw the complete Tom & Jerry collection at the store on dvd, I was so excited to buy it for my kids and share it with them. They had already seen a few of the Tom & Jerry cartoons, but the showings were few and far between and I couldn’t wait to see their faces and listen to their giggles as they watched every one of the episodes.
Something about watching your kids watch and laugh at the same things you watched and laughed at as a kid makes time slip away and, there you all are, in some kind of ageless suspension together.
I rush home from the store and pop in the first dvd. We’re all snuggled up under blankets with pillows and popcorn and we’re greeted with this (long) message from Whoopie:
Ummm…couple of notes, Whoopie ~
- This entire speech is unnecessary. Kids aren’t looking at Mammy or thinking much about her ~ she’s a funny character with a distinct voice and, as far as I knew/know, she owns the house and Tom as well. Doesn’t she?
- If you must talk about this, remember you’re talking to children, probably as young as 2. Choose your language accordingly. Words like ~ quintessential and references to Abbott and Costello are lost on most children and some adults (if they’re even still listening to you.)
- You talk too long. Kids (and adults) have short attention spans. Short sentences ~ get your point across and be done already.
- Do you really think that children are sitting there thinking about Mammy Twoshoes or her role or the status of black women in the household. Really? I assure you, they’re not.
- Why are you taking Tom & Jerry to that level? It’s to be taken at face value and seen through the innocent eyes of a child. Nothing more, nothing less.
At first, my kids asked me to skip the intro. Now my youngest wants to watch it.
Is it because she’s getting your message about Mammy?
Is it because she’s taking notes and going to take your message on the road to pass on to her little 5 year old friends?
It is simply because, dear Whoopie, since you’ve injected yourself in the beginning of the Tom & Jerry cartoons which also star Mammy Twoshoes, she thinks that you are, in fact, Mammy herself.
What do you think? Is Whoopie’s speech necessary? Is it appropriate? Who did you think Mammy was when you were a kid? Are you offended by the way she is represented?