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Back From Narnia

I won't write a long review now, but I went to see The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe with Mom Pony, Little Sister Pony, my uncle, and my two little cousins today. It was a lot of fun, and relatively true to the book. . . which, of course, meant that it was about as subtle as Bobby The Barbarian And His Magic Two-By-Four. But a good time was had by all.

The older of the two little cousins has turned into a really fun kid to hang out with. He's studying for his Bar Mitzvah in August, with all the enthusiasm of a twelve-year-old being made to learn an extra foreign language when he'd rather be playing with his Legos. He was absolutely horrified when I opened two presents from my parents -- Hebrew vocabulary flashcards and a Hebrew-English English-Hebrew dictionary. The horror of the thought that he was related to people who actually asked for such things!

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meckinock
Dec. 27th, 2005 03:04 am (UTC)
about as subtle as Bobby The Barbarian And His Magic Two-By-Four

*sporfle* But you liked it, eh? I'm still wondering how to sell a movie about a talking lion to my 79-year-old father. Otherwise I'll have to wait until he goes home after New Years.

I'll bet your cousin decides Hebrew is not so uncool now that he knows his sophisticated, worldly cousin is into it. Hope you're all having an enjoyable Chanukah.
frenchpony
Dec. 27th, 2005 03:39 am (UTC)
After his initial shock, my cousin discovered something really neat about the dictionary -- he could look up naughty words and off-color expressions in it. We had a great time.
kaikias
Dec. 27th, 2005 03:53 am (UTC)
New and exciting swear words are half the fun of learning languages, really.
kaikias
Dec. 27th, 2005 03:54 am (UTC)
Also, Bobby the Barbarian and his Magic Two-By-Four needs to be an actual children's book one day.
frenchpony
Dec. 27th, 2005 03:56 am (UTC)
The phrase is my succinct description of a character in an '80s Saturday morning cartoon that I loved. In my defense, I was about nine years old at the time. (But it was still a great show.)

Perhaps I shall write the book some day.
bodkin_ra
Dec. 27th, 2005 07:06 am (UTC)
We took my 83 year old mother last night. She dislikes films that involve magic, religion, science-fiction, smart-ass kids, Americans (sorry), and pretty well anything that was made since 1945 - and she enjoyed it.

It was very well done - although the changes irritated me. And Susan looked very like a friend of my daughter, which was quite disconcerting - although character-wise quite appropriate.

I don't think 'subtle' is a word that anyone could apply to Narnia.

But I loved the centaurs - and Mr Tumnus was the cutest faun.
frenchpony
Dec. 27th, 2005 12:44 pm (UTC)
The centaurs were awesome -- but did you expect any less from WETA?

I thought Susan was okay -- shriller and more one-sided than she needed to be, but she was one of the two kids who convinced me that she'd come from England during the Blitz.
ns_tulkas
Dec. 27th, 2005 06:42 am (UTC)
LOL! If nothing else you could help him with his Hebrew. Even here in Israel kids hate having to memorize all that 'speech' for the ceremony. They find it quite embarrassing, especially when their family and friends bombard them with hard candy to the head ("Ooh! Got him right between the eyes, 20 points!").
frenchpony
Dec. 27th, 2005 12:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, you do the hard candy bombardment in Israel, too? Good. I'm planning to aim extra well for my cousin, though mostly we use it for weddings.

Given the age of Bar/Bat Mitzvah kids, I can't think of a single aspect of the ceremony, including breathing, that they wouldn't find embarrassing.
ns_tulkas
Dec. 27th, 2005 05:41 pm (UTC)
LOL. But they just LOVE all the money afterwards.
frenchpony
Dec. 29th, 2005 02:30 am (UTC)
Seeing as how I have no real money myself, I'm going to give him a Punching Rabbi puppet from the local head shop. Everyone else will give him money or something grown-up, so I'll take care of the really fun, juvenile present.
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frenchpony
Dec. 27th, 2005 12:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, I can't wait to be the one to hear that he has a sudden need for Hebrew instructional materials. I will laugh myself silly as I buy them.
elliska
Dec. 27th, 2005 12:32 pm (UTC)
Hehehehe! As someone who also gleefully received such presents much to the bewilderment of her friends, I am laughing myself silly. And then I read in the comments the reason he discovered he liked your dictionary! He'd better hope he doesn't mess up any words at his Bar Mitzvah!

(I actually had to buy a dictionary of curse words for an upper level language class once--it was a required text. They cuss much better in Russian than we do in English).

Happy Chanukkah!
frenchpony
Dec. 27th, 2005 12:48 pm (UTC)
I found an online dictionary of naughty words and phrases in all different languages this summer. It is a joy and a wonder to behold.
fafojoy
Dec. 27th, 2005 03:48 pm (UTC)
We should all swear in languages other than our primary one... much more fun.

Have a Happy Chanukkah! When do you leave for places warm and sunny?
frenchpony
Dec. 29th, 2005 02:31 am (UTC)
I like swearing in Yiddish, myself. There is a rich and varied vocabulary there.

We leave the house at 5 a.m. Friday, and we'll be gone for the whole week. Wheeee!
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