When we were little, mom used to rent tapes for us to watch. In the eighties it was Chip ‘n Dale and the assorted Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck cartoons. My first big screen experience was ‘Beauty and the Beast‘ in 1991; it was wonderful.
With that in mind, I have been introducing cartoons to Ryan in hopes that he would have similar memories when he grows up. He is used to watching Animal Planet, Discovery Channel and National Geographic, and he seems to have a distinct liking for animals. My mom and his mom have also been introducing different animals to him — elephants, tigers, lions, rabbits, fish etc.
So one day I thought he would appreciate Finding Nemo, with all the fish in it and all that. FIfteen minutes into the movie, I realised that it was a bit too violent for a nearly 2-year old kid, and switched to Bambi instead. Needless to say, Ryan got bored out of his wits and began jumping around, doing everything but watch the damn movie. An auntie’s good intentions thwarted.
Later on, he seemed to enjoy The Incredibles with a 65% rapt attention span. That is a very good percentage for a hyper active toddler. It also indicated that while he likes animals ( his mother took him to the zoo and he had a heck a good time ), it does not necessarily means that he enjoys watching them in cartoon forms for more than an hour.
So I bought Cars because I liked the movie, and I thought Ryan would like it too.
I was right, and this is a snapshot of him watching Cars on my laptop in my room.
In fact, I was too damn right. Since then whenever he looks at me, he would demand, “CARSSSS CARSSS CARRRRRRRRSS CARRRSS CARSSs carrsss … ah yii… carssssssssss CARSsssssssss CARRSS yao yao yao yao yao yao yao yao yao CARSSSSSSSS Carss carsss AH YI cars!! yao kan yao kan yao kan yao kan yao kan yao kan yao kan CARSSsssssss !!!!!!!!!!!111111”
( ah yi = auntie; yao = want; yao kan = want to watch )
Now I know every scene, every character, every line, every colour, every anything there is to know about Cars. While HE possibily thinks that it is a movie that goes on forever. And he does not want to watch anything else. No Toy Story, no Lion King, no Monsters Inc, just CARS, CARS and even MORE CARS.
Anyway, here’s a 45 second video clip of Ryan watching Cars.
He better appreciate me when he grows up, that’s all I’m saying.