We are taking a break from certain movies in our house.
For instance, Jasmine asks Aladdin if he thinks she is STUPID and then the little blonde girl on "Charlie Brown's Christmas" says all she ever gets is STUPID Christmas presents instead of good ones.
No matter how much goodness and nostalgia these two movies offer, all Henry and Svea hear is STUPID and they run around screaming that word.
Then I heard Svea the other day gathering some dolls and lovingly calling them her "little idiots" which she confessed to learning from Cruella Deville in "101 Dalmatians".
While I was trying to figure what to do with that, I watched her nuzzle her plastic 2" tall pony to her nose and say, "But I want it to be for LOVE."
Truly she is not getting the point of Jasmine's plea to her father the Sultan.
Leaving that room to enter the next, Henry plopped on the floor and asked me, "So how about it, Toots?" Or is that "Tutz"? I dont' even know how to spell it. When I asked him where he heard that he replied, "'Thumbelina'."
On "Little Mermaid" one of the only scenes that sticks in their heads is when Ursula the Sea Witch shakes her big bum and reminds Aerial of the "importance of body language." That's funny maybe once in the living room, but not so much when they re-enact that in the grocery store, the library, and perhaps at preschool.
Ironically, I, Husband and I went to go see the play "Into the Woods" last night. If you haven't seen it, it is brilliant - especially if you are up to date on all of your fairy tales.
I'm not sure what Henry and Svea would do with the cutting off of toes and heels in the Cinderella story line or the gruesome gutting of Little Red Riding Hood's wolf or slaying of giants in Jack and the Beanstalk. Maybe those will be just as difficult to explain as STUPID, body language, shut-up, idiots, and all the kissy kissy true love happening only between princes and princesses. Where's the middle ground, people?
Maybe Henry is Google-ing the answer for us right now.