I’m watching the smurfs a lot. I like it… kids shows are simple. There’s a simple plot line… the bad guy has a plan against the good guy, he starts to execute it, the good guys are in trouble and it’s looking rough for them, but then! They have a plan. And ta-da they save the day. And Gargamel gets some seeweed or something catapulted onto his head and he’s sitting all messy in a stream and he says “rats!!” and his cat looks all wet and sad, and all the smurfs laugh and hug and go watch smurfette shower. Or whatever, do smurf things. But the point is… the difference is that in adult movies, there’s the same initial plotline, but then there’s always the twist… before the last part, where justice prevails. Adults expect the twist, because everybody knows that nothing is that simple. You never just get what you want and need right away. If I want to appeal a parking ticket (which is sort of, obviously, just trying to get them to like me enough to make it half as much or something), it’s not like I just get to walk in to some courthouse and sit down with a judge. I’m sure there are at least 5 different calls and being on holds and whatever. And it’s frustrating. And obviously that’s not exactly like in all the bourne movies that all have the same plot (and don’t people get bored with that? Bourne wins (SPOILER))… You’re not going out and shooting down half the (European city)’s police force in order to protect yourself (when, really if you think about it is not that heroic… I mean yeah, tough, you got brainwashed but is your memory really worth these 500 or so deaths in these movies? I don’t know)… but it’s just the general knowledge that things don’t always just go in the “right” way… justice doesn’t just prevail out of nowhere. But when you’re little… you don’t know that. To kids it’s like, if you “be good” and love your parents and don’t throw mashed potatoes on the floor, then you have endless possibilities, and if your older brother hits you then your dad will yell at him and give you ice cream, and then you’ll watch the snorks, and the snorks will defeat some big crab and then get ice cream, and justice will prevail, and that’s how it is. And that’s just awesome. Every episode of these shows I watch, I’m watching the early side characters, trying to predict which of them is going to turn on the smurfs/snorks/popples/etc. later in the episode. But they never do. And that’s awesome… so I’m trying to think like a smurf.
I really wish South Park was on.