Monday, April 20, 2009

I am a Marlin

Little Elvis has a small rotation of movies that we will watch in the evenings before bed/bathtime. This little habit started when we first showed him the Cars movie on Disney back before Christmas. We taped that movie and after about 3 weeks, Little Elvis managed to pull out the tape and shred it, such was the power of his love for Lightning McQueen.

His birthday was coming up, so we decided to ask for the Cars DVD, and switched our little gearhead cold turkey to Finding Nemo in the interim. I have always been a big Disney fan and it would probably shock some at the huge number of Disney cartoon VHS tapes I owned when Bob and I got married. I inherited lots of CDs and cassette tapes for "old-timey" music and he inherited tapes of Beauty and Beast, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, etc. I think he got the better deal, although I'm sure he would disagree.

Anyway, after about 30 minutes, our Cars fan discovered a love for Mee-mo. We watched this movie faithfully, in segments, every evening before bedtime (until he got his birthday present from Grandpa Stew and Grandma Shan.) Little Elvis adored Nemo, Dory, Crush and Squirt.

I don't suppose I blame him, but as he squealed with delight every time one of them came onto the screen, I started to wonder why Marlin didn't get as much love. And I started to feel slighted, because if I'm like anyone (fish) in the movie, I'm most like Marlin -- although he does tell jokes a little better (I never can remember a punchline, or the setup.)

Marlin is kind of a stick in the mud. He's over-protective and doesn't talk with a cool slang like Crush. But he also goes to the end of the ocean to find and save his son. He's dedicated and good, but not very fun.

Unfortunately for Little Elvis, his daddy can be just as Marlin-y as his mommy. Poor guy never hears, "Let us see what Little Elvis does flying solo." (The scene referenced is 2:45 into the video clip.)

What about you? Are you Marlins, Crushes, someone else?

3 Comments:

Blogger mpotter said...

hmmm, i've never seen the movie, so i can't comment very well.

if it's between being dull and being cool, i'm sure i'm the dull one.

3:17 PM  
OpenID zerbert said...

We are also a Nemo household. Svara watches at least part of it almost every day. She, too, mentions Nemo, Dory, the sharks, turtles, jellyfish, etc. but does not talk much about Marlin. Maybe because Marlin looks so much like Nemo? Sometimes I tell her it's Nemo's Papa, so sometimes she calls him that.

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