A water pistol shouldn’t shoot jelly, a cowboy shouldn’t ride an ostrich and a train caboose ought not have square wheels, but I cant see anything wrong with the doll on "The Island Of Misfit Toys" Can you ? Its one of the great mysteries of our time.
Do You Think Heat Miser Has All His Marbles ? He looks suspiciously like "Norm" from "Cheers". One more question, what are Tom Petty and Paulie from "Rocky"doing with Mrs Claus ? Get your mind out of the gutter, I merely inquire as to why they are accompanying her to Heat Misers volcanic lair
Strange song to come to mind at the holiday season…. but it brings back memories of Christmas recent past. More the tone of Richard Manuel's 8 bottle a day Grand Marnier habit than the lions share of the words. Some… but not all. Grand Marnier always makes me hiccup. Every time. I digress. The song reminds me of an attempt to recreate the innocence of youth only to realize you a) can never go back again and b) the feeling of betrayal when what truly amounts to your greatest hopes, wishes and desires are validated and/or reciprocated only by half measure. Regrets ? None. Bitter ? Just a dash. Angostura, I assume in keeping with Grand Marnier theme.
Where we left off... Friday we took time to examine the parallels in psychology and literature in Dr Suess' How The Grinch Stole Christmas. As promised, today we examine not only the fine line between genius and insanity in "Horton Hears A Who" but also the ill effect of ostracization on members of society. Witness the intolerant attitude as portrayed by The Wickersham Brothers, who flatly deny that Horton has indeed heard the sounds of a miniature civilization borne on a dust speck he carries on a blossom of clover. In the absence of evidence, The Wickersham Brothers, at the behest of a decidedly narrowmided kangaroo, proceed to persecute Horton simply due to his stated belief that another world exists. Fear is the motivating factor it seems, as those who hold Horton in doubt are skeptical and apprehensive toward any claims that could potentially upset the apple cart of their life
He's a mean one, no doubt. Misunderstood is more like it. I believe isolation was the Grinch's problem. High atop Mt Crumpet life must have been very cold and lonely. By contrast "The Who's" (who lived in whoville) were admittedly an overexcitable bunch. We will at least offer that in defense of an ill demeanor. If we are to examine the parellels between The Grinch and Ebenezer Scrooge, we see that the archetype has been everpresent throughout the history of the human condition. If you need another example, consider the troll beneath the bridge in Three BillyGoats Gruff. The list goes on. If you'll allow, we can also draw a biblical parallel to the story of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Faith was not a gift The Grinch had been so fortunate to receive, until what time his ears for the first time heard the sound of song in the midst of loss and despair. Emboldened and enlightened by the fact that hope remains everpresent in the world, The Grinch summoned the necessary strength to restore the ruin he had wrought. Stay tuned as next week we dissect "Horton Hears A Who", a tale bearing similarity to the fine line between genius and insanity.