Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Everything old is new again

I'm sure you've notice by now Hollywood's propensity to recycle everything. Apparently there are no more new ideas. This summer saw the Transformers hit the big screen and apparently there's an Alvin and the Chipmunks, starring Jason Lee of My Name is Earl fame, headed our way this Christmas. And apparently Footloose wasn't good enough the first time around so they're re-making it with the guy from High School Musical. It'd be interesting to hear Kevin Bacon's thoughts on this. I guess I don't really have a problem with this trend, but ask me again when someone decides to remake Sixteen Candles or The Breakfast Club. THEN we've got a problem.

One of the cool side effects of this trend, though, is getting to introduce your kids to things that you love. YouTube helps, too. Mr. Daddy recently found some old Transformer clips on YouTube that made Bubba's day. I'm not quite sure how they made the leap, but the next thing you know they're looking at breakdancing clips. And Bubba was hooked! He couldn't get enough. And watching wasn't good enough -- he had to try it. And you know what? He's pretty good! The only downside is that he wants to show every body. We recently went to our new dentist and after talking their ears off -- Bubba doesn't know a stranger -- he got down on the floor of the examining room to show off his breakin' skillz! Is it possible to be mortally embarrassed and ridiculously proud at the same time?

When Bubba left his daycare to go to pre-school, the teachers made a card and they all wrote a little note inside. My favorite was "Keep on breakdancing, Bubba. I want to see you on YouTube one day!" Bubba's already been on the Today show (a story for a later post), so he's already used up about 2 of his 15 minutes of fame. I guess we could spare a minute or two for breakdancing glory. We'll call it "Breaking II: ElectricBubbaloo"

We also recently introduced Bubba to Michael Jackson. Not literally, of course, because what sane parent would do that, right? Again, the wonders of YouTube. Bubba had become obsessed with the movie Free Willy, for which MJ sang the theme song. So, we found the video on YouTube, which was followed by the video for "Beat It" (Mommy, why are those men dancing and then fighting?) and then the one for "Black or White" (it had a cool video and a good message). Then we brought out the old school Michael with my favorite "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" (that's a skating rink song right there). Bubba watched it for a few minutes and then he said "That's Michael Jackson?" "Yep." I replied. "Mommy, he used to be brown. "Yep, Bubba. He sure did. He sure did."


Tammy said...

So retro! Can he spin around on his head yet? That is my very favorite thing.

Not that I spent the eighties watching the Alfonso Ribero breakdancing instruction tape or anything.

Tammy said...

And PS: No... no, it's more like the unquenchable desire that other people have to have relations with my husband.

Which, you know.... not as much fun as that kind you mentioned. ;o)

Lulu said...

One recycled movie that you left off your list--Hairspray. I'm sorry, it's just not the same Tracy Turnblad without Ricki Lake. And I'm with you--if they even TRY to mess with any of the John Hughes films...

Ah, good (er, bad) ole' Michael. Didn't every girl have the poster of him wearing the yellow sweater vest hanging on their wall? Ick.