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He's a lumberjack...

A couple of months ago, we introduced Kate to Monty Python and the Holy Grail. She's just about at the right age, imho, and she's been exposed to so many of the elements out of context through conventions (and so also guys dressed as monks chanting and whacking themselves in the head, plushy killer rabbits andholy hand grenades, and Knights Who Say "Ni!"). In fact, when the scene where the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch is brought out, Kate exclaimed, "Hey, I've seen that thing!" Ah, context.

At the end of Holy Grail, Kate was indignant. "That's the end?! That's it?! That's a TERRIBLE way to end a movie!!" It still makes me chuckle.

Anyway, last night I noticed the TiVo had, of its own accord, decided to record And Now For Something Completely Different. It'd been at least 20 years since I saw that one, so I flipped it on. To my delight, Kate wandered in shortly before the Parrot sketch, looked at one of the animations and said suspiciously, "Is this by the same guys who did that other movie?" She didn't even need to specify what "other movie" she was talking about. Heh. She decided to settle in and watch anyway, just in time for the Parrot sketch and its most excellent transition into the Lumberjack Song. Kate plain didn't get some of the Parrot sketch references, as they went by too fast (and I was giggling about the parrot "pining for the fjords"). As Michael Palin steps into the forest and begins to sing, you can hear John Cleese's plaintive "What about my bloody parrot?" Kate watched the entire Lumberjack skit, then looked at me with a mixture of skepticism and confusion. "But Kate, he's a lumberjack...and he's ok," I said. "No, he's not," she said, getting up to leave...muttering to herself on the way out, "...and what about his bloody parrot?"

Ah, I probably shouldn't allow her precious brain to be warped this way, but it's just so damn funny.


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Anonymous Dr John K Says:

O corrupter of youth!

(And for years, I also though that Monty Python and the Holy Grail had a terrible ending. I think it grows on you.)

Blogger BeK Says:

Yes, but have you told her to stop what she's doing because it's "too silly?"

Out of context, that should baffle her for years.


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