I Am Completely Floored!
July 18, 2008 11:50am CST
I was preparing for my day this morning, while my son was watching cartoons, when I happened to glance up at the TV. I love books, the same way teens today love their video games. A reference in this morning's cartoons immediately caught my attention, and I was highly impressed with it. And the slightest bit disturbed, too, but mostly because I realized that no children and very few parents would "get it". Anyone ever read the book Rose Madder by Stephen King? It's one of my favorites by him, and he is one of my favorite authors. If you've ever read this book, you will know that Norman Daniels beats his wife, Rosie. She leaves him, puts her life back together, he follows her. At one point Norm obtains a rubber bull mask, which won't come off after he enters her painting. Remember the painting? The decaying architecture and landscape, Rose Madder, the maze. He is now the minotaur, in a way. Anyone ever watch the new Disney Channel cartoon, "Phineas and Ferb"? My kids watch it. It's amusing, Phineas and Ferb are brilliant and come up with ways to torment their sister. They also have a pet platypus who's really a secret agent, and his arch-nemesis is Doctor Doofenschmirtz. Dr. D is always trying to defeat Perry the Platypus with these crazy inventions, but they always backfire. Well, this morning, I just happened to catch the end of an episode. Phineas, Ferb, Candice, and all the other kids were having a mock chariot race that ended in the Greek Statue Maze section of the museum, and Perry was riding in the chariot with Phineas and Ferb. Dr. D had set up today's invention to chase Perry, a robot in the form of a man with a bull-head. The robot's voice programming: "I'm Norm the Minotaur. Man is the enemy of the platypus. *pew pew pew!*" Perry jumps on his back, turns the switch off, "Norm" freezes and falls over. And you find out that the bull-head is really just a mask over the man-face of the robot, who then says, "I'm Norm the Minotaur, but I'm really Larry Lonely." "I am really Rosie, and I am Rosie Real." ~Maurice Sendak, as quoted by Stephen King
• United States
18 Jul 08
Hmm. How interesting. I've never been into Stephen King books, but I LOVE that cartoon.It wouldn't suprise me to know that they get alot of their jokes and whatnot from more grownup/obscure sources. It's one of the few I can watch and not feel stupid for laughing at it. (I don't care what you say, I still love spongebob!) Dr. D is the best character, lol. And my fave line is, "Aren't you a little too young to be doing (insert job here)?" "Why, yes-- yes, I am."