Happy Thanksgiving!

May your day be full of family, laughter, and some really good food.

And if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, go see Bolt. Honestly, it’s the best Disney-released movie since Lilo & Stitch. It’s almost like a Pixar movie in its CGI look, and you can really tell that the Pixar people have got things under control at Disney Animation in regard to story. As in, the movie actually HAS one.

The Webmaster took Tuesday off, because he has time off to burn before the end of the year at work, and because Grandma isn’t up to watching the kids on her own yet, he stayed home with them while I went to Tad’s parent-teacher conference at his school. To sum up: all is well. He’s doing much better than they’d expected and has improved greatly now that he’s learned the routine of the school day.

But the conference was in the morning, and we were going to have the rest of the day together. So, we decided to take the kids and go see Bolt. And it was totally worth it. It runs at 96 minutes, so it’s about average with the kids films of the day (WALL-E runs 98 minutes, Toy Story runs 81 minutes). Ane was totally glued to it, and Tad did pretty well for most of it (amazing what a lollipop in the mouth will do), but by the end, he was antsy. The theater was very deserted, being a non-holiday weekday matinee – there was one other family, and a Boys & Girls Club group there (we saw their vans later) – so when Tad tried to run the aisles at the end, at least he wasn’t blocking anyone. We managed to restrain him until the credits.

Tad did one very hilarious thing before the movie even started. As each trailer ran, it would show its MPA ratings screen (the green or blue screens that announce that the trailer is okay for all audience viewings, etc.), and every time Tad saw that, he would start singing the 20th Century Fox fanfare. (“Da-dum. Da-dum. Daaa-da-dum.”) He was visibly disappointed each time that the fanfare wasn’t coming up. We actually heard him say, “Aww…” the first time. He’s learned the fanfare from the Star Wars movie soundtracks – it’s the first piece on the first discs of the original trilogy soundtracks. It was adorable.

So, say a prayer of thanks, eat in moderation, sleep off the turkey, and then go see Bolt. Even if you don’t have kids. It really was that fun.

2 Responses to “Happy Thanksgiving!”

  1. Secha
    December 1st, 2008 05:56

    We went to go see Bolt on Wednesday. Where as I liked it… I wasn’t as impressed as I thought I would be. It was funny and all, but it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. I’m glad we went to the 6$ theatre instead of the 10$ theatre to see it, that’s for sure. That’s cute with Tad, though!! =) Kids can be so funny.

    I hope you and your family had a fantastic thanksgiving. =)

  2. Ressis
    December 1st, 2008 13:40

    Remember that as kids we thought that the 20th Century Fox intro meant “Star Wars.”