I woke up deliciously late, for me, and turned on the t.v. to see what was on while I ate breakfast. It’s saturday morning, so what’s on is a lot of cartoons. I landed on channel 8, and discovered that ‘Veggie Tales’, those chorally inclined, spiritual produce characters, have made their way from video and movies onto television.
We have some of their videos, and I always kind of enjoy them. But I watched mainly so I would know what to be offended by: Either because they were giving christian Sunday school lessons during saturday morning cartoons, or because they’d taken the heart and soul out of the show to pander to the mainstream. I didn’t know which of these it would be, but I was fully prepared to be offended in either direction.
Turns out they sold out to reach a wider audience. It’s kind of a bummer. Larry the cucumber seems eerily Sponge Bob like, without the spiritual anchorage. Oh well.
Yesterday I first saw the dancing filipino prisoners on Yahoo. Have you heard of this yet? A prison in the Philippines is having the prisoners learn dance routines for physical fitness, because everyone was rejecting calisthenics. Some people think this is wrong, especially now that the videos have gotten so popular. They consider making captives dance kind of like turning them into trained monkeys.
On the other hand, I’ve seen the videos and I could swear some of those people are having a hell of a lot of fun. They’re also pretty good. I don’t know if I’m supposed to be offended but I found the spectacle actually kind of inspiring. So here’s their version of ‘Thriller’, you decide.