A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
Mon, 12/03/12 – 12:49 | Comments Off

It was testing week in karate and, as usual, Big Guy was under the gun. Not as much as he used to be, when he didn’t have a clue and had to frantically cram, but …

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Toy Story became my story
Thursday, 1 Jul, 2010 – 14:51 | One Comment
Toy Story became my story

I can’t complain about the 3D, because I saw it at a drive-in.
I won’t critique the CGI, other than to say it’s amazing how much emotion filmmakers can pack into characters that exist only in …

Facing a day of reckoning with the Happiest Place on Earth
Thursday, 4 Dec, 2008 – 14:07 | One Comment
Facing a day of reckoning with the Happiest Place on Earth

It’s all my fault for being a sentimental schmuck.
I could have made the toy go bye-bye a few weeks ago when I bagged a bunch of its stuffed comrades and hid them in the garage …

Simple Gifts: Dinner with Lady and the Tramp
Monday, 1 Dec, 2008 – 0:36 | One Comment
Simple Gifts: Dinner with Lady and the Tramp

It’s entertainment. It’s a meal. It’s fun. It’s hard to go wrong with a “Lady and the Tramp” dinner basket.
Though the price tag is a bit beyond the usual Simple Gifts budget, the idea’s too …

9to5to9: The real thrill of parenting: You get to watch their movies
Saturday, 13 Sep, 2008 – 7:51 | Comments Off

I’ll admit it: The only reason I had kids was because I ran out of people to share movies with.

It was easy when my older nieces and nephews were young. Spend the weekend with Aunt Deb and we’ll rent animation up to Blockbuster’s limit. Forget the popcorn: All I care is that we snagged “”Cinderella,”" “”Lady and the Tramp”" and “”The Aristocats.”" At Christmas, I always bought two copies of the latest release. One for them, and one for my personal “”someday when I have kids”" vault.

Later, a boyfriend took over the duties. One of our early dates was to see “”Beauty and the Beast,”" and he introduced me to “”Fantasia.”" He also was headed for grad school for a master’s in puppetry, which explains why kiddy animation didn’t bother him.

Next, co-workers were

Hey, Disney/Pixar! Want to pay Little Guy’s way through college?
Friday, 6 Jun, 2008 – 5:30 | Comments Off

It took the guys 10 minutes to pick bandages this morning. I was verging on impatience before they finished, but now I’m grateful for the delay. It gave me time to concoct a plan to turn this into an entrepreneurial opportunity.

Theses days, cool bandages — the kind that look like kiddy tattoos — come in amazing varieties. There’s SpiderMan, Lightning McQueen, Nemo, Winnie the Pooh, SpongeBob and Sesame Street. And that’s just in the “”boy”" category. Girls can choose from Dora the Explorer, Disney Princesses, Hello Kitty, Barbie or Strawberry Shortcake. A Hannah Montana line is on the way.

Big Guy grabbed Batman. Little Guy took longer, having to get past his pique at the lack of a Thomas the Tank Engine line before settling on Lightning McQueen.

Next, we needed toothpaste. Little Guy went with Lightning again — they have Thomas, but only in the non-fluoride variety — and Big Guy picked SpongeBob. But they could have had SpiderMan. Disney Princesses is, of course, available as well.

The irony is, naive pre-Mommy me swore to shun all cartoon-character marketing. There would be no Winnie the Pooh or Baby Loony Toons in my children’s rooms! I picked a baseball motif for Big Guy and a Noah’s Ark teddy bear set for Little Guy.

Why there are no more Lion Kings
Sunday, 1 Jun, 2008 – 21:09 | Comments Off

It’s a dark tale of a murderous uncle who denies his nephew the throne. Ghostly visions ultimately convince the prince to return from exile in a far-off land, goofy sidekicks in tow, and take back the crown.

This tale has gripped the guys for the past week. And if you’re going to be sentenced to seven days of home confinement, you could do worse for entertainment.

Hamlet? No, sillies. “Lion King.” It might well be the greatest animated movie of all time and the last one in the true Disney tradition. Everything that’s wrong with children’s movies today is right in this one.

It has everything – romance, action, drama. Its straight-to-video sequel is better than most of the schlock studios are cranking out today. I’d take the