Sure. Hollywood wants to extract a chunk from parents' wallets when they market all-too-infrequent, in my opinion, kid movies. (And why is it that they are so few and far between and then come out AllAtOnce?!) But, ever sat through one of these wonders of animation? They're really not about the tykes watching them. They are intricately layered with innuendo and laced with subtle humor that hurls over childish minds and has the potential of landing and sloshing joyfully within adult brains....
I say potentially, because: WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?! On a good day in the theater, I might be joined by ONE thinking adult who GETS IT. Usually I'm the only one laughing. Occasionally there will be another adult guffawing with me. Do other parents not get it? Have their ipod on? Snoozing? Yesterday, there were two people who got it: The Boyfriend and his mother. (They had decided to join us for our comedic venture.) And then there were two adults up behind us. But more about them later.
The movie was the new "Madagascar 2." Lots of puns on New Yorkers. And little hilarious, almost miss-able tidbits like the plane piloted by birds that cannot fly. (Penguins.) But the thing that got The Boyfriend and I and those two adults above us was the political humor. One piercing jab at the outgoing (Thank. God.) administration of George W. (1.20.09. WOO-HOO!)
A rakish raccoon character holds the would-be lion king's scepter in his spinely little fur-backed paws and fantasizes. I paraphrase. "The one thing I'd like to do is take over another part of the world and force my ideologies on everybody." [SNORT!]
Hollywood: I'm not your biggest fan. But, a Sarah-wink to ya. YOU got it! YOU betcha! Good for you, boys! (And girls.) And I hope you make lots of money while you are at. I gave you a quarter of a hundred bucks out of my skinny billfold yesterday, bad popcorn included.