Over the weekend, I had the joy of spending hours upon hours in front of the television watching ABC Family’s Magical Musical weekend. Now, for those of you that didn’t get the chance to participate in this magical experience, it was basically a giant explosion of classic Disney movies with soundtracks you hear blaring down sorority halls in attempts to be “nostalgic.” Most of these movies were of the animated sort (eg. Lion King, Cinderella and Aladdin) with the exception of one.
Mary Poppins. (partially animated.)
My favorite part of the weekend was the fact ABC Family included Mary Poppins in their line-up. They didn’t have to. This movie was made is 1964 and let’s face it, sadly it is probably the least familiar out of the entire group to anyone still watching ABC Family – what I guess to be ages 6-35 if you have small children.
That being said, Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews were absolutely glorious in this film and it is easily one of my favorites of all time. If you haven’t any clue what I am referring to – here is the original 1964 trailer. Dancing penguins and all.
After I realized I had been sitting in the same cross-legged position for over two hours with my eyes glued to the television chowing down on a Ben & Jerry’s pint of Whirled Peace I began thinking about the moral demise of our generation. (Insert sad statistic about how we are all terrible people now here. Ha! Just kidding. Kinda.)
I realized I just spent a good portion of my day watching a beautifully crafted movie with little to no drama and I felt great about myself afterward. I wanted to go out, to have fun, to wear whatever I wanted, to use my imagination and to be a kid again. And maybe even try to dance like a penguin.
Now, it is possible these emotions stemmed from my recent realization that I am indeed an adult and need to grow up, but, I can safely say, I probably would have felt this way at any age.
The only thing I would complain about was that somewhere, during those two hours of pure magic, I was so rudely interrupted by a commercial for “Kourtney and Kim Take New York.” It was like my television had eaten something unpleasant and puked all over my living room. (Much like when you watch one of your cats blow chunks – all you can think about is how you’ll have to clean it up later and you hope to god you wait long enough so it’s no longer warm and spongy.)
If you don’t know what “Kourtney and Kim Take New York” is you’re a better person for it.
That was the condensed explanation. Just watch the trailer. I don’t want to use my valuable blogging time promoting trash. That, and I like to stick to about 700 words.
I could be biased, but what I got from that trailer were two girls screaming and crying about how they need more money on top of their already unjustifiable millions. And, let’s face it – they aren’t even that attractive.
(I found this extremely ironic considering one of the main themes of the film I was currently watching is the promotion of social conscientiousness and stewardship. But, I digress.)
My whole point is that I think we would be far better off if there was some sort of quality filter in television. I understand that it is a bit unfair to compare the two. One is meant for children and the other is meant for young-adults but the truth is, unfortunately, no matter whom it is meant for, the ages are overlapping and the people that aren’t supposed to be watching Bitches Take New York do. (And I am going to jump to a huge conclusion that it has something to do with the fact that all my friends are convinced they need a prescription for Prozac.)
If that point isn’t enough here is a brief outline of thoughts I felt after seeing the two:
- Mary Poppins makeup is so pretty. I love that natural look.
- Dick Van Dyke is such a great guy. What a “husband.” (My friends and I call eligible bachelors with good morals husbands.)
- I want to be Mary Poppins.
- I can be Mary Poppins. They sell carpetbags at the thrift store.
- What a great family dynamic. Look at them overcoming their differences.
K&K Take New York
- Why did she marry that guy. He’s ugly. Are they still married? Maybe I should pickup a People.
- Why don’t I have a multi-million dollar clothing line?
- They aren’t even that cute. Those clothes look like they came off the sale rack at Wet Seal and they’re selling them for half my paycheck?
- What the hell.
- Mary Poppins would never get in a bar fight.
It doesn’t take a genius to realize you feel more negative emotions when watching something negative than when you do watching something positive.
So, I will leave you with this -the pure elegance and grace that is Julie Andrews and the hopes that you don’t have to experience the television equivalent of cat puke during your next favorite movie.