Thursday, November 7, 2013
Reggie From "Free Birds" with Pizza Steve from "Uncle Grandpa"
"Hang on to your nuggets"... and to your dairy, and your gluten: Thanksgiving food that talks back.
We saw "Free Birds" over the weekend during a ten year old's birthday party. The movie's other tagline posits itself as "The best turkey movie of all time." This may be true. Perhaps it would be wise to leave it at that.
I will observe, however, that it reminded me strongly of "Chicken Little" a widely panned 2005 Disney movie that was the object of obsession for our older son for much of the period between his third and fourth years. Something about the talking birds, wimpy underdog protagonist and invisible flying ship catapulted me back to our repeated, stupifying viewings of "Chicken Little." That said, "Chicken Little" features one of my favorite animated characters of all time: Fish Out of Water ....and "Free Birds" does not have that redeeming feature.
At any rate, "Free Birds" posits pizza as the solution to the problem of the Thanksgiving driven murder of turkeys. While my children are happy to embrace an exclusively dairy and gluten based diet whenever possible, Uncle Grandpa's Pizza Steve presents a further food empathy challenge.