Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Under the Little Red Riding Hood:
We came across an oblique mention of Little Red Riding Hood while I was reading "Jinx" by Sage Blackwood to the kids last night. Ansel was delighted to spot the "little girl wearing a red cloak" as the fairy tale character. Fan of DC comics that he is, however, he first identified her as "The Red Hood." This led to some brief chuckling about the comparison between Jason Todd and the girl with the basket.
For those of you who don't spend significant amounts of time reading age inappropriate graphic novels to small boys: "Under the Red Hood" is an animated movie which also has a couple comic book and graphic novel incarnations. I
To attempt a brief summary: Jason, the third Robin is brutally murdered by the Joker and then later resurfaces as a mysterious, reanimated and red masked vigilante. (With cool guns and a stylish jacket!) The story is on the darker, more violent end of the Batman spectrum... but yet, no elderly people are eaten alive by a wolf.
I thought Little Red should have the upper hand on today's napkin, as she survived a fate arguably worse than being blown up by the Joker.