We Grits all sat together on the sofa last night and watched A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on network television. It’s been many years since I saw this show, and Calfgrit7 had never seen it before. Calfgrit4 saw it at preschool a few days ago. (We all saw A Charlie Brown Christmas last year, so they were familiar with Chuck and friends.)
The things that stand out to me, now, about this show: 1- the art is so very basic, even amateurish-looking; 2- the voice acting is very out of character for 8-year old kids. Now, for the record, these two notes aren’t complaints, they’re merely observations. Although I would complain about the voice acting if it wasn’t a classic of American culture.
The thing about the voice acting that just gets on my nerves is that the kids speak so formally, and no one uses contractions. They do not use contractions. This just grates on my nerves. But . . .
Calfgrit7 loved the show. Loved it! He was laughing out loud through the whole thing. He fell off the sofa a couple times laughing so hard. Calfgrit4 didn’t laugh out loud, but he had a smile on his face the entire time. I could tell he was enjoying the show, but he just wasn’t being boisterous like his big brother.
Cowgrit and I kept looking at each other and smiling at CG7’s giggling. I remember enjoying the Charlie Brown shows as a kid. But I don’t find them funny or particularly entertaining as an adult. I wonder how old I was the last time I laughed out loud at Charlie Brown? At what age does this thing stop being funny?