Tuesday, June 14, 2011

KID TALK: The Man in the Yellow Hat is a Banana

I have two toddlers, so I watch a lot of kids' TV. Some of it just flies right over my head. Others actually trigger thoughts and analysis that I know are way too deep for childrens' television. I feel compelled to share. Today, let's talk about Curious George.

 I've seen Curious George in movies, TV shows, and books for decades, and it just occurred to me last month that the Man in the Yellow Hat looks like a banana. No wonder Curious George hangs out with him. To George, the Man in the Yellow Hat is like a gigantic, talking, walking banana. Kind of changes the whole nature of their relationship. Now I imagine an episode of Curious George where the Man in the Yellow Hat slips in the bathtub and breaks his neck and dies. Then Curious George seizes the chance he's been waiting for and eats him. Then Curious George gets a taste for human blood and goes on a rampage. And the police come and shoot him to death in a furious gun battle.

Yeah, that's the kind of thing I think about when I watch my kids' shows.


Maurice Mitchell said...

LOL. I never read the original stories, but maybe he was supposed to look like a banana. Maybe that's why George came down from the tree?
That reminds me of a show on the Discovery channel where a guy got sick and passed out. He was eaten by his Kimodo Dragons. I can still see it when I close my eyes...

Arlee Bird said...

I think you've hit upon it! I've never seen it that way, but now that you bring it to my attention it does make sense.

Tossing It Out

Kooz said...

Yes, yes, yes, yes, YES! I have one toddler myself, and end up watching a lot of kids shows, often thinking similar thoughts (my Yo Gabba Gabba thoughts here: http://kooztop5.blogspot.com/search/label/Kid%20Shows). There's something unsettling about the Man in the Yellow Hat. How can he possible get through life wearing only a yellow suit? Bizarre.