|Moe Howard, Larry Fine, & Curly Howard|
Lately my Pops has featured heavily in my blog and this entry is no different: he used to join me every Sunday morning in the living room for an hour's worth of The Three Stooges when I was younger. He laughed, I laughed, and neither one of us wanted to leave the confines of our house for morning mass come 10:30 AM. Our local kids TV network used to air blocks of Stooges skits every Sunday morning for, like, two whole hours. I haven't checked lately, but I'm pretty sure they stopped doing that (some snazzy new cartoon probably took the Stooges' place).
Anyway, it felt great knowing that come Sunday morning my Pops and I would sit ourselves down in front of the television set and spend a couple of hours of quality time together enjoying some classic B&W fare. Neither my older sister or my Mom would ever join us because, quite frankly, they thought they were too cool for The Three Stooges. Yeah, right.
What made me remember these fun times of yore? Well, the other night at dinner, Pops mentioned that maybe we should think of introducing my two young nephews to the Stooges' antics. Ayden will be five in November and Erik turned three in July. I think they're old enough, no? They've already been introduced to the likes of The Wizard of Oz and Singin' In the Rain (care of their favourite Auntie 'Nessa) and they absolutely love watching movies with us. Being forced to watch something in B&W, though, might prove to be a bit of a stretch for them. I don't think they're at all used to seeing people act onscreen devoid of any colour. This is something they'll definitely have to get used to, but being young certainly helps because kids are known to adapt very quickly to things!
|The Three Stooges: The Ultimate Collection, $66.99 on amazon.ca|
This is where The Three Stooges: The Ultimate Collection will come in handy. And no, before anyone says anything, I am not dishing out close to a hundred bucks on this set for my very young - and sticky-handed - nephews. I was planning on buying this set for myself and my Pops and letting the kids pick some shorts to watch on their own (when they come over for a visit). I could lay out all the individual disc sets on the coffee table or something and let them pick at random which one they feel like watching. Ooh will it be the pretty blue set or the pretty red one today??
I want to relive this part of my childhood with them. I want to see the look in their eyes when they first discover Curly, Larry, and Moe (and Shemp and Joe). I remember watching their itty-bitty faces the first time they sat down to watch The Wizard of Oz and I could have cried! They were glued to the screen and didn't move an inch the entire time. That doesn't even happen to them when their mother pops in a random Disney movie! Ahhh bliss. Knowing that they're starting to appreciate the classics as much as I do warms my heart.
*sniff sniff* No really, I'm okay.
So, onwards with the experiment! I'll probably end up getting this set closer to Christmas and I will let you all know how we get on. I think my Pops had a great idea when he suggested introducing the Stooges to my nephews, I just hope they don't start going around poking each others' eyes out!