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Sunday, July 15, 2007

The Power of Fantasia

You might be wondering what in the world do I mean by the "power of Fantasia". Let me explain. I'm sure most of you have heard of the movie Fantasia from Walt Disney. Not really one of their best sellers. When Fantasia came out on video (that's right, the thing before DVDs), I bought it, not really knowing what it was. I was not overly excited by it, but then I discovered it's secret power. The power to make any child nap.
Now, this power is not to be used lightly and you can probably only harness this power once or twice before the child catches on. I haven't had it fail yet. The child sees Mickey Mouse on the front of the video and is sucked in to the idea of watching Mickey Mouse. Only they don't realize that Fantasia is really just cartoons set to classical music.
The first child that fell under the sleeping power of Fantasia was a little girl that I babysat. She had been at a sleepover and was determined to stay up all day and not go to sleep. I had Fantasia with me (newly purchased, so I didn't know about its secret power yet) and she decided she wanted to watch it. I think she lasted 5 minutes and then she was sound asleep on her couch. There's also been a little boy that I watched, at least one niece, maybe two and a few other assorted kiddos. Finally, last week, my son noticed Fantasia on the video shelf and wondered about it. It was afternoon and he had had a long week and since I knew the secret power of the video, I encouraged him to watch it. I wondered if it would work on my very energetic son. Well, he lasted longer than five minutes, but soon he was sound asleep. That movie works every time. I wonder if anyone has ever seen the end of it??

1 comment:

Miscellaneous From Missy said...

That movie came out while I was in high school, and I witnessed its power first-hand. I was babysitting. The kids were in bed, and I noticed Fantasia on the shelf. Fifteen minutes later, I was snoring on the couch! Since then, I have tried two more times to watch it all the way through, and never have made it. The second time, I fell asleep. The third time, I was determined to finish it, because by now it had become a joke with my friends. Every time I started nodding off, I would pry myself off of the couch and do jumping jacks in the living room. Once I paused the movie and ran around the outside of the house. But once I was outside, I had no desire to return to the video (yes, I said video, not DVD). So I never did finish it.

I think you should encourage Ian to watch it more often. We'll see how long it takes him to catch on! :-)