Sunday, June 8, 2008

A Corny Autism Analogy Occurred to Me ......


We ventured out today to see the latest installment in what I feel is a very mediocre line of children's feature films as of late. In fact, I feel everything since Nemo has been s&*#, but that's just my adult opinion.

So, we saw "Kung Fu Panda" starring Jack Black. Casey showed mild interest in seeing so it was a must, even with mild interest. And is most of our experiences at the cinema lately, he talked too loud to himself during boring parts, and asked to go to the bathroom twice in the first 40 minutes. Oh, and then there was the M&M debacle where I forgot to smuggle in a second bag I bought prior to arriving at the theater along with the first that he finished in the first 5 minutes. He was not happy that I had forgotten it in the car, and made it known, quite loudly....

As the film progressed, I found myself being mildly entertained, and quite impressed by the animation, they've come so far with it. What really struck me though was the storyline itself, which was predictable, but interesting in a certain way.

SPOILER ALERT!!!! Don't read on if you are 10 years old or you really don't want to know what happens in the movie.

Basic premise, a big fat panda loves kung fu, in a twist of fate, becomes the chosen one to become the Dragon Master, or something like that (my details are so sketchy that this might not even be considered a "spoiler"), and has to study under a master who has trained the elite 5 kung fu characters. The panda is a cute slob who loves food, and is sorta lazy and not at all experienced in Kung Fu. He is looked down upon by the Kung Fu experts and his master, but the master must train him. The master can't figure how to teach him, until he realizes that he must use the panda's high interest to train him, and he uses food, since he likes to eat a lot. And lo and behold,by integrating food into the pandas training he becomes a kung fu expert and of course fulfills his destiny and saves the day and blah blah blah.....

So, in other words, using a person's or in this case panda's high interest, one can be successfully taught a skill!

Gee, wish Casey's regular ed teacher who gave us a lousy report about how he just didn't seem to want to particpate with the class and said she wasn't sure he even got what she was teaching went to see "Kung Fu Panda". Maybe she would have learned something!

Just a thought.....

Cute movie!

1 comment:

Marla said...

You and I rock. We must be on the same wave length!

Have you seen Nim's Island? You might like that one. We loved it.