And so instead, let's talk about something else we watched! We have a bunch of DVDs we bought piling up and going unwatched, and since we have so much free time on Sundays now, we decided to watch one! Of course, the tricky thing about it is that we try to make it a point not to watch things that make us grumpy on Sundays, and about half of the unwatched DVDs run a high risk of making us grumpy. Of course this raises the question of why we bought them to begin with... Well, in most cases it's a matter of being part of something we started and hate to give up even though it's not that great (like the Tinker Bell movies (the first one's cute, the second one's pretty good, the third one's ugh, the fourth one's okay but some of the premise is more than a bit silly, the fifth one's uuuugh, and we haven't seen the sixth one yet, but it was Logan's favorite movie for a while)), or being a Disney movie we saw in theaters once and didn't hate, so we bought as a show of support and before we realized that sometimes it's the second viewing that makes or breaks our opinion of a movie.
Anyway. We narrowed it down to Aladdin, The Jungle Book, and A Tiger Walks. A Tiger Walks is a movie we found out about when Andreas Deja did a blog post about the reference material Milt Kahl used when working on Shere Khan. It's a live action Disney movie about--you guessed it--a tiger! And since tigers are among my favorite animals, we had to get it. And we chose to watch it because we want to be more informed about the old live action Disney movies. It turned out to also have a connection to Aladdin, because the tiger's name was Rajah! So there you have it(?).
So what did we think?
It was...well, it did have the nice cozy feel of your typical live action Disney movie, but it was a little frustrating, because there was a lot of standing around talking about what to do instead of doing it...which sounds ironic coming from the people who can't watch action movies unless they have a lot of talking. It might be a matter of balance, or it might be a matter of content, because a lot of the debate centered around do we kill the tiger, or do we try to capture it alive? And we were like, "Duh, you take it alive. Don't you have animal rights!?" In this day and age, it wouldn't even be a debate.
I should probably explain that the tiger wasn't a native of the area it was loose in. A traveling wild animal show got a flat tire and had to stay in a small town, and due to circumstances, one of the tigers got loose. So now you have all these residents who aren't used to having a tiger around freaking out because there's this giant wild animal prowling their streets. That was actually kind of hard to relate to, because I still just want to pet the big kitty. (Athena says: We were the Girl Scouts who were like, "A bear? Cool! I wanna see it!") But that meant I could relate to the main girl, who was just as frustrated as we were because her dad (the sheriff) kept yelling at her when she said, "You can't kill it!" He also yelled at her when she kept saying, "The tiger's trainer who wasn't stupid enough to get himself killed says you take care of tigers by..." And we're like, "Hello, the trainer obviously knows waaaaaaaaay more about tigers than any of y'all (including, and perhaps especially, the other trainer who got himself killed), so come on."
Anyway, I did try to put myself in the shoes of the townspeople, and think about what it would be like if there was a vicious potential killer (the good trainer kept saying the tiger wouldn't hurt anybody as long as they weren't mean to it) on the loose, and I just couldn't get over, "Kitty!" We were worried for the people with the farm, though, because even if they left the tiger alone, they might lose a cow or two, and that would be very bad for the cows and for them. And then the farmer got shot... He was just trying to do his civic duty, and risking his life and his dog to do it.
Oh man, I was really scared for the dog when it was trapped in the car and the tiger came along, but only because it was established that the tigers hadn't been fed before he got loose, and we don't know if he ever got any food after he got loose, unless he was full from eating the bad trainer. Anyway, I don't know how likely people are to ever watch the movie, so I'm not sure whether or not I should reveal the dog's fate. Hm.
Anyway. Aside from spending the whole time being frustrated at people, I think I liked the movie well enough. My only other complaint is that I was led to believe this movie was about a tiger, and the tiger wasn't in it very much. I mean, I understand animal rights and labor laws and stuff, but I just wanted to look at the big kitty. Oh well.
Today I'm thankful for getting to see A Tiger Walks, getting to eat some strawberry shortcake cookies, finally finishing a translation, not having too difficult a time herding cats today, and the neighbors getting a big outdoor umbrella to shelter the patio cats from the rain.