I have a confession. While the rest of the world with children in the 5 to 18 year old age bracket has been going ga-ga over Harry Potter (movie & book), my family has been completely nutty with anticipation over the big screen debut of a bunch of yellow 2-D cartoon characters with smarta--s mouths.
That's right - we're Simpsons fanatics. Bart buffs. Homer groupies. Marge maniacs.
Harry versus Homer. A therapist would have a field day with the question of why one family gravitates toward a classic coming of age story of a boy wizard who battles evil inside and outside himself.....while another is lured to the tales of a dysfunctional animated TV family who is satirical, insightful, ironic and stupid all at the same time.
Maybe it's because we see ourselves in the Simpsons rather than in the Hogwarts family. As Homer once said, "Remember, as far as anyone knows, we're a nice normal
Then again, it's probably because we all love a good laugh...even if it goes way over the kids heads.
As part of the big build-up to today's premiere of The Simpsons Movie, everybody from Vanity Fair and NPR to Entertainment Weekly and Out magazine has done pithy profiles of this 18-year old Fox series and its creators, writers, animators, dog walkers, skateboard consultants and interns. So there's really nothing left to be said on the subject.
It's already been way over-analyzed and soon will probably become part of a Simpsons episode because no-one handles over-exposed celebrities better than The Simpsons.
I could probably blather on a bit longer. But we've got advanced tickets to a noon showing today - part of my son's 10th birthday celebration, so we'd better get crackin' and packin'. And "remember, you can always find East by staring directly at the sun." Thanks, Bart.
The Simpsons or Harry Potter? What's your preference and why? And what's your feeling about pink doughnuts?