Astrid's cartoons are getting inside my head.
Granted, I'm already a bit unbalanced, but Disney Junior is sending me further down the spiral.
Yesterday, shortly before dinner, the three of us were watching cartoons. A few minutes into The Little Mermaid tv series, my wife Jillian wondered aloud, "Whatever happened to Ariel's mother?"
"Probably got caught up in a tuna net," I theorized.
Apparently, that wasn't a good answer.
While we were sitting down to dinner (and when my phone should have been put away), I hit Wikipedia to research the final fate of the mermaid queen. Apparently, Ariel's mother, Queen Athena, was crushed to death by a pirate ship.
A horrible end, to be sure, but one that amused me immediately...
CJ: It'd be hilarious if the last thing she heard was "Blast it, Smee!" In that cartoony bubbly underwater voice.
Which made me think of a potential crossover between the Little Mermaid-Peter Pan/Jake & the Neverland Pirates universes.
Cubby: Oh, coconuts! We just sunk Captain Hook and killed the Atlantican Queen!
Izzy: And we got five gold doubloons! Let's grab 'em and go!
Which illicited a giggle from Jillian, who says I get far too involved in our daughter's cartoons.
She's probably right.
Join me next time as I examine the plight of Makkapakka and the racism inherent in the show In the Night Garden.