Does Disney know how to infiltrate nearly every thought process of the human animal? I'm afraid the House o' Mouse does. I'm afraid it does.
"You (Are a Human Animal)" was on one of the Sing Along Song videos we had when the kids were much younger. Bad mother that I am, I would let the kids watch them repeatedly. Not-so-bad mother that I am, I would more often than not watch and sing along with them. [The lyrics most sticking in my head: You are a human animal. You are a very special breed. You are the only animal who can think, who can reason, who can read!]
This particular song frosted their butts. It wasn't Jiminy Cricket's voice. It wasn't the graphics. It wasn't the tune. It was the premise that they were animals.
NO! Each and every last kid of mine went through the same phase: they were human. They were special. They were not animals. They were human. HUMAN!
And they're not going to let some dumb ole cricket -- or their silly ole mother -- tell them otherwise.
Battles are fought (and lost) every day in child-filled households around the world. Some of us human animals are smart enough to walk away from a battle. I always walked away from this one.
[Image taken from someone who clearly borrowed it without attribution to the House o' Mouse itself. Let me therefore accurately note that it is courtesy of the conglomerate known as Disney.]