December 22nd, 2010

joopleberry

Stupid Human Questions?

Is there a page on TVTropes about this? If not, I hope someone creates it and titles it "Stupid Human Questions".

In movies, TV shows, etc., in which humans interact with a nonhuman character (puppets, aliens, robots, etc.), the humans tend to let their curiosity get the better of them, ignore what the character is trying to talk about, and ask a bunch of dumb, annoying, often offensive questions or other comments about the character's physiology, biological habits, etc.

General and specific examples:
Kermit the Frog goes on a talkshow, and the host wastes a lot of time talking about tadpoles and eating flies, or worse, dissection in biology class or French restaurants that serve frog legs.
There was a sketch on Saturday Night Live in which Earth is visited by alien women whose eyes are on their breasts instead of their faces. They bring a message of peace and advanced technological knowledge, but the reporters interviewing them ask a bunch of questions such as "When you wear a black lace bra, is that like sunglasses?"

(I've noticed that furries are getting this from the general public lately, with reporters wanting to talk about the sexual side, and so on.)
movies

Mick LaSalle's review of "Gulliver's Travels"

Mick LaSalle's review of "Gulliver's Travels":
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ent/movies/mobile/7349476.html

...gave me a laugh today. In a nutshell: he says it's a not-bad-but-cute holiday film, but don't waste your money on the 3-D version. But what made me laugh is that he obviously hasn't read the original book by Jonathan Swift:
Gulliver is known as "the Beast" and is kept in chains, until a fire rages and he's able to save the day by putting it out. Not with a hose exactly. He has to improvise. ... Are we on the same page here? The sound you're hearing is of Swift trying to claw his way out of the grave, just so he can kill himself.

Hey, Mick: the peeing-on-the-fire scene is IN THE BOOK. Swift WROTE it that way!


Hmm, but he also points out something I wasn't aware of: there's a cartoon before the feature...
...about a squirrel who tries to bury an acorn and ends up changing the face of the Earth. The cartoon is brilliant and cut above even the best of what follows.

According to Wikipedia, it's a new Scrat-from-Ice-Age cartoon.