What is so funny about these images?

After obsessing over The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep for the past few weeks, my daughter has developed an interest in Davey and Goliath — and for some reason she laughs every single time the logo at the beginning and end of each episode dissolves from the image on the left to the image on the right. Does anyone with a better understanding of child psychology than I have a clue why my two-year-old daughter might find this segue so funny?

My son has begun to laugh at this sequence, too, though I suspect he’s just imitating his twin sister; a few seconds ago, he found it funny even though he wasn’t even looking at the screen, he just heard the music and looked at his sister and laughed in her direction.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01319348064053269326 Paul J.

    Those darn Lutherans. They’re so hilarious…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02504120709183671153 fiorinda

    I think the minds of 2 yr olds are best left unplumbed. My kids giggle at the beginnings of their favorite movies because they recognize the logos and know what movie is about to appear. As for laughing at the end, maybe it was such a delightful viewing experience she can’t contain her joy. :)

    When my oldest was a toddler he would cry if I didn’t let him watch every single second of the movie from beginning to end. If I tried to fast forward through the warning he would get mad at me. Now that he can read he is having a blast exploring his DVD’s and video games. I once thought all those extras were useless, but he has learned alot, and, more importantly, it gives him something to do besides bugging his sister and brothers.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03147734669353799982 Martin

    She recognizes that the ELCA is a shell of its former self? All figure and no ground?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05192245958769676651 P. Little

    What isn’t funny about us Lutherans? We’re the Richard Pryor or Protestant denominations!