My baby Maia introduced me to one of her favorite cartoon shows on Disney Channel – The Untalkative Bunny. I instantly became a fan the first time I saw it.
Untalkative Bunny (UB) is produced by a Canadian outfit, Dynomight Cartoons. It is in animated cartoon which makes it very enticing for young viewers.But the themes of each episode presents a parody of city life which vellicates the intellect of urbane mature audiences. The star of the show is naturally a yellow bunny, a character with a cute sensibility and a silent tongue but communicates with his geticulating genius.
It is set in a Canadian town where UB lives in a walk-up apartment. UB independently capers about the city and encounters an assortment of personalities both animals and humans. UB and the other animal characters, squirrel, emu, mangoose, beaver, disco chick, gecko, blue dog, marmot and a purple thing called friendly, casually interacts with humans. On the other hand humans though recognizing them by their animal characters treat them like ordinary humans too.
Per episode runs only for five minutes. It has a simple presentation, less dialogue and no frills and thrills. No violence and exagerated cartoon imposibilities so common in American cartoon shows. The only characters that provide the spoken language input of the show are the humans who are mostly seen at the height of a bunny and so are cut off at the shoulders. The show is punctuated by a backgorund of cool jazz music. As it is produced by Canadians it presents simple city facts about Canada, like when UB pops out of his apartment to interact with the world, he never closes his door! Reminds me a lot about Michael Moore’s film Bowling for Columbine.
Yesterday, my baby Maia and I watched another UB episode entitled FRIENDS ARE BETTER THAN CABLE. UB’s malfunctioning cable tv has just been repaired. Unfortunately when UB tried to watch something, the Cable ad reminded him that he should first subscribe before he can get to watch any cable channel. Frustrated with the cable tv, UB instead set up an old film projector and invited his friends to his apartment for a simple get-together. And they enjoyed a day with each other’s company without the cable tv. The moral of the story? You can enjoy more in life with the company of real friends than the cable tv.
Watching UB has already become part of my daily agenda. I enjoy watching it with my baby sitting on my lap. More often it is our little ones who can lead us in discovering life’s simple pleasures.