Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Wonder Pets!

"Wonder Pets! Wonder Pets! We found a way / to help a baby crane and save the day! / We're not too big and we're not too tough / but when we work together, we've got the right stuff!"

I'm at home sick with the flu today and I've camped out on the couch with blankets and Kleenex. I CANNOT STOP WATCHING TREEHOUSE. I've fallen in love with the Wonder Pets, y'all. This is sewious!

In the episode I just watched, a baby crane calls out to Linny the Guinea Pig, Turtle Tuck, and Ming Ming Duckling from a sumi-e painting. FROM A JAPANESE INK-WASH PAINTING. A volcano is about to erupt in the background and the baby crane's nest is dangerously close to it. The Wonder Pets work together on a plan to save the baby crane before the volcano shoots hot lava everywhere. The Wonder Pets save baby animals in twouble, even ones inside paintings. That's just how they roll.

At first, the Wonder Pets encourage the baby crane to simply fly to safety, but it just wails plaintively. Ming Ming translates:

Ming Ming: Okay, it's like this: the baby cwane cannot fly.

Tuck: Why not?

Ming Ming: [in song] Because she haaas stubby wings.

Linny: Wow! A big bird with little wings!

Tuck: Nature can be cruel.

THIS IS THE BEST SHOW ON TELEVISION. Someday I need to watch it when I'm hopped up on something stronger than lemon ginger tea. Thank goodness the Wonder Pets were eventually able to save the baby crane [spoiler alert!] by attaching wheels to its nest and rolling it to safety. All is right in the world and I can go take a nap.

"Wonder Pets" theme song. It's totally punk rock.
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