Growing up, we didn’t often rent movies, but we had a few VHS tapes that we’d use to record various movies off of TV. Most of these movies came from the Sunday night “Wonderful World of Disney” program, which always had a prologue recorded by Michael Eisner, former CEO of Disney.
Another program we religiously watched was Shelley Duvall’s “Faerie Tale Theatre”, short remakes of classic fairie tales with up-and-coming stars. The Duvall family must have had a LOT of luck, or a LOT of dirt on Hollywood, or maybe it was just a good eye for talent – because the star studded list is pretty impressive: Liza Minelli, Billy Crystal, and Jeff Goldblum were among the stars who appeared in wierd costumes reciting some pretty craftily prepared lines. My favorite Faerie Tale Theatre was “The Princess and the Pea,” starring Liza Minelli.
We wore out these tapes.
Wore. Them. Out.
A few years ago I ran across the entire Faerie Tale Theatre collection at Costco on DVD! It was like finding a hidden treasure. I skipped up and down the aisles, excitedly waving two copies above my head, pretending like I had won the super bowl.
The other night, I sat my wife down to show her the treasure of my youth: The Princess and the Pea…
… and she fell asleep.
For reals — dead asleep.
Maybe she just didn’t understand the importance of this moment. I mean, she might as well have fell asleep during our first date, or during our engagement night.
But that’s OK. I understand. Some day, my love, you’ll understand the beauty and importance of this program.