You guessed it, this may become a new category of posts! Those kooky kids over at Disney are at it again. This time with The Suite Life on Deck.
If you’re not familiar with the show, you’re probably familiar with the twin stars of the show, the Sprouse brothers. They were in Adam Sandler’s 1999 classic film Big Daddy. Yeah… classic.
Here’s a look at the boys over time… and now…
Anyhow, post-Sandler-movie career the boys were given their own show on the Disney Channel called The Suite Life of Zack and Cody; where they starred as one ne’er-do-well/stupid brother and one tragically smart/geeky/clumsy brother who live a charmed life in the hotel for which their mother is the lounge-singer. After a few years in a hotel, they needed to rid themselves of their mother and find some more love interests so they left for school at sea thus giving birth to The Suite Life on Deck (yes, these are considered two separate shows).
Starting at 8:45 in this episode, we see the boys and their friend Woody (who is a chubby dude which means, of course, he usually smells bad, has questionable hygiene, and talks about eating all the time) spending the night in front of a camera (a la Paranormal Activity) to catch a ghost.
And while I have to admit that Disney is great at parodying sometimes-adult content in their mainstream kids’ TV, that isn’t what most caught my attention. While I love ghost stories, just as I love many fantastical things, Disney uses this ghost story plot line as another excuse to make those of their characters who believe in science into bumbling idiots, who never seem to be able to prove the science they believe. Science-lovers become buffoons who we’re not meant to take seriously, while the know-nothings who follow their hearts and believe in those things you can’t prove end up being right.
In this case it’s ghosts, but it was the same with fairies and can be stretched our toward religion and who knows what else.
This is followed up by them creating their own version of Ghostbusters, again a great parody but not so great for the character’s they’re ripping on.
Start watching at 1:30 and you’ll see how Cody the inventor is really just a little kid playing dress up with vacuum cleaners. Which, you know, is cool. Except for the fact that these kids are almost 20 years old.
If we’re so sensitive to what kids are watching these days, why aren’t we sensitive to this?