I went to the movies today with Cheyenne and her friend Abby. “Went” is loosely defined as chauffeured, paid for the tickets and concessions and was reluctantly allowed to sit a row behind them. Oh the joys of having a 12 year old.
We saw Kung Fu Panda 2. It was a sweet movie filled with just the right blend of action, adventure, relationships and good moral messages (and yes, I got choked up in a couple of spots). I surmise I will go see Kung Fu Panda 3 when it comes out even if Cheyenne doesn’t want to go (and yes there will be a Kung Fu Panda 3 – you will understand why I say that when you get to the end of Kung Fu Panda 2).
At the end of the movie when the credits started running I was amazed at the actors and actresses who lent their voices to the project. This is apparently quite the big budget movie. With the credits they showed the sketchbook illustrations for the characters and scenes in the movie so I had the girls stay seated while everyone else filtered out so we could watch awhile longer – alright so I could watch awhile longer (it wasn’t like the girls were going anywhere without their chauffeur). I was amazed at how many people and processes were involved in the movie. The credits just kept running and running…page after page…list after list…easily thousands of names. Once we had stayed a few minutes into the credits I felt like I couldn’t leave until every last credit had run. I kept thinking to myself how important it must be to those people whose names are buried way at the end to be listed on the credits – they likely buy the DVD just so they can stop it at that point and see their name. It is a big accomplishment to have your name in the credits of a major motion picture…even if it is one of thousands and about seven minutes into the credits listing.
We stayed until the end – not because we knew anyone whose name was up there, but because I would want folks to stay and see my child or family member’s name. Something about doing unto others as you would have them do unto you…it just seemed right. In the process of watching all those names – each attached to a contribution that created this one animated movie – I came to realize the sheer amount of work involved in such a feat.
The next time you watch a movie stick around for the credits. Take the time to see the village it took to take you to wherever the movie took you. I went to China today with a panda, his goose father and his conglomeration of dragon warrior friends and I enjoyed it. So please do allow me to give credit where it is due – you all did a great job…your mothers must be so proud!
Day six hundred and ninety-one of the new forty – obla di obla da