May 23rd, 2013

bannakaffalatta, short

Kid-friendly adaptations of Journey to the West?

So, I was wearing a T-shirt with a cartoon drawing of Sun Wukong on it yesterday, and The Nephews were quite intrigued. Who'd have thought that a talking monkey with martial arts skills and an a knack for thwarting authority would hold any appeal to 4-6 year old boys?

Which got me wondering if there are any kid-friendly adaptations of Journey to the West out there, in either TV, movie, or book form? The late 70s/early 80s live-action TV series Monkey (which used to be available in its entirety on Youtube, but, alas, seems to have been taken down) might entertain them and is scripted in such a way that the references to Adult Concepts would probably go over their heads, but it wasn't really a kids' show.

Oh - I wonder if anyone ever did a manga adaptation. Older nephew has become enamored lately of a series of comic book adaptations of stories from Greek mythology, and will happily pore over the pictures even when there isn't an adult handy
to read the text. I'll have to look in to that.

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The news seems to be a little more full of grotesque horrors lately, but also a bit more full of acts of heroism by "ordinary" people. If I ever stop to help at what I think is a road accident, only to discover that I have, in fact, walked into the middle of a murder scene and am speaking to one of the killers, I hope I have half the presence of mind of Ingrid Loyau-Kennet.

Also, I'm somehow not surprised that she's a former teacher and a Brownie leader.