Guess What Film The Toddler Is Talking About

Guess What FilmThe Toddler has taken a sudden interest in watching films. She has not, however, taken an interest in what films are actually called. The Toddler has developed a couple of alternative methods for identifying the film she wants to watch. The first is to point at random unrelated pictures on the TV, or indeed at the blank TV screen, and shout, ‘Want to watch that one! No, not that one! No! Want to watch the one.’ This method does not have a high success rate. The other method is offering descriptions of what she considers to be salient points of the film.

Having used her film description skills to successfully get her chosen film played, The Toddler will engage in random audio commentary, describing the select parts of the film that actually interest her. Were anyone to attempt to rely upon The Toddler’s audio commentary to understand the film, they may find that it almost entirely fails to describe what is happening, and has a few gaps. Often of an hour or so. (The Toddler is very busy: she can’t spend all day watching films. Who else is going to make the imaginary tea around here?)

With these concerns about The Toddler’s commitment to accurate commentary in mind, Silly Mummy now invites you to join us in a little game we have just invented, called ‘guess what film The Toddler is talking about’. Silly Mummy will provide a list of The Toddler’s comments and descriptions relating to the film. The answer will be revealed at the end. No cheating.

1. ‘Want to watch climby roof, do dance, please!’

2. ‘Look! Make up! Doing make up!’

3. ‘Horses going that way. Come back later. Oh, look: Friend pick poo up now. Stinky poo.’ (For the avoidance of any confusion, Silly Mummy would like to make it clear that there is no poo, picked up or otherwise, in the film. Last weekend, during a walk in an area with horses, The Toddler’s friend (who we have imaginatively called ‘Friend’) picked up poo. Clearly, The Toddler now considers it inevitable that, if she can see horses (even on film), Friend will be nearby picking up poo.)

4. ‘You hello? Ohh doggy! Woof woof.’

5. ‘Um dee um dee eye! Um dee um dee eye!’ (Clue: this is accompanied by manic dancing.)

6. ‘Tea cup! Look, Mummy: have tea cup! Oh naughty, Mummy! Been naughty!’

7. ‘Ooh stairs! Climby! Climby roof! Dancing! Doing dancing now. Mummy, dance! Get up, Mummy! Mummy, get up now! Do dance! The Baby do dance! Step…time! Step…time! Knees!’ (The Toddler is marching around the living room. The Baby is showing support by bouncing and nodding her head.)

8. ‘Watch Chitty Bang now! Want watch Chitty Bang now! Not this one now.’

Yes, you have probably all worked out by now, from the practically verbatim script, that The Toddler is talking about Mary Poppins.

For anyone who has never seen Mary Poppins, a few points of clarification.
1. This is actually a reasonable description.
2. Mary looks in a mirror.
3. The carousel horses leave the carousel (no one picks up poo).
4. There is a fox hunt.
5. ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, um diddle diddle diddle um diddle ay.’
6. They all get stuck on the ceiling as a result of laughing too much (obviously), and have a tea party there. Mary is unimpressed: they are naughty.
7. They run about on the rooftops, climb smoke stairs, and dance with chimney sweeps: ‘Kick your knees up, step in time’.
8. It is not compulsory to start watching Chitty Chitty Bang Bang part way through. It is rumoured that Mary Poppins does, in fact, have an ending. Silly Mummy can not confirm this, but you may want to investigate.

Seriously, though, did anyone actually work out the film?

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    • Silly Mummy says:

      Yes, you are hereby awarded the title of First Correct Mary Poppins Guesser. You are allowed to write this after your name. Aww a rendition of ‘nee-roooo’ sounds lovely! x

  1. Kimmie says:

    I didn’t get it…and I LOVE Mary Poppins! πŸ˜‰

    I hope you turn all these Toddler funnies into a book one day…I’d buy it! #weekendbloghop

    • Silly Mummy says:

      Thank you! In fairness, I don’t think she provided that much information to go on! Roof dancing was probably the clearest, but even so! I’d love to write a book, but not sure anyone would publish it!

    • Silly Mummy says:

      Thank you! Yes, I think it’s the roof dancing that gives it away for anyone familiar with the film! Thanks for hosting #weekendbloghop

  2. I think your toddler describes the film well. The question is though, how many times have you had to sit through it for her to be able to describe it in this way?! There’s only so many times you can watch dancing penguins, surely?

    • Silly Mummy says:

      She’s only just taken up MP, actually – that was the second viewing! It was an attempt to move away from Chitty Bang Bang! My little sister made me watch endless MP as a child – I have already seen a lot of dancing penguins! Thanks for popping by!

  3. Haha, love this! I thought it might be Mary Poppins from the first clue, but clue 5 really gave it away for me! Rhys does the same with films, he calls ‘Cars’ ‘Lightning McQueen’ so that’s not too tricky, but for some reason ‘Toy Story’ is ‘Woody and the boody’! Very odd! x

  4. Mrs Tubbs says:

    I want to hear her description of Frozen, but given that most children then OD on it, I can understand why you may not have watched that with them yet.

    The roof climby dance was the giveaway.

    • Silly Mummy says:

      I did try to show her Frozen quite a while ago & she wasn’t at all interested. Which was nice, as I think it is massively overrated. I am a little bit scared to show her again in case she now loves it! But I’m sure it will happen one day! I’m trying Tangled instead – I think Tangled is much better! Yes, I think roof climby dance is the most identifiable bit.

    • Silly Mummy says:

      Thank you! They are quite random snippets when you’re scanning your whole film memory! Thanks for hosting & popping by! x

  5. Alice says:

    I too got this from the first clue. The Toddler is a talented child, you should try her on Pictionary or something!
    Jet also turned his nose up at Frozen, but then he also refused to watch The Incredibles, which is in fact incredible. And he loved B Movie, which is pretty mediocre. So, Barry Norman he ain’t!
    x #sundaystars

    • Silly Mummy says:

      Despite Jet’s rejection of The Incredibles, I think the thing to hold onto here is that he is not making you watch Frozen! Pictionary with The Toddler may have some flaws – she is ALWAYS drawing a cat & it is always a squiggle! x

  6. Mike B says:

    I was almost about to guess Willy Wonka (when they burp and float to the ceiling) but I would have been wrong. My kids were stoked on Mary Poppins too! at least your child tries to describe things.
    My children point. Like game of hot/cold but without any verbal cues.

    • Silly Mummy says:

      Oh, yes, the ceiling floating would have fitted with that one too! Ah, but, on the other hand, pointing is quiet! The Toddler doesn’t believe in quiet ever! (But she’s funny, so it’s okay!) Thanks for popping by!

  7. Sam Hunts Childminding says:

    If you don’t get it on β€˜Want to watch climby roof, do dance, please!’ then you are a film philistine! cant wait to see her doing Film 2016, think its just what the beeb needs!!

    • Silly Mummy says:

      Oh, you’re right – I will contact them immediately & point this out! A film reviewer who discusses random, often very minor, elements of the film, and potentially wanders away part way through, would keep everyone on their toes! Thanks for reading!

  8. martyn says:

    Haha o worked this out by the 3rd one. Although fairly guessed by teh second point. It’s funny how they look at things. Thanks for linking up with us on the #bigfatlinky hope to see you there this week.

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