Monday, April 11, 2016
I is for the Immortal Tree
Misi Mókus Kalandjai (The adventures of Misi the Squirrel) is a stop motion puppet show that first aired its 13 episodes in 1980. It is based on a children's book, involves a bunch of really adorable characters, and teaches some important lessons about not being lazy.
In the meantime the parents ask a wise old squirrel about the meaning of the black tail. The old man fires up the prophecy machine and reads out that black-tail squirrels are strong and clever, and they all grow up to be leaders of the community. The parents are relieved.
And why does Papa Squirrel shave?!
Misi finds out from the nosy jay that there is a land where trees bring fruit (nuts) all year around. Misi immediately sets out on an epic journey to find it, so that he never has to squirrel things away again, and he can eat and sleep as much as he wants. He encounters all kinds of dangers, exotic animals, singing frogs, and a helpful explorer, until he makes his way to the island of the Eternal Tree - and finds a bunch of really fat, lazy, boring squirrels. He decides to go home instead, a lot wiser than before.
Misi: "There! A small moving dot!"
Daniel: "Excuse me. You are mistaken. That is not a small dot. That's Sámuel Goldman, seven-year-old bull camel. Speed 5km/h, contains 1 hectoliter stagnant water plus two humps of fat reserves, weight 2500 kg, booster shot against canine distemper."
In my family, because we watch Misi on an alarmingly regular basis courtesy of my little sister, "booster shot against canine distemper" became the colloquial equivalent of "and the kitchen sink."
You can watch the first episode (in Hungarian) here, and the rest of them here.