Wednesday, September 27, 2006

monkey business

You know how it is: you pack a nice, perfectly ripe banana into your purse, briefcase or backpack in the morning, and by the time you're ready for your nutritious snack a few hours later, that lovely banana has turned into a squishy mess. Eew.

But the solution is at hand! A few weeks ago I happened to get hold of a couple of these ingenious contraptions and we haven't had a mushy banana since.





Yes, it's the patented BanaBox®. No matter what shape or size your banana happens to be, the manufacturers promise that the BanaBox® will keep it from harm. There are even customer testimonials (complete with amusing translations!) proving just how popular this thing is. Soon everyone's going to want one!
Banana sales are going to soar! What a great invention!

And while we're on the topic of bananas, Boy10, our budding cinematographer, has been making a lot of little movies lately with the digital camera and this one contains a lesson about not getting too carried away in the fruit department. He usually does his films in German, but this one happened to be in English and I thought it was cute. Aside from me holding the camera for him, he did all the rest himself - animation, editing, dialogue etc. That's his real voice too, he just changed the pitch a bit to make it more (as he explained to me) monkeylike. See what you think.


24 Comments:

At September 27, 2006 2:45 PM, Blogger Maribeth said...

That is too cute! ANd I love the banana box!

 
At September 27, 2006 4:10 PM, Blogger Elemmaciltur said...

Hahahaha, ueber-cute!

 
At September 27, 2006 5:41 PM, Anonymous Lisa said...

Argh! I'm dying of cuteness!! :D My baby, a fellow 'nanan lover, adored this. Tell your boy he has two target markets.

 
At September 27, 2006 6:01 PM, Blogger Betsy said...

Hilarious! S and B will love your son's film! Thanks, we really needed the diversion this afternoon!

 
At September 27, 2006 6:16 PM, Blogger Expat Traveler said...

LOL - that bananna thing.. Oh Boy 10 has a hit on his hands. Great work! How'd he do that walking monkey thing with the sign?

 
At September 27, 2006 7:22 PM, Blogger Joy said...

That was adorable!

 
At September 27, 2006 7:42 PM, Blogger J said...

That was very cute. Not too many grammar mistakes either :)

 
At September 27, 2006 8:50 PM, Blogger Haddock said...

The bananna box is a great idea and the film was great too! :)

 
At September 27, 2006 10:11 PM, Blogger Tim Rice said...

Boy10 did an excellent job on the video. Loved it!

And I don't think I ever heard of a banana box before; but it sounds like a useful idea - except I'm too much of a cheapskate. ;)

 
At September 27, 2006 11:27 PM, Blogger Sal DeTraglia said...

Hey! I have a similar monkey story. But it involves Cuban rum and Cool Ranch Doritos, instead of bananas.

Still, I must say that Boy10's short was pleasingly surreal. Keep 'em coming, Boy10.

Sal

 
At September 27, 2006 11:44 PM, Blogger Ginnie said...

I'm reading this at the Washington-Dulles airport, Christina, and can't get the video to work, so I'll look forward to it later at home. But the banana box is as clever as can be. Did you find it in Germany or when you were at home in Canada? Someone sure had fun thinking that one up!

 
At September 27, 2006 11:45 PM, Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

I thought that was absolutely cute! LOL Eating too any banana's could cause an upset stomach. I'll remember that :-)

 
At September 28, 2006 12:03 AM, Blogger Dixie said...

It's brilliant! I'd love to see the other little films he makes!

 
At September 28, 2006 2:52 AM, Blogger Lilian said...

Wow, the banana holder thingy is impressive, I want one!!

Your son's movie is the cutest thing on earth!! I want my sons to start making movies too (I know it's a bit too soon :) they're 2 and 4 1/2)...

 
At September 28, 2006 3:08 AM, Anonymous expatfarang said...

wow. thats great. My kids are into making movies too,,a big long one.. I think they are up to 3 hours.. I should encourage them to make small ones, huh? lol

 
At September 28, 2006 6:08 AM, Blogger Sandra said...

Wonderful video. I didn't realize your kids would speak English so fluently--I guess I was expecting a German accent.

I've often wondered why banana boxes aren't available. That one looks cute, but I think it should be better ventilated because the banana will turn brown in there.

 
At September 28, 2006 10:33 AM, Blogger meredith said...

You can tell Boy10 that a Fille6 really liked his video.

 
At September 28, 2006 1:10 PM, Blogger Ms Mac said...

"Welcome by"! I love bilingual kids!

I wanna banana box!!!

Actually, "banana box" xounds a bit rude, nein? Like, "banana" and "box". Snigger.

 
At September 29, 2006 7:15 AM, Anonymous Kiwi said...

I LOVE Boy10's movie!!!! It's the absolute best monkey movie ever!!!

I keep watching it again and it makes me laugh every time. Love it.

 
At September 29, 2006 11:16 AM, Blogger mar said...

He is talented! congrats! love your banana box :)
The End!

 
At September 30, 2006 11:06 AM, Blogger Stelle In Italia said...

i LOVE the video!!! how cute!!! and what a good moral to the story, too! (these are life lessons, folks!)

the banana box is very clever. doubt i can find that here in italy, but i will look...

 
At October 02, 2006 12:08 AM, Blogger christina said...

Thanks everyone! - I passed all your comments on to Boy10 and he was very pleased. To save my arms from falling off, I'll just address a few of your comments this time:

ET- He did the first part by making three pictures with MS Paint and then manipulating them with Picture It! and his movie making software.

J - the grammar mistakes are what makes it a work of art!
;-)

Tim - check out the prices, they're really quite reasonable.

Sal - That's funny - one of my brothers went through the very same thing with a bottle of tequila and a platter of nachos. :-o

lilian and expatfarang- it's never too early to start and the shorter movies are much easier on the parents' eyes! :-)

Sandra - Yes, they are pretty fluent. Boy10's older brother seems to have a bit more of an accent, actually, but nothing you'd really notice.

Ms Mac - I know - the mistakes are the best part! I killed myself laughing when I heard it and yes, the whole banana box thing does sound a bit naughty.

 
At October 04, 2006 7:26 AM, Blogger Karen said...

Love this - great video! Very cute :)

 
At October 04, 2006 12:36 PM, Blogger christina said...

Thanks, Karen! I hope he'll do more in the future.

 

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