It’s hard to see them like this. But damnit, he didn’t study Illustrated Veterinary Medicine for the punchlines.
It’s so much easier not to worry about realism when you’re a kid. There was no contradiction for me that a giant red dog could exist normally in society without the government seizing him for research. It was unsurprising that the Power Rangers’ villains were so accommodating of the kids’ academic schedule. I miss that like crazy. Don’t get me wrong, I think the desire to question and poke holes in a valid and illuminating one. I was just too old to believe that someday I was going to get the letter from Hogwarts. I think that could’ve been pretty awesome.
On the flipside, there is a kind of pleasure I take in the “Woah woah, hold on” that I now have the wherewithal to level. I think there is an intrinsic tie between humor and truth. Jesters didn’t solely hang around in court to prance and gambol: they were the only people who could get away with total honesty. Being fools, they could say what everyone else was thinking, and it was hilarious. I think that’s still the case for a lot of comedy. Next time you’re getting a good laugh about something, think about how much truth there is.
And for goodness sake, someone tell that cat the truth about the nutritional value of Italian fare.