There are some unwritten rules for American parents.
1. Teach your child to appreciate living in a free country.
2. Help your child to learn respect for others.
3. At some point, sell your soul to Disney.
Somehow, I felt I was finally following rule number 3 when I pre-ordered the WALL-E DVD today. It doesn't come out until November 18, and by the time it arrives it'll still be a month until Christmas, when a thrilled Chickie will finally get to rip off the wrapping paper. Until then, we'll probably watch the trailer online approximately 6,000 times.
You may recall that Chickie loooooves WALL-E. So when a WALL-E ad popped up on my blog today, I clicked. And when I saw that pre-orders come with four free lithographs, I bit, and I bought.
If that's not enough to prove that Disney finally owns me, check out the WALL-E widget at the very bottom of my blog. My goodness, I'm advertising for them without even getting paid for it. But, really, who doesn't want to know the number of days, hours, minutes, and seconds until the DVD release? And, really, was your day complete without playing the WALL-E cup game?
And I don't even mind too much that I've bought into their pervasive marketing, because I'm just really excited. It's a great movie, and Chickie will be thrilled, and...and, well, at least I'm in the company of many, many other parents who have discovered that Disney's draw is just too much to resist.
At least she hasn't gotten into the whole Disney Princess thing.