In between school ending and camp beginning, so I took some time off today and went with my 11 year old girl to see a matinee. The new GARFIELD thing -- don't ask. With Bill Murray as the lead voice actor I was hoping for something good -- don't ask. Anyway, one of the trailers was for the upcoming live action version of "Charlotte's Web." From the quick snippets, it all looked rather OK. I was getting a little optimistic. Then... there was a scene with Templeton passing behind the rear of a cow when... this bovine broke wind so fiercely that the rat was hurled over a yard away, upon which the punchline was pronounced: "bullseye!" Sheesh! And in the new GARFIELD thing there was a bunch of fart jokes too, so unfunny that my girl was just rolling her eyes. What the F***? When did mere flatulence become such a ready substitute for actual humor? How fundamentally lazy can you get? How insulting to a kid's intelligence?! And why inject farts into a friggin' classic like "Charlotte's Web"?! Who decided that a great story alone wasn't enough to attract kids?! ARGH!