Kid-Friendly Spaghetti Fun -- Right Here! Right Now!
In no particular order.....
The Spaghetti Song - Click
here to get the full scoop on this classic camp song that starts out, "On Top Of Spaghetti...".
Spaghetti Harvest - One of the most popular and famous April fools jokes ever played on the public at large, was the 1957 television broadcast news segment on the “spaghetti harvest” in southern Switzerland. It was less than three minutes long, but generated an overwhelming number of responses from the public, who typically wanted to know
whether it was true or not, or else how to grow their own spaghetti at home.
Click here to see the popular hoax for yourself on YouTube.
Prince Spaghetti Day – No, this is not about the 80’s pop singer of same name. Rather it has to do with a tradition popularized by a classic Boston area TV commercial from the 1960’s. In the commercial, a mother calls out the window to her son Anthony to come home for dinner. While the commercial shows Anthony eagerly running home as soon as he is called, the narrator explains that he “normally takes his time coming home, but today is Wednesday, and in the north end of Boston, Wednesday is Prince Spaghetti Day”. The screen then zooms in on a big blue box of Prince Spaghetti—the acclaimed reason Anthony was in such a hurry.
Spaghetti Cat – One fateful morning in August, 2008, The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet did a piece on binge drinking. During the segment, they were interviewing two young women, when all of a sudden out of nowhere the conversation was interrupted (censored??) by the surprise appearance on the screen of a picture of a cat, sitting at a table in front of a large plate of spaghetti. What was quickly dubbed "the spaghetti cat’s" surprise appearance, was reported and replayed a few days later on The Soup – a cable network show on the Entertainment channel. Some friendly
back-and-forth about the cat subsequently took place between The Morning Show and The Soup, with more
spaghetti cat appearances on both shows.
Then Parry Grip got in on the action, and wrote The Spaghetti Cat (I Weep for You) Song, further popularizing the new feline phenomenon, and helping (along with a lot of viral texting and blogging) elevate it to cult hero status. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs - It started out as a children's book by Judy and Ron Barrett that has become a classic. The book is about the great city of Chewandswallow, where food falls from the sky at mealtime. Children love it. And parents love to read it (how many children's books can you say that about?). Anyway, it has now been made into an animated movie (which is even more "out there" than the book, but still entertaining). And in a creative marketing ploy, a Nintendo game is also available based on the movie. Makes me want to relive my childhood! (At least for an hour or two.)
The Spaghetti Book Club - Check out the Spaghetti Book Club website to read book reviews (with illustrations) written exclusively by kids, of books that were written for kids. There is some great stuff here. Once you see what I am talking about, you might want to get your local grade school involved in joining the club--so you can write and post your own reviews. Becoming famous may be easier than you ever imagined! The website is found at www.spaghettibookclub.org.
Cold Spaghetti Western – This a popular 2003 DVD by The Wiggles, in which a superhero
named Foodman is on a mission to keep Alfonso the Master Pasta Maker (from Italy) from losing his cafe. The video features 13 “Wiggly Western” songs.
The Cold Spaghetti Western DVD is not one of The Wiggles top sellers, but it is still fairly popular with the kids. And frankly, it’s one of my favorites. Maybe it’s the spaghetti theme—but it doesn’t hurt that the “western” tunes
are pretty catchy too. Anyway, I can actually enjoy this one along with the kids. (I can’t say that for a lot of The
Wiggles’ stuff.) Unfortunately they pulled the video of the song off of YouTube and no one else has posted a copy yet. Stay tuned and I will post a link for it when available. (In the meantime, click on the following link if you want to buy yourself a copy of the video:
Chicken Spaghetti Blog – This is a blog site about “books for children, and the rest of us too.” It has 44 categories of subject matter, including an annual list of the best children’s books of the year. The site is named after a favorite Southern casserole dish--chicken spaghetti, and is complet with a recipe. You can find it at www.chickenspaghetti.typepad.com. You may also want to click here for a yummy alternative version of chicken spaghetti casserole. It is sooooo good.
Lady and the Tramp Movie – This is a famous 1955 Walt Disney classic about a love affair that
develops between a well-to-do family’s refined (female) pet cocker spaniel and a stray (male) mutt from "the hood". What it has to do with spaghetti is that it has a now-famous scene, where the two dogs share a plate of spaghetti and meatballs while they are serenaded by romantic music. In the scene, they both take a bite of spaghetti at the same time, that turns out to include a common noodle strand. As they each suck the strand into their mouths, their lips are drawn together in a surprise kiss. Disney came out with a sequel in 2001 that had a similar scene, in deference to the popularity of the original. But in my humble opinion, the original is much better. You can get your own copy of this all time classic at the following link: Lady and the Tramp (Diamond Edition Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging)
Spaghetti Toys and Games - Click here for information on various Spaghetti-related toys and games, including the famous Betty Spaghetty dolls.