I once had this dog that would bark his head off about just about everything. It was irritating, but it always left the door open for my favorite joke (which never ceased to make me giggle, though the dog didn’t seem to find it funny): Whassamatter, boy? Did Timmy fall down the well?
I was, as I’m sure you can imagine, crushed to learn that Jon Provost (the actor who played Timmy in the old series) “set the record straight on one bit of Lassie folklore: the dog never went barking to Timmy’s mom to warn her that the boy had fallen down a well.”
I’ve now also learned that the original Lassie story was not about an idyllic California ranch, but set in dark times of struggle. This film is much more in keeping with the original story than the television show many of us remember from our youth.
Regardless, the newest incarnation of Lassie takes center stage as the movie opens today, and it has already earned the highest positive rating I’ve ever seen over at Rotten Tomatoes. The critics are nearly unanimous: It’s a hit.
I’m particularly intrigued by this observation:
Yes, they’re still making a few timeless, sentimental family films the way they used to – with no CGI.
No CGI? Is that even allowed, anymore?
Just keep in mind:
Lassie is a thoroughly enjoyable family film of the sort that they really donÃ¢â¬â¢t make anymore. However, be warned, if you take young children to see this you may find yourself getting a border collie for Christmas.
I think we’re about to discover an old new favorite, and I can’t wait.
But I still reserve the right to make jokes about Timmy falling down the well.