One of the great joys of having offspring (other than sending them to fetch things from the kitchen) comes when I get to see her perspective on things that I’ve long since taken for granted. Her latest obsession is with Woody Woodpecker, and the child has taken to watching the New Woody Woodpecker Show and enjoying it greatly. When I attempted to show her the old cartoons that *I* used to love, she complained that Woody looked weird and crazy (and she was right.) After a bit of checking and comparison, I found that Woody’s character model seemed to change with dang near every cartoon (probably because the original design was hideous and freakish) but my memories of childhood were just blurry enough that I hadn’t retained the constant tweaking of the model.
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is reminded of the subtle, constant changes to the uniforms in Star Trek: The Next Generation, asking: Is it necessary to explain subtle changes in-story (i.e. Empire Strikes Back’s Wampa attack to handwave Mark Hamill’s facial injuries) or is it just a matter of suspension of disbelief?