When my friend Ken's son was little, his favorite movie was Disney's 1989 animated film "The Little Mermaid." Unable to utter more than a few words, he would request the film by saying something like, "Bapoo, bapoo!"
No one could figure out what he was saying, but his parents certainly knew what he wanted: "The Little Mermaid."
It took years before the answer became clear. Since much of the animated film — which is very loosely based on the Han Christian Anderson folk tale — takes place underwater, it's only natural that in some scene you would see … bubbles.
Bapoo meant bubbles.
If Ken's son were still young, he'd likely still be saying "bapoo" today. And, beginning Friday, he would have good reason. Sponsored by CYT (Christian Youth Theater), the Bing Crosby Theater will screen Disney's film over the next two weekends.
Tickets to the screenings are $14 ($13 for children 12 and below) in advance, $16 at the door. Group rates ($12 a head) are available.
Here's another opportunity to see a Disney animated classic on the big screen. And it's not even necessary to ask for "Bapoo!"
Below: The original theatrical trailer for Disney's "The Little Mermaid."