I discovered something in my Comic Art Masterclass today (at Summer School in Backwell) which I don't suppose should be that surprising. Kids don't know that the Spider-Man theme song - "Spider-Man, Spider-Man does whatever a spider can" - is the Spider-Man theme song.
They think it's the Spider-Pig song.
Maybe this isn't the case across the board but it was with today's group of 8 to 11 year olds. I was singing a parody of the Spider-Man song while doing a drawing on the flipchart and a conversation ensued that led to the above conclusion. "He's changing the words of the Spider-Pig song". And why should they know that Spider-Pig was a parody of Spider-Man? They've all seen The Simpsons movie, and are still young enough to think it was any good, whereas the only place they'd have heard the Spider-Man theme was right at the end of the credits for the first Spider-Man film from 2002, which was before most of them were born.
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