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  2 Saturday Smartoons

  A superhero blood cell stars in a clever TV hit

  Sal Monella is a poisonous gangster hell bent on infection, and a pimple is a power-mad oil gland. That's life--and a quirky twist on salmonella and acne-
-in the animated world of Ozzy & Drix, part of the WB network's Saturday-morning lineup. This was the first season for what might be called a "smartoon." It was in the top programs among kids ages 2 to 11. And it's coming back this fall.

  Instead of battling mystical monsters, Ozzy & Drix cleverly personifies body parts--a muscle cell is a police chief--to teach kids about their bodies. Rather than lecture kids about smoking, Ozzy & Drix turns nicotine into Nick O'Teen, a smarmy villain with long claws that hook into brains and cause addictions. Bad guys like Nick are taken down by the title stars: Osmosis "Ozzy" Jones, a street-smart white blood cell, and Drix, an uptight but intelligent cold pill with a chest full of medicine. White blood cells help fight infection, and Drix is a medicine chest. Get it?

  Ozzy & Drix makes a point of tackling "issues that are very real to the day-to-day lives of kids," says David Foster, a Harvard University internist who helps develop story lines for the show. "We hope they take an interest in what is going on inside them." That's why all the action occurs within 13-year-old Hector, who contracts diseases, encounters peer pressure, and even drinks spoiled milk. "This poor kid has been through a lot," says Producer Alan Burnett.

  Pun fun. The slap-your-knee, ba-dum-dum humor takes many forms. Ozzy and Drix set up a detective firm behind Hector's cornea--they're "private eyes"--to ensure him a safe adolescence. Blood cells race like cars through Hector's arteries and past a "roadside" billboard reading "Peace for the Middle Ear." There's a rock concert at the Diaphragm Club featuring the band Metabolica. Ozzy and Drix drive a Cel Camino.

  "This is a very interesting direction for broadcasters to take," says Sandra Calvert, a psychologist and director of the Children's Digital Media Center at Georgetown University. "We rarely see someone go after the health area." Kids go for the slapstick and drama while adults are drawn to the puns and parodies, and the dual enjoyment sparks questions and conversation, she says.

  Consider an upcoming episode in which Hector eats bad sausage containing parasitic worms. A spoof of jaws begins as his stomach becomes a sea of acid dotted with boats. On one, Ozzy teams up with grizzled Captain Quinine--recalling movie shark hunter Quint and the fact that quinine was once used to treat parasites. Ozzy and the Cap'n blow up the monsters with bicarbonate of soda. A soothing end, not for the worms, but for Hector's upset stomach.


  By Samantha Levine U.S. News & World Report; 7/28/2003-8/4/2003, Vol. 135 Issue 3, p40, 2p, 1c

  注(1):本文选自U.S. News & World Report;7/28/2003-8/4/2003, p40, 2p, 1c;


  1.From the first three paragraphs, we learn that ___________.

  [A] Ozzy & Drix is a cartoon about good-guy fighting bad guy.

  [B] the target audience of Ozzy & Drix are children.

  [C] smartoon is a new type of cartoon

  [D] the purpose of Ozzy & Drix is to help children fight against diseases

  2.Which of the following statements is true according to the text?

  [A] Ozzy in the cartoon lacks experiences.

  [B] Hector’s friends show sympathy to him when he contracts disease.

  [C] A new season of Ozzy & Drix will be on show this fall.

  [D] Ozzy & Drix mainly deals with battling frightening creatures。

  3.According to Sandra Calvert, broadcasters may learn from Ozzy & Drix_________.

  [A] how to create humorous effect

  [B] that health area is worth exploring

  [C] that dual enjoyment of both kids and adults is the key to Ozzy & Drix’s success

  [D] that kids and adults alike take great fun in Ozzy & Drix

  4.Which of the following best defines the word “slapstick”?

  [A] humorous acting

  [B] serious theme

  [C] interesting plot

  [D] instructive stories

  5.The author uses the episode in which Hector eats bad sausage containing parasitic worms to show _____________.

  [A] how the cartoon is plotted

  [B] how children feel when they fall ill

  [C] the pun and humor in the cartoon

  [D] the way children can be educated

  答案:B C B A C




  salmonella [sAlmE5nelE]n. 沙门氏菌

  pimple [5pImp(E)l]n. 丘疹, 面泡, 疙瘩

  gland [^lAnd]n. 腺

  quirky [ `kw\:kI ] adj. 诡诈的, 离奇的

  acne [5AknI]n. 痤疮, 粉刺

  lineup [`laInQp] n. 系列节目

  personify [p\:5sRnIfaI]vt. 赋与...以人性, 使人格化

  nicotine [5nIkEti:n]n. 烟碱,尼古丁

  smarmy [5smB:mI]adj. 令人厌烦的, 爱说奉承话的, 虚情假意的

  osmosis [Cz`mEJsIs, Cs-]n. 渗透(作用), 渗透性

  street-smart: adj. 经验老到的

  uptight [5QptaIt, Qp5taIt]adj. 过分拘谨的;(行为,观点和品味)极端保守的

  internist [5Int\:nIst]n. <美>内科医师

  contract [kEn5trAkt]v. 感染

  cornea [5kC:nIE]n. [医]角膜

  artery [5B:terI]n. 动脉

  slapstick [5slApstIk] n. 闹剧;滑稽剧

  parody: [5pArEdi] n. 模仿滑稽作品

  spoof [spu:f] n. 胡说;戏弄;哄骗

  grizzled [5^rizld] adj. 灰色的, 头发斑白的


  Rather than lecture kids about smoking, Ozzy & Drix turns nicotine into Nick O'Teen, a smarmy villain with long claws that hook into brains and cause addictions.

  主体句式:Ozzy & Drix turns nicotine into Nick O'Teen

  结构分析:这是一个复杂句,主句为Ozzy & Drix turns nicotine into Nick O'Teen,Nick O’Teen后面有个较长的同位语,其中还含有定语从句。Rather than作为连接词引导从句,通常表示否定意义,意为:“而不是”,用于和另外一种可以肯定的情况作比较。比如,Rather than sit in a cozy room, he works out in the cold air. 他没有在舒适的房间里安坐,而是冒着严寒在室外工作。



  1. 答案为B,属事实细节题。文中第一段最后说这部卡通片“深受2-11岁孩子的欢迎。”第二段说要通过卡通片教孩子们认识自己的身体,第三段都讲卡通片涉及的是孩子们日常生活中面临的真实问题。由此可见,答案为B:卡通片的目标人群为儿童。C项中的smartoon只是用来说明该卡通构思巧妙,并不是新型卡通。

  2. 答案为C,属事实细节题。从文章第一段末it’s coming back this fall可知新一季的Ozzy& Drix即将在秋季上映。文中第二段提到Ozzy是street-smart,这个词的意思是“阅历丰富的,经验老到的”。文中第三段提到Hector患病后遭遇了peer pressure,即同伴的压力,可见同伴们都不喜欢患病的他。第二段特意提到了instead of battling mystical monsters,也就是说这部卡通一改和怪物斗争的模式,所以只有答案C是正确的。

  3. 答案为B,属推理判断题。文章第五段一开头就引用Sandra Calvert的话说,这是广播公司可以发展的一个非常有趣的方向,接着又说,以前很少见到涉足保健领域的话题。可见,她的意思是广播公司在保健领域大有可为。

  4. 答案为A,属猜词题。文章第四段开头说“The slap-your-knee, ba-dum-dum humor takes many forms.”接下来举例说明,并在第五段说孩子们喜欢这种slapstick,根据上下文判断,“幽默的表演”应该是最佳选项。

  5. 答案为C,属推理判断题。从第三段可知双关和幽默是该剧最大的特点,在最后一段的剧情里,作者说奎宁船长的名字让人想起猎鲨专家奎恩特以及奎宁曾用于治疗寄生虫病的事情,可见作者是以此举例说明这部卡通剧作的双关和幽默。


  沙门氏是一伙恶毒的,会传染疾病的坏蛋,而一个粉刺则是一个迷恋权利的油脂腺。这就是在《奥兹和德里克斯》这档华纳电视网周六早晨节目中展现的生活---而且是对于沙门氏菌和粉刺最离奇的一次改编。而这仅是这部堪称 “聪明卡通”的系列片的第一季。在2至11岁的孩子中,它是最受欢迎的一档节目。今年秋季,它又将上演。








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