Adventures in Babysitting, released by Touchstone Pictures in 1987, follows a night in the life of seventeen-year-old Chris Parker. After her boyfriend cancels on their anniversary dinner, she takes a babysitting job watching young Sara Anderson, whose brother Brad has a serious crush on Chris. When Chris’s best friend Brenda calls from the bus station in the big city of Chicago, asking Chris to come pick her up, she, Brad, Sara, and Brad’s best friend Daryl set out to pick her up. The tire of the car blows out on the highway, and the children end up sidetracked. They end up interacting with a homicidal tow truck driver, car thieves, and gangs, as well as singing the blues at a night club, but in the end, they retrieve Brenda and end up back at home before Mr. and Mrs. Anderson return from their night out.
Adventures in Babysitting Inspired Names in Pop Culture
The little girl who Chris is hired to babysit in the film, Sara Anderson, has a fondness for comic books, with a particular fondness for the hammer-wielding character of Thor. He is her absolute favorite hero and she wears a plastic, silver-colored hat with wings to show her devotion. When the group is unable to collect the full fifty dollars to pay for a replacement tire for Chris’s car after the tire blows out on the highway, Sara’s childish obsession with the character saves the day when she mistakes the mechanic for Thor, and offers him her helmet, a gesture which prompts him to let Chris take the car for just the forty-five dollars that she has available.
In Rosario, Mexico in January of 2014 another Thor, a Boxer-Bulldog mix with paralyzed hind legs, was in need of a hero himself. He had been left to die on the streets, infested and sick, when a kind-hearted woman by the name of Eva found him and took him to a veterinarian in Tijuana, Mexico, where he was put on an IV, with plans to euthanize him. The woman sent a photo of the dog to Jf Pryor, who runs a nonprofit dog rescue called The Mutt Scouts, out of Echo Park, Los Angeles, and he saw in the canine a strong will to survive. Five days later, thanks to a caring volunteer driver, Thor had been transported to Echo Park for treatment. There he was cleaned, fed. and treated for parasites. He was fitted with a canine wheelchair that was dubbed the Thormobile, and he began physical therapy with a canine rehabilitation center Two Hands, Four Paws so that he could regain his strength and become more mobile.
Therapy methods included laser therapy, acupuncture, and hydrotherapy, as well as muscle building and stretching. Within just a few months of therapy Thor surprised veterinarians everywhere by moving his tail, and shortly afterward he moved a leg, and eventually, in 2015, he was able to stand firm on his own two hind legs. His therapy continued, helping to strengthen the atrophied muscles, making slow but sure progress, and in 2017 Thor grew strong enough to be able to walk on his own four paws. Since his story was first made public in 2014, Thor’s strength and resilience have been inspirational to many people. As of May of 2018, Thor had twenty-eight million fans who were watching and sharing in his trials and triumphs, and that number is sure to keep on increasing.
Adventures in Babysitting Inspired Dog Name Considerations
Many pet parents name their dogs after their favorite characters, be that a main character like Chris, Brad, Sara, or Daryl, or a character with less screen time such as Albert, Brenda, or Joe. Others may choose to go with a place name such as Chicago, where the show was set, or Toronto, where a large portion of the movie was filmed. Other options include honoring the creative minds that went into making the film, employing monikers such as Debra, David, or Linda, or items that are featured in the plot. You can even choose to describe the dog's physical appearance, like Bleu for a dog with a blue coat, or Silver Dollar for a dog with a more silvery sheen, or you can describe the dog's personality or skills instead, for example, using the names Ferrari or Porsche for a dog that loves to run.