The Year of the Rat

Filed under: That's Entertainment

The best part of Chinese New Year is that it offers everyone who started the year out badly, a fresh start. Well 2008 is not looking as bright as last year's incredibly auspicious Golden Pig. (Only happens once every 60 years!) But the rat is the first sign of the Chinese zodiac and therefore signifies new beginnings. Since I'm on this Oprah "be positive, change your life" kick, I take that as a good sign.

Few things remind me about the power of spreading positivity like "Year of the Rat," a song and animated video by UK artist Badly Drawn Boy aka Damon Gough. (You might remember his beautiful songs from the soundtrack to the Hugh Grant film About a Boy.)

I think it's pretty PG (there are some scenes you might have to explain: drunk on the street; some fighting) and if you watch it with your kids, it's bound to spark a conversation. If at work, watch it with your coworkers. "One plus one is one, together..." sings Gough. It's inspiring, tear-inducing and makes you want to hug the person next to you.

Kung Hei Fat Choi!

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