Recently, Annie and I (and occasionally Nick) have been playing epic rounds of Disney Hedbanz, which is just like regular Hedbanz except with only Disney characters. Or things. There are sometimes things and those are really hard (like the rose from Beauty and the Beast, the pumpkin coach from Cinderella, etc. HOW DO YOU GUESS THAT YOU’RE A POISON APPLE??).
The object of the game is to determine what character is pictured on your headband (which you cannot see, because it’s, you know, on your head) by asking questions about it – essentially Twenty Questions, except the number of questions isn’t limited; you can ask as many as you want until the sand runs out of the hourglass. Or, in Annie’s and my case, you can ask questions for all of eternity, because it’s exceedingly rare that one of us gets the answer right our first go-round, so we decided that you can just keep asking questions about the same character when it’s your turn again until you finally get it right or become so frustrated, you debate lighting the card on fire, and give up instead.
Playing Hedbanz can be challenging, period, but it is made especially so when you’re playing with someone who is of a different generation than you. Or who does not recognize half of the characters. Or who says “Maaaybe?” when you ask if your character is a boy. Very helpful.
It certainly keeps the mystery alive, because you never know how each round will go. To wit:
When Annie had Eeyore…
“Am I sad?”
“Am I grumpy?”
“Am I the sad and grumpy guy from Winnie the Pooh who’s always sad and grumpy?”
Yes. All you need is his name.
“I need his NAME? Come on, what kind of game is this?”
When I was Captain Hook…
Am I a bad guy?
“Yes, mom. Ohhh, yes.”
Do I have a beard?
“I was just thinking!”
So I don’t have a beard?
“No! I just said that!”
Hmmm. All of the villains I’m thinking of have beards.
“Then you’re not really thinking very hard.”
When Annie was Tinker Bell…
“Am I a boy?”
“Am I a girl?”
“Am I a person?”
Well… You’re kind of a person.”
“Am I an animal?”
“I can’t be kind of a person.”
Actually, you can. You’re also something else.
“SOMETHING ELSE? I don’t even know what that means, ‘something else’.”
That’s why you need to keep asking questions.
“Man, you’re really tiring my hands here.”
I don’t think that phrase means what you think it means, either.
When Annie was Squirt…
I’m not sure you’ll know this character’s name, but that’s okay. If you can just tell me about him, I’ll count it.
“Great, mom. You’re giving me characters I don’t even know.”
I didn’t say you don’t know him. You just might not know his name.
“So, he’s from Nemo?”
“But he’s not a fish?”
“And he’s not a frog?”
“There’s nothing else in all of Nemo!”
I beg to differ. We saw a character like him in Disney World.
No. On one of the rides. Or, to be more specific, on one of the attractions.
“WAIT. I know! Am I a turtle?”
“Am I related to CHUCK THE TURTLE??”
I think you mean Crush.
“Whatever. You said names don’t count.”
When I was Prince Naveen…
Am I a boy?
Am I human?
“Not right now.”
Um… Okay. Am I an animal?
Am I furry?
“NO! Not at all, Mom!”
Could you fit me in your pocket?
“You could. I mean, it would be kind of disgusting, but you could.”
When Annie was Simba…
“So, let’s reveal. I’m a boy.”
“I’m an animal.”
Yes. And I think you meant ‘let’s review’ instead of ‘let’s reveal.’
“What? You’re revealing the answers, aren’t you?”
Fair point. Carry on.
“I sing songs.”
“I’m the main character in a movie.”
“My name is actually THE TITLE of the movie.”
“And I’m a lion.”
“So… I’m a lion. I’m a boy. I sing. My name is the title of the movie…
Nope. Can’t think of anything. Can you help me out here?”
Actually, at this point, I think you’re beyond help.
They say that the family that plays together stays together, but in our case, I think the phrase is more like, The family who survives a dozen rounds of Hedbanz together earns a beer and a Xanax.
That is, when I stop laughing long enough to look for the bottles.
“Am I an animal?”
“Can I fly?”
“Can I swim?”
“Am I blue?”
“Am I another color, too?”
“Am I yellow?”
“I KNOW! AM I DORY??”
“What? I HAVE to be Dory.”
“I don’t think you know how to play this game!”