Monday, May 30, 2011

The New Toodles

I mentioned this disturbing issue in a previous post, but wanted to delve into it a little deeper now. I was watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse with my boys this morning, like every typical morning and it was a new episode. A new episode featuring the new Toodles.

I'm mature enough to admit that I'm a typical human, who doesn't like change, but this new Toodles is extremely creepy. Not only does he have a face and talk, he has emotions and jealousy issues. I think the scary factor is the fact that Toodles was more of a machine/tool before with a certain function for Mickey and the Clubhouse and now he has emotions/demands. Kind of like the movie Maximum Overdrive or Terminator or 2001:A Space Oddyssey, where machines/tools get a mind of their own and eventually take over the world or destroy any living being in their path. They essentially "overthrow" their makers.

Specifically for Toodles, this episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse featured him feeling sad when they didn't have use for him and upset when he did not get recognized for his help and finally jealous when there was no celebration balloon featuring his likeness. This is where it starts and it can't possibly lead to any good outcome. He is going to feel more and more "used" and "under appreciated" and eventually take over the clubhouse for himself. He may put Mickey and his friends to work for him or he may just get rid of them all together so he doesn't have to feed them. Who knows for sure, but I will keep an eye on this situation as it unfolds or until my kids stop watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

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