Friday, December 5, 2008

So, why are you a misfit?

Ah, the Christmas season. A time when everyone begins to think of things like roasting chestnuts, gift exchanges...and why the flipping hell that totally normal looking doll is considered a misfit toy in 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer'.

I never really liked 'Rudolph'...it's a little overrated. Maybe it's just because I'm a huge fan of Frosty and Santa Claus is Comin' to Town and pretty much every other Rankin/Bass special BUT 'Rudolph'. Also, the protagonists are all total dicks. Of course, they can be excused because it was the first thing R/B ever made. Another reason is probably the insane amounts of merchandise they have for only Rudolph. There are plushies of characters who appeared for two seconds. This kinda lets me down...this is coming from someone who wants a Grimsley or Hocus Pocus plushie, so I guess you can't blame me. Does anyone else on this planet want one? Yes, there's an official Hinkle plushie, but he looks like he ate some of that purple plastecine that made Santa spontaniously gain weight in 'Rudolph'.

I found an article on this subject on misfittoys.net, a great site to buy
Rankin/Bass merchandise.



The tag on the CVS bean bag toy of the little Dolly reads: "I'm a little rag doll who just wants a friend. I think that will help my broken heart mend." This seems to be the ever-burning question for Misfit philosophers of all time. Rick Goldschmidt in his book "The Enchanted World of Rankin Bass" writes: In the original broadcast the Dolly's screen time is mere seconds. I don't believe Romeo Muller really gave the character much thought. She was granted more screen time in the 1965 and 1997 broadcasts which ultimately led many a fan to wonder what was wrong with her. Arthur Rankin says that Dolly's problem is more psychological. As it is never mentioned in the script why in particular the doll is a misfit, some offer this: Charlie-in-the-Box tells Rudolph, Hermey and Yukon when they arrive on the Island of Misfit Toys that King Moonracer flies over the earth each night and brings unloved toys to the Island of Misfits. Dolly is perhaps there because she feels she is unloved (as King Moonracer explains about misfits) and perhaps the little girl who onced played with her is now grown up and Dolly now sits in a box, unwanted, waiting to be loved by another little girl again. "In certain circles," this explanation is offered and widely accepted by Misfit Philosophers.

I personally like the theory that she's obsessive-compulsive. A doll with OCD is a pretty epic thought. That, or she has a homicidal double-personality.

...these fanfics just keep writing themselves, don't they?

~ Pirka

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