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  •  Yeah, I'm not much of a post-Walt era Disney fan (5+ / 0-)
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    But, this sketch is meant in the post-ironic humor style that kids' shows on Nick and other channels have polished, but Disney has been attempting to catch up to lately.

    Mater is a backwoods character (i.e., removed from direct contact with popular stardom) and simple+older model (i.e., sincere, but perhaps not as keen in memory as he once was) who is google-eyed over being a media star of some sort - with all the trappings that entails.  So, these tales are conveyed by him earnestly, yet the other characters and viewer are supposed to understand otherwise.

    Interesting analysis in the diary, but far more read-in to the potential meanings and effects on kids than this piece deserves, given its context, I feel.

    I grew up with cartoons that included loads of fictional violence (e.g., Wile. E. Coyote), warring animosity (e.g., Tom and Jerry) and even helpless female stereotypes (e.g., Sweet Polly Purebread), but always saw those shows as unreal entertainment.  Unlike Sesame Street, Mister Rogers or the Electric Company, each of which entertained and engaged me - that was the difference in terms of what I took away from any given show back to the real world.

    "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

    by wader on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 10:26:31 AM PDT

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