July 05, 2003

taken for a ride

Just outside the Bi-Lo near home, they still have a few of those kids' rides - the sort that are just some moulded piece of fibreglass (the shape of a car, spaceship, whatever), that just jiggle around for a while, and then stop. Maybe there's a few flashing lights, but that's about it. Is it still that easy to keep a toddler entertained? While I'm writing this I can hear an ice cream van passing through the area, as if on cue. But anyway. A month or so back, my housemate and I were Amused(tm) by such a ride called "Doctor Weirdo's Freak Machine", though I notice it's now been replaced by Sooty (remember him?) and his van. There's just enough room in the front of the van for a kid to squeeze in next to some anonymous fellow traveller, and if you look at the back of the van, a forlorn-looking Sooty's waving out the side window, as if he's been taken prisoner. I'm not sure I understand.

posted on July 05, 2003 at 12:46 PM by cos.

The whole genre creeps me out. There seems to be some international cartel of manufacturers intent on producing Unheimlich For Kids - the weird, malicious smiling-face clown cookies, rides which are too gaudy and tinny, toys composed of nightmarishly incomplete faces. It always seems pitched somewhere between the Victory culture of 1984 and some David Lynch-esque unsavoury wholesomeness to me.

posted on July 5, 2003 8:55 PM by darren.
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