My buddy, my buddy, where ever I go, he’s gonna go…
Now for a new feature (well, not really but maybe who knows?) called “Did Ya Ever Notice…?”
Remember this guy?
My Buddy. And if you want to get right down to the brass tacks, My Buddy was a doll specifically marketed for little boys. And it wasn’t unpopular, either. Oh, well, until…
Did You Ever Notice that not long after that, Hollywood gave us this?
That’s right, a horror movie about a doll, which might be called something different but is clearly meant to resemble the My Buddy dolls (the outfit is nearly identical, just with different colored overalls), coming to life and killing the shit out of people.
You didn’t see much of My Buddy after that.
Now, I’m not saying this was on purpose, but at the same time, I have to wonder. Doesn’t seem like purely coincidental, either. By now, movie makers know what effect movies can have on the public (there are plenty of examples, but Jaws screwing with beach communities comes to mind). But here’s a doll marketed for boys (oh, and they scrambled to make a girl version quickly after, too, Kid Sister), which barely got legs under it before it was swiftly undercut by turning it in to a god damn horror icon. Oh, well. I noticed. And I was wondering if you have had, too.