16.7.10

Childish Things

Andre O'Hagan talks about Toy Story 3 over at This is London:
As the tear-jerking cliché says, when we are no longer children we put away childish things. Toy Story 3 taps into one of the most ordinary sadnesses of the average life: we are all, in the end, exiles from our childhoods, and lost to the things that used to make us happy. 
I've been reading more about toys and their inventors In Tim Walsh's Timeless Toys.  Did you know that the inventor of the Slinky ran off to Bolivia and joined a cult leaving his wife and six children behind?  And the story behind Raggedy Ann would absolutely break your heart.  Cartoonist Johnny Gruelle invented the ragdoll character for his daughter Marcella who died at the age of thirteen.  The name came from two poems, "The Raggedy Man" and "Little Orphant Annie."

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