All these stories that take the genius of looking through the eyes of a toy (Toy Story, Pinocchio, The Nutcracker Prince, Babes in Toyland), are fun for me. Have you ever seen a kid (like Sid from Toy Story) be a little too rough with their toys and cringe?
What drew me to The Nutcracker Prince when I was a little girl, was the romance of the story of a girl who helps the Prince defeat the evil rat and save the toys. What a cool story!
Isn’t it interesting, how the perception of the classic hero has evolved from something like this? So, the Prince is a gentleman, unassuming, and gallant. He’s a good dancer and dresses nice – how neat. *smiles* But what about the bad boy that girls seem to go for as they get older?
How did the ideal go from something like this – to….something else? (I’m trying to think of a nice way to put some of the “bad boys” that are seen around, and just can’t think of anything.) Can you imagine the Prince being a smart-alec kid with spiked hair? That would make an interesting doll!
What would our childhood toys say about us, if they could tell our story?