Toy Fair took over Javits Center in New York City for four fantastic, fierce, and very furry days. From February 17 to February 20, plush delights were everywhere. The exhibiting companies were truly driven this year to make their critter’s coats softer to the touch and easier to squeeze and cuddle.
Photos Courtesy of NBC Sports Division and Official 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics
Stuffed animals and skating rinks have had a long and storied history. There are the Teddy Bear Tosses that happen at hockey games — where plush bears are thrown onto the rink when the home team scores its first goal. The bears are then gathered and donated to children’s charities and hospitals, and the altruistic attendees attempt to break world records with the number of critters they hurl to the ice. (The current world record was set on December 6, 2015, when the Calgary Hitmen hockey fans unleashed 28,815 stuffed toys in a single, triumphant toss.)
Movie Images Courtesy of StudioCanal/Heyday Films
Why are some re-imaginings celebrated as innovative and beautiful, while others are labeled as tawdry and exploitative? That’s the question that is gamboling through my mind as I ponder the critical reaction to “Paddington 2” versus “Peter Rabbit.” As I mentioned in last week’s blog, “Peter Rabbit” is an abomination of the mischievous Beatrix Potter creation. Rather than being clever, the new movie version is sly and devious. Instead of being a worthy opponent to Farmer McGregor, he is dangerous, devious, and deadly. It is as if the Potter bunny has become Ted Bundy: charming on the surface appearance, but deranged and psychopathic in his heart!