While Parenting at the Crossroads often edges toward the more serious and urgent issues associated with parenting (bullying, teen sex, child safety, etc) there are those subjects associated with childhood that bring about such joy and vicarious pleasure that they cannot be ignored. I am speaking about toys. Not all toys necessarily, just the one’s that effectively functioned as intimate links to our own quiet, burgeoning creativity as children. I am talking about things like LEGOs, Playmobile, Erector, and even Barbie…yes Barbie! These were all toys that served as conduits to parts of our brain that needed unlocking and stimulation. While I won’t say they were the most educational of toys, they were toys that fostered a certain conversance and communion between child and toy. This sort of intimacy was well articulated in the much-praised Toy Story 3 movie of last year.
So it is of little surprise that many adults, far from their years of getting lost in play with molded plastic objects, hold a deep affection for such items. While some live vicariously through their children’s discovery of Star Wars and Snoopy, others just can’t keep their hands off of the raw materials of childhood.
I stumbled upon the truly amazing and evocative video project below that combines two of my most beloved relics from late childhood – post punk and Playmobile. Here is an extremely faithful recreation of the short-lived Manchester band Joy Division doing their song, “Transmission” on the British TV show “Something Else,” rendered entirely in animated Playmobile (click here if you would like to see the making of):
Adults (and some children) have (forgive the pun) toyed with the format of using beloved toys to illustrate favorite movies and/or music. What follows is a welcome diversion from our contemporary world of chaos and despair, and is a salute to creative interpretation utilizing the toys we love(d).