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teaching old toys new tricks

over the weekend i noticed an unfamiliar blond girl character on the nick jr. site. i didn't think anything of it until i read someplace that it was holly hobbie.

um, no? that little girl is not holly hobbie. i see that she's supposed to be the great-granddaughter of the original, which is all well and good, but couldn't they have given her a new name? according to the holly hobbie site, she's "keeping up the family tradition of wholesome values, country charm, and big smiles... but with a hip, fresh style all her own!" i gag.

i don't know who came up with the idea of modernizing this character (and good god, don't even get me started on strawberry shortcake in capris and flipflops) but excuse me, we didn't go running around in prairie dresses and bonnets back in the 80s, but you didn't see us clamoring to see dear old holly in legwarmers and jelly shoes.

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