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Rant Of The Day THIS RANT 12/01/97

Rant Of The Day is where I get to mouth off about whatever I feel like for however long I like. Theoretically, I'll update my whinge/opinion piece every weekday; in practice, maybe not so often.

Grover gets a little bit back

Regular readers will recall (I use that phrase a lot for someone with not very many readers) my complaint about how Grover, by far the most important Sesame Street Muppets, had been shunted aside to some extent by 80s red invader Elmo. You would have had to had your head stuck in a particularly deep pool of mud over Christmas not to realise just how true that was. Tickle Me Elmo became the holiday sensation, with idiotic Americans paying up to $660 in radio auctions just to get their kiddies their first vibrator. I myself took advantage of the break to troll the toyshops of Sydney, and found a depressingly low level of Grover merchandising.

Fortunately, though, I didn't discover a total lack of fuzzy and blue things. I managed to pick up a Grover stamp (of the inkpad variety), so I'll be redecorating the walls of my house soon. And, even better, a friend of mine picked up the pictured Grover bath toy for me. It mightn't be very clear from this somewhat distorted shot, but Grover is made of cloth, yet still manages to float, thanks to the surgically attached plastic ring.

One of my colleagues observed that it was not exactly the best Grover likeness she had ever seen. This may well be true, but at least he's out there, impressing his unique personality on a whole new generation of susceptible kids who may grow up to be long-limbed, timid journalists.


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