I assume you are familiar with the PBS children's show, Super Why? If you're like me you watch it at least once a day and sometimes ten times a day. I like Super Why. It's a good show and not hideously unwatchable (like Sid the Science Kid). I even enjoy Super Why. It's the new Blues Clues. But there are some discrepancies in the plot. There are three main people (Princess Pea, Whyatt, and Red) and also one main pig (Pig). I guess they are all characters from a fairy tale but what is Whyatt from? Is the show itself the "fairy tale" which he stars in? Is the show, at it's heart, some kind of meta-criticism of the post-modern narrative?
And then there's the question of Whyatt's brother, Jack. Some of my favorite episodes include Jack, the angsty older brother. He has the most beautiful singing voice you ever heard, which is showcased in the episode where he sings a giant to sleep. You see, Whyatt tells us that Jack is the Jack of Jack and the Beanstalk. How can this be? If that is "his story" did he really sell the family cow for magic beans or is "his story" more like a play he was once in? Normally when they "jump into a story" the story characters are differentiated from the Super Why characters by being in 2-D. Jack isn't 2-D. I wonder a lot about Jack. I'd like to know more about him.
The other thing I wonder about is this: What is Goofy? He's a dog, correct? Why does he walk and talk while Pluto remains in a subservient pet dog position? It would be like if Pig on Super Why had a pet pig that could only oink. I hate Goofy and all the Disney cartoons. They are so flat. One note. Lacking irony. But, back to my question: Mickey has Minnie. They are both mice. Donald pairs off with Daisy and they are both ducks. (How would you like to hang out with Donald Duck? PLEASE! Give me Daffy any day of the week.) So where does Goofy (a dog, presumably) get off having a pet dog and dating a cow? Claribel is a cow! The Disney universe needs to be more consistent with inter-species dating rules.
And then of course there is "Toodles." Toodles is nothing but the Disney logo. They have anthropomorphized the Disney logo! They didn't make him a tool box or even a friendly and helpful frog. Or a pet hamster that hands tools to a walking talking master hamster who dates a cow. Nope. Toodles is a logo. This entrages me. Sometimes I don't pay attention while my kids watch their shows but I heard them saying "Hey Toodles!" along with the TV so I finally looked up to see what this Toodles character was. "THAT"S Toodles? Toodles is nothing? Can't you see that Toodles is nothing?" My kids don't even care. They accept and love Toodles. (Better put critical thinking skills on the list for our summer enrichment lessons.) Here's Mickey talking to "Toodles." Inventive, no? Like, literally: That is Toodles.