What is it about us? Why do we fall in love with these little "critters"? You know Winnie the Pooh, Duffy? Why?
From a cold, hard marketing standpoint Disney merchandising hit on something big with this...something happening all over the world. Translation: HUGE profits.
But, I'm more interested in discussing why we fell for it? Why we, almost immediately fell in love with Duffy. What does it say about us as human beings?
Well...first and foremost I think it says there may just be hope for us afterall. Love is a mighty powerful thing. A good thing. And, when you look around at all the folks here celebrating this little bit of cuddly fluff...it's just downright delightful when you think about it.
Teddy Bears and Disney go way back of course. One of the most popular Mouseketeers of all time, Annette, went into the Teddy Bear business...
And, Winnie the Pooh...well, that particular bear has been in our hearts for a long, long time.
So, along comes Duffy. Fillin' up shelves at Disney Stores and Disney Theme Parks around the world. Is Duffy just for kids?
I don't think so. Judging by the fact that so many women have been laboring over Duffy outfits and such...
Well, is Duffy just for kids and women? I don't think so...judging by the fact that men have been takin' pictures of Duffy in far off and exotic places...
Why are we gigglin' with delight? Why do we love this...this...toy?
Maybe because all of us, no matter how old we may be, still carry within us, a little of the magic, the wonder, the joy, the delight of childhood. Maybe it's our capacity for expressing love. Maybe it's our amazing ability to simply believe.
Twas a wonderful lady named Teresa Langdon who once said, "Believe as a child believes and the magic will find you."
Maybe Duffy is here on a mission...to teach us important lessons about ourselves...about love...about magic, about joy, about delight. Maybe Duffy is here to help the magic find us...all we gotta do is believe.
So, what do you think? What does Duffy-the Disney Bear say about us as human beings?
Adios for now. Talk to ya on down the trail.
Wild Ol' Dan