Monday, March 21, 2011

Chickie and Bunny: A Tough Act To Follow

Lately I have been perusing the Easter aisles of Walgreen's with no small degree of anxiety.  With Easter barely a month away, baskets for Sooby, Pooh, and Bootsie are crying out to be filled.  Generally, that would not be a problem, but this year, I'm afraid, I may run into an exception.  There is no way I will be able to compete with Chickie and Bunny.

Chickie and Bunny were last year's Easter gifts to Sooby and Pooh.  They are battery-operated, animated plush creatures snatched from the shelves of Walgreen's amid a mob of other day-after-Easter shoppers nearly two years ago.  Because the kids' parents consider these toys loud and obnoxious and because they sometimes exhibit abolutely no sense of humor, Chickie and Bunny have resided for the past year on a shelf in the toy closet at my house.  I don't admit this to many people, but sometimes I get them out and play with them even when the kids are not here.

Chickie, as his nickname suggests, appears at first glance to be an innocent yellow baby chick hatching from a lovely, pastel-striped egg.  However, when you push a button hidden inside his wing, he begins to crow, flap his wings, light up, and waddle around in a circle to the syncopated rhythm of "The Chicken Dance."  The longer the song plays, the faster it goes, and the faster Chickie waddles.  It is one of the cutest, funniest things I have ever seen.

Bunny is a light blue and white Kenny G wannabe complete with sunglasses and a saxophone (which Pooh calls a "sackophone").  Push Bunny's little foot, and he becomes a musical prodigy, swaying masterfully from side to side and belting out sixteen measures of the jazziest brass you've ever heard.  Bunny and Chickie are especially effective when played simultaneously, which often happens when Sooby and Pooh have them out.  The word cacophony comes to mind, but theirs is a discordant duet I never tire of.

You see my problem.  I am going to have to work really hard this year to top the joy and musical finesse of Chickie and Bunny.  So rather than shopping at random, thus trusting any chance of success to serendipity, I have narrowed my search to three specific items that I think just might top Chickie and Bunny for originality and musical genius.  Here they are:

  • a kangaroo that thumps her tail and juggles Easter eggs while the baby in her pouch sings "Put on Your Easter Bonnet";
  • a chicken that, to the theme song of Breakfast at Tiffany's, lays an egg, scrambles it, and serves it on a pastel Fiestaware platter with bacon and toast; and 
  • a pair of toothless ducks, dressed in bib overalls, that play the banjo duet from Deliverance.  (These should be especially easy to find, since all ducks are basically toothless.) 
If you find any of these during your Easter shopping adventures, please let me know.  I am in a real bind here.  I need all the help I can get.

1 comment:

  1. I have a couple of Christmas toys that are much like the toys you describe. One is a Santa that sings "Feliz Navidad" if you squeeze one of his feet. We heard "Feliz Navidad" one Christmas until we were in a decidedly un-Christmas mood. But my children resist all efforts to send Santa home with them.