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The Raggy Dolls


It’s not much of a life when you’re just a pretty face. Just to be whoever you are is no disgrace. Don’t be scared if you don’t fit in, look who’s in the reject bin. It’s the Raggy Dolls, Raggy Dolls, dolls like you and me. Right! Stop there! I can put up with the rest of the lyrics basically spelling out that I am one of lifes losers, thank you very much I was doing fine up until then thinking I had no life worries. Then I’m told to look in the reject bin. So, you’re calling me a reject now are you? Gee thanks.

Ah, you think to yourself, they’re dolls in the reject bin. That’s OK, I’m not a doll, so therefore I’m not really a reject. Oh no, you are, the lyrics say so – dolls like you and me.

If kids didn’t have enough problems with growing up, along comes an influential program that basically spells out to them that they are a complete waste of space. OK, the Raggy Dolls have adventures, but at the end of the day they are still rejects. Nobody wants them.

Nice, just the thing to tell a kid. You can have as much fun as you like, but at the end of the day nobody loves you. You are a waste of space!

Maybe I’m just taking this too literary. Probably, but program makers have to think before they start trying to be Mr and Mrs nice by pointing out that there’s nothing wrong with being a reject. Yes, it a nice thing to say, but nobody likes having the fact that they are a loser pointed out to them. After all, kids programs are designed to appear to be a one-on-one thing. As far as the kid is concerned, this program is about them and nobody else.


Enough ranting, let’s get back onto the subject – The Raggy Dolls. As you might have gathered by now, it’s about a bunch of dolls that didn’t quite make the grade. But that’s OK, because they have lots of adventures and fun together, and always end up helping out someone else in the process. How nice. What would we do without rejects?

Perhaps I’m being a bit too hard here. It’s a good program. I used to watch it as a kid, and thoroughly enjoyed it. As a kid it probably did teach me to be nice to others and it doesn’t matter who someone else is they are after all still a person. Now though, it’s a different story. It’s still an enjoyable program, but unfortunately I have learnt the art of picking holes in the slightest thing. But I’m OK with that because just to be whoever you are is no discrace.

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