Sunday, December 2, 2012
Another inflatable horror from the "good" people at Gemmy. In this tiny tragedy, a gun-toting Santa Claus and his penguin buddy appear to be hunting for reindeer, the very animals that assist Santa with his toy deliveries every December 24th. That seems like kind of a dick move, don'tcha think?
But this scene is much darker than all that. Look closer. Santa isn't simply hunting random, non-flying, non-present delivering reindeer: he's hunting his reindeer! That bug-eyed reindeer is clearly wearing a collar, which, in this country anyway, denotes ownership or guardianship or what-have-you. Why is Santa hunting his own reindeer? What kind of sick Surviving the Game-type situation is this? What did this reindeer do to deserve such a cruel fate? Is this what lies in store for anyone who finds himself on the naughty list? Was coal in the stocking not enough for twisted old Kris Kringle anymore? Now he's got to stalk and murder people? And what role does the penguin play in all of this? Sure, he's the lookout, but is there something more? These are the things I think about when I look at this ugly lawn decoration.