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Dec 10, 2008

Jolly Boots of Doom


At 8:02 AM , Blogger JerseyCynic said...

OMG Indi -- I'm speechless (my first reaction). I'm not familiar with Nickelodeon's "Invader Zim" or the
Jolly Boots of Doom.

After a little digging -- I get it now.

Camille Paglia referenced this in a
recent post

"Finally, a holiday treat. I've often complained about my childhood oppression by saccharine Christmas carols, which were forced on us at school and in Girl Scouts. (The narcotized "Silent Night" was the worst torture of them all.) So I was delighted to find this anti-carol on Nickelodeon, the children's cartoon network. The ominous scenario ("Brave New World" meets "Metropolis") wonderfully expresses the commercialized fascism of this hectic season. All year long, these hypnotic lyrics have become a standard chant at my house: "Bow down, bow down, before the power of Santa -- or be crushed, be crushed by his jolly boots of doom!" What gifted team created this witty fantasia? Congratulations for popular art at its best!"

I guess I should have watched along more often when my kids were younger.

yes, a very witty fantasia (for the adult viewers) for sure. I wonder if any of these kids will grow up to realize the "true meaning of Christmas" -- commercialism

At 12:40 PM , Blogger Indigobusiness said...

Yeah, I got it from her. She's maddeningly insightful.

I don't watch Nickelodeon either, except for an occasional Adult Swim.

***Merry Christmas***, JC.

At 11:24 PM , Blogger JoeC said...

That is so weird and cool...and I'm sure it's saying more on many levels that I'm not deciphering, but it's still very cool on my limited personal frequencies.

At 8:54 AM , Blogger Indigobusiness said...

That was sort of my take, as well, Joe.

There are so many contradictory elements, along with all the obvious symbolism. Dystopia never expected this sort of criticism, I'm sure.

To counterbalance the disturbing accuracy, I'm reminded of all the Whos in Whoville, who carried on in all the right ways.


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