Around the world, people have been reveling in Disney and Pixar bringing their film industry back to the top with the hit Inside Out. Well, there is one father who is not happy with the film, but he is more so upset at one of the toys that was made for it. He actually wants the Sadness doll recalled because he feels as if it is expressing suicidal thoughts and could cause depression in children.
According to the Mirror, 34-year-old Andrew Smith bought the talking Sadness doll for his 11-year-old daughter, Reagan. It’s just one in a collection of five that also includes Anger, Joy, Disgust, and Fear.
After bringing the doll home, Smith was not happy with the “suicidal comments” that Sadness was spewing. Here are just a few of the quotes that the doll from Inside Out says.
- “Goodbye friendship, hello loneliness.”
- “I’m in an emotional slump… my legs don’t work. Give me an hour.”
- “Crying makes me slow down and obsess over the weight of life’s problems.”
Andrew Smith is a student in psychology at the University of Highlands and Islands. Over the past year, he has been studying numerous subjects and cases in psychology, so he wasn’t too fond of buying a doll named Sadness for his daughter.
“I didn’t think it was a terribly good idea for mental well-being but then I thought because it was Disney, ‘what’s the harm?’
“It turned out I was very very wrong.”
Upon turning on the doll and getting her to speak, there were a number of generic phrases, but Smith believes the others are “crazy messages for young children.” He didn’t like the “slow, depressed, melancholic tone” of Sadness and thought it was too much even for adults.
The upset dad reached out to Disney, and they advised him to go see Inside Out so that the expressions of Sadness could be put into the proper context.
Smith isn’t upset about the amount of money he’s out — he says it’s just £15 — but he’s appalled that Disney is marketing the toy at young children. He believes it to be “damaging” and thinks that teens with hormones could really take it the wrong way.
Disney and Pixar have certainly delivered a hit with Inside Out, but the Sadness doll just didn’t sit right with one father. Buying the toy for his daughter and having her hear its suicidal thoughts was a mistake in his eyes, and he hopes it doesn’t cause depression in others.
[Images via Disney-Pixar/Hemedia]