on this very-slow-to-load "anti-obesity" ad campaign
aimed at parents. I am not sure what the point was of using fat toys, but I would so want to play with these fat Playmobil pirates if I were a kid. And as a grownup, well (:blush:), let's just say that I can't even pick out my favorite from the fat archetypes arranged here - the ginger-bearded redhead with the peekaboo belly (what I imagine Mr. B. would look like if he would ever humor me and grow a beard); the burly muscle-man with the awesome earrings; the growly bearish one with the bone; the softer, younger chubby guy.
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Pirates in story and song represent unfettered id. Vicariously enjoying a pirate story is a way to let out aggression, the desire for wildness, the pursuit of greed in the form of treasure, and even lust. Remember the pirate port in the 1991 movie Hook
, when too-cute Mr. Smee (Bob Hoskins) sashays his belly up to the brothel, and all the garishly painted and be-wigged ladies of pleasure lean out the window to welcome him? (below:)
The pirate in stories isn't entirely wicked, either, like Long John Silver
in the animated Treasure Planet
. Nor does his roundness detract from his eventual good-heartedness.
So when this ad campaign set out to demonize fat pirates, I'd say they *failed.*ETA:
Mr. Smee clip from Hook