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Is Mickey Mouse Dying?

28 Nov

by Rodimus Dunn

Watching Katy Perry on the Simpsons last night made my mind wander considerably. After getting past how incredibly sexy she is, her skin tight, cleavage producing outfit reminded me that she also wore a cleavage revealing dress for her appearance on Sesame Street. Perry is clearly a kook for wearing such a dress on a show geared towards young children, and obviously the outrage from concerned parents got the show permanently banned from Sesame Street. My question is for those who don’t have young children, did you even know that Sesame Street was still televised? I still see and hear people talk about Elmo, but that’s where it stops. I certainly had no clue that Big Bird and his crew still did their thing, because all I ever see on television and internet ads are Dora and Sponge Bob. I get that Bugs Bunny, Tweety, Mr. Rogers and his freaky neighborhood, Woody Woodpecker, and Tom and Jerry are long forgotten, but has some of the shine faded from the great Mickey Mouse also?

if this is how they dress on Sesame Street, I’d better bring some one dollar bills

Obtaining Nielsen ratings is essentially an act of Congress, since television networks pay big money for the information, but digging hard enough there is some interesting free information. Apparently during 2009 Nickelodeon had 4 of the top 5 watched shows among preschoolers (ages 2-5): Go Diego Go, Max and Ruby, Dora the Explorer, and The Backyardigans. Those shows rank #’s 1, 2, 4, and 5 respectively. If the ages are expanded to 2-11, Nickelodeon had the two top rated shows in iCarly and SpongeBob SquarePants. Although we don’t have a complete list of all the shows, weren’t those kinds of accolades usually reserved for the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse or some show related to the world’s most famous mouse? Didn’t Mickey and his comrades rule cable television and Sesame Street network television? When did things change so drastically?

Not to kick a mouse when he’s down, but earlier this month the Disney owned town of Celebration, Florida (which is just down the road from Disney World) had its first ever suicide and its first ever homicide within days of each other. The murder was first reported, as the neighbors of a Celebration resident, Matteo Giovanditto, called the authorities because they hadn’t seen him in a few days. His body was soon discovered, but no further details have been released on the matter. The suicide occurred just two days later, as another Celebration resident shot himself after a 14 hour standoff with police. Not that these have anything to do with Nickelodeon laying the beat down on the great mouse’s reign, it’s just that I never imagined in my lifetime that anyone other than Mickey Mouse would be the premier animated character.  Hot dog!

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