The old, unhip Strawberry ShortcakeIsn’t it funny how characters we remember from our pasts change as time goes by – or when at least enough time goes by for the characters we remember to grow unhip and embarrassing to kids of a new era?

Well, take a look at this article from the New York Times Business section that tells us about just that. I find it particularly interesting that our 80’s habits, like eating sweets, have grown embarrassing. And we librarians may groan when we see the Angelina Ballerina we know and love become a whole lot svelter when she reaches (gasp) Public Television. A quote from the story:

So [Strawberry Shortcake’s] owner, American Greetings Properties, worked for a year on what it calls a “fruit-forward” makeover. Strawberry Shortcake, part of a line of scented dolls, now prefers fresh fruit to gumdrops, appears to wear just a dab of lipstick (but no rouge), and spends her time chatting on a cellphone instead of brushing her calico cat, Custard.

So the Strawberry Shortcake you see here isn’t long for this world. Go to the NY Times story to see the newer, thinner, one, (And well, ahem, um, some of us who never liked the original might not mind too much, but, ahem, I didn’t say that.)

Modern cartoon characters must be thin and politically correct. And book characters, too, I guess.