Born on “Imagination Day,” the ambiguously marsupial, beloved youngsters TV character Polkaroo has been a fixture of Canadian tradition for generations. He taught youngsters about utilizing their creativity and creativeness, main them on psychedelic journeys of the thoughts. But now, many of the individuals who grew up with Polkaroo are grownups, dwelling within the largest nation on earth with authorized adult-use hashish. And for veteran mascotter Mark Scott, who spent many years beneath the Polkaroo’s costume for Canadian broadcaster TVO, it’s excessive time to get with the occasions.
Polkaroo Is All Grown Up, and He’s All About Cannabis
With just a few purple thread and an thrilling new prop, the Polkaroo has reworked himself into the brand new and improved Tokaroo, a cannabis-loving parody of the well-known youngsters’s TV character. Since October 17, when Canada’s adult-use regulation went into impact, Tokaroo has been wandering the streets of Toronto. Puffing on an enormous stuffed joint, Tokaroo was in Toronto park celebrating with Canadians having fun with their new proper to authorized weed, and he has proven up in Instagram feeds each since. Tokaroo’s public appearances as an enormous, very excessive marsupial all the time appeal to crowds of enthusiastic adolescents and adults.
Sometimes, Scott says, mother and father will even pose with their youngsters beside the red-eyed, toking Tokaroo. In that case, Scott does his greatest to tuck Tokaroo’s joint out of the body. (A trick many Canadian mother and father already know all too properly.) But regardless of all the general public adulation, TVO is making an attempt to actually kill the excitement round Tokaroo. And in a signed cease-and-desist letter, TVO is demanding Scott cease performing as his pot-loving rendition of Polkaroo.
But the veteran mascot maker, who appeared as Polkaroo at TVO promotional occasions between 1985 and 2007, has refused to again down. Instead, he’s difficult the broadcaster to reside as much as its personal motto to “Never Stop Learning.” “They’re doing a lot of ‘never’ and ‘stopping’,” Scott stated. Scott has till Friday to determine whether or not to proceed together with his 420-friendly parody of beloved Canadian youngsters TV character Polkaroo. And by all accounts, he plans to maintain his Tokaroo costume in rotation as half of an increasing forged of characters.
Could Mark Scott’s Tokaroo Succeed Where All Other Weed Mascots Have Failed?
Weed mascots have an ignominious historical past as half of hashish consciousness campaigns or anti-drug advertisements. There’s simply one thing ridiculous about “Buddy,” the cartoon hashish cop, or the “Stoner Sloth.” But with Tokaroo, Mark Scott is embracing the ridiculousness. And for that purpose alone, Tokaroo might succeed the place all different weed mascots have failed.
Scott says Tokaroo isn’t for teenagers, anyway, regardless that TVO’s letter to Scott cited considerations about selling hashish to youngsters. Both Polkaroo and Tokaroo are about creating individuals’s minds, however Tokaroo is for adults and adolescents, in response to Scott. Taking an irreverent, typically crass strategy, similar to displaying up as a beloved youngsters TV character holding an enormous plush joint, Tokaroo needs to have a blunt dialog about younger individuals and weed.
And it’s not simply Tokaroo, both. Scott says he’s creating mascots round a number of different social points and identities. There’s Rainbowroo, a queer tackle Polkaroo who talks about LGBTQ+ id. Then there’s Reddyroo, who has particular wants, and Signaroo, who’s deaf and makes use of signal language. All are half of a rising forged of “Candoroos” Scott is pioneering to deal with the problems most necessary to younger individuals. He needs to take Polkaroo and switch it into “an infinite symbol of representation.” With such a grand imaginative and prescient, it’s unlikely Scott will take heed to TVO and retire Tokaroo. Blaze on, buddy.