Renown Phycologist Abraham Maslow identified 5 basic human needs, called the Heirarchy of Needs, that we all need to develop into complex individuals. Belonging is the third need identified on the Heirarchy and is situated between 1) water, air, food, 2) security and 4) self-esteem and 5) self-actualization. Here at Squirrels we don’t get too caught up in the details of human psychology, but I thought it was an important point to reference as we talk about a group of our favorite holiday toys that have not yet developed the feeling of belonging.
“A toy is never truly happy until it is loved by a child.” – King Moonracer
The Island of Misfit Toys is an island sanctuary, featured in the Rankin-Bass TV special Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, where unwanted toys are sent. King Moonracer, a flying lion who rules the island, scours the earth looking for unwanted toys and bringing them back in hopes of one day having Santa find them a loving home.
Though Rudolph and Herme try to join the ranks of the misfits, they are denied by King Moonracer as they are not toys. Said Yukon Cornelius, “even among misfits you’re a misfit.” How true.
Leaving Rudolph & Herme aside, let’s take a look at who is the most misfit among the misfits.
Dolly – no seemingly misfit problems here. According to the show’s producer Arthur Rankin, Dolly’s problem was psychological as she was abandoned and felt unloved. Isn’t that a little too much for a holiday special? Dolly, you’re a winner in my book.
Train with Square Wheels – a little difficult to play with. Not such much an issue with children loving this toy, I think it was more of a matter that adult’s didn’t want the train to scratch the floor.
So there you have it. Several of the misfit toys are easily loved thus fulfilling their sense of belonging. But still to this day nobody loves a clown.