Friday, December 21, 2007

Authentic Whoville Tree

From x-entertainment, Hey, remember that Charlie Brown Christmas tree replica I
wrote about last year? Well, Urban Outfitters is at it again, this time with the "Authentic Whoville Tree," from Dr. Seuss's How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Since it's already a few dollars cheaper than Chuck's older model, I guess my initial reaction was on the money: A Whoville tree probably isn't iconic enough to drive anyone batty with joy.

The novelty tree is around two feet tall, with the correct bunch of stringed ornaments, curvable branches, and a perpetual drooping tilt. The only problem is that…well, if I didn't tell you that it was a Whoville tree, would you have known? Maybe, but most wouldn't: They'd just think it was an ugly, misshapen fake tree picked up from a closeout outlet. That's not the kind of impression I want to make for twenty bucks, so it's fortunate that I have no friends and nobody will see this thing on top of my wall unit.

I exaggerate. I consider the UPS man my friend. And maybe the casino host at Bally's.

They're especially nice if you have an errant corner shelf just waiting for the right objet d'art. We don't have such a corner shelf, but I like it well enough anyway. It's kooky. Slanted trees are kooky!


DCD said...

The Charlie Brown tree is excellent! I kind of agree with the sentiment here though...although the box is cool.

Octopunk said...

The box is cool because there's an actual Dr. Seuss drawing on it instead of a totally ass prop lamely attempting to imitate his extraordinary vibe with its awful realness.

If drawn by Dr. Seuss, even a crappy tree has art and mystery. A real-life prop of one of his images should have a lot more effort behind it.

Of course, the live-action Grinch and Cat in the Hat movies involved effort, and that didn't turn out so well.