Further Evidence of the Wide-Sweeping Cultural Impact of SSRI’s

Opening today is Pooh’s Heffalump Movie, the newest attempt from Disney to expand its Winnie the Pooh franchise. The Heffalump, for those of you not up on A.A. Milne’s creative output, never actually makes an appearance in the original books. As imagined by the Heffalump screenwriters, this mythical beast appears to be nothing more than 68 minutes of treacly good cheer (does 68 minute running time count as a feature?).
It would further appear that Heffalump is no more than the well-medicated counterpart to Eeyore, Pooh’s perpetually depressed donkey friend. Although Disney now disputes even Eeyore’s seemingly certain clinical diagnosis. Their character bible claims,

Eeyore doesn’t see himself as gloomy; he just has low expectations… Eeyore’s tiny bright pink bow on his tail, the one hint of color against his gray, is a perfect symbol of the kernel of joy that occasionally surfaces in Eeyore.

So bring on the ultra-pink plastered smiles – the good folks at Pfizer et al. would be proud.
(Big ups, Patrick)

11 replies on “Further Evidence of the Wide-Sweeping Cultural Impact of SSRI’s”

There are mentions of the Heffalumps in both Pooh books, as well as mentions of Woozles, Wizzles, and Jagulars.
How do I know this?
Why the Pooh FAQ, of course.
Why was I reading the Pooh FAQ?
Because I’ve given up on life.

is that what it is? is that why i spent 20 minutes yesterday reviewing the corpus of sid and marty kroft? i have questions about HR Puff N’ Stuff. important questions. or are they?

awwww…don’t break bad on the little zoloft guy. I always feel bad for him when he’s nervous at parties and he doesn’t find joy in butterflies.
He’s so cute.

He’s the unhappiest hard boiled egg ever. And then the most unjustifiably happy hard boiled egg ever. Personally I wouldn’t eat him, he’s been on the floor.

Wow, I thought I was the only one who would be willing to care for that little Zoloft guy too… I always thought we’d be the best of friends…
Looking back at my illustrious childhood, now I recall that my brother’s favorite animated character of all time was Eeyore. Dammit, now I’m going to have to keep an eye out on him for the rest of my life, too…

For me, I love him because I first saw him when I first started taking anti-depressants and literally, I started crying when I saw how sad he was.
He and I, we have a bond.

Well… I don’t like Prozac, it really disagreed with me, Wellbutrin doesn’t seem to have much affect, I wasn’t impressed with Zoloft… but, I really like the Effexor.
Effexor takes away my appetite, so I’ve lost weight on it, all good so far.

I have wondered for so long if I was the only one who was touched and moved by the oval. Thank God I am not alone, I thought it was just a side affect of taking Zoloft. It makes me want to cry when he’s sad…no joy in butterflies, I just want to hug and weep with him!! Then he becomes happy. Through the wonder of antidepressants. Just like me. I love you Zoloft oval. I really really love you.
And the Heffalump is WAY too amped and happy all the time (at least from the endless ads I’ve seen on tv for this flick). I think he’s definitely on something WAY stronger than Zoloft. And poor Eeyore. So sad, looks like he’s been on a 30 year heroin jag. Maybe he should borrow some of the Hef’s happy stash.

Zoloft put me in the hopsycle for three weeks , I hate that stuff but have empathy for the so sad circular guy. Paxil has been my life jacket for the past nine years , but my shirnk wants to put me on this stuff from Europe called Geodon? Any body tried this new , much more expensive post modern anti-existential angst-away agent? I hate being chemically unbalanced in this reality matrix!! Just like Eeyore I know if I could just get inside Wynoma Ryder’s Vutton Purse I would be feeling super grovvy on my way to the ER to get that charcoal milkshake with a side order of stomach pump! Yo! Any of youse guys got the cell phone number of Lush Rumbowl’s ex-housekeeper the Shadeout Mapes!!! RRRRR feeling like a pirate now!

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