A Very Serious Note on Sentimentality

Esteemed theologian Stanley "H-Dawg" Hauerwas is known to have blamed a great deal of society and the church's problems on "sentimentality."  (I'd provide a link, but that seemed like work.)  Well, I couldn't agree more, especially when it comes to the critical social issue of the portrayal of prehistoric fauna in modern children's programming.  Too many cartoons and plastic toys favor the following depiction:

 On the other hand, this dinosaur IS probably the scarier of the two...

On the other hand, this dinosaur IS probably the scarier of the two...

A truly considerate and accurate depiction that gets at the nub of what makes these creatures so appealing to children might appear more as follows:

 80's toy commercials are really the gold standard on this front.

80's toy commercials are really the gold standard on this front.

The same applies likewise to dragons, fighter jets, and also penguins.

 Penguin Riders would have made an excellent 80's Saturday morning cartoon as well.

Penguin Riders would have made an excellent 80's Saturday morning cartoon as well.

That is all.