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Zoe's Pet Rock

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by GeeBee, Nov 11, 2005.

  1. GeeBee

    GeeBee New Member

    I was really surprised when I first saw that a modern Sesame Street character had a pet rock. The Pet Rock was really all the rage for a brief time in the 70's, but then quickly went out of style and is viewed as something really weird today. As much as Sesame Workshop worries about staying up to date, who would have thought that they'd feature something that was a huge fad in the 1970'? Not that I'm complaining; I find it kind of refreshing to see a blast from my past. :)
  2. BEAR

    BEAR Active Member

    I see what you are saying but it may not be too weird. Kids come up with silly things like that all the time. I am kinda seeing Zoe now as a kid whose parents won't let her have a real pet right now, so she has to carry out a fantasy of having a pet rock. Something that isn't actually alive.
  3. GeeBee

    GeeBee New Member

    No, it's not weird in itself for a child to pretend something like that; I was just surprised that the writers at Sesame Workshop would have something that was so linked to the 1970's.
  4. Daffyfan2003

    Daffyfan2003 Well-Known Member

    Well, Zoe wasn't the first to have a pet rock. I remember years ago, Bert sang a song about his pet rock. He must have been the one to get her into it. Lol.
  5. Rosewood

    Rosewood New Member

    Boy, I sure hope my kid's never want a pet rock!

    And not for the reason you guys might think. You see my husband and I do lapidary work (cutting and polishing rocks). We have so many different kinds of rocks around our house we'd have a ZOO on our hands in no time! (LOL!):p
  6. abiraniriba

    abiraniriba New Member

    Elmo On Rocko

    Elmo wants to get in on this. Frankly, Elmo has never understood Zoe's pet rock Rocko. Rocko is just a rock but it drives me crazy. She plays with the rock more than Elmo. Elmo is tired of hearing about that rock.
  7. Yea... Kids at one point have imaginary friends or anything like that so Elmo and Zoe are there with the kids because they are just like them!
  8. GeeBee

    GeeBee New Member

    I'm beginning to fear that I'm the only one on this thread old enough to remember what a 70's icon the pet rock was. :sleep: :eek: :)
  9. Rosewood

    Rosewood New Member

    I always find it interesting that, while almost all the main characters have "pets" of some sort (i.e. - Telly:ChuckySue, Elmo: Dorothy, Baby Bear: parrot, Zoe:Rocko), Zoe is the only one who simply insists that her pet be treated by everyone else as if it were the same as a human. Granted, Elmo sometimes pushes it with Dorothy, too. But I have never seen anyone but Zoe demand that her pet be given things the same as her, such as a seperate turn on the swing, a seperate turn when she plays with Elmo, and even a cookie of his own at hoopers store! I will admitt, this is one time I'm on Elmo's side (holey cow! The end of the world must be near! ;))! Honestly, though, if it ever got to the point that my "best friend" started to show they had more feelings for a rock than they did for me, I think I'd start looking for a new best friend!
  10. GeeBee

    GeeBee New Member

  11. Hays

    Hays New Member

    I remember; my parents absolutely refused to buy me one and I was despondent because all the cool kids had one. Of course, grabbing just any rock off the street wasn't sufficient!

    However, my son has quite the rock collection, and occasionally they take on personalities and have battles. I have to agree that the "pet rock" is a normal kid phase that somebody cashed in on.

    Maybe I'll market the "pet stick." Don't know how you childproof that one, tho ;)
  12. Rosewood

    Rosewood New Member

    (LOL!) Mabey that's where the saying "sticks and stones may break my bones"
    came from!;)
  13. Daffyfan2003

    Daffyfan2003 Well-Known Member

    Well, on the subject of "imaginary friends," some people have complained that after the adults were introduced to Snuffy it took away Big Bird's right to have imaginary friends. I guess they tried to fix that situation with Rocco, or even with Baby Bear's friend "Hewo Guy."
  14. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    well he was never imaginary in the 1st place they just kept missing him and as for Zoe's rock, I'd love to see an epiosde where Elmo and Zoe are by a river and she starts being a pain about her rock, Elmo gets mad, grabs it and throws it into the water.
  15. GeeBee

    GeeBee New Member


    Not even Oscar would be that mean, much less Elmo.
  16. BEAR

    BEAR Active Member

    LOL! You're right. Oscar wouldn't even do that.


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