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August 18, 2009 9:53 AM   Subscribe

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA..!!..

As "charming" as the commercial makes the doll appear, exactly how does Baby Laugh-A-Lot play out in person?
Maybe you'd prefer to just chill out with the remix?
Still, the reigning champion of videos to show at the expense of your baked buddies remains Pickle Surprise!
posted by Christ, what an asshole (56 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

 
Puts me in the mind of [shudder] this [/shudder]
posted by jbickers at 9:58 AM on August 18, 2009 [1 favorite]


Well, at least I have a heads up on this evening's night terrors.
posted by Scoo at 9:58 AM on August 18, 2009 [3 favorites]


jesus hope me
posted by Bookhouse at 9:58 AM on August 18, 2009 [3 favorites]


Fitting tribute to the passing of Mr. Novak.
posted by idiopath at 9:58 AM on August 18, 2009 [4 favorites]


THE DOLL STEALS TEETH.
posted by item at 10:01 AM on August 18, 2009 [1 favorite]


nononononoNo. No. NONONONONONONO No. No.
posted by middleclasstool at 10:02 AM on August 18, 2009


I'm Talky Tina and I hate you.
posted by RavinDave at 10:03 AM on August 18, 2009 [3 favorites]


Uncle!!!!!!!!!!!!
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 10:03 AM on August 18, 2009


Aww, it's l'il Harley Quinn.
posted by Servo5678 at 10:04 AM on August 18, 2009


Needs a bloody knife as part of an accessory pack.

You know... an evil, murderous doll would sell really well nowadays, I bet.
posted by markkraft at 10:05 AM on August 18, 2009


The sound chip inside that thing could be put to good use in a haunted house.
posted by nervousfritz at 10:05 AM on August 18, 2009


I tried to flag this post, but there is no option for EVIL.
posted by xorry at 10:05 AM on August 18, 2009 [1 favorite]


Outtake.
posted by pracowity at 10:07 AM on August 18, 2009 [1 favorite]


We should get this... thing and one of those monkeyshines cymbal-crashing monkey dolls together and make them fight, like some sort of nightmare fuel cage match.
posted by FatherDagon at 10:07 AM on August 18, 2009 [3 favorites]


Life...is so beautiful. For some, more than others. Every breath. Every day of our lives. Ahhh....OHSWEETBABYJESUSKILLITWITHFIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
posted by Mountain Goatse at 10:10 AM on August 18, 2009


I was shruggingly amused by the first link, but the second one killed me. Found chipbending! Oof.

I couldn't think of anything but Jeff Goldblum during the third one, though. And Pickle is no longer Surprising at this point, which is probably an indictment of something or other.
posted by cortex at 10:12 AM on August 18, 2009


Here's the 1970 model. Much better.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 10:12 AM on August 18, 2009


My God...that laugh in person...If he's serious and that is what the doll sounded like new, it must have been so terrifying. Nightmare fuel.
posted by piratebowling at 10:16 AM on August 18, 2009


Do baby dolls usually have eyeshadow?
posted by Combustible Edison Lighthouse at 10:19 AM on August 18, 2009


what. the. fuck?

I was scared by the baby and even more so by the pickle surprise.
posted by ShawnString at 10:22 AM on August 18, 2009


When she finishes laughing, a hundred of her friends trudge through the door and they parade in a circle around you, glaring and pointing... and laughing, still laughing.
posted by Non Prosequitur at 10:23 AM on August 18, 2009 [1 favorite]


Day: made.
posted by everichon at 10:24 AM on August 18, 2009


When aliens finally make contact with us, our laughter noises are going to be so foreign and bizarre to them that it will all sound like the Baby Laugh-a-Lot. Imagine, landing on a promising, lush, blue-and-green planet, only to discover that it's been invaded by a species of grotesque Maniacal Laughing Hairless Things. They will hear the laugh tracks on our sitcoms and decide to eradicate us wholesale.
posted by naju at 10:24 AM on August 18, 2009


The dramatic looks from the kids reminded me an awful lot of Linda Blair in The Exorcist.

The doll's laughter reminded me of a nightmare I once had of getting my hand caught in the garbage disposal.
posted by darkstar at 10:25 AM on August 18, 2009 [2 favorites]


Puts me in mind of what happened after I inadvertently watched part of Child's Play as a young lad. At the time, I had a My Buddy doll that my grandma had sent me and, as has been well noted, the thing had more than a passing Chucky resemblance. Filled with dread, I waited until broad daylight (homicidal doll attacks seemed less likely to occur in daylight) and ambushed the little fucker. I placed several plastic bags over his head, brutally hog-tied him using some jump-ropes and then buried him at the bottom of a huge wooden toy bin, underneath some heavy blankets and every other toy I owned. For a time it weighed on my mind to think of My Buddy suffocating deep in the toy box, but I could not shake the thought that it was probably for the best, given the total lack of knowledge about his mental stability. Over time I completely forgot about him and I can't even remember when/if he ever saw the light of day. In thinking on it now, my parents must have discovered him at some point and had to have been at least a little shocked and potentially horrified about their boy, the latent BDSM fetishist. But they never said anything. And I never saw that doll again. Which, come to think of it, just gave me a chill down my spine. Gggggaaaaa. Stupid Child's Play.
posted by otolith at 10:28 AM on August 18, 2009 [12 favorites]


I need to calm down. I think I'll put on The Exorcist to relax a little.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 10:28 AM on August 18, 2009 [2 favorites]


The only way this could be more terrifying is if it were a clown instead of a little girl.
posted by Kimberly at 10:29 AM on August 18, 2009 [1 favorite]


welcome to the twilight zone.
posted by fuzzypantalones at 10:34 AM on August 18, 2009


The only way this could be more terrifying is if it were a clown instead of a little girl.

What about a little girl in clown make-up? Or a clown in little girl's clothes?
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 10:35 AM on August 18, 2009 [1 favorite]


If he's serious and that is what the doll sounded like new, it must have been so terrifying.

Those old soundboxes impress me that they get recognizable sound at all - they're not electric, and the sound is AFAIK generated by a mechanism, it's not a recording being played. The device is powered by the rocking motion of the doll, so the doll is self-contained toy forever). The flip side of that is that they probably don't have fine-tune control over the final sound - that they can get it to sound like a laugh at all is probably a lot of work.

But... way to go combining the creepy sound with the creepy face with the creepy ad editing!
posted by -harlequin- at 10:36 AM on August 18, 2009


You can just tell the announcer dude is on take 79 and afterwards went home and murdered his family.
posted by sageleaf at 10:37 AM on August 18, 2009 [5 favorites]


You know what's creepy about that commercial?

Everything.
posted by cazoo at 10:41 AM on August 18, 2009 [2 favorites]


and the sound is AFAIK generated by a mechanism, it's not a recording being played.

I take that back, judging by the review clip, a) it is indeed a recorded sound, and b) WTF WERE THEY THINKING?!!?
posted by -harlequin- at 10:41 AM on August 18, 2009


I watched it without sound here at work and somehow think it made everything better. Better as in, more laughable, less nightmare-inducing.
posted by slogger at 10:52 AM on August 18, 2009


Thanks, I needed a good laugh. The Youtube channel of the toy guy was better than I expected.
posted by mccarty.tim at 10:55 AM on August 18, 2009


I'd like to see the guy behind this post react to pickle surprise. Even as a layperson, I could see the hidden Masonic messages and Illuminati postmarks.
posted by mccarty.tim at 10:59 AM on August 18, 2009


Can't sleep...doll will mock me.
posted by xingcat at 11:08 AM on August 18, 2009


Tina's pissed.
posted by markkraft at 11:24 AM on August 18, 2009 [1 favorite]


You do realize that by opening hostilities My Buddy would have been perfectly by gouging your eyes out in retaliation.
posted by mistersquid at 11:27 AM on August 18, 2009


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posted by mistersquid at 11:33 AM on August 18, 2009


Regarding that second link, I'm with cortex. Just sayin'.
posted by barrett caulk at 11:45 AM on August 18, 2009


"Batteries Not Included"

Nor sense of safety or well being.
posted by quin at 12:01 PM on August 18, 2009


You guys are wimps. I had a walking doll, a lumbering creature that had loud whirring motors and would shuffle across the floor with its arms held out in pure zombie style. And check out the Chatty Cathy ads! I can't tell you just how desirable and top of the line those dolls were. I still feel a tiny twinge of lust in the part of me that is eternally six years old.

"Let's play!"
posted by jokeefe at 12:04 PM on August 18, 2009


Finally, a being that can destroy Zalgo!
posted by starman at 12:06 PM on August 18, 2009


Oh God. Pretty much any doll with a sound box is evilevilevil.

I used to work in a large thrift store. Occasionally, on of those effing dolls would be buried in the middle of a donation bin, positioned in such a manner that it would sound off CONSTANTLY. It would laugh, cry or say "I LOVE YOU" or "MAHHHH-MMY. MAHHHHH-MMY" over and over and over again, until it could be found and neutralized. Methods of neutralization ranged simply turning the doll off, to removing the voice mechanism and smashing it with a hammer. On one memorable occasion a doll that had been exhorting the backroom staff to "PLAY WITH ME!" for three days was run over repeatedly with a truck outside the loading dock in front of a small but wildly applauding crowd of onlookers.

Naturally, if one of those infernal things made it onto the floor and into the hands of actual children, we were tormented mercilessly until the fucking thing was purchased by some hapless parent, or until it was "disappeared."
posted by louche mustachio at 1:35 PM on August 18, 2009 [10 favorites]


otolith: ... I inadvertently watched part of Child's Play...

I think "I inadvertently watched part of Child's Play" is actually a grammatically incorrect redundancy, like "I ate the peanut butter made of peanuts" or "I accidentally bought a Michael Bolton record." The proper way is just to say "I watched part of Child's Play," as the inadvertence is directly implied.
posted by koeselitz at 1:35 PM on August 18, 2009


a: "Hey, check it out, man! The vintage Baby Laugh-A-Lot doll that I found on ebay finally got here yesterday! This this is so much fun..."

b: "Why the hell did you buy a doll, dude?"

a: "No, man, this is the Baby Laugh-A-Lot doll! Like in that freaky commercial that's on youtube - I sent you that, right? Crazy!"

b: "Yeah, I remember that. But why would you want the doll? I mean, what are you gonna do with a weird-ass doll?"

a: "Oh, you'll see..."
posted by koeselitz at 1:46 PM on August 18, 2009 [1 favorite]


We should get this... thing and one of those monkeyshines cymbal-crashing monkey dolls together and make them fight, like some sort of nightmare fuel cage match.

Throw in a Furby and a Teddy Ruxpin and I'm in.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 1:46 PM on August 18, 2009


I know I saw one of those girls heads make a full 720!
posted by sammyo at 4:32 PM on August 18, 2009


Holy rats-in-the-walls, every single link you posted is threatening to pull me into some kind of horrific parallel dimension.

Bravo, sir. Bravo.
posted by smoke at 4:34 PM on August 18, 2009


This is just a baby version of a Laughing Sally. I've only ever seen a live one at the Santa Cruz boardwalk.
posted by dirty lies at 5:22 PM on August 18, 2009


Damn you, dirty lies...Laughing Sal from Playland at the Beach in San Francisco traumatized me on my 7th birthday and I still haven't fully recovered. Well, Sal and the three story high wooden slide. Gah!
posted by agatha_magatha at 10:31 PM on August 18, 2009


I placed several plastic bags over his head, brutally hog-tied him using some jump-ropes and then buried him at the bottom of a huge wooden toy bin, underneath some heavy blankets and every other toy I owned.

Since you had already watched Child's Play, what made you think that would work?
posted by Evilspork at 12:12 AM on August 19, 2009


Tom Rubnitz, who sadly died at the age of 36, also created Strawberry Shortcut prior to his masterpiece, Pickle surprise, as linked in the FPP.

The latter pretty much blew away all the witty things I had been thinking of while watching the laughing baby dolls. My ribs hurt now. They hurt so much.
posted by anigbrowl at 12:19 AM on August 19, 2009


Since you had already watched Child's Play, what made you think that would work?

Oh believe me, I had some serious reservations about the effectiveness of my plan. In the end I think I reasoned that My Buddy, while creepy, definitely was substantially less creepy than Chucky and therefore probably less tricky and dangerous. Plus I also talked myself into believing that the jump ropes I tied him up with were magic.
posted by otolith at 6:28 AM on August 19, 2009


In the end I think I reasoned that My Buddy, while creepy, definitely was substantially less creepy than Chucky and therefore probably less tricky and dangerous. Plus I also talked myself into believing that the jump ropes I tied him up with were magic.

This is one of the most adorable things I've ever read.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:44 AM on August 19, 2009


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