Once again, sorry this post is a little late. I'm starting to get busier with my real life, and I can't be online as much as I was in July. But, I'm back, but I don't have to write much, because, I have for you a brilliantly written article by none other than Pound Foolish! Here it is:
Wooton & Penny: The Deathly Serious Controversy
By Pound Foolish
have the Olympics because of individuals, not deeds. Deeds alone are
nothing to us, what stirs us are those who do the deeds. Jessica Ennis
makes people talk about the triathlon, and Jade Jones sparks
conversations about Taekwondo. They show us, through their deeds, that
they are here to fight to the heights of the extraordinary. If the same
deeds, contests, struggles, were done by a variety of different people,
rather than all emblemized in a single individual, they would pass
We know the greatness of deeds because those who do them, who sweat out, struggle through, and live within, the impossible.
Basketball would be just a game if it wasn’t for people like Michael
Jordan. Painting would just be moving a brush around if it wasn’t for
people like Renoir, Monet, and Michelangelo. Singing would just be…
Recently, Wooton, one of AIO’s most beloved characters, fell in love, as
we know. He’d done it before, but, this time, we knew the candidate to
be Christian. They can be together. Will it happen?
according to the online buzz, frown on the idea. Some find Penny and
Wooton silly and unentertaining together. Some argue their similarities
make the match uninteresting, or even that Penny is just a female
Wooton. Some think Wooton would evolve out of his goofball, immature
attitude. Finally, some just plain don’t like Penny.
In order for
Penny and Wooton to justify their romance’s existence, unless it is
intended only for comedy, it must be not just a deed, but a deed that
shows us intriguing sides of themselves as people… and Penny must be a
worthwhile person for Wooton. But is the question really , is she good
for Wooton? Perhaps we should as is Wooton good for Penny…
all, don’t girls have any rights here! Why are the boys always the
center of attention! What about equality!? What about grrrl pow… sorry,
got carried away. Anyhow, Penny just isn’t a girl Wooton, she’s very
different. Wooton would change, some, but in a good way. And as for not
liking Penny… what are you, nuts!?
As I said, some dislike the
combination of Penny and Wooton. Some find them too much alike. Too
enthusiastic, loud, and obnoxious together. Well, live with it. This is a
children’s show. Children are used to Disney Channel and The Cartoon Network, overflowing with nutty characters behaving crazily together. If
you aren’t willing accept this, get out. I know that sounds like I’m
being grouchy. Yet, the fact remains, this show isn’t made for us… So,
should we try to dumb down to a child’s level when listening to an AIO?
Nope. We should realize we are not dumbing down. We’re just enjoying an
art form made, really, for kids. To paraphrase C.S. Lewis, good
children’s entertainment is still good to adults.
We need to accept AIO on its own terms. Kids’ terms. Not ours. Take it or leave it.
Others think Penny and Wooton’s similarity makes them implausible and
unentertaining. There’s no friction or risk in their relationship, the
argument goes. “Oh, darn. Penny and Wooton are so similar. Penny’s just a
female Wooton. It’s just not interesting.” Really? Penny was, as many
of us AIO fans know, intended to be a bad guy, who seemed good and then
turned out to be in league with Dr. Trask. She wasn’t meant to stick
around and be Wooton’s girlfriend, that just wasn’t her purpose. I doubt
the AIO team decided…
Nathan Hoobler: “How about we have Penny be another girl-Wooton? Oh, and how about she’s a bad-guy?”
Dave Arnold: “LOL, let’s do it!”
fact is, Penny just likes licorice and is somewhat goofy. If she was
rarely seen with Wooton, would we even notice her supposed
over-similarity? Penny is into the study of art and has the
sophistication to listen to long art lectures and the patience to put
pen or brush to surface for however long is necessary. And she even is
philosophically wide-eyed to the world, enjoying meditation and
frequently thinking on her emotions and person. Now, refresh my memory…
when was the last time Wooton languidly sat, drinking a grape-juice
float and painting an imitation Renoir, chit-chatting with Connie about
Penny has her own personality. The more they are
together, the more it shows. Far from too similar, if they date, or are
married, their differences will emerge more and more. Penny has a heart
of curiosity, wonder, and artistic fascination. Wooton has a heart of “I
love everyone in the whole world” and laser tag.
change, yes. We find this hard to accept. Most of us, after all, like
Wooton as-is. He’s the best, right? (Ben Warren, you stay out of this.)
One thing, as The Old Judge pointed out on his Twists and Turns site, is
that there would probably be an end, or at -least a near-end, to
Wooton’s occasional mail-route-episodes, in which we see him caring for
everyone on his route as best friends. Sure, we’d hate this. But, though
it would take a long time to get used to… isn’t the idea of Wooton
caring for a wife, and maybe even children, just as tantalizing? Perhaps
it’s just what’s needed to humanize him further, and to put an end the
Wooton-haters who scream he is just not that funny. How could Wooton
being married not be funny? It’s practically impossible.
Eugene, Katrina, Mitch, Liz… they all matured and changed as the years
went by. Maybe it’s time we let Wooton do the same. Sure, we will miss
the old Wooton. But, he is already changing, before our eyes… because
Penny is unconsciously slipping into the center of Wooton’s life. Wooton
no longer centers around making people in general happy. He’s about
making … her happy. He loves her. He cares about one girl, with his
heart, and he’s changing himself for her. You didn’t know he could do
that, did you? (I’m tempted to insert a smiley here, but that would be
painfully unprofessional.) Wooton is developing. Is that really bad?
an odd relationship we have with AIO characters. On the one hand,
they’re our role models and inspiration. On the other, they make us sad
because they grow up… almost like they’re the children we can’t have
yet. But, in order for us to accept their change, as with parents, we
must change. Maybe it’s time we asked ourselves… do we need to change as
Finally, we must address those who dislike Penny… loonies
though they are. (No offense, Penny disliking organization.) Some find
her “annoying”… My friend, Suzy Lou, a new writer for The Unofficial AIO
Blog, sometimes has an aversion to Penny for reasons she is unsure of.
She says “...she has a odd, kind of ditzy personality. Normally I enjoy
characters like that, but not so much with Penny. Maybe I'll grow to
like her with time, who knows.” (On a side note, she recently said she’s
warming up to Penny.) Okay, I’d say another quote, though it’s on a
different subject, will round things off nicely. It’s from my pal,
Bryce, the creator of this site, in the USS feature… “I think a lot of
fans do act like they hate the new era because there are new characters.
But, change can help you change, you know, and that can be a good
thing! (Listen to Back to Abnormal)… I'll bet one day they'll be saying,
"When Whit Hertford got too old to be on AIO, Odyssey was horrible." or
‘"When Kimmy Robertson stopped working with them, AIO went down the
tubes.” So you see, people were complaining about The Washingtons, and
now they're asking them to return...”
Dum-dah-dah, there you have
it. Penny’s new here. Give the girl a chance. When Connie came to town,
she was a bit of a brat. A likeable one, but a bit of a brat,
As I’ve been saying, Penny has artistic instinct… a
wandering, open, philosophic spirit… another thing: a voice, courtesy of
the ingenious Kimmy Robertson, that shines. I love her. But she had to
become a major character overnight, so it’s understandable a lot of fans
are having a hard time adjusting. But the kid has potential. Some fans,
I guess, will always just dislike her. We are all cursed with something
called taste. But, eventually, Penny shall have just as many fans as
all the other major AIO characters.
Penny and Wooton are entertaining
together. Penny isn’t a Wooton with a Miley Cyrus figure, she’s her own
person. And Wooton will never lose his, but if he shows his maturity
and grows in responsibility more… well, we’ll just have to take that.
And some will dislike Penny, some will enjoy her. That’s the way
characters, and most things in artistic matters, are. But, as far as
rounded character, believability, likability… and potential for even
better things to come… she’s a good character.
So... maybe Penny and
Wooton’s deeds speak for themselves. They’ve spoken. They like each
other. Maybe Penny and Wooton have shown they love each other. Maybe
their laughing together, agreement, enthusiasm… whether it annoys us or
not, are all signs of love. And, maybe, they matter.
They call for change. In them. In us. Because the deeds are done by two special people.
And that’s part of what makes love special. Sometimes, amazing people fall in love. Brought together by God.
So, who knows? Perhaps, someday, (inside joke alert) Penny and Wooton will be picking out china patterns together.
That was amazing, wasn't it? I'm so honored that he inserted a quote from me, considering it was such an absolutely fabulous, well thought article. That's one of the reasons I brought PF on to write articles. So we could have long, fascinating articles along with my short, consice articles. If he agrees, I'm hoping to get him writing an article every two weeks or so, so get used to this awesomeness!
Thanks for reading!
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