An Open Letter to Nabisco, Maker of Barnum’s Animals Crackers
Animal crackers have always been a favorite cookie of mine and no brand is better than the “Barnum’s Animals Crackers” made by Nabisco. It’s the cute little red box they come in. It’s the opening of the wax paper bag inside the box and smelling the slightly lemony-vanilla goodness of them. It’s choosing the first animal and enjoying the cookie’s crunch and texture. Heck, I like them when they become slightly stale and soft.
I also love the general joy of the animals portrayed on the box. The lion cub playing with its big-maned lion dad; the gorilla gently holding hands with the baby gorilla; the trunks of the baby and mama elephant reassuringly touching each other; and the baby polar bear nose to nose with its mom.
When you turn the box over, you can be equally delighted by the baby tiger rubbing itself under its mom’s chin; or the mom giraffe with her neck lowered to be at eye level with her baby; or the zebras gently nuzzling each other.
Then there are the hippos.
The baby looks belligerently at its mother. The mother looks away from her infant and at you with a baleful stare, as if to say, “How did this kid get here?”
Where’s the love? Where’s the tenderness? My dear Nabisco, could you not have your artist draw a more flattering representation of hippo relations? With a minimalist Google search I was able to find a variety of photos reflecting affectionate baby/mama hippo interactions.
Need I say more?