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Stuffed Fables

Hard times for soft toys in a dungeoncrawler with a fluffy difference

After just one play of Stuffed Fables, you’ll understand exactly how much an inspiration Pixar’s Inside Out was on designer Jerry Hawthorne. A movie in which a girl’s personified emotions struggling to guide their young charge, it echoes strongly in Hawthorne’s gamified, seven-chapter bedtime story about a squad of soft toys journeying through a junk-strewn dreamscape to protect their toddler owner from nightmares. But, as Theodora (think of a Care Bear who stabs things), Flops (a lapine Legolas), Lumpy (shy elephant with a huge mallet) and Stitch (wise old ragdoll thing) contend with a lost security blanket, or bedwet- inducing running taps, or a stolen milk-tooth, you’ll sense other influential connections. Neil Gaiman’s comic-book series The Sandman (specifically the story A Game of You) also took dreamanimated soft toys and placed them in a perilous situation. Then, interestingly, there’s Christopher Nolan’s Inception, in the way that a real-world stimulus (say, a flooding bathroom) will manifest in the subconscious environment (like a raging river).

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