I saw ‘Toy Story 3’ this evening and, assuming the “extended peril” sequence is the one I’m thinking of, it lasts about three seconds and is immediately followed by Buzz doing very silly and funny things. And the “zombie” doll is… well, just a doll, with one half-closed eye.
I’m not dismissing Nora’s upset at all — as a kid I was terrified of the flying monkeys in ‘Wizard of Oz’ myself — but I think it’s a bit much to make sweeping statements about millions of American kids being inured to murdering zombie violence because of a brief image of a slightly eerie doll, especially when you haven’t seen it yourself. :)
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