Talking Toy Humor
Toys that Talk
See 'N Say "the farmer says"
Talking Toy (c.1966) - This toy is part of Phonographia because
it actually has a miniature phonograph record and record player inside
it, powered by pulling the "chatty-ring." When the "farmer arrow"
is pointed to a picture of an animal and the chatty-ring is pulled,
the animal is identified by a voice that is followed by the animal's
sound. For instance, if a cow is selected, the toy says "The cow says
The father's humor is a bit questionable (as the mother correctly questions what's so funny about trying to confuse a baby?). But if you grew up in this era you can probably still hear the distinctive sound of pulling the chatty-ring and remember the variety of the See 'N Say talking toys.
George Bush Action Figure 2003
Teddy Ruxpin, Family Circus by Bil Keane
Tina Doll - John Allen, June 15, 2005
Dennis the Menace - Hank Ketcham, August 20, 1999
The Family Circus, May 9, 2007
Barbie Teen Talk!
G.I. Joe and the Barbie Liberation Organization In 1967, Hasbro introduced the first talking G.I. Joe with a vocabulary that consisted of battle commands. A later version of the talking G.I. Joe became part of talking toy folklore. The following was written by Ed Liebowitz in Smithsonian magazine (August 2002).
Teen Talk! Barbie - "Math class is tough!"
In The New York Times article "Toys Will Be Toys: The Stereotypes Unravel," a Mattel talking toy misstep is recalled from 1992:
Wikipedia has documented the introduction of Teen Talk Barbie and some of the phrases she could randomly speak: