The Madagascar PenguinsI popped on the TV this morning and, for some unknown reason, it was on Nickelodeon.  And on Nickelodeon was a tv show called The Madagascar Penguins, featuring, well, the penguins from Madagascar, as well as the bit characters like the crazy lemur, Julien, his second in command Maurice, and Mort, the quiet little lemur who, apparently, according to the fifteen minutes of the show I watched, has a foot fetish.

King Julien is giving himself a pedicure and Mort watches, twitching in his seat and shakign nervously.  Then, when the king done, Mort wraps himself around the foot, hugging it and laughing.  Julien exiles Mort for being a Mort, from Madagascarweirdo, and the Penguins put him through rehab, with electronic feet that zap him when he hugs them.  Still, he dreams of feet, he draws feet on the wall and, ultimately, he must overcome his rehab when he has to grab Julien’s foot to save him from certain doom.

I don’t know…I’m no prude, but seriously?  A foot fetish in a kid’s show at 8 am?  It really kind of disturbed me.  I mean, sure, it’s not like they made references to sex explicitly, but when a lemur jumps on someones leg because he loves feet, I’m not really sure there’s a reason to explain in further detail.

6 thoughts on “So…apparently foot fetishes are okay according to The Madagascar Penguins

  1. Try not to take it so seriously. He likes feet. It makes for a funny story line. I watched this particular episode with my 3 young children and we all shared a hearty laugh. As a matter of fact, I did not even consider the possibility of sexual undertones until I stumbled upon this site. If the opinion in your column is legitimately your opinion, then it is you who are the weirdo, not Mort. If your column was an attempt at humor, then consider it an unmitigated failure. It is this type of narrow mindedness that has relegated classic cartoon characters, like Loony Toons, to fodder for redneck tattoos. Careful, Paul. This is a very slippery slope, and you are sitting at the top of it with a hose full of astoglide. Now, there is a sexual reference that should “disturb” you.

    1. Zoinks! Can’t win them all, I guess (my wife thought my nazi zombie story wasn’t very funny either). I meant no harm by my claim of lemurs with foot fetishes – it was purely in jest. I know kid’s cartoons, even my beloved He-Man, get all sorts of jokes made about potential “sexual undertones,” real or not. Sorry this story wasn’t your cup of tea!

  2. No sweat, Paul. In retrospect, I may have taken a half- gainer off the deep end in my reaction. I suppose that I am overly defensive of finally finding a cartoon that I can enjoy with my children after years of Dora, Diego and the like. By the power of Grayscull, I sure would hate to see another truly high quality cartoon show cast aside in favor of shows that resemble the non-violent episodes of Itchy and Scratchy. I appreciate the candor and insight of your response. I will certainly read your columns in the future.

    1. Hey Compass,

      No worries – we’re all friends here, and what’s a little debate among friends? We always encourage your honest, constructive feedback, so keep it coming! I’d be worried if everyone agreed with my stupid opinions! 🙂


  3. I know how you feel
    One Time I remembered this episode of Dexter’s Laboratory when Dexter needed new shoes because his shoe gets messed up.
    So his sister Dee-Dee had a idea. Dee Dee tells Dexter that there’s these Gnomes that could fix shoes.
    The Gnomes fixed Dexter’s shoes, Until they took over his lab. Dee-Dee comes in Dexter’s Lab and saw all the shoes the gnomes built.
    When Dee-Dee takes off her shoe her feet was exposed the smell of her feet is in the air the gnomes smelled the smell of Dee-Dee’s feet then they were trying to have fun
    One Gnome made a statue of Dee Dee’s feet
    Other Gnome Had a picnic
    One took a picture

    The Gnomes really have foot fetish
    The Episode of Dexter’s Laboratory I just explained to you guys was called Shoo Shoe Gnomes

    I just watched “Sassy Come Home” and in it Sasquatch falls in love with DeeDee because of her feet. That’s actually the reason I just googled, “Dexter’s Lab Foot Fetish” and found this article. I was wondering if anyone had written about recurring foot fetish in Dexter’s Lab.

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