Memory can be a tricky detail. Diverse persons can keep in mind issues in a different way, which you know if you’ve at any time lived with roommates. There was the whole Berenstein/Berenstain hoopla, which prompted individuals to assume pop lifestyle heritage had been adjusted by time vacationers. We also have selective memories, which I acquired when I revisited a formative Little Toon Adventures episode about the electricity of illustration only to master that the old AF Looney Tunes figures Bosko and Honey have been racist. That is why when I uncovered that Disney+ would have Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Rescue Rangers, I knew I had to revisit an episode that is only developed additional and extra surreal in my brain considering that I to start with observed it: the episode where by Disney’s criminal offense-combating rodents infiltrate a cola-worshiping cult.
Yeah, a cult. Kids came house from university in 1989, turned on the Disney Afternoon, and viewed a cult rob and brainwash gullible persons through baptizing them in sticky, artificially-flavored orange, grape, or cherry soda. Did I dream this up? I did not. Not only is the episode authentic, the Coo-Coo Cola topic music is an complete glam rock jam of the highest order.
Thank you Kevin Hopps, Tad Stones, and Glen Daum for that jingle, which has been lodged in my brain for near to 30 a long time.
As I remembered, “The Circumstance of the Cola Cult” is a serious episode of Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Rescue Rangers (sidenote: for some rationale, Disney+ has modified the title from Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers to a possessive type and I have to have you to know that I keep in mind what the show utilized to be named). I remembered it properly but not entirely, since when I viewed this as a 5-12 months-outdated, I did not know about the Rajneesh. Yeah, Chip ‘n’ Dale threw a spotlight on the secluded, frequently hostile cult of the Pacific Northwest a very good 29 many years in advance of Netflix’s Wild Wild Region.
I’m not joking. Seem at the Coo-Coo Cola cult from Rescue Rangers, clad in soda-dyed robes…
… and evaluate them to the Rajneesh devotees, who wore almost nothing but orange, maroon, and purplish-pink robes.
The Coo-Coo Cola cult of Rescue Rangers…
… and the sannyasins of Oregon.
The similarities do not close there, both. Equally cults practiced cathartic, frenzied, pulsating worship rituals, other than in its place of the worship culminating in a major orgy, the cola cult mice permit their inhibitions fly by dancing to the Coo-Coo Cola jingle and dousing on their own in blasts of soda. Disney Afternoon remained orgy-totally free.
This coke-fueled ritual was meant to pump followers up, but Rescue Ranger Gadget just could not get into it. She was far too bummed out by all her innovations failing!
Honestly, Gadget? Exact same.
There is a further key parallel amongst the Coo-Coo Cola cult and the followers of the Bhagwan: a vicious and violent struggle for power! In the Rescue Rangers episode, cult chief Pop Top rated is depicted as a reserved however unsettling guru figure. The genuine threat, it turns out, will come from his 2nd-in-command, a muscular rat in a loin fabric named Bubbles. Bubbles doesn’t truly believe in this syrupy sweet utopia. Like the leaders of the Rajneesh cult, Bubbles precisely recruited wealthy rats so they would give up all their valuables, which he procured by using a trap doorway. And when Pop Top rated obtained in the way, Bubbles silenced him and took regulate of the cult. Sound acquainted?
As the head of the cult, Ma Anand Sheela poisoned a town and carried out intimidation ways and assassination tries against her enemies. She did all that while the founder of the cult was using a vow of silence.
So, how did Rescue Rangers so properly predict Netflix’s breakout docu-sequence strike of 2018? Mainly because they weren’t predicting something! By 1989, the whole Rajneeshpuram bioterror and assassination plot brouhaha had been all about the news for the full ten years! While I can not come across any really hard proof linking the Rajneesh to Rescue Rangers, it’s unquestionably plausible that writer Kevin Hopps experienced observed all this wackiness shaking out in Oregon and imagined, “There’s a Rescue Rangers episode in there someplace.” So I did what a accountable journalist does in this sort of a circumstance: I tweeted at the source.
There you have it. Either the similarities are purely coincidental, or the Rescue Rangers character designers drunk the Kool-Aid… or Coo-Coo Cola?
♪ Occur together
Really feel the fizz of Coo-Coo Cola… ♪