Within the TUGS fandom, the death of Big Mickey adds a certain mystique to the show: very few shows of this type ever dared to do something similar, but TUGS fans can take pride in it. Then again, maybe not. As most know, there are differences, usually minor ones, between the broadcast and VHS versions of the episodes, with the VHS version usually including bits left out of the TV broadcast, like the line from Captain Star making it clear Big Mickey survived.
An argument could be made that the VHS versions, being longer, could be considered the "real" versions of each episode. This prompted me to ask: how does Big Mickey's death or survival affect the series as a whole, either for the better or for worse?
Post by Star-N-ZeroMarine on Dec 4, 2019 18:03:08 GMT
One could argue on both fronts. Big Mickey 'dies' because of safety regulations not being followed. The damage to the docks and his loss/or injury depending on events is rather poignant. Most rules are there for your safety and ignore them at your peril. Tugs as a show for older kids dealt with subjects like death threats , suicide and straight up gangsters. Much like how Pixar films are 'kids film' but deal with heavy subjects like emotions, mental health ,death and so on. Tugs was able to do the same as it was not hampered by being preschool..it was for kids much older than 4-5 year olds and it made the most of that fact to tell deeper stories than other contemporary shows at the time. Thats my take at any rate.
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He didn't die. He was fished out of the water and sold to Sodor, where he lives to this day. He even has a face now. All kidding aside, I dont think his death has a very big impact on anything. He was never a major character in the show, in fact I can only remember his name being mentioned in one other episode, and no one seemed to be too shaken up by it once the moment had passed. In the end the significance of that scene was to hit home the message about the dangers of brash actions and putting your duty before common sense.
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