I’m not sure whether the idea to release pretend kitchen appliances shaped like animals was born from a whimsical imagination a drug-induced nightmare, wherever the idea came from, Zoodleland decided to make it a reality in the late 1970s.
My sister owned all three: the hippo-sink, the penguin-fridge, and the turtle-oven/stove. According to an old ad hosted over at Plaid Stallions, each unit cost $16.99 individually or you could save five bucks and purchase all three as a package deal for $45.97.
Although these were considered to be “girls toys” back then, I admit to helping out with the pretend dishes a time or too after being invited to a pretend tea party by my sister. I also secretly wished that they would make a full-sized working model of at least the penguin fridge. I would totally own that.
Most if not all of the retrarians on this site have more experience than I with old computers. It’s not hard to do, as my experience with old computers is limited to the few moments I spent with the school library’s Apple IIe. What I did in those few moments, though, was very memorable. I played with Apple’s Logo program.
I don’t remember everything about Logo. I’m probably not even remembering the most important thing. But what I do remember is that you could make graphics with a turtle. I think we called them “turtle graphics”. I’m not sure about that, but I am sure that you had to type in programs, giving the turtle directions and lengths, to draw pictures. I figured out how to make the turtle draw squares and was very proud of that fact. But there are several people who could and can do much more than I.
Now the graphics were memorable themselves, but what really sold it is the turtle. How could any middle school kid such as I was at the time not love drawing with a turtle. It just gave the program that much more personality. Not only so, but years later I have realized something significant: the Logo turtle looks almost exactly like the Asteroids spaceship!