Chunky is back and every time you see him he grows up a little bit emotionally. He’ll never kill people, but he’s not the same primitive Charles Lee Ray (Brad Doriff) he was in the original 1988 child’s play. The new TV series shows just how much the horror icon has evolved over time, but their creator, Don Mancini, still wouldn’t call him a wake-up call.
Mancini talks about this with Showbiz Cheat Sheet by Zoom Chucky TV series on October 7. Here is where the killer doll can transform over time without losing what makes her chunky. The series airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on both Syfy and USA.
Chucky is more tolerant than many non-killers
In the series, Jake Wheeler (Jackery Arthur) finds a Good Guy doll at a yard sale. It’s like since Ray has dolls child’s play. So Chucky repeats his task of getting on Jake’s good side before he starts killing people. By 2021, Chucky could be related to Jake, a gay teen artist whose single father doesn’t quite support her talent.
“In terms of TV shows, he has Jake’s ear,” Mancini said. “He is able to bond with Jake because Chucky, through his life experiences, comes to a point where he is a psychopathic killer, he is not a grown-up, he is not a homosexual, he is not a racist. Because of her life experience of getting married and having gender fluid children, she is potentially in a position to entice Jake to the dark side of what he is trying to do.”
Don’t worry, Chunky will never wake up
As progressive as Chuckie is, he will always be a killer. He would continue to do shocking things too, and the cable network let him swear.
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“Chucky’s overall behavior is definitely not awake,” Mancini said. “A lot has happened to him in his life right now. I think he’s humanistic in an ironic way where he started out more as Archie Bunker. He’s the kind of little guy who would always be furious against that system.” It’s what’s putting him down. I think he’s learned a little bit over the years. He’s definitely not held back. He never holds back, but he probably has some of his comrades’ support for his victims. There’s a little more empathy in comparison.”
The series evolved over three decades
Mancini said the secret to Chucky’s success is evolving. If he stays the same he may not even be in seven movies and one TV series. Certainly when a character . passes through the events of Bride And Chickpea Seeds, future entries should accept the changes that it provokes.
“One of my goals has always been to develop that character with every iteration,” Mancini said. “Otherwise I think it gets a little repetitive. I think one of the reasons we’re still strong 30 years later is that we innovate and develop her character a lot.
The ‘Chuckie’ franchise shared something in common with Ryan Murphy’s ‘American Horror Story’
One aspect that has kept the series alive is that Chucky listens to the kids when the adults don’t. Little Andy Barkley (Alex Vincent) tries to warn people about Chucky in two films, and a third as a teenager. In that respect, history repeats itself throughout the series as Jake’s warnings fall on deaf adult ears.
“Beth Grant who played Ms. Kettlewell Kids Games 2“Their way of expressing the core of the franchise is that their spirit is that it is about listening to the kids,” Mancini said. “Adults often do not want to listen to children. They don’t trust what they say but they know more than you. So I think it’s an abstinence that comes up a lot.”
We’ll be here at Showbiz Cheat Sheet and more with Mancini as the series continues.