on down the highway with Mini Cooper Pez, who is hard at
work on his auto-biography.
Monthly: Mini Cooper Pez, you are one of
the four Pez dispensers in the European release of the "Mr.
Bean" Pez set. Essentially, you are a Pez dispenser
based on a cartoon show, which was in turn based on the
popular "Mr. Bean" television show, upon which
was also based a movie. How do you keep it all together?
Cooper Pez: It's
a juggling act sometimes, to be sure. It's been great
hanging out with Bean and the crew. But I'll tell you,
one of the best things that ever happened to me was when
I was finally, at long last, immortalized on a Pez dispenser.
I mean, talk about a boost. I have a reputation as a small
car out on the open road, but atop a Pez dispenser I'm
That's incredibly good to hear, Mini Cooper
Pez. Do you ever get frustrated at the fact that, despite
having wheels, you are helplessly suspended at the top
of a Pez dispenser, as opposed to cruising down the street?
MCP: It really does require a change of mindset.
There is definitely something to be said about taking a long drive
down the highway. But I'm telling you, on my 4-inch plastic pedestal,
I can feel the serenity of the world around me. Plus, I'm much
less likely to get a speeding ticket as a Pez dispenser.
Well, no argument there. Mini Cooper Pez, what
are your thoughts on the recent automotive trend towards reissuing
classic cars in updated formats? In recent years we have seen
the Volkswagen Beetle, the Plymouth Cruiser, and of course the
Mini Cooper too. Are the classics truly better, or is modern
the way to go?
My position has always been: why not both? Even though I am
designed after one of the early Mini Cooper models, I think
in a sense you have to realize that the times, they are a-changin'.
Look at Garfield Pez, he had a nifty update a few years back
to coincide with his updated look in the comic strip. The same
can be said for my buds in the Disney and Looney Toons sets.
I think it's great when we have our little Pez get-togethers
and all different generations can get together and have a good
time. The same applies towards automotive trends, although cars
are a lot harder to fit on a shelf for display purposes.
That sounds like a healthy philosophy, indeed.
Who do you count as your inspirations in the Pez world?
Without a shadow of a doubt, I'd have to say the Pez trucks.
They didn't just grace the tops of the dispensers, man, they
were the dispensers. Way back when, they even had wheels that
moved! They showed me that being a hip vehicle and a groovy
Pez dispenser do not have to be mutually exclusive. I think
that without them, I and my contemporary colleague Scoop (from
the US Bob the Builder set) would be without hope or direction.
Well, I think we've pretty much covered everything.
Do you have anything else you'd like to pass along to the Pez
community at this time?
Oh, just the usual stuff, I suppose. Watch your speed, wear
your seat belts, and get your oil changed on a regular basis.
And remember, kids, a car ride can be a great way to spend an
autumn afternoon, but it's even better if you plan on picking
up some Pez along the way.
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