. . . or maybe pop culture, in one easy-to-loathe moment.
From the NY Times:
Unsure of how best to freshen the musty franchise, the studio commissioned market research, which to its delight found that Lassie retained an 83 percent “brand awareness” among Americans; words like “loyal,” “hero” and “heartwarming” were most often associated with the character.
“We realized that Lassie has an authenticity that makes her a merchandising holy grail,” Mr. Francis said.
(Nice pun in the headline: Lassie as Salesdog: One More Trip to the Well.)