Danny DeVito's 2002 dark comedy "Death to Smoochy" is an odd animal indeed. Caustic, misanthropic, and surreal, "Death to Smoochy" came at the tail end of the peculiar wave of cultural hatred directed at Barney the purple dinosaur (the recent Peacock documentary series "I Love You, You Hate Me" covers that particular chapter in 1990s history).  "Death to Smoochy" takes place in a world where children's entertainment hosts are the most watched and venerated position one can hold. The...


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