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August 11, 2007

Turmoil in the Toybox, Part II

Turmoil in the ToyboxThis book is a blessing from the Lord to all who read it. I have a few more passages I’d like to share with you, but there’s too much to discuss in one thread. I’ve divided them into two separate posts. The first one deals with pages 48-50:

Television does not present a “real” picture of the world. In fact, much of what is shown on television is in direct conflict with the values we try to instill in our children. As an example, less than five percent of all sexual scenes shown on television are scenes between married couples. That means that 95 percent of all sexual scenes presented are comprised of adultery, homosexuality, fornication, etc. Is this what we want our children to believe as reality? This is what our children are being programmed to believe…

Christian parents, especially, are concerned about the effects of television on their children. Christians are generally not represented in television in a real manner. Christians generally are not depicted on television as intelligent. In fact, by exluding an accurate representation of Christians, television is not very representative of the vast majority of people in the world.

Television generally does not give much credence to Christian beliefs or concepts. As you know, television gives credence to the occult and psychic power by presenting it and not trying to disprove it. Many shows, especially cartoons, are “saturated” with the occult. Children see the occult as being “all-powerful” and real. Thus, because most characters use the occult to get out of difficult situations, children see this as a real solution.

Salient points, all. Christianity is portrayed as dumb and evil by the cartoonists on television, while the occult and Satanism are portrayed as all-powerful. The insidious nature of the cartoonist-Satanist-Helioleftist-Darwinist-Marxist network begins to coalesce for the reader.

The book becomes more and more interesting as it goes on, as hard as it is to believe that possible. On pages 58-60, Mr. Phillips continues:

Occult symbolisms in cartoons are estremely prevalent. Many of the characters’ names are linked to the occult; there is a significant amount of witchcraft, magic, sorcery, and other occult practices being performed; and many of the objects used by the characters, such as breastplates or staff, have occult symbols on them. But, the use of occult symbolisms does not end there. In fact, many of the messages spoken on the shows have their origins in Humanism and Eastern religions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism. There are thousands of examples of each of these, which can be gathered from watching any of the shows…

Advanced Dungeons and Dragons

This cartoon series is based on the occult game Dungeons and Dragons. This fantasy role-playing game involves characters who use magic and sorcery to obtain treasures. The cartoon series, like the game, emphasizes white and black witchcraft. This cartoon averages 67 acts of violence every half-hour…

Care Bears

The occult images found in the Care Bear series are extremely subtle. On the surface, the Care Bears teach the children to express their feelings, especially those of love, to others. At first, these sound like very good ideas, but, they are Humanistic principles, which are in contradiction to God’s teachings. Magic and Eastern religious ideals also are prevalent in this series.

The Care Bears are the source of all evil. Beneath the guise of love and brotherhood, they actually convey secularism, Atheism, Pacifism, and other values in direct contradiction to the Will of God as laid forth in His Holy Bible.

This book has much to teach America. I only wish I could write such insightful analysis! Failing that, I strongly urge you all to purchase copies of your own.

God bless Phil Phillips!

See also: Turmoil in the Toybox, Part I.


  1. This sounds like a pretty good book. It’s too bad it’s so old. There was a follow up, Turmoil in the Toybox II, released in 1990.

    I wonder if they cover the smurfs, those things are creepy. And cabbage patch kids looked like changelings. Very disturbing and inappropriate for children.

    American cartoons are bad enough but if you look at Japanese cartoons (hentai) you’ll find that sickness peddled to children reaches titanic proportions.

    Comment by Psycheout — August 11, 2007 @ 12:13 pm | Reply

  2. What about Transformers? {They’re just robots, don’t panic.)

    Comment by AutoFire — August 11, 2007 @ 1:03 pm | Reply

  3. The Care Bears are the source of all evil. Beneath the guise of love and brotherhood, they actually convey secularism, Atheism, Pacifism, and other values in direct contradiction to the Will of God as laid forth in His Holy Bible.


    It’s now official–this is indeed a parody site.

    The Care Bears are a source of all evil?!

    Do you really believe that, Sisyphus?

    Comment by D.W. — August 11, 2007 @ 1:26 pm | Reply

  4. I’ve removed the cable and antenna from my tv. My children only watch discs I have pre screened. It’s the only way to avoid this filth.

    Comment by Helen Bock — August 11, 2007 @ 6:02 pm | Reply

  5. Wow. You are insanely paranoid.

    Comment by AutoFire — August 11, 2007 @ 6:40 pm | Reply

  6. Get a Tivo.

    Comment by Brandon Explosion — August 13, 2007 @ 8:08 am | Reply

  7. Advanced Dungeons and Dragons

    This cartoon series is based on the occult game Dungeons and Dragons. This fantasy role-playing game involves characters who use magic and sorcery to obtain treasures. The cartoon series, like the game, emphasizes white and black witchcraft. This cartoon averages 67 acts of violence every half-hour…

    AD&D is not a cartoon, it´s a rule system for role-playing games. And at that quite complex. Actually too complex for anyone under the age of 12, I think.

    Comment by PG — August 17, 2007 @ 10:13 am | Reply

  8. Dungeons & Dragons was a cartoon too, PG. Don’t be obtuse!

    Comment by Psycheout — August 17, 2007 @ 12:53 pm | Reply

  9. I’ve played D&D since I was seven. That must be why I’m such a sinner.

    Comment by neutronnate — August 17, 2007 @ 4:34 pm | Reply

  10. “Do you really believe that, Sisyphus?”

    I haven’t read the chapter yet. I’ll keep you posted.

    “I’ve played D&D since I was seven. That must be why I’m such a sinner.”

    It may well have had a formative influence that led to such a result, yes.

    Comment by Sisyphus — August 17, 2007 @ 8:01 pm | Reply

  11. Turmoil in the Toybox by Phil Phillips caused a great deal of Turmoil in my life as a child. My ex step dead did not like me at all when his own child was born into the world. At one time I thought we had a Christian home but that would all change.
    My parents bought Star Wars toys, Super Power action figures and even the Ghostbuster line of toys. Then Batman the movie came out and my grandfather got me a Batcave playset and Batwing. My Step dad saw that these things made me happy. I felt as a child there was nothing wrong. He would use any excuse to hurt me as a child. It just so happens that Phil Phillips came to our town at the time and talked to us about Turmoil in the toybox. After the program, my step father took back to my grandfather’s house the Batman toys my grandfather bought me for Christmas. My step dad went into my room and took all my toys I had and threw them into big fire in the alley. He also told my mother and I never to go to grandfather’s house again. I was torn away from grandparents for 2 years. As a child I was left playing with lego toys, green plastic army men and mathcbox cars. There is nothing wrong with those toys but all my friends made fun of me at school because I couldn’t play with Batman action figures or anything that Phil talks about. I was a weird kid. I brought home a book fair magazine from school and left it on the kitchen table. It had Batman books on it. My step dad found it and beat with a belt 5 times and told me what kind of and idiot was I to be bringing this garbage home. It even came down to me liking Back to the Future and my step dad took my movie and burnt it too!!
    I’m now in my late 20s but I can still remember having my heart broken as a small child by my step father using Phil Phillips Turmoil in the toy box as a weapon to hurt not only me but my mother and my mother’s family.
    I said one day I would get all the toys back 10 times more and I do know that I’m an adult.
    I’m speaking out on behalf all the little kids in the world who are getting their child hood taken away by such stupid analyzations as Phil Phillips Turmoil in the toy box or anybody else out there who analyzes a tinker toy or stuffed animal and calls it bad!! It’s the parents or Step parents in my case, that make the kids who they are. I’m glad I didn’t turn out like some depressed person locking himself in a closet any time they hear the smurfs theme song is played on TV.
    I believe in Jesus Christ, God and the Holy Spirit. I believe in the Bible. All of it is about Happiness. Right? Does God not want us to be happy? My toys as a child made me happy. If we’re going to get all uptight about children’s toys then we need to also get rid of the marketing on Christmas themed items as well. Little elves? Those I’m sure would be demons? Reindeer that can fly? Magic? is that not the tool of the devil?
    Think about it!!
    There’s a next book you can write Mr. Phillips…
    “Turmoil for the Holidays”
    Mr. Phil Phillips, may God forgive you for causing not only turmoil in my life as a child but other children as well.

    Comment by JC Gordan — January 10, 2008 @ 11:07 am | Reply

  12. I guess we should expect something so potentially psychologically damaging to children from the son of parents who named him Phillip Phillips. this is the worst close minded christian clap trap I have heard. and I thought the harry Potter buisiness was bad enough. Unless you want your kid to grow up a unimaginative scared robot or worse a serial killer dont follow what is in this book. JC Gordan, I feel terrible for you.

    Comment by C Johnson — May 15, 2008 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

  13. JC Gordon, I’d have to agree.

    I mean, if we are to believe that Batman is evil, that care bears are the occult, and that all childrens toys are horrible, then yes, we should question the christmas holiday itself.
    It is no longer about jesus, but about a large fat man in a red suit. His weight and pacifism make him an analagous parallel to budha, confucious, or any eastern religion. He brings toys to children, which by all means is bad. He breaks an entery into homes and is encouraged for it, apparently encouraging our children that crime is ok, and he uses the most wicked of all weapons, magic.
    By all means, he is the devil. His coat is red, a dead giveaway in his communistic ways. He believes in a clearly socialist regime.
    But, lets not stop with christmas, lets take a look at another christian holiday, Easter. A giant rabbit, possibly a reference to playboy and thier inciduous pornographic ways, goes to our children and shows that there could be giant animals. He tries to convince them in evolution, clearly. He shows eggs, which come from a chickens birth canal, and hides them around the yard in unnatural and god-compromising colors.

    Or, lets look at a more rational viewpoint. The bible tells us, as the first commandment, to take no idols and bring them above god. What is jesus nut an idol? He is stronger than any man, he is worshipped by symbols, people praise his name more than Gods. Hell, the more christians I talk to, the more I think theyr’e convinced he IS god. Look right there, Christians by definitionare breaking quite literally the oldest rule in thier book.

    All christians are hypocrites as far as I am concerned, and quite frankly considering what youv’e shared, I’m shocked you don’t think so yourself.

    Comment by landbasered — February 14, 2009 @ 9:35 pm | Reply

  14. As a child growing up in the ’80s, I am familiar with all the toys and cartoons mentioned in Phil’s book. I didn’t take anything he wrote in his book seriously because I was into that stuff: Dungeons & Dragons, Voltron, Transformers, Robotech, Thundercats, G.I.Joe, Masters of the Universe, etc. As a matter of fact, I STILL enjoy watching these shows on DVD and I STILL have some of the toys lying around somewhere.

    Anyway, I couldn’t help but laugh 20+ years later reading this book again. Now that I’m older and wiser, I realize what a true hypocrite Phil Phillips is. He went to stores and actually bought the toys he found objectionable and preached against. Huh? As far as I’m concerned, Phil is not practicing what he is preaching. The reality of the situation is that Phil is supporting, endorsing, and promoting these alleged ‘evil’ toys by spending money on them, therefore helping the manufacturers and corporations financially. Hey Phil, if you don’t like those commercialtoon products, DON’T BUY ‘EM!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s that simple. And don’t give me that lame excuse that the purchases were done solely for research purposes. If you are against drugs/alchohol/tabacco, would you buy some just for research and to keep in your possession???? The defense rests. The point is you don’t need to buy or spend money on anything to make a so-called ‘Christian’ issue. Yeah, once again, total hypocrisy.

    Admit it, Phil. From the first time you stepped into that toy store at the mall and bought that Skeletor action figure, you have been nothing more than a ‘closet’ commercialtoon toy lover and advocate. Thank you, Mister Phillips, for making the negative commercialtoons of my youth (that I will continue to cherish till the day I die) a positive impact on my life. The same applies to Hard Rock and Heavy Metal music. Yeah!!!!!!!!!! But that’s another story.

    Comment by Vlyger — July 3, 2009 @ 5:52 pm | Reply

  15. While TITTB has some interesting insights, it unfortunately goes overboard.
    It condemns entire toy lines because the BAD GUY is a witch or does magic…um…wouldn’t that only promote the author’s doctrine instead? IF bad people do bad things, that is good to show, so kids will know it’s BAD to do those things.
    I wonder what the author thinks of C.S.Lewis, who uses alot of magical elements to promote the concepts of Christianity?
    Every kid should be able to have a great imagination, and then one day, they’ll grow up and realize it’s all make-believe. I used to want to be a super-hero when i was a kid…but i’m not insane and trying to jump off buildings to rescue people.
    So, instead of attacking every aspect of the cartoons, maybe deal with the morality it’s teaching or not.
    And for toys, Toys are neutral, left to our own imagination. I almost NEVER used my toys as the same in the cartoons. IN MY WORLD: Castle Greyskull was Skeletor’s castle, and the Voltron Castle was the good-guys fortress. And i gave the toys different personalities, and chose their alliances.
    It used to bother me that the Galaxy Rangers had a huge pentagram at the opening, but in retrospect, It was a simplified sheriff’s badge, which was obvious if you have ever seen one like that.

    Comment by skot — August 11, 2009 @ 4:58 am | Reply

  16. My question is does anybody know the origin and meaning behind the toys Gormity? Is there any evidence of occultic influences?



    Comment by James herring — September 23, 2009 @ 10:50 am | Reply

  17. Yep. Phil Phillips was just one of many people who went overboard on the “evil in cartoons” backlash of the 80’s. In fact, it’s that kind of thinking that has made cartoons weak & boring over the years. If any of you here are interested, There is a clip from a “Eagle’s nest Ministries” video on YOutube, where he talks about his book & his opinions. Just type “He-man is evil.” I find it funny how he could attack a show like Care bears (really?), and yet totally dismiss the messages that these shows were trying to get across.

    Comment by Johnny the Rounder — October 11, 2009 @ 4:21 pm | Reply


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    Comment by V.E.G. — October 29, 2009 @ 4:36 pm | Reply

  20. I find it sort of ironic that the authors of this book claim that all these toys and cartoons are full of occult messages and themes. Considering that Christianity itself especially the traditions of Christmas and Easter are full of pagan themes. Read a history of your own religion people.


    “The Care Bears are the source of all evil. Beneath the guise of love and brotherhood, they actually convey secularism, Atheism, Pacifism, and other values in direct contradiction to the Will of God as laid forth in His Holy Bible”.

    Pacifism???? According the the dictionary means “an opposition to all war and violence” I thought this was one one the important messages of Christ mmmmmm

    Comment by Ben — January 20, 2010 @ 11:10 am | Reply

  21. As a child, I read and re-read these books. Unfortunately there happened to be a lot of “toy burning” after this book and we were forbidden to have Rainbow Brite, Barbie, Carebears, X-men, Cabbage Patch, Smurf, He-man and She-ra, and many other toys listed in the book as sinful. I think now that I am an adult, I don’t fault my mother for it. I do regret losing some of my toys but what’s gone is gone. My sister and I used other methods to entertain ourselves and are good artists, and have an amazing imagination. I am also a mother of 2 children now and I allow my daughter and son to play with many of these toys. My 5 year old loves Care Bears, We have My Little Pony and Strawberry Shortcake toys, and my son has a Spiderman toy. No I don’t let my children play with any old thing. I despise the toys that glorify the lolita syndrome like Bratz dolls and have told my daughter that I won’t buy them for her but if someone else does I don’t ask them to take it back. I believe that everything should be done with a measure of awareness. If I think a program, song, movie etc…has an inappropriate part to it we not only turn it off/avoid it but we TALK about WHY I feel that it is inappropriate. I feel that as a Christian it is my responsibility to lead my children in a Godly fashion. I do NOT believe that it means deprive my children because unfortunately were i to do that they would have very little to play with, see, listen to, or do. I can’t shelter them from everything but I can help them realize what is and is not truthful, Godly, and right.

    Comment by Stephanie — February 21, 2010 @ 1:52 am | Reply

  22. You know how crappy my childhood was because of this book… The truth is that stopping me from playing with these toys, and homeschooling me didn’t change anything in my life. Eventually as an adult from the age of 16 on up I used drugs to relieve the pressure that my parents put on my to live up to their standards. I never got to watch these shows and after talking with a lot of different therapists we worked out that being sheltered is one of the major things that set me on my path of drug abuse, please parents don’t listen to people that write these kind of books and think that they have all the answers. I’m living my life clean now, but I still struggle with drugs, and these kind of people are just hucksters trying to sell their books. I love my parents with all my heart, but everything in life is done in moderation including cutting your children off from something that every other kid in the world loves. Did God speak to you today and tell you that a child projects himself into toys? That’s what the author of this book claims, why wouldn’t God be speaking to you, as a parent, about your own child… Has anyone else noticed that 80-90% of the people that lay down these claims of God speaking to them have something to sell? Let God speak to you directly, but don’t believe this guy just because he says so. If you really love your children than let them read about other religeons than just the one that you follow, and let them choose to believe in something. If you don’t they’ll end up believing in nothing. You found God, your life was in shambles and that’s what it took. Well that’s what it takes, if Jesus is real than you have nothing to worry about right, because everyone will know the name of God. Every knee will bow, than your child will be there when it happens. Have faith that your kids will make the right choice on their own, because that’s what Christianity is: faith.
    Peace in Jesus.

    Comment by Michael McGowan — June 22, 2010 @ 11:37 pm | Reply

  23. I had all these toys and more, and today God is still nurturing me to be a passionate lover of Christ.

    I’ve read this book and I find it deplorable. Most adults my age that have backward, rebellious lives are the ones who were forced to read this book and their toys thrown out by their overly ignorant parents. Salvation is by faith, a devotion to Christ through communication and trust. The problem here is that overly conservative parents push moral grounds for their children, rather than talking to them and establishing a trusting relationship. Thankfully, my parents allowed a lot for me as a child and taught me the precepts of God. These cartoons are basic good vs. evil storylines, no different than the old black & white movies and fairy tales that such parents choose instead. Their are greater things to focus on than the toybox.

    I can’t believe this blog is serious. You praise the author of the book but say next to nothing about the glory of God. I don’t know who you are, but this is the type of ideology that has turned children into monsters. The only way to recognize good is for evil to exist and be apparent. Cartoons of that era never came close to the realms of darkness. Plus, this is a horribly dated book, and that fact that your commenting on it now, in an age where children’s programming has changed face entirely, is pretty inane. We’d appreciate it if you engaged with us in debate here; you may be a busy man but that doesn’t mean you can post a naive blog with a water-thin opinion without expecting controversy. You should also be writing of things that matter to this postmodern age; you are wasting your breath on archaic orthodoxy.

    Comment by Shay — June 27, 2010 @ 3:14 am | Reply

  24. I still find it interesting that Phillips spent those years researching cartoons, and yet he can’t get he has obviously done no research whatsoever in symbology. Let’s face it, almost all the symbols or “religious practices and beliefs” he cites simply do not exist within those cultures and/or religions he credits with their creation. He would almost be convincing if he even knew the differences between each of the ancient religions. Then, he could at least argue against each in turn. Instead, he merely groups them all together (including Judaism – the forerunner of Christianity) as “them” and makes the presumption they all have the exact same belief systems.

    Oh, by the way, for Phillips’s information – the Bible says Unicorns are real and good.

    Comment by JDN — March 1, 2011 @ 3:36 am | Reply

    • If there are Unicorns in the Bible,perhaps prove that with giving us Scripture verses? I wonder what “Bible” you read from? There are quite alot of uneducated idiots on here who know nothing about the Occult and its influences.How Toy companies do use Symbolism and Occult practices into their toys.

      Comment by Brian — July 30, 2011 @ 9:52 pm | Reply

  25. wow!….fuck you all. God gave us imaginations to enrich our lives and teach others. Has nobody heard all paths take you to god…i love to cuddle me a fucking cute carebear..and if they want to shine happiness and love on me then so be it. get out of the box assholes, not everything is black and white.

    Comment by Tina — July 28, 2011 @ 6:55 pm | Reply

    • Hey Dimwit, the Bible declares there is only ONE way! And that is through the Lord Jesus Christ! and only through Him we can have Salvation.Your comment is the basic brain dead comment, who cannot think for themselves,but otherwise needs to insult people with bad language and filth.

      Comment by Brian — July 30, 2011 @ 9:57 pm | Reply

  26. Hey, just wanted you to know that this book is a running gag on a podcast I listen too. The hosts every now and again read a passage from the book and it always makes for good laughs. Seriously, Carebears are evil? I am pretty sure this guy is pulling our leg.

    Don’t spread this garbage, it gives religion a bad name.

    Comment by Jay — March 13, 2012 @ 12:31 pm | Reply

  27. So a group of beings who live in the clouds and watch over humanity and go forth to help them by teaching love is evil? Is that not the definition of angels?? The principles of love, honor, being good and kind, caring for others, this is evil? Did not some famous man teach these things? Did he not sacrifice himself in the name of love and salvation for all men? If you ever read the works of this man you will know that his teachings is not what you are told to believe. Jesus said to love man as God loves man, for He is in us all and each man, good and pure IS God. The bible also tells us not to fear the devil, not to fear that which is not true for with Him in your heart you WILL know salvation. Yet all those who “hear the voice of God” preach fear, hatred and that causing pain to those you love is God’s way.
    P.S. the bible did mention unicorns and giants and other occultic creatures as being real. Later editions removed them for fear that it would cause riddicule against the bible, though they have left enough in to cause that anyway.
    P.P.S. Phil never researched these topics further then enough to ‘sound’ legitimate. Funny how this is the case with 99.8% of all evanglistic preachers.

    Comment by Aaron — April 24, 2012 @ 8:06 pm | Reply

  28. I’m pretty this blog is satire. I have a hard time believing anyone in this day and age would actually look at this book and see any merit in it. (At least, I pray it satire!)

    Comment by Chris — August 29, 2014 @ 11:24 pm | Reply

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