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  • Angst? What Angst?: As it’s a children’s fairy tale, the baby goats are usually mentally just fine by the end of the story... even though they were literally devoured alive and nearly doomed to suffocate to death in the wolf’s stomach before being digested.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The story is very popular in Japan, parts of Asia, Italy, France, Russia, and the Netherlands. In Japan, the story has gotten a total of 4 anime adaptations, made between the 1970s and 1980s. In the Netherlands, the story was given its own attraction at the Dutch theme park Efteling. In Efteling's version, one of the goat kids is given a name. The goat kid that is hiding in the clock while the other goats get eaten by the wolf is named "Benjamin". Benjamin is also very popular with child guests that visit the park and shows up in various live shows as a puppet. In 1957, an animated feature film was made in Russia based on the tale, with a few creative liberties since it was made during the Soviet era.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: As simple as the tale is, there is a surprising number of theories about its interpretation:
    • Various psychoanalysts have deduced from Mother Goat's single status that the wolf should be considered the father of the kids.
    • In compliance with the former thesis, the tale has been assumed to be a distant echo of the Greek myth (as told in Hesiod's Theogony) that Kronos ate all his children by Rhea, and only the youngest one, Zeus, escaped that fate and later defeated his father. Note that while Zeus was in hiding from Kronos, he was fed and cared for by a (nymph in the shape of a) goat, Amalthea.
    • The seven kids are the days of the week, and the wolf is night who "swallows" them, but it fails at devouring the last one (Sunday), as the week begins anew and the days are "reborn".

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