Lots of kid's television and movies are designed to make you want to buy the related merchandise. But there's a higher level of advertising—Don Draper probably has a speech for this—and it touches something deeper inside the young viewer, makes that person want to do more than just bitch at their parents till they cave and ride out to KB Toys. We're talking about lust for a lifestyle. It's the kind of feeling that makes you listen to rap music when you grow up.
When you're young, your living situation could always be better. You could get that racecar bed, for instance. But sometimes you watched, say, Hey Arnold! and you thought, "No, I need this motherfucker's entire life. I need his bedroom."
Here are all of those bedrooms you lusted after.