There was a time when the Child’s Play films were solid, terrifying slasher flicks. They couldn’t quite equal the might of Halloween, but they achieved a cult-like status that’s still enjoyed to this day. After all, Chucky was a nightmarish villain who probably set doll sales back quite a bit for several years.
Then the franchise abandoned the Child’s Play nomenclature in favor of naming its sequels after the titular character. They also underwent a bit of a thematic shift, turning into horror-comedies rather than straight up horror. Chucky also had a wife (Tiffany, played/voiced by Jennifer Tilly) and then eventually, a son.
How did two re-animated plastic dolls conceive a child, though? Well, according to ScreenRant, despite it not being biologically possible for them to have a kid, they still have their human souls and as a result, it makes it possible for them to procreate. As such, Tiffany gives birth to their child, which sets things for 2004’s Seed of Chucky into motion.
As ScreenRant explains:
As the title makes clear, Bride of Chucky introduces Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly), an ex-girlfriend of Chucky’s who resurrects him using voodoo. After she angers him, Chucky kills Tiffany, and transfers her soul into a female doll. The duo then goes on a cross-country rampage, during which they have sex. It’s not clear how exactly this works from a biological standpoint, although since both dolls are inhabited by human souls, one assumes that’s what allows them to physically procreate. At the end of Bride of Chucky, Tiffany gives birth.
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It turns out their child isn’t anatomically correct, though, which leads the couple to argue about what their gender is. Chucky insists he’s a boy and refers to him as Glen, while Tiffany states he must be a girl and calls her Glenda. What’s interesting is that this explores a theme which early 2000’s films weren’t open to discussing.
With Glen/Glenda unsure of who they are, there’s perhaps a message about gender confusion in the movie, in which one person (or doll, in this case) is unable to come to a decision about their own identity. Despite the goofy comedy that’s present, modern day audiences could see this theme as being quite ahead of its time.
In any case, Glen/Glenda only appeared in Seed of Chucky, but it could be interesting to explore the character further in future Child’s Play films now that the series has been rebooted.