Took a walk and passed your house late last night

There are three silhouette gags in this cartoon, and while the third situation reveals itself to be less sinister than the shadow suggests, I still don’t know what exactly is going on there. Maybe that guy should be brought in for a psych evaluation just in case.

It’s hard to embrace an airplane

I don’t blame this pony for being bored with his job, but boy, do I want to know where I can get some of those chicken- and star-shaped popsicles… if only to find out what a chicken-shaped popsicle tastes like.

French impressionist

At first I thought the dog in this cartoon was doing basic blackface in front of the king, but it quickly became apparent that he was impersonating some foreign celebrity of the time. It’s not quite Maurice Chevalier, and it might not even be French? I don’t know. Maybe the dog is just bad at celebrity impressions.

Downhill all the way

I’m pretty terrible at debating, but it seems to me that this quite delightful-looking bit of propaganda made by the American Petroleum Institute makes a good case for less wasteful alternative energy and ethical bioplastics. Your mileage may vary.

Coming of age

Benny and I went to a “coming of age” themed party last night, and for a while we were the only people dressed in costume besides an awesome roller disco-dressed pal. So I’m not sure how grown up we are. I guess I could make the argument that being grown up is dressing up for a costume party and not worrying whether other people are going to dress up. What I do know is that being grown up is a lot more than being organized, because if that were the case, I would have been grown up a long time ago.

This week’s animation gets extra points for the part where it seems like Grandmother Cat is getting a prank call from a cow. She’s not, but it sure seems like it at first.

Blame it on Toad and friends

We’ve been encountering a lot of rain here in Los Angeles for the past 18 hours or so, but it appears right now that the Master Of The Sky has lost another chess game to Lady Drought and this is the end of it. When will you learn to stop playing with her, Master Of The Sky? You know she cheats.

But can she bake a cherry pie?

There’s a pretty good gag in this cartoon involving the raspberry jam making a “raspberry.” I started wondering why the derisive noise also known as a “Bronx cheer” came to be known as a raspberry, and I learned that it comes from Cockney rhyming slang. “Raspberry tart” = “fart.” Well, there you have it. Enjoy those tarts, everybody.

Listen to the mocking

I’ve never been able to resolve in my mind a story theme like the one in today’s cartoon. Is the moral that you should be grateful for what you have, or is it saying you shouldn’t strive outside of your station in life? I’m not going to make any headway with this any time soon, I don’t think. So let’s focus on something else in the cartoon: the cheerful song “Listen To The Mocking Bird.”

You may know it as a theme for The Three Stooges or Heckle & Jeckle. Upbeat, positive, a little goofy. “Listen to the mocking bird, listen to the mocking bird…”. And I always forget; what’s the next line?

“Oh, the mocking bird is singing o’er her grave.” What? That’s rather interesting. Apparently Abraham Lincoln liked it quite a lot, assessing it as “… sincere as the laughter of a little girl at play.” I guess little girls at play used to be a little more macabre than they are today. Fine; let’s go back to talking about the cartoon.

Okay. Why does the parrot get to sit uncaged in the living room while the canary is imprisoned? Isn’t the parrot more likely to cause injury to that old lady? Should I stop analyzing this cartoon? Yes, I think I should stop analyzing this cartoon.

Raspberry goose

Why is everybody in this picture so down on Mother Goose getting a little late night romance? Sheesh.

Lemon grab

Cartoon lemons in positions of authority sure scream a lot, don’t they?

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