Merry Mary, where are you going to?

This is a short cartoon, but it packs a wallop. I was all ready to riff on Mary with the little lamb being called “contrary” even though I’m pretty sure the contrarian and the lamb girl were two different Marys, but then the mayhem started and it washed away all Mary-related conflicts. Cats in pants wrecking a Christmas tree, dogs in pants getting all Dada on a piano, a psychedelic optical breakdown featuring mice, and lots and lots of frolicking.

Potatoes au gratintude

If you’re reading this, you’re most definitely alive. Congratulations! If you can’t think of anything else to be grateful for today, be grateful that you haven’t died yet. And be particularly thankful that you didn’t die:

You made it, and you’re probably going to make it through the day. Check the Wikipedia list of unusual deaths for more gratitude inspiration, and please remember to chew your food.

Better than a salmonella outbreak

I couldn’t do it. There was a vintage Terrytoons Thanksgiving cartoon that was pretty funny if you excised all the Native American “gags,” and there was a “vintage” (I guess it’s vintage if it’s 29 years old) Garfield cartoon that wasn’t funny even if you excised all the “Jon is a predatory loser” gags. I couldn’t post either one, even though the latter had a theme song by Lou Rawls.

I guess I have to post the one good part of the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special, the part where Snoopy is preparing the best Thanksgiving feast ever. Watch it four times and you’ll get a normal-length cartoon. Happy Thanksgiving and stuff.

Published in: on November 17, 2018 at 1:06 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Black rainbow

Today’s cartoon is really screaming for a color restoration, but it’s still pretty great. Also watch for the proto-Flaming Lips bubble act. I know Parliament-Funkadelic is supposed to be the inspiration for Wayne Coyne’s bubble walking, but I have a feeling the girl here made an early imprint as well.

Word of the day for Wednesday, November 7th

Well, I don’t know. I don’t feel like talking politics today. I just don’t. Let’s go to Scotland. Let’s learn a word for pig. It would be great if that word were something fun sounding like

grumphie. Hey, we’re in luck according to Merriam-Webster. “Grumphie: pig, specifically sow. Chiefly Scottish.” Thank you for brightening my day with your name, Scottish pigs.

Published in: on November 7, 2018 at 10:21 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Square dance

Since this reel was culled from animations made for Times Square light-up billboards, you’re going to have to provide your own soundtrack. Or zone out on the subtle rhythm you can hear if you turn it up. I like how this has voluntary pixelation at certain points. 8-bit cult prognostication.

Published in: on November 3, 2018 at 9:27 am  Leave a Comment  
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Taking inventory on the hallowed day

This Halloween was not a bad one in terms of costumes. I may have been sheltered by the environments I chose to be in, but I did not see one Donald Trump and that was more than fine with me. I see too much of that creep as it is, and while he is indeed one of the scariest things I can think of right now, it’s more like real scary and not “this seems scary but it’s really safe” scary that you want around Halloween.

Some highlights were the dog Illluminati

(seriously, check that out)

and perennial favorites Cheech & Chong:

There was the indecisive Ronald McDonald at the grocery store that Benny saw rejecting a bag of grapes and then some juice – here he is heading toward the booze and energy drinks:

but the winner for me was this modest fellow in our neighborhood:

Peter Pan Hedge didn’t take his costume off all week. That is dedication to the holiday, folks.

Published in: on November 1, 2018 at 6:24 pm  Leave a Comment  
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All hail Bethesda

Because I live on a hill and no trick or treaters ever come to my door, I’m going out tonight for some Halloween fun at the Griffith Park Ghost Train. For those of you lucky enough to get trick or treaters, you’re probably going to need something to entertain you if there is a lull in activity. Allow me to suggest the very spooky short film “Agnes Keedan’s Secret Plan.” You may never look at wigs or weird neighbors the same way again.

Published in: on October 31, 2018 at 4:59 pm  Leave a Comment  
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I’m not sure why I never posted this ’20s Mickey Mouse cartoon before. It might have to do with the annoying throwaway Al Jolson blackface joke early on – sometimes I post these cartoons with caveats about ignorance of the time and how we shouldn’t erase history and pretend we weren’t ignorant, and sometimes I’m just too annoyed that these dumb ignorant jokes taint the otherwise lovely cartoon. This one isn’t a mean-spirited joke, and it’s about two seconds long, but I need to point it out.

Other than that, this one is pretty enjoyable if just for the fact that there seems to have been either a time crunch or lesser-skilled animators working on certain segments of the cartoon. Notice the weird solid black in between the ribs. At first I thought “oh, this is how they drew skeletons back then,” but then there is the marimba skeleton who has a more realistic looking ribcage, with no solid black parts. What was happening here? Was this incompetence? Or just a time-saving measure?

Just say no to infantiphagia

I like this cartoon because it reminds me of a little girl I used to babysit who went through a Hansel and Gretel phase. At the age of three, she wanted to watch the Humperdinck opera every morning, had the damn thing memorized, and wanted to be an ugly old witch for Halloween until her older sister intervened and convinced her to be a cat or something.

This cartoon is basically Hansel and Gretel, except there are no desperate parents, no breadcrumbs, no intention of child-eating, no oven, and it seems to be set in the Netherlands instead of Germany. Also there is a lot of pie throwing.

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