Kyle Basa

Back in high school, I collected Garbage Pail Kids cards. GPK cards had gross pictures of not-cute monstrous Cabbage Patch-style kids with rhyming or alliterative or corny joke names. A kid eating his own mucous was Snotty Scotty. A head being preserved in a jar was Formalde Heidi. Most of the kids also had a twin, which was a card with the same image but a different name. Formalde Heidi’s twin was Decapitated Hedy.

Anyway, most of these names made sense in their own way, and I enjoyed most of them, but there was one I could not abide, and that was Hot Doug’s twin Fran Furter. FRAN Furter? How could you think of Fran Furter and not go to Frank Furter? Who was responsible for this?

Then I went back and checked out GPK Series 1 and 2 cards and found Furry Fran, Schizo Fran and… Fran Fran. I guess there was a GPK artist with a thing for the name Fran.

This story doesn’t really have a resolution, but that makes it perfect for today’s cartoon, which also doesn’t really have a resolution. It features hot dogs, at least for a while.

 

Huey, Dewey, ptooey

Yesterday was Donald Duck’s 83rd birthday  and I didn’t hear a thing about it. Sorry, Donald. Let me rectify that by posting your debut cartoon. Of special interest to viewers may be the depiction of duck toes and also the curious phenomenon of baby chicks wearing shoes.

Tic tac row

Tic tac toe starts the trouble, tic tac toe ends the trouble. Oops – spoiler alert.

Published in: on June 3, 2017 at 9:26 am  Leave a Comment  
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Mama don’t allow no political allegories in here

I’ve been trying to find more information about the nursery rhyme “There Was An Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe.” Apparently it’s not just a cute poem about a mother who starves and whips her children. It might be about King George II, it might be about George’s wife Caroline, it might be about the US when it was still a British colony.

I like this cartoon version where she feeds them and doesn’t beat them, and all she does when it gets to be a bit too much is drink some cider. It doesn’t make much historical sense, and yes, she’s probably going to become an alcoholic if this is her only coping mechanism, but it’s nice to see that those kids aren’t being hindered in their desire to throw down a stomping beat.

Orange Blossom Express

Things I’ve learned this morning:

  • Berry-eating can actually be a really menacing activity
  • Hymenopterists get really mad when you say honey is bee vomit
  • Also, people are arguing about who has the rights to use the name Bee Vomit Honey for their honey products
  • “Honey” and “vomit” are two words that start looking really weird the more you look at them

Sesame feat

When I was a  kid, I had a real problem with “taking two trips” to load or unload the car with luggage or groceries or whatever. Lurching with five bags, balancing something under my chin – whatever. It was better than taking two trips. Is this a kid thing? I’m okay with taking two trips now, and not being able to take two trips seems crazy to me.

I think Ali and Scrappy and definitely the camel could have benefitted from taking two trips.

Published in: on April 29, 2017 at 8:57 am  Leave a Comment  
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He don’t use jelly

As a morality tale, I’m not sure this Toddle Tale works very well. If I were a kid, this cartoon would make me terrified of birds, and I would also want to know where I could get such a large quantity of jam.

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.

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.

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.

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