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.

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.

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