A stitch in time

What do these things have in common?

They are all nine. Turn me on, dead man.

Technicolor hen fruit

This is what happens when I’ve already posted all the cute Silly Symphonies Easter and springtime cartoons. Guns, guns, and more guns. Happy Easter.

The Oomph Girl

I love when old cartoons have pop culture references that have been lost to time. Ann Sheridan was not that tough to track down, but I don’t even know where to look for the meaning of some of these bits.

A very bad hat

Benny has a very fancy traveling bonnet that he’s worn one too many times. When he took it into the dry cleaners, they refused to take it, saying it was beyond hope. Maybe he can take it into this laundry; they seem to have no problem beating rough hats into shape.

Wiring schematic

I really hate when cartoon characters “evolve” over time into creatures with bulbous heads, small yet chubby bodies and barely discernible personalities. I know I’m supposed to prefer these big-headed characters because they more closely resemble human babies, and I’m supposed to feel some sort of nurturing instinct toward them, but I guess I’m not wired that way. Mickey Mouse? Better as a sadistic anarchist with stick legs. Campbell’s Kids? I’d much rather hang out with the slightly dim German rolypolys rather than the rosy-cheeked extreme sports enthusiasts. Garfield? Well, he was never funny, but in the ’70s he actually resembled a cat. And what about Porky Pig? Can you actually say that his current hydrocephalic incarnation is cuter than the original model? No, no you can’t.

Puppy Bowl

I know how the Saints can win today – if somebody can just rig a picket fence and a clothesline onto the field, they’ll be set. They should also watch out for a tricky duck receiver.

Wood eyes, hare lips

I will never understand the reinventions of certain cartoon characters, particularly Woody Woodpecker, Bugs Bunny, and Daffy Duck. All three started their lives out as lunatics who succeeded in the world by being oblivious to it, but they fairly quickly shed these personas; the first two became mere smart-aleck bullies, and the latter became a bitter, jealous coward. What was the thinking behind this? Aren’t cartoons supposed to be funny? What’s funnier – Daffy Duck’s “woo hoo woohoowoowoohoo!” or his “that’s dethspicable!“? My mind is made up on the matter.

The following is Woody Woodpecker’s first starring role, following a triumphant supporting role in an Andy Panda cartoon. This cartoon has nearly everything: a male bird laying an egg, gossiping squirrels, Woody’s fantastic buck teeth. Unfortunately, this version does not have the last minute and a half of the cartoon, so you’re going to have to use your imagination or huff some ether or something to get to a satisfying conclusion:

Little lavender men in the sugar bowl

I may have to make a category here on Fancy Notions entitled “Cartoons Depicting Straitjacket Activity Pursuant To A Phone Call Reporting A Mysterious Creature.” This is the second week in a row that I have wanted to share such a cartoon with you:

I’m not sure what this means. Maybe it’s a little premature of me to make a category devoted to it.

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A sound thrashing

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Devil’s horn

Sunday is a good day for moral lessons if you’re into that sort of thing, but also a good day for cartoons. Tell Mom you went to church today:

Published in: on September 7, 2008 at 10:56 am  Leave a Comment  
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