Saturday, August 4, 2007

Saturday Morning Cartoons!

Señor Droopy (1949)

A few weeks back, I showed a Droopy cartoon called Three Little Pups. Although he was in it, the cartoon was more about Wolfy. The Droopy character seemed more Droopy-esque in nature. Sort of like when Wyle E. Coyote shows up in anything other than a Road Runner cartoon.

The great Tex Avery did several cartoons for MGM and the one character who showed up in most of his work is Droopy, his own creation. Señor Droopy is one of my favorites, in spite of my abhorence to bullfighting. Secretly, I would love to have an authentic matador outfit, just to wear around the house. This is also the first cartoon where Droopy is so named. Up until then, he was nameless or referred to only as Happy Hound. Droopy's low, jowelly voice was none other than Bill Thompson, who played a similar character, Wallace Wimple, on the long-running radio show, Fibber McGee and Molly.

Droopy is the classic everyman. The unlikely hero. He always gets the girl and they don't seem to mind - a fountain of hope for me as a young boy. And when you finally push him too far and he gets mad, look out!

Have some Pop-Tarts and enjoy!

Droopy - Senor Droopy - Funny bloopers R us


Yesterday, I asked...

"It's not unusual for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to feature offensive shows. It is unusual for the PM of England to start a petition condemning one of them. It's title is what?"

The answers were....

  • "Gaza Striptease" - Uh, no. Although, I think Yassar, that's My Baby! would make a good tune.
  • "Paint Your Wagon Brown" - Naw. Although I would like to see Clint Eastwood mumble his way through, They Call the Wind Gordon.
  • "The Lyin' Queen" - Something about the Queen Mother singing Can You Feel the Love Tonight that's just darn creepy.
  • "Jihad: The Musical" Ta-Dah! Jazz hands, everybody!
According to the illustrious Daily Mail, Jihad:The Musical is coming under a firestorm of criticism simply because of its subject matter. Britain's Prime Minister Brown initiated a petition from his website comdemning the production. It's being billed as a "madcap gallop through the wacky world of international terrorism" Given how uppity the Muslim world can be about anything poking fun at their religion, this production is either very brave or really stupid... or both. You be the judge.