Strange Moments in Cartoons – Part 16

2014/07/07

The sad thing about going back and watching cartoons you enjoyed as a kid is that they’re never quite the way you remember them.

Uh...is moose and squirrel?

Uh…is moose and squirrel?

This twisted bit of nostalgia comes to you courtesy of Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures – Episode 17: “Snow White & the Motor City Dwarfs”/”Don’t Touch that Dial” (October 8, 1988).

Supereconomics – Part 1

2014/07/03

Contrary to popular belief, comic book characters back in the Silver Age weren’t complete morons.

That's not to say some costumed adventurers weren't a bit naive, though.

That’s not to say some costumed adventurers weren’t a bit naive, though.

This harsh life lesson has been brought to you by The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (March 1963) by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

Nitpicking 101 – Marvin Acme’s Other Woman

2014/06/29

Pop quiz: In the classic movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit, a photo of the late Marvin Acme taken by Eddie Valiant appeared on the front page of the Los Angeles Chronicle. Which female toon was he pictured with?

I’m guessing most of you said Jessica Rabbit, right?

So, to everyone who answered that, here’s my follow-up question: Are you sure about that?

Because the headline "Man Bites Dog" is so yesterday.

Because the headline “Man Bites Dog” is so yesterday.

Take a closer look.

Man, they were already abusing Photoshop image editing back in 1947.

Man, they were already abusing Photoshop back in 1947.

The female toon with Acme on the newspaper cover bears absolutely no resemblance to Jessica Rabbit. And it’s not just her face, either.

Why does Roger Rabbit look like a toon rabbit version of Scott Disick in that picture?

Why does Roger look like a toon rabbit version of Scott Disick in that picture?

True, both of them sport impressive busts and are wearing shoulderless dresses with evening gloves and stud earrings, but the similarities end there. Faux-Jessica’s dress either has a halter neck or is attached to a choker via a brooch and her gloves are elbow rather than shoulder-length. Perhaps most noticeably, her proportions and facial features are more realistic and human, with the end result being that she looks more like a cartoon version of a sexy woman than a caricature of one.

The real world explanation is, of course, that Jessica Rabbit’s character design apparently underwent a complete overhaul at some point after the live-action sequences were filmed. This does, however, raise the question of why the scenes pictured here weren’t reshot with an updated newspaper prop and a hand double for Bob Hoskins to eliminate the continuity error since they’re all (or at least predominantly) inserts where the actor’s face is never seen.

Strange Moments in Cartoons – Part 15

2014/06/25

When it comes to dating in the 21st century…there are no rules.

Pray tell, what is this strange manner of pants-retaining date-getting that you speak of? :O

Pray tell, what is this strange method of pants-retaining date-getting that you speak of? :O

This glimpse into Tucker Foley‘s dating life has been brought to you by Danny Phantom – Episode 2: Parental Bonding (April 9, 2004).

Studies in Douchebaggery – Part 6

2014/06/21

The amount of contempt that Batman has towards his friends and allies is dwarfed only by the size of his own insufferable ego.

Well, someone certainly has an unhealthily narcissistic sense of self-worth.

I’m guessing this was before you came up with the idea of Batman Incorporated?

This hypocritical view of forced retirement comes to you courtesy of The Brave and the Bold #113 (June-July 1974) by Gardner F. Fox, Bob Haney, Ed Herron, Jim Aparo, Bob Brown, Joe Kubert, and George Papp.

Minion Appreciation

2014/06/17

It’s rare to find a villain who values his underlings as much as Flash Man seems to.

Man, Flash Man's taking this pretty hard...

Man, Flash Man’s taking this pretty hard…

This behind-the-scenes glimpse into a Robot Master’s domain comes to you courtesy of Mega Man #11 (May  2012) by Ian Flynn, Ben Bates, and Gary Martin.

Heavily Armed Robbery

2014/06/13

All I can do is reiterate what I said in a previous blog entry: I don’t think that the criminals in Gotham City can do anything normally.

Three bets that he blows all his ill-gotten gains on ammo for his next heist.

Three bets that he blows all his ill-gotten gains on ammo for his next heist.

Today’s glimpse at the Bazooka Bandit has been brought to you by The Brave and the Bold #113 (June-July 1974) by Gardner F. Fox, Bob Haney, Ed Herron, Jim Aparo, Bob Brown, Joe Kubert, and George Papp.

Daring Rescues and the Warrior Princess

2014/06/09

Changing gender roles complicate matters sometimes. Painfully.

Someone's been taking pages from Princess Lei's handbook.

Someone’s been taking pages from Princess Leia’s handbook.

Today’s rescue attempt has been brought to you by Rocket Raccoon #1 (May 2014) by Joe Caramagna,  Adam Archer, and Ty Templeton.

Sex and Dating, Superhuman Style – Part 19

2014/06/05

There’s something to be said for the direct approach.

Gamora is about as subtle as a Vibranium shield to the head.

Gamora is about as subtle as a Vibranium shield to the head.

This winning pick-up line has been brought to you by Guardians of the Galaxy #24 (April 2010) by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Wes Craig, and Serge Lapointe.

Of Good, Evil, and Glossophobia

2014/06/01

Apparently, Dr. Wily’s fondness of public speaking is dependent upon his moral and ethical alignment.

So you're a good public speaker when you're bad and a bad public speaker when you're good, then?

So you’re a good public speaker when you’re bad and a bad public speaker when you’re good, then?

Today’s glimpse into the glossophobia of mad scientists has been brought to you by Mega Man #36 (June 2014) by Ian Flynn, Powree, and Gary Martin.


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