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Here’s a fun poster for the Bob Clampett cartoon, Bugs Bunny Gets The Boid.
I like how dopey Beaky Buzzard looks. It’s amazing how much personality can be displayed in a still drawing like this one.
For me, it all started with an addiction to Bugs Bunny, and to all the rest of those wonderful left-field Warner Brothers cartoons of the 1950s: Porky Pig, Foghorn Leghorn, Elmer Fudd, Pepé Le Pew, and Daffy Duck, Daffy always playing a Hollywood B-list try-hard, anything from a desperately incompetent Robin Hood to ‘Duck Dodgers … in the 24th and a half cent-ury!’
That cartoon, just for example, was visually magnificent. It begins with Duck Dodgers entering Space HQ on a moving walkway which draws him beneath a gigantic ‘all-seeing eye’. This sinister object, to which Dodgers seems oblivious as it tracks him, has nothing to do with the cartoon’s plot at all; it’s simply there. It has also long since been regarded by film critics as serious art.
From the Road Runner Show, we were introduced to one of the cornerstones of human intelligence: a sense of irony. It was only years later when at university and studying film that I read Road Runner’s creator, Chuck Jones, confirming that, yes indeed, The Coyote had discovered Archimedes’ Principle for himself, yet with an ironic twist; namely, that if he had a fulcrum and a lever long enough, he could make the Earth fall on himself. Jones had consciously created Coyote as a parody of the human figure doomed by the ‘Curse of Knowledge’. Yes, each one of his cause-and-effect schemes to ensnare the Road Runner was immaculately reasoned and worked out on paper, yet it was his very ‘human’ rationality that brought him unstuck each time, by contrast to the Road Runner, who was merely instinctive. It was superb social satire.
We were even introduced to the notion of the ‘fanatic’, the Coyote having initially chased the Road Runner as he was actually hungry, only to lose sight of the end for the means. He’d started out with a knife and fork, these becoming discarded for his endless ‘ACME’ gadgets, until he became nothing but the ultimate consumer, the mail order ACME junkie.
Cheers to you all.
i want to buy this poster can you tell me where to get it
Well, I agree with what you wrote, but not with all of it. Regardless, it’s all very good material. Thanks!
I only wrote two sentences. Which one did you not agree with?
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