Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Your 1000th Cartoon

ETA, of course I assed this up and set it to post at 6:30 PM, because it's major.


This is my 1000th post! That's most likely more than 1000 cartoons, because my first post was multiple cartoons, and there have been several other entries that contain more than one piece, but 1000! That is SO MANY.

I wasn't sure what to post, until I thought of my first cartoon... ah let us embark in my Way Back Machine (so called because it is in the way-back of a buzzard puke green 1975 AMC Hornet station wagon and any similarity in the name is purely coincidental) and look at the first cartoon I ever posted before I even knew this was going to be A Great Big Amazing Thing, or even a blog:

The Hey Bulldog sequence, from Yellow Submarine. Directed by George Dunning, 1968. Character design by NOT PETER MAX! The wonderful Heinz Edelmann.

So yes! How would you like to see the whole thing?


Off with your pants then, let's watch YELLOW SUBMARINE!!!!!


  1. Congratulations on your 1000th post. Many thanks for this particular pick, which last i checked is not available on DVD. My kids wrecked the last two copies I had from playing it so much. "Ad hoc, ad loc and quid quo pro/ So little time. so much much to know!"

  2. Will:

    Get a beater copy for the kids (because they will watch it a bajillion times) and hide a copy for yourself.

    I love Jeremy. "Nowhere Man" always bummed me out because they made him cry.

  3. Congratulations, and thanks for a thousand wonderful posts!

  4. I once read an interview with Lee Minoff, who wrote the YS story and first draft, in which he revealed that his version of the "Nowhere Man" was based on the English Renaissance Man Jonathan Miller. Miller, still well known in the UK is a full-fledged physician and also a renown comedian (BEYOND THE FRINGE), filmmaker, stage director, atheist's advocate, author, sculptor and god knows what else.

    It seems Minoff had once written a play Miller had directed and he found the good doctor to be an insufferable boor, (a "boob" in fact) more or less in love with the sound of his own voice and fond of reminding everyone of numerous titles. Hence Jeremy's various designations ("Good dentist too!).

    Of course in the movie, via subsequent rewrites, he turns out to be highly sympathetic, to Minoff's apparent dismay.

    As for Dr. Miller, I have always found his work enjoyable and every interview i have ever seen of him has been thoroughly thought provoking and entertaining as all hell.

    P.S. Thanks for the link. Will definitely re-buy (again!!)

  5. The story probably wouldn't have been nearly as good if Minoff's ire had been left intact. Jeremy is a great character; his title dropping seems to be a defense mechanism for his insecurity and loneliness, which might cut closer to the truth of Dr. Miller's boobishness as well. That sort of behavior doesn't develop in a vacuum.

    Plus, if Jeremy had been nothing but a boob, the story could not have resolved so warmly, and we never would have gotten to see Ringo bounding over to comfort him. The Beatles would have been presented as justified in their nasty teasing. Just a lose-lose situation all around. Yay for rewrites.

  6. Yeah, the Beatles weren't prone to badmouthing and an acerbic parody of a personal enemy doesn't have much of a place in a movie whose message is 'ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE.'

    At least the dig provided some very amusing couplets about a character whose self-absorption makes him something of a pathetic sort initially. Jonathan Miller is so far from being a pathetic figure that I never would have guessed it was a reference to him had i not read the interview. The "Ph.D" and bit about him reviewing his own book as he writes it also are probably the most overt references.

    Gotta throw in a word or two about the character design: pretty imaginative to realize a "Nowhere Man" as something of a cross between a sheep and a bunny wearing a Venetian clown mask. i love it. Go Heinz!