Saturday, February 16, 2008

Random Cartoon Break: Chipmunks vs. Gophers

Anyone who knows me knows that cartoons have played an important role in my life. The great, great cartoon shorts of the Studio Age of Hollywood are no longer getting played on Saturday Morning TV. Worse yet, there are some folks who think that their kids shouldn't be exposed to cartoon violence. We call those people mean stupid jerks who have stupid jerkfaces. Worse yet again, there are some people who have given up TV altogether. We call those people deeply suspicious. There is this group, this whole demographic, a wide swath of people who haven't seen some of funniest 7 minute programs ever created. I'd like to do my part to fix that.

Of course, Disney was considered the King of animation for a long stretch of time, and their features were worthy of that praise. Their shorts, in my mind, have not aged as well compared to the brilliance that was regularly being produced by Warner Brothers, or even the MGM/Hanna Barbera studios.

But the short below makes me laugh every single time I watch it. If it doesn't make you laugh, you are dead inside.

I also loved Warners' The Goofy Gophers, even though, as Don Markstein points out, they never broke big, only appearing in less than a dozen shorts. Markstein also says that while the popular theory is that one studio ripped off the other in designing their Rodent Duos, they appeared too close together for one to have inspired the other. So please enjoy the overly polite Gophers, too.

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