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Satire: New Lost TV Spin-off Show

29 May

The Onion breaks a fabulous (satirical) story about a new spin-off with a familiar character from the ABC/Disney show Lost:

“Somewhere between the smoke monster’s first appearance on Lost— when it was depicted as a strange unseen force uprooting trees—and that episode in season three where it grabbed Mr. Eko and smashed him against the ground until he was dead, this character became the breakout star of the show,” said Stephen McPherson, president of ABC Entertainment. “And that’s exactly why we’re so excited about Where There’s Smoke. We get to see the monster’s light comedic side in a show about life, love, and good friends having good times.”

Onion News Network on Pending Miley Cyrus Depletion

8 Jul

The satirical Onion News Network reports: Entertainment Scientists Warn Miley Cyrus Will Be Depleted by 2013.

You really want to click that link, I promise!

For the Twisted Disneyphile: “Three Fingers”

29 Jun

I am embarrassed to say that, on a regular basis, Mr. Broke Hoedown recommends fabulous books to me, and I set them aside for years, or never read them at all. Well, yesterday I finally got my act together to read a graphic novel he’d been suggesting for ages: Three Fingers, by Rich Koslowski. And I’m so glad I did! It was a quick read, very satisfying, and completely in keeping with my personal aesthetic. It did make me squirm a bit here and there…but in a very good way.

This is not a book for the faint of heart, nor the easily offended. It’s not particularly violent, graphic, or politically controversial…it offends the basic sensibility of the generic Disney fan by skewering and satirizing the early days of animation, and in particular Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney (Rickey Rat and Dizzy Walters in the book, respectively). The parallels are not always direct; there were a few times in the early pages that I winced, wanting the parody to mirror Disney history a little more closely. But after the opening pages, after the basic set-up and history, the plot line takes such a broad and intriguing turn that none of those details matter anymore.

Told in documentary style, it imagines a world much like that of Roger Rabbit, but with a dark edge, where toons are very much real, and vulnerable to certain types of exploitation. It alludes to disturbing possibilities, glancing only long enough to get into your head, never going for the gratuitous shock value. The art is wonderful, and appropriately rough in spots, as you can see in the sample pages in Google Books. And Mickey’s by far not the only cartoon character featured; a few other Disney characters show up, but there’s perhaps even a larger number of Warner Brothers and other animation houses’ characters.

Three Fingers isn’t for everyone. But for some of us, it’s perfect.

Disneyland Memorial Orgy: A 1967 Paul Krasner Satire

16 Jan

Are you sure you want to see this? I’m not sure I did . . . but I couldn’t very well call myself an irreverent fan if I didn’t at least take a quick glance. (I’m sure I needn’t warn you that this may well not be “safe for work,” even if it is just a comic.)

From the Atlantic Free Press, the story behind an image of Disney characters engaging in unspeakable acts, conceptualized by Paul Krasner and created by Wally Wood.

Disney had been their Creator, and he had repressed all their baser instincts, but now that he had departed, they could finally shed their cumulative inhibitions and participate together in an unspeakable Roman binge, to signify the crumbling of an empire. I contacted Wally Wood — who had illustrated the first piece I sold to Mad magazine — “If Comic Strip Characters Answered Those Little Ads in the Back of Comic Books” — and, without mentioning any specific details, I told him my general notion of a memorial orgy at Disneyland to be published in The Realist. He accepted the assignment and presented me with a magnificently degenerate montage.

Well, at least I won’t speak of those acts here . . . consider yourself to have been forewarned if you choose to follow the link to the story, with the image.

The article goes on to discuss a bit about Disney’s decision not to pursue the artist for damages. Would Disney really want to take on such a well-known, well-prepared satirist in court? It also mentions a few other unapproved uses of Disney licensed characters, including those famously removed from a daycare center in Florida (subsequently replaced by Hanna Barbara characters).

What are the acceptable limits of satire? Who decides? And once again, what ironies lay in any uproar about borrowing (for example) Disney’s image of Snow White, a character who emerged from The Brothers’ Grimm’s collection of folk tales?

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