Hey, all you necrofowliacs! Welcome to the final installment of this “Dead Duck” episode, “CARTOON JUNKIE!” Here’s your trivia fix:
- I kinda feel like I wrote this story just so I could draw that top panel. I had so much fun drawing this story in the UPA style, and messing around with the colors. I’m constantly looking for an excuse to go back and do another story in this style. It will happen again, sooner or later.My favorite purveyors of this great UPA style are Sam Weiss (former UPA and “Rocky and Bullwinkle” animator and director of the scariest and best animated retelling of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” , John Hubley (former Disney and UPA Animator, director of “The Adventures of Letterman” segments on “The Electric Company” [1971-1977]), and my biggest idol, the late, great Bill Melendez (former Disney and UPA animator and director of the “Peanuts” holiday specials and movies from 1965 until his passing in 2006). I hope that at least a little of their influence is apparent in these pages.
- Obviously Zombie Chick is wrong, and cartoon characters CAN die–otherwise, this story wouldn’t have happened. But I do love her line about “a link between cancer and anvils”. Any chance to take a swing at a horrible disease through comedy is a chance you need to take.
- PB&J Studios is a parody of the Hanna Barbera studio (Flintstones, Jetsons, Yogi Bear), who frequently went by “HB” in their credits. PB&J was also my penname for a very brief period in 2006 when I was experimenting with a new signature. My full name is Jay Patrick, though I have no idea where the B would fit in. It was mostly a connection between myself and my love of peanut butter and jelly.
- That bit about Fred Flintstone hawking Winston cigarettes on his TV show was true. Flintstones was a prime time cartoon show, so they catered to prime time viewing audiences, and almost every flag waving, kid spanking adult in the 60′s got their nicotine fix on several times daily. So it only made sense that the head of the modern stone age family sponsored their habit. It’s a common fallacy, however, that “The Flintstones” was the first prime time cartoon show. That honor goes to none other than “Rocky and Bullwinkle”, which predated “Flintstones” by a full year (1959).
- The paramedics carting off Krazy are loosely inspired by Hanna Barbera characters Quick Draw McGraw (voiced by Daws Butler) and Muttley (voiced by Don Messick).
- When I began writing this story, it was originally supposed to be much longer and more involved. But as it came together, the gag took precedence, and it seemed a waste of time to spread it out into something bigger when a quick three page set up and punchline would do the trick. I wish I could always be this concise with my work.
See you on the next page!