Wednesday, April 08, 2009

The Looney Tune Effect

Yesterday, after getting through some grading (going faster than before--hooray!) and getting some other work done, I found myself not feeling too good. Being horizontal seemed the best idea. Daytime tv being pretty universally awful, I decided to download some old Looney Tunes cartoons to watch with Geeky Girl. The one embedded here is one I refer to here that got me worked up about death. We watched for altogether. Geeky Girl did find them funny, but she commented that they were awfully short. Each one was only about 8 minutes long. And, of course, they mostly relied on slapstick humor, not sophisticated wordplay or lengthy setups for jokes. It makes today's (best) cartoons seem like Shakespeare in comparison. On the other hand, I know some of these were clever and subtle in their humor. I explained to Geeky Girl that I used to get up early on Saturday mornings to watch cartoons and the grand finale was always the Bugs Bunny show, an hour and a half of these cartoons. I also told her that these cartoons showed before movies, something she thinks is bizarre considering there are now so many feature-length cartoons. Oh, and I used to walk to school uphill both ways in the snow. God, I feel old.
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