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March 12, 2013 8:31 PM   Subscribe

Pinky & Bunny are cute little kitties who live in the Mojave Desert. Their friends are Mimi & Kim (and sometimes grumpy old Daisy). They like to make videos about contemporary issues with a progressive view. Bunny died on Jan 25, 2013.

"Oh wait. Did I mention it's hosted by a cartoon cat with an annoying monotone voice? Well it is."

Selected moments:
The Pinky Show Trailer
Encounter on Radical Education: Cats in Slovenia!
We Love Museums... Do Museums Love Us Back? (Kim speaks).
How to Solve Illegal Immigration (Daisy speaks).

(not to be confused with Pinky and the Brain, which is something else).
posted by ovvl (11 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

 
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posted by ambulocetus at 8:58 PM on March 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


Um, due to the nature of this project and the voice the blog post is written in, I'm having trouble figuring out who died: Could someone clarify for me?
posted by silby at 9:03 PM on March 12, 2013


I think a real and fictional cat? I believe the characters are supposed to correspond with actual cat counterparts. Meownterparts, if you will. But you probably won't.
posted by Redfield at 9:05 PM on March 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


Pinky & Bunny are cute little kitties [...] Bunny died on Jan 25, 2013.

So Pinky is a kitty and Bunny was a kitty.

This kitty punctuation pedantry brought to you by kitty kitty kitty.
posted by Tomorrowful at 9:13 PM on March 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


My condolences to the kitty cat's owner/creator though without MetaFilter, I wouldn't have known the Pinky Show even existed. My life is better, now.
posted by bakedbeets at 9:17 PM on March 12, 2013


The pinky show played an important part (to me) in helping my niece and nephew understand "power, structure & agency" ... I doubt they remember the experience but my niece loved the cat voices at the time and their mom (my neo-marxist sister) thoroughly enjoyed sharing Pinkie with her kids. Highly recommended.
posted by specialk420 at 9:44 PM on March 12, 2013


Later on I will watch. I spent a lot of time in the Mojave as a kid, With my family of course, recieving seriously desert conditioning.

I am among those who never heard of this show. So I will have to watch and share it.

As for Bunny:

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posted by Katjusa Roquette at 4:57 AM on March 13, 2013


Pinky and Bunny are pedagogical geniuses. That show opens up so many doors into contemporary socio-political theory -- they show how critical engagement is an ongoing process, rather than a perfectly wrapped up set of pronouncements. I've come to rely on them for learning & teaching & getting cheered up about things.

The fact/fiction ambiguities are also really effective. I'm really sad about Bunny, and I still don't know if she was a person, a cat, an alter-ego, a fictional character... and that's totally okay (I'm still a bit sad about Seymour Glass too).
posted by aunt_winnifred at 6:41 AM on March 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


Can anyone identify Pinky's regional accent for me ?
posted by devious truculent and unreliable at 6:51 AM on March 13, 2013


Here's a blog post from Pinky from the website which suggests that Bunny was a real person :

Bunny died on Friday afternoon, January 25. It's still hard for me to think of what to write, but I want to write something for all of you who have been in contact with us, providing Bunny with so many kind words of support and encouragement. I want to share with all of you how Bunny died, because she died magnificently.

As some of you may know Bunny had a lot of physical problems these past few years - first arthritis, then diabetes, and then about a year and a half ago she also found out that she has cancer. She did traditional Chinese medicine and even chemotherapy for a while, but finally decided to stop all her treatment when the doctor told her she also found (via ultrasound) a rapidly growing tumor in her main artery and that it was already obstructing about 90% of the blood-flow from her heart to her body. Shortly after that she survived a severe episode of congestive heart failure. The emergency room doctor told us she had no time left, that death could come at any moment. This was over six months ago.

When we found out Bunny had cancer I just cried and cried, but she said to me, "Don't be afraid. I'm going to show you how to die."

Bunny was calm until the very end. Even as her body became weaker - "wasting away" the doctors called it - her spirit seemed to steadily become larger and more powerful. There were so many times that Bunny was in a lot of discomfort or pain but she never complained even once. She was so strong. We spent the last few months enjoying every moment together, working as hard as possible. Now everything is in order, and the Pinky Show can continue, even without Bunny.

Three days before she died she began fasting - no food or water. I made a soft bed for her in a cardboard box and she laid down in it, and for the last three days she didn't move much. I told her everything I wanted to say. She didn't say anything. And when she was ready, she left. She left so quietly for a moment I wasn't sure if she was gone or if she was just sleeping. As always, she did everything exactly the way she wanted.

Looking back I guess I can see now that Bunny had been preparing for death her whole life. Sometimes she'd say, "We come into this life alone and we will leave alone." I used to feel a little bit lonely and afraid when she'd say things like that. But now she's gone and I am realizing that she wasn't trying to make me afraid, she was just trying to move me towards preparing for death too. I wish she had told me exactly how to die, or how to face death without fear. When I realize how far away I am from understanding these things, and how much suffering she endured, I think Bunny made herself into a good example because she loved us so much.

Kim and I covered Bunny in a blanket and we took her in the box to her doctor, Dr. Wendy, who took care of Bunny's cremation. A few days later we got a telephone call that we could return to pick up Bunny's ashes. When we got there we were shocked to see that they had put Bunny in a tiny metal can. Bunny used to be so big, now she is in a little can. Somehow I don't like it, I think when I am feeling stronger I will try to find something better to put Bunny in.

It's so quiet around here now. I find myself feeling sad and missing her so much, but when I think about how she lived and died, I feel nothing but happiness and respect for her, my friend.

Much love,
pinky




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posted by devious truculent and unreliable at 7:08 AM on March 13, 2013 [2 favorites]


The way this article is written leads me to believe that one of the co-creators has passed away. I attended an artist talk led by Pinky and Bunny's 'human representatives' a few years back in Toronto, it was phenomenal.

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