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'the plausible impossibility of death in the mind of cartoon characters' via

Limited Edition Prints available. My favorite.

Sort of Dexter meets Harvey Birdman
posted by cjorgensen (37 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
I want one of Daffy shooting Bugs. Damn it, stop duck oppression.
posted by oddman at 8:14 AM on November 10, 2008 [1 favorite]


Rah for whoever enjoys it, but I really hate this kind of stuff.
posted by Wolfdog at 8:14 AM on November 10, 2008 [5 favorites]


What I found much more interesting was the variety of ways in which Tom/Coyote etc. could "die" and yet not be dead. Off the top of my head:

- Flattened like a pancake
- 'blown up' into an ashes
- turned into a living accordion
- chopped up into a grid
- Melted and poured
- Body parts re-arranged
- Frozen and then shattered
And so on...

The idea of adding a bit more reality and gruesomness to cartoon violence was, as the comments point out, fairly well-explored by Itchy and Scratchy.
posted by vacapinta at 8:28 AM on November 10, 2008 [1 favorite]


Hasn't The Simpsons already covered this territory with Itchy & Scratchy?
posted by Man-Thing at 8:28 AM on November 10, 2008


The only thing that can kill a toon is the Dip.
posted by Faint of Butt at 8:33 AM on November 10, 2008 [11 favorites]


I thought it was going to be an academic essay. And I am disappointed that it is not.

Am I a nerd?
posted by Saxon Kane at 8:34 AM on November 10, 2008 [8 favorites]


...fairly well-explored by Itchy and Scratchy.
Also, A. Lortz.
posted by Wolfdog at 8:34 AM on November 10, 2008


We went to a show at The Wilmington Arms a couple of weeks ago, and we saw this when walking back to the station.

We stopped and stared at the window, Bugs and Daffy looming before us, all the gory details tastefully lit with spotlights even that late at night.

Things not visible in the photos:
* The jagged remains of Daffy's beak on the floor between them.
* Daffy's eyeballs floating amidst the explosion of blood, still wide open in surprise.
* The bullet embedded in the wall, "ACME" engraved on the end.

It was amusing, but only briefly. I think I was more amused by the fact that it was called "The Aquarium" than I was by the exhibit.
posted by Katemonkey at 8:42 AM on November 10, 2008


This would be a little less hackneyed in the other direction. Using m4d shop sk177zorz, made some video of actual humans surviving e.g. having a safe dropped on their head, complete with squishing/cracking/etc.
posted by DU at 8:43 AM on November 10, 2008


Also, Ian Frazier examined the legal ramifications that arise from the literalization of cartoon violence in his wonderful Coyote vs. Acme.
posted by Man-Thing at 8:44 AM on November 10, 2008


Saw this on the news the other day... the usual 'wacky artist' story

J Cauty being this fellow.

25% of proceeds going to Amnesty International, apparently.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 8:47 AM on November 10, 2008


So what happens when the cartoon characters finally recognize the endless circle of violence they live in? Reminded me of Animal Man #5, the "Coyote Gospels".
posted by cimbrog at 8:56 AM on November 10, 2008 [2 favorites]


The only thing that can kill a toon is the Dip.

*shudders*

when I was a kid was a kid, the only thing that scared the shit out of me as much as the Dip did from Roger Rabbit was when that chick goes *pop* in Akira.
posted by Alex404 at 9:01 AM on November 10, 2008


That's a funny art joke. Is it a play on The Physical Impossibility Of Death In The Mind Of Someone Living, the exhibit featuring a shark in formaldehyde?
posted by johngoren at 9:06 AM on November 10, 2008 [2 favorites]


I love how the kids in the first link (bottom photo) just seem to be taking it all in stride.

I was going to work in this link where characters are also killed, but while amusing, wasn't as cool as the links I put above (in my opinion):

Killtoons 2

(You have to select the "Watch this Movie" link)
posted by cjorgensen at 9:11 AM on November 10, 2008


Don't miss the frankly disturbing video.
posted by ardgedee at 9:12 AM on November 10, 2008 [2 favorites]


That's why you always have to be careful with pronouns.
posted by interrobang at 9:15 AM on November 10, 2008


Those little flaps on the Bugs Bunny sculpture's cheeks seem like a really strange way to signify fur.
posted by Greg Nog at 9:27 AM on November 10, 2008


Needs more organs.
posted by Eideteker at 9:32 AM on November 10, 2008


I thought it was going to be an academic essay. And I am disappointed that it is not.

Am I a nerd?


Clearly, but then so am I.
posted by ob at 9:43 AM on November 10, 2008


Is it a play on The Physical Impossibility Of Death In The Mind Of Someone Living?

Wow- I already didn't care for it, but having it linked to Damien Hirst adds a level of pretentiousness that didn't exist on my personal scale.

Oh, but I forget - It's ART.

I'm way too young to be this bitter about modern art. Could be that I'm just angry that my ridiculous ideas haven't been able to fool enough people to get funding and commercial success. I'm sure it has NOTHING to do with the self-righteous and extremely well-off artist community surrounding me that rejects anything that's not EXTREME or RAW. Or has a robot.
posted by MysticMCJ at 10:07 AM on November 10, 2008


Whilst traditional depictions of death, at least within Western Society tend to deal with the aftermath of such and event (such as the mourning of loved ones and questions of the afterlife) death in the mind of cartoon charters deals with the more phenomenological aspects of death. Death is the ultimate manifestation of the physicality of the cartoon world that these charters inhabit and as such the viewer is forced to confront the brute violence of death head on. Indeed because death in the mind of cartoon characters is not final but a recurring state of being the violence that is demonstrated is greater than would be found in every day life. Thus death becomes part of a continuum of existence. For the average viewer the only corollaries that exist to such extreme violence are images of warfare. Because of this, death in the mind of cartoon characters makes one consider the militarism that is at the heart of western culture. We are also prompted by the lack of finality in cartoon death to confront our own belief system as regards of the afterlife and traditional religion. If death is not final then what purpose does the afterlife serve?

Next week Queering Thomas: male on male violence and death in the mind of cartoon characters.
posted by ob at 10:08 AM on November 10, 2008 [1 favorite]


On the flip side, my bitterness is really counteracted by the Amnesty International bit.
posted by MysticMCJ at 10:09 AM on November 10, 2008


ardgedee: "Don't miss the frankly disturbing video."

Ok, that was a bit over the top. (But cool.)

It must be nice to have lots of money. I can think of better things to do with a million pounds other than burning it (from fearfulsymmetry's wikipedia link on the artist). You know, like converting it to USD and watching the inflation rate do it for me.
posted by cjorgensen at 10:20 AM on November 10, 2008


Wasn't there a Family Guy episode where Elmer Fudd finally gets Bugs Bunny?
posted by bitteroldman at 10:21 AM on November 10, 2008


Rabbit season!!
posted by samsara at 11:06 AM on November 10, 2008


Duck season!

The bullet embedded in the wall, 'ACME' engraved on the end.

An Acme bullet would've missed. Either that, or the tip would've opened up and a hammer would've come out of the bullet and conked Daffy on the head.
posted by kirkaracha at 11:15 AM on November 10, 2008


*James Earl Jones voice*

This is indeed a disturbing universe.

Agh! *axe in the back*
posted by Smedleyman at 11:22 AM on November 10, 2008


It's Körperwelten for cartoon characters.
posted by jouke at 1:06 PM on November 10, 2008


Körperwelten (for the lazy)
posted by cjorgensen at 1:39 PM on November 10, 2008


Yes, Itchy and Scratchy explored the idea of cartoon characters egtting all bloody and smooshy, but this is the first I've seen where it remixes original-type footage, transforming my childhood memories of consequence-free violence into... into... ? oh shi, I'm gonna barf now. That was awesome. (ardgedee's accompanying video brought the nausea home.)
posted by not_on_display at 1:54 PM on November 10, 2008


I like it. Be sure to watch the video to get some context. The cels on their own aren't as effective.

Wasn't there a Family Guy episode where Elmer Fudd finally gets Bugs Bunny?

Yep.
posted by mrgrimm at 1:55 PM on November 10, 2008


I AGREE IT IS VERY IRONIC.
posted by tkchrist at 3:55 PM on November 10, 2008


See, but this is why my stepbrother dropped a piano on my head and went and hid in a hole by the baseboard.
posted by Smedleyman at 6:16 PM on November 10, 2008


As far as I can determine, all Art is kinda silly. It always strikes me as being the aesthetic equivalent of puns. "Oh, hey, there's no rule that explicitly excludes this from being treated like a serious effort of some kind... get it?" HA HA ha ...ha... hm.

Not to be confused with small "a" art. Which seems kinda neat.
posted by Xezlec at 10:25 PM on November 10, 2008


Whoops, should have pointed out that "A" link is NSFW. Sorry.
posted by Xezlec at 10:26 PM on November 10, 2008


Oh yes, very witty and clever. I hated it.

(And like Bugs would shoot anyone, bah.)
posted by JHarris at 1:49 PM on November 11, 2008


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