The Pinky Show
August 29, 2007 11:26 PM   Subscribe

The Pinky Show takes on some tough issues. Is the Iraq War legal? (24 minute video.) Cats with guns. (6 minutes.) Viet Nam. (40 minutes.) Did Thomas Edison hate cats? (2.5 minutes.) Or just browse the archives.

Oh wait. Did I mention it's hosted by a cartoon cat with an annoying monotone voice? Well it is.
posted by The Deej (22 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
Rather than speaking in a monotone, I'd say Pinky sounds like an adenoidal tween ... who happens to be a cat.

That is all.
posted by rob511 at 11:38 PM on August 29, 2007

I love the Pinky Show.
posted by Henry C. Mabuse at 11:42 PM on August 29, 2007

This is great.

And hawt. I mean, nuance is hawt.
posted by From Bklyn at 12:59 AM on August 30, 2007

I'm a fan of this cat.
posted by zouhair at 1:43 AM on August 30, 2007

Aww... Pinky looks like my little tuxedo cat named "Mister" (R.I.P.)... I don't think his voice would have sounded quite the same, though...

Cool find, Deej, thanks!
posted by amyms at 1:51 AM on August 30, 2007

this is the most surreal fucking thing I've ever seen while sober.

*checks to make sure he's still sober*
posted by Avenger at 2:55 AM on August 30, 2007

Thanks, deej. This is good in so many ways. The episode on the question of the legality of the Iraq war is really good. Plus, I love her voice.

Suddenly I'm enraged that a girl with no budget can draw a cartoon cat that gives a clearer, more reasoned, less sensational presentation of information than any of our current mainstream news outlets.
posted by jiiota at 3:23 AM on August 30, 2007 [1 favorite]

"You can't legally start a war in order to prevent one you think might happen."

She must have said that line a half dozen times to be able to say it without laughing.
posted by Citizen Premier at 4:07 AM on August 30, 2007

I may not always agree with Pinky... but who hasn't wanted to here a cute kitty talk about "American Imperialism."
posted by The Deej at 5:09 AM on August 30, 2007


CRAP it's only 6:09 AM. And the drugs just kicked in.
posted by The Deej at 5:10 AM on August 30, 2007

Man. I had not seen this, which would make me sad except that now I have and so can be happy.

The voice is perfect.
posted by cortex at 7:02 AM on August 30, 2007

I'm a fan of this cat, too.
posted by mediareport at 7:32 AM on August 30, 2007

The Thomas Edison one is great - tight, savage, calm.
posted by mediareport at 7:35 AM on August 30, 2007

She sounds like one of the Peanuts characters.
posted by ao4047 at 8:28 AM on August 30, 2007

The Vietnam was indeed shaded pretty pink, while I agree with 80% of its analysis, its oversimplification of the sides and forces involved does not really explain the issue, rather, they've ended up distorting it almost as much as pro-war revisionists . . . much like Iraq, we just didn't know what we were getting into, and had we known what the situation and costs were going to be 7 years after starting our intervention we would not have gone in like we did.

For a show that claims to be well-researched, especially about the Pentagon Papers, they missed this one from the PP:

"A month later [March 1965], McNaughton, demonstrating the McNamara team's fondness for figures, put the U.S. aims in a far different order: "70% -- to avoid a humiliating U.S. defeat. 20% -- to keep SVN (South Vietnam) territory from Chinese hands. 10% -- to permit the people of SVN to enjoy a better, freer way of life. Also -- to emerge from crisis without unacceptable taint from methods used."
posted by Heywood Mogroot at 8:54 AM on August 30, 2007

Pinky looks like my cat Sam and has a voice like one of my daughter's cooler friends. I like what Pinky has to say.
I am digging this a lot.
posted by dougzilla at 9:38 AM on August 30, 2007

I do think the Viet Nam episode is notable in that it seems to echo some of Robert McNamara's own thoughts as expressed in The Fog of War. Empathizing with the enemy, and understanding that the Vietnamese were at war with China with 1000 years, making it unlikely that they would be puppets of the Chinese.

I lean a bit to the right, and some of the videos are funny in that they unashamedly use words and phrases that certainly cause more conservative folks to immediately shout "liberal!!!!" (The aforementioned "American imperialism.") The way it's presented is cleverly disarming, however. Hey. We're just little kitties. And here are the facts. You have to agree with us, right? Meeeoowww. Purrrrrrrrrrr.

"Pinky" indeed!
posted by The Deej at 4:22 PM on August 30, 2007

She does excellent work!

If anybody here is a member of Trailrank, please post The Iraq War: Legal or Illegal? and spare me the pain of joining myself.

I love to stop in and listen to the conservative inanity at Trailrank, and I would love to hear their heads exploding after they see that one.

(and I love her voice)
posted by rougy at 6:03 PM on August 30, 2007

Brilliant! Thanks!
posted by dejah420 at 6:05 PM on August 30, 2007

"... much like Iraq, we just didn't know what we were getting into..."

You are delusional.

"We" - i.e. the American Military and its profiteers - knew exactly what "we" were getting into.

They knew it would be long, they knew it would be messy, they knew it would be expenseive...and they liked it that way.
posted by rougy at 6:07 PM on August 30, 2007

Yeah, no kidding. With Iraq, the mess is the plan.

I saw the Vietnam one (posted to Metachat, maybe?) a couple of months ago, and I'd forgotten about how great this show is. Thanks for posting this.
posted by interrobang at 8:20 PM on August 30, 2007

Damn it! I was gonna post this last week, but got distracted by, uh, my lazyness.

The Vietnam war one is a really interesting watch, though is slightly permeated by an anti-American slant.

Good stuff.
posted by slimepuppy at 4:54 AM on August 31, 2007

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