Most of us are familiar with the whimsical children's stories of Dr. Seuss, but before he embarked on his career as a famous children's author, he had been a political cartoonist as well as a writer for "Private Snafu", a series of Warner Brothers cartoons created for the U.S. Army. Given Seuss' background in politics, it's really no surprise that many of his stories also play out as sociopolitical commentary.
Seuss was ahead of his time -- in this story, identifying memetic trends and clique behavior before the term was even coined. Note how he's distinguishing bird-brained mentality vs. the more clever manipulator, portrayed as a primate.
(I didn't produce this video, by the way. It was either this or the longer song-and-dance animated production that was posted on YouTube).
Well... nobody ventured to guess who the political figures were in a previous post, which isn't really any big deal since I never figured out what kind of prize there would be. :). Anyhow, I've decided to reveal four of them...
I'm guessing that much of my readership hails from the Seattle area. That could be one explanation for why my traffic stats really dropped off last evening and today. Crazy weather they're having, I guess. Who can explain it...?
Couldn't resist... the problem with Gore, tho, is that his speaking style doesn't really lend itself well to funny quotes the way Bush does. If anyone can come up with a funnier caption, let me know.
I'd had this cartoon concept idea of caricaturing the various politicos as school kids, sitting at their respective cafeteria tables. Of course, someone else beat me to it -- here's a new series by Ampd Mobile called Li'l Bush...
This may have only been a matter of time, since more and more people are getting that general impression of Bush & Co. -- and that can only be a good thing. (Below is a cartoon from the inimitable UK artist Steve Bell.)
I know it's been awhile since I've posted. Work has been keeping me busy, but in the meantime, here's a few seconds of entertainment: a video clip showing a gibbon playfully teasing a dog -- literally pulling its leg. (Let's just call this an ironic prelude to a future essay.) Never posted a video before, so let's see if this works...
Psyop Anthem: "This short film is a children's musical sing along commentary on faith and consumerism. A melodic reflection of our nation's glossy utopian marketing agenda expressed through a soft and seductive sugar coated spoon fed get 'em while they're young media treat. "
"Watch the misadventures of Phil Lament, a light bulb who refuses to shine."
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