Today, I want to know an example of a famous movie scene that you first encountered in a cartoon parody of the scene.
Pop Culture Theme Time is a feature where I put a question to you to see what you think about a particular theme. I might later revisit the theme for a future Drawing Crazy Patterns or Top Five.
One of the interesting things about cartoons is that when they are parodying famous movie scenes, they typically do it in such a way that even a little kid can understand that the cartoon clearly is referencing SOMEthing, it just isn’t clear to the kid WHAT is being spoofed. You know, characters will suddenly give undue meaning to certain phrases, or talk differently, there’s just a clear sense that there is a reference being made, whether you get it or not.
So I was hoping that you can all share an example of that sort of thing. I’m not going to ask for the FIRST time you saw this, as, well, come on, we’re talking about something you saw as a kid, who can be sure of stuff like that? Instead, I’d just like to hear AN example tht you can recall from your childhood.
For me, I’ll go with 1987’s “Double-O Duck” from the first season of DuckTales, where Launchpad bids farewell to Feathers Galore (obviously, the whole episode, and Feathers’ name, were James Bond references, as well, but obviously I knew about James Bond by then, so that doesn’t count for the purposes of this piece. Feathers Galore would, but I didn’t get the reference at the time). The scene is a spoof on the iconic farewell scene between Rick and Ilsa in Casablanca. It was obvious to me as a kid that it was referencing SOMEthing (and honestly, even before I actually saw the film, I likely figured it was a reference to Casablanca, probably from the scene being shown on various shows as a famous movie clip), but I hadn’t seen the film yet.
Okay, that’s my pick. How about you?
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