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Counter Rant on R&B

The Ruby Yacht of Omar Khayyam can be found in Moosylvania, on the waters of Veronica Lake, near the Isle of Lucy, not far from Whynchataka Peak. One can also visit Bullwinkle’s alma mater Wossamotta U. or Rocket J. Squirrel’s alma mater, The Cedar Yorpantz Flying School. R&B was my favorite cartoon when I was little, then it disappeared for about a decade or so, then some network started rerunning it, and the reruns were even funnier because I had collected enough information during that decade to understand all (or most) of the jokes that flew right over my head when I was little.

The whole thing is so littered with cultural, historical, and cold war references that they should probably put out a set of DVD’s with a footnote option that allow you to turn on explanatory text at the bottom of the screen, like footnotes in other classic literature such as I was forced to read in high school and college. I wouldn’t need the footnotes for R&B but a lot of people would, especially younger or dumber ones.

Regarding the ‘Title or: Subtitle’ format, I’m not sure if it was ever a common practice before Bullwinkle. The other well known example is the complete title ‘Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb’. R&B came out in 1959 and Dr. S was released in 1964. When I lived in Menomonie and they were talking about starting up the draft again, my roommates and I and a ‘Hell no We Won’t Go – or – I Always Wanted to See Canada’ party. We even made and displayed a title sign at the party, magic marker gloriously emblazoned on tan cardboard. They liked R&B too.


On Rocky and Bullwinkle

I have to explain a lot more references in conversations these days. At first it was funny, now its disturbing. I found myself trying to explain Mr. Peabody just two weeks ago. There are no current cultural references to engage this level of humor with so the attempt falls flat. Now it has to be simple, abrupt and fit in a five second sound-byte to be valid. Everyone knows Gilligan though, that's safe. I pick Maryann by the way - always have. Don't know anyone who picks Ginger so why even ask. Really.

The wife sat down with the kids every night for several weeks and they went through the entire Monty Python Collection. All of it. They then did the same with the entire original Star Trek series and have just finished all the movies of the same genres. We feel strongly that this will give then a good religious, political and moral grounding in life. I probably should get the original R&B also so we have someone to talk to about it when we are in the old folks home.

Maybe Faulty Towers also, and some Bob Newhart. Yeah. That would cover it.

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