7th May 2010

Jim Has Serious Pancake Mojo

Jim is making fancy pancakes for his little girl, inspired by fancy pancakes his dad made for him when he was little.

Jim's Bee Pancake

Jim’s getting a little carried away, though.
Jim's Crane Pancake

Don’t miss the giraffe!

Jim’s Pancakes

[Via Laughing Squid]

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3rd December 2009

If I Bake You a Cherpumple, Will You Be My Shipoopi?

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the kitchen…

Charles Phoenix and his Cherpumple.

Charles Phoenix is adorable. And ridiculous.

Charles has developed this Dessert of the Future, the Cherpumple. Inspired by the terducken, this monstrosity… well, I’d better let Charles explain it.

Charles is taking his famous slide show on the road up and down the west coast this holiday season, and it is not to be missed. UNLESS YOU LIVE IN THE BAY AREA, APPARENTLY. Ahem.

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20th April 2009

Kansas City Kitty & JYC Update

Sorry there’s been no posts here on Junkyard Clubhouse. I can only speak for myself, but I’ve been pretty busy with lots of other things (learning some new 3d tools, posting to my geeky, other blog, working on the Tiki Crawl, twittering geeky stuff, and just so much more exciting things that the ol’ JYC hasn’t been gettin’ the TLC it deserves. I am not sure if this is a temporary trend, or if at some point I’ll start consolidating all my webby goodness over at my other blog (not that I’ve had things to post here at JYC that I didn’t). Anyway, until the next chapter in Junkyard Clubhouse unfolds, here’s another vintage cartoon from my youth.

Kansas City Kitty

This is the other Kansas City Kitty — NOT the Betty Boop one you’ll find all over the internet when you google it. It was difficult to track down. It’s proper name is “We, the Animals-Squeak!”, but when you watch it you’ll see why I could only remember it for a wordless song (well, “na na na na na”) a kidnapping plot involving unintelligible words spoken by mobster mice, and, well, the Kansas City Kitty. It’s a kidnapping cat-mouse story, thinly veiled as a Porky Pig cartoon.

There’s just so many great things in this cartoon I don’t know where to begin. It starts off with a nod to imbibing with a character named Tom Collins — with an actual cocktail in the cartoon, which leads to a birth, slyly implying that her baby was the product of a few too many cocktails. A out-of-wedlock birth follows. Then we’re hit up with a Hitler reference doodled on the blueprint during the kiddnapping scene, and many references to killing, including a hand-across-neck gesture, a mock strangulation scene, and a mouse screaming out “why, that’s MURDER!!” at the top of his lungs. The animation is crude and the lipsync is abysmal, but this actually adds to the charm. Of course the song is cute, but my favorite part is the hushed kidnapping plan made largely out of unintelligible words.

The mice in this cartoon are clearly precursors to the weasels in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (watch this scene from the movie to see the similarities) especially the voices, but of course these mice were probably based on cliche mobster types from the Hollywood pictures of the day.

Enjoy the cartoon!

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5th February 2009

The Big Race Commercial

Despite hating the actual Hummer H2 that this advertises, I really, truly love this commercial and think it’s a great piece of storytelling. It kind of has that Wes Anderson/Rushmore feel to it.

The fact that it uses The Who’s “Happy Jack” is gravy.

BTW, in the post-show for Test Track at EPCOT park at Walt Disney World, the car from this commerical is on display, and a video showing the making of this commercial is also playing.

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8th January 2009

Disaster in Little-land

So sad.

Tragedy in Tinyland

[via Reddit]

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31st October 2008

Street Fighter II Skeleton Sprites

Some people have too much time on their hands. But others are busy busy busy collecting together the electrocuted skeleton sprites from Street Fighter II. You know, when Blanka shocks them.
See if you can guess which skeleton goes with which SFII character, and post your guesses in the comments! Winners will get nothing.

Street Fighter II Skeletons

[Via Tiny Cartridge]

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31st October 2008

Halloween LEGO

Today Megan got me these amazing graveyard LEGO kits. The attention to detail and theming is incredible. These are official LEGO parts, and official LEGO kits, and I’ve never seen anything quite like it! I love the LEGO ghost, skeleton, and creepy crawlies. Have a great HALLOWEEN everybody!

Halloween LEGO
Halloween LEGO
Halloween LEGO
Halloween LEGO
Halloween LEGO
Halloween LEGO
Halloween LEGO
Halloween LEGO

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28th October 2008

Ray Bradbury and The Prunes Of Tomorrow

I want one of those wrinkle computers.

Apparently this is the handy work of Stan Freberg. Is he doing the voiceover? [via Martin]

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15th October 2008

Uncle Funny Bunny and Chumpy Comic

To tell you the truth, I’m a huge fan of awkwardly sincere music and artwork, especially when it’s bad. I lit up when I came across Cartoon Brew’s discovery of Uncle Funny Bunny and Chumpy. Man, even the name is klunky.

Most of strips have a gag in them that almost always fails to deliver, like these:

Uncle Funny Bunny and Chumpy
Uncle Funny Bunny and Chumpy

While others just kinda play out incoherently:

Uncle Funny Bunny and Chumpy
Uncle Funny Bunny and Chumpy

But my favorite moments in these strips are when the author clearly just gives up. In this strip, you can see the author clearly thought he had something with “snow bank”, but makes Chumpy mirror the author’s own ineptitude by simply declaring “I don’t understand it but …”

Uncle Funny Bunny and Chumpy

And nothing screams “I don’t want to put any effort into my gag” than a word balloon full of “blah blah blah”s:

Uncle Funny Bunny and Chumpy

Still, there’s something about this strip that just makes me smile when I read them. It kinda reminds me of my own short-lived comic strip, Nuknuk and Piney.

Check out the rest of the scans on Cartoon Brew.

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4th October 2008

The Most Magnificent Tattoo Ever

Yeah, yeah, yeah… this was everywhere a few months ago. But let’s look at it again!

Swayze tattoo

Why, yes, yes, that is exactly what you think it is. A tattoo on a man’s calf, of Patrick Swayze as a Chippendale’s dancer/centaur, on a field of purple haze-sky, with criss-crossed rainbows behind him.

There will never be another tattoo more majestic than this one (Move over Celtic Colonel Sanders tattoo, now there’s something surrealler). It’s really too good to be true. I think this picture should be displayed on your television set on Easter morning, a la the Yule Log. Enjoy.

[Don't miss the rest of this jaw-dropping celebrity tattoo gallery at Entertainment Weekly.]

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