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Monday, November 02, 2021

Over the weekend, I got my hair cut. Nothing remarkable about that, except that it was the first time in more than two months. Yes, I was well overdue, and I do not carry the shaggy look particularly well.

So I was glad to shed the overgrown follicles. As a bonus, I had a quippy response for the inevitable question I knew I’d be asked:

Them: Did you get a haircut?
Me: Yep. Got ‘em all cut.

A goofy joke, but a good one. I remember when I first encountered it: Hand-lettered in word balloons, in a neat-looking black-and-white cartoon poster that I bought toward the end of high school. It was a quirky piece of mass-produced pop art, and for some reason, it resonated with me enough that I bought it, and can remember it pretty clearly so many years later.

I did some search-engining just now in the hopes that an image of that long-ago poster would magically pop up. Alas, I’m afraid the Internet didn’t yield that artifact from my past. The closest I came was the drawing embedded here, which I’m sure is by the same artist who did the poster — the linework is distinctive enough, and perhaps not coincidentally, the original image file was called “haircut”. It’ll have to do.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 11/02/2021 11:40 PM
Category: Comedy, Fashion
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Only a couple of years ago, Disney went to unusual measures to acquire the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: Essentially trading sportscaster Al Michaels and a bunch of sports-related airtime in exchange for the first animated character Walt Disney himself originated, thus consolidating the legendary animator’s creative heritage.

Now, we’re seeing that piece of heritage put to work. Epic Mickey is a wave-making videogame, featuring a less-than-squeaky-clean Mickey Mouse adventuring in a dark cartoon underworld. And he’s got company:

The game opens with a six-minute cartoon that shows Mickey being kidnapped into the Cartoon Wasteland, a world that’s home to all of Disney’s rejected creativity. Strapped to a table facing a variety of threats, he’s soon freed by a cartoon rabbit who quickly runs away.

That rabbit, Oswald, was actually Walt Disney’s first cartoon creation — one he lost the rights to in 1928, when the financier and distributor of his films fired him. (Disney recently reacquired those rights, in part because of the pivotal role Oswald plays in this game.)

All that maneuvering to reel in a wayward Disney rabbit, just so an edgier, pixelated Mickey could see the light of day? Suddenly I have more respect for The Walt Disney Company, as a content-driven concern.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 11/02/2021 11:11 PM
Category: Business, Pop Culture, Videogames
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