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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Kermit and Mickey Mouse , Sad

I am a sucker for old fashion cartoons that I can proudly admit that I saw Snow white and the Seven Dwarfs more than I can count my fingers and toes; unabashedly cried when the great King Mufasa died and Simba tried to wake him up, commiserate with  Miss Piggy in her unrequited love for Kermit and other emotional display of affection to these animated personalities that I won't mention for it will totally make me look beyond silly .

In May of 1990, the creator of the Muppets, Jim Henson died.  I saw a tribute from the Disney artist of a drawing of Kermit the Frog being consoled by Mickey Mouse on the death of Kermit's creator.  That drawing created an imprint on my mind the idea of  raw sadness associated with death. Ironic that non living cartoon characters could invoke such  cogent feeling in me, on issue of death. 

Here is the photo I am talking about: 



There is a colored version of this but I was still digging up the Internet and up to this point I have no luck.  The black and white rendering made it even poignant,  the banjo cast aside, the frog hands on his head, you have to conjure your own image of a bereft Kermit and sorrowed Mickey because we always relate them to happy and gregarious characters. Admittedly its not easy associating them with death and sadness. But this picture  was able to accomplish that.







14 comments:

  1. I has the colored version of this drawing on my fridge for the longest time. I'm not positive where I got it but "think" it was a sympathy card from my vet after having to put my cat to sleep. I believe the drawing had the colors of the sun settings. :(

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  2. Here you go...
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/53761789272550855/

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  3. Don't know if this is the original, never seen it, but its in colour - http://www.wallpaperup.com/uploads/wallpapers/2013/07/13/118017/6b4242ac52fde84e11b11f536dbdb074.jpg

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  4. Courtesy of /u/dicesds from reddit.com
    Color version:
    http://i.imgur.com/iGG7XCn.jpg


    From the thread
    http://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/1p4d1i/til_when_jim_henson_died_disney_imagineers_sent_a/

    Jimmy Murray Bot

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  5. Slightly bigger version: http://i.imgur.com/2WnexAR.jpg

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  6. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/64105994668275829/
    Found a color version of it.

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  7. Here is the colored version: http://i.imgur.com/iGG7XCn.jpg . Enjoy!

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  8. http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/236x/e1/59/ce/e159ce96e6ccdfb278fce800acc8caed.jpg

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  9. Here's a colorized copy I found on the Internet: http://i.imgur.com/iGG7XCn.jpg

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  10. http://i.imgur.com/iGG7XCn.jpg

    it's been years, and you've probably already found it, but here is a colourized version i found on the internet

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  11. When Jim Henson died my mother showed me a cartoon that makes me tear up just thinking about it. It was Kermit sitting alone on stage with head down shedding a single tear. No words, just a depressed Kermit, crying alone in the spotlight slumped over on a wooden stool.

    I think she saw it in the Richmond Times Dispatch but I haven't been able to find it anywhere. I would to share that again if someone knows what I'm talking about or how to find it.

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  12. Is this the one you're referring to: http://i.imgur.com/iGG7XCn.jpg

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