Sunday, December 11, 2005

A Hat, A Tie And No Pants On

No, that's not how I went to last night's party. That's Homer Simpson, making a reference to Yogi Bear (link goes to NYT has a good story on the "bear who was there at the start of it".

(The Simpsons' episode the article refers to is "The Day The Violence Died", and the complete quote is: "Animation is built on plagiarism. If it weren't for someone plagiarizing The Honeymooners, we wouldn't have The Flintstones. If someone hadn't ripped off Sergeant Bilko, there'd be no Top Cat. Huckleberry Hound, Chief Wiggum, Yogi Bear? Andy Griffith, Edward G Robinson, Art Carney.")

Isn't all art built on plagiarism? Homer's character is wholly original and yet it is a composite of so many TV dads who came before him. Aren't all sitcoms essentially a re-working of "I Love Lucy"?

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