austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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Then your ears grew and inch

I have started keeping a notepad by my bed, at home, so when I have an odd dream I can start writing it down and have a better chance at remembering something from it. This doesn't mean the pieces will make sense, but they will be something.

One of them turned out to be a cartoon. Interesting to the cartoon-nerd side of me is that from the character designs and the ambient sound and music, the whole mise-en-scene, is that it had to be a DePatie-Freleng cartoon, like the Pink Panther shorts of the 60s. But it was with original characters, basically, mine, which is odd since I don't remember that DePatie-Freleng did any one-shot character cartoons. They seemed to do series characters or nothing.

Anyway, the setup of this was one of those dog-and-cat cartoons in a suburban home painted heavily in blues and purples and pinks because for some reason those could be used as backgrounds in the early 60s. They were also clearly very affectionately oriented towards each other, although both were apparently dissatisfied that they were going across species boundaries in something as simple as snuggling against each other. Over the course of the cartoon they try various methods of attempting to transform the other, without the other being aware of it, the dog into a cat or the cat into a dog. Sometimes a magic wand-type spell would even last for a few seconds, but it would pop as soon as the instigator tried to kiss and woke up the other. The visual effect of the glowing light and music is what most stood out to me as DePatie-Freleng about it all; it had the look and sound of the introductions of the earliest Pink Panther cartoons.

Ultimately there's a reasonably happy resolution as both transform the other into some neutral species; I think bunnies, since that seems to fit the milieu.

Although the spirit's generally nice enough I don't actually like the cartoon concept because the fundamental premise strikes me wrong: I find it objectionable to try changing someone you love through anything beyond the agency of being with that person, and trying to change them without their knowledge or concent is beyond the pale. If I were consciously writing it the cartoon would end with both realizing they were happy so what were they complaining about? But I suppose that's what you modify in working out the drafts instead of the initial impulse.

Trivia: The original Graham Cracker was first sold by James Caleb Jackson in the 1860s. Source: The Genie in the Bottle, Joe Schwarcz.

Currently Reading: Analog Science Fiction and Fact, July/August 2009, Editor Stanley Schmidt.

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