Friday, September 21, 2007

Cartoon Characters In the News: Life Imitating Art?

Cartoon characters can sometime imitate life. And sometimes life can imitate cartoon characters. And now that it seems everybody has a digital camera, we see more of this interesting side of our insane world. A video that's becoming one of the most popular videos on YouTube, show Pluto at Disneyland angrily chasing after a child. What set Pluto off is anyone's guess, but the entire chase was caught on tape, as was the angry mom pushing Pluto to the ground.

Some people call it the happiest place on Earth! But I think our crack-addicted friend Pluto was acting a bit, well, Goofy! The video was reportedly taken last year, and Disneyland officials have confirmed that they have seen it, but they do not know exactly when it was shot. The big questions we now ask is this: Will Pluto serve any time for this heinous crime or will he just join the other celebrities in rehab?

And in other cartoon news...

In Boston, the cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants stopped a fishing boat from sinking off Gloucester, Mass. A SpongeBob Nerf football plugged a leak on board the 25-foot boat called Clam Juice.

The Coast Guard safely towed the boat in for repairs. They say SpongeBob served his duty and returned to port without a scratch. Nobody is sure why the Captain of this vessel had a SpongeBob football but I'll bet you he never, ever again, leaves home without it!

And how could we not report this...

Socialite and cartoon character wannabe Paris Hilton filed suit in a U.S. District Court in Los Angeles against Hallmark for the card company’s use of her likeness and her trademarked catch phrase, “That’s hot,” on a greeting card. (Look for it in the "not funny at all" card section of your local store.) Those creative geniuses at Crown Center pissed off Paris’ people when they started selling a $2.49 card with a cartoon captioned “Paris’ First Day as a Waitress.” Hilton’s face is superimposed over the face of a waitress, who is handing food to a patron and explaining, “That’s hot.” In what's got to be one of the most unbelievable copyrights in the world, Hilton has a trademark on those two words. The registered them in 2006 (claiming that she first used the phrase “that’s hot” on September 20, 2006) for use on her line of men’s and women’s clothing.

Hilton says she is tired of being publicly ridiculed and believes she is a "good person." She says, "Y'know, it just upsets me because I'm not anything like what people say about me, and this cartoon character that they've made of me is just completely false." "It makes me mad that I'm such a good person and I'm treated like that by some people, I just don't get it." The real insult, Paris, is that by the time Hallmark finally gets around to lampooning you, you're officially a has-been. Or a never-was.

How is a card portraying her as a waitress "ridiculing" her? After a public sex tape, herpes, jail, etc. etc. etc., Hmmm.