I'm sure the kids won't think the nerdy condor is a giant dork.
|Binro the Heretic |
I was eight years old when this came on TV.
Even at that age, I was like, "What the fucking fuck?"
Binro the Heretic
You have to understand, this was before the age of "very special" episodes and it caught me off guard. Here I was, just a kid sitting down to watch Saturday morning cartoons and then this happened.
Of course, just a couple years later, Mr. Carlson from "WKRP in Cincinnati" would try to molest Arnold and Dudley on "Different Strokes" and a rapist would try to drag Natalie into the bushes while she was dressed up like Charlie Chaplin on "The Facts of Life".
Sure, things like that were depicted on TV, but those were boring adult shows a little kid like me would never watch.
Actually, I think it was around the same time this cartoon came out that "Fat Albert" had an episode dealing with drugs that also kind of freaked me out.
Written by Sam Simon? Showrunner of the Simpsons during its best seasons Sam Simon? Following cartoon careers takes you to the strangest damn places.
Yeah I saw that too. I don't remember this show but the green witch is vaguely familiar. What I find interesting is that, unlike most PSA episodes for kids and young adults, this one's a very realistic portrayal of an otherwise responsible adult's alcoholism, one that usually ends with losing friends and family, but without getting overly preachy or shocking.
For example, an anti-teen-drinking episode in a sitcom would always have the kid who's pressured into drinking, or doesn't, and either gets injured in a car crash or luckily doesn't, sacrificing his popularity, or it's an abusive or neglectful mother and father with the kid stuck in the middle. Both of the above scenarios are unfortunately very real, but it's interesting to see a PSA that reminds me of myself a couple of years ago in my late 20s. Not an asshole, just a drunk pissing in other peoples' laundry hamers and such.
I had this, my mom bought it from a pharmacy checkout. I had this fucking thing on VHS when I was around 8. I fucking had this. And now, what do I have. An aborted engagement, a long period of unemployment, a family that never understood me, more than 10 dead dogs, enough perception to understand the loss that 34 years has and the wreckage I've caused in the lives of others.
I was someone, once. A laughing little kid in a small California town. Now, I've a 34 year old former teacher living with his parents, masturbating in the guest room between endless application for employment that all term up nothing. I can't even afford to buy my own food.
I had this VHS. Now I have a gun with one bullet. Now I have everything I ever needed. I'm gonna be with you once again, Broomhilda. We all come home.
but you have so much to live for, because no more Broomhilda cartoons will ever be made!
Seems like remakes of old cartoons has been a theme here. Who knows, maybe a new Broom Hilda could actually be decent. This current generation of animators is brilliant, it could be the next My Little Pony.
Sexy anorexic broomhilda teaches kids not to sext?
This feels like a sad window into the depressing, alcoholic mom-filled childhood of at least one of the writers.
|Crunchy Frog |
Wow, this is amazing! It's even more ham-fisted than the preachy stuff from my childhood in the 80's. And it actually portrays drunkenness, and has no stupid happy ending.
Also ... (sigh) ... the June Foray tag needs to be linked.
Rodents of Unusual Size
Being the child of a family full of alcoholics, this is as surreal as it gets for me. I mean it's a bit weird seeing alcohol jokes in old Looney Tunes and Disney cartoons and movies. The era was a different time and those jokes were considered standard family fare. But the 70s were sort of the end of that era and it became less fashionable. This whole thing is one long drawn out alcoholics joke without any jokes. It's amazingly unfunny.
The only little kids that could possibly watch this and even remotely understand it are the children of alcoholics and even then it takes on a slightly more horrifying note than a story about a Halloween witch.
|Rodents of Unusual Size |
The mirror was possessed by Bill Cypher. No wonder he wanted to destroy the world afterwards. Heavy handed messages about alcoholism would do that to anyone.
Why is there stripper music at 6:20??
Sam Simon wrote this. That one.
Four years later, my Broom Hilda-related tag has finally become linked.
Now I can die.
I want that bat-clock.
I also want to shack up with an alcoholic witch, but Broom-hilda ain't the one for me.
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