Friday, February 18, 2005

Amos And Andy And Calvin And Colonel

Charles asked in a comment if I knew the animated cartoon Calvin & the Colonel. Coincidentally, I was just reading about it at Cartoon Brew. I've never seen an episode, but some will have the opportunity.

It can be tricky peeling the art from the artist. If you didn't like Bob Hope's politics, or Bing Crosby's parental manner, can you enjoy their work? If Mark Heath is an idiot, can Spot the Frog be any brighter?

Since Calvin & the Colonel debuted in 1962, we've had plenty of time to put things in perspective, to reflect on the context. We've changed, but the work remains constant. In the end, the work always speaks for itself.

If you have a chance to see an episode, let me know how it struck you.