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January 25, 2008

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Daniel

The Tasmanian Devil was my favorite character when I was a kid. >:[

He spun around! Spinning is awesome! What's not to like?

Matt

I agree that spinning is great. And one of these days I'm going to start spinning and spinning and not stop until there's blood on the walls! (I wish I'd thought of that last bit on my own but it's from Flamming Carrot. What a great comic that was. I think you should have the kids read it.)

The Modesto Kid

It's a great line. And, Stephen Foster reference?

The Modesto Kid

(That is, assuming it's not an anachronistic Tom Waits ref.)

Scott McLemee

"I don't think the Devil is anyone's favorite character."

Are you kidding? Definitely mine, anyway.

Luke

You know, the first time I read that, I thought she was either 1) sad or 2) terrified.

The second reading makes the story much stranger, by turns both better and more giggle-inducing.

jholbo

Wow, spinning is that important to all of you guys? I had no idea it was such a winning character trait.

Russell Arben Fox

Didn't Bugs find the Tasmanian Devil a bride at some point? Some female tasmanian devil he ordered from Acme, perhaps? And maybe Bugs played clergyman, or was that Elmer Fudd? Anyway, I can remember really liking that episode, in some childish way; it showed that Tasmanian Devil had a heart and soul and was kind of a real person, not just some mindless violent spinning machine. No, I'm not kidding; I really thought that.

bitchphd

The Tasmanian Devil was my sister's fav (him and Yosemite Sam). And when I was in h.s., he was definitely a popular enough character that "Taz" swag was everpresent in the malls.

I'm thinking you're a little out of it, pop-culturally, John.

jholbo

"I'm thinking you're a little out of it, pop-culturally, John."

I know all about the Taz swag. But it's not as though I'm going to walk up to some kid wearing a Taz T and ask him whether he prefers Chuck Jones, or maybe Robert McKimson directed the best ones. I'm just surprised that there is much Taz enthusiasm among the pop culture elite - the Guardian Class, among whom I count myself - as opposed to all those Bronze-types, wearing Taz T's.

ben wolfson

Come on, John. The Guardians don't go in for the mimetic arts nearly as much as you do.

jholbo

"Didn't Bugs find the Tasmanian Devil a bride at some point?"

This is that very episode. "I now pronounce you Devil and Devilish." Bugs is wearing an Italian padre hat. One of those black bowls with the wide brim (dunno what they're called.)

Also, the last line of the episode takes my side in this whole pop culture dispute. As the Devil and bride fly off on a honeymoon, Bugs addresses the audience: "All the world loves a lover. But in this case we'll make an exception."

The Constructivist

Sherri Tepper and Kim Stanley Robinson almost certainly were Taz fans, going by their sf.

Mei Mei is Taz Diva!

jholbo

"Didn't Bugs find the Tasmanian Devil a bride at some point?"

This is that very episode. "I now pronounce you Devil and Devilish." Bugs is wearing an Italian padre hat. One of those black bowls with the wide brim (dunno what they're called.)

Also, the last line of the episode takes my side in this whole pop culture dispute. As the Devil and bride fly off on a honeymoon, Bugs addresses the audience: "All the world loves a lover. But in this case we'll make an exception."

Jacob T. Levy

I'll go with "second-favorite occasional guest-star character," after Marvin.

Timothy Burke

I think Bugs also dressed up as a female Devil on at least one occasion.

Matt Weiner

Taz got his own show in later, debased times. Which may be where the Taz swag came from. (I think it was also that he was buff; I remember buff Bugs also appearing on T-shirts.)

jeet

I had a friend whose nickname was Taz, so all that "Taz" swag was a godsend for me. Made shopping for his birthday a breeze.

dr

When I worked with at-risk elementary school kids the ones who got sent to the district's, ahem, "alternative school" for behavioral problems sometimes came back as members of a junior league street gang called The Looney Toons Posse. The tough ones had Taz swag.

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