Fuse #8

Sunday, October 15, 2006

The Conversion of Richard Scarry

Oh my.
After I posted that video critique of Ed Emberley, somebody sent me this link to Richard Scarry circa 1963 versus Richard Scarry circa 1991. It's The Best Word Book, and boy can a little less than 30 years change your vocabularly. And to be perfectly frank with you, I can't say that most of these changes weren't a good idea. Some are perfectly hilarious, though, like changing "beautiful screaming lady" to "cat in danger". My favorite may be the one that this collection's creator kokogiac calls, "Tall, horned Male Dentist replaced by vapid docile, average-sized androgynous Bear Dentist." Really? Really really?

Thanks once more to Elizabeth for the link.


At 7:50 PM , Blogger Julie said...

Thanks for posting this.

At 8:30 PM , Blogger MotherReader said...

These were pretty cool. Some were so unpolitically correct as to be funny in the new format, such as the disappearance of the Indian chief mouse with an ice cream cone in favor of the ice cream by its lonesome. Neat find Fuse.

At 1:36 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

No more handsome pilots and pretty stewardesses. This was fun--thanks.


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