How to Become a Slightly Warped Cartoonist: Part 7
Like the historical characters I wrote about yesterday, horror movie and fairy tale cartoon characters come with back-stories readers are familiar with, and like historical characters I usually have them dealing with life in today’s world.
Stick a bureaucrat into almost any fairy tale, and you’ve probably got the makings of a cartoon. The Princess and the Bureaucrat?
And what if the fairy tale character becomes a bureaucrat?
A princess kisses a frog, it turns into a prince, and they live happily ever after. She’s happy. He’s happy. Not much funny about that. What if they live unhappily ever after, though? I’m sure in some states a former frog marrying a princess is illegal. And what would happen if both the princess and the prince were gay?
And what if they do get married, but they don’t live happily ever after?
Amusing juxtapositions occur when characters with extraordinary lives go do mundane things.
When I do laundry? Not much funny there. When Dracula does laundry? Just the very thought of it is funny. And what sort of problems might he encounter while doing laundry?
Is there an upside to his laundry day? Or his laundry night?
Vampires live forever. Is there a downside to immortality? Do they age gracefully?
What happens if movie monsters work nine-to-five jobs? Do they go to boring conferences, too?
What happens if people with nine-to-five jobs meet movie monsters? If they act scared, that wouldn’t be funny. But if they act as though having a monster in the office is normal? Now that’s funny.
In tomorrow’s post I’ll talk about using animals in cartoons.
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