February 5, 2007

Why do cartoon food items always want to be eaten?

I'm still laughing at my mistake -- over in the podcast post -- of calling Aqua Teen Hunger Force Aqua Teen Hunger Strike. But if they were behaving rationally, cartoon food items would favor hunger strikes. Advertisers, of course, have a motivation to turn things like hamburgers into cartoon characters and to entertain us with the cute animals whose flesh their clients sell. Here's the original great classic animal who would like nothing more than for you to eat him:



Help me think of more cartoons who have a death wish that is supposed to stimulate your appetite.

ADDED: The first comment points me to this parody of the phenomenon:



It's slightly less funny to be laughing at death along with Phil Hartman.

8 comments:

Joseph Hovsep said...

There's a great SNL mock commercial like this for a fast food "Cluckin' Chicken" restaurant. Check in out here.

Susan said...

Chick-fil-a
has it right though.

CB said...

Not quite on-topic, but also featuring the great Phil Hartman: Meat and You: Partners in Freedom.

CB said...

I can't find a good link to the text, but Douglas Adams, in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe featured the Ameglian Major Cow, an animal specifically bred for a desire to be eaten and the ability to eloquently express that desire.

vbspurs said...

I can remember more commercials which the anthropomorphic edible item asks you NOT to eat it (M&Ms comes to mind), but I do remember this.

A talking sandwich tells you to drink more OJ

(Brought to you by the fine folks in my (now) home state)

Well, not quite the same thing, since it requests you canabalise another product, but what goes great with OJ?

A ham sandwich, so it's IMPLIED. :)

Cheers,
Victoria

Fitz said...

My All time is this

http://chickenintherough.com/index.htm

With the baby chicken saying
"I'll gladly be fried for Ckicken in the Rough"

I ate their just yesterday:)

P. Froward said...

Real food items, if they were rational actors, would favor hunger strikes. The interests of cartoon food items are more challenging to quantify.

Tom T. said...

Ann, if you travel through the South, the barbecue restaurants invariably have happy cartoon pigs as their mascots.