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By Sean - 1 Jun 2017


As I’m sure I’ve given away in past e-mails, there have been several things I’ve read, watched, or otherwise got into in my childhood. Of course, that period of my life had nothing to do with vegetarianism, let alone veganism. Anyway, several of them turned into mixed-bags ever since these things I’ve found online shocked me into determinedly switching to vegan.

·         “Curious George” (specifically the original book and a stop-motion animated adaptation): The star monkey gets bagged against his will because a man with a yellow hat decided “What a nice little monkey. I’m going to take him home with me”. Plus, George ends up living in a zoo “What a nice place for George to live”. NEWSFLASH: a “nice place to live” for a monkey or any non-human is their NATURAL habitat!

·         “Beverly Hills Teens” (Okay, I was officially introduced to this cartoon show via YouTube, but most my age would brand it “nostalgic”): Several meals and treats the teenage boys and girls from affluent families love to fatten themselves with. Not to mention the one girl called Blaze, who means well, but still exploits one horse (“Stardust” by name) for horse-related activities several people (especially Texans) call “fun” but I’m sure horses would call, “torture”, and “humiliating”.

·         “Curious George Rides a Bike”: To celebrate the anniversary of George being brought to the life of the Man with the yellow hat, they were to go to “the Animal Show”; something like the Big Apple Circus or the Ringaling Brothers (for a while). George himself gets involved in the show, one way or another.

·         “George of the Jungle”: This George wears a leopard skin. But then, the original Tarzan wears something like that.

·         “The Never-Ending Story” (the German book and 2 WB movies with many elements from said book): There’s this buffalo that ATREYU, one of some important (and many memorable) characters was trained for life to hunt down.

·         “The Mask of Zorro” (basically, any incarnation of this “Fox”): Mostly the use of horses, among other things.

·         “The Wizard of Oz” (1939; MGM) Bert Lahr wore a costume for his role as The Cowardly Lion which was made of 2 real lionskins sewn together and stuffed with mattress-like padding.

·         “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (the book and every adaptation to date): References to what is considered by most characters as a good holiday dinner; “rare WHO-roast beast” (“Which was something the Grinch couldn’t stand in the least”). Jim Carrey, as the Grinch for the 2000 movie, wore a mixture of padding and yak hair dyed green. Plus the she-dog, Kelly, posing as the Grinch’s dog, Max; Ron Howard, according to the director’s commentary for the Blu-Ray/DVD, wasn’t sure about her face in one point.

·         “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”: Fish, among others being some meal or other in that and other Chronicles of Narnia

·         Finally, there’s some of one animated “Fantastic Four” series that I was introduced via the DVD set (courtesy of Buena Vista Home Entertainment), though, like one cartoon of the above listed, most my age would brand this “nostalgic”: The Human Torch of the Fantastic Four crosses path with someone of the royal family from a Great Refuge; they call themselves the “Inhuman Race” and this one is Crystal, a woman who eventually shared a long and torrid romance with “Torch”. (As would I, if I was lucky with such quality and goodness; preferably without royal blood and super powers & with the preference against parenting. Not to mention the love for veganism and Christmas, like me.) Anyway, in one episode, he played tour guide for Crystal, and introduced her to a New York Hot Dog!



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