Michael Jackson: The King of Popular Cartoons
They both seem utterly of their time, almost frozen in amber and ink. The uni-gloved, sequinned-socked, moonwalking Michael Jackson of the "Thriller" era, sparkling in Sgt. Pepper's-style jacket. And, on the funnypages, "Bloom County" -- another peaking-in-the'80s icon that would feature Steve Dallas copping all of Michael's best moves.
In the wake of Jackson's death Thursday at age 50, the images of Jackson cartoons -- and animated Jackson parodies -- come streaming back, from Rankin-Bass "Jackson 5ive" cartoons to "SNL" spoofs.
Today, Comic Riffs -- which drew its own share of Jackson 'toons in the '80s -- offers some of the more notable Jackson cartoons:
1. It seems only fair to start with the Saturday-morning "Jackson 5ive" cartoon whose look perfectly reflects the animation of the era:
2. Then, of course, there were the "Bloom County" strips that can, upon reflection, ring with a certain less-innocent melancholy now .
3. His moves soon became so iconic that many amateur animators -- using everything from stick figures to artist's models -- practiced trying to capture his fluid moves. This "Daminator" short is a deft example.
4. Slicker animation, such as "Dance Time," also found inspiration in Michael's music and his moves.
5. And now, upon Jackson's death, political cartoonists begin to draw their take on his memory, from the elegantly simple -- such as THIS cartoon by the Ottawa Citizen's CAM CARDOW -- to THIS more bracing cartoon by the Atlanta Journal Constitution's MIKE LUCKOVICH.
Michael Jackson, may he rest in peace.
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| June 26, 2009; 7:05 AM ET
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