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Of Mice and Men, with its appearance on so many school reading lists, gets a rap for being academic (not to mention more than a little tragic). But, remember this: When you were a kid watching Saturday cartoons, you might have been hearing your favorite toons talk about Of Mice and Men.
Do you remember hearing “Which way did he go George? Which way did he go?” in Bugs Bunny and Daffy cartoons? The line has been used in Warner Brothers cartoons since a 1940 Tex Avery animation. Cartoon comedian Mel Blank imitated the voice of Lon Chaney Jr. (who played Lennie in the movie) to create stupid but hilarious characters.
Lennie’s voice was transformed from the slow, down-on-his-luck ranch-hand to the rabbit-rabbit-obsessed Abominable Snowman. The snowman who would hold Bugs Bunny (or a hapless Daffy Duck) and say, “I will name him George, and I will hug him, and pet him, and squeeze him and call him my own!” Yes that snowman.
You can also hear Of Mice and Men references in “Falling Hare” with the sinister Gremlin who tricks Bugs.
And that’s just to start.
See, you’ve been surrounded by Of Mice and Men references long before your 8th Grade English teacher had you highlighting important vocabulary words in the novella. And it’s not all dust and tears, folks, sometimes it’s Daffy Duck wearing PJs that have bunny ears. (You can read more about the many adaptations of the novella here.)
In Three Tall Women, the tall woman (character “A”) marries a one-eyed, very short man. A bold choice. It inspires one of the greater questions of our time: should short men who date tall women wear Elevator Shoes? Is it about pride? Aesthetics? Confidence? Will it create healthy relationships or awkward moments?
Who do we turn to for wisdom but the Muppets.
Do you think A’s husband should have gone Beaker-style?
The Seattle Rep scene shop has been hard at work constructing the hill you see below in the Dancing at Lughnasa set model, created by scenic designer Etta Lillienthal. We captured the actual set build in timelapse, and if you play the above video, you can see in less than one minute how some pieces of metal became the rolling green of Ireland.