Cartoon Culture

Flea Market Discovery #1

Flea Market

I found this tattered children’s wall plaque at a flea market last weekend and forked over a few bucks for it. It reminded me a lot of Chuck Jones’s character Junyer from the Three Bears series, but no complaints because “Little Big Shot”, as he’s identified on the back, is so beautifully drawn and rendered. Is there some sort of rule that demands today’s cartoon iconography to look like this instead of being as appealing and inviting as this bear? The plaque was manufactured by the Dolly Toy Company in Tipp City, Ohio, a company that incidentally went out of business in 2008.