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Sally Forth Summer Mind Travel: Colby the Common Shrew

Posted in Uncategorized by cesco7 on July 5, 2020

“Colby the Common Shrew
He’s not simply copyrighted
But also trademarked in perpetuity
For me and you!”

Following the success of Walt Disney’s “Plane Crazy” starring Mickey Mouse, Colby the Common Shrew made his very first appearance in Praxinoscope Studio’s animated short “Non Coptors Mentis” (first titled “Leonardo’s Aerial Screwed” when initially planned as a “sextoon”). The half-reel short (popular in the late 20s when studios wanted to sneak a second short into a one-reel, usually a “Chesterfield Tobacco Tots” cartoon) featured Colby attaching a rotor system to the top of his head only for his neck to immediately snap off, with the remaining 5 minutes and 52 seconds of the six-minute short featuring Colby’s severed, screaming head flying through a playground, daycare center, and children’s birthday party. Colby’s twin brother—also named Colby so the parents wouldn’t have to pay for two birth certificates—took over the role after that and appeared in dozens of beloved cartoons up until his final appearance in 1984’s “Hit by a Truck.”

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  1. Mollyscribbles said, on July 12, 2020 at 3:52 am

    I have to say, you’ve really captured the mindset of the last few months.


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