I think I've mentioned this before, but I couldn't find the previous post concerning it.
When I was a kid in Texas there were three main kid shows on in the morning.
Capt.Kangaroo, which most people in the states are familiar with.
There was Mr.Peppermint, which like the Capt. was aimed at really young kids.
Then there was what seemed like the more subversive Slam Bang Theater, hosted by Icky Twerp.
Between shenanigans and skits with his assistants Ajax and Delphinium, (Played by volunteer kids from local high schools. Wearing the cheapest slaggy waggy halloween monkey masks)Icky would screen all kinds of cartoons. From the Fleischer Popeyes, to Hercules, to The Warner's Bros. Classics. I loved this show more than I will ever be able to explain.
Learn more about Slam Bang Theater here: http://www.patioculture.net/tv.html
But there was one bit done by Mr.Peppermint, that from the very first time I saw it had me howling with laughter, and wondering if Mr.P didn't have a slightly subversive agenda himself.
As in the drawing above he would place a square planter box on his lap. The box was full of faux dirt, with a mailbox positioned next to a little hole. On the mailbox was the name Mr.Wiggly.
He would set this box on his lap and sing "Mr.Wiggly please wake up, please wake up, please wake up. Mr.wiggly please wake up we would like to see you"
Then a finger with a little face drawn on it would shyly slide up from inside the hole, Mr.P would have a conversation about what was going on in Mr.Wiggly's world.
I have no idea if he was aware of how this looked to at least one slightly off kilter four year old, but I did learn later that Mr.P's son is a member of the band The Butt Hole Surfers.
What do you think? Did he know how that looked?