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the story of an invisible girl
renniekins
renniekins
Cartoon Characters
I am working on a prototype of the GUI for our new Claims system. At one point, I had to list the assigned claims adjusters. I wanted to list three for demonstration purposes. Rather than use "real" names in prototypes, I prefer to use clearly artificial ones.

I quickly typed "Mickey Mouse", then "Donald Duck". Then I was stuck for a third name. Goofy? Pluto? Distracted, I wondered: "Why don't those guys have last names, anyway?" They're both dog-like creatures (I think), even though for some reason one gets to walk on two legs and wear pants. "Goofy Dog" sounds stupid though, no alliteration. Same with "Pluto Dog". Maybe that's why they each only have one name.

My brain got totally stuck at this point, and I couldn't think of any cartoon names which weren't mice, ducks, or dogs. For no good reason, I didn't want my third name to be the same animal as either of the first two, so "Daisy Duck" and "Mighty Mouse" were right out.

Sometimes I get like this, entirely blocked and stuck on a piece of completely irrelevant information. I wanted a third name, and I couldn't think of one I liked.

Finally I typed out "Goofy Gorilla". I know, I know: Goofy is not a gorilla, but gorillas are fairly goofy-looking after all. It's alliterative, and it's a different animal than the first two. Satisfied, I was able to proceed with the more technical aspects of my prototype.
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mrdisco99 From: mrdisco99 Date: September 23rd, 2003 10:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Goofy is not a dog.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 23rd, 2003 10:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Good thing I didn't go with Goofy Dog then. So what is he? I don't suppose he's a gorilla....
mrdisco99 From: mrdisco99 Date: September 23rd, 2003 11:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know, but given that he wears clothes and is marginally smarter than Pluto, I don't think theycan be the same species.

Then again... when was the last time you saw Goofy and Pluto together? Hmm...

renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 23rd, 2003 01:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah-ha! And what does Pluto look like without his glasses?!! Oh wait, that's somebody else.
cjdoyle From: cjdoyle Date: September 23rd, 2003 10:28 am (UTC) (Link)
My first thought was of "Grape Ape".

And in a very geeky bit of trivia, did you ever notice how many DC superheroes have first names for both first and last names?
* Barry Allen (Flash)
* Hal Jordan (Green Lantern)
* Bruce Wayne (Batman)
* Clark Kent (Superman)
* Barbara Gordon (Batgirl)

I noticed that when I was trying to enter bogus data into an on-line form for testing. A non-comic reader was proofing the results and wasn't sure if the first/last names were going to the right places.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 23rd, 2003 01:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Interesting, I never noticed that.

A theory (because I have to make up explanations for everything, valid or not).... perhaps it's to keep the names easily pronouncable, so everybody says it the same. (Don't you hate it when you're talking about a character in a book, and the person you're talking to has come up with a different pronounciation for the name?)
cjdoyle From: cjdoyle Date: September 24th, 2003 07:01 am (UTC) (Link)
That's a good theory...my guess is that it helped keep the characters from having a recognizable ethnic origin. "Clark O'Toole" would have been a very different character than Mr. Kent.

I run into the "different pronunciation" thing more often than not - I don't sound out the characters names in my head, I just read it as a symbol - and then when I try and talk to someone about it, I find I've come up with a completely screwey way of saying it. Jen can tell you some horror stories, I'm sure.
drteeth26 From: drteeth26 Date: September 23rd, 2003 11:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I was going to add "Burt Ward" (Robin) to that list of DC comics characters, then I realized that he was the guy who played Robin on TV, and that it's not the character's 'real' name.

And "The Flash" came first. Hmmmm, someone's seen "Catch Me If You Can" recently.

This whole debate over what Goofy is reminds me of some dialogue in "Stand By Me" where two of the kids argue that Goofy is a dog, yet he drives a car.

Still, you will note, Goofy's original name was "Dippy Dawg". So I guess that settles that. :)

Either way, glad you got the prototype up and running.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 23rd, 2003 01:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
ah, so he's a dawg, even if he's not a dog....

cool!
From: jacs0202 Date: September 23rd, 2003 07:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Funny you should mention that. I thought of "Stand By Me," too. "Superman's a real guy. There's no way a cartoon could beat a real guy."

This is the kind of thing that takes up all that space in my brain.
jkling From: jkling Date: September 23rd, 2003 11:59 am (UTC) (Link)
How 'bout Pluto Planet?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 23rd, 2003 01:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
An excellent suggestion....but doesn't it sound backwards, when you say it in your head? (Or out loud, if you're not at work like me!)
thenisaid From: thenisaid Date: September 23rd, 2003 12:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fred Flintstone and Woody Woodpecker? Then you'd have a Disney, a non-disney animal, and a non-disney non-animal, for a peculiar sort of symmetry. (So, yeah, I hear you up and down about the siren call of the irrelevant minutiae).
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 23rd, 2003 01:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Woody Woodpecker! I like that one especially. (Odd side-note: I was just thinking "that way they're all birds", but Mickey is not a bird, so I don't know why I thought that...)

Isn't it scary how you easy it is to get all caught up in such things! Fun though. *grin*
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