Monday, May 21, 2007

OctopusLand: Free Your Hulk

This afternoon at lunch I couldn't remember the name of Mayor McCheese. I got him mixed up with Officer Big Mac.

The license plate on the Jeep Cherokee in front of me on Colorado at 10:20 tonight said "MO MAGIC". The local kids had tagged up the new Diet Coke Plus billboard above Swork on Colorado and Eagle Rock.

The 81 came rolling down the wet street, its LED headsign flashing "Eagle Rock" at me, reminding me where I was.

terrifying, faded memories

In the comic book, the scientist who became the Incredible Hulk was named Bruce Banner. This name was changed in the 1970's television show to David Banner. The rumor is that the show's creators thought "Bruce" was insufficiently masculine.

We all have a Hulk inside. The question is what we do with him.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've never even heard of Officer Big Mac; I thought there was only one burger-headed resident of McDonaldland (Mayor McCheese), but I was never observant enough to notice the extra bun.

Thanks for the link. What a crazy amount of McD's mythology. Here's some for your amusement (btw, I LOVE Shamrock Shakes!):

Grimace also has a relative, Uncle O'Grimacey, a green-colored Irish-version of himself. O'Grimacey was a holiday-themed character used by McDonald's in the 1980s in celebrating St. Patrick's Day, in particular marketing its Shamrock Shake. In Brazil, Grimace is known by the name of Shaky. A record released with Happy Meals (McLanche Feliz in Portuguese) in the early '90s featured a song about Shaky called "Lá Vem o Shaky" ("Here Comes Shaky"). In the song, Shaky puts his shoes on the wrong feet, which causes a lot of confusion.

In the 1998 animated story The Legend of Grimace Island, viewers learn that "Grimace" is actually the name of his species as the McDonald's gang sails to his ancestral country, currently governed by King Gonga. The islanders range in color from various shades of purple to dark blue, frequently use the interjection "duh" (even in writing), wear vaguely Polynesian dress, and enjoy dancing with drum music. Centuries ago, the timid Grimaces were plagued by raiders and thus decided to cut their island loose from the ocean floor to drift away into obscurity. Nobody is permitted to visit for fear of leading thieves to the enclave, but apparently some inhabitants emigrated after the island took root again since Grimace was able to follow a map left to him by his great-great-grandfather. This video also includes a brief live-action home movie dating to Grimace's infancy. The islanders sent Ronald a surfboard in a later story, indicating they now keep some level of contact with the outside world.