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25th Mar 2013, 11:05 AM Inspirations: The Three Stooges

So I used to write to inspirations posts on my old blog before I moved my site and I'd like to continue that now.

In case you couldn’t already figure it out from the last story that was posted, I'm a fan of The Three Stooges. The actual ones, you know, from the 30's. Although the movie that came out had some good bits in it as well (and some not so good, but that not really what this post is about so I'll just leave it at that for now).

It really just goes back to childhood for me. Given that my dad is a fan, there were always videos lying around. And since I was very unpicky about what to watch, I ended seeing a lot of them. If you want to learn about comedy, there are really no better teachers.

Of course, like any series, they do get repetitive if you watch a lot of them in a row. But that was less of a problem when they were made than it is now because at the time, there were no videos or TV. They were made to be shown in front of feature films along with cartoons, travelogues, newsreels and things of that nature. If you watch a lot of Tom and Jerry cartoons in a row, they get kinda repetitive too.

And also like Tom and Jerry cartoons, they were short, violent, and funny. With characters clearly defined and stories told with simplicity. I have a theory that, what we today think of as “cartoon” style comedy was back then really just…comedy.

To back this up, I once heard a film historian call the film Ghostbusters a “living cartoon”. This seems rather odd to me. Last I knew chasing apparitions in large buildings was one of the most popular premises in The Stooges’ catalogue. Right up there with being unemployed.

But anyway, I want to bring this back so it doesn’t turn into a term paper on comedy styles. I just don’t have the time for that. Although I would like to do another post in the future to elaborate more on some things I’ve only touched on here. I guess there’s really nothing else I can do now except-