Thursday, April 17, 2008

Favorite Unsung Tune

In my personal opinion, the best 'under-used' character of the Looney Tunes gang would have to be........
"The Mynah Bird". (or 'Minah' however it's spelled correctly...)Chuck Jones created a little native character by the name of Inki back in 1939. Although the character was not given a name until his second short in 1941. The little hunter tries his best at game hunting with his spear, but always comes up a little short. While lions are his main choice for big game, Inki encounters the mysterious Mynah Bird in every cartoon.The Mynah Bird is a determined little guy, simply walking and hopping along to the tune of "Fingal's Cave" by Mendelsohnn, overcoming any obstacle that gets in his way.
In total, the Mynah Bird starred in 5 classic Looney Tunes cartoons.
"The Little Lion Hunter" (1939), "Inki & The Lion" (1941), "Inki & The Minah Bird" (1942), "Inki at the Circus" (1947) and "Caveman Inki" (1950).
The little super-strong bird did not reappear in animated form again until a 1994 episode of Animaniacs in the Goodfeathers' cartoon "Bad Mood Bobby" where he has a cameo inside a pet store. No sign of Inki though....I'm not sure if these classic cartoons will be heading to DVD anytime soon, but here's hoping.
I managed to catch the final Inki cartoon "Caveman Inki" on Teletoon Retro today, here's a clip!

6 comments:

Glowworm said...

THe Myna bird was absolutely aweome. He had a small hillarious cameo appearance by himself(no Inki) in the Looney Tunes short "Hobo Bobo" in which he "tells" the little elephant that to get on board the ship to America all he has to do is paint himself pink.

He also appeared in the TIny Toons episode "Buster and the Wolverine" as a "transfer student". He also made a brief appearance in a Christmas themed episode of "The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries" and finally made an a apperance in the mediocre direct to video movie "Tweety's High-Flying Adventue" in which he beats the crap out of an African lion and Pete Puma at the same time in order to protect Tweety.

J.E.Daniels said...

Wow! I never realized he was used in other cartoons!
It's been a while since I've seen that Tiny Toons' episode and that Tweety movie...
Thanks for the info!

Glowworm said...

Yes,you're welcome. "Hobo Bobo" (1947)was directed by Robert Mckimpson and was about a little elephant who wanted to go to the circus in America because the elephants played baseball there.TO be honest,I've finally got to see all the Inki and Myna Bird cartoons last year.I first saw the Myna bird in That Tiny Toons cartoon as a kid. It would be many years later until I finally learned where he originated from.

=Tamar said...

From the other end of the spectrum: I saw the Minah bird cartoons (all 5+1) in the movie theater (a retrospective in the 1950s) and remembered him for 40 years. I finally saw him again in 2002 when I managed to get an old VHS tape of some of them. (Thanks to YouTube I've also seen the one that I haven't found for sale.) Since then I've seen the Tiny Toons and the Animaniacs episodes and I'm sorry; they speeded him up and made him smile, and that is just not the Minah bird. I guess even the wrong speed is better than nothing. Thanks for the tips, glowworm!

Flu-Bird said...

Look the mynahbirds kicking bobby of THE GOODFEATHERS and ill-temped pesto thinks its funny you seldom see him luagh like squit dose

KenKzak said...

Good Info, 3X Thankyous to everyone here.

I just mentioned Inki and the Mynah Bird on my own blog today. Shoulda read this one first.

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