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Harvey Comics vs. Disney

Introduction

What would happen if the heroes of the Harvey Comics universe meet their equivalents in the Disney universe?  That is the goal of this article.  Also, the Harvey Comic character deserves to meet the most famous equivalent character.

1) Archibald the Talking Wishing Well vs. Pinocchio

As I stated in Harvey Comics vs. DC article, I have a soft spot for objects with sentience and even wrote a book on the subject called Household Fables.  Archibald the Talking Wishing Well is a sentient magical object and deserves to fight another sentient magical object.  Hot Stuff’s trident is also sentient and capable of doing magic.

Disney is filled with objects that possess sentience.  The question is if they must masquerade i.e. hide true sentient and in many cases animate nature.  The following Disney films have sentient objects:  Aladdin (Magic Carpet), Beauty and the Beast (Lumière, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, The Wardrobe), Cars, Toy Story (Aliens, Baby Face, Barbie, Barrel of Monkeys, Big Baby, Bo Peep, Bookworm, Bullseye, Buttercup, Buzz Lightyear, Chatter Telephone, Chuckles, Chunk, Combat Carl, Cymbal-banging monkey, Dolly, Ducky, Etch, Evil Emperor Zurg, Hamm, Hand-in-the-Box, Hannah’s dolls, Hockey Puck, Jack-in-the-Box, Janie and Pterodactyl, Jessie, Jingle Joe, Ken, Legs, Lenny, Lots-O’-Huggin’ Bear, Mr. Mike, Mr. Potato Head, Mr. Pricklepants, Mr. Shark, Mr. Spell, Mrs. Potato Head, Peas-in-a-Pod, RC, Rex, Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, Rockmobile, Rocky Gibraltar, Roller Bob, Roly Poly Clown, Sarge, Slinky Dog, Snake and Robot, Sparks, Stinky Pete the Prospector, Stretch, The Frog, Toddle Tots, Totoro, Tour Guide Barbie, Trixie, Troikas, Troll, Twitch, Utility Belt Buzz, Walking Car, Wheezy, and Woody), Fantasia (Mickey the Sorcerer’s Apprentice animates brooms), and The Sword in the Stone (Merlin’s furniture).

Still the all time classic story of an object coming to life not only in the Disney universe but in world literature has to be Pinocchio.  The book is a classic but how people visualize Pinocchio is totally from the Disney movie Pinocchio.

Pinocchio is desperately looking for magical allies throughout the multiverse to fight Geppetto, who had become evil.  Pinocchio visits Archibald the Talking Wishing Well for advise since Wishing Wells are kind of the gossip queens of their particular magical universe.  Listening to wishes all day long ends up being a lot of intel!  Archibald is very honest with Pinocchio and points out the inhabitants of the Harvey universe would make poor soldiers.  Later that night, Archibald wishes upon a star every night for humanity or death until he is delivered from his condition by the Haunted Tank years later.

2) Baby Huey vs. Donald Duck

I deal with the subject of anthropomorphic animals in more detail at:

https://foxhugh.wordpress.com/2009/06/10/Disney-vs-marvel-funny-animals/

Disney is arguably the home of the most and greatest cartoon anthropomorphic animals.  However, the most famous duck of Duckburg and Disney is Donald Duck!  Donald Duck hasn’t had to deal with a baby for awhile but has extensive experience with children.  Donald has three nephews, Huey, Dewy and Louie, that he has had many adventures with them.  Baby Huey’s town Duckville borders Duckburg.  Baby Duck gets lost during a school field trip to Duckburg.  Donald Duck sees Baby Huey crying on a park bench and tries to comfort Baby Huey. Baby Huey gives Donald Duck a hug which knocks him out.  No one in Duckburg has this sort of strength and Donald gets Baby Huey a job as a body guard to Scrooge McDuck.

3) Casper vs. Blackbeard’s Ghost

Casper loves his new friend from the Marvel Universe, Homer the Ghost, but misses getting rides with his horse, Nightmare.  Casper is a novice at interdimensional travel which for a ghost involves changing the vibrational frequency of the ghost’s spectral body.  Casper ends up in the Disney universe not the DC Universe.  The Disney universe has many less ghosts than the Harvey universe.  Ghosts even have a town, Spooky Town, in the Harvey universe!  Casper is in a panic!  There are no ghosts in this new universe.  A bearded ghost comes towards Casper.

Blackbeard bellowed, drunkenly, “Avast ye matey!  I be Blackbeard.  I thought I had met all the ghosts in the great spectral vastness.”

“Sir, I think I am lost”, responded Casper.

“Hmmmm, I have been cursed to wander as an unquiet spirit until I perform a good deed and I think helping a lad like yourself would be a good deed indeed!”, responded Blackbeard.

Blackbeard actually knows less than Casper about how to use his ghostly powers.  Casper reflected that he had actually learned a lot from the Ghostly Trio.  Casper was polite and pretended to take Blackbeard’s advice but realized on his own was that if he reversed the vibrational process then he should return home and it worked.

4) Hot Stuff the Little Devil vs. Chernobog

Disney is the “G” rated part of the toon universe and not surprisingly stays away from the very touchy subject of devils and demons.  Chernobog is Disney’s most famous and arguably only demonic character.  Hot Stuff notices a disturbance in the very firmament of hell.  When he gets to near the disturbance, Hot Stuff finds himself thrown out of a volcano surrounded by other demons, ghosts and witches.  There is this eerie music playing in the background.  Hot Stuff is very scared.  The music stops and Chernobog returns all the beings he used like so much confetti, at a party, back to their respective realms.

5) Nightmare the Galloping Ghost (Casper’s horse) vs. Pegasus (horse of Hercules)

Horses are a constant part of the background of Disney cartoons but very few have names and include:  Achilles (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) Bullseye (Toy Story 2), Captain (One Hundred and One Dalmatians), Cyril Proudbottom (The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr.Toad) , Khan (Mulan), Maximus (Tangled), Pegasus (Hercules), Phillipe (Beauty and the Beast), Philip (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe), Samson (Sleeping Beauty) and Sprout (The Parent Trap, 1998).  While many of the horses listed are brave, especially Achilles and Khan, only one has the power of flight like Nightmare and that is Pegasus.

Nightmare is distressed.  There was yet another Phantom Zone disturbance, Nightmare wishes Superman would fix that problem once and for all, and she is flying around a cartoon universe that is familiar yet unfamiliar.  Her love, Comet, is nowhere to be found. Pegasus has been the only horse in the skies forever.  Pegasus sees Nightmare and says hello in horsey (neeigh).   The two play hide and seek in the clouds.  Nightmare is not as smart as Comet but smarter than Pegasus and soon becomes bored.  Pegasus does not even have rudimentary telepathy and zero language skills beyond a whinny.  When a rift to the DC universe opens, Nightmare is gone.

6) Richie Rich vs. Scrooge McDuck

Cai Shen, the Chinese God of Wealth, will give a silver version of his golden rod.  The golden rod turns iron into gold.  The silver rod turns iron into silver.  The silver rod will be given to a person of great wealth that is worthy.  Cai Shen visits Richie Rich in the Harvey universe in the guise of a beggar.  Richie Rich is the wealthiest being of the Harvey Universe and thus warrants a visit by Cai Shen.  Richie Rich showers the beggar with attention and food.  Cai Shen is impressed until he is taken to the mansion of Richie Rich.

“There is too much conspicuous consumption.  A tree fort made of money is an unworthy act”, reflects Cai Shen.  Cai Shen thanks Richie and quietly slips away.

Cai Shen then visits the Disney universe and attempts the same beggar ploy on Scrooge McDuck looks at the shoes of Cai Shen and realizes the shoes are incredibly expensive and at oods with the overall dress and appearance of the beggar.

“It’s the old eccentric millionaire pretending to be a beggar scam”, thinks Scrooge McDuck.  Scrooge McDuck has pretended to be a beggar himself once or twice over the years.  Scrooge McDuck plays the game perfectly.  Cai Shen is fed and feted and all displays of conspicuous consumption are wisely avoided.  Cai Shen transforms into his real form.  Scrooge McDuck immediately recognizes Cai Shen.  Scrooge McDuck is an avid collector of Chinese antiques.

“Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, this is the big time”, thinks Scrooge McDuck.

Cai Shen gives Scrooge McDuck the silver rod.  Within a week Scrooge McDuck has accidentally turned Donald Duck into silver while trying to extend the powers of the silver rod by combining them with the good luck power of his number one dime and has no idea how to undo the spell or how to contact Cai Shen.  Huey, Dewey and Louie find a Chinese spell book and read the counter spell, they go to a fine boarding school in Australia.  Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck’s nephews will have to go on a quest to find the ingredients for the counter spell.  This was the plan by Cai Shen to teach Scrooge McDuck humility from the beginning!

7) Sad Sack vs. Sarge, Commander of the Green Army Men

I have written about comic book war heroes before at:

https://foxhugh.wordpress.com/2009/03/21/Disney-vs-marvel-war-heroes/

Disney is filled with mythic warriors like Hercules and Mulan but stays away from the drab, bloody, muddy, all too real, terrible wars of the Twentieth Century.  However, there is one commanding officer that would feel at home in the modern battle field and that is Sarge who has the honor of commanding the Green Army Men of Toy Story.  Sad Sack has escaped the endless jokes of Sgt. Fury in the Marvel universe and finds himself in the Toy Story universe.  Sad Sack feels at home for the first time in his life.  The endless drills of the Green Army Men against a none existent army are strangely soothing.  Sad Sack saw real war in the DC and Marvel universes and likes the fake war of the Disney part of the multiverse.  Sarge likes Sad Sack and soon promotes him to the rank of corporal.

8) Stumbo the Giant vs. Willie the Giant

What giants at Disney would be a good match for Stumbo?  Hercules, the movie, has quite a few titans who are large and of giant proportions but far more powerful than any giant.  Gustav the Giant is a Stumbo type giant but was a one-shot in a Disney short with Mickey as a tailor here, but Gustav was not very memorable mostly because the cartoon he was in was not very good. Mickey was the hero against a second giant in Willie the Giant in Mickey and the Beanstalk.  Willie made further appearances in Mickey’s Christmas Carol, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Disney Parks, and Once Upon a Time.  Stumbo buys some beans from a shady visitor to Tiny Town.  The beans sprout and Stumbo quickly climbs the bean stalk to the palace of Willie the Giant.

Willie is not just a giant but has any number of magical powers including flight, invisibility, and metamorphosis.  Stumbo is probably smarter than Willie but only marginally.  Willie is quite sure Stumbo is in his palace to steal his magic harp and deals with Stumbo decisively and brutally.  Stumbo’s limp body is thrown from the sky to the earth but Stumbo does not die since no one dies in this type of Disney cartoon or any Harvey cartoon.

9) Wendy the Good Little Witch vs. Witch (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)

Witches in the Disney universe include: Circe (Hercules) , Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty), Martha Wentworth ( The Sword in the Stone), The Witch (Brave), White Witch (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe), Miss Eglantine Price, The Sanderson Sisters, and Witch Hazel.  However, when you think Disney witches the classic is the Queen turned witch in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  Perhaps it’s the transformation from a great beauty to a terrible hag is what titillates our imagination.

The witch offers Wendy a poisoned apple.  Wendy would never eat an apple from a witch in her universe but in her universe witches have a green complexion.   Wendy figures the person in front of her is just and old lady.  Wendy eats the apple and dies.

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Badtz-Maru vs. Hello Kitty

Badtz-Maru has had dreams of greatness for years now.  The fact that he cannot seem to graduate from 1st grade in the Gorgeous Academy has been the one stumbling block to his dream to be the boss of everything.  Badtz-Maru strokes the scales of his alligator, Pochi.  Pochi rolls over unto his back because he especially loves to be scratched on his tummy.  Pandaba calls Badtz-Maru and tell him she has a plan to make him the boss of everything!

 

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Pandaba hangs up.  She had been crying alone because the movie Panda Master has done so well in movie theaters and yet another cartoon Panda has upstaged her.  Pandaba has long ago given up being a famous toon and would just be content to be the most famous panda toon.  Later she gave up on this ambition since the Ranma 1/2 anime.  Ranma’s father becomes a panda when exposed to water.  This anime became super popular in Japan and Pandaba just wanted to be the second most famous panda toon.  Now it looks like she will have to settle for being the third most famous panda toon.  Pandaba really likes Badtza-Maru but knows his place in Sanrio Land is second or worse compared to the Kitty and Pandaba is not even the star of the of the Badtz Maru toon. 

 

Heck even Kitty’s cat Charmmy Kitty is better known than her.  Once again she ponders the paradox of a cat owning a cat and not going to jail for slavery.  Still Goofy the dog has owned Pluto the dog for years, at their arch-rivals land Disney Land, for years longer than Kitty and her cat without any legal problems. 

 

Pandaba knows more about Disney Land than most Sanrio characters.  She has been in secret negotiations with Donald Duck.  Donald Duck eliminates Kitty.  Pandaba eliminates Mickey Mouse.  Suddenly, the number twos at Sanrio Land and Disneyland are number one and no one is the wiser! Sanrio Land and Disney Land have a long history of difficult diplomatic relations and extradition from one land to the other would be impossible if even suspected.  But they are both just drawn too darn cute for such nefarious acts.  As Jessica Rabbit has said more than once “The way you are drawn is your destiny if you are a toon”

 

“Still” Pandaba thinks “Badtz-Maru is pretty popular and there are any number of characters in Sanrio Land that are less popular.  There are a lot of losers in Sanrio Land like Deery Lou and Patapata Peppy.”  But there are the serious rivals to Badtz-Maru like Chibi-maru, Chococat, Cinnamoroll, Keroppi Hasunoue, Kuromi, Landry, Little Twin Stars, My Melody, , Picke Bicke, Pochacco, Purin and Spottie Dottie.

 

Pandaba is especially worried about Chococat.  Pandaba thinks “Chococat might already be number two in Sanrio Land” Chococat was yet another cat and cats seemed to have a special luck in Sanrio Land.  Chococat was spunky and male as opposed to being well mannered and female like Kitty but as far as Pandaba was concerned a cat is a cat.

 

Pandaba reflected that dogs didn’t do as well as cats in Sanrio Land. Pochaccowas a popular dog.  Cinnamoroll aka, Baby Cinnamon, was even a flying dog but was third tier at best.  That also went for Chococats friend, Cookie-Bau.  Spottie Dottie was also popular.  Purin, aka Pudding Dog, was the probably the most popular dog in Sanrio Land but nowhere near as popular relatively as Pluto or Goofy in Disneyland.”

 

Rodents seemed to do well in all toon lands.  Mickey Mouse was a rodent and even more popular than Kitty in the toon world although Sanrio Land would never admit this.  Sanrio Land was filled with rodents like all toon lands!

 

Charmmy was friends with Sugar, a white jungalian hamster who is also Hello Kitty’s pet.  Chococat had Nutz the hamster and Jellybean the bunny as friends.  Unlike other toon lands, Sanrio Land cats and rodents coexisted in a way that would have befuddled Tom and Jerry. 

 

Rodents in all toon lands got along with other rodents.  My Melody and her rival, Kuromi were rabbit-like if not actual rabbits.  My Melody was friends with a blue mouse named Flat, and an orange squirrel named Risu.  Kuromi has a white rat named Chumi in her gang.  There was Landry the raccoon.  Picke Bicke was a fairly popular mouse.

 

Sanrio Land canines seemed to have a thing for rodents.  Pochacco the dog had several rodent friends including Choppi a small brown mouse, Guri a grey rabbit, Mogumogu a mole, Mon-Mon a brown flying squirrel and Rachel a skunk. Purin the dog was friends with Muffin the hamster, and Scone the mouse. 

 

This was ok since in most toon lands rodents and dogs got along in a way they never did in none-toon lands.  Most toons did not believe in none-toon lands but Pandaba was a rare believer.  There must have been creators of the toon world.  The argument that then you had to explain where the none-toons came from was yet another mystery.

 

Pandaba had often reflected that while Donald Duck was firmly number two at Disneyland there was no clear number two in Sanrio Land.  Getting rid of Kitty might just lead to a Sanrio Land character other than Badtz-Maru becoming number one.  And the fact that Badtz-Maru can’t seem to graduate from first grade had caused Pandaba to question if Badtz-Maru was ready to be the leader of Sanrio Land.

 

The last reason Pandaba had never taken the negotiations with Donald Duck to the next level was a fear that events might get out of hand and an out and out war between Sanrio Land and Disney Land could erupt.  Sanrio Land only had cute characters and no real warriors.  Sure Disney had plenty of cute toons like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck but they also had fearsome toons like Hercules who could single handily wreak havoc on Sanrio Land. 

 

Kitty might be the princess of Sanrio Land but in a fight with the Disney Princesses she would be in trouble.  Mulan had military experience.  Pocahontas was pretty buff.  Even nice princesses like Belle, Sleeping Beauty, aka Aurora, Snow White, Cinderella, Jasmine and Ariel were a lot taller than Kitty.  The Little Sisters were mythical god like beings and probably the most powerful beings in Sanrio Land but how did they compare with Disney gods like Hercules dad Zeus?

 

Pandaba was very philosophical for a toon!  Getting upstaged by yet another toon panda was the last straw and she had spent hours coming up with a plan by which their gang could take over Sanrio Land once and for all!  Pandaba gorged himself on yet another shumai, a Chinese steamed meat dumpling, to erase her worries and thoughts.

 

Hana Maru was practicing ball acrobatics when she received the call from Badtz-Maru.  As a seal she has a natural aptitude for such antics but you never know when her current toon job might not work out and she might have to get a job in a toon circus.  Hana Maru was a white seal and figured this might get her the edge in circus work since there weren’t many white seals but still you need to hone your skills just in case.  Hana Maru in turn alerted the rest of the Badtz Maru gang including:  Hanatare Kame, Soga Iruka, Ogawa Same Otto, Nogaki Goroo, Mochizuki Anko , and Kobun.  They would meet in the Gorgeoustown Park near the swings in order to hear Pandaba’s plan.

 

Next week!  Pandaba’s Plan!

 

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