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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Does Cosmos Have a Comic Connection in the Ship of the Imagination???

I have to wonder if producer Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy fame) isn't using popular astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson as his straightman for a small joke. I hope so.

I had to laugh when I heard Cosmos would use the "Ship of the Imagination" to get from place to place around our amazing universe. I know Carl Sagan used some similar device in the original series. However, between 1980 and today, there has been this little cartoon on TV with the improbable title Spongebob Squarepants. Back in season three there was an episode called "The Idiot Box," in which the square one and his starfish buddy Patrick purchase a large TV so they can have the box to play with. Within its cardboard confines, the dynamic duo go everywhere, powered, as straightman Squidward discovers, by IMAGINATION (imagine Spongebob saying this in his squeaky voice while spreading his hands apart with a rainbow forming between his palms).

Squidward finally climbs into the box for an attempt at adventure himself and ... being the straightman and foil for all jokes ... mayhem ensued.

This is the advantage of being a parent and having watched cartoons along with your kids as you raised them (and refused to allow cartoons with way too many bodily fluid jokes to be watched). So, I have to wonder if MacFarlane isn't Spongebob here to Tyson's Squidward. We may never know. But I'm glad for the chuckle on this sleep-deprived morning when the clocks have been sprung ahead.

Have an imaginative day.

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