Friday, July 2, 2010

Giant

GALLAGHER"S TRAVELS
I always loved Max Fleischer's (1939) animated feature Gulliver's Travels. My favorite part was when the night watchman Gabby tries to convince the town that "There's a giant on the beach! There's a giant on the beach!"

In the 1980's a popular comedian named Gallagher would smash watermelons on stage as part of his act. The front rows would always get covered in watermelon at his shows.
After one of his shows, he was so exhausted from all that smashing, that he found a secluded beach and fell asleep..... the rest is history ;o)

I "borrowed" the original Max Fleischer's background for this piece..... and doodled up my own version of Gabby.



52 comments:

  1. Amusing addition to the original story. The scale is nice and that watermelon could feed the entire town :)

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  2. oh this is fabulous Jack!!! I love it...your blog is all new too...great look and the banner is perfect!!!!

    hope you head down and eat up those yummy cherries...and I wish you and yours a wonderful July 4th!!!

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  3. Before I even read the text of your posting I was thinking "Gulliver!" This is great; I like the colors you used.

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  4. OH my goodness, I just LOVE this, Jack! What an awesome illustration. I think this has to be one of my favorites of yours...too funny as I do remember Gallagher..and I can only imagine the tiring nature of smashing melons..how funny that he ended up resting on a beach. This is just so fun!! Thank you for your bday wishes to Noëlle! That's awfully kind of you - and I do hope you and yours has a wonderful 4th of July weekend. Here's to the USA, picnics, good food and lots of dessert. : )

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  5. This indeed is a GIANT - poor little guy hanging between his fingers!
    Love the story - and your version of it!

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  6. ohhh lovely!!!
    I adore Gulliver Travel and your interpretation is fantastic, wondeful work Jack ... and I love the new blog design ;o)

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  7. Love the new banner! And of course, the giant is perfect.

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  8. You never rest Jack, save some art for us young folks too!!! hahah!

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  9. Hah that is a scream. I never noticed the melon till i read the story. What a crackup. Hidden gems in your work Jack - we was tricked by the tension between the sights of the two protagonists

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  10. That's a funny twist...I hate to say I'm old enough to have seen him on TV...I can't remember if it was a rerun or if I heard something about the original guy died and his brother took over...or if it was the real deal...it's just a vapor lol...

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  11. Love this Jack, especially the way he's holding that little guy in his fingers!

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  12. Aaaaaaw! This is so cute! I love this. Yes! I remember Gallager! I especially love his giant couch where he pulled out a giant potato chip!

    This is great Jack!

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  13. Hehehee, this make me laugt! Nice illo.

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  14. What fun! I love the expression on his face and how your little character is just dangling in his fingers. Perfect for IF. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

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  15. I love Gullivers Travels and I love this piece of art! Really fun colors and joyous to look at. Thanks for leaving a comment on my work and the kind words!

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  16. I love this Jack, I was always fascinated by Gulliver's Travels when I was a kid.

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  17. Awesome mix of a classic and a comedian, love them both, great job as usual. Looks more interesting than the Jack Black version coming out later this year, I'd see your version instead...

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  18. Oh my gosh you are a wonderful artist, and a good storyteller too! It's been a long time since i've read Gulliver's Travels, thank you for reminding me of the fun.

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  19. Gullivers Travels has always been a favourite story of mine and this a perfect interpretation! Love it!!

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  20. Hi Jack, I laughed a lot imagining what you tell!
    Your illustration is very good, as always!

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  21. great piece, jack. that is one big guy, alright! nice take on a classic.

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  22. I love that book! Good illustration and great mustache! Thanks for visiting!

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  23. this is great! before i read your explanation, i had a good time trying to come up with a story that linked everything. maybe the little guy tied up the giant in hopes of nabbing a bite of watermelon? :)

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  24. Always a great story, especially with the Gallagher thrown in there.

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  25. I like the way you used the space in your illustration---nice close up of the giant.

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  26. Thank you for your recent visit and lovely comment brother Jack Foster.
    Please forgive me if I am late here, I can connect myself with your giant and the small guy at the foreground and also loving the spacious beach scene and townscape at the back!

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  27. What a fantastic idea and so well drawn too!

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  28. Sledge-o-Matic! XDDD Can always count on your illos to bring on a smile!

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  29. Cute picture! I remember watching Gallagher years ago. After a while, I got tired of watching watermelons get smashed. I guess he did too?

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  30. Splendid rendition of this classic story!! I'm all over that watermelon :)

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  31. Ha! What a funny and clever concept! Nice work!

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  32. Jack, my sweet friend. That 'message in a bottle' story was lovely!! I think I will officially crown you one of the most romantic men I've ever came across! Sorry, women eat these things in whole and I am, a woman. Hehe... Thank you for you lovely comment, of course :))

    Oh! Your Gulliver brought such wonderful memories of bedtimes a zillion years a go!! I remember falling asleep to the story as a kid... And to connect it to Gallagher? Hahaha, you're GOOD. :))

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  33. This is good, very VERY good.
    i especially love the background color, i should do something with blue sometime...
    thanks to you, you inspire me!

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  34. Lovely illustration! I don't think I'd very much like squashed melons on me, thank goodness he gave up and lay on the beach. ;o)

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  35. and you gave him those giant eyes, great gentle giant eyes :)
    very nice*

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  36. HA! I've been away and I've missed a lot of cleverness from you, Jack Foster!! I absolutely LOVE those paisley flu germs-- I wish I'd thought of that!

    Happy Summer!

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  37. Hi Jack!!! beatiful illustration , I love the colours is so funny
    Hugs

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  38. hahahhaha! Oh my! I recognized Gallagher right away, you really captured his likeness ;) you know what i love the most? no, not the buildings in the background... the watermelon! you made it look so beautiful and scrum, i want to dive into it :D Great work as always Jack and you know your book? I want it signed but I lost all my correspondence including your address, your book is sitting on my desk waiting to be signed by you :D valgalwalsh@aol.com

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  39. Hi Jack! Thanks for the encouraging comments you left. I don't know if you ever see my replies, but you should know that you always make my day and make all the effort worth it.
    Now on to your piece - I love the story, I love your rendering of it, I love the expressions... I love it all! That watermelon looks yummy! :D Thanks for the weekly giggle-fix.

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  40. That is too funny!!! You have such a fun sense of humor and he definitely looks like Gallagher! Great take on the topic, Jack.

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  41. Love it!Great idea and colours!

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  42. hehehe... Gallagher's travels... hehe!
    You dah man!
    Should I cover my head with plastic while viewing? I wouldn't want watermelon seeds stuck to my forehead when I leave the theater!

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  43. Hi Jack! What a great idea! I remember Gallagher! I loved watching his comedy skit when he'd be on tv. I never saw him in person, but maybe I am glad about that hehe! Great illustration for this week's prompt! Have a great day! :)

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  44. Hi Jack! This is great! Cool scene :)

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  45. ..hi jack,perfect for the word..great storytelling illo..

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  46. Jack this is quite funny! Gallagher all tied up with his watermelons by his side! Great take on the word this week! Great job! :D

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  47. Thanks Jack !!!!!
    I 've been looking for you in IF, but did not find you!
    Thanks again. A hug.

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  48. This is so special and brings back all the memories of my childhood both reading and watching Gallagher's Travels. I loved it! This is a such a grand illustration of the character. Great work and thanks so much Jack for you encouraging words. They had healing balm in them. Thanks so much my friend.

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  49. Oy boy, I haven't thought of Gallagher and his giant melon-smashing-mallet in a while! You are always full of fun and giggle-inducing illustrations, my friend.

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