Odds/Ends: Help a reader out (or hire our old intern)
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I got this email from a reader last night. Can anyone help him out?
Hi, this cartoon has haunted me since childhood and I can't find it anywhere now. Did I hallucinate it?
I would have watched it in the early 80's. I'm guessing on a show like the Great Space Coaster, or Electric Company. Anyway, it's crude animation with a narrator. The narrator introduces a married couple and explains the husband doesn't like himself and wants to be someone or something else. He starts by using disguises to dress up as other people. This gets too easy and he starts to disguise himself as things. I remember an image of the wife putting a cup of tea down on a side table and, nope, it's the husband with a doily on his back. It gets so bad, the wife is never sure when he's around. One day the wife sees him sneak into the den and decides to lock him in there to teach him a lesson. Some time later, she unlocks it and he's not in there. It's just a room chock full of furniture. This is where it gets creepy and existential. The narrator says in a musing tone, maybe the husband got his wish and became something else and goes on like that for a bit. Very trippy when you're five.
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