Copyright Infringement Isn’t Cute When Multinational Corporations Do It

Filed under: Stuff — Syd Lexia @ 9:33 am

      So I logged onto my old AOL account this morning to check my mail. AOL always finds new ways to disappoint me. While their spam filter has gotten noticeably better, they got rid of newsgroup support a few months ago. That really pissed me off. When I logged on today, I was greeted by this graphic:

      While this did remind me that I’m fucked because I still need to get my dad a Father’s Day present, I could help but feel like the dad in that graphic looked familiar. Then I realized why: it’s Professor Utonium from Powerpuff Girls:

      The style of AOL graphic looks a lot more like Genndy Tartakovsky’s Samurai Jack style than Craig McCracken’s PPGs. But since Genndy was the art director for Powerpuff Girls and since he isn’t doing anything right now, I have no doubt in my mind that AOL Time Warner has locked the poor bastard in a basement somewhere and forced him to design and draw their lameass welcome screen graphics. The media conglomerate does own Cartoon Network and they are pretty evil, so I’m almost positive I’m right.

      In conclusion, fuck AOL. At least when I misuse other people’s classic characters, I make it fun.


  • Posted by Tebor on June 20th, 2005 at 2:28 am  

    Their hair are different!

  • Posted by Valdronius on June 20th, 2005 at 4:00 am  

    Yes. I see distinct points on the prof, while the AOL guys sideburns are rounded.
    Samurai Jack is a freakin weird show. I’d go so far as to say it’s weirder than the maxx, but not as weird as aeon flux.

  • Posted by cybersst on June 21st, 2005 at 5:09 pm  

    Sorry, man. When I see the first pic, I think of David Seville from Alvin & the Chipmunks

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  • Posted by Valdronius on June 21st, 2005 at 5:44 pm  

    Chimpunks? That might be a viable punk band name, if chim meant anything….

  • Posted by Syd Lexia on June 21st, 2005 at 5:50 pm  

    Chim sounds like it could be a dirty word… or a racial slur. And in a way, wasn’t Professor Utonium just a rip-off of David Seville? Single dad with three freakish but lovable kids? Hello!? In retrospect, I think it looks more like Samurai Jack than the professor though.

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