March 30, 2017 — For more than 80 years, Krazy Kat has been entertaining us.
He lives in Cokonino County, where he has a great love for Ignatz, a mouse who does not return Krazy’s affection. Ignatz, in fact, is not a friendly mouse, and tends to throw bricks at Krazy’s head. Krazy takes these actions as a sign of Ignatz’s affections. On the other hand, Officer Pupp often plans to lock up Ignatz for his brick-throwing ways.
In other words, Krazy is not the smartest Kat around. He is, however totally innocent, happy and genial.
The comic strip and eventual animated series use Krazy’s odd speech patterns — the comic strip was mostly spelled phonetically — with large amounts of alliteration, puns, dialects and questionable grammar.
The backgrounds were Southwestern in style and locations — the creator, George Herriman, had a home in Arizona — and the drawing sometimes has elements reminiscent of Navajo art, the Painted Desert and Mexican American culture. The settings were an inspiration for the locations in the Road Runner cartoons.
The Herriman creations are still considered massively influential and are among the most highly revered American cartoons. See why Jules Feiffer, Charles M. Schulz (Peanuts), Chuck Jones (Road Runner), E E Cummings, Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) and Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes) all consider Krazy Kat to be one of their most important influences.
Stream Krazy Kat on Amazon Video.