Happy Thanksgiving to all of you OESHers! This photo of Underdog is from the Macy’s Parade the first year we actually saw it, in 1983.
I especially remember walking around 77th street and watching them blow this guy up at 11 o’clock on Wednesday night. It’s a good thing Underdog was netted that evening–it was quite windy and if he had gotten loose he might not have responded to traditional canine commands to get in line for the parade (had he blown across the Hudson River, for instance) on Thursday morning.
And here is a certain young lady “I’m a size 8 but a size 10 feels real gooooood” from that same year. As we see Olive approaching the Dakota on Central Park West, clearly Ms. Oyl would have gained benefit from OESH–that tendency to create a 180° angle with her feet (common to many cartoon characters, apparently) would clearly be mitigated by a compliant weight-bearing architecture allowing for a unique and healthy re-distribution of forces leading to more efficient foot motion and even, perhaps, a realistic view of proper footwear sizing. I shudder at the size of the required cantilevers, though.
Have a great Holiday!