Thursday, November 25, 2010

Variations on a Thanksgiving Theme

Norman Rockwell's iconic "Thanksgiving Painting" titled Freedom from Want appeared in The Saturday Evening Post on March 6, 1943. This was Rockwell's third installment of his famous Four Freedoms series.

Now with that bit of history out of the way, what was the first Freedom from Want parody?

I have no idea, maybe you can tell me, but there sure are a lot of them. When I saw someone post one of these parodies earlier today I thought I might try my hand at compiling a list of as many of these parodies I could find.

Although I quickly learned compiling a list of Rockwell parodies is nothing new. Other bloggers have beaten me to the punch, here on November 27, 2008, and here on November 24, 2008. So now here in 2010, I'm not only a copy-cat, but also rather late. Well imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and hopefully I can at least bring a little something new to the party.

MAD Magazine is famous for their parodies so we might as well start with them...


It looks like The Simpsons invited Barny to their Thanksgiving dinner, and told Selma to stay home. I'd guess this picture comes from one of the Simpsons calenders.


A DC Comic superhero Thanksgiving was depicted on the #54 issue of JSA.


Marvel Comics gets in on the act too with the Fantastic Four's Thanksgiving Christmas dinner.


This might be a good time to show something from talented comic book artist Joe Phillips. When he's not working for DC Comics Joe likes to draw hot young men who enjoy hanging out with other hot young men. Joe gets extra bonus points for adding ham and wine to the dinner table. Also I'm a Frank Lloyd Wright fan so I can appreciate the dining room remodeling as well...


From Disney it's the happiest Thanksgiving dinner table on earth. Although who the heck invited Br'er Bear? Isn't he sorta a villain? Oh well it's the holidays, and he's not truly evil...


And since the Muppets are a part of the Disney Company here's their Turkey Day dinner, but that ain't no turkey. It looks way under done, and probably tastes like felt and foam rubber.


I didn't want to include any non-professional or home-made works in this list (there are a lot of people out there who've done their own family photo recreations), but these next two are very good.

This next one I assume was published somewhere, but who knows. This seems like a excellent illustration for a article about non-traditional family holidays. Also is that bacon on that turkey?


Now here's someone who has Photoshoped Freedom from Want to depict a redneck Thanksgiving. It's pretty genius work even if granny's cleavage looks a little wonky. Well I guess she's not a spring chicken any longer.


Lastly here's a picture I had in mind when I decided to do this post in the first place. I hadn't seen it since I was a kid, but I thought I remembered a punk rock Rockwell parody on the cover of the National Lampoon. Luckily I was able to find that cover, but it's not really a parody of Freedom from Want. Still it's a funny and extremely well done illustration.


Happy Thanksgiving!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Frank Lloyd Wright fan huh? My father personally studied with him. I have all of Dad's prints available for sale. If you like the work of Robert Green, let me know.

David W. said...

If your father studied with FLW Anonymous, he must be a very brilliant and talented man. I'm sure FLW didn't tolerate anything less than excellence from his apprentices, and was not known as being a very friendly guy - even to his clients! I don't know who Robert Green is. I Googled the name, and I got a lot of hits on some soccer player.

Brother Bill said...

Oh, you missed one of my favorites... the one-sheet to the Albert Brooks masterpiece "Real Life" (1979)

I found one for sale on Amazon...
http://www.amazon.com/Poster-Charles-Grodin-Frances-McCain/dp/B002S6SF2Y

David W. said...

Damn that's a good one, and being a film nerd I'm ashamed I didn't know about. Thanks Brother Bill!

George in AZ said...

...and you missed the Nat'l Lampoon other version, with the poor family substituting the family dog with a baseball in it's mouth...

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