updated to include a new picture of El Kabong
Via BoingBoing, a couple of articles that struck me:
First of all, a horse, who maybe didn't win any big races, and maybe didn't become America's Equine Sweetheart, but My Buddy Chimo has become America's Equine Jesus. My Buddy Chimo healed the blind. Well, one blind guy. In a very French midfielder/Hanna-Barbera kind of way.
Don Karkos, a WWII vet and security guard at Monticello Raceway, was headbutted by My Buddy Chimo. The result? According to the article, "Hours after the horse smacked the 82-year-old paddock security guard in exactly the same spot as the shrapnel gashed his forehead in combat in 1942, he realised his vision was returning. "
Hear that, Barbaro? While you were off getting special treatment, My Buddy Chimo is healing fucking blind WWII Veterans--they're the greatest generation, not you, My UnBuddy Barbaro.
Speaking of getting whacked in the head and regaining faculties, it should be noted with sadness that cartoon legend Joe Barbera has died. Along with Bill Hanna, Barbera created Tom & Jerry, which right there should be enough for a monument on the National Mall. Their quality animation probably reached a high point with Tom & Jerry, but they also created the Flintstones, the Jetsons, and a ton more besides.
So how to combine cartoonish horse violence, brave fighters, and Hanna Barbera? El Kabong!