Monday, 10 March 2014

That Ol' Southern Charm

Netflix has been adamantly recommending My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic to me and I finally checked it out.

Cute, but I'll certainly not be a Brony any time soon.  That said, in cartoons such as this I usually gravitate towards the vain bitch (I love you, Rarity) but I can't help but love the hard-working Southern lass.

While geeking out to Applejack's gumption and oh-so-cute accent, I couldn't help but reflect on some of my other favourite Southern belles.

For me, the grandmammy of all Southern gals would have to be Rogue from the 90s X-Men animated series. Busty, bodacious, more eager to crash through a wall like the Kool-Aid man over talking things out, she was my hero.  No-nonsense, awesome hair, a penchant for biker jackets, what's not to love?

And don't forget her down-home quotes such as "You look nervous as a long-tailed cat in room full of rocking chairs."


Hanna-Barbera's Whacky Races was given a touch of Southern class with the "Glamour Gal of the Gas Pedal". Penelope Pitstop may sound like a truckstop whore but don't be fooled by the name.

Driving her Compact Pussycat, Penelope wore white gogo boots, a pink racing uniform, and came equipped with all manner of stereotypical beauty supplies to wield as weapons in her races.

Although supposedly a hastily-created afterthought in the development of Whacky Races, Penelope went on to spread her Southern ladylike wiles in her own show, The Perils of Penelope Pitstop.

The, ahem, larger-than-life love interest from Eek! The Cat was Annabelle and she was one horny pussy.

The Blanche Devereaux of cartoon cats, Annabelle proved that Southern graces more than make up for any obesity issues.

Even Eek! himself was constantly surprised when others commenting on Annabelle's weight, once commenting "The more of you there is, the more there is to love."

Gawww, sho shweet.

In keeping with the Southern brawlers, Bunnie Rabbot first appeared in 1993's Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon series. Despite not being in the games, her popularity in Archie Comics' Sonic spinoffs is the stuff of legends, likely due to her punch to your gut. And ears.

A Mobian rabbit who was only partially "Roboticized" by Dr. Ivo Robotnik, Bunnie escaped and joined the Knotholl Freedom Fighters. Sporting a violet leotard, her roboticized limbs gave this gal-with-gumption all the boosted strength her Southern heart wanted to smash out.

Similar to Rogue, Bunnie was clearly the "muscle" character of the bunch but rather than being a dumb brute, we were treated to a lass who didn't let the "lil' thangs" quash her optimism.

Whereas southern gentlemen in cartoons are generally racist colonels or redneck yokels, the ladies of the Deep South are gentle, graceful, charming... that is, until you piss them off, then WHOA NELLY, you're in for the beating of your life, sugah!