Monday, 23 September 2019

Slightly Off



I still don't know what the truth behind this sketch is, by the way. A little bit of research shows that some of the characters are vinyl decals, and some of them are indeed hand-painted. But I still don't know why they're slightly off (the decals, at least, you'd think would be accurate), or why they don't get shut down for copyright infringement, or why that ice-cream in a bowl with cherries all over it - which looks like it was drawn in maybe the 1950s - still pops up on, for instance, this van I saw the day before yesterday.


Bonus points for fadedness, and presence of Donald Duck's nephews, though minus one point because Stanley absent-mindedly included all three.

13 comments:

Ben Curthoys said...

Evidence that it's not just ice cream vans - collected from the soft play area of Spittal Working Men's Club:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/4xuBvDpv8XPyp1J18

Stephen said...


These were collected in Hunstanton, shortly after my kids fell in love with that sketch:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/WHsQy7XfB1b1o1Kw8

2d said...

The decals are unlicenced rip-offs too.
Whereas I painted this one which is pretty accurate and the camper-van manufacturers did licence the image. If you see it anywhere, let me know, some £$%^*&$ stole the van :(
http://www.labyrinths.plus.com/pics/wheel.jpg

Tealin said...

My guess is that it's very hard to draw the characters right on (even most Disney artists draw them 'slightly off' and rely on cleanup to set them straight) so anyone well-trained enough to do it probably has a job at an animation studio and isn't painting ice cream vans. On the other hand, people who draw them very off don't even get hired to paint ice cream vans. If you think about it that way, it's a sort of specialised, highly-skilled folk art.

Disney has probably done a cost/benefit analysis of taking folk artists to court for licence infringements and decided that it's not worth their time or lawyers to chase every ice cream van in the UK. Just make an example of a few preschools and t-shirt designers close to home, and scare everyone straight. You almost never see Disney characters on ice cream vans in the US, probably for this reason.

Anyway, I first heard this sketch literally at my desk at Disney, and LOLed, and have LOLed again at it now, so, good sketchwrighting there, sir.

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The Air Adventurer said...

I watched you perform this sketch last night in Lowestoft and didn't find it very funny. However listening to it again it now seems funnier. Do you think it loses anything in translation from radio to theatre, was it the audience,just Lowestoft or a combination of all three?

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Simon said...

You should have paid a visit to Whitby Morrison when you where in Crewe. Most of the ice cream vans in the country are made there and I am sure they could have told you. I was kinda hoping someone would have given a massive cheer when the sketch came up

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