Charles Bukowski's hatred of Mickey Mouse

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  1. Alessandro Cima says:

    He is so absolutely right about Mickey Mouse and Disney that my head hurts. I have never ever watched a single cartoon, short or feature length, during which I did not begin to literally fall asleep. I mean total head-nodding, jaw slacking, deep breathing slumber.

    I have an intelligence test that I give most people I meet. If they like Disney, they are absolute imbeciles without the possibility of redemption. If they don’t like Disney, I’ll have lunch with them once.

    I apply this test to all people I meet without exception and its results never fail me.

    Go Bukowski!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Every age has its excitements for children and fools — no reason to go hatin’ on Da Mouse.

  3. gollux says:

    Heh, all during my childhood, anything shoddy, poor quality and workmanship was always referred to in kids hearing as being “Mickey Mouse”. In later years, we learned less socially acceptable terms for it, but that has always stuck. Long live Mortimer Mouse!

  4. Anonymous says:

    In the U.S. Army in the late 1960′s (and, I suspect, going right back to “WW II, the Big One”) rigid adherence to mindless regulation was generally referred to as “Mickey Mouse,” and despised by everyone except the lifers. The only thing that made the experience tolerable was the widespread evidence of a deeply subversive element in the American character.

  5. tomservojr says:

    Sorry, I’ll take Mickey and Walt of this overrated lush any day of the year. As a poet, I’d rank him somewhere between Jim Morrison and Jewel.

  6. Anonymous says:

    this post twists what bukowsky thinks of disney and women.
    these are out of context snapshots.
    the belgium interviewer is a dumb ass.
    sean penn makes a fairer assessment.

  7. Anonymous says:

    He was probably afraid of mice, because they were haunting him while he was drunk. Anyway, Mickey Mouse is a great dude.
    Bukowski is dead.

  8. Italiancuriousboy says:

    I’ve drunk wine with Hank at his birthday, tried to revive him with a couple of lines and than drove him home. I’ve eaten in Linda’s bio restaurant, good ol 80′s! He was fun! except when he drunk too much.. than he converted in a nonsense blethering drunk! Sometimes I had to confort Linda and cuddle her a bit…after he’s been rude to her. But she was always on his side, no matter what he did to her! I would say devoted.
    BTW, I always liked Donald Duck and hated Mikey… he was too much the perfect guy!

  9. Takuan says:

    almost forgot: Fuck the Mouse.

  10. Takuan says:

    and I’d take Ginger AND Maryanne.

  11. Anonymous says:

    It’s interesting. When people are talking about Bukowski it sounds like a fake documentary made for laughs. I mean the whole Micky Mouse thing is blown way out of proportion by the filmmaker and makes him sound like a pretentious doofus.

    But during the moments Buk talks, all becomes clear. Never liked this film all that much.

  12. Takuan says:

    and wot the hell Mehitabel, the old dame Mrs. Howell too!

  13. Takuan says:

    now bring me another fuckin drink!

  14. Takuan says:

    what are YOU lookin at!?

  15. Anonymous says:

    Mickey’s early stuff (pdf) was cool, but then he sold out.

  16. devophill says:

    Mark? Dang, I was hoping this was somehow posted by Cory… :)

  17. undeadmouse says:

    I have to say I totally agree with the man … fuck the mouse … begin countdown before Boing Boing receives cease and desist from Walt Disney Inc. (or you-tube video is removed for mentioning the little soulless shithead) …3…2…1…

  18. Anonymous says:

    How could an interviewer tell a poet what his stuff is about? That seems very arrogant.

    Also, I literally laughed when Bukowski told him “you are fucked up”

  19. Anonymous says:

    I could have sworn that Mickey has four fingers.

  20. frenchtoastkiss says:

    Drunk bastard…

  21. Big Ed Dunkel says:

    I feel the same way whenever I spot a drunk Jimmy Caan slumped over a baccarat table in Vegas.

  22. Anonymous says:

    I did a student project creating an experimental flash site dedicated to Charles Bukowski.

    http://thewildfirecompanion.com/2009/08/art-of-drunken-poetry/

    I love his brutal honesty. It’s great to see him get press.

  23. jfrancis says:

    I heard from character designers doing business with Japan that in Japan 3 fingered cartoon characters are avoided, since a missing finger indicates Yakuza.

  24. overunger says:

    Wow, Sean Penn is stooooo-o-oned!

  25. siliconsunset says:

    Bukowski(Chinaski) was an amazing poet. Solidarity/Team Bukowski!

    Also, I guess I understand the three finger thing to a degree since whenever I play Lego Starwars I immediately kill the arm-faced people when I see them walking around the bar.

    RE: 1 Devophill I think Cory would be conflicted about posting something like this, railing against something he loves as it does.

  26. gizmomathboy says:

    There are several good reasons I like Bukowski. This has got to be one of them.

    “Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.”

  27. the r kelly says:

    Was there even a slight possibility that Buk would be *pro* Mickey Mouse?

    And I imagine that he would have kicked the living shit out of anyone who put him “between Jim Morrison and Jewel.”

    Although somehow I could see him taking a shining to Jewel, not that this would mitigate the ass kicking.

  28. Ilovechocolatemilk says:

    Regardless of how you feel about Bukowski, he does have a point about Mickey Mouse. There’s been a long-standing debate between Disney and Looney Tunes as to which animated features are better for young minds. While both espouse moral virtues, the latter generally tends to be more intelligent and witty than the former, showing characters who are rewarded for clever behavior against simplistic adversaries.

    Consider Bugs Bunny and his nemesis Elmer Fudd; Bugs is a classic, fast-talking smart-alec who, in spite of his inherent disadvantage (he doesn’t have a gun with which to defend himself), is able to play Elmer Fudd time and again and turn the tables to his advantage. By contrast, any Disney villain is almost always more intelligent and well-spoken than his good counterpart– villains such as Scar, Jafar, or even Ursula all have vocabularies that greatly exceed the comprehension of the average 9 year old. Take a little snippet of Scar’s song from The Lion King as an example of such:
    “Of course, quid pro quo, you’re expected/ to take certain duties on board… The future is littered with prizes,/ and though I’m the main addressee…”

    While I could ramble on and on about the symbolic nature of Looney Tunes animation versus Disney Animation (Warner Bros. draws trees as sticks representing trees whilst Disney takes great care to animate every single detail of a tree), all I really care to say is that Bukowski does have a point about the vacuous nature of Mickey Mouse. The little guy teaches kids nothing that they didn’t already learn by the age of 2 (good is good and bad is bad) and even goes as far as to give kids a really bad impression of how the world works, filling their heads with a strange idealism that would have only made sense to the Puritans of yesteryear.

    (Of course, I do not count Pixar as being Disney, no more than I would say that Miyazaki is a Disney franchisee).

  29. Maddy says:

    It doesn’t have to be an either/or universe. There’s room for Aline Kominsky-Crumb’s “Bunch Plays with Herself” and Steamboat Willie. And seeing Sean Penn there makes me remember he was Bukowski’s first choice for Barfly. Delicious to ponder …

  30. SamSam says:

    Wow, I never realized how much Bukowski sounded like The Dude when he spoke.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Bukowski would be impressed with Mickey Mouse if he knew that Mickey lost those fingers in bar bets.

  32. sebastian6 says:

    That interviewer in the second half comes off as an ass as in ASSuming he has Bukowski pegged.

  33. Day Vexx says:

    Ugh! Sounds like a total drunk.

    F*** this guy, with all three fingers.

  34. Takuan says:

    heheh! Bukowski “sounds like a total drunk”?

  35. Anonymous says:

    I promise you the dumb ass interviewer hasn’t even read Women or any other Bukowski, he was deep. I’ve never heard such a rude uninformed interviewer. Buko should have punched him!
    Anyway loved this clip, just seeing Charles Bukowski makes my day. RIP Buko, love ya.

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