Please God let this be real: Hanna-Barbera to reboot Snagglepuss as "Gay Southern Gothic Playwright"

Newsarama's George Marston reports on a HiloBrow interview with Hanna-Barbera writer Mark Russell: he is to reboot Snagglepuss as "a gay Southern Gothic playwright" in the tradition of Tennessee Williams.

Snagglepuss's adventures in New York will bring him to Broadway, where he'll deal with issues of his sexuality and the place of homosexuals in the repressed culture of the 50s.

"[Snagglepuss's sexuality is] never discussed and it’s obviously ignored in the cartoons ’cuz they were made at a time when you couldn’t even acknowledge the existence of such a thing," Russell explained. "But it’s still so obvious; so it’s natural to present it in a context where everybody knows, but it’s still closeted. And dealing with the cultural scene of the 1950s, especially on Broadway, where everybody’s gay, or is working with someone who’s gay, but nobody can talk about it - and what it’s like to have to try to create culture out of silence."

Oh, what a joyful day to frolic and play. Whaddya say to that? Whaddya say to thaaaaat?

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  1. Russell's first Snagglepuss story will appear in the Suicide Squad/Banana Splits annual, which hits shelves March 29. Dale Eaglesham provides the art for that story, which brings Snagglepuss before the House Un-American Activities Committee.

    Is... is this real life? Because as awesome as this project sounds, it's like something produced by a bizarre comicbook hipster Markov Chain text generator.

  2. They could have Ian McKellen play his catty ex-lover, the Pink Panther.

  3. I always group Snagglepuss and Uncle Arthur in the same boat. Guys that I knew were gay before I knew what gay meant.

  4. agies says:

    All chaps are assless. Otherwise they're just pants.

  5. As a gay person. Fine, get the retro thing. But it's rather insulting that they seem to think reinforcing 50's era gay stereotypes of lisping, mincing effeminate theater characters is being 'forward thinking'
    What's next a step'en fetch it black character?

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