A song and dance about cartooning

September 21, 2009 in General

Cartoonists in the UK have much in common with our colleagues throughout the world, and we keep in touch via international competitions and festivals, but what we in the UK are sadly missing, unlike our friends in France, is … a song!

Yes, Feco France have written their own song in praise of the noble art of cartooning. (Feco is the Federation of Cartoonists’ Organisations, of which the PCO, the people behind The Bloghorn, is a member.) The song is très French, but is rather wistful and pleasant. You can listen to it online, complete with animated pencils, here. And you can read about it and check out the lyrics, in French, here.

Sadly, this writer dropped French at O-level and has not a clue what is being sung, other than that the word liberté occurs rather a lot. An online translation does not help, there appears to be a lot of stuff about “mines”. Something has surely got lost in translation.

Anyway, it seems our gallic chums have set us a challenge. How do we UK cartoonists come up with our own song? If anyone out there has any good ideas for lyrics, themes, and the kind of tune we need (no blues songs, please) then add your comments below …

Thanks to PCOer Roger Penwill for the spot.

8 responses to A song and dance about cartooning

  1. An interesting song, as ‘la mine’, apart from meaning ‘mine’ as in coal mine etc, can also mean facial expression or appearance -and pencil lead. I think it’s hilarious. It puts me in mind of Spike Milligan’s Australian National Anthem – I’ll see if I can find that online …

  2. Didn’t Milligan’s Oznatanth feature the lines,
    This is the wattle
    Symbol of our land
    You can stick it in a vase
    Or hold it in your hand

  3. I believe the chorus of Milligan’s Oz national anthem is:

    Australia, Australia,
    We love you from the heart,
    The liver, the kidneys and the giblets
    And every other part.

    Didn’t Olivia Newton-John sing it at the opening of the Sydney Olympics?

  4. Bill – I think you were thinking of the Monty Python ‘Bruces’ sketch:


  5. I think there’s another bit of the Australian national anthem which goes:
    ‘Australia, Australia, we love you yes we do
    We even wake up in the night
    So we can think of you’
    But I couldn’t find the lyrics online, unfortunately.

  6. Slight correction Cathy, just in case it gets onto Wikipedia:-

    We think of you in the morning,
    And in the evening too,
    We even wake up at midnight
    So we can think of you.

    The track was on the classic “Milligan Preserved” album and is available somewhere on CD. It’s just called “Australia”, I believe. That must have been where they got the title for the recent film blockbuster.

  7. Thanks, Roger. I really was poking around in the fluff at the back of my mind there. Will resume the search for the lyrics …

  8. Thank you Roger for your post
    best wishes

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