A long time ago in the Okefenokee swamp there lived a community of memorable characters. There was Albert the alligator, Howland Owl, Churchy LeFemme (a mud turtle), Beauregard the bloodhound, Porky Pine (a curmudgeonly porcupine), Barnstable Bear, and many others. And oh yes there was Pogo, a mild mannered little possum. The comic strip was named after the possum. Pogo. It ran from 1949 till 1973. It was right up there with Peanuts in my estimation.
I’m ashamed to admit that I forget about such high brow stuff till this time of year. But Christmas always brings them back to mind. You see Pogo and his friends liked to get together and sing Christmas carols. And being animals, and cartoon animals at that, they didn’t always get the words right.
Like for example Deck The Halls with Boughs of Holly.
Here are the lyrics in case you didn’t get that. You will notice Churchy also was fond of a song that went ‘”Good King Sauerkraut, look out! On your feets uneven…”
This is sophisticated comedy of the highest order. On par with those one panel cartoons in the New Yorker and The Atlantic Monthly.