Liverpool to Dingburg

Today’s Zippy, an elaborate burlesque on the Beatles, their music, and their albums:

It begins with a version of the album cover for Meet the Beatles (1963):

From left to right, that’s John, George, Paul, and Ringo — corresponding to the Giggles Quisp, Nauga, Snappy, and Choo-Choo Charlie, respectively. The names of the Giggles are all allusions to brand names of the 50s and 60s:

Quisp (sugar sweetened) breakfast cereal, which debuted in 1965;

the Nauga doll (made of Naugahyde) of the 1960s (photo below);

Snap! Crackle! and Pop!, advertising Kellogg’s Rice Krispies (together for the first time in 1939, first appearing on tv in 1960);

Choo-Choo Charlie, advertising Good & Plenty candies in the 1950s (YouTube video here).

Then there are the burlesqued quotations from Beatles songs: “I am the Mole Rat” (rather than the Walrus), a version of “Norwegian Wood” with Big Mac for girl, “Hoboken” instead of “Kansas City”, ketchup for love, squeeze for please. And 40% Bran Flakes Boulevard for Abbey Road (there’s a definite cereal theme in there), with a version of the Abbey Road cover. And of course, the “Snappy” — er, Paul — “is dead” rumor.

Still trying to imagine Sir Snappy.

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