Carl Barks on Easter Island

Today’s Zippy is the third in a series mashing up the moai of Easter Island and the characters of Disney cartoonist Carl Barks. It then turns out that the moai do appear in the Orlando FL of Walt Disney World — but in chocolate. The cartoons:




Background 1. From Wikipedia:

Moai …, or mo’ai, are monolithic human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people on the Chilean Polynesian island of Easter Island between the years 1250 and 1500 CE. Nearly half are still at Rano Raraku, the main moai quarry, but hundreds were transported from there and set on stone platforms called ahu around the island’s perimeter. Almost all moai have overly large heads three-eighths the size of the whole statue. The moai are chiefly the living faces (aringa ora) of deified ancestors (aringa ora ata tepuna). The statues still gazed inland across their clan lands when Europeans first visited the island, but most were cast down during later conflicts between clans.


Background 2. Carl Barks I posted about here on 4/24/14, on three volumes reprinting his work for Disney: Donald Duck: Lost in the Andes (2011),  Uncle $crooge: Only a Poor Old Man (2012), and Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn (2014).

Moai in Orlando. From a TripAdvisor page:

Welcome to Orlando’s sweetest attraction, the World of Chocolate Museum and Café. Come here and explore the fascinating history of the world’s best-loved confection. Feast your eyes on our collection of chocolate sculptures. There’s so much to see and do here — chocolate-making workshops, exhibits, the delicious World of Chocolate Café — and of course, free tastings of many of the world’s gourmet chocolates. Deliciously Different. Delightfully fun. That’s the World of Chocolate Museum and Café.


Yes, chocolate big heads.

One Response to “Carl Barks on Easter Island”

  1. Robert Coren Says:

    I’ve enjoyed the series (not least because I’ve personally visited Easter Island), but I hope he breaks precedent and keeps the implied promise in today’s last panel.

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