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About Mother Goose & Grimm
About Mike Peters
Frequent Jabs at Pop Culture
Mother Goose & Grimm & Their Supporting Cast
Things to Know About Mother Goose & Grimm
Goose & Grimm:
One of the most clever comic strips to debut in the
1980s! There are gag strips and there are story strips; "Mother
Goose & Grimm" is both. Although presented in strip form,
most of the "strips" are single panel. A lot of times Mother
Goose, Grimm, and the other recurring characters don't even appear in
the strip! Mike Peters and "Mother Goose & Grimm" are in a
class all by themselves! I can't think of any other comic strip
like this one.
Peters definitely has his own style, and thank
goodness this strip avoids the heavy socio-political commentary that
bogged down so many strips of the 80s. I just love a comic strip
you can read for the sake of enjoying it. "Mother Goose &
Grimm" still has its share of satire, and the vast majority of the
jokes are really inventive.
When you make a comic strip fun in the first place
and non-trendy, it becomes timeless and can go on forever. That's
what you can say about "Mother Goose & Grimm". I find the
strips from 1984 just as fresh as those from 2011.
to Know About Mother Goose & Grimm:
- "Mother Goose & Grimm" was created by Mike Peters and
debuted on October 1, 1984. It was originally distributed by
Tribune Media Services, and later King Features Syndicate.
- It's always been a well-liked strip, but the 1980s and
early-1990s is when the strip was at its peak of popularity.
- "Mother Goose & Grimm" was given its own
Saturday-morning cartoon series on CBS, starting in 1991 and lasting
for two seasons. By the second season, it was also promoted as
"Grimmy". Many of the people who worked on "Garfield &
Friends" also worked on "Grimmy".
- The strip is a pretty solid success and has seen its share
of merchandising like other great strips of the 1980s and 90s decades.
- Although boasting original, very distinct main characters,
the strip also makes countless references to pop culture.
- "Mother Goose & Grimm" (as of 2011) still appears in
over 800 newspapers worldwide (wow!) and consistently places within the
top 10 of the world's most popular comic strips.
- In 2009, a rather stupid lawsuit was targeted against Mike
Peters and the "Mother Goose & Grimm" strip. In the January
2, 2009 strip, one of the characters made a joke about parts of Juan
Valdez being put in cans of Columbian coffee. The strip is
referring to a slogan the Columbian Coffee-growers Federation actually
uses in its advertisements: "There's a little bit of Juan Valdez in
every can of Columbian coffee.". The Columbian Coffee-growers
Federation set out to sue Peters for $20 million because he was
"linking Columbian coffee to human rights abuse". This is a very
stupid, and desperate, way for the Federation to get 20 mill. If
everyone used their logic, Peters could get sued for every strip he's
ever done! Anyone could make the joke he did, and since the
company actually says that in their slogan, they should just let it
go. If they don't like those kind of jokes being made, they
should change their slogan. I still think it's a completely
harmless pun. Juan Valdez himself is meant to be a witty
character in witty advertisements...the Federation should learn to take
Goose & Grimm & Their Supporting Cast:
Jabs at Pop Culture: "Mother Goose & Grimm" has
light-hearted fun with a lot of things in pop culture, but here are
some of the strip's most-frequent targets.
- Grimm (aka "Grimmy")-
Many people wonder what kind of dog Grimmy is supposed to be.
He's supposed to be a bull terrier, although he looks more like a
warped version of the
you used to see in businesses collecting money for animal
shelters. Grimmy seems to be able to talk to human and animal
characters. The biggest change in him over the years is that his
dialogue has progressed from thought balloons to direct speech.
Besides this, the strip and its characters have remained pretty much
the same except for a sharp change in Attila's appearance.
- Mother Goose-
The elderly owner of Grimmy. An anthropomorphic goose, no less,
in a world filled with other human-like animals and humans.
Despite the fact she gets first billing, Mother Goose really plays
second fiddle to Grimm. Grimmy's personality is really
established because he does so much more in the strip. Mother
Goose is also distinct, but one sided: She's an exasperated old
lady, usually at wits end with Grimmy's various hijinks.
Mother Goose's big, fuzzy cat. Later on, his looked was changed
to rather skinny, like an underweight raccoon! Attila wasn't in
the strip from the beginning, and he was an interesting cast
addition. In one way, he provides a close buddy for Grimmy.
In another way, he provides a rival. Attila can sometimes be
Grimmy's "punching bag", but he seems to take it in stride. After
all, Attila often has his ways of striking back. There's another
good thing about Attila, and I don't know if Peters planned this when
he introduced the character: Attila takes a bit of stress off
Mother Goose. Grimmy is often a real pain for Mother Goose, and
Attila sweetens things up a might.
Releases: I will add more information as I find it, but
here is a list of known "Mother Goose & Grimm" books of strip
And other vampires.
- The Lone Ranger
- M&M's Candy
Characters- What's funny about this now is that Peters was
making a lot of spoofs about the M&M's characters long before the
candy company really established its own characters in 1994. The
M&M's characters had existed for years in print advertisements, and
in the famous jumping-in-the-candy-pool commercial, but Peters started
giving the M&M's real personality. In 1994, we started seeing
the familiar Red, Yellow, Green, and later Blue and Crispy (Orange) in
the company's official promotions.
- Mickey Mouse-
As well as other Disney flagship characters like Donald Duck, Goofy,
Minnie Mouse, and Pluto.
- Mr. & Mrs. Potato
- Peter Pan &
- Grimmy: Best in Show (May 1990,
TOR)- Strip reprints from 1986-1988.
- Michael Bartley Peters
was born on October 9, 1943 in St. Louis, Missouri.
- His mother was
actress/comedienne/singer Charlotte Peters. She had an afternoon
live variety show on KSD-TV in St. Louis in the 1950s and 60s.
- Peters was a
successful editorial cartoonist for years before "Mother Goose &
Grimm" debuted in 1984. In 1981, he won the Pulitzer Prize for
- Mike Peters'
best-known creation, "Mother Goose & Grimm", made its debut on
October 1, 1984. It is a pretty sharp contrast from his editorial
cartoons. Both have his same wit and sense of satire, but "Mother
Goose & Grimm" avoids a lot of heavy social or political commentary.
- Peters has won many
awards for cartooning, in and out of "Grimm".