A.T. Smith’s  Picnic Fiasco “Slicing the Wasps”

A.T. Smith’s Picnic Fiasco “Slicing the Wasps”

The humor of Smith’s picnic fiasco “Slicing the Wasps” is obvious. The legend reads: “Suitable for both sexes, young and old. Fascinating, amusing, skillful exciting, and with that element of danger.” It’s also an allusion to  to...
O’Brien’s Ants

O’Brien’s Ants

Ants at a picnic always serve for picnic humor not because they have interrupted picnics but because it is cute to presume that they do. But who is really bothered by ants? John O’Brien achieves stasis in “Ants at a Picnic”: his picnickers and ants below them are...
Robinson’s Zoo Picnic

Robinson’s Zoo Picnic

The zany humor of “Just a Picnic at Whipsnade” is Heath Robinson’s trademark. Of the two picnics here, the lion has got the better deal. It also helps knowing that Whipsnade is England’s biggest zoo, near Luton, an hour and twenty minutes north of London. Featured...
Racetrack Satire by Leech

Racetrack Satire by Leech

The London Stock Exchange’s reaction to a current financial panic is the butt of John Leech’s “The Currency Question, or The Exchange Out for a Day.” Picnicking in troubled times, a racectrack, is risible, but then again, Leech implies, buying and selling stocks is a...
Disney’s Mickey and Minnie Singin’ in the Rain

Disney’s Mickey and Minnie Singin’ in the Rain

Walt Disney’s seven-minute cartoon The Picnic (1930) packs as many picnic conventions as possible. There’s a motorcar drive to the country, a stream, shady tree, a wicker basket, a gingham cloth jammed with a gourmand feast of sandwiches, Swiss cheese, mustard,...
Betty Boop’s Hotdog

Betty Boop’s Hotdog

Betty Boop, a pretty, silly woman with a sense of humor, was created by Max Fleischer but drawn by Bud Counihan. Among the cartoon strip episodes is a picnic poking self-deprecating fun at Betty’s career as a movie star, “And I’m to ride in this ‘Indian...