When Good Toons Go Bad

Kids, I hope you are sitting down, because this is shocking news, via the Associated Press:

Tweety, Donald Duck Summoned to Court
ROME (AP) — Tweety may get a chance to take the witness stand and sing like a canary. An Italian court ordered the animated bird, along with Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and his girlfriend Daisy, to testify in a counterfeiting case.

What is this world coming to? Is the Disney Corporation so cheap that its employees have to counterfeit money in order to survive? Do cartoon characters like Italian food? Who else is involved? Why is Chris Tweety Matthews hanging out with Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, and Daisy? So many questions. So few answers. So much tragedy.

Original DVD cover.

In what lawyers believe was a clerical error worthy of a Looney Tunes cartoon, a court in Naples sent a summons to the characters ordering them to appear Friday in a trial in the southern Italian city, officials said.

The court summons cites Titti, Paperino, Paperina, Topolino — the Italian names for the characters — as damaged parties in the criminal trial of a Chinese man accused of counterfeiting products of Disney and Warner Bros.

Instead of naming only the companies and their legal representatives, clerks also wrote in the witness list the names of the cartoons that decorated the toys and gadgets the man had reproduced, said Fiorenza Sorotto, vice president of Disney Company Italia.


“Let’s hope the characters will not be prosecuted for failing to appear,” [Disney lawyer Cristina] Ravelli quipped.

Clerical errors? Failing to appear in court treated as a joke? By an attorney? C’mon, Titti, Paperino, Paperina, and Topolino! Fess up! The children are watching!!

By the way, where is Minnie Mouse? Frickin’ goody-two-shoes!


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8 responses to “When Good Toons Go Bad

  1. Friend of the court

    All I know is, that I would sure hate to be the court reporter trying to enter Donald Duck’s testemony into the record. He talks too fast. How would you like to read that back, for the jury?

  2. nonnie9999

    you just reminded me that i was going to use dethpicable in the title. oh well, too late. i really need to get some sleep.

  3. Friend of the court

    sweet dreams, nonnie. 🙂

  4. nonnie9999

    thanks, fotc, but i am not going to bed, just declaring that i am lacking in zzzzz’s this week. i haven’t even started on a poster for tomorrow. don’t even know what i am doing yet. no rest for the weary, you know. 🙂

  5. Friend of the court

    I keep forgetting that the time sig. is from Wales. It’s been a crazy week around here and a sleepless night or two, as well. Last Thursday, a meth lab across the street from the school caught fire and caused a lock down and on Tuesday, this week, a construction crew putting in a portable building, drilled a hole in a gas line and everyone had to stand out in the wind for about two and a half hours. There was supposed to be a fire drill today but, fortunately, sanity broke out in the main office, for a change. It was raining pretty hard. I plan to sleep all weekend.

  6. nonnie9999

    why did that sound like the preview from a tv drama?
    sleeping all weekend sounds so good, but the contractors will still be working here on saturday. i think you can build an entire house faster and with less hassles than fixing something in one that already exists. it doesn’t matter how small a job it is, it will still cost at least 3 times what you thought it would and take at least 3 times longer than what you were originally told. money pit, indeed.

  7. nightowl724

    nonnie, you QUACK me up! It’s about time they QUACKED down on these criminals. Besides counterfeiters, I heard they operate a large safe-QUACKING operation. I suppose these LOONEYtunes characters will try for an insanity defense…

    (Sorry, I couldn’t resist…)

  8. nonnie9999

    maybe they will find new evidence in the new quack that chris tweety matthews will have in his head once woody gets done with him.
    i must admit, though, that i hope they get in even more trouble. what fun to do movie posters with them instead of having to look at chimpy or cheney or the other thugs for hours while searching for just the right pic.