While I was thinking about asking for vintage Woody Woodpecker items at the local antique store as I passed it, there it is!
A 1972 Woody Woodpecker lunchbox sitting there in the window right in front of me.
And it's very
old and worn in several places (some areas of the art have been rubbed off, BTW.) Its little red thermos bottle inside has no pictures on it at all. Doesn't look like the lunchbox itself would be good for carrying actual food at all (ironically, I have fantasized
about packing my favorite sandwiches, corn chips, and Hostess cupcakes in a Woody lunchbox should I ever come across it one day; I had seen the thing online awhile
And know what else? I am thinking about giving up Woody Woodpecker as my cartoon crush.
Woody himself is absolutely
perfect for loving and cuddling in my own fantasies because he's such a cute, sweet-looking little doll-like bird covered head to feet in such soft, warm feathers!
But he has one "flaw" left.
His mysterious relationship with that female woodpecker called "Winnie".
If Woody and Winnie are meant to be true sweethearts, why did Winnie disappear completely from old cartoons while Woody continued to chase and fight over other girls? Ironically, I was going to ship them together at the very beginning, but no - Winnie rode off with another boy bird, leaving a tearful Woody in dust.
Even in Woody's most recent cartoon (1999-2002), his relationship with Winnie continues to be ambiguous because he kept falling for pretty girls (he even fell into love with a young vixen delivering pizza in one episode and a beautiful blonde stewardess in another.) He didn't even treat Winnie right; he actually left her forgotten behind his sofa cushions in one episode! Not is Winnie exactly "perfect" for Woody, either; she abandoned him once again to take flying lessons with some handsome pilot.
Both woodpeckers seem have fiercely independent spirit, IMHO.
Woody's liking for human women is one reason why I fell for him (he is, after all, fictional, so he would never become a lousy boyfriend in real life, heh.
But he is a great vehicle for my dearest fantasy, though.) However, I get jealous
So I usually prefer my cartoon crushes to be at least fancy-free. (And a cute male cartoon character like that is usually not
easy to find in a world full of love stories and shipping, of course.)
Why do I think that way?
Sweet Little Princess Winnie is depicted on top of the old lunchbox with Woody carrying a picnic basket behind her.
Even that seemed to say nothing.
Woody is walking a certain distance from Winnie and pointing at nothing at all. And Winnie isn't with Woody and his nephew and niece as he unloads the picnic basket full of uh, wood pieces to eat on front of the lunchbox.
Nevertheless, Winnie has been a constant threat to my long-nurtured Woody fantasy.
And, I am getting a little more interested in a handsome-looking duck character from the Disney universe lately.
So it is up to me to decide whether to do away with the Woody fantasy by next month. It's not going to be easy at all.
I really want a cute male character (preferably nonhuman
and hopefully covered in warm feathers, too) to sigh over, dream about, and depict in sexy fanart, too. It is one of my favorite creature comforts, BTW.