Pink and blue rabbits

Posted on: August 6, 2019

Maybe it really is true that there is no such thing as an original idea. In the train on one of the pages of Where is the Green Sheep? two of the other passengers on the train are rabbits – one pink, one blue. I don’t remember why I made them those particular colours, but it turns out that pink and blue are the colours of two rabbits, Rumples and Tumbles, the main characters of a picture book apparently well-known in the USA, Rumples and Tumbles go the the country

Thanks to Jacyln Mosher, who has read Where is the Green Sheep? hundreds of times and wondered about the similarity and finally asked me and sent the pictures. Rumples and Tumbles go the country was published by Reader’s Digest, London, 1991.

A few years back, I was asked by someone whether the rabbits in Where is the Green Sheep? were a reference to the 1985 anime film Night on the Galactic Railroad, which has these pink and blue creatures below. It’s an animated feature based on the classic Japanese fantasy novel c.1927 by Kenji Miyazawa (thanks Wikipedia). Okay, they are cats, not rabbits but they are actually on a train, which is a neat connection.

But as much as I would like to be on top of all knowledge and all popular culture, I have to confess that this is all co-incidence. As far as I know, I’ve never before seen these sources. But I can assure you that the references in Green Sheep to Singing in the Rain, Carmen Miranda and Ned Kelly are completely deliberate.

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