History Literature / BurgessBedtimeStories

27th Jun '17 10:37:05 AM albertonykus
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* ScienceMarchesOn: Skunks are no longer thought to be mustelids (i.e.: closely related to weasels), rabbits are no longer thought to be rodents, and falcons are no longer thought to be hawks.
27th Jun '17 10:36:23 AM albertonykus
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* MotherNature

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* MotherNatureMotherNature: Often alluded to as the overseer and creator of all life, and sometimes appeared as an actual character, especially in the JustSoStory-style tales.
27th Jun '17 10:07:30 AM albertonykus
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* NamesTheSame: Unc' Billy Possum, Billy Owl, and Billy Mink.
** It's established that many animals of the same species but from different locales share the same name. In one story arc, for instance, Danny Meadow Mouse travels to the seashore on a plane and meets a skunk named Jimmy who is not the same individual as the Jimmy Skunk usually featured in the stories.


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* OneSteveLimit: Averted on several occasions.
** Unc' Billy Possum, Billy Owl, and Billy Mink.
** It's established that many animals of the same species but from different locales share the same name. In one story arc, for instance, Danny Meadow Mouse travels to the seashore on a plane and meets a skunk named Jimmy who is not the same individual as the Jimmy Skunk usually featured in the stories.
27th Jun '17 10:04:45 AM albertonykus
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* AnimalTalk

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* AnimalTalkAnimalTalk: Humans explicitly can't understand or be understood by other animals, but almost none of the other species have such a language barrier.



* BewareTheNiceOnes: Johnny Chuck, Jerry Muskrat, Danny Meadow Mouse, Happy Jack Squirrel, Little Joe Otter, Mr. Mocker the Mockingbird, and Lightfoot the Deer are all surprisingly capable fighters for their respective size classes. Even Peter Rabbit has his moments.

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: BewareTheNiceOnes:
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Johnny Chuck, Jerry Muskrat, Danny Meadow Mouse, Happy Jack Squirrel, Little Joe Otter, Mr. Mocker the Mockingbird, and Lightfoot the Deer are all surprisingly capable fighters for their respective size classes. Even Peter Rabbit has his moments.



* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Billy Mink was a close friend of Jerry Muskrat in early stories. While his potential as a predator was acknowledged, he didn't attack Jerry. Later on, Billy was described as not being a friend of Jerry at all and tried to prey on him several times.

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: CharacterizationMarchesOn:
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Billy Mink was a close friend of Jerry Muskrat in early stories. While his potential as a predator was acknowledged, he didn't attack Jerry. Later on, Billy was described as not being a friend of Jerry at all and tried to prey on him several times.



* CivilizedAnimal: The illustrations often portrayed the characters wearing clothes, walking bipedally, and having human-like accessories or domestic settings, but the text was usually ambiguous at best about the presence of such features and was at least just as consistent with portraying them as {{Nearly Normal Animal}}s.



* NearlyNormalAnimal: Despite the illustrations anthropomorphizing the characters to the level of {{Civilized Animal}}s, the text descriptions generally portrayed them naturalistically enough to qualify as this, especially in later stories.



* UnreliableIllustrator: Many of the illustrations depict certain characters as being more generic-looking than they should be, despite being described as specific species. Prickly Porky in particular got quite a bit of this, with some illustrations making him look more like an Old World porcupine or even a hedgehog. Boomer the Nighthawk was also often drawn as an actual hawk, despite the text almost always stressing that he was not one. There is also the fact that the illustrations tended to depict the characters as HalfDressedCartoonAnimals walking bipedally, even though the stories generally implied that they look and behave more similarly to their real-world counterparts.

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* UnreliableIllustrator: Many of the illustrations depict certain characters as being more generic-looking than they should be, despite being described as specific species. Prickly Porky in particular got quite a bit of this, with some illustrations making him look more like an Old World porcupine or even a hedgehog. Boomer the Nighthawk was also often drawn as an actual hawk, despite the text almost always stressing that he was not one. There is also the fact that the illustrations tended to depict the characters as HalfDressedCartoonAnimals {{Half Dressed Cartoon Animal}}s walking bipedally, even though the stories generally implied that they look and behave more similarly to their real-world counterparts.
26th Nov '16 8:03:36 PM albertonykus
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The characters were much more anthropomorphized in Burgess's earliest stories, wearing clothes, using human-like gestures, and taking on less of their species' repertoire of natural behaviors. Predators were also often described as bullies rather than actual predators. There were also more scientific inaccuracies in the early stories, such as owls being described as finding it hard to see during the day and female spotted sandpipers taking care of the eggs. Perhaps to make up for this, Burgess often emphasized otherwise where relevant in his later works.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The characters were much more anthropomorphized in Burgess's earliest stories, wearing clothes, using human-like gestures, and taking on less of their species' repertoire of natural behaviors. Predators In addition, predators were also often described as bullies rather than actual predators. There were also more scientific inaccuracies in the early stories, such as owls being described as finding it hard to see during the day and female spotted sandpipers taking care of the eggs. Perhaps to make up for this, Burgess often emphasized otherwise where relevant in his later works.
26th Nov '16 8:02:56 PM albertonykus
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* InformedSpecies: Not in the stories themselves, but many of the illustrations depict certain characters as being more generic-looking than they should be. Prickly Porky in particular got quite a bit of this, with some illustrations making him look more like an Old World porcupine or even a hedgehog. Boomer the Nighthawk was also often drawn as an actual hawk, despite the text almost always stressing that he was not one.


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* UnreliableIllustrator: Many of the illustrations depict certain characters as being more generic-looking than they should be, despite being described as specific species. Prickly Porky in particular got quite a bit of this, with some illustrations making him look more like an Old World porcupine or even a hedgehog. Boomer the Nighthawk was also often drawn as an actual hawk, despite the text almost always stressing that he was not one. There is also the fact that the illustrations tended to depict the characters as HalfDressedCartoonAnimals walking bipedally, even though the stories generally implied that they look and behave more similarly to their real-world counterparts.
11th Aug '16 8:25:23 AM albertonykus
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* PredationIsNatural: Predation is typically acknowledged as being necessary for survival, but killing for sport or in excess is portrayed negatively.
29th Feb '16 2:51:21 PM Prfnoff
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* NuttySquirrel: Happy Jack Squirrel and Chatterer the Red Squirrel. There are other squirrel characters too, though their personalities are less hyper and "nutty".
29th Feb '16 2:51:21 PM Prfnoff
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23rd Oct '15 4:17:57 PM Morgenthaler
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* EyesNeverLie: Comes up more than once when the true intentions and desires of a character are exposed by someone GenreSavvy looking into their eyes.

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* EyesNeverLie: Comes up more than once when the true intentions and desires of a character are exposed by someone GenreSavvy looking into their eyes.
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