Created By: Stratadrake on October 22, 2011 Last Edited By: Stratadrake on January 28, 2012
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Cheesy Moon

Everyone knows it is made of green cheese!

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One of the common Moon myths in Western culture is the saying that it is comprised of "green"[[hottip:*:originally meaning "young"]] cheese.

This can manifest in many ways in fiction, often for laughs. For example, the moon may be depicted as made of Cartoon Cheese (possibly even a shade of green), and it may even be inhabited by moon mice (since mice love cheese and all that).

In Video Games, this can overlap with Level Ate as applied to lunar settings.

See also The Man in the Moon, the other common Western folklore about the moon.


Examples

Advertising

  • An old Ronald McDonalds ad featured the mascot attempting to reach the moon to collect cheese for the restaurant's burgers.

AC:Musical

  • In the opening song of Merrily We Roll Along's second act, a long list of maybes includes "Maybe the moon is cheese".

Literature

  • Xanth's moon is described as being cheese on the near side, honey on the far side.

Video Games

  • In the NES game of DuckTales, one level is the Moon, and one of its collectibles is a piece of cheese.
  • The "Moon Fondue" level in Spyro 2: Season of Flame on the Game Boy Advance is comprised of green, cheese-like terrain and includes a race of mouse astronauts.
  • In King's Quest VII: The Princless Bride, during one chapter the moon falls out of sky into Falderal (a place based on wordplay and literal figures of speech) and it's revealed to be just a wheel of Cartoon Cheese. The player is tasked with finding some way of getting it back in the sky before they can leave the area.

Western Animation

  • The Tom and Jerry short, "O Solar Meow", ends with Jerry on the moon, which has large quantities of cheese. Another short featured Tom and Jerry operating a lunar mining operation, where the caverns were made entirely of cheese.
  • Wallace & Gromit's debut short film, "A Grand Day Out", revolved around the characters travelling to the moon to get cheese. The second short film, "The Wrong Trousers" later made a reference to it in a newspaper article mentioning how sales of "moon cheese" are soaring.

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Community Feedback Replies: 46
  • October 22, 2011
    GreenMachine
    • Wallace And Gromit had an short where the characters went to the moon for cheese. "Everyone knows the moon is made of cheese, Gromit!"
    • Google Earth apparently has a feature where you could view the moon. Zooming in very close would show a cheese texture. It doesn't anymore, I hear.
  • October 22, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In the Tom And Jerry short "O Solar Meow" Jerry ends up on the moon and has all the cheese he wants 'cause that's what the moon is made of.

    Compare (or contrast, whichever) The Man In The Moon.

    This'd go on the We Are Not Alone Index: [1]
  • October 23, 2011
    NateTheGreat
    In Kings Quest VII: The Princeless Bride the moon is merely a wheel of Cartoon Cheese which falls out of the sky and must be returned.
  • October 23, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    Dude, awesome picture and caption.
  • October 23, 2011
    Lumpenprole
    An old Mc Donald's commercial featured Ronald Mc Donald attempting to reach the moon to obtain a supply of cheese for Mc Donald's cheeseburgers.
  • October 23, 2011
    Andygal
    in Xanth the side of the moon facing the world is made of cheese, the other side is made of honey.
  • October 23, 2011
    GreenMachine
    Wasn't the moon in Within A Deep Forest made of cheese? Or is that something else I'm thinking of?

    Oh, and I agree that the picture is made of win. I personally disagree with the caption (young Earth creationist), but the cool picture makes up for it. So it's all good.

    Edit: I didn't even realize that joke. Now that I see that, even I find it funny. :)
  • October 23, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Well, "aged over # time" is a common advertising line on various (non process) cheeses, I thought it might work as a joke. :)

    Hoping for some help with the description though, I can usually write better than that.
  • October 23, 2011
    X2X
    Could inversions (such as, say, a planet made out of cheese) work? For example, Mario Kart: Super Circuit features a track named Cheese Land. The landscape itself is made of cheese (complete with blue mice that serve as stage harzards), but the moon (visible in the background of the course) is perfectly normal.
  • October 23, 2011
    TechUnadept
    Invoked in The Moon mod for Mine Craft. The moon is reached by building a portal out of cheese blocks.
  • October 24, 2011
    Stratadrake
    @X 2 X: That probably falls under Level Ate.

    Hm. Too bad we can't call this Once In A Bleu Moon.
  • December 3, 2011
    moocow1452
    ^ Why the hell not? We can redirect something more SPOON appropriate if someone makes a fuss about it, but that's one of the best pun titles I've ever heard, and it hits Clear Concise Witty as is.
  • December 3, 2011
    X2X
    I agree. Once In A Bleu Moon is a brilliant punny title.
  • December 3, 2011
    alliterator
    Once In A Bleu Moon is awesome and deserves a Made Of Win.
  • December 3, 2011
    Evalana
    In one segment of Peabody's Improbable History, Beethoven finds his inspiration to write the Moonlight Sonata by surrounding himself with cheese.
  • December 3, 2011
    JonnyB
    Or just Bleu Moon would work.
  • December 3, 2011
    matsuiny2004
    I like Once In A Bleu Moon as well. I like its connection to bleu cheese.
  • December 3, 2011
    Duncan
    In the opening song of act II of Merrily We Roll Along, a list of maybes includes "Maybe the moon is cheese".
    He's only a boy.
    Why does he think he loves me?
    Maybe he loves what I can do for him.
    Maybe he thinks that I'll come through for him.
    Maybe the moon is cheese.
    And yet maybe
    Maybe Something real is happening here
    But baby,
    You're a baby
    And the man I'm married to needs me near
    Okay, the moon is cheese!
    And I love the guy I shouldn't,
    And I don't the one I should
    Ah, but love is blind
    And I go for the kind that I finally find
    Is no good!

  • December 4, 2011
    Specialist290
    Once In A Bleu Moon is made of awesome and win. I approve.
  • December 4, 2011
    Fanra
    In the online game Ever Quest, one of the expansions takes place on the moon Luclin. One of the loading screen's randomly rotating comments is: "Told you it wasn't made of cheese".
  • December 4, 2011
    randomsurfer
    I'm for Bleu Moon but not Once In A Bleu Moon. The "Once in a" part doesn't help describe the trope at all.
  • December 4, 2011
    arromdee
    "Bleu" for something green (even if it doesn't literally refer to color) is a bad idea.
  • December 4, 2011
    nitrokitty
    Who cares? The point is that the moon is made of cheese, whether Bleu or "green" (which doesn't actually refer to color). +1 vote for Bleu Moon.
  • December 4, 2011
    matsuiny2004
    come on people more examples so this can be a good article :)
  • December 5, 2011
    MorganWick
    There was a cheeze ad that tried to claim that we stopped going to the moon once we realized it wasn't made out of cheeze.
  • December 5, 2011
    LeeM
    ^^ The Wallace And Gromit example was their debut, "A Grand Day Out".
  • December 9, 2011
    Met
    In the second season of Rocky And Bullwinkle, metal mice from the moon show up on earth. Boris Badenov poses as their leader, the "Big Cheese."
  • December 9, 2011
    TBTabby
    In the Ducktales NES game, one of the levels is set on the moon, where Scrooge is trying to find a wedge of moon cheese.
  • December 9, 2011
    Arivne
    The Other Wiki's article The Moon is made of green cheese has a number of media examples.
  • December 10, 2011
    Tambov333
    Cheesy Moon is an awesome title.
  • December 11, 2011
    Unknown Troper
    • Wallace And Gromit had an short where the characters went to the moon for cheese. "Everyone knows the moon is made of cheese, Gromit!"
      • Wensleydale, tha knows. Good northern cheese. Not green at all , not unless you leave it in the fridge for six months.
  • December 11, 2011
    SchrodingersDuck
    Technically, the short is ambigious as to whether the moon is made of cheese at all. We see Wallace slice and eat a small piece of moon, but he seems unimpressed and decides it "tastes like no cheese I've ever tasted". It's not clear whether it's an alien cheese, or Wallace is just enough of a Genius Ditz that he hasn't worked out that he's putting moonrock on his crackers.
  • December 12, 2011
    foxley
    • In a Raggedy Ann comic, Raggedy Ann and Andy (an a visiting astronaut doll) visit the moon and discover a crater full of green cheese while having to dodge real astronauts.
  • December 12, 2011
    foxley
    Re: the Wallace And Gromit example. It seems the moon is made of cheese. A newspaper headline in the second short The Wrong Trousers says sales of moon cheese are soraing.
  • December 17, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    I like Bleu Moon as the name with Cheesy Moon as a redirect.
  • December 21, 2011
    moocow1452
  • December 21, 2011
    foxley
    Personally I'd go with Green Cheese Moon, since green cheese is the most comon version of the trope.
  • December 22, 2011
    TiggersAreGreat
    Western Animation

    • Arthur The Aardvark: In one episode, Arthur is trying to buy Moon Boots. He imagines himself hopping straight to the moon wearing these. He then grabs a bit of the moon and tastes it, saying that it's green cheese all right!
  • January 14, 2012
    TrevMUN
    For Video Games:

  • January 16, 2012
    Gamermaster
    • At one point in Pajama Sam 3 You have to find out what type of cheese the moon is made of. It's Bree.
  • January 27, 2012
    TBeholder
    Stanislaw Lem had a short story where Moon accidentally became made of cheese.
  • January 28, 2012
    Surenity
    Western Animation:
    • The MGM One Shot Cartoon Little Buck Cheeser is about a group of young mice who build a rocket to go to the moon because it's made of cheese.
  • January 28, 2012
    OmarKarindu
    Comic Books
    • In an unpublished 1940s Justice Society Of America story, a villain sends Johnny Thunder to get a piece of green cheese from the moon as one of several "impossible tasks." Thanks to Johnny's Literal Genie, he manages to do it anyway.
  • January 28, 2012
    DaibhidC
  • January 28, 2012
    AlexSora89
    The moon seen in the "Midnight Run" level of Crash Bandicoot 3 Warped, as well as in the space levels featured in the GBA title The Huge Adventure, is pretty cheese-like.
  • January 28, 2012
    NoirGrimoir

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