The title of our show is Grumpy Old Geeks but on occasion I’m going to post things that are neither geeky nor grumpy but are most definitely old. This is a feel-good oldie post and I’m so passionate about the subject that I even created a dumb new meme-y thing for it.
In this first ever ‘When We Were Kids Wednesday’ a.k.a. #WWWKW for those of you who speak hashtag-ese we’re talking about one of the best cartoons ever made. But first, a little history… “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi” was originally a short story in Rudyard Kiplings The Jungle Book from 1894. Ok, history lesson is over. I want to talk about the 1975 cartoon from the unmatched master of animation, Chuck Jones. I was 4 years old when this cartoon came out and I must have seen it well over a hundred times. The story follows an adorable mongoose who is rescued, half-drowned, from a river and is nursed back to health. To repay the family who saved him Rikki Tikki Tavi protects the family from a family of badass cobras. Rikki is kind of badass and does some things which you won’t see in kids stories nowadays which is very sad indeed but a discussion for another day. If that’s not enough the story is narrated by Orson Freakin’ Welles!!!
Out of all the cartoons I watched over the years as a kid, and that’s a lot because we used to have Saturday Morning Cartoons like civilized people, this one is my favorite. If you’ve never seen it I can’t recommend it enough. Take a few minutes out of your lunch break, sit at your desk and pop on some headphones and enjoy. Get a tissue because you will have a tear fall up out your eye to quote R. Kelly. And if you have children you must have them watch it. Anything less is criminal neglect.
Get a copy of Rikki Tikki Tavi at Amazon to cherish for all-time or be a cheap ass and watch it for free on YouTube until someone has it taken down for copyright infringement.