|Mr Squeakypony meets Herr Pin: A Review
||[Nov. 25th, 2006|02:59 pm]
"Mr Squeakypony meets Herr Pin" (1973, Moldavia)
This is the final and perhaps most disturbing of animator Adrian Vonner's animations featuring his character Xydexx, star of the cult 1970s Moldavian animations "Mr Squeakypony", "Mr Squeakypony Saves the Day" and "Mr Squeakypony goes to Town". Despite his grandiose monicker, which brings to mind a prescription anti-depressant or perhaps a maliciously-inclined space robot, Xydexx is in fact an inflatable pink rubber toy pony1. He possesses an irritatingly high-pitched squeaker through which he communicates with his furry friends, who seem to have no difficulty comprehending the bizarre noises which emanate from him.
Despite being his reassuring hue and altogether fey manner, he is characterised as a somewhat unpredictable and possibly even terrifying figure, with exasperated mothers being heard to caution their unruly offspring, “Eat up all your peas or Xydexx will come huggle you!”
Xydexx’s nemesis is the dreadful “Herr Pinn”, who is frequently mentioned in tones of awe and horror as being “on his way”, but who is never actually arrives until this traumatic animation, in which he turns out to be an anthropomorphic thumbtack with a very poor German accent who is the sworn foe of everything cute and sweet and caring and so forth. It is never explained just why he has such an obsession with Xydexx, but the Freudian symbology is so blatant it hardly bears going into here.
When Xydexx finally meets his long-foreshadowed nemesis the results are dramatic. The misfortunate pony explodes like a balloon full of nitroglycerine, with shreds of pink rubber slapping obscenely across the faces of the horrified witnesses to this cartoon carnage, and one unsuspecting rabbit accidentally inhales the late Xydexx’s squeaker. His well-meaning animal friends attempt to dislodge the foreign body from his throat by shaking him, hanging him by his heels, etcetera, with no result except increasingly panicked squeaking. They progress to more and more extreme methods to dislodge the errant squeaker from the choking and spluttering and madly squeaking rabbit, Xydexx’s horrible fate entirely forgotten by now, finally making the mistake of appealing to the famously maladroit Mr Wolf who has been watching these goings-on from the sidelines in mute amazement accompanied by his feline wife.
Mr Wolf holds the afflicted rabbit up by his ears and shakes him so that he squeaks, then shrugs and gapes his mouth to terrifying dimensions and swallows the unfortunate rabbit whole in less time than it takes to describe. The animals stare at him in horror and he looks back at them with his usual ineffectual expression, before suddenly hiccuping, with a hideous strangled squeak. His long-suffering spouse slaps him across the face in disgust, then the assembled animals recover their wits and chase him squeaking out of town as the credits roll.
1. Xydexx possesses an undeniable horn which would seem to make him a unicorn, but the horn is never mentioned in any of the animations in which he appears and Vonner himself has always referred to him as "the little squeaky horse".