Excuse Me, Princess!

Friends, I feel betrayed. Only today I discovered this rightly-infamous bit o’ pop culture:

That show aired 20 years ago, and I’d still be in the dark if it weren’t for Ryan North and his awe-inspiring “Link’s Sarcasm” graph.

I laughed until my face hurt, but sobered up when struck by the darker implications of this cartoon. Check my math:

29 uses of “Excuuuuuuuse me!” ÷ 13 episodes = Nooooooooo!

I thought I knew Link— we grew up together! He seemed so gallant, so noble, and now I find out about his snarky, dimwitted past. Why didn’t he ever tell me? To think that just this morning I was daydreaming about our life together, ignorant of his true character.

I need a drink.

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  1. I don’t know Link actually but the Excuuuuuuuuse Me thing was originated by Steve Martin so depending when this was on Excuuuuuse Me was something everyone said, like it was a cultural thing based on Martin’s comedy routines.

    Ian: “Yeah, but Steve Martin’s funny.”

    Rebekah: Hey, that’s right! Steve Martin knows not what he hath wrought.

    I wrought a mistake today; reintroducing Ian to this cartoon. He’s reliving his childhood Friday afternoons by watching all the “Legend of Zelda” episodes online. Remarkably bad dialog, even for a cartoon. Link is presented as this macho 80′s bad boy type. Eeeeeew!

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  2. I’m pretty sure Ryan North is the perfect male. If only I’d discovered him back when I was 19 and naive, I would have allowed him to father my children.

    Rebekah: You could probably start a whole club of like-minded men and women. I love Dinosaur Comics.

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  3. Nice undies, though.

    Rebekah: I am DEEPLY offended by that anachronism. ;)

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    Leslie Reply:

    I’m just sayin….who would’ve thought that boxers with red hearts would be fashionable in so many times and places? Apparently they’re a classic.

    Rewatching this I notice that the princess walks like her legs aren’t really holding her weight. Her center of gravity is either wrong or non-existent.
    This makes me glad I’m not an animator.

    Rebekah: Remember our David in the little boxers Rach made? Is he still around?

    I see what you mean about the princess. I mostly noticed that her pants are so form-fitting, her crotch calls a lot of attention to itself. Or, her drawn-on pants call a lot of attention to her crotch. Either way.

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    Leslie Reply:

    You’re right about that…..well at least she doesn’t have falling down pants like certain people I work with. Could be worse.

    Rebekah: I love an optimist!

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  4. This made for a funny and nostalgic day.

    Rebekah: I knew you’d appreciate it.

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  5. It’s a good thing we didn’t watch this cartoon when we were little, we would’ve driven Mom crazy. “Excuuuuuuuuse me, Mom!” She used to get P.O.’d enough when we would trick her into saying Pee-Wee’s “secret word.” Four children screaming at once… good times!

    Rebekah: Every time I ponder having children, I remember how imitative they are and wonder if I’d survive it…

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    Leslie Reply:

    Oh you’d survive having children alright, but you’d never be the same after!

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  6. Man! At first, I was thinking maybe they had just recorded one clip of him saying it and used it, throughout. LOL. Then, I came upon some where he said it in a different range of tones. I think I’ll have that in my head, all day, now. :-P

    Rebekah: It’s a remarkably consistent delivery, isn’t it? I couldn’t do that if I tried.

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  7. This brought back so many memories! I remember watching this as a kid, too! Funny, though.

    Rebekah: Do you remember Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: The Animated Series? I just read that it aired for two years. Two years of killer tomatoes! Can you imagine?

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  8. The dialogue IS horrible, and the “Excuuuuuuuse Me Princess” gets unbelievably OLD after the 30th time in one episode…for a little while we had the cartoon on Netflix for the Xbox….Logan loved it, and walked around quoting it for weeks. James couldn’t handle it anymore and deleted Link and his mouthy ways…I support his decision 200%!!!!

    Rebekah: You have my deepest sympathy. Ian only said it for a day, and that was more than enough.

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    Ming Reply:

    Haha! The sins of the parent will be re-visited on him by his children!

    Rebekah: And it’s my duty as an Avenging Aunt to teach all his children “Toot Soup” and “Cricket in the Lamp” next time we meet. Mwahaha!

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    Ming Reply:

    Please let me know when you plan to make the toot soup so I can make sure not to be in an adjoining state!

    Rebekah: I’ll keep you posted.

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  9. Toot Soup.
    For something we only had once in our lifetime that recipe sure has a long-lasting reputation. Possibly because we ate it just before an 9 hour drive in the mini-van.

    Rebekah: I don’t remember any of that, just the anthem with its catchy call-and-response intro; “Hey!” (“Hey!) “Get your clothespins on!” (“Get your clothespins on!”)

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    Ming Reply:

    The after-effects of this ‘Soup of Legend” lasted well into our visit at the [paternal] grandparents house. As I recall, Grandma Floss was quite offended by our digestive antics and even commented on our foul odor. Normally she did not mention such uncouth things.

    Rebekah: Know what’s nice? It’s nice being too young to remember this event.

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