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"Toons & Tease" Plans to Take Your Saturday Morning Memories Far Away from TV Territory

Guys, admit it. Part of you thought it was kind of hot when Bugs Bunny dressed up like a woman to trick dumb ol' Elmer Fudd. Perhaps it's because you subconsciously felt bad for Mr. Fudd since he's clearly lonely and in need of companionship thanks to years of inadequacy and pent up sexual aggression.

The point is that Saturday morning cartoons weren't as pure as our parents probably thought they were or even would have liked them to be. Back then, they may have been designed with kids in mind or the young at heart but they still came from the mind of a human, usually males with drives to propagate the species just like the rest of us. Some of the classic Tex Avery shorts featured a sultry, short skirted woman using what the good Lord of hand drawn animation gave her to outfox a wily wolf. Sweet, loveable Doug Funnie carried a torch for the typical girl next door, Patti Mayonnaise -- if your girl next door had massive feet and wore the same outfit everyday. April O'Neal is the only logical reason why so many young boys spent so many hours turning a bunch of anthropomorphic turtles into a massive media franchise.

This makes it the perfect territory for burlesque to tackle, and Saturday's Toons & Tease show aims to do just that. Pin-up model and comic culture aficionado Taffeta Darling will host this cavalcade of looney lusciousness at 8 p.m. at Three Links on Elm Street in Deep Ellum. The show will feature burlesque babes such as Femme Vivre LaRouge, Angi B. Lovely and Black Mariah doing signature dances based on your Saturday morning favorites and a post-performance by Iron Belly OD.

Those who are planning to attend are also encouraged to wear their pajamas or favorite character costumes to relive their childhood and remember when getting up at the crack of dawn on a Saturday was something you actually looked forward to.

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Danny Gallagher has been a regular contributor to the Dallas Observer since 2014. He has also written features, essays and stories for MTV, the Chicago Tribune, Maxim, Cracked, Mental_Floss, The Week, CNET and The Onion AV Club.