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What do you do when someone who's always made you laugh...makes you cry?

And if that happens, can that someone ever make you laugh again?

Well. Yes. But there's a trick to it. Allow me to digress for a moment.

One of my favorite fantasy films is "The Wizard of Oz".



Oz by Toonicorn

Perhaps one of the reasons so many love this movie is the poignancy of Judy Garland. Poignant, not just because of the incredible authenticity and sincerity of her performance of the earnest and innocent Dorothy Gale, but because of the tragedies that haunted the actress later in her life.

It's hard to watch her buoyant, effervescent portrayal of a simple farm girl lost in a bright, radiant be-careful-what-you-wish-for dreamworld without thinking of her dark struggles beyond the other side of the rainbow. But let's take a page from Doctor Who and get a little "timey-wimey" here. You can't see the light at the end of a tunnel if you're focused on the darkness surrounding it. You can't live in the moment if you're focused on what happens next. You can't look at a clock and tell what time it is if you're focused on the second hand.

To enjoy a moment in time, you've gotta be there - even if you're experiencing it days and weeks and years and decades after it happened.

When I watch "The Wizard of Oz", I remember that in that particular moment in time, Judy Garland was 16 years old, and well, and happy, and outgoing, and affectionate, and cheery, and funny, and professional, and endearing. According to everyone who worked on the film with her, she was "a doll". Everyone from the director to the songwriters to her fellow actors to the Munchkins to even the dog - Terry - who played Toto - bonded with her (and that's pretty obvious when you watch the dog's reactions to her in the film). And that's what I think about when I watch that wonderful old movie - and in doing so, I enjoy it in a way I wouldn't otherwise. It's the way I think Judy would want to be remembered. And since she's entertained me so profoundly, I think I owe her that much.

We owe that to Robin Williams as well.

"Laugh, clown, laugh, but he's crying inside" is a cliche, but unfortunately, I'm here to tell you, it's often very true.

Nevertheless, let's remember Robin when he was doing was he was meant to do, when he was in his element, when he was entertaining us, when he was (I suspect), really truly happy. Remember those moments, and be IN those moments when you watch him onscreen. Performers like Robin are the point of light in that tunnel of darkness. That's how he'd want to be remembered. We owe him that much.

Let's remember the laughter.

Rest in peace, clown prince.

Group hug.


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  • Mood: Sadness
  • Listening to: Vivaldi
  • Reading: Naomi Novik's "Crucible of Gold" (Temeraire)
  • Watching: HunterxHunter
  • Playing: Candy Crush
  • Eating: Little Chocolate Donuts (breakfast of champions)
  • Drinking: Starbucks

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Toonicorn
J.L. Meadows
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I love creating illustrations, stories and comics. I love good hot coffee and good cold beer. I love the music of Mika, Caravan Palace, the Beatles, the Turtles, Queen, Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Irving Berlin, Scott Joplin and Aaron Copeland. I love good books like The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L'Engle, the Shadow series by Anne Logston, Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, and sadly out-of-print books like The Gate of the Giant Scissors by Annie Fellows Johnston. I love hilarious websites like Cakewrecks and hilarious online comics like Penny Arcade. I love hit animated films like The Lion King and How To Train Your Dragon, and I love animated films that should have been hits, but were sadly overlooked by audiences, like The Iron Giant and Imagi's Astro Boy. Of the four seasons, I love autumn the best, and my favorite holiday is Halloween. My personal hero is Walt Disney, not just because of all he accomplished, but because he was a decent fellow who loved his family and lived the values he put into his films. And I love his Mouse.

What don't I love? Eh, I'd rather not say. There's too much negativity in the world as it is.

Current Residence: In front of my drawing board
Favourite genre of music: Bubble gum - anything bouncy
Favourite photographer: Ansel Adams
Favourite style of art: Impressionist
Operating System: Windows (damn it)
Favourite cartoon character: Good question.
Personal Quotes: "Keep moving forward." - Walt Disney
"Have patience, and keep shuffling the cards." - Cervantes

My piece "Mobile Home: The Epic Poem" has been featured HERE: news.deviantart.com/article/15…
Many thanks to Loellyne! lorellyne.deviantart.com/
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KayleetheDragacron Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you take requests?
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Toonicorn Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
I wish I could, but I've got more projects than I can handle right now. But thanks for thinking of me! :)
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KayleetheDragacron Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's okay. And you're welcome!
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Kresli Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Hello! La la la la 
Your artwork is featured in my journal here: kresli.deviantart.com/journal/… Huggle! 
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Toonicorn Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
SO sorry for taking so long to get back to you. Thanks for featuring my art! :)
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TheWizardofOzzy Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hi :iconshinyheartplz: Sorry I Never Talking To Loving You in A Longest Time
Because I Get Very Busy with Photography, Drawings & Travels with My Dad
and I Still :iconshinyheartplz: You and :iconshinyheartplz: OXOXOXOXOXO :iconshinyheartplz:
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Toonicorn Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Nice to hear from you!
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hi :wave: !
I came across your deviantart page and I'd just wish to say
Keep up the great work and never give up on your dreams.
Have a great day!
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Suzanne
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Toonicorn Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :happybounce: 
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Tnx for the watch! :)
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