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Name That Trauma :: Reader Kirby on Death on a Sunday

August 15th, 2010 by aunt john · 4 Comments

Greetings, Kindertrauma-ers!

Maybe someone can help me figure out what has been bugging the crap out of me for so many years…

My memory of it is really fuzzy (I was only about 4 or 5 years old) but I’ll tell you every detail I can remember. It was a short animation, possibly on Nickelodeon, possibly LIQUID TELEVISION? Simple black and white, of a short, caricature of Einstein-looking guy as a narrator. The background was completely white and he was naming the days of the week in sequence really quickly and telling us what a “man” did on those days. Like, “blah blah on Monday, blah blah on Tuesday, etc… and died on Sunday.”

He went through all the days of the week a few times always going faster, but it always ended on “and died on Sunday” with a picture of a tombstone and flowers. It was really only a minute or 2 long, and it was probably aired somewhere between ’90-’93. This was thrown in between all my happy child-friendly cartoons but I liked it, or thought I liked it. Then I went to bed that night and my mind was just completely disturbed by it. I couldn’t stop replaying it over and over in my head even though it was scaring the crap out of me. It was like being tortured.

Also, you know in the show MYSTERY!, in the intro there’s the tall chick in the beginning next to the tombstone and drinking a glass of wine? I have a vague memory of an animation that looked exactly like that, with a woman next to a tombstone but it was the focus of the whole story (or at least was a main part of something). I can’t remember the story, but this lady gave me nightmares. I think she was holding a flower (or maybe it was a handkerchief.) The background was completely white also, and since it was about death it might have something to do with the “died on Sunday” animation, but I can’t remember.

Do any of these grim images ring a bell to anyone?

Thanks for any input! Hip hip hooray for this site!!!!

Love,

Kirby

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ChrisNo Gravatar // Aug 15, 2010 at 10:12 am

    The first one sounds like the Solomon Grundy poem…  

    Solomon Grundy,

    Born on a Monday, Christened on Tuesday, Married on Wednesday, Took ill on Thursday, Grew worse on Friday, Died on Saturday, Buried on Sunday. This is the end Of Solomon Grundy

    That ring a bell?

  • 2 elgraysoNo Gravatar // Aug 15, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    the second one sounds like an Edward Gorey animation. he did stuff for PBS, but i’m not sure about nickelodeon

  • 3 matt323No Gravatar // Aug 17, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    There is a claymation cartoon similar to what you describe on you tube.  Type “creepy claymation cartoon” in the search and it’s the first thing that comes up.  It involves an Einsten/Mark Twain character involved in some disturbing situations.

  • 4 ksankNo Gravatar // Aug 19, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    oh man, i think it’s the solomon grundy poem! but i can’t find the video anywhere. the creepy claymation cartoon wasn’t it (but it was still awesomely weird). it was black and white and it went really fast. can’t find it on youtube though 🙁 yeah, the second one was definitely edward gorey-esque. the face of the woman looked like a cross between the woman in the “mystery!” opening and the face of the queen in a deck of cards. you know that style? it was so creepy.. thanks for all your help, guys!

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