Thursday, September 27, 2007
The Honorary Degree of Th.D
Hallmark Cards has presented some artful uses of the Disney, Peanuts and Looney Tunes characters on their greeting cards, and now they are offering some wonderfully stylized depictions of the MGM Wizard of Oz cast—or at least the Scarecrow. Naturally Hallmark’s use of the Oz characters usually utilize stills of the beloved film, as the card company is an official Oz licensee. But here the film version of the Scarecrow (clasping his honorary “Doctor of Thinkology” diploma and offering a brainy get-well greeting in a card cleverly designed in the shape of the word “Oz”) is depicted in a cartoony style that would actually make a wonderful animated character. Even though the branding on the back of the card would indicate an entire line of similar cards, this is the only example I’ve so far been able to find featuring this appealing graphic design.