Food is vital to the survival of a growing child, which is the reason that the man-child will invariably demonstrate gluttonous behavior whenever they find themselves in close proximity to eatables.
|John Belushi in Animal House (1978)|
The eating continued for decades.
|Charlie Chaplin in City Lights (1931)|
|The Marx Brothers in Room Service (1938)|
|The Three Stooges in Calling All Curs (1939)|
|The Three Stooges in An Ache in Every Stake (1941)|
|The Three Stooges in In the Sweet Pie and Pie (1941)|
|Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis share a bottle of milk.|
|Jerry Lewis and Kathleen Freeman in Ladies Man (1961)|
|Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard in Modern Times|
The gluttony grew worse.
John Belushi in Animal House (1978)
Paul Reubens in Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)
Tom Hanks in Big (1988)
Bill Murray in Groundhog Day (1993)
This still was widely distributed to promote Groundhog Day.
Let's look at screen captures of the actual scene.
Adam Sandler in Big Daddy (1999)
Will Ferrell in Elf (2003)
Rowan Atkinson in Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)
Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in This is 40 (2012)
Joshua Burge in Buzzard (2014)
Miranda Hart and Sarah Hadland in "Miranda" television series
|Harold Lloyd and Bebe Daniels|
|Jerry Lewis and chimp pal|
|Patricia Arquette and Adam Sandler in Little Nicky (2000)|
|Bill Murray and Jaeden Lieberher in St. Vincent (2014)|
|Jason Alexander and Jerry Seinfeld in "Seinfeld" sitcom|
|Sal Vulcano of "Impractical Jokers" television series|
|Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in Shaun of the Dead (2004)|
|Pegg and Frost in Hot Fuzz (2007)|
Of course, childish squabblers can use ice cream cones as messy weapons in a food fight.
By the Sea (1915)
Seinfeld, which was the ultimate man-child sitcom, featured characters that exhibited on a weekly basis an unhealthy and uninhibited obsession with food. My point is made clearly by the Buzzfeed article "46 Foods That Will Always And Forever Remind You Of Seinfeld."
Kramer (Michael Richards) was a big eater.
But, amazingly, George (Jason Alexander) outdid him.
George was once caught eating an eclair that he pulled out of a garbage pail.
Who else but comedians pose for publicity photos with food?
|Seth Rogen and James Franco|
|Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson|
Eating all of that food has made me sleepy.
Read more about the comic man-child in I Won't Grow Up!: The Comic Man-Child in Film from 1901 to the Present.
The fabulous illustration that appears at the start of this article was created by Nicole Arciola. I met Nicole through Facebook. I have long been a fan of her work, which has occasionally appeared on her Facebook page, and I was thrilled when she kindly agreed to illustrate this all-star birthday party scene to help to promote my new book. I thank you, Nicole! You are indeed a talented artist.