Friday, January 22, 2016

Get to Know Your Man-Child, Part 6: The Man-Child is a Gluttonous Eater


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)
For sure, the man-child greatly enjoys eating.  Long ago, it became a popular stock scene in film comedy to feature the man-child greedily devouring food.  Chef, bring out the food!

Our chef, Roscoe Arbuckle,was himself a hearty eater.

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)
Lucille Ball
Food was a principal issue of Modern Times (1936), the action of which focused on hungry vagabonds.

Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard in Modern Times

The gluttony grew worse.

John Belushi in Animal House (1978)


This scene reworked Chaplin's cafeteria scene from Modern Times.  The humor is memorably redefined by Belushi's defiant gluttony.

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

Ice cream cones can bring a couple closer together.
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)

Groucho Marx

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?

Chevy Chase
Steve Carell
Ellie Kemper
Kristen Schaal
Louis C.K.
Nick Offerman
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.

Additional notes

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.     

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