200 Words with Paul Dini #38 – The Happiest (Polling) Place on Earth

November 8, 2008


Our polling place in Burbank is directly across from the Disney Studio. As Misty and I waited in line Tuesday morning, we took the opportunity to speak with Disney employees who also arrived early to cast their ballots.

Mickey Mouse was pleasant but tight-lipped on whom he had voted for. He said both presidential candidates were “Swell fellas” and just hoped the best man won. Snow White said she had voted yes on California Proposition 2, the humane treatment of farm animals, a measure vehemently opposed by Snow’s co-worker Cruella DeVille. No surprises there. Goofy told us he had voted for “Noodles,” and also “A tracing of muh hand.” No surprises there, either.

One unpleasant note, a drunk and abusive Scrooge McDuck (up and doing Glenlivet shots since 4:00 AM) was prowling the line dispensing “Canings for McCain” to anyone wearing an Obama tee shirt. He was ultimately subdued by Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear and hustled away for some “attitude adjustment.”

While we were generally happy with the election results, our hearts go out to housemates Pooh and Piglet, strong opponents of Proposition 8, the amendment to ban same-sex marriages. We’ll be there for you at the appeal, boys.


Paul Dini is the Emmy and Eisner Award winning writer of Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, Detective Comics, Countdown among many, many other things. You can find him online at either kingofbreakfast.livejournal.com or http://www.jinglebelle.com/.



  1. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:


    (I would have gone with Chip and Dale on the prop 8 joke) 

  2. I wonder what the scene was like near Warner Bros?

    @Paul – You mean one of those dudes never got with Gadget? Where’s Tad?

  3. I considered Chip and Dale, then remembered the cartoon where they were wolfing out over the girl chipmunk singer.

  4. I wish my polling place had been as exciting.  We voted early in the basement of the courthouse.  It was an interesting selection of people.  My favorite was the man that was too blind to read and just kept screaming, "I want to vote straight democrat!"  The election officials were quietly telling him that not all the elections had two candidates.  He then started to yell about the lack of democrats on the ticket in Indiana.  Eventually he just asked them to pick the best option if there were no democrats.  

    As humorous/odd/scary as that particular exchange was – there were many more.  I think I would have preferred to vote with Baloo and Ariel…

  5. Fantastic post once again.

    Fitting that Scrooge chooses the cheaper single-malt scotch.