Does anybody know?
Back in the day, (The 1970’s), when cable tv, including HBO was a shiny new thing sweeping the nation, as kids we were pretty thrilled to have more than three channels in our house.
In those days, HBO would show some really oddball weird stuff. I vividly remember a feature length animated film about life on a distant planet. With some pretty disturbing images. If I could just remember the name of it, maybe I could post a few pics of that.
But the thing that has really stayed with me is The Silverfish King. A very strange little short animated feature. It was about a cute and cuddly little silverfish king, complete with a crown. He had a girlfriend named Spanga, who was some other type of bug. A ladybug, maybe? I just can’t remember. The Silverfish King would carry her across the river on his back while she sang “Oh you red hot firecrackers! Oh you red hot firecrackers!” Just tell me that isn’t weird.
I don’t remember the rest of the story, or why Spanga needed to be hauled across the river in the first place. That stupid refrain is one of those things that for some reason the human brain seems to latch onto until the end of time. I have had the little tune pop in to my head on a number of occasions in the years following my childhood viewing of this little short film.
It has become somewhat of a family joke. More than once, I have missed a phone call from one of my siblings, only to listen to a resulting voice mail that was simply the words “Oh, you red hot firecrackers! Oh, you red hot firecrackers!” sung to me from across telephone lines. Followed by either laughing or just a hang up. In truth, I’ve done it to them too.
Why does something so seemingly odd and random have such adhesive qualities? I’m not sure that we even saw it more than once. I have tried and failed to find this film on the interweb. While it seems to be listed in a number of film databases, I can not find any pictures, a copy to view or much information at all about it. It’s like it was here and gone in an instant. Just sticking around long enough to take up space in the impressionable mind of a mid-western 12 year old girl.
Does anyone else know this odd little film? Does anyone else remember the endearing Silverfish King and his delightful lady friend Spanga?
Do you have something from your childhood that seemed so insignificant at the time, but for some reason you are still carrying the memory? I’d love to hear it.