Bears, Pears, & Dirty Dancing

Polar Bear & Comice Pears

You simply couldn’t make up your mind on what to choose next, so you choose both options. That’ll fix his wagon you think, regarding your crazy host. You turn to check to see if the raccoon has left and indeed he has, but in his place is a little polar bear who’s about to steal some Harry & David pears. You’re certain you’ve seen stranger things happen, but nothing is coming to mind. As if that’s not weird enough, at your feet you notice a Playbill with Dirty Dancing on the cover just as the voice returns…

“Hey there! So you really couldn’t decide this time, eh? Well this is awkward. Now in order to sink your teeth into those pears, you’ll have to wrestle with a baby polar bear first. I’ll leave you to figure out how to work around that, but I have to say that the pears are quite delicious.

“When Philippe and I were in Trader Joe’s last week, I saw that they had Harry & David pears. I used to love these at this time of year, but the store we had here closed and I don’t like the lack of immediate gratification that comes with ordering fruit online. He balked at the price which was more than twice as much as a full bag and had only five pears. I insisted they were worth it, but after trying them, he only resigned to say they were ‘better, but not that much better to justify the cost.’ They were totally worth it! You try them and tell me! If you can get around that little bear, of course.

“Last night was the first show in our Broadway Across America season tickets. We like getting season tickets because we end up seeing shows we’d never go see otherwise. This show was no exception as it was Dirty Dancing… yep… the movie… only live. Or, as the program proclaimed, the “Classic Story On Stage” This was a little much, considering the “story” of the movie is nonexistent and perfectly stupid. As I overheard the woman behind me say as she shifted uncomfortably in her seat, “Ugh! Stop with the dialogue. Just give us the music and the dancing!”

“Dirty Dancing provided the soundtrack of my high school years, with ridiculously fun music, but the movie was not cinema storytelling at its finest. We didn’t take it seriously back then and it was more of a beloved joke we liked to tell, like Valentine’s Day. We didn’t watch if for the story. It was all about the music and dancing.

“This stage show was bizarre in that they worked hard to cast people who looked like the stars of the movie. The actor playing the male lead sort of looked and sounded exactly like Patrick Swayze and the girl playing “baby” the female lead was touted as a “newcomer” because she was obviously only cast for her frizzy hair and large nose (Jennifer Grey was the original girl and spent lots of money to get rid of this iconic nose and render herself waxy looking and unrecognizable).

“With a mix of video backdrops and a limited set they faithfully attempted to recreate all of the movie’s iconic scenes. Occasionally one of the chorus people would break into song and sing a piece from the film’s soundtrack. In a word, it was bizarre. Interestingly, Philippe had never seen the movie so he was left to decipher the “classic story” without the benefit of the original. His verdict was that it was sort of interesting and he liked the leggy blond girl because she looked like an improved version of Lady Gaga.

“But like the movie, the stage show sort of kept you watching and wondering what might happen next, all without the extra bother of being remotely invested in any of the characters. For those who don’t know the story, it’s about a rich, homely girl who tries learning to dance, falls for her dance instructor from the wrong side of the tracks, all while helping another dance instructor through her botched abortion. No seriously, that’s the entire plot, set in the 1960’s with a definitively 1980’s soundtrack. Sorry, should have prefaced that one with a spoiler alert warning.

“Though I wouldn’t say we had the time of our lives, it was certainly something interesting to do for the evening. Not something I’d probably see again, but if you liked the movie, have absolutely nothing else to do with your evening, and are given tickets, then I highly recommend it.”

Suddenly, the voice stops and everything goes dark like at the end of a show. You wonder what’s next? But then again, you know, as ever, the choice is up to you…

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37 Comments
  1. Jessica 1 year ago

    Suddenly, eating pears while watching Dirty Dancing sounds like a good idea. And now, I want to see more oddly matched things in your paintings ;). Ooo, like the Abominable Snowman playing the violin or a flute, or jingling some bells. This was a nice end to my work day Charlie- great art, lovely post!

    • Author

      Awww thanks Jessica! 💕😃Glad you liked this and too funny because Philippe said the same thing about doing oddly matched animals! Lol…hmmm…think I know what January’s project might be then! It was really fun!

  2. Sharon Mann 1 year ago

    Hi Charlie, such a cool drawing. As I was carefully looking at your polar bear, I enjoyed seeing the variety of colors you used to highlight his white coat. Beautifully painted. And by the way, I love the Harry and David pears, too.

    • Author

      Thanks Sharon!! 💕😃I hadn’t a clue on the best way to handle the white fur, so I just tried something! So glad you think it was successful! Hehe

  3. Jodi 1 year ago

    Only you Charlie O! Only YOU – could have me riveted with such a story – polar bears, pears and dirty dancing! LOL! Awesome doodlewash! Awesome creativity! Awesome YOU! xo

    • Author

      Hehe!! You’re so sweet, Jodi!! ❤️😃Thank you! I have to admit that this strange little hodge podge was super fun to do!! I’m gong to do more mashups I think! Hehe

      • Jodi 1 year ago

        Go for it Charlie O. As long as you keep creating and writing and sharing! Keep your fun spirit alive. So many of us appreciate you so! You have brought such joy to our days!

      • Author

        Awww…you just made me blush again!!! 😊😊😃 I’ll keep trying! I know the doodlewashes will always continue, and hopefully I’ll find time to keep the stories going as well! Hehe 😉

  4. Jill Kuhn 1 year ago

    It is quite a catchy title to your post, Charlie! Hehe! 😜 Sounds like something I would do! 😃 🐻Awesome polar bear! And I thought all my pear posts might have made you swear off painting this fruit. Glad to see I was wrong as they look very delish!

    • Author

      Haha! It totally sounds like a title you would make Jill! 💕😃😃actually your pear posts inspired me to try them more!! But then people wanted the polar bear too, so well this happened instead! Lol

  5. Sand Salt Moon 1 year ago

    So cute your bear is! Very theatrical

  6. Nancy 1 year ago

    First let me say that your bear is superbly rendered. You are really quite good with animal drawing, not one of my strong suits. Secondly, that was probably one of the most watered down recommendations for a play that I have ever heard! It sort of made me kind of think about trying to see it….maybe.😀 I agree about the film Dirty Dancing. The actual dancing was great and I loved the sound track but it was painful to watch Jennifer Gray attempt to act and the dialogue!!! Don’t even get me started! Except of course for the most famous line “Nobody puts Baby in a corner!” That was totally classic.😳

    • Author

      Haha! Thanks Nancy! 💕😃Glad you liked the bear and agree on the movie!! Sort kinda maybe was exactly what I was going for on the show. I take no responsibility for anyone who attempts to see it! Lol😉

  7. Kari 1 year ago

    Love your doodlewash! Such an adorable polar bear! We’ve received several Harry & David pears as gifts over the years and we had to call the customer service on at least two occasions because the pears came to us bruised and not looking appetizing. But once the replacements came, they were delicious!

    I’m going to make a confession. I’ve not seen Dirty Dancing completely. I’ve seen the dance scenes and know the songs but not the whole movie.. Patrick Swayze didn’t do it for me.. Lol look forward to tomorrow’s!! ❤️

    • Author

      Thanks Kari!! 💕😃And what?!! You haven’t seen this “classic” movie!?? Lol I agree…Patrick Swayze didn’t do it for me either, but apparently his movies are popular for the stage. There’s also an adaptation of Ghost on tour! Hehe

  8. Teri C 1 year ago

    A wonderful illustration!

  9. Catherine Johnson 1 year ago

    Wonderful! I almost went to see that show too but Phil wasn’t interested and it fell on Halloween.

    • Author

      Hehe…I don’t think you missed much. It’s one that’s fun if you happen to see it, but not a “must-see” show of the year! Lol

  10. memadtwo 1 year ago

    OK I thought it was the Coca Cola bear hawking a new product…or doing magic tricks. Nice illustration and goes perfectly with the incomprehensibility of much entertainment. But then figuring things out was never my strong point, and I don’t think it adds anything to the enjoyment factor in most cases anyway. (K)

  11. He looks like he’s doing magic. Magical paintbrush wizard = Charlie! 😱😀🌈🎨👍

  12. umrohmurah 1 year ago

    Wonderful!

  13. Oo, your bear looks like it has some good moves :-). Maybe the musical would have been better if the bear was the dance instructor… Very awesome painting! Can’t stop smiling.

    • Author

      Awww thanks!! 💕😃Oh I can guarantee you this musical would have benefited from a polar bear dance instructor!! Lol Sooooo much better!!

  14. Jacob 1 year ago

    Cute polar bear! I love the tones and texture you’ve given his coat – it looks pastel-y in its finish. Great stuff! And I think you coaxed something quirky and fun out of the dreaded tiebreak – it challenged you and you succeeded! We shall have to do some more rigging later on, methinks (tents fingers, Mr Burns style) Of course, ‘more’ is wrong, as I haven’t done any rigging yet. 😉

    I’ve only ever seen bits of Dirty Dancing, which is quite an achievement given how much my mother loves the film (or rather Patrick Swayze).

    • Author

      Thanks Jacob!! Suuuuuure you haven’t been rigging it. 😉lol It was fun to do a combo though! I think I might do more quirky animals in the future! And seriously…you should watch the whole insane mess of a movie someday! Although I don’t share your mom’s desire for Patrick Swayze. I never thought he was very cute

      • Jacob 1 year ago

        Like seals? 😉 (jumps up and down gleefully at the thought)

        I’ll watch it the same day I watch Grease, as per your previous demand. No doubt they’re both on over Christmas somewhere!

      • Author

        I’m sure they are! And yes, both are demands… thank you for noticing! 😉

  15. artandmoondreams 1 year ago

    This is fantastic! I can not gush enough about how wonderful this painting looks and the ‘feel good’ vibe it has. The perfect stance and expression…and Harry & David pears are the icing on the cake…Thank you for sharing such a delightful treat!

    • Author

      Awww thanks Haunani!! 💕😃I’m so happy you liked this. I really loved the idea of pairing animals like this. I’m thinking of doing more in the future! 😉

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