Green Geezer Alert!

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and for you non-geezers…

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The Green Hornet (the Lone Ranger’s grand-nephew, for what it’s worth) and his chauffeur Kato (aka his crime-fighting partner Kato, making this the worst secret identity ever)

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  1. “aka his crime-fighting partner Kato, making this the worst secret identity ever”

    They joke about this on The Tick (Amazon Prime Video version). In a state of panic Arthur declares his Superhero name is “Arthur”.

    Actually I wonder if this is supposed to be a reference to Cato from The Return of the Pink Panther (who hides in Inspector Clouseau’s refrigerator and attacks him when he tries to get something to eat) which in turn was probably a direct rip-off of the Green Hornet.

  2. I didn’t ever see much of the Green Hornet but this idea of jumping out and karate chopping food out of *your* hand when you try to eat strikes me as being very much an inspector clouseaus cato-in-the-refrigerator type thing.

    There was a seen in some silly Bryan Cranston movie where his character gets side-tracked when his kids and their friends don’t recognize his reference to clouseau’s cato-in-the-refrigerator reference.

  3. There was a Green Hornet movie recently (well, 2011 is recent to me), so it’s not so much of a geezer reference anymore.

  4. That joke about slapping/kicking food out of your hand/mouth has been done by several comedians, so it is played out.

  5. >>There was a Green Hornet movie recently (well, 2011 is recent to me), so it’s not so much of a geezer reference anymore.

    That assumes anyone remembers the movie. To my mind nothing says geezer so much as saying “Oh, you kids obviously don’t remember the original but you learned all about it from a box-office bomb remake whose only appeal would be those who recognize the reference in the first place.”

  6. Would Kato Kaelin be a geezer reference by now? (“This guy who’s been crashing on my sofa for months eats everything in the house…”) How about the Marvel diet? (“Superheroes take half your dinner and you have to wait a year …”)

    Richard Guindon had a panel in which starch blockers were visualized as two frumpy people in sweatshirts who try to wrestle the fork away from your mouth.

  7. Some remakes do make “geezer” things recognizable to “younger generations” and become the point of introduction (such as the 90s Addams Family) and some replace the point of introduction and become more popular although it wasn’t needed as it’d have remained known (the 1989 Batman) and some weirdly quietly replace the point of introduction without actually being popular (the Caspar the Friendly Ghost movies and weirdly the 90s Little Rascals movie).

    But the vast majority simply hit as wet squibs and are completely forgotten. I am pretty sure there is *no-one* and never will be any-one who knows about the Green Hornet via Seth Rogen movie.

  8. It is a reference to the Pink Panther movies where the Inspector has instructed his man servant, Cato, to ambush at every opportunity so that he can hone his Karate skills. The did this gag through several movies. They miss spell the name as Kato to make it sound like the Keto diet. So the joke is he is not on the Keto diet he is on the Kato diet.

  9. A currently popular fad diet (at least in my part of the country) is the Keto diet, which features high fat and low carbs. I figured this was just a pun on that.

  10. “a box-office bomb remake whose only appeal would be those who recognize the reference in the first place.”
    the film earned $227.8 million on a $120 million budget. Despite which, most people in retrospect have trouble telling it from the vastly dissimilar Green Lantern.

  11. Put me in for another vote for “Pink Panther” being the primary (or only) connection. The “Green Hornet” matches the name, but not the action as described by Grimmy.
    P.S. Not counting “The Incredibles” (1 & 2), I think the last “superhero” movie that I saw in a theater was either “Superman 4” or one of the earlier “Batman” movies. I never read many comic books, partly because I never had the patience to sort out all the different threads and the corresponding later attempts to rationalize them all via retcons and reboots.

  12. Confirmation I’m not a geezer comes in the fact that I thought first of Kato Kaelin before the Green Hornet’s sidekick.

  13. I’m with Powers in thinking first of Kato Kaelin. Indeed, I’ve never even heard of the other mentioned Katos and Catos. I think there were two or three prominent Romans of that name?

  14. So did the diet come from the think tank? It would be a more fruitful effort from all that thinking than their normal fare….

  15. “Confirmation I’m not a geezer comes in the fact that I thought first of Kato Kaelin before the Green Hornet’s sidekick.”

    I actually first assumed the “Kato Diet” was in reality a fad diet started by Kato Kaelin and the joke was replacing the the Kato Kaelin with Kato from Green Hornet.

    And I can’t think about Kato Kaelin without also thinking of the Green Hornet. Kato Kaelin will always be “The moocher from the O.J. trial who has the same name as the side-kick in the Green Hornet”.

    Also isn’t Kato Kaelin *also* a geezer reference?

  16. I think I’m almost, but not quite in the geezer range (I’m 46). I actually knew about Kato from the original Green Hornet show, not from seeing it on TV originally, but I did see an episode or two at the San Diego Comic Con in the late 1980s.
    I also saw Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993) in theaters, and part of the movie is about him playing Kato. I remember Kato Kaelin from the OJ trial as well, but didn’t think about him until he was mentioned by others.

    Some remakes supplant the originals, some enhance, and some just bomb and quietly go away.

  17. The name is clearly a Pink Panther reference, but Clousseau’s manservant was a Green Hornet reference, so that isn’t wrong. It has nothing to do with “Cartago delenda est!” Cato, though.

    The joke is just the pun on on “keto” vs. “Kato”.

  18. @beckoningchasm: Given that Bruce Lee died in 1973 (i.e. about as long ago as jglor has been alive), you’d think he would be geezer material. Heck, Brandon Lee has been dead for 26 years. But Jump Start has had Jojo be on something of a Bruce Lee kick (erm… aah, I’ll leave it) for a while now.

    @Mitch: Two that most people know. Cato the Elder or the Censor of “Cartago delenda est” fame. And Cato the Younger or Uticensis, best known as one of Caesar’s major opponents and (wrongly, IMO) as a symbol of moral rectitude (read: self-righteous prig) who was the great-grandson of the Elder. Of course, all their male relatives were also named Cato, since they were of the gens Porcius Cato. (The two famous ones were both named Marcus.)

  19. The Green Hornet and Kato guest-starred in a several-week-long story in DICK TRACY last year, so some non-geezers may have been reminded of their existence there (assuming any non-geezers read DICK TRACY).

    Being a geezer myself, I thought first of the Green Hornet’s Kato and second of Cato the Censor and third of the Pink Pantherish Cato/Kato. I only vaguely recognized the name Kato Kaelin when I saw it, and couldn’t have recalled what he was famous/notorious for even then. I probably would have guessed he was a Kardishan cousin or something disgraceful like that.

  20. Slightly off-topic, but there was also a GEICO commercial where a man sets out to lose weight by hiring a couple of middle school girls to follow him around. Every time he went to put any kind of food in his mouth, they started muttering to each other, “Ew. Seriously? So gross,” and he puts the food down.

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