2005-07-23 02:30:30 UTC
Charlie McCollum, 01:41 PM in Charlie McCollum, TV
Michigan J. Frog, the icon of the WB since the network was launched, has
Frog croaked. The immediate cause of death was given as complications from a
shift in corporate strategy.
The WB suits probably didn't mean to announce the passing on The Tour but
they stumbled into it when someone asked about new art work for promotion of
the fall TV season that did not include The Frog. Garth Ancier, chairman of
the WB, then admitted Michigan had died at the age of 50. (The signing and
dancing Michigan first appeared in a Warner Bros. cartoon short in 1955.)
Ancier then went on to explain that The Frog no longer fit the new image of
the WB, although -- throughout his talk with reporters -- he couldn't quite
explain what that image was. Private services for The Frog will be held at
some future date.