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Herbie Popnecker Examples:
Animated Inanimate Objects

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Not only do animals talk in Herbie stories, but inanimate objects show emotions and sometimes talk.

Index terms: anthropomorphism, animation, Richard E. Hughes, Ogden Whitney

In Forbidden Worlds #110, some bullets veer away from Herbie, whom they recognize. They know. GANGWAY!
Source: Forbidden Worlds #110 p.5 (1963-03)
Updated: 2014-12-09
In Forbidden Worlds #110 , some bullets veer away from Herbie, whom they recognize .
Maybe this is not an inanimate object but a talking animal (formerly Herbie's grandfather's horse).
Source: Herbie #7a p.9 (1965-02)
Updated: 2014-12-09
Maybe this is not an inanimate object but a talking animal (formerly Herbie's grandfather's horse).
Dizzy dummy.
Source: Herbie #8a p.7 (1965-03)
Updated: 2014-12-09
Dizzy dummy.
George Washington's teeth biting.
Source: Herbie #8b p.4 (1965-03)
Updated: 2014-12-09
George Washington's teeth biting .
More biting by General Washington's teeth.
Source: Herbie #8b p.8 (1965-03)
Updated: 2014-12-09
More biting by General Washington's teeth.
Herbie's duplicates were animated, but maybe not inanimate.
Source: Herbie #9a p.4 (1965-04)
Updated: 2014-12-09
Herbie's duplicates were animated, but maybe not inanimate.
This bowling ball might be a robot...
Source: Herbie #10a p.5 (1965-06)
Updated: 2014-12-09
This bowling ball might be a robot...
...an exasperated robot.
Source: Herbie #10a p.6 (1965-06)
Updated: 2014-12-09
...an exasperated robot.
Herbie rides an irritated missile.
Source: Herbie #10a p.15 (1965-06)
Updated: 2014-12-09
Herbie rides an irritated missile.
Herbie enlists the help of tree ornaments and gives them lollipops
Source: Herbie #14b p.6 (1965-12)
Updated: 2014-12-09
Herbie enlists the help of tree ornaments and gives them lollipops
Female animated tree-ornaments can resist Herbie's allure.
Source: Herbie #14b p.7 (1965-12)
Updated: 2014-12-09
Female animated tree-ornaments can resist Herbie's allure .
A portrait of Herbie's grandfather consoles Herbie.
Source: Herbie #18a p.1 (1966-06)
Updated: 2014-12-09
A portrait of Herbie's grandfather consoles Herbie.
A flower does not appreciate skinny Herbie.
Source: Herbie #18b p.8 (1966-06)
Updated: 2014-12-09
A flower does not appreciate skinny Herbie.
Herbie's rocket has expressive eyes.
Source: Herbie #19a p.3 (1966-08)
Updated: 2014-12-09
Herbie's rocket has expressive eyes.

Comets and other Celestial Bodies

Comets can be very territorial, until they recognize Herbie.
Source: Forbidden Worlds #110 p.7 (1963-03)
Updated: 2014-12-09
Comets can be very territorial, until they recognize Herbie.
Not actually a comet, but a flame coming out of Mighty Karod's nose. ULP! It's Herbie!
Source: Forbidden Worlds #114 p.11 (1963-09)
Updated: 2014-12-09
Not actually a comet, but a flame coming out of Mighty Karod's nose.
Herbie uses a comet for transportation.
Source: Herbie #6b p.5 (1964-12)
Updated: 2014-12-09
Herbie uses a comet for transportation .
Robin Hood is launched onto a sleeping moon.
Source: Herbie #9b p.4 (1965-04)
Updated: 2014-12-09
Robin Hood is launched onto a sleeping moon.
Herbie, in disguise, puts Dad onto the 5:23 comet. Just a utility-comet.
Source: Herbie #15a p.16 (1966-02)
Updated: 2014-12-09
Herbie, in disguise , puts Dad onto the 5:23 comet .
Mean looking comet, scares Herbie's rocket.
Source: Herbie #19a p.6 (1966-08)
Updated: 2014-12-08
Mean looking comet, scares Herbie's rocket.
Fat Fury breaks a comet into a flaming horse.
Source: Herbie #20a p.13 (1966-09)
Updated: 2014-12-09
Fat Fury breaks a comet into a flaming horse.

Statues

A statue is an inanimate object, right? Even the Statue of Liberty.
Source: Herbie #8a p.11 (1965-03)
Updated: 2014-12-09
A statue is an inanimate object, right?
Statue of Lincoln is concerned about his plight in Dad's story.
Source: Herbie #11a p.3 (1965-08)
Updated: 2014-12-09
Statue of Lincoln is concerned about his plight in Dad's story.
But Herbie saves the day, and Lincoln expressed his gratitude.
Source: Herbie #11a p.4 (1965-08)
Updated: 2014-12-09
But Herbie saves the day, and Lincoln expressed his gratitude.
Miss Liberty.
Source: Herbie #16a p.16 (1966-03)
Updated: 2014-12-09
Miss Liberty.
Herbie's got powers even he doesn't know: Makes a statue come alive.
Source: Herbie #20b p.2 (1966-09)
Updated: 2014-12-09
Herbie's got powers even he doesn't know: Makes a statue come alive.

Scales

This scale is not animated. It's just destroyed. CRASH!
Source: Herbie #10b p.2 (1965-06)
Updated: 2014-12-09
This scale is not animated.
Poor Example: Too much going on in the panel for the scale to express itself.
Source: Herbie #11a p.15 (1965-08)
Updated: 2014-12-09
Poor Example : Too much going on in the panel for the scale to express itself.
Finally! A scale reacts as one might expect. "OOF!"
Source: Herbie #18b p.2 (1966-06)
Updated: 2014-12-09
Finally!