This is Part Two of my analysis of a ten-year-old creative duo’s output. Poof The Old Lady is the name of the series; Poof and an English Owl called Worm-Hoop are the main characters.
POOF JUST WANTS A MOTORBIKE
Although the creators have never seen Supergran, an English comedy series from the 1980s, they have taken the classic ‘weak old lady’ stereotype and turned it on its head. Poof is an example of the Cool Old Lady trope.
Poof may be an old lady, and permanently close to death, but she is also a thrill seeker.
In this story, her Desire is quickly established. Her psychological weakness as a blabbering baby is also swiftly established.
A new character appears. The word ‘poof’ has double meaning here — Poof both addresses the old lady (whose name is actually Poof) and also functions as mimesis when the character appears from nowhere.