The Caliopode - [Fearsome Critter 1925]
• about this critter: a Jolly creature, when The springtime arrives it takes in a deep breath through its top knot and lets out a strange sounding melody: All manner of creature begin to sing along In chorus & in ode to the spring! The number of fingers vary between Caliopode’s and they sound different, mine plays a trumpeting tune!
• history: yet another fearsome critter from Art Childs, 1922's yarns of the big woods: Well, its name is obviously derived from a “calliope” which is a musical instrument commonly seen at circuses and fairs, (so I coloured him similarly to one and made him feel like hes performing.) In a mythological sense the name for the instrument “calliope” is actually derived from that of a greek goddess who’s known for her harmonious voice. The “ode” part is likely just as it sounds, an ode to chorus of spring! There are a lot of fearsome critters that have “trumpets” incorperated to their designs, my guess is that its just a funny/iconic shape. perhaps its also another example of an ‘auditory’ monster, used as a way to explain strange noises: theres quite a few more like this.
see also: Treesqueak, accordianteater audio phenomena
Sticker Art by @Samkalensky (yo, thats me!) - Part of my Fearsome Critters sticker collection, weather resistant 4" Glossy sticker. Check my shop & follow @samkalensky for many more!