Tom Petty’s an­i­mated life

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AS A SCREEN ac­tor, Tom Petty, the Hall of Fame rocker who died on Mon­day, popped up in an ar­ray of eclec­tic places over the decades, from Kevin Cost­ner’s apoc­a­lyp­tic The Post­man to Garry Shan­dling’s com­edy The Larry San­ders Show.

But Petty was es­pe­cially en­ter­tain­ing in car­toon form, and seemed fond of an­i­mated sto­ry­telling.

In 1989, Petty made for a read­ily adapt­able char­ac­ter in the an­i­mated mu­sic video for his hit Run­nin’ Down a Dream, as the front­man hur­tles through a sur­real black- and- white world in­spired by Win­sor McCay’s clas­sic comic strip, Lit­tle Nemo in Slum­ber­land.

But a cou­ple of years be­fore that, he ap­peared as him­self on The Simp­sons in an episode ti­tled, How I Spent My Strum­mer Va­ca­tion. Prior to that, Petty had ap­proved the use of the Heart­break­ers’ song The Wait­ing for a 1997 episode about gun own­er­ship ti­tled, The Car­tridge Fam­ily.

Strum­mer Va­ca­tion, which aired on Novem­ber 10, 2002, cen­tred on Homer go­ing to a rock ’n’ roll fan­tasy camp run by the Rolling Stones.

Tom Petty as a car­toon char­ac­ter in ‘The Simp­sons’.

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