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The Sunday Funnies (8/1/10)

Each week we highlight several of the print cartoons, comic strips and panels that reflect the world of animation. This week we’ve got three examples: Doonesbury (7/28) by Garry Trudeau, Brevity (7/30) by Guy Endore-Kaiser and Rodd Perry – both referencing Pixar – and Scott Hilburn’s Argyle Sweater (7/28), taking on a breakfast cereal icon.

(Thanks to Jim Lahue, Kurtis Findlay and Charles Brubaker)

  • The second and third were mildly humorous. The Toy Story one was just odd.

  • It’s been a while since “Toy Story 3” opened and the reviews are in for comic strip land.
    Have they been drawing these opening weekend, perhaps?

  • Stephan

    Man, the Doonesbury is pretty good! The rest of the comic strips are always so easy.

  • Scarabim

    Ehhhh, Doonesbury has a gift for taking things out of context for a laugh. Toy Story has never been about toys vs. kids, unless you’re talking about Sid, and even he received a scolding rather than punishment. In point of fact, the toys are always desperate to find their way back to their “oppressors”, because they love them. The Toy Story characters are a pretty poor choice for an object lesson on tyranny.

    And the shot at the American Revolution was pretty lame.

    As for the rest, not too great, but it must be tough having to come up with the funny seven days a week for practically a lifetime. I think I’d go mad.

    • Scarabim, I don’t think you really get it. The little girl is “big government” that the “Tea Party” of toys, led by the Sarah Palin doll, oppose. It’s not a shot at the American Revolution; it’s most definitely a shot at the Tea Party Movement and the way that some of the ardent members of that group wrap themselves in trappings of the Revolution and partiotic symbols like Uncle Sam.

    • Paul N

      I’m with Brent – Scarabim, you’ve missed the point entirely.

      • Was my face red

        Yes Scarabim, welcome to the wonderful world of comics that actually have a subtext.

  • Doonesbury is hilarious, the others are lazy.

  • Thad will love the 2nd one. :P

  • John A

    Why doesn’t Larson just sue this guy already?

  • Jon Reeves

    Over the Hedge also had a sequence on the Russian spies with a Rocky and Bullwinkle theme — looks like this will continue into next week. Nice jokes for those familiar with R&B.

  • Matt Hasson

    “Over The Hedge” has been doing a week long segment on Boris & Natasha retiring in the suburbs this past week.

  • Jon Hanson

    Concerning the second one, I like that it took a whole year to come up with a joke that obvious.

  • Tory

    3rd was rubbish, not funny and untrue. Cap’n Crunch is a great tasting cereal, I love all varieties though Crunch Berries is my favorite and the Peanut Butter one is second. I was at Wal-Mart last night and they have the boxes done in the old style with all the old characters and the old Cap’N Crunch character design and logos. If I wasn’t broke I would have bought a whole bunch.

  • David Breneman

    Is that first one really “Doonesbury”? I though Gary Trudeau could only draw people with long pointy noses and bags under their eyes. Everyone else is either a puff of smoke, a sparkle or a voice coming out of a building. He must have had someone ghost this for him.

    The Cap’n Crunch one is kinda humorous… Kinda.

  • Looking at the “Down” comic just makes me think “Is it really timely to parody a new movie over a year after it comes out?”

  • George

    Doonesbury made much more sense after realizing that Sarah Palin was suggesting Mr. Potato Head have the little girl choke on one of his “parts” and not “farts”, as I had read it previously.

  • David Breneman

    That’s supposed to be Sarah Palin? No wonder Trudeau draws celebrities as voices coming out of buildings.

  • The Toy Story one was the best!