I think the old Simpsons Butterfinger commercials are fascinating... lots of cartoony action and zippy camera movement that you don't see in the series. I'm particularly impressed by a shot that starts from Bart's POV inside the box of ice cream bars, then somehow twsts around above Apu in like 4 frames. Here's a couple gifs:
Remember when the Peanuts gang went to a survivalist camp?
New Anthropomorphic Republican Talking Duck... it's been a while since that guy showed his face around here, I know
But what does the guy from The Big Bang Theory think about the ISIS beheadings??
Redpilled My Little Pony Headcanons combines all the worst things about the modern Internet: Tumblr, fandoms, bronies (creepy dudes obsessed with a cartoon for preschool girls), redpillers (creepy dudes who think they are cool guys similar to Neo from The Matrix because they can see through the facade of feminism and political correctness), heavy-handed trolling, and headcanons (fanfiction without the effort of writing fanfiction).
When you try but don't succeed
Sometimes when I'm taking care of my nephew I am forced to watch this show about kids who live in a cuckoo clock. Their lives are a perpetual countdown. They can't enjoy their leisure time because they have to be back to chime every hour on the hour. If they don't, the people in the clock shop will get suspicious. Except there's never anybody in the clock shop so everything they do is ultimately meaningless. It's oddly bleak.
Behold, the Deconstructed Ice Cream Sandwich *holds up hands, revealing a big glob of melting vanilla ice cream*
Mallard Fillmore Watch
Do they give out Pulitzers for headlines? Because that's a shoo-in right there
THE COMPLETE PEANUTS 1987-1988
- I skipped about thirty years of Peanuts compilations but nothing seems radically different, which is maybe a testament to the consistency of the strip. All the characters are here now. Violet, Other Patty, and Shermy have been shuttled off to Limbo. The only change yet to come (that I'm aware of) is Rerun being given a personality.
- Other than the occasional pop culture reference (like Teddy Ruxpin), the only thing that denotes the time period is the presence of the big black TV in the Browns' living room, always seen from the side. Although I checked and television was mentioned slightly more in the mid-50s.
- "TV critic" is one of Sally's defining characteristics now:
- The "adults can't be heard by the audience" rule is a little awkward sometimes, like when one character has to ask another character to repeat what the adult who's right in front of them just said. The television is allowed to bypass this rule, which makes me wonder if Schulz ever stopped to consider the logic behind this. Adults can be heard, but only if their voices are transmitted electronically?
- Well no wonder Sally doesn't like school, they're forcing her to read Tess of the d'Urbervilles in first grade.
- Franklin's defining characteristic is that he has a grandpa. Okay.
- The fact that Peppermint Patty and Marcie both have unrequited crushes on Charlie Brown is really cute. Nobody seems to remember this aspect because of all the hacky "they're total lesbos" jokes.
- Marcie is kinda the MVP of this book.
- OK, so "recurring situation" (I don't know what the right phrase would be) is the backbone of Peanuts. Yet the Great Pumpkin strips every Halloween feel like they were done more out of tradition rather than Schulz thinking of a new twist.
- Recurring situation I didn't realize was a recurring situation: Snoopy paying tribute to Bill Mauldin on Veterans Day.
There's a strip where Snoopy is shopping for a Garfield greeting card that I forgot to scan before I had to return the book to the library.
- Snoopy became a lawyer a lot during this era. I don't quite understand how the hat connotes lawyeriness... seems like a forgotten symbol, like how kids today supposedly don't recognize an icon of a floppy disk is supposed to mean saving your file.
- Here's an uncharacteristic "meta" strip:
- Peppermint Patty and Marcie sure went to a bunch of concerts. This is probably the most optimistic Peanuts panel I've ever seen:
At this point, I think I'm the only friend you have left. Whether you want to admit it or not.
hmm let me think
yup ur right
cant think of anyone else in the whole entire world who id call a friend...
RECENT NANCY OBSERVATIONS
- The Nancy universe and the Muppet universe appear to be one in the same.
- Intergalactic bounty hunter Lobo references Sluggo in the Superman episode "The Main Man," indicating that Nancy is a universal constant.
Over the past four years, "Life with Archie" plots have involved Keller's marriage, the death of longtime teacher Ms. Grundy and Archie love interest Cheryl Blossom tackling breast cancer and affordable health care.Someone please assure me Pop Tate's Chok'lit Shoppe hasn't become a victim of the economic recession... I don't think I could handle it...
"Ah yes... energy-efficient lightbulbs. My evil plot to destroy the American way of life is going smoothly."
He waved toward the cameras and the pool. It was then that he spotted the adorable baby nestled in the arms of ABC's Ann Compton. It was time for an executive decision to change course, so he veered sharply to his right and made a beeline for the baby and her grandmother. The baby was Olivia Hughes, age six months ... When the president arrived at the rope line, he commanded, "Give me that baby."Obama's executive actions are getting out of control!!!