Garfield Plus Garfield (Plus His Agenda)
Morning, Cartoon Nation...
Ohh, Jim Davis, You think we're not on to you. You and your teeming millions -- er, minions -- produce The Franchise That Is Garfield, same as it ever was (or seemingly that way since at least, oh, 1988). In our mind's-eye, we picture a work place as colorful or goofy as something out of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." We like to think "Garfield" is churned out with factory-like precision, gag after gag formula-tested on tykes, a practice unyielding to time.
But then -- reading the past two days of "Garfield" -- a sneaking suspicion emerges: Some days, it reads as if you're purposefully writing it as "Garfield Minus Garfield." As if, Mr. Davis, you've nicely embraced the derivative strip (more royalties, anyone?), and now entertain YOURSELF by imagining the "Minus" possibilities.
We could be wrong, but we re-read today's "Garfield" and -- as perfect as it is for a Garfield-neutered version -- our suspicions grow. Haha.
The "Mark Trail" storyilne just gets odder and odder, even in "MT" terms. Now today, the strip seemingly namechecks TWO of the Three Stooges (if not, technically, four). Really: Can Curly and Shemp be far behind? Once again, like the Jim Davis case, we suspect Jack Elrod's people of being far savvier, smarter and --mostly -- self-entertaining in ways we don't always fully detect.
| April 8, 2009; 8:30 AM ET
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