From Tom DeLay to Mickey Mouse, Our Five Fave Cartoons This Minute...
THE MORNING QUICKIE:
From Tom DeLay's cha-cha to Steamboat Willie's whistle, here are our fave five cartoons this minute, culled from across the mighty mighty Web...
5. DANCE AS A BIPARTISAN THREAT: With all the verbal gusto of Judge Bruno, Comic Riffs gives the Houston Chronicle's Nick Anderson a "10" for his take(-down) in this Tom DeLay cartoon. What really elevates the cartoon in our eyes is the depiction of DeLay as entertainer -- the face, that energy, that outfit. Slyly and wryly -- all in good fun -- the cartoonist-turned-TV-critic brings The Hammer down.
4. THE FAMILY TRIAGE: Leave it to today's "Beetle Bailey" to drop this little bombshell as if it's no big deal. Why, you can't just drop it like a hot "K.P." potato, O House of Walker! For the love of Otto, this news tears a mondo hole in the very fabric of our comics genealogy. Because this now means that Sarge and Lois Flagston (see: "Hi and Lois") are related, which begins to raise other paternity issues with all comics created by the Walker/Browne Estates. In other words: After more than a half-century, fellas, what other genealogical depth-charges are you hiding for fear of discovery? Honestly, sadly: The kids are always the last to know.
3. SPEAKING OF CARTOON SPAWN: Now that Marvel Money has surged yet further in value -- backed by those lofty Disney Dollars -- let a new round of litigation begin. Just back in January, a lawsuit was filed that named Marvel mastermind Stan Lee and Marvel Entertainment, among others. Which came not two years after Stan Lee Media sued Marvel Entertainment.
Now, the heirs of Jack Kirby -- who co-created many Marvel characters with Lee -- has filed a copyright lawsuit against Marvel and others. (Which comes shortly after the heirs of "Superman" co-creator Jerry Siegel filed a copyright suit against DC Comics and Warner Bros.)
So what's the take-home lesson of all this, besides the fact that lawyers for comics media companies are getting richer than Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark combined? It's that someone should mine this for rich cartoon humor. Fortunately, in this "PvP" STRIP, Scott Kurtz does just that. And elegantly so.
2. THE FORELEG FATHERS: "Mount Ruffmore"?! Yes, today's "GET FUZZY" gets the nod for best-played Pun O' the Day. But the strip also raises a larger debate: What famed pooch -- in addition to Snoopy, Lassie and Benji -- SHOULD get his snout carved into the rock of Mount Ruffmore? (Odie? Marmaduke? Satchel himself?)
Comic Riffs is now fielding all candidates if you've got 'em.
1. THE NEW MOUSE HOUSE: Bloomberg News is reporting today that the brand-new Walt Disney Family Museum -- housed in three buildings at San Francisco's Presidio Park -- is set to open Oct. 1. And the museum will be chock full of animation cels, mementos, audio/video displays (200 monitors--niiice) and yellowing artworks, including the earliest known sketches (from 1928) of the primordial Mickey Mouse.
Among those behind the effort to fund the $110 million museum is Diane Disney Miller -- as in, Walt's 75-year-old daughter. "I want people to know who he really was," says Miller of her father, who died in 1966.
In honor of the museum's completion and impending opening, our Top Cartoon Picks of the Day are a pair of early Disney animations: (1) 1928's "Steamboat Willie," which is credited as being the first animated film to synchronize image and sound; and (2) 1932's "Flower and Trees" -- which is hailed as the first animated film in three-strip Technicolor.
Some eight decades later, let the good times -- and virtual projectors -- roll:
"FLOWERS AND TREES":
| September 24, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
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