Sunday, August 17, 2008

Sunday morning toons: Special "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?" Edition

Oregon's heat wave seems to be ending--I can now sit here at the keyboard and no longer actually hear myself sweat. I forecast a low-pressure front of Daryl Cagle's round-up moving in over the region, changing to widely scattered Telnaes and Opus this afternoon and a 90% chance of Springer by this evening.

And since political cartoonists didn't have time to do much with the John Edwards story last week, don't forget to put your galoshes and slickers on this week.

p3 Picks of the Week: Dwayne Powell, David Fitzsimmons, Eric Allie, Adam Zyglis, John Cole, and David Horsey.

p3 Citation for Unpleasant Accuracy goes to Matt Davies and Steve Breen.

p3 Special Mention for Works Adapted From Other Media goes to Jerry Holbert and Milt Priggee.

This report just in: Jesse Helms (R - Southern Man) is still dead.

This week, an Ann Telnaes twofer. First: Pay no attention to that man behind the . . . wait a minute . . . where'd he go?

Second: Ugh. This one creeps me out. "Inappropriate?" Light-years beyond that. Yeesh.

Opus faces--so to speak--the harsh realities of life.

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman speaks the unspeakable.

Tom Tomorrow thinks the McCain campaign makes a mockery of the concept of mockery.

This 1946 Tom & Jerry cartoon is from that happier time before Bill Hanna and Joe Barbara ever saw their first photocopy machine. I love the wonderful palette of deep, rich blues the earliest and best T&J's used to create their backgrounds. MGM musical director Scott Bradley didn't have the Warner music catalog to lift from, nor Carl Stalling's manic wit, but he could create some pretty delightful tracks, including this one. (This toon is also something of a rarity since Tom not only sings, he even has a few lines of dialogue--and it's something other than a howl of pain. Take that, Itchy and Scratchy!)

p3 Bonus Toon: Jesse Springer returns from parts unknown to report on still more suffering in Oregon's timber communities. (Click to enlarge.)

Good to know, I suppose, that there's not a sparrow falls from the twig that the Bush administration doesn't have time to cause some grief for on their way out the door.

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