Sunday, April 4, 2010

Sunday morning toons: Special "Technicolor hen-fruit" edition

This special report, just in time for Easter: Anti-semites around the globe have protested the Vatican's comparison of public outrage and disgust for the Catholic Church's decades-long protection of child-molesting priests to anti-semitism, claiming it's an insult to anti-semitism.

This and other news, beginning with Daryl Cagle's toon round-up this week.

p3 Picks of the Week: Mike Luckovich, Nate Beeler, Bob Englehart, David Fitzsimmons, Jeff Stahler, Ed Stein, Steve Sack, Jerry Holbert, and Monte Wolverton,

p3 Best in Show: R. J. Matson.

p3 Certificate of Vacation Bible School Completion: Pat Bagley.

p3 Definitive Easter Toon Award: Jeff Parker.

p3 Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium (tie): John Darkow, Joe Heller, and Pat Bagley.

p3 World Toon Review: Patrick Chappatte (Switzerland), Tjeer Royaards (Netherlands), Alexander Zudin (Russia), and Cam Cardow (Canada).*
*Brief explanation for Americans.

Ann Telnaes suggests why the broth is spoiled.

Legalize it? Not, says Mark Fiore, if it makes things tough for the stoner's best friend. (Link fixed.)

Most compelling reason to get an iPad? My contact with Apple amounts to having Quicktime and iTunes on my hard drive (despite several attempts to get rid of the latter), but for what it's worth this is the best reason I've seen so far.

Amazon. Hero. Icon. If you need much more explanation than that, may Hera help you.

It's why the phrase "wacky complications ensue" was invented: Hey, look: It's a sweet nebbish of a guy who has a big--a really big--dog. That's never been done before. You know that extra 10 seconds you used to spend on the comics page each morning? It's now 110 minutes of CGI-created talking animals. Although, I'm embarrassed to admit, I found the dance scene at the end of the trailer to be pretty funny. (Memo to William H. Macy: Either fire your agents or start listening to them, because . . . damn!)

Portland homeboy Jack Ohman says, so much for that hears-it-when-a-sparrow-drops stuff.

I'll deliver da Technicolor hen-fruit for ya! Warner Bros. director Robert McKimson loved big, fleshy, pushy characters. He liked to have them invade the space between themselves and the audience, lunging forward, swinging their arms and flapping their hands into the audience's face, like "Avatar" fern fronds 60 years later. He liked to place them forward in the frame to emphasize their bulk. (McKimson's Foghorn Leghorn, for all his mouthiness, was great fun in part because of the way they played off his physicality.) "Easter Yeggs" (1947) was McKinson's second crack at directing Bugs Bunny.

p3 Bonus Toon: When the going gets tough, Jesse Springer observes, the tough take their severance and get going.

Remember to bookmark:

Slate's political cartoon for the day.

And Time's cartoons of the week.

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