Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sunday morning toons: Looks like we picked the wrong month to be Florida

Florida: The 27th state to join the Union; capital: Tallahassee; Population: 19 million. Current status: Just waiting for hurricane season because it's about the only thing that hasn't gone wrong there recently.

This week's toons were hand-selected by a panel of famous Florida residents (including Larry Bird, Cher, David Caruso, P Diddy, Hulk Hogan, Rosie O'Donnell, Sylvester Stallone, and Larry the Cable Guy) from the pages at Cartoon Movement, Go Comics, Daryl Cagle's Political Cartoons,, Politico's Cartoon Carousel, Comic Strip of the Day, and other fine sources.

p3 Picks of the Week:

Mike Luckovich, Jack Ohman, Clay Bennett, Adam Zyglis, John Cole, Taylor Jones, David Fitzsimmons, Jen Sorenson, Matt Wuerker, and Monte Wolverton.

p3 Best of Show: Jeff Danziger.

p3 Order of St. George: Joel Pett.

p3 World Toon Review Jose Luis Barros Chaparro (Mexico) and Jehad Awrtani (Jordan).

Okay, let's just get the whole “Weiner” thing over with in one shot. (I gave up on awarding the p3 Certificate of HarmonicToon Convergence this week, for reasons that should be obvious.)

And you know what? Same with the royal baby.

Ann Telnaes updates Sigmund Freud's famous question for America in 2013.

Mark Fiore recalls the good old days, when convicts got Johnny Cash performances, not cruel and unusual punishment.

Taiwan's Next Media Animation covers a Florida airport surprise.

Tom Tomorrow salutes the great American tradition of identifying and eliminating perceived threats based on circumstantial evidence.

Keith Knight has news from the Sunshine State (sunshine void where prohibited).

Tom the Dancing Bug welcomes Florida's newest tourist destination.

Red Meat's Milkman Dan has a closely guarded state secret.

A Wild Hare, directed in 1940 by Tex Avery, is the fourth Warner Bros. cartoon to feature a Bugs-ish character, but the first to settle on the look and voice, the first to pit him against Elmer Fudd, and the first to use both Bugs' and Elmer's most famous catch-phrases, and the first to get Bugs an Academy Award nomination. He doesn't actually get called “Bugs” until his next film, though. Voice work by Portland's own Mel Blanc as Bugs and Arthur Q. Davis as Elmer (both uncredited), but the musical direction by Carl Stalling almost steals the show. If it needs to be added, all of Elmer's guesses in the Guess Who? game were then-famous actresses all under contract with Warner Bros.

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Big Bugs Bonus #1: Here are some of Tex Avery's early sketches of the Oscar-winning rabbit (click to enlarge so you can read the notations):

Big Bugs Bonus #2: Don't forget today's “Florida” theme (from "Rebel Rabbit," directed in 1949 by Robert McKimson)!

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The Big Oregon Toon Block: Matt Bors presents the governor who needs more hours in a day.

Test your toon captioning kung fu at The New Yorker's weekly caption-the-cartoon contest. (Rules here).

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