What's Mallard raving about today?
Whoa--he's right! Film adaptations of books DO sometimes differ substantially from their source material! Who but Tinsley could provide us with such an insight, simultaneously trenchant and hilarious?
One comment today, jeeze, he is even boring his haters. wv: Brief. Nuff said.
Could the duck look any more stoned? No, I didn't think so either.
He spends 2 days complaining that Disney is too adult for him, now he whines that movies aren't intellectual enough? Yes, I agree--the depiction of Snake Eyes in GI Joe was nothing like the text on the back of the toy's original 1980s package!Also, nice forced perspective on Dullard's bloated beer gut and elephantisis-ravaged feet. That "Can You Draw Me?" mail order course Tinny took with the pirate and turtle is really paying off.
Aw geez, he's not even wearing a shirt anymore. As if it wasn't bad enough already.
It took ducky 15 years to bitch about screenplay adaptations.
Is Mallard in the depths of smack addition or what? His couch has been replaced with a pillow, and he's watching crappy TV wearing only a tie. And judging by the beer belly, I don't think it's from his snazzy new Chippendale's job.Pick yourself up Mallard, this is depressing. Where's that insane vitriol you used to have? Here, I'll help you out: today's Drudge Report headline says, "WHITE STUDENT BEATEN ON SCHOOL BUS; CROWD CHEERS..." Doesn't that just get your goat??
... That's right Mallard! Stand up! Yes! Guys, I guarantee tomorrow's comic is going to be awesome!
Considering books take either:a) more than two hours to readb) less than an hour in the case of children's booksit is not surprising. At all. Or funny. It's just how it works. And noticing doesn't make one particularly insightful, but it does make one sound pompous. Add this to the Disney whinefest of the previous two days, and Mallard's turned into an elitist feminist.
Four non-political cartoons in a row. That's... honestly the single most shocking thing this comic has ever done.
And this is meaningful how? In some cases you do see some major divergances from the book to movie in terms of tone or ideal (compare the movie of Starship troopers which is more a satire of militaristic culture as opposed to a book which embraced such a society). But by and large there are good logical reasons for that. A book doesn't have a limit on existing technology or logistics in the ways that movies do. Besides that, some works are just easier to do as novels. Many horror stories work better as books than movies because a shapeless undefined horror is far more frightening when conjured by a readers mind than most professional creators can do in terms of mass effect.
The Haunting (of Hill House) comes to mind though of horror movies that are better than the book. The book had it's moments but the overwhelming passivity of the main character detracted from the scariness more than the corniness in the 1999 version.
I am reminded of nerds who screamed bloody murder over every minor difference between the Lord Of The Rings books and the movies, no matter how necessary such changes may have been to suit the differences in the mediums*. Or nerds who pitched similar fits over Watchmen, even if some of those changes were less out of necessity. It's the fit-pitching that makes them nerds, not the concern. And Tinsley's life, to all appearances, seems to be one big, long, pitched fit.NEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRD*Perhaps they are happier with the Ralph Bakshi animated version?
Guess Tinshley's still upset that the whole vaginal-reduction-surgery part of The Godfather got cut, thus robbing him of valuable cinematic stroke material in his formative years.
Things we know the author has never read:The Collected DoonesburyThe Collected Bloom CountyThe Collected Calvin & HobbesThe Collected PeanutsAny poetryAll the newspapersAnything that doesn't scroll across the bottom of Fox News Channel
You'd think he jump at the obvious joke of Obama the candidate not being like Obama the President. E.G., actually sending more troops to the Middle East, extending the Patriot Act, extending more corporate bailouts... But Tinsley probably approves all those things, as it's more of the same Bush/Cheney insanity.
"Any similarity between Fox News and reality is completely coincedental"
DaveyK's mention of GODLESS got me thinking: If this really is a source of annoyance for Brucie, maybe he should take a crack at adapting one of Ann Coulter's books. I'm sure he'd relish the opportunity to write a scene in which Coulter fantasizes about Joe McCarthy while playing hide-the-cucumber.
Oh, God - now I have a mental image of Joe the Plumber laying pipe with coultergeist.I think my head is going to explode.
There's already a script for that, Frank Stone!
I'm not a big movie goer, can anyone fill me in on a specific movie he's referring to? The last big book-movie adaptation I remember hearing about was Harry Potter. Which I'm pretty sure is well above is his reading level.
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