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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

That damned movie

What's Mallard raving about today?

Movies, Books.

Oh, please. I'm supposed to believe Mallard has read anything but Godless?

21 comments:

GeoX said...

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?

Anonymous said...

One comment today, jeeze, he is even boring his haters.

wv: Brief. Nuff said.

David B said...

Could the duck look any more stoned? No, I didn't think so either.

Bill the Splut said...

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.

Factinista said...

Aw geez, he's not even wearing a shirt anymore. As if it wasn't bad enough already.

Ducky is Right said...

It took ducky 15 years to bitch about screenplay adaptations.

Michael said...

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??

Michael said...

... That's right Mallard! Stand up! Yes! Guys, I guarantee tomorrow's comic is going to be awesome!

exanonymous said...

Considering books take either:

a) more than two hours to read
b) less than an hour in the case of children's books

it 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.

HT said...

Four non-political cartoons in a row. That's... honestly the single most shocking thing this comic has ever done.

Iron Dragon said...

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.

exanonymous said...

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.

Tog said...

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?

dlauthor said...

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.

Rootbeer said...

Things we know the author has never read:

The Collected Doonesbury
The Collected Bloom County
The Collected Calvin & Hobbes
The Collected Peanuts
Any poetry
All the newspapers
Anything that doesn't scroll across the bottom of Fox News Channel

Anonymous said...

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.

rewinn said...

"Any similarity between Fox News and reality is completely coincedental"

Frank Stone said...

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.

Jazzbumpa said...

Oh, God - now I have a mental image of Joe the Plumber laying pipe with coultergeist.

I think my head is going to explode.

Michael said...

There's already a script for that, Frank Stone!

Anonymous said...

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.