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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

That damned Editing

What's Mallard raving about today?

Editing, Smoking

Mallard may yet live up to his billing as "a lightning rod for controversy" given that he wants to return to the halcyon days of the 1950s and market smoking to children.


Kip W [Muffaroo] said...

If Mallard's a lightning rod, I'd like for him to put his head a bit lower. As it is, his crotch is only the second highest part of his body.

ps: I predicted movies cutting out smoking scenes back in the 70s. Where's my big bucks and adulation?

dlauthor said...

That's ... quite a shirt, Mallard. Especially for someone who just yesterday was purporting to disseminate fashion advice. Maybe ducks see color differently from humans?

Been a while, too, since Bruce last bravely stood up for the rights of smokers. One forgets, sometimes, just how far-reaching his cretinhood actually is.

AND IT IS NOW JULY 4 PLUS THREE WEEKS. Quit it with those damn firecrackers, kids, Daddy's busy bitching that there aren't enough cigarettes on TV. No, I won't grill you some hot dogs. Eat them cold from the package like usual, and get me another jug of research.

Bill the Splut said...

The MPAA requires that movies can only be rated G if they include no smoking at all, and I would guess that's the only way a show could be rated TV-G also.

Which "classic TV show" are you talkin' 'bout, Willis? I Googled "digitally edited out smoking scene" and 2 of the top 3 results are about Tom & Jerry cartoons. From 2006. But have you ever seen the Turner-owned Tom & Jerry cartoons on TV that feature the black maid? They made the bizarre decision to either change her voice from "Old South Mammy" to "Irish brogue" while keeping her black, or they kept her voice and changed her physical depiction to a white teenaged girl, which is even more surreal.

I'm pretty much against digitally "improving" things (G. Lucas, S. Spielberg, looking at you here). Colorized B&W movies are unwatchable for me, so I make the drastic, hard decision to...not watch the colorized versions. But as we know, Bruce hates TV so much that he can't stop watching it, and now they've ruined Nickelodeon for him!

BTW, the new version of the Dick Tracy comic shows Sam Catchem constantly chain smoking, even at crime scenes. I've begun to wonder if it's some odd in-joke.

Kaitlyn said...

Wow that is hard to read.

I am off to work hard for 10 cents over minimum wage.

He got paid for that.

Frank Stone said...

One could probably produce a reasonably funny comic strip satirizing the practice of digitally altering a TV episode or movie to remove a depiction of smoking. However, one would require a modicum of comedic writing talent in order to do so -- which would, by definition, exclude Bruce Tinsley. As he has just demonstrated.

Tog said...

Bruce Tinsley: Staunch, patriotic defender of Big Corporate's inalienable right to hook your kids on tobacco and corn syrup.

(Of course, were the current administration to crack down on gratuitous sex, violence, and vulgarity, Tinsley would be crapping his pants about that--as already demonstrated by Mallard's angry outbursts over calls for civility in political discourse following a shooting spree.)

Tog said...

@Bill the Splut: Re smoking in comic strips, my favorite story relates to Ray Billingsley's Curtis.

Billingsley was given the American Lung Association's President's Award in 2000 for his strips in which Curtis tries to get his dad to stop smoking; twelve years later, Dad stills smokes, regularly declaring his habit "helps (him) relax after a stressful day"...and does so around his children.

Hey, American Lung Association? I think you might have jumped the gun, there.

Rootbeer said...

The Mallard Fillmore Pledge: this strip will NEVER include any gratuitous sex or violence, or action of any kind!

rewinn said...

Well, tobacco addiction *does* kill about ten times as many Americans than does our gun addiction. RJ Reynolds commits the equivalent of a Colorado masscre every day

ianmorris said...

guess what just brag about Anglo-Saxon heritage.

Anonymous said...

So no photos of B.O. puffing away are allowed? Might harm the little childrens?