Cidu Bill on Dec 7th 2012


I disagree.

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17 Responses to “Balloons”

  1. Chipper Dec 7th 2012 at 10:27 am 1

    I agree with his assessment that an airplane would be better, but the way it is drawn it isn’t obviously the case - the balloons won’t stay together & in the right order to read properly, and can’t be steered toward whatever audience they have in mind.

  2. padraig Dec 7th 2012 at 10:45 am 2

    Just think of the college students who paint letters on their chests to form a word, and how often that goes wrong.

  3. mitch4 Dec 7th 2012 at 10:51 am 3

    As Chipper points out, the balloons are uncannily doing a much better job of staying clustered and in order (and facing roughly the same way) than anyone would have a right to expect. (And even so, we are losing the end of the message, on the purple and dark green balloons.) But while that may reduce motivation for the line of dialogue, it doesn’t invalidate it.

  4. James Pollock Dec 7th 2012 at 11:07 am 4

    You can’t even see the ground in the picture. If you can’t see the ground, people on the ground can’t see you.

  5. lihtox Dec 7th 2012 at 12:30 pm 5

    Couldn’t they tether the balloons together with ropes? It would be an impressive display, although I’ll bet it’s rather expensive to rent all those hot-air balloons.

  6. Kevin A. Dec 7th 2012 at 01:21 pm 6

    Looks to me like they had a big ol’ head of hair to rub against; and now that last guy has broken away in the wind.

  7. Morris Keesan Dec 7th 2012 at 03:24 pm 7

    James Pollock, we can’t see the ground because we’re looking up. We have no evidence that the people in the balloons can’t see the ground.

  8. Mark M Dec 7th 2012 at 05:32 pm 8

    I agree that an airplane banner is a better idea. I’m no hot air balloon pilot but I have to think that keeping all balloons together and readable is very difficult and maybe even dangerous. Besides that, even if only one person is needed for each craft, you can pay eight balloon pilots or one airplane pilot for the same job.

  9. Chipper Dec 7th 2012 at 06:18 pm 9

    As I think about this, I could see Mr. Carlson from WKRP trying this wonderful gimmick, and only after having paid for it & starting into the air, realizing almost immediately that it won’t work. Which helps to make it funny for me.

  10. Mark in Boston Dec 7th 2012 at 07:16 pm 10

    I don’t know. A balloon goes where the wind blows it. If you’re in a balloon there’s no wind, because you’re always moving with the wind. So if there’s not a lot of turbulence all those balloons will pretty much all go the same way.

    Years ago a Judge Parker plot had the nerd high-school kid and his prom date take off in a hot-air balloon and make a dramatic landing right in the middle of the football field. See, the kid was a super-smart genius who had everything calculated out beforehand so he knew just where and when to launch the balloon. Yeah, right.

  11. Lord Jubjub Dec 7th 2012 at 07:47 pm 11

    You can actually see the land in the lower left corner. A better idea would be to paint each word multiple times around the balloon. That would solve the facing problem. As for alignment, make sure they are launched with a large enough gap between each balloon and keep the message short.

  12. turquoisecow Dec 7th 2012 at 10:26 pm 12

    Anytime I’m at the beach (down the shore), which isn’t very often, there is an airplane flying in the distance with a banner behind it. “Oh look,” someone will say, “An advertisement airplane!” and then we will all squint to read it. And can maybe make out one or two of the words.

    So airplane banners aren’t all that great, either. :P

  13. minorannoyance Dec 7th 2012 at 10:30 pm 13

    Balloons wouldn’t work, but the cartoons shows them working in order to get them in the frame and to make clear the intent is an advertising message. This needs a second panel — a huge one — that shows what would really happen if you tried to make a bunch of hot air balloons fly in anything like formation.

    It’s a little like making a comedy about a bore, but you have to make the bore funny and interesting to the audience.

  14. Cidu Bill Dec 7th 2012 at 11:14 pm 14

    Wouldn’t the gag have worked a hundred times better if the balloons had been out of order?

  15. James Pollock Dec 8th 2012 at 12:33 am 15

    “So if there’s not a lot of turbulence all those balloons will pretty much all go the same way.”

    Have you ever watched a hot-air-balloon festival? The balloons wind up scattered all over the place fairly quickly. (Why? Because the winds are different depending on what altitude you’re at, and a small different in launch time turns out to have huge effects. And you HAVE to take off separately, because if you take off too close to the same time, you risk a collision.

  16. The Vicar Dec 8th 2012 at 01:45 am 16

    @Cidu Bill, #14:

    Yes. And it would have been even better if the balloons in the wrong order said something embarrassing/disgusting/insulting. (Hard to think of one offhand, but I’m sure it could be done. Or you could combine multiple commercials to get something silly, like this one: …)

  17. Boise Ed Dec 8th 2012 at 05:24 pm 17

    Bill [14]: Yes, it would have.

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