And then one morning Scott Hilburn woke up and said ”Today is the day I force Bill to use the Geezer tag”

Cidu Bill on Jan 23rd 2013


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33 Responses to “And then one morning Scott Hilburn woke up and said ”Today is the day I force Bill to use the Geezer tag””

  1. rain Jan 23rd 2013 at 01:32 pm 1

    Also Eww and LOL.

  2. Judge Mental Jan 23rd 2013 at 01:48 pm 2

    Right now it may be a geezer, but this time next year it may not be (too lazy to look up the release date). Stephen Colbert is supposed to be a voice (but not Sherman or Mr. Peabody) in the upcoming Dreamworks adaptation.

  3. Jeff Lichtman Jan 23rd 2013 at 01:59 pm 3

    You really have to be a geezer to remember Queen Victoria. :-)

    I learned something today - I always thought it was spelled “wayback.” Another useless fact to clutter up my mind. . .

  4. Cidu Bill Jan 23rd 2013 at 01:59 pm 4

    Next thing you know, somebody will think a live-action Rocky and Bullwinkle movie is a good idea.

  5. RyanE Jan 23rd 2013 at 02:03 pm 5

    It’s not spelled ‘WayBack’? Huh?


  6. Dyfsunctional Jan 23rd 2013 at 02:14 pm 6

    Nobody told these people:

  7. Cidu Bill Jan 23rd 2013 at 02:19 pm 7

    Actually, Dysfunctional, that could be a strong indication that the original WAS spelled “Wabac”: they could name theirs “Wayback Machine” with less fear of an overly-ambitious lawyer knocking on their doors.

  8. DPWally Jan 23rd 2013 at 02:37 pm 8

    I understand Mr. Peabody’s breach, but what’s Sherman doing?

  9. Judge Mental Jan 23rd 2013 at 02:52 pm 9

    @Cidu Bill #4

    I know you are probably referring to the 2002 Robert DeNiro abomination, but ten years earlier there was a previous live action adaptation called “Boris and Natasha”. It starred Dave Thomas and Sally Kellerman in the eponymous roles. Rocky and Bullwinkle don’t actually appear in it, but Boris and Natasha refer to them as off-screen characters. I remember it being slightly better than the awful 2002 film, but there was a reason “Boris and Natasha” didn’t get a theatrical relese and went straight to video.

  10. Nitric Acid Jan 23rd 2013 at 03:27 pm 10

    Judge Mental- Actually, Agents Moose and Squirrel do make an appearance in the movie, but only identify themselves near the end.

  11. DemetriosX Jan 23rd 2013 at 03:53 pm 11

    @8 DPWally
    Sherman appears to be curtseying. Which is all kinds of wrong, in itself. I suppose Hilburn just couldn’t draw him bowing in anything that looked remotely recognizable.

    I was also gonna mention the upcoming movie taking this out of geezer range (but maybe a premature; he should have saved for a few months. I fully expect it to be a disaster, just as every attempt to bring Jay Ward to the big screen has been. OK, I haven’t seen the Dudley Do-right film and if anybody could pull off the role it’s Brendan Fraser, but the rest of the cast is just as important. Anyway, when you consider that George of the Jungle is by far the best attempt and it wasn’t all that great, it’s clear nobody will ever get these right (for one thing, nobody seems able to function on several levels at once, the way Ward did). How long before somebody tries again with Tom Slick or Super Chicken?

  12. Rasheed Jan 23rd 2013 at 04:08 pm 12

    Jay Ward might not be part of the Zeitgeist , but I think most of his creations still are. As long as there’s baby boomers in the entertainment industry, chestnuts like these aren’t going to fade into obscurity as quickly as one might think.

  13. minor annoyance Jan 23rd 2013 at 04:26 pm 13

    There was an agreeable “George of the Jungle” movie, which actually worked as well or better if you had no knowledge of the cartoon. The Jay Ward cartoons were a product of a time and place; you can no more precisely recreate them than you can duplicate a Keystone comedy in modern LA.

    “Rocky and Bullwinkle” was cheaply and quickly animated in Mexico at a newly-created studio, which turned out to be a perfect match for the fast-talking, off-the-wall dialogue. The whole show looked like a lucky improv.

    The later “George of the Jungle” had much better animation; fortunately they figured out how to keep the same goofy look with sharper designs while tossing in clever sight gags that also looked ad libbed (The title song sequences in “George” are genius).

    Eons later, a series called “Freakazoid” tried for the same kind of wit — but with comparatively lavish animation and music. The writing and voice work WAS often clever, but superior production deadened a lot of jokes.

  14. Mary in Ohio Jan 23rd 2013 at 04:59 pm 14

    I don’t believe the webstrip The New Adventures of Queen Victoria has ever appeared here, but it can be pretty funny. The Virgin Mary has gotten off some amazing zingers!

  15. Inkwell Jan 23rd 2013 at 06:17 pm 15

    Is this really a geezer thing? I’m 19 and I loved those characters when I was younger.

  16. Mark in Boston Jan 23rd 2013 at 06:30 pm 16

    It always was WABAC. The cartoons came out way back in the days when computers were named ENIAC, EDVAC, UNIVAC, JOHNNIAC, ILLIAC and so on.

    As for the breach of etiquette, Mr. Peabody was always far too classy to do anything like that.

  17. Cidu Bill Jan 23rd 2013 at 06:36 pm 17

    Well, Mr. Boston, keep in mind that Sherman was Peabody’s pet boy, not the other way around.

  18. Rainey Jan 23rd 2013 at 07:49 pm 18

    It really stinks that Mr.Peabody is the butt of Scott Hilburn’s joke. It seemed appropriate to do some bad puns in reference to this strip.:-)

  19. rain Jan 23rd 2013 at 08:45 pm 19

    > Well, Mr. Boston, keep in mind that Sherman was Peabody’s pet boy, not the other way around.

    That’s *Mister* Peabody to you. 8-}X (<– supposed to be a smiling Mr. Peabody wearing glasses and a bow tie emoticon, fails)

    So are you raising the possibility that Sherman and Mr. Peabody’s positions were swapped in a first version of this strip that was rejected by the syndicate?

    Because *that* would be funny.

  20. Kilby Jan 24th 2013 at 12:49 am 20

    @ Mary in Ohio (14) - I’ve never seen a Queen Vic strip here, but I have mentioned it a number of times in comments. Normally this elicits some sort of “oh no, not that again” from one of the Anti-QV-curmudgeons.

  21. Kilby Jan 24th 2013 at 01:14 am 21

    P.S. The other classic breach of etiquette when bowing before the Queen involves a spontaneous emission of methane, which would correspond very well with the odd position that Sherman is in.

  22. mitch4 Jan 24th 2013 at 07:48 am 22

    Re #14 and #20 … I also enjoy the Queen Vic strip, and assume it absence here has just been because nobody has found it too puzzling, not a judgement of being unfunny.

  23. Dan W Jan 24th 2013 at 08:15 am 23

    @ Inkwell (15) - I was thinking the same thing. I’m 26 and watched these cartoons a lot as a kid. I think all my friends did too; I doubt many of my peers would have trouble recognizing the characters.

  24. Scott Jan 24th 2013 at 12:59 pm 24

    I watched these shows (and Crusader Rabbit too for even more geezer points) when they first ran, but the DVDs are out, so geezerdom is not required. I even had the Rocky and Bullwinkle LP.
    I quite liked the George movie. I am not an expert on the show, but I think they got the snarky narrator just right - not as good as Bill Conrad, but close. My wife and daughters liked it also, but I somehow think that was not from it being true to Ward’s style.

    Anyhow, this strip fails about not being true to Mr. Peabody’s character. He would be far more likely to advice the Queen on foreign policy than to be sniffing anything.

  25. Mary in Ohio Jan 24th 2013 at 04:47 pm 25

    Kilby - thanks for the heads up!

    CIDU Bill - I don’t know how to reach you but you might want to look into this for CJA - it was a front page story below the fold in the local paper this AM.

  26. John DiFool Jan 24th 2013 at 08:21 pm 26

    #2, at the risk of being whooshed, IMDB has no record of any such film, nor does it show up on Stephen Colbert’s page…

  27. Cidu Bill Jan 24th 2013 at 08:42 pm 27

  28. Mark in Boston Jan 24th 2013 at 09:29 pm 28

    Cidu Bill @27: “A young boy and his dog …” Wow, they have it all wrong before even finishing the first sentence!

    In one of the original cartoons, Mr. Peabody gives us a short biography of himself (much of his money came from his stint as “The Wolf of Wall Street”) and tells how he came to adopt Sherman.

    In a flashback, after the adoption is finalized, Sherman says “Daddy!” and Mr. Peabody says, “Sherman, you are never to call me that. You may call me Mr. Peabody, or simply Peabody when speaking informally.”

    If I remember correctly (and I usually don’t), at the end of the cartoon Mr. Peabody tells us “Every dog should have a boy!”

  29. Cidu Bill Jan 24th 2013 at 10:05 pm 29

    Mark, I was struck by that tragic mistake as well.

    I’m envisioning a “Calvin and Hobbes traveling through time” scenario…

  30. Lost in A**2 Jan 25th 2013 at 06:20 am 30

    Hmmm.. years and years ago, I read It’s a Gas</it, which included a tale of an evening with Her Majesty, Elizabeth the First, brought to mind by the discussion above. A little further research reminds me that the story was recorded by Mark Twain as “CONVERSATION, AS IT WAS BY THE SOCIAL FIRESIDE, IN THE TIME OF THE TUDORS”.

    The conversation itself starts fairly well down the page.

  31. Mark in Boston Jan 25th 2013 at 06:02 pm 31

    The Mark Twain story is fiction, but the following is supposedly factual. Taken from a history web site:
    ‘She [Queen Elizabeth the first] could be forgiving too. John Aubrey, the diarist, tells a story about the Earl of Oxford. When the Earl made a low obeisance to the Queen, he happened to let go a fart, at which he was so ashamed that he left the country for 7 years. At his return the Queen welcomed him and said, “My lord, I had forgot the fart”!’

  32. Christine Jan 28th 2013 at 11:39 am 32

    I have to agree with everyone who says this doesn’t deserve a geezer tag. (I REFUSE to accept that label at 27).

  33. Elyrest Jan 28th 2013 at 01:07 pm 33

    I just got the complete collection of Fractured Fairy Tales DVDs from the library. I’m curious if I’ll still appreciate them as much as I did when I was a kid. I haven’t seen an episode in ages.

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