Andertoons Moving & Improving

There are going to be some big changes at soon!

We’re going to be reorganizing the cartoon categories in the search engine – adding a few news ones and getting rid of some others. (Turns out there aren’t a lot of people looking for ‘commerce’ related cartoons.)

We’ll also be adding new pages dedicated to some of our most popular subjects! Office cartoons, family cartoons, animal cartoons and more! Each page will show the most popular in each subject as well as my personal favorites.

The FAQ section will also be greatly expanded as well as a number of smaller changes that should make getting around at easier and more fun.

There are changes behind the scenes as well that hopefully you’ll never really know about. We’re changing hosts in the next few weeks due to the increased traffic. We’re going to try our darndest to make sure none of your subscriptions get messed up, or who knows what else happens, but please be patient if you do have a problem. They should only last for a day or two.

Don’t worry though, the basic things about that you love are here to stay! New cartoons appearing daily, a gigantic cartoon gallery to browse or search, emailable cartoons to brighten your friends and families’ days, and absolutely no carbs!

I can’t wait for you to see the new and improved! I hope you’ll like it as much as I do!

The Triplets of Belleville

OK, I gotta admit, I wanted to see this film and I didn’t.

It looked like a wonderful piece of animation, and a lot of my cartoonist buddies raved about it. But then again, it’s in French, about bicycling and prominently features a vaudeville era singing sister act.

My in-laws loaned us their copy though, so my wife and I checked it out, and I’m glad I did.

I was first struck by the beautiful animation and style! It’s certainly original, I don’t know that I’ve ever seen anything quite like it.

The story is about a cyclist, his mother and the mob. (Check out IMDB or Amazon if you really want to know the plot and other particulars.) It’s slow, and about halfway through I wasn’t sure I was going to end up liking it, but by the end I’d really sort of relaxed into the pace and just thoroughly enjoyed the entire film!

There’s really very little language to get in the way, and it’s probably the most original thing in animation since Toy Story! Check it out!

Garfield the Movie

OK, I haven’t seen the movie, and I probably won’t.

I remember when I was a kid reading Garfield in the comics. I used to try drawing the fat cat and his complimenting cast in class when I should have been learning about photosynthesis and fractions. I loved the art, and the jokes were pretty good. ‘Were’ being the operative word.

I don’t quite know when Garfield became a marketing juggernaut instead of a funny comic strip (Peanuts handled both wonderfully), but it hasn’t been funny in a long long loooooooooong time.

I’m predicting about a week in the theaters and then on DVD in the checkout lane at my local grocery the following weekend.

There’s a good review of it in the Chicago Tribune today. And here’s a great article I found at Slate!

I hope I’m wrong and it’s really funny, but I wouldn’t bet my lasagna on it.

Here’s one of my cartoons cartoons for all the cat people out there!

Cartoonist Ted Rall’s Reagan Comment

OK, I have nothing to add to this conversation, and I do not necessarily agree or disagree with anything listed on Ted Rall’s blog for June 9, 2004. That said, I think this is some fascinating cartoon-related stuff when you step back and look at it. I don’t know when I’ve seen a cartoonist piss off so many people! I thought his Pat Tillman cartoon was inflammatory! Yeesh!

Maybe he’s just looking to get some press. Maybe he’s really serious and just doesn’t care what anyone thinks. Maybe he’s just a wacko. His syndicate has gotta be getting tired of this though. Or is this a case of ‘there is no bad press’?

Like I said, I have no opinion I’ll be posting here, but it’s some fascinating cartoon news and I thought it deserved some space.