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  1. Armitage72 commented on Over the Hedge 4 days ago

    The 1939 Wizard of Oz movie had a foul-tempered talking apple tree, well before the first Tolkien novel was published, and close to when they started to be written.
    I’ve never read the original 1900 Oz novel, so I don’t know if the apple tree or a similar scene was in there.
    Talking trees are fairly common in mythology anyway.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talking_tree

  2. Armitage72 commented on Over the Hedge 4 days ago

    Groot was much more talkative when he first appeared as a hostile alien invader in a 1960 issue of Tales to Astonish.
    He’s been around longer than any of Marvel’s other heroes, except for the WWII-era heroes who originated when Marvel was Timely Comics.
    It’s been retconned that his species’ larynx stiffens as they age, requiring them to convey meaning through complex variations of inflection in the few words that they say.

  3. Armitage72 commented on Over the Hedge 5 days ago

    Unfortunately, when the movie came out, I saw a number of people who weren’t even aware that the comic strip existed.
    They thought that the “Over the Hedge” movie was a rip-off of the 1994 anime film “Pom Poko”.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pom_Poko

  4. Armitage72 commented on Pearls Before Swine 28 days ago

    Why would Jim Davis sue? He should be accustomed to other people drawing Garfield.
    How many years has it been since he’s actually drawn a comic instead of having his staff draw it for him?

  5. Armitage72 commented on Pearls Before Swine about 1 month ago

    I believe that he’s actually referring to the fact that the idea of lemmings jumping off cliffs originated in the Disney nature film White Wilderness", which staged the scene. The film crew pushed the lemmings into the water themselves.
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Wilderness_%28film%29
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    http://www.snopes.com/disney/films/lemmings.asp

  6. Armitage72 commented on Lio about 1 month ago

    Don Rosa, the writer and artist responsible for many classic Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge comics, including “The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck”, didn’t like Mickey Mouse and would often include cameos of him dead or injured in his comics.

    http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2014/06/27/comic-book-legends-revealed-477/3/

  7. Armitage72 commented on Pearls Before Swine about 1 month ago

    From his facial expression, I’m guessing that this is the one you saw.

    http://terisattic.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Winnie-the-Pooh-1024×768.jpg

  8. Armitage72 commented on Get Fuzzy about 1 month ago

    Too bad Rob included PETA on his list.
    A bunch of publicity-crazed clowns whose over-the-top antics do more to harm the image of animal rights groups than help animals.
    Granted, this is a ten year old comic. A lot of their more ridiculous stunts were more recent.

  9. Armitage72 commented on Luann 2 months ago

    The problem with California’s Proposition 65 warning is that there’s no minimum threshold for the warning.
    OSHA considers a carcinogen to be a hazard if it’s in a product at 0.1% or greater.
    Something could contain 0.00000000001% carcinogen and California would require the warning.

  10. Armitage72 commented on Matt Bors 2 months ago

    You’ve clearly missed how it works.
    If the Iraq withdrawal is going badly, it’s entirely President Obama’s fault.
    If the Iraq withdrawal is going well, it’s based on President Bush’s plan and President Obama has nothing to do with it.