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A Doonesbury Special (1977)

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Garry Trudeau's classic characters (Mike Doonesbury, Zonker, etc.) examine how their lifestyles, priorities, and concerns have changed since the end of their idealistic college days in the 1960's.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Zonker Harris (voice)
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Joanie Caucus (voice)
David Grant ...
Mike Doonesbury (voice)
Charles Levin ...
Mark Slackmeyer (voice)
Richard Bruno ...
B.D. (voice)
Rebecca Nelson ...
Barbara Ann 'Boopsie' Boopstein (voice)
William Sloane Coffin ...
The Reverend Scott Sloan (voice) (as William Sloane Coffin Jr.)
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Referee (voice)
Mark Baker ...
Kirby (voice)
Eric Elice ...
Frank (voice)
Will Jordan ...
Sportscaster (voice)
Linda Baer ...
Ellie (voice)
Eric Jaffe ...
Howie (voice)
Michelle Browne ...
Jeannie (voice)
Thomas Baxton ...
Rufus (voice)
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Garry Trudeau's classic characters (Mike Doonesbury, Zonker, etc.) examine how their lifestyles, priorities, and concerns have changed since the end of their idealistic college days in the 1960's.

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Animation | Short

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27 November 1977 (USA)  »

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[first lines]
Mike Doonesbury: [Zonker is submerged under Walden Puddle] Zonker! Zonker!
Zonker Harris: [underwater] Steady, lads, steady...
Mike Doonesbury: Zonker!
Zonker Harris: Fire!
[a miniature trident shot from underwater pins a falling leaf to a tree]
Mike Doonesbury: Zonker!
Zonker Harris: [his head comes out of the water] What?
Mike Doonesbury: Dinner's in ten minutes.
Zonker Harris: So?
[...]
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Stop In the Middle
© Walden West Music 1976, 1977
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An amazingly faithful translation of the comic strip
17 June 2000 | by (St. Louis, MO) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this short from the 70s as much as I've enjoyed any animated cartoon. The key players from the strip at that time are all there -- Mike, B.D., Boopsie, Joanie, Mark, Zonker -- and even some personal favorite minor characters, like Jimmy Thudpucker, make an appearance.

The premise is simple: The characters reflect on how the turbulent socio-political climate of the past decade has changed them. What ensues is an episodic, heart-warming and hilarious series of flashbacks and current events including B.D.'s offensive line engaging in philosophical discussions with their backs pinned against the goal line and the aforementioned Thudpucker doing his best Bob Dylan impression. It's an amazingly faithful translation of the comic strip, the likes of which we may never see again.


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