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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 overview, first billed only:
Zonker Harris (voice)
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.)
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)


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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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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"Are you suggesting a parallel between interventionism and contact sports?"
24 April 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I'm quite a fan of John and Faith Hubley, whose animated films have an air of free-wheeling improvisation. 'The Hole (1962)' and 'Windy Day (1968)' are essentially casual conversations, captured on tape and brought to life through the artists' simple and dreamy visuals. 'A Doonesbury Special (1977)' has a more solid narrative grounding, having been adapted from what I gather to be a popular American political comic strip, "Doonesbury." The creator of the comic strip, Garry Trudeau, is also credited as director (and John Hubley passed away while the film was still in its storyboarding stage).

The film opens in the 1970s, as the hippie-era was dying a slow death. The residents of a commune, having become accustomed to a lazy, hollow lifestyle, are surprised when scruffy free-thinker Zonker suddenly declares their way of life "passé" and recommends that they disband. This proclamation leads the group to reminisce about old times – including a concert featuring musical hero Jimmy Thudpucker (clearly modelled on Bob Dylan) which accidentally deteriorates into violence, and a college football game repeatedly interrupted by the team members' penchant for marijuana and existentialist philosophy. The characters in the film must learn to accept that their era has come to a close, and that they must make way for future generations.

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