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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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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[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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Perfect; just, perfect
20 December 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I saw this true work of art the first and only time it aired on broadcast TV, Thanksgiving weekend 1977. It left a deep and lasting impression (I was already a big DB fan), and I've spent the intervening 4 decades trying to see it again. Finally did, and found it just as good.

The storyline of this short little piece is dense with satirical references to its time (rock concert coverage conventions, Barry Manilow, Baby Boomers losing the mission, first-wave feminism, the Vietnam vacuum, hip youth pastors, and on and on); makes me homesick. And of course the thunderously talented Hubleys, possibly the Michaelangelos of animation. (Their magnum opus, a run-down of Ericsonian psychology theory [!] called Everyone Rides the Carousel, is another hard-to-see must-see.)

A Doonesbury Special is one of the few cartoons you'll ever see with ordinary voices and realistic drawing; no funny clownish performances, just actors talking like themselves. And as others here have said, the adaptation of the comic strip to animation is seamless; it feels neither contrived nor unfaithful, and manages to be both a delight for DB fans and entertaining for newcomers.

Hard to believe it was all once cutting-edge; the idea of a cartoon for adults, on adult themes, presented without burlesque.

If you have any interest in Doonesbury; the 60s; the 70s; animation; humour; history; or art, see this short.

If you can.


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