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The characters in my strip, set in Africa's Western Rift Valley, are: the Foolish Pride of lions (Leon, the haughty and lethargic King of Beasts; his queen, Leona; and their cub Lionel, an unpromising heir to the throne); Secretary Bird, a liason between the Royal Court and the rest of the animals; cerebral, man-imitating Ape, a reader of the Substandard; peevish Rhinoceros; harmless but senseless Ostrich; Crocodile, resident of the much-frequented Watering Hole, and his dentist, Crocodile Bird; Honey Badger (alias Ratel), the "Meanest Animal in the World", and his one associate, Honeyguide; Mumbo the elephant, a descendant of Jumbo and a butt of jokes about his weight and the size of his ears and nose; Duncan the dung beetle; ill-favored and unwashed Warthog; the craven, henpecked male and shrewish female hyaenas, both of them foul-smelling and perpetually at war vs. the lions; the mistaken-identity-plagued zebras; slow and superannuated Tortoise; Oxpecker, a companion of large herbivores; Hugh the chamaeleon; and walled-up Mrs. Hornbill.

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05 January 2015

Uncommon Commentary #439: Rated PU

Those persons who presented Sony Pictures’ cancellation, and cancellation of the cancellation, of the release of The Interview in the context of a struggle for “freedom of expression” apparently want to believe that this film is to the Kim regime what Charles Chaplin’s The Great Dictator was to the Third Reich: a clever satire of a loathsome regime.  The Interview, however, evidently is not a political statement; critics whose job it is to review Hollywood’s releases so that others will know whether those releases are worth viewing seem all to agree that it’s just a tasteless and mindless film that attempts to derive humor from assassination.  I don’t defend Sony’s initial decision, but to urge people to buy a ticket for The Interview, as the Republican Party did, is going too far. (To be fair to the GOP, I ought to note here that it urged people not to see the film but merely to buy a ticket to do so!)