Pluto-idiocracy

Here’s the one Westview teacher who makes Les look like Mr. Chips, getting his first spoken lines in a year. Burchett’s Jim Kablichnick still resembles Mark Twain, though he’s lost his suspenders (and he used to favor colorful dress shirts). Today’s gag, of course, is lifted from Sunday’s “Name the Canadian Provinces” strip (and from every comic strip that’s featured a kid sitting at a school desk), right down to name-checking another Golden Age Disney character. Smirk it up, Bernie: there can be no incorrect answer (“Write down what you think…”). On the other hand, Kablichnick’s enough of a douchebag to find a rationale to mark every student’s answer incorrect anyway.

Given Rick Burchett’s animation background, it’s weird how statically he’s rendered Jim here: propped up in front of the classroom, pointing his finger at the ceiling. Like Batiuk, Burchett uses some unusual “camera angles.” But unlike TB, RB (let’s just start using that abbreviation) puts his characters in actual, defined space, and not silhouetted in a crosshatched, encroaching black void. Three of his four strips so far have been set in a classroom, the angular walls and neatly tiled ceilings of which loom claustrophobically on all sides. I recognize the books atop the cabinet in the corner of Jim’s class, but am still trying to figure out what those diagonal planes in the left foreground of yesterday’s panel one. All the crazy angles lend some sort of tension to the settings. Kind of like how in the old Batman TV series, the camera shots inside the villians’ hideouts were all tilted askew.

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8 responses to “Pluto-idiocracy

  1. Epicus Doomus

    Oh…because “Pluto”…I get it. The well is running mighty dry these days and that 50th anniversary is still just a faint dot in the distance, much like Pluto itself. Sigh.

  2. Dammit, Epicus, you know how hard these post titles are to write! Are you saying you didn’t immediately get it? Rejected post titles for today were “Planet Nine from Outer Space” and “The Return of the Thin White Douche”.

  3. Epicus Doomus

    I’m admittedly “off” today LOL. BanTom, on the other hand, has been “off” since 1972. Comment Of The Week is back…LOVE IT!

  4. billytheskink

    Pshaw, a real Disney nerd would have written down “Figaro“…

  5. Yeah. When a dick like Kaaarrrghhhsplorknik says that there are no wrong answers, there are nothing but wrong answers.

  6. Saturnino

    When all answers are wrong, wrong answers will cease to exist.

  7. Rusty Shackleford

    That’s Bernie in the last panel? I thought Summer had a baby while she was in high school, kept it secret from Les and then put the kid up for adoption.

  8. Chyron HR

    “I said to write down what you THINK. There was no thought involved in your answer.”