Monday, February 06, 2006

Post #800: cartoons

Your humble Devil would just like to point out, amidst all this furore, that cartoons do not, by definition, have to be funny?
cartoon noun
  1. a drawing executed in an exaggerated style for humorous or satirical effect.

  2. (also cartoon strip) a narrative sequence of humorous drawings with captions in a comic, newspaper, or magazine.

  3. a film made from a sequence of drawings, using animation techniques to give the appearance of movement.

  4. a full-size drawing made as a preliminary design for a painting or other work of art.

Hogarth's cartoons, for instance, were not particularly laugh-a-minute works, but they were intended to make a point. These Mohammad cartoons are not funny, but they were intended to make a point.

Not every cartoon is intended to be as hilarious as Calvin and Hobbes, you know.

2 comments:

Katherine said...

Since the cartoons in question don't fall into the last two categories, one must assume they fall within the first two? Humour or satire is required. So yes I suppose they could be satirical without being humourous. But I maintain my point that they were crap, either a pieces of humour or as satire.

Devil's Kitchen said...

Oh, I don't disagree that they are crap; and I'm sorry for picking you out...!

DK

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