Friday, December 19, 2008

Since when is Farley a Cujo?

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Original-flavor Farley was a sweet, dumb doggie. He didn't attack babies and chew on their diapers. So what gives with new-run Farley-the-puppy?

9 comments:

DreadedCandiru2 said...

I should think that Liz has good reason to be afraid; Farley might just be desperate enough to kill the Pattersons in order to avoid dying because of their stupidity. I like how she realizes how stupid Elly is now. Maybe it'll help her avoid a lavender and teal catastrophe.

April Patterson said...

It stands to reason that Farley could come back not-quite-right. And experiencing Elly's young-child parenting with adult awareness has got to be terrifying.

DreadedCandiru2 said...

As far as I'm concerned, "terrifying" is a fairly mild term when you're discussing what Elly's failure looks like to an adult. I can readily see a future in which Lizzie would almost be glad that Farley wants to kill everyone.

howard said...

Farley's independence, however terrifying, defies the notion that each of these characters have to do what they have done before. If Farley remembers back to when he was alive before, he may remember that he lived to be a pretty old dog in the Patterson household. If he remembers his demise, he may only remember that he needs to stop April from reaching the ravine.

As for violence against Lizzie, that may be more easily explained if Farley remembers cruelties played on him by Lizzie. I seem to remember a few "little kids jumping on Farley" strips.

Jana C.H. said...

It doesn't look to me like FOOBAR has absolutely clear rules about what, when, and by whom things can and cannot change. I like it better this way. When the entire space-time continuum has gone out of warp, the laws of cartoon metaphysics go out the window.

Besides, this makes it a better satire on the inconsistancies of the new-runs. Foob's Paradise has the consistancy front covered. I like seeing FOOBAR more free and easy, sparking off whatever craziness happens at ReFoob.

Jana C.H.
Seattle
Saith Oscar Wilde: Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.

April Patterson said...

As for violence against Lizzie, that may be more easily explained if Farley remembers cruelties played on him by Lizzie. I seem to remember a few "little kids jumping on Farley" strips.

howtheduck, I recently came across an old Sunday strip where Lizzie keeps jumping on, tugging at, and otherwise harassing Farley. When he can't take it anymore, he barks at her, and of course Elly shows up to yell at him for being a bad dog. In the final panel, Michael asks Farley if he wants to talk to someone who understands.

April Patterson said...

Jana C.H., I'm definitely responding to the inconsistencies of the new-runs. We get old strips wherein characters do and say exactly what they did the first time around, and then new-runs, where they suddenly behave differently. That's one of the ways that new-run life is so foobed up. :)

godozo said...

A couple thoughts:

First, if Farley wanted to do a Cujo, he wouldn't be biting at Liz's Diaper. While I can't blame Liz for being afraid, Farley's probably trying to give a kindly warning to Liz: Treat Me Right, Or I Can Punish You.

Second, I believe it's good that some characters have more free-will than others. It goes with a greater awareness amongst some (including a couple of characters who, to me, seem to have willed themselves back in time to try and change it).

April Patterson said...

godozo, the "Cujo" thing is definitely an exaggeration. It really only popped into my head when I was deciding on a title for the entry. :)

Second, I believe it's good that some characters have more free-will than others. It goes with a greater awareness amongst some (including a couple of characters who, to me, seem to have willed themselves back in time to try and change it).

Thanks--this is what makes the most sense to me, too.