July 19th, 2011

L (thinking)

A question about fathers.

Have you ever noticed that around the 70's-80's there was a shift in popular culture around father figures?

I was reading my Foxtrot collection the other day I noticed how Roger Fox evolved from a competent if old-fashioned father to a man who can crash his family's computer with one click.

Of course the epitome of this Bumbling Dad trope is Homer Simpson (seriously how is he even alive?). We also see more comical than serious fathers in Disney movies like Aladdin, Tarzan, The Sleeping Beauty, etc. 

This relates to FBoFW because I think John sort of de-evolved into this trope as well over time, becoming little more than a money-earner in the mornings and the train-man-child when he came home.

What I'm trying to pinpoint is when exactly this trope got started. Everyone knows the Simpsons, but do the Flintstones and the Jetsons (which are way older) count?
Then there is this video that Disney made in 1941 about the 1890's. I'm having a hard time deciding if that's more an example of a deadbeat dad than anything else.

I'm also interested to know if this is because Western society has a lower view of men in general today compared to the 50's.
Snarky Candiru2

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Today's strip, in which the visit to Vancouver arc is introduced, features what's probably going to be an ironic comment about gridlock. Also, it's a reminder that John hates dentistry and is only in it for the money.

(Strip Number 288, Original Publication Date, 21 July 1982)

Panel 1: As John leaves the office for the evening, Jean wishes him a good holiday; he returns the favor with a cheery "You too, Jean."

Panel 2: He more or less dances a jig as he walks to his car and says "That's it! I don't have to think about dentistry for two weeks."

Panel 3: As he grips his steering wheel, he thought-bubbles "Yessir!" while listening to the honking of the other hovervehicles.

Panel 4: We then zoom out to a scene of bumper-to-bumper traffic as he tells himself that it's great to be free.

Summary: What we're probably going to be told is that it's not great to be stuck in traffic for hours on end because everyone else has to get home too. Also, we're going to probably get a passive-aggressive little whinge about how silly Rod was to want to work when Mommy could take care of him.