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Feb. 1st, 2011

07:22 pm - Jokes: They can stand on their own. Who knew?

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Okay, I just remembered another good thing about the new My Little Pony series.

In Episode 3, "Applebuck Season", after stopping a stampede, Applejack says to the cows, "Next time, try and *steer* clear of Ponyville." She emphasizes the word "steer" a bit, but -- here's the part I like -- she does NOT then proceed to say "Get it? Steer? That's a pun! Ha ha!" I HATE it when cartoons/movies/whatevers do that. YES I GET IT ALREADY! Hitting me over the head with the joke feels like my intelligence is being insulted. Letting me get the joke on my own feels like I'm being let in on something fun; it's much more enjoyable that way.

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From:yippee
Date:February 2nd, 2011 01:34 am (UTC)
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"Oh sure, explain it. That'll make it funnier."

--Manny the Mammoth to Sid the Sloth, in "Ice Age"
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From:krinndnz
Date:February 2nd, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC)
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This is the same reason that laugh-tracks are of the devil and anti-funny.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:February 2nd, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC)
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How did you feel about the "Beetlejuice" series? The puns were hard to miss, but nobody elaborated on them.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:February 2nd, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC)
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Never saw it.
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From:palabrajot
Date:February 3rd, 2011 12:20 am (UTC)
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Oog, sloooowly I turn...
This hearkens straight back to me as a young'un, when Filmation ruled SatAM. I think they had five pieces of incidental music for all their shows, and they would bust out one particular bit of "whimsy music"; a lilting, swaying, punchline jingle which they'd pull out at least once per episode, and later on, they adopted a "horn sting"- sharp crescendo of trumpets followed by a guitar pluck with a warbling "boi-oi-oinng!" whammy bar. These would accompany the inevitable comic relief moments, and even as a young child, I felt that was just insult on top of the injury of this lousy recycled animation, the flat, rehashed music and about twelve unique sound effects. Kids today, if they only knew the pointless suffering, oy...
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From:octan
Date:February 3rd, 2011 12:23 am (UTC)
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I'm trying to think what movies or shows had people actually do that, and the only one that comes to mind is the door from Alice in Wonderland. And I'm not even sure that counts, since it could just be his personality. I know people like that.
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