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  1. I guess since cats have nine lives, this is the end of the last of them. Still seems kind of oddly-positioned. It’s almost like a Warner Bros cartoon, with “Death” being someone pressed into the role for the sake of a gag.

  2. The joke would have worked better (but would have been harder to draw) with a cluster of nine Deaths, instead of just one who has aspirations to be a star forward on a soccer team.

  3. @Kilby — Even harder to make it work in a cartoon, but if the Death had the numbers “1-9” on its chest, it could be explaining that there have been personnel cutbacks and all the remaining employees had to take over additional jobs.

  4. I’m going to disagree with everyone here. I thought this was perfectly clear and made perfect sense. Cats have nine lives and therefore eight temporary (round trip) deaths in between. Death number 9 is the final and one way journey and that pleases the dog greatly.

    ” Still seems kind of oddly-positioned.”

    What does “oddly-positioned” mean?

    “It’s almost like a Warner Bros cartoon, with “Death” being someone pressed into the role for the sake of a gag.”

    I’m confused by that sentence. Very confused.

  5. I also thought it was perfectly clear and made perfect sense. Not a knee-slapper, but I understood it.

    I also understood beckoningchasm’s comment that the studio had Death under contract so decided to get some work out of him (because unlike what the movies would have you think, Death can’t take any holidays)

  6. I really like this video depiction of Death (as opposed to the literary depiction of DEATH by Sir Terry Pratchett) –

    (My assumption is that the walking figure is Death, not just some random guy playing a violin in a cemetery at midnight. I could be wrong.)

  7. “Anyway, cats have nine lives, not nine DEATHs.”

    How does the cat know that a life has ended, and a subsequent one has begun, if not because of a visit by Death?

  8. Number nine. Number nine. Number nine. Number nine.

    .enin rebmuN .enin rebmuN .enin rebmuN .enin rebmuN

  9. Here’s one from yesterday or today. BTW thanks to whoever it was here that turned me on to the unassuming but often clever “Andertoons”.

  10. It’s probably an unintended coincidence but Death chewing bubble gum was done 15 years ago for the Showtime television show “Dead Like Me”.

  11. That’s bubblegum?? I think it’s too red and too high for bubblegum . . . I took it to be one of those red noses like Walgreens gives out and there was also a movie with Robin Williams where he made patients laugh (somehow, I think the two are connected, but I’ve been known to stretch coincidences/sychronicities).

    I actually now ‘know’ one other person who knows about ‘Dead Like Me’; one of the few TV shows I bought on DVD. Fascinating and macabre and funny.

  12. You are right. It is a clown nose. I just assumed it was bubble gum as it was my mind from the promotional posters for “Dead Like Me” which I’ve been watching reruns of on Roku Channel.

    Terry Pratchett would have asked something about what the clown nose was attached to.

  13. Dead Like Me really rubbed me the wrong way, taking the bad aspects of the American work ethic (you must work, you are what you work, work sucks but it must be done, etc.) and applying it to the afterlife, but with no (to me) discernible satire or irony — it seemed to be played straight, life sucks, death sucks even more. It irked me, because I have a very different philosophy about work. I categorized the show as evil; now I just looked it up and discovered that it was created by the same guy who did Wonderfalls, a show I thought was brilliant, and the exact opposite of evil — life affirming, whimsical, deep, playful and fun.

    Funny, eh?

  14. In a Discworld book, there wouldn’t be any need for need for anything to attach to. It would be there because it needed to be there.

  15. “In a Discworld book, there wouldn’t be any need for need for anything to attach to. It would be there because it needed to be there.”

    Actually I was referring to an incident in Hogfather. One of the wizards pointed out Death was cartilage deficient so his managing of the strap on Hogfather/Santa beard was impressive. Similarly would be a red clown nose.

  16. lark: No one’s perfect all the time. Now me, I preferred ‘Dead Like Me’ to ‘Wonderfalls’ . . . good thing we don’t all like the same thing, or there’s be nuttin’ to discuss here (and I’d REALLY regret that!).

  17. First movie Robert Downey Jr. was in, was “Greaser’s Palace” back in the 1970s. He played a little boy. It is a Jesus parable (in early 1970s style). The main character keeps getting killed and then “I was a perfect smile again”, ie, a baby. (Actually at the time and until just now, we were under the impression that RD Jr was the baby he came back as, but he was too old and listed as “boy in wagon” when I double checked just now in IMDB.) The implied return to life in the cat cartoon reminded me of same.

    As I recall it takes place in the Old West and is very much of the period it was made. Guess who wrote and directed it? Robert Downey Sr. of course.

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