History ComicStrip / ForBetterOrForWorse

11th Sep '17 10:28:11 AM gemmabeta2
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** Although sometimes Johnson messes up on this and let some Canadiana through the filter. Most famous being the case when she depicted milk being sold in [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milk_bag plastic bags]] (which is only done in Ontario, Quebec, and parts of Minnesota). She ended up getting an incredible number of letter over that.
10th Sep '17 11:04:52 AM Brainbin
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*** The Later Years: The present day as of the production of the cartoon, the TurnOfTheMillennium. Michael is a young adult, graduated from university and in a serious relationship with Deanna Sobinski (they would marry in late 2001). Elizabeth is in her late teens, and April is a rambunctious child doing her best to exhaust her aging parents.

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*** The Later Years: The present day as of the production of the cartoon, the TurnOfTheMillennium. Michael is a young adult, graduated from attending university and in a serious relationship with Deanna Sobinski (they would marry in late 2001). Elizabeth is in her late teens, and April is a rambunctious child doing her best to exhaust her aging parents.
10th Sep '17 10:57:44 AM Brainbin
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** A two-season, sixteen-episode AnimatedSeries which aired 2000-01 on Creator/{{Teletoon}}, produced by Funbag Animation. Although produced by a different studio, several of the voice actors from the Lacewood specials returned for this series, which helped to provide some continuity with them. The show featured a unique variation on the ThreeShorts format: each episode would focus on a specific theme, introduced in a short live-action segment by none other than Lynn Johnston herself. We would then see one example of this theme in a six-minute cartoon segment depicting each "era" of the comic:

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** A two-season, sixteen-episode AnimatedSeries which aired 2000-01 on Creator/{{Teletoon}}, produced by Funbag Animation. Although produced by a different studio, several of the voice actors from the Lacewood specials returned for this series, which helped to provide some continuity with them. The show featured a unique variation on the ThreeShorts format: each episode would focus on a specific theme, introduced in a short live-action segment by none other than Lynn Johnston herself. (And yes, [[RuleOfThree for the sake of completion]], one of these themed episodes was indeed a ChristmasEpisode.) We would then see one example of this theme in a six-minute cartoon segment depicting each "era" of the comic:
10th Sep '17 6:45:23 AM Brainbin
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** A two-season, sixteen-episode AnimatedSeries which aired 2000-01 on Creator/{{Teletoon}}, produced by Funbag Animation. The show featured a unique variation on the ThreeShorts format: each episode would focus on a specific theme, introduced in a short live-action segment by none other than Lynn Johnston herself. We would then see one example of this theme in a six-minute cartoon segment depicting each "era" of the comic:

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** A two-season, sixteen-episode AnimatedSeries which aired 2000-01 on Creator/{{Teletoon}}, produced by Funbag Animation. Although produced by a different studio, several of the voice actors from the Lacewood specials returned for this series, which helped to provide some continuity with them. The show featured a unique variation on the ThreeShorts format: each episode would focus on a specific theme, introduced in a short live-action segment by none other than Lynn Johnston herself. We would then see one example of this theme in a six-minute cartoon segment depicting each "era" of the comic:
10th Sep '17 6:34:50 AM Brainbin
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** A series of six half-hour specials in [[TheNineties the early '90s]], produced by Creator/LacewoodProductions, which also aired on Creator/{{CTV}}. Three of these were holiday specials (including ''another'' ChristmasSpecial, a Halloween Special, and a Valentine's Day Special), and three were "normal" episodes. Michael was in high school and Elizabeth was a preteen, with infant April now completing the Patterson family. Given that he was the right age for a lot of juicy storylines, the specials tended to focus more on Michael over the rest of the family.

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** A series of six half-hour specials in [[TheNineties the early '90s]], produced by Creator/LacewoodProductions, which also aired on Creator/{{CTV}}. Three of these were holiday specials (including ''another'' ChristmasSpecial, a Halloween Special, and a Valentine's Day Special), and three were "normal" episodes. Michael was is in high school and Elizabeth was is a preteen, with infant April now completing the Patterson family. Given that he was the right age for a lot of juicy storylines, the specials tended to focus more on Michael over the rest of the family.
10th Sep '17 6:32:13 AM Brainbin
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Seven animated specials and a two-season animated series made by Creator/LacewoodProductions for Teletoon.
10th Sep '17 6:25:23 AM Brainbin
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* AnimatedAdaptation: Seven animated specials and a two-season animated series made by Creator/LacewoodProductions for Teletoon.

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* AnimatedAdaptation: Three incarnations over a sixteen-year span, each capturing a different era of the comic it was adapting:
** ''The Bestest Present'', a one-off 1985 half-hour ChristmasSpecial by Atkinson Film-Arts which aired on Creator/{{CTV}} (following TheEighties trend of adapting popular comic strips into Christmas specials). Michael and Elizabeth are still young children, and are even voiced by their RealLife inspirations, Aaron and Katie Johnston. (Elly and John are voiced by professional voice actors, but Lynn's then-husband Rod cameos as a mailman.)
** A series of six half-hour specials in [[TheNineties the early '90s]], produced by Creator/LacewoodProductions, which also aired on Creator/{{CTV}}. Three of these were holiday specials (including ''another'' ChristmasSpecial, a Halloween Special, and a Valentine's Day Special), and three were "normal" episodes. Michael was in high school and Elizabeth was a preteen, with infant April now completing the Patterson family. Given that he was the right age for a lot of juicy storylines, the specials tended to focus more on Michael over the rest of the family.
** A two-season, sixteen-episode AnimatedSeries which aired 2000-01 on Creator/{{Teletoon}}, produced by Funbag Animation. The show featured a unique variation on the ThreeShorts format: each episode would focus on a specific theme, introduced in a short live-action segment by none other than Lynn Johnston herself. We would then see one example of this theme in a six-minute cartoon segment depicting each "era" of the comic:
*** The Early Years: TheEighties, the same period as ''The Bestest Present''.
*** The Growing Years: [[TheNineties The early '90s]], the same period as the Lacewood specials.
*** The Later Years: The present day as of the production of the cartoon, the TurnOfTheMillennium. Michael is a young adult, graduated from university and in a serious relationship with Deanna Sobinski (they would marry in late 2001). Elizabeth is in her late teens, and April is a rambunctious child doing her best to exhaust her aging parents.
** The animated series would presage the "new-run" treatment the comic itself would later receive by applying Johnston's modern-day drawing style retroactively to the "Early Years" and "Growing Years" segments (contrast how the characters ''actually'' appeared at the time in the contemporary animated specials). Each cartoon segment was preceded by a slideshow presentation of a contemporary Sunday strip, in a similar function to the "Quickie" segments on ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends''.
Seven animated specials and a two-season animated series made by Creator/LacewoodProductions for Teletoon.
25th Aug '17 3:56:58 AM Jabroniville
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* NotSoDifferent: John and Anthony. They not only resemble each other a lot, but Anthony cheated on Therese with Elizabeth, and there are implications that John had cheated on Elly.
25th Aug '17 1:21:56 AM Jabroniville
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** Michael started off as a bit of a troublemaker in school -- argumentative, a class clown, and a pain. Once he meets Martha during a school camping trip, he becomes a lot more introspective, thoughtful and sincere.
15th Aug '17 1:15:08 AM Venatius
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* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: The [[http://www.fborfw.com/strip_fix/strips/2008/august/a4w/080831ens.jpg 8-31-08 strip]]. Note how all the "good" females settle down to things like teaching, sewing, and homemaking, and only the Patterson family "black sheep" April escapes this.

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* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: The [[http://www.fborfw.com/strip_fix/strips/2008/august/a4w/080831ens.jpg 8-31-08 strip]]. Note how all the "good" females settle down to things like teaching, sewing, and homemaking, and only the Patterson family "black sheep" April escapes this.
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