History ComicStrip / TheFamilyCircus

19th Aug '16 10:18:28 AM SantosLHalper
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While it's ostensibly a humorous comic strip with a wide circulation, ''The Family Circus'' has been more popular as the butt of jokes at least since TheNineties. Amazon.com's user contributed book reviews are infamous for containing snarky reviews of the printed collections of panels. Such reviews often mockingly parse the [[MistakenForProfound tremendous symbolism and deep philosophical meaning]] supposedly hidden in the strip's plain single panel storylines, along with its [[FreudWasRight Freudian]] or [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory religious]] symbolism. ''Blog/TheComicsCurmudgeon'' blog takes particular delight in mocking the strip and its characters. In the ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' novels, which are aimed at preteens, it's parodied as ''Li'l Cutie.''

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While it's ostensibly a humorous comic strip with a wide circulation, ''The Family Circus'' has been more popular as the butt of jokes at least since TheNineties. Amazon.com's user contributed book reviews are infamous for containing snarky reviews of the printed collections of panels. Such reviews often mockingly parse the [[MistakenForProfound [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotDidactic tremendous symbolism and deep philosophical meaning]] supposedly hidden in the strip's plain single panel storylines, along with its [[FreudWasRight Freudian]] or [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory religious]] symbolism. ''Blog/TheComicsCurmudgeon'' blog takes particular delight in mocking the strip and its characters. In the ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' novels, which are aimed at preteens, it's parodied as ''Li'l Cutie.''
5th Apr '16 10:39:21 AM fruitstripegum
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* AllJustADream: As part of a 1997 April Fools' Day project in which many newspaper comic writers/artists swapped strips for the day, ''ComicStrip/Dilbert'''s Creator/ScottAdams did that day's ''Family Circus'', with Mom in the role of PointyHairedBoss encouraging Billy to "work cuter, not harder." (See SelfDeprecation below for the counterpart comic.) The following day's ''Family Circus'' explained this as one of the kids having a nightmare.

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* AllJustADream: As part of a 1997 April Fools' Day project in which many newspaper comic writers/artists swapped strips for the day, ''ComicStrip/Dilbert'''s ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'''s Creator/ScottAdams did that day's ''Family Circus'', with Mom in the role of PointyHairedBoss encouraging Billy to "work cuter, not harder." (See SelfDeprecation below for the counterpart comic.) The following day's ''Family Circus'' explained this as one of the kids having a nightmare.
1st Apr '16 9:10:47 PM fusilcontrafusil
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Besides little kids, the sincere fanbase for the comic consists of parents and grandparents who love the domestic slice-of-life humor of writers like the late Erma Bombeck; in fact, she and Keane were friends. One of Keane's sons, Glen, became a top animator at Creator/{{Disney}} (where he was the lead character animator for [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ariel,]] [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast the Beast,]] Disney/{{Pocahontas}} and John Silver, among others). Another son, Jeff, began assisting his dad with the comic in the 2000's, and has taken over following Bil's death in November 2011.

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Besides little kids, the sincere fanbase for the comic consists of parents and grandparents who love the domestic slice-of-life humor of writers like the late Erma Bombeck; in fact, she and Keane were friends. One of Keane's sons, Glen, [[Creator/GlenKeane Glen]], became a top animator at Creator/{{Disney}} (where he was the lead character animator for [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ariel,]] [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast the Beast,]] Disney/{{Pocahontas}} and John Silver, among others). Another son, Jeff, began assisting his dad with the comic in the 2000's, and has taken over following Bil's death in November 2011.
8th Mar '16 7:58:53 AM aye_amber
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[[caption-width-right:320:Billy likes to wander a lot.]]

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[[caption-width-right:320:Billy [[caption-width-right:320: Billy likes to wander a lot.]]



-->-- Dialogue from the film ''Film/{{Go}}''

Bil Keane's '''''The Family Circus''''' ([[WorkingTitle originally]] ''The Family Circle'') is a [[PrintLongRunners long-running]] (since 1960) NewspaperComic about the innocent childhood adventures of young siblings Billy, Dolly, Jeffy, and infant P.J. Occasionally, parents Bil and Thel will contribute some insightful comment about the children's exploits, like when they all were imitating ''[[WaynesWorld Wayne's World]]'' and Bil says "Makes sense to me. {{NOT}}!"

Other characters include random neighbor children, pets, extended family members [[SpiritAdvisor (many of whom are dead)]], and various [[TheGhost ghosts]] representing childhood excuses. A standard ''Family Circus'' trope is for a parent to ask the children who broke something, only for them all to say "not me"... just as a ghost named "Not Me" flees the scene, damning evidence of the crime in hand.

''Family Circus'' {{Sunday strip}}s are notable for generally sticking to the single-panel format of the weekday version, albeit far more elaborately drawn. Some of these Sunday strips have a gimmick where, through the usage of a dotted line arrow, you can see the path taken by Billy or another of the Keane children, through a heavily detailed map of a neighborhood, usually done to show how kids can get distracted why running simple errands. The 1990s added another set of themed strips ("It's Apparent You're a Parent"), which expands the Sunday strip to multi-panel (or in this case, circle) format to showcase how parenthood, through Bil and Thel, affects their everyday lives when dealing with their fellow adults.

Occassionally, the strip will go on a week-long "hiatus" as Bil Keane allowed his then young son, and later his grandson, to contribute rather crudely drawn "fill-in" strips when their father and grandfather needs to take a breather from work.

Besides little kids, the sincere fanbase for the comic consists of parents and grandparents who love the domestic slice-of-life humor of writers like the late Erma Bombeck; in fact, she and Keane were friends. One of Keane's sons, Glen, became a top animator at Creator/{{Disney}} (where he was the lead character animator for [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ariel]], [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast the Beast]], [[Disney/{{Pocahontas}} Pocahontas and John Silver]], among others). Another son, Jeff, began assisting his dad with the comic in the 2000s, and has taken over following Bil's death in November 2011.

While it's ostensibly a humorous comic strip with a wide circulation, ''The Family Circus'' has been more popular as the butt of jokes at least since TheNineties. Amazon.com's user-contributed book reviews are infamous for containing snarky reviews of the printed collections of panels. Such reviews often mockingly parse the [[MistakenForProfound tremendous symbolism and deep philosophical meaning]] supposedly hidden in the strip's plain single-panel storylines, along with its [[FreudWasRight Freudian]] or [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory religious]] symbolism. ''Blog/TheComicsCurmudgeon'' blog takes particular delight in mocking the strip and its characters. In the ''DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' novels, which are aimed at preteens, it's parodied as ''Li'l Cutie''.

The early days of the Web (1995-99) saw a WebOriginal feature called ''Webcomic/DysfunctionalFamilyCircus''. Family Circus strips were posted without the original caption, inviting readers to submit alternate interpretations of the scene. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity ensued]]. DFC's creator said "A number of people have told me they don't like ''The Family Circus'' because they don't think it applied to them -- they never experienced anything remotely like it." One newspaper called the DFC a "twisted Rorschach test." Perhaps this explains why Todd Gaines, the cynical drug dealer from the 1999 film ''{{Film/Go}}'', was compelled to read ''Family Circus'' every day.

For all the abuse it gets, it's clear that ''The Family Circus'' speaks to a lot of people. As another newspaper observed at the height of the DFC controversy, no one would bother making a Web site called ''The Dysfunctional Fusco Brothers''.

A LiveActionAdaptation film is [[http://www.deadline.com/2010/10/fox-walden-media-win-the-family-circus/ planned for the future]].

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-->-- Dialogue -->--Dialogue from the film ''Film/{{Go}}''

Bil Keane's '''''The Family Circus''''' ([[WorkingTitle originally]] ''The Family Circle'') is a [[PrintLongRunners long-running]] long running]] (since 1960) NewspaperComic about the innocent childhood adventures of young siblings Billy, Dolly, Jeffy, and infant P.J. Occasionally, parents Bil and Thel will contribute some insightful comment about the children's exploits, like when they all were imitating ''[[WaynesWorld Wayne's World]]'' ''Film/WaynesWorld'' and Bil says says: "Makes sense to me. {{NOT}}!"

Other characters include random neighbor children, pets, extended family members [[SpiritAdvisor (many of whom are dead)]], dead),]] and various [[TheGhost ghosts]] representing childhood excuses. A standard ''Family Circus'' trope is for a parent to ask the children who broke something, only for them all to say say: "not me"... just Just as a ghost named "Not Me" flees the scene, damning evidence of the crime in hand.

''Family Circus'' {{Sunday strip}}s are notable for generally sticking to the single-panel format of the weekday version, albeit far more elaborately drawn. Some of these Sunday strips have a gimmick where, through the usage of a dotted line arrow, you can see the path taken by Billy or another of the Keane children, through a heavily detailed map of a neighborhood, usually done to show how kids can get distracted why running simple errands. The 1990s 1990's added another set of themed strips ("It's Apparent You're a Parent"), which expands the Sunday strip to multi-panel multi panel (or in this case, circle) format to showcase how parenthood, through Bil and Thel, affects their everyday lives when dealing with their fellow adults.

adults.

Occassionally, the strip will go on a week-long week long "hiatus" as Bil Keane allowed his then young son, and later his grandson, to contribute rather crudely drawn "fill-in" strips when their father and grandfather needs to take a breather from work.

work.

Besides little kids, the sincere fanbase for the comic consists of parents and grandparents who love the domestic slice-of-life humor of writers like the late Erma Bombeck; in fact, she and Keane were friends. One of Keane's sons, Glen, became a top animator at Creator/{{Disney}} (where he was the lead character animator for [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ariel]], Ariel,]] [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast the Beast]], [[Disney/{{Pocahontas}} Pocahontas Beast,]] Disney/{{Pocahontas}} and John Silver]], Silver, among others). Another son, Jeff, began assisting his dad with the comic in the 2000s, 2000's, and has taken over following Bil's death in November 2011.

While it's ostensibly a humorous comic strip with a wide circulation, ''The Family Circus'' has been more popular as the butt of jokes at least since TheNineties. Amazon.com's user-contributed user contributed book reviews are infamous for containing snarky reviews of the printed collections of panels. Such reviews often mockingly parse the [[MistakenForProfound tremendous symbolism and deep philosophical meaning]] supposedly hidden in the strip's plain single-panel single panel storylines, along with its [[FreudWasRight Freudian]] or [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory religious]] symbolism. ''Blog/TheComicsCurmudgeon'' blog takes particular delight in mocking the strip and its characters. In the ''DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' novels, which are aimed at preteens, it's parodied as ''Li'l Cutie''.

Cutie.''

The early days of the Web (1995-99) saw a WebOriginal feature called ''Webcomic/DysfunctionalFamilyCircus''. ''Webcomic/DysfunctionalFamilyCircus.'' Family Circus strips were posted without the original caption, inviting readers to submit alternate interpretations of the scene. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity ensued]]. DFC's ''Dysfunctional Family Circus'''s creator said said: "A number of people have told me they don't like ''The Family Circus'' because they don't think it applied to them -- they never experienced anything remotely like it." One newspaper called the DFC ''Dysfunctional Family Circus'' a "twisted Rorschach test." Perhaps this explains why Todd Gaines, the cynical drug dealer from the 1999 film ''{{Film/Go}}'', ''Film/{{Go}},'' was compelled to read ''Family Circus'' every day.

day.

For all the abuse it gets, it's clear that ''The Family Circus'' speaks to a lot of people. As another newspaper observed at the height of the DFC ''Dysfunctional Family Circus'' controversy, no one would bother making a Web site called ''The Dysfunctional Fusco Brothers''.

Brothers.''

A LiveActionAdaptation film is [[http://www.deadline.com/2010/10/fox-walden-media-win-the-family-circus/ planned for the future]].future.]]



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26th Feb '16 4:56:26 AM WillBGood
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* ShoutOut: On Halloween 2012, this strip ran a comic that made a reference to ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. [[SincerityMode No really. It did]].

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* ShoutOut: On Halloween 2012, this strip ran a comic that made a reference to ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. [[SincerityMode [[http://familycircus.com/comics/october-31-2012/ No really. It did]].
18th Feb '16 2:37:13 PM LaurelHS
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* NeverMyFault: The kids have been known to blame inanimate objects for their misbehavior.
** Jeffy hits PJ with a stuffed monkey, PJ cries, Thel gets mad, and Jeffy says, "My monkey did it."
** Billy's explanation for how a flower bed got flattened is, "My bike did something dumb."
18th Feb '16 2:34:24 PM LaurelHS
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* RainDance: The family goes on a beach vacation and it rains. Dolly claims that this is Billy and Jeffy's fault because "they were doing their Indian rain dance."
1st Feb '16 4:01:49 PM LaurelHS
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* GotMeDoingIt: Of course, the kids all address Thel as "Mommy." In one strip, Bill introduces her to someone by saying, "I'd like you to meet my mommy -- MY WIFE!"
1st Feb '16 3:58:47 PM LaurelHS
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* NakedPeopleAreFunny: In one strip, Jeffy answers the door naked and suggests that the visitor come back later because "Mommy's tryin' to give me a bath."
16th Jan '16 10:31:35 PM nombretomado
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* SequentialArt: Unlike many other newspaper comics, ''TheFamilyCircus'' is not really sequential, at best sometimes using the Dotted Line Path mentioned above.

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* SequentialArt: Unlike many other newspaper comics, ''TheFamilyCircus'' ''ComicStrip/TheFamilyCircus'' is not really sequential, at best sometimes using the Dotted Line Path mentioned above.
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