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'''U.S. Acres''' was a short-lived comic strip created by Jim Davis, far better known for his role as the creator of ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'', written and drawn by Brett Koth, one of Jim's assistants. The strip focused on a cast of {{talking animal}}s who lived together on an unnamed farm:

* Orson, a pig with an overactive imagination and fondness for books
* Roy, a prankster rooster
* Booker, a yellow chick
* Sheldon, a partially-hatched chick
* Wade, a paranoid duck who is afraid of everything
* Lanolin, a really mean sheep
* Bo, her really kind (but not too smart) brother
* Cody and Blue, a cat and dog, respectively

The strip, begun in March 1986, was not a success (especially compared to ''Garfield''), and it came to an end in April 1989. As a result, ''U.S.Acres'' and its cast are much better-known in [[AnimatedAdaptation animated form]], due to appearing in ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends''. There, it existed for seven years as [[ThreeShorts the "B" in that series's A-B-A format]] – that's right, the animated version lasted more than twice as long as the strip did!

They also have their own [[https://www.facebook.com/usacres Facebook page]].

The characters also appeared in the Android Platform 'Garfield's Defense' games to help said title character against food aliens and zombies. Also available in iPhone/iPod/iPad Platform.

Known as ''Orson's Farm'' [[MarketBasedTitle outside the US]]. The strip is also referenced as such on the "Professor Garfield" children's educational website.

Paws, Inc. has reposted many of the strips (aside from the final ones) on its website, [[http://garfield.com/us-acres here.]]

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!!Tropes present in the strip:

* FiveFiveFive: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1989-02-08 This strip]] contains one.
* AccordionMan: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/2013-11-02 This worm's never been so humiliated.]]
* ACMEProducts: The worm family owns products by [=ACME=].
* AdultsAreUseless: ...and so are all other humans. The only humans who appear in the strip are a farmer and his daughter, who picks up a young Orson. They are only seen from the waist down, and never appear again afterward.
* AllPartOfTheShow: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1996-09-11 A worm named Marty invited friends named Waler and Orville to watch a shadow show.]] when Booker started stomping on Marty, his guests thought it was part of the show.
* AndNinetyNineCents: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1993-12-11 Roy tricked some of his friends into falling into a waller]]. When the mud dried rendering them immobile, he tried to sell them as "lawn ornaments" and charged $4.99 for each.
* AntiSneezeFinger: In [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/2012-09-05 this]] comic, Roy does this to Orson, resulting in himself finishing the sneeze Orson started.
* ArtEvolution: The art goes from round and cutesy to very loose and frenetic, a radical departure from ''Garfield'' either way.
* AscendedExtra: Brett Koth gained a co-writer's credit in the strip's last couple years, even though he did no more work on the strip than he had in ''Garfield'' at that point.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1999-06-01 Roy wanted his eyes to be bigger. Too bad for him it was Lanolin who granted that wish.]]
* BrandX: Orson is driven off in a "Furd" truck.
* BoxAndStickTrap: One arc includes Booker's several attempts to catch worms with that kind of trap. One of the strips features a worm using Booker's trap as a bait to capture Booker and Sheldon with a bigger version of the trap.
* CameraObscurer: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1989-03-16 Wade forgot the lens cover on when he tried to take a picture of the Through Ness Monster]].
* Catch22Dilemma: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1989-02-08 This strip]] shows why Wade will always have claustrophobia.
* CatchingSomeZs: Yes, they look like they do in ''Garfield'', and yes, [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/2010-10-30 they also play with them sometimes]].
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1987-03-31 Orson told Booker and Shendon]] the story of the boy who [[CryingWolf cried wolf]] and Booker learned the boy... needed a big club to hit the wolf with.
** Also, [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1990-11-03 A worm trying to sell gloves to another worm.]] When his potential customer got inside home without even speaking to him, he thought she went inside to pick up her ''hand''bag.
** [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/2004-08-26 Orson believes goalies must be ready to spring at any moment to avoid being hit with the ball.]]
* ContestWinnerCameo: The contest [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople2/chickens3.JPG instigated here]], and the winning submission was "Max, the Skateboarding Bird". He only lasted one week, [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople2/chickens25.JPG but he seemed to be intended as a recurring character]].
* DebutQueue: The entire cast was introduced one at a time, starting with Orson, followed by Roy, then Booker and Sheldon, then Wade, then Bo and Lanolin, and finally Cody and Blue.
* DelayedReaction: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1993-07-22 Sheldon asked for a lick of Booker's ice cream. It took a few seconds for Booker to realize Sheldon couldn't lick through his shell.]]
** Also, when [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1993-07-12 a worm impersonated a chopstick to trick Booker]], the worm talked to Booker, who called him "Mr. Chopstick" and only later realized how odd it was for a chopstick to talk.
* DownOnTheFarm: Played straight. Jim Davis is from just outside of Muncie, Indiana.
* {{Duck}}: Occurs in [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1987-07-20 this strip]].
* EarlyBirdCameo: Bo and Lanolin appear to [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1986-07-20 offer a one-liner in a Sunday comic]] long before their "official" introduction.
** They, along with Cody and Blue, also appear on the back of the first book's cover, even though their debut strips aren't until the second book.
* EekAMouse: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1988-07-16 A worm had this reaction after entering a mouse hole to hide from Booker.]]
* EvilRoy
* ExactWords: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1989-03-04 Booker dared a worm to show his face.]] The worm then showed a portrait.
** [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1988-11-30 During the ugly face contest arc, Roy told Lanolin she couldn't "make a reeeally ugly face".]] He forgot to specify ''whose'' face was supposed to be made ugly.
** [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1998-07-21 Orson was trying to take Bo's photography and asked him to show his teeth.]] Bo removed them from his mouth.
* ExpressiveAccessory: The duck head on Wade's innertube, which looks exactly like his actual face and often mirrors the expression on his actual face.
* FalseReassurance: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/2013-11-26 The worm dressed as a chicken to trick Booker and Sheldon told them he knew what he was doing.]]
** [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1992-03-27 When Lanolin knitted Orson a scarf]], Bo was worried Lanolin was pulling a trick on him (Orson). She said she wasn't and then it's revealed the scarf was made of Bo's wool.
* FootballHooligans: Some strips had TheBeautifulGame as a theme. [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1998-08-25 In this one]], Lanolin showed the área where the parking lot would be. She explained that's where that'd hold "the fight after the game". Her face held an expression she was looking forward that monent.
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: This 1987 [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1987-12-25 Christmas strip]]. Enough said.
* FrivolousLawsuit: When Orson [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/2012-05-11 read the tale of]] Goldilocks and the three bears and asked if any of the listeners knew what she did after trying the too hot and the too cold bowls of porridge, Lanolin suggested she sued the bears.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: When Orson explains to Booker that he's named that because he loves books, his response is "I'm just glad you don't love kumquats". While this was probably just a use of InherentlyFunnyWords, FundamentallyFunnyFruit, or both, he may have been implying his name would be "Kummer". Say that out loud.
** In one sunday strip, Orson, Roy and the chicks wanted to teach Wade to swim, and so the cute little farm animals went to Wade and said they'll be with him the whole time, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick and carry him to the pond and]]-[[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1986-08-17 WHA-uh-doo-Watch where your hands are, Roy!!]]
* GoneHorriblyRight: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1986-10-19 In several early U.S. Acre strips]], Orson uses hypnotism on Wade in order to make him not fear anything. It works, and Wade goes from being a [[LovableCoward lovable coward]] to shortly being a fearless and ''reckless'' JerkAss who fears absolutely [[TooDumbToLive nothing]].
* GratuitousGerman: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1998-04-04 Booker tried to trap a worm by sitting on its hole]]. The worm used a spiked helmet like those from German soldiers and said "Ach du lieber! A flyink chicken!"
* HartmanHips: Parodied [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/2010-07-13 here]] when a female worm [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics who only has eyelashes]] eats a peanut and gains the appearance of having broad shoulders and hips.
* HeadDesk: Booker's reaction [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/2012-04-20 here]] when he realises he'd been tricked by a worm.
* HenpeckedHusband: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1992-04-06 This worm was brave enough to fight Booker but cowers when his wife scolds him for being late for dinner.]]
** [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1997-09-01 Also, when a hole-to-hole salesworm shows up at a hole and asks if the worm who answered was "the man of the house"]], said worm responded "I'll get her".
* HollywoodVoodoo: Booker comes along with a balloon which looks like Roy. When Roy wants to know what this is about, Booker claims it was a voodoo balloon. Roy isn't impressed, so Booker stabs it with a pin, result: [[YourHeadAsplode Roy's head asplode]].
* HypnoFool: Wade gets hypnotized to calm his fears and HilarityEnsues when the hypnotism ends up performing a total 180° on his personality.
* ICanSeeMyHouseFromHere: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1989-01-08 "Hey, I can see the barn from up here"]].
** [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1995-08-08 Also "I can see our house from here"]]
* IdeaBulb: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1991-05-07 Orson greeted Bo because Bo's greetings bring wind.]]
* IKnowYouKnowIKnow:
-->'''Wade:''' Who's in there?\\
'''Max:''' You don't know me.\\
'''Wade:''' Are you sure I don't know you?\\
'''Max:''' I don't know.\\
'''Wade:''' You don't know what?\\
'''Max:''' I don't know that you don't know that you know me.\\
'''Wade:''' But how do I '''know''' that?!?
* InsistentTerminology: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1991-06-29 Booker was afraid he and a worm would fall off a cliff. From that height, the worm believed ""plummet" would be more like it".]]
** [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1992-11-21 Whenever it rains, Bo says it's "partly dry"]].
* InstantCosplaySurprise: Done on Roy [[http://garfield.com/usacres/vault.html?yr=2010&addr=100720 here]].
* InsultBackfire: Roy Rooster decided it was time for Booker to [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/2011-01-11 start rooster training]].
--> '''Roy:''' Okay, Booker. It's time you started rooster training.\\
'''Booker:''' Why?\\
'''Roy:''' Because you need to practice if you want to be like me.\\
'''Booker:''' I'd rather drink pond scum!\\
'''Roy:''' Good! You've got the Obnoxious part down!
* ImagineSpot: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/2011-03-11 Two concerning]] [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/2011-03-26 Sheldon's future]].
* IWillShowYouX: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1987-07-12 "I'll good morning you!!"]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Roy and Lanolin, both of whom often tried to one-up the other.
* LastRequest: ''[[http://garfield.com/us-acres/2012-11-10 Booker asks if a worm has "any last requests"]] and the worm suggests "Melancholy Baby".
* LetsSeeYouDoBetter:
** [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1990-01-22 Booker showed Sheldon a hand trick and Sheldon said it's an old one.]] Booker then dared Sheldon to do it and somehow, Booker did see Sheldon doing it despite Sheldon living [[MeaningfulName inside a shell]].
** [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/2013-06-16 Roy says he can swim better than Orson can.]] When asked to show it, he says he doesn't want to get his feathers wet so Lanolin [[ExactWords takes them away]] so he can swim without getting them wet.
* MarketBasedTitle: The strip was known as ''Orson's Farm'' outside the U.S.
* MeaningfulEcho: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1991-01-10 When Orson joined his friends at ice skating]], they told him not to because he'd drown them all. Not believing them, he entered the lake and said "See!". However, he did sink and the friends replied "See?!!!"
* MeaningfulName: Orson gave Booker that name because he (Orson) likes to read, making Booker glad Orson didn't like kumquats. Lanolin is named for a type of wax secreted by sheep.
** And Sheldon is called Sheldon because [[DontExplainTheJoke he's just an egg shell with legs.]]
* MediumAwareness: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1989-04-14 Orson told Sheldon their days were "not only numbered, but signed and dated" and he lived each moment as if it was his last panel.]]
* MortonsFork: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1994-10-15 Orson asked Booker and Sheldon if they wanted him to read a book or if they wanted to watch [=TV=].]] Booker eagerly replied "Television!" and Orson then got inside a [=TV=] and started reading a book inside it.
* NeverSayDie: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1990-02-13 These worms said "go".]]
* NoFourthWall: After passing a sign reading "The end is near," [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/2006-07-29 Orson smacks into the end of the (truncated) last panel.]] [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople2/cutsthecorn56.JPG This strip]] also addresses the strip's end quite literally.
** The whole last week and final Sunday comic were about the strip ending in one way or another.
* NobodyCallsMeChicken: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1996-10-29 A worm dared]] Booker (a literal chicken, mind you) to cross a line and vanished inside his hole before Booker responded. After Booker crossed the line, the same worm (or another one) showed up from another hole and acted like Booker had yet to decide if he'd accept the challenge or not. Booker was confused.
* NotHyperbole:
** Because of his allergy to flowers, Roy doesn't like it when Booker brings any to the chicken coop. [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/2012-07-17 One time]], he said "Don't bring those flowers in here! You want me to sneeze my feathers off?!" Enraged, Booker picks a giant flower and brings it to Roy in retaliation. The sneeze was so strong that both Roy and Booker lost their feathers.
** In one strip, Lanolin threatens to slap Roy's beak to the moon. She literally does that later.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: In the strips final week, Wade finally conquers his fear of everything, which causes Orson, Roy, and Booker to run off screaming.
* PaperThinDisguise: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1987-11-23 This worm's chicken disguise.]]
* ParentalAbandonment: While Booker and Sheldon were still unhatched eggs, their mother, having decided she was tired of sitting on eggs, literally just got up and walked away. The eggs remained unguarded in their nest until Orson found them the following week.
* PortableHole: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1987-10-15 Booker ripped one from the ground so the worm he was chasing would be stuck underground.]]
* PunnyName: U.S. Acres was supposed to be a pun on "U.S.A."
* RakeTake: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1988-03-02 Wade believed that, if he were fast enough, he could race right by danger before it could do anything to him.]] A rake proved him wrong.
* RunningGag: The series pretty much runs on them. Sign gags, face gags, scaring Wade, slop jokes, imagination jokes, etc.
* TheScream: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1989-01-15 Wade sees a fake spider and screams so loud, it circles the world.]]
* ShoutOut: The AnimatedAdaptation is directly addressed in [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1989-04-14 the penultimate daily strip]].
** Also, Binky the Clown makes a cameo in a thought balloon in one strip. Also, Booker had a duck call whistle that sounded "Hey, Duck!"
** [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/2013-10-28 "Power Pig!]] [[{{Superman}} Fast as a speeding bullet! Strong as a locomotive!"]]
** [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1987-07-11 Sheldon was wondering what an old tree would say if it could talk.]] A worm pranked him by making it seem it sang [[ScoobyDoo "Shooby Dooby Doo"]].
* ShownTheirWork: [[spoiler:Orson is abandoned at the beginning of the strip's life because he's the runt]], just like pigs do in real life.
* SneezeOfDoom: Occurs [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople2/hamsitup6.JPG here]].
* SphereEyes
* SpitTake: [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople2/cutsthecorn32.JPG March 22, 1989]], and again on [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople2/cutsthecorn43.JPG April 2]].
* SpySpeak: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/2010-09-19 Bo takes it literally.]]
* StockYuck: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/2013-06-05 A worm tries to eat spinach but doesn't like the flavor]]. The remaining spinach moans over the fact "Nobody likes spinach".
* TalkingAnimal: Unlike in ''Garfield'', the cast of U.S. Acres actually talks. (This might also be the reason for why Cody and Blue weren't in the cartoon.)
* TemptingFate: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/2013-11-03 Orson said even Lanolin couldn't ruin that day. She shouted "I just washed my car!" and it rained.]]
* ThatsAllFolks: The [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople2/cutsthecorn60.JPG last strip]].
* TooDumbToLive: Bo.
-->(Bo is [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1987-08-19 staring at the TV]].)\\
'''Lanolin''': What's on TV tonight, Bo?\\
'''Bo''': Nothing.\\
(BeatPanel)\\
'''Lanolin''': (''[[DopeSlap smacks Bo]]'') Then turn it ''on'', stupid.
** Wade is this as well. He falls off cliffs, when he can just fly to avoid injury. He goes ahead and just sits under a place where a blouder above him could easily fall and squish him. [[spoiler: He even places his bed right on the cliff, where he ends up falling from, once he got out of bed.]]
* YouAndWhatArmy: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1986-10-17 Orson once used hypnosis to make Wade no longer afraid of anything. The first sign it was working was when Wade responded to a command by asking "You and what army, waller breath"?]]
* YouWouldntHitAGuyWithGlasses: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/2012-04-20 A worm invoked the trope to avoid a beating from Booker]]. Booker was initially proud to have shown "chickens do have hearts" but later banged his head on a tree out of frustration once he remembered "worms don't have eyes".
** [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1991-10-16 A worm wondered if a fish would eat a worm with glasses.]]
* YourCostumeNeedsWork: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1990-08-28 Roy once dared Orson to dress like a bear.]] When a real bear showed up, Roy said it was the worst bear suit he'd ever seen.
* YourHeadAsplode: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1987-06-09 June 9, 1987]].
* YourMom: [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1987-10-07 One strip featured Booker plugging a hole]] and then yelling that the worm's mother was a garden hose. When the worm tried to return to the surface, it hit the head on the cork.
** [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1987-10-16 A later strip had a worm telling Booker]] his mother swam after garbage scows. Guess what Booker's "Mom", Orson, was ready to do at the end of the strip?
** [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1987-12-11 Feeling bored, Wade told Cody his mother had fleas so Cody would chase him away.]]
** Orson wondered why Roy considered himself qualified to be the judge of an "ugly face contest". When Roy said he knew ugly when he saw it, Lanolin jokingly mentioned "he should". Roy then asked [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/2002-11-28 "what was that about my (Roy's) mother?"]]
** [[http://garfield.com/us-acres/1989-01-21 Roy, over a frozen lake, teasing a fish]]. "Hey, fish! Your mother wears waders!" Then a strong fish breaks through the ice and drags Roy's face into water. Roy ends the strip with a broken and frozen face.

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