Mother Goose and Grimm is a comic strip begun in 1984 by Mike Peters. The strip centralizes on its title characters: an anthropomorphic goose named Mother Goose, and her dog, Grimm. Except when it chooses to be a one-shot, gag-a-day strip in the vein of The Far Side. Other main characters include Atilla the Cat and Ralph the Boston Terrier.The comic strip takes place in a world filled with funny animals. At the start of the series, Grimmy and Attila were noticeably less anthropomorphic as they are now, and communicated through thought bubbles as opposed to the speech bubbles they use now.Visit the strip's website here.
Anthropomorphic Shift: Grimmy and Atilla started out noticeably less humanoid than they are now. One of the most notable changes is that they now speak normally instead of via thought bubbles á la Garfield.
Art Evolution: The art was much more lumpy and scratchy in the first years. Sometime around 1988, it was streamlined, and the art has stayed the same since.
Biting-the-Hand Humor: There's a string of strips in summer 2008 where Grimm and his friend Ralph receive some letters from their newspaper syndicate and discuss them. Ralph even mentions Sherman's Lagoon (another comic strip distributed by the syndicate) at one point in the arc.
Butt Sticker: A very large friend of Mother Goose's visits and is disappointed not to see Grimm, and is told that she even sat in his favorite chair. As she stands, we see Grimm embedded in her.
Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Ham the pig, who was portrayed as Goose's roommate, has been long gone from the strip. Sumo the Cat seemed to have disappeared as well until a December 2011 story arc.
Atilla seems to be on his way to this as well, with the introduction of Ralph.
Express Lane Limit: One strip had Mother Goose at a "10 items or less" line. The cashier asks Mother Goose to move to a different lane, claiming she has a bag of 10 apples, a carton of 12 eggs, a bunch of 39 grapes, and a box of 1500 Cheerios. She decides just to buy a quart of milk... but the cashier says there are 32 ounces in the quart.
Murder by Cremation: This◊ strip had Grimm's Too Dumb to Live friend, Ralph the Boston Terrier, giving a testimony of the death of a possum who had apparently died, so they cremated him and placed his ashes in an urn. However, the possum's wife shows up, demanding to know where her husband is. When Ralph explains to her what happened, the female possum becomes angry, saying that her husband did not die, but was actually playing possum, like all possums are wont to do, then starts ranting that her husband is dead and questions about what she'll do now.
One had a man watching TV with a woman behind him looking shocked, and the caption, "Scully discovers the XXX Files." Which wasn't actually funny if you had any knowledge of The X-Files, since it was well-established that Mulder really did stash porn all over the office, and that Scully was perfectly aware of it and didn't care.
There's one in a strip during a 2004 story arc where Grimm goes to a veterinarian. While the vet was talking to Mother Goose, he briefly morphs into Garfield but still wears the doctor clothes, prompting Grimm to cry out, "NURSE!"
Grimmy: What are you watching?
Mother Goose: A history channel show about presidents.
Take That: In one June 2006 strip, Grimm is told by Ralph that a commercial for the Tim Allen remake of The Shaggy Dog is on TV and was then asked if he'd like to go see it. Grimm then declines, stating that "Tim Allen is no shaggy dog."
Talking Animal: Entire cast at some point. Grimm and Atilla used to speak via thought bubbles á la Garfield, but now are full-on talking animals.
Theme Naming: The title characters are named for popular fairy tale writers.
Unexpected Genre Change: Every now and then, Peters will set up a one-panel gag involving none of the cast whatsoever, or just Grimmy staring blankly off to the side.