U.S. Acres was a short-lived comic strip created by Jim Davis, far better known for his role as the creator of Garfield, written and drawn by Brett Koth, one of Jim's assistants. The strip focused on a cast of talking animals 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 animated form, due to appearing in Garfield and Friends. There, it existed for seven years as 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 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 Farmoutside 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, here.
Adults Are Useless: ...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.
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.
Football Hooligans: Some strips had The Beautiful Game as a theme. 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.
Frivolous Lawsuit: When Orson 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.
Hollywood Voodoo: 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: Roy's head asplode.
Hypno Fool: Wade gets hypnotized to calm his fears and Hilarity Ensues when the hypnotism ends up performing a total 180° on his personality.
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?!?
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!
The whole last week and final Sunday comic were about the strip ending in one way or another.
Nobody Calls Me Chicken: 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.
Because of his allergy to flowers, Roy doesn't like it when Booker brings any to the chicken coop. 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.
OOC Is Serious Business: In the strips final week, Wade finally conquers his fear of everything, which causes Orson, Roy, and Booker to run off screaming.
Parental Abandonment: 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.
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. He even places his bed right on the cliff, where he ends up falling from, once he got out of bed.
You and What Army?: 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"?
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 "what was that about my (Roy's) mother?"
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.