dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Things get way too surreal.......

A lot of people tend to blame the feathered Scrappy that is Woodstock for the strip's decline into the mess that overstayed its welcome far into the eighties and nineties. The thing is that he's not so much a cause as he is a symptom of the disorder; Schulz's need to focus on the defense mechanism Snoopy used to shield himself from having to remember how awful being a dog was started to turn the void in which he and the rest of the gang lived from an absurdist anteroom to Purgatory into a surreal cloud-cuckoo land. I, for one, could have done with more of Charlie Brown asking how it is that Violet's parasol can be three-D and less of his having to contend with kite-eating trees. I also question the over-emphasis on Snoopy's freakish clutch of littermates and their weird lifestyles. I mean, there I was hoping to see if Charlie Brown was ever going to kick that football and I'd end up looking at Spike chilling with a cactus, Snoopy acting like a scout master or (worst of all) more of the screwball whimsy that is Linus waiting for the Great Pumpkin, Easter Beagle, Kwanzaa Kumquat, et cetera, et cetera. What I'm basically saying is that you shouldn't overstay your welcome.
Tags: the children of the void.

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