Toonbots review of Pokey the Penguin

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Um, Pokey is not for the faint of heart. If you don't already know about Pokey, then, let's face it, you're probably just not Pokey material. Pokey the Penguin is drawn on what looks like a Mac, and the amount of effort per episode, in my professional opinion, is probably somewhat less than the fifteen minutes I usually put into a Toonbots episode.

One Pokey strip just plain won't make sense. In fact, you might not even find it funny. (Gasp!) But some rainy Saturday when you just plain don't have anything else to do, get yourself a Coke (or maybe even more powerful chemical additives), page over to the Pokey archives, start at the first one, and get as far as you can. With some exposure, it won't start to make any more sense, but you will find that it just doesn't matter -- Pokey is hilarious.

It seems to me that a great deal of Pokey's humor is the juxtaposition of repeated nonsensical themes with fresh almost-not-nonsensical themes. Did that make sense? The thing is, there are some elements of Pokey which are always the same, and yet they're combined in new and surprising ways each episode.

Oh, I don't know. I really like Pokey. If you have the time to immerse yourself, go check it out and see if you agree. In all fairness, the three graphics I've embedded in this review are random picks. It's all like that... HOORAY!!!

(Mar 1, 2001)
I'm finding that there's a rich body of folklore associated with Pokey the Penguin. Here's an example.

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