Jun 14th 2018 08:17 am And why are my feet stuck to the floor?


(Cartoonist’s note: the discussion yesterday sort of got ahead of today’s old post, but here is more on time-travel entertainment. I can’t vouch for the links imbedded in these posts from 10 years ago. Click at your own risk.)
One of my old journalism professors would tell us, “Literary allusions are risky, because a lot of your readers will not have read the work you’re alluding to.” He was right, of course, but that never stopped me from swiping a good literary allusion.

Several of you have mentioned that you did not see the movie “Peggy Sue Got Married.” In my defense, it got quite a buzz when it first appeared in theaters in 1986, and if you’re interested in the movie’s premise, you can go here. More than one person mentioned that the movie struck them as “depressing.” I think this was because of the palpable mood Francis Ford Coppola was able to weave by movie’s end. (For the record, events were looking up when the credits rolled.) I, for one, liked the film a lot. As much as I enjoyed watching “Back to the Future,” that other blockbuster time-travel flick, I think “Peggy Sue Got Married” was just as much fun while being much more substantive.
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25 Responses to “And why are my feet stuck to the floor?”

  1. Mark in TTown on 14 Jun 2018 at 8:39 am #

    I did see King Kong vs Godzilla, though. At a drive-in theater when I was about Arlo’s age in this strip. Now the theater is grocery store and I have that movie on Blu-Ray to watch when I want. Time-traveling forward!

  2. TruckerRon on 14 Jun 2018 at 9:12 am #

    I love how we’re able to selectively drag our favorite books, movies, TV series, etc., in our wake and enjoy them again as we choose.

  3. Steve from Royal Oak, MI on 14 Jun 2018 at 9:28 am #

    I liked both Back to the Future and Peggy Sue. BTTF was more fun but Peggy Sue hit more of a nerve. I think that It’s a Wonderful Life is a time travel movie that is even more substantive than Peggy Sue. There may have been other movies made before Capra made this one that touched on revisiting the past, but I really loved it’s creativity. Groundhog Day is another movie that I thought was very creative. It just seems so many movies tend to follow a formula or put a twist on an older movie.

  4. Blinky the Wonder Wombat on 14 Jun 2018 at 10:56 am #

    Roger Ebert raved about Kathleen Turner’s performance, especially her reaction when she first encountered a long-deceased relative.

  5. Llee on 14 Jun 2018 at 10:59 am #

    Godzilla always loses. Why? He tries soooooooo hard and still comes up short.

  6. JACKQULINE MONIES on 14 Jun 2018 at 11:33 am #

    Critics have continued to rave about Groundhog Day and Peggy Sue. Yes, both are dark but they evoke thought and introspection.

    And so does Jimmy.

  7. Mark in TTown on 14 Jun 2018 at 11:37 am #

    Llee, Godzilla didn’t really lose in that movie. The English-dubbed version inserted a report that Kong had been seen swimming away. But Godzilla has appeared in many more movies from Toho, while Kong has not.

  8. Bryan on 14 Jun 2018 at 1:28 pm #

    What on earth is little Arlo wearing on his feet? Looks like some sort of weird leg warmers but no little boy would have been wearing those.

  9. Mark in TTown on 14 Jun 2018 at 1:32 pm #

    He’s got his jeans rolled up at the bottom.

  10. TruckerRon on 14 Jun 2018 at 1:42 pm #

    Parents of that era often bought the jeans too long and had the kids roll them up at the bottom so they’d still fit as the kids grew taller.

    Godzilla lost to a bug, ya know!

    Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)


    My favorite thing was the singing Twin Fairies portrayed by “The Peanuts.”

  11. TruckerRon on 14 Jun 2018 at 5:28 pm #

    Comics fans may lynch this guy:


  12. Mark in TTown on 14 Jun 2018 at 5:56 pm #


    Make your plans now.

  13. Anonymous on 14 Jun 2018 at 7:30 pm #

    These topics are very uninteresting; back to lurking.

  14. Anonymous on 14 Jun 2018 at 8:39 pm #

    I like how the flashback within a flashback within a flashback has sent comments down memory lane. Stretches the mind, bends the imagination, and brings a smile. For me Kong was made sympathetic but Godzilla remained a monster. I don’t think I ever saw Mothra though.
    Thanks Big E for Happy Accidents, I’ll have to remember that one. Both Marisa Tomei and Vincent D’Onofrio were favorites back then. I wonder how I missed it. Must have been a very busy year.

  15. TruckerRon on 14 Jun 2018 at 9:35 pm #

    I’m a little disappointed in the apparent lack of interest in the Stan Lee situation among a village of comics fans.

  16. Charlotte in NH on 14 Jun 2018 at 10:18 pm #

    Trucker Ron, it’s a sad situation. I wonder how his family and friends let it get this far. This weasel must be very clever and devious.

  17. Charlotte in NH on 14 Jun 2018 at 10:26 pm #

    I’ve gotta say, earlier I was looking at the comments on today’s A&J strip, and you want to hear passionate and detailed analysis of this sound discrepancy, the topic of what Arlo said in the strip — look no further. I do not even watch TV and I was fascinated by the awfulness of the Tv sound. “If we can send a man to the moon… ”

    You folks had better read those comments and see what you think!

  18. Mark in TTown on 14 Jun 2018 at 10:36 pm #


  19. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 14 Jun 2018 at 11:44 pm #

    If Mr. Lee has a problem, my sympathies to him and to those close to him. The fact that he is/was connected to comics in some way ought make no difference one way or the other. I’d feel the same way for ANY person in such an [alleged] situation. Likewise, the fact that this blog is generated by a cartoonist should play no role.

    In other words, any human ought to have feelings for any other human. Nicht wahr?

  20. Old Bear on 15 Jun 2018 at 12:31 am #

    I’m with you c e-p.
    Anyone with an ounce of decency should chastise the creep.
    If he were 1/2 way decent he could have gotten away with a lot of money. (Not good)

    But he wanted it ALL – NOW.
    So he will get his wrist slapped and be back at it like last time.

  21. Big E on 15 Jun 2018 at 12:47 am #

    Anon, you can see a low resolution version of Happy Accidents on YouTube.

  22. TruckerRon on 15 Jun 2018 at 1:22 am #

    I played the “comics fan” card because it was Stan Lee’s name in the headline that caught my eye.

    In the original Star Trek series Spock once commented, “I’ve noticed that about your people, Doctor. You find it easier to understand the death of one than the death of a million.”

    I have found that trying to empathize with one victim whom you know is easier than doing so with thousands or millions whom you don’t.

  23. Mark in TTown on 15 Jun 2018 at 6:26 am #

    Protection racket! Hah! Good one, Jimmy

  24. Llee on 15 Jun 2018 at 7:29 am #

    Stan Lee??? He’s he’s aww SHOOT.
    But also….you don’t pick on people. Especially old folks. Or children. Or……you just DONT.

  25. Mark in TTown on 15 Jun 2018 at 7:37 am #

    This happens to the well-to-do more often. They spend their lives working and accumulating wealth along the way. Then as they get older their children, business partners or caretakers start looking for a way to separate them from their money.