200 years of cartoons canines!

200 years of cartoons canines!

“Think, Otto, think!!” says the character known as Sarge berates his uniform-wearing dog, Otto, for a paperwork mistake.

This confluence of two iconic comic strip dogs is on exhibit along with dozens of other images at the world’s largest cartoon museum as part of a new presentation of the history of canines in the world of cartooning.

There are plenty of cats in cartoons, but dogs’ personalities make them a perfect fit for the comic strip form.

“Dogs have that eagerness, they aim to please, so they actually make really good cartoon characters,” said Walker, a cartoonist and cartoon historian and the son of Mort Walker, the creator of Beetle Bailey.

The oldest image in the exhibit is a reprint of British artist George Cruikshank’s illustration of weather so bad it’s “raining cats and dogs.”

The exhibit also includes a video highlighting animated dogs such as Scooby-Doo, Huckleberry Hound, Underdog, Disney’s Pluto and Goofy, Slinky the Dog from the “Toy Story” movies, and even Santa’s Little Helper from “The Simpsons.”

Brian Walker said his favorite image in the exhibit comes from the classic Disney movie “Lady and the Tramp,” showing the scene where the dogs eat at an Italian restaurant.

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