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July 14, 2007

& yr ltl dg 2

Well, except the witch was saying “Surrender Dorothy” — that is, “People
of Oz, turn Dorothy over to me” — rather than “Surrender, Dorothy.”

Just for the record, you know…


  1. 1. This is just a joke about how that crazy newfangled text messaging forces people to abbreviate words, so even well-known phrases like “Surrender Dorothy” get reduced to semi-gibberish. Putting 2000s text messaging into a 1930s movie is a basic example of comedic incongruity.
    2. I never thought about it, but you’re right: the Witch’s message was intended for the people of the Emerald City. She wanted them to turn Dorothy over to her.
    3. Oddest thing about this cartoon is that it’s colored in the sepia tones of the Kansas scenes. But being as this is “Bizarro,” perhaps the Bizarro World version of the movie has the sepia-to-color transition reversed.

    Comment by Joe Blevins — July 14, 2007 @ 2:01 am

  2. It’s entirely possible that the Wicked Witch sent a mass e-mail/text message to all subscribers in the area…

    Comment by Rob in Japan — July 14, 2007 @ 4:48 am

  3. What I don’t understand is the piece of pie under the Scarecrow.

    Comment by Dave S — July 14, 2007 @ 9:32 am

  4. Dave, Piraro scatters slices of pie, firecrackers, and other odd items in his cartoons. Somebody will likely provide the URL for where he explains this, but for now you just have to accept that it’s a random slice of pie.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — July 14, 2007 @ 12:07 pm

  5. Like the dynamite stick, flying alien, and upside-down bird on the right side of the panel. Not seeing the disembodied eyeball at the moment.

    Comment by VoodooChicken — July 15, 2007 @ 7:35 am

  6. What I don’t understand is why type in “Dorth E” when you could type “Dorothy” with about the same number of button pushes. But then, there’s a lot about IM speak that I just don’t get.

    Comment by That's me — July 16, 2007 @ 5:42 pm

  7. That’s Me, I think often cartoonists (as well as other artists and writers) choose what might be MOST EASILY RECOGNIZED as something, over what that something actually looks like.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — July 16, 2007 @ 5:55 pm

  8. I can’t stand the language used in texting. It breaks my heart. Er, that should be brks ❤ or something.

    Comment by Paul — July 17, 2007 @ 1:39 pm

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