Cul de Sac (6/5/09)

06-05-09 (Cul de Sac)

There’s nothing creepier than fake cheeriness, whether it manifests itself in a morning news anchor or on the face of a stuffed animal. The kids in this strip seem to have this poor rabbit pegged. Not only is its grin impossibly wide, but it carries none of the joy of a genuinely happy bunny and doesn’t even suggest the knowing slyness of a Cheshire Cat. Words like “smarmy” and “patronizing” come close to describing this toy figure, but I think the owner of the stuffed animal comes closest when she uses the phrase, “insane with glee.” Maybe “glee” is the wrong word, but the ear-to-ear grin on this rabbit suggests that it is, indeed, insane with something.

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