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Re: Favourite comic moments?

Postby Spitfire » 13 Oct 2014, 22:00

Stephen wrote:
Meddle was the first person who came to my mind! There's the one from 'Merry Mister Meddle' where Aunt Jemima forbids him to go out to the shop to get some sweets because she's holding a special tea that afternoon - and it's also too foggy. But he sneaks out anyway when he's supposed to be getting changed, and inevitably gets lost on the way back. After being unable to find his house, he decides to knock on the door of a random person to see if they can help...

"Please," said Meddle, "I'm lost in the fog. I want to get home quickly because my aunt is having a very nice tea - so could you tell me where I live?"

"Yes," said the person at the door, and a hand came out and boxed him smartly on the ear. "You live here!"


Ha ha! I don't remember that one. Brilliant! :lol:
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Re: Favourite comic moments?

Postby Liam » 13 Oct 2014, 22:38

Five Go Off to Camp has quite a few laugh out moments, particularly Anne’s “volcano” incident. But this one below I’ve always found very funny:

It was pleasant sitting there, eating and talking, and drinking lime-juice and stream water. They were all tired, and it was nice to think of the cosy sleeping-bags. Timmy lifted his head and gave a vast yawn, showing an enormous amount of teeth.
'Timmy! I could see right down to your tail then!' said George. 'Do shut your mouth up. You've made us all yawn.'


I also like this one from Five On Kirrin Island Again:

This was the longest speech Martin had ever made to the four children! His face lost its dull, bored look as he spoke, and became bright and cheerful.
'O -- you want to be an artist, I suppose?' said Anne. 'I would like that too!'
'Anne! you can't even draw a cat that looks like one!' said Dick, scornfully. 'And when you drew a cow I thought it was an elephant.'
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Re: Favourite comic moments?

Postby rosy_posy » 14 Oct 2014, 00:11

My absolute favourite scene in any Enid Blyton book is in In the Fifth at Malory Towers where Mam'zelle plays her trick with the false teeth and everyone's totally appalled at her horrific teeth - and she ends up having to talk to some parents with them in! Oh dear, I'm laughing thinking about it even now!
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Re: Favourite comic moments?

Postby John Pickup » 14 Oct 2014, 19:20

In The Rubadub Mystery Loony brings another dog to the beach each day. One day a mongrel with very short legs turned up. Snubby said, "If its legs were much shorter they wouldn't touch the ground". And in the same book, Snubby asks Miss Twitt if she can hear the dicky bird twittering outside. I thought there was quite a lot of humour in that book.
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Re: Favourite comic moments?

Postby Maggie Knows » 15 Oct 2014, 08:11

Apart from the scenes that have already been mentioned, here are some other good FF comic moments:

* Anne chucking a bucket of water over Wilfrid in Book 20
* Julian dousing Stinker and Edgar with a hosepipe in Run Away
* Uncle Quentin emerging from his caravan confinement in Wonderful Time
* Sid's cameo role in Fall into Adventure
* The monkey pelting everyone with raisins in Demon's Rocks

There's also some funny scenes at the circus camp in Caravan. It's been a while since I read it so the details are hazy, but I remember the doggy football match and the chimp stealing the ball and hiding atop one of the vans: that whole episode is funny.
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Re: Favourite comic moments?

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 15 Oct 2014, 08:30

Ah yes - I love Sid the paper-boy in Fall Into Adventure and I can't help grinning when he says, "I'm partial to chocolate mould...The things I'm partial to I like very much, see?"

The mention of Run Away Together has reminded me of Julian's wonderfully witty repartee when confronted by the nasty Sticks, especially the part where Mr. Stick says, "Now look 'ere!" and Julian replies, in a tone of amazement, "You surely don't want me to look at you again. What for? Have you shaved yet - or washed? I'm afraid not. So, if you don't mind I think I'd rather not look at you." I remember reading that passage out to my sister when we were children - we were in hysterics over it.
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Re: Favourite comic moments?

Postby Moonraker » 15 Oct 2014, 09:36

There was a great scene in Smuggler's Top where Lenoir was listening for Timmy barking. "Seagulls mew like a cat, so maybe they can bark like a dog" was one comical line.
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Re: Favourite comic moments?

Postby Poppy » 15 Oct 2014, 09:53

I love this scene, featuring Fatty and Mr Goon from The Mystery of the Strange Bundle when he and Fatty are exploring Mr Fellows ransacked house:

'Look, look - what's that - over there! LOOK OUT!'

Mr Goon was so anxious to get out as well as to look out that he almost fell over Fatty, trying to rush out the room. Fatty clutched him as he went.

'It's all right! It's all right! I just caught sight of you in that mirror over there, Mr Goon, and it was just a dreadful sight I thought it must be someone lying in wait for us. Gosh, thank goodness it was only your reflection!'
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Re: Favourite comic moments?

Postby Rob Houghton » 15 Oct 2014, 10:41

Some great examples - especially the reflection one! Love it when Fatty cheeks Goon! :-)
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Re: Favourite comic moments?

Postby Ming » 15 Oct 2014, 17:52

I love the exchange between Snubby and the Great Uncle about the Green Hands Gang! Rilloby Fair Mystery was the funniest Barney Mystery book for me. :)

Mr Goon following the FFO to a picnic thinking they were meeting Luke, and then threatening to tell Inspector Jenks about them was hilarious too. Mr Goon has the best scenes, always. :D
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Re: Favourite comic moments?

Postby Maggie Knows » 15 Oct 2014, 20:02

I also thought of a funny episode in Smugglers Top: this is the one where Sooty and the boys trap Block in the curtain on the staircase. The humour carries on into the scene where they face the music from Mr Lenoir, with Sooty pretending it may have been him who'd given Block a nip on the ankle... :lol:
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Re: Favourite comic moments?

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 16 Oct 2014, 09:55

My son used to roar with laughter at 'Brer Wolf's Trick' in Five-Minute Tales. Brer Wolf brings Brer Rabbit the news that Brer Fox is dead. Brer Rabbit goes to Brer Fox's house and sees him lying motionless on his bed. Being suspicious, Brer Rabbit says loudly, "This is mighty funny. Brer Fox looks as if he's dead, but he doesn't act as if he is. Dead foxes always kick up their hind leg and shout 'Wahoo!' when anyone comes to see them." You can guess what happens next!
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Re: Favourite comic moments?

Postby Carlotta King » 16 Oct 2014, 10:30

Mr Tubby in Rubadub Mystery always makes me laugh, when Loony sees him waddle into the dining room for the first time, looking all cross and grumpy, with his big jowls that he raises above his teeth to growl, and the way he plonks himself down on his rug and gives a big sigh that goes along the floor like a draught. :D
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Re: Favourite comic moments?

Postby John Pickup » 16 Oct 2014, 19:11

I think most of the Barney books are rich in humour. Most of it centred around Snubby.
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Re: Favourite comic moments?

Postby Katharine » 19 Oct 2014, 23:14

In Five Go Off in a Caravan I like the part where Pongo meets Timmy and after shaking paws with him, goes round the back and shakes Timmy's tale. That's something I'd like to witness first hand.
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