Housepets!

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Housepets!
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Author(s) Rick Griffin
Website
Update schedule Ongoing Monday-Wednesday-Friday
Launch date June 2, 2008
Genre General humor, slice of life
Rating(s)
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Issue #1, Housepets are naked all the time
Issue 2, Hope they don't get eaten
Housepets redirects here. This is also the term for a domestic animal or pet.

Housepets! is an anthropomorphic webcomic by Rick Griffin. The comic is loosely based upon a series of sketches created in Griffin's childhood about a dog named Bino, who also appears as a supporting character in the comic as it exists today. Griffin came up with the idea of expanding his sketches into a full webcomic in 2006, drew up a few rough strips in 2007, and unveiled the comic itself on June 2, 2008. Housepets! won the Ursa Major Award for Best Anthropomorphic Comic Strip for 2009, 2010 and 2011.[1][2]

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Premise

The primary setting of Housepets! is Babylon Gardens, a suburban neighborhood somewhere within the United States (the strip itself does not specify the exact location of Babylon Gardens, although Griffin states that the Sandwich house was based upon a former residence of his in North Carolina). In the Housepets! universe, most animals are sentient. Mammals with paws are fully anthropomorphized, able to speak and walk upright; mammals with hooves (and all other animals) are non-morphic, but retain the capacity for speech. Pets live twice their normal lifespan. Animals also enjoy certain rights (for example, a police dog can arrest humans, complete with a fictional legal precedent cited), but wild animals not kept as pets have no legal status. Most pets are regarded much like surrogate children, referring to their owners as "Mom" and "Dad" as well as adopting their surnames, and may be kept by humans who opt not to have children of their own. Also, the intoxicating properties of orange soda are exaggerated.

The action of the comic revolves around the lives of the various pets living in Babylon Gardens, although many strips focus specifically upon Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly, pets of the Sandwich family. Most strips adopt a "slice of life" approach, depicting pets dealing with common problems such as coping with boredom, visiting the vet, and interacting with other pets in the neighborhood.

Translation projects are highly active for Portugese, French, Italian, German, and Simplified and Traditional Chinese. Other translation projects, including Japanese, Spanish, Hebrew, Swedish, Dutch, Danish and Arabic, are in the works. In addition, some novelty translations, including lolspeak, Olde English, Musical, Advertising, and "Real" (all animal lines replaced with animal sound onomatopoeias) have been undertaken. There is also an unofficial-but-sanctioned project, the Refur Project, to color the original black-and-white comics that were drawn prior to Christmas 2008.

In addition to adding color effective Christmas 2008, the style of the comic was changed in March 2009 to closer reflect Rick's typical drawing style.

Cast

Main article: List of characters in Housepets!

References

  1. Ursa Major Award winners - GreenReaper, Flayrah (31 May 2010)
  2. 2010 Ursa Major Awards winners - PeterCat, Flayrah (13 May 2011)

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Ursa Major Awards winners
2000
Best Live Action TV Series: The Muppet Show! · Best Animated TV Series: Animaniacs · Best Live Action Feature Film: Who Framed Roger Rabbit? · Best Animated Feature Film: Fantasia
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