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September 3, 2008

stumpy movie

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very very nice

Posted by: nader at September 3, 2008 7:03 PM

A hero for our times. Two legs good, four legs gooder.

Posted by: Spangleyed at September 3, 2008 7:04 PM

Face. Butt. Face. Butt.

Posted by: zieglerfe at September 3, 2008 7:05 PM

I am always amazed with your works. Keep up the great work.

Posted by: CK at September 3, 2008 7:31 PM

Ahh, Stumpy! The illustrations are great, and the story is as good as I remembered.

Posted by: girlie_sportsracer at September 3, 2008 7:41 PM

Today I woke up feeling like I wanted the Internet to read to me. "Voice to text articles!" I thought. "NPR!" "Some random indie podcast!" But none satisfied.

Turns out I just needed a good ol' crowdsourced video fable.

Thanks, everyone.

Posted by: Heather R. at September 3, 2008 7:43 PM

This story gets better every time.

'Face butt face butt'


I like this.

Posted by: Rory at September 3, 2008 7:44 PM

forgot how awesome the story is...nice drawings guys, i'm impressed. thanks for reminding us to just be yourself ze.

Posted by: Logan at September 3, 2008 7:52 PM

thanks ze (and friends). that was really cute.

Posted by: sarah at September 3, 2008 7:56 PM


i want a four-legged duckie.

Posted by: lizzie at September 3, 2008 8:08 PM

That is hilarious, excellent job.

Posted by: Tyson at September 3, 2008 8:12 PM

Very cool. Stumpy kinda reminds me of rudolph (that one reindeer with the red nose). Now let's make a holiday that revolves around stumpy!

Posted by: mattunger at September 3, 2008 8:14 PM

wow - cool. thanks for revisiting this.

Posted by: wosepedals at September 3, 2008 8:17 PM

well, it made me laugh, I have to admit. otherwise, wtf

Posted by: Danny at September 3, 2008 8:52 PM

So this project finally got finished?

Makes me miss The Show. :(

Posted by: Jeff at September 3, 2008 8:59 PM

Awesome. It's hard to make a new worthwhile story up, you did a great job.

Posted by: Shelley Noble at September 3, 2008 9:27 PM

How sweet! I was in a rotten mood, but stumpy really cheered me up! Thanks! <3

Posted by: Lolli at September 3, 2008 9:37 PM

fitzled = coolest word ever

Posted by: whitty at September 3, 2008 10:25 PM

Awesome. You should submit this to TotLOL.com, maybe... It'd have to be a youtube video though, for tech's sake.

Posted by: Glutnix at September 3, 2008 11:02 PM

Yay Stumpy! Oh yay oh yay!

Posted by: Jeano at September 4, 2008 1:59 AM

This is just beautiful. Thanks.

Posted by: ingrid at September 4, 2008 4:06 AM

I saw my name in the credits, but I didn't see my illustration in the video. Did I miss it, or is this a mistake of some kind?

Posted by: Lhyzz at September 4, 2008 10:59 AM

All this does is make me miss The Show (with Ze Frank). This and the fact that it's politics season.

Posted by: MikeW at September 4, 2008 11:06 AM

Awww...what an adorable way to start the day. ^_^

Now I'm a good mood. Thank you!

Posted by: Jaunell at September 4, 2008 11:31 AM

That was so lovely. Awh.

Posted by: Valerie at September 4, 2008 5:56 PM

Very cute. I felt all warm and fuzzy, like I was a wee lass again watching Reading Rainbow.

Posted by: jantzie at September 4, 2008 6:48 PM

Aw - sweet. Nice to see the Stumpy Movie finished.

How's it feel?

Posted by: gypsy sister at September 4, 2008 7:45 PM

What a really nice story. His extra legs were for hugging. I was touched. Thank you.

Posted by: melissa at September 5, 2008 1:46 AM

I didn't realise how much I had missed Stumpy.

Posted by: zoe at September 5, 2008 5:06 AM

Ah how times have changed. There was a time you couldn't say 'face' on public tv, and had to say 'visage'. I like these new times.

Go Stumpy, go.

Posted by: david at September 6, 2008 3:37 PM

Really good stuff. If there is ever a time I cease to enjoy your writing I will do my best to go to a doctor and find out what horrible disease I will have obviously contracted.

Posted by: cw at September 9, 2008 1:53 AM

That was lovely. Nostalgic and lovely.

Posted by: Jaime at September 10, 2008 12:33 AM

So good to see this. I miss the feeling of community and collaboration your daily videos breathed life into.

Posted by: consumatron at September 10, 2008 11:55 PM

Sorry... it's spoken way, way too fast for me or my little one to follow. The story and art is great but this isn't the way to present it to children. Perhaps an interactive version I can read to my son? Turning pages and answering questions is the fundamental element of learning and sharing and that's missed here.

Posted by: daddy at September 18, 2008 10:33 AM

Gee thanks, Ze!! A very original and interesting story, indeed!!

Posted by: Chris at October 19, 2008 10:14 AM

Aaaawwwwwww..... :-)

Posted by: Dorythefish at October 19, 2008 5:37 PM


Posted by: Helena at November 3, 2008 9:05 PM

I just wanna' know what pesticides they used on the farm that caused the cutest mutation ever. If only I could harness this power and grow cats with extra legs, and maybe monkeys - that would be extra sweet. Although it would probably just make monkeys that are way more efficient at throwing poo.

Posted by: scott stead at November 12, 2008 6:33 PM

Stumpy represents alot of us that are odd ducks!
Thx for the understanding & sensitivity twards us.

Posted by: ann at December 17, 2008 10:50 AM

this made my night. thank you.

Posted by: Tom at December 20, 2008 2:16 AM

A story of love, caring, and of ultimate acceptance. Thanks for teaching us to not have to conform, Ze. This lesson won't soon be forgotten.

Posted by: Max at December 20, 2008 12:06 PM

and the weasel pooped his weasel pants

very nice!

Posted by: vanessa at January 17, 2009 6:45 PM

Thank you, Ze for writing this and the rest of the people who submitted drawings. What an absolutely wonderful and heartwarming story.

Posted by: Tab at January 27, 2009 1:41 PM

Well now, that is more like it. You are to be commended

A piece worthy of being remembered for. You may

inprove with age, like fine wine.

Posted by: Carole - age 61 at February 11, 2009 10:29 PM


Posted by: Jack at March 25, 2009 9:43 PM

very nice. thank you.

Posted by: Falsafa at March 30, 2009 11:30 AM

he was like Mr. Lentini, four legs

Posted by: zukow at April 6, 2009 12:33 PM

Awwwwwwwwwwwww. This was so adorable. <3

Posted by: Erika at June 28, 2009 5:16 AM

he pooped his weasel pants
this is too great

Posted by: Maddie at March 19, 2010 8:07 PM

Moral of the story:
Reject those who are different than you, so that they will be forced to develop extra talents which you may use to your advantage at a later date.

Posted by: Adam at October 22, 2010 10:57 PM

I thought Stumpy was going to kick the barn invader in the 'you know whats' with his extra legs. Your ending was much better.

Posted by: John at December 29, 2010 7:45 PM

This Story is Great - It made me cry
I reminded me of that having and using a talent
is not about popularity but about timing
My hero Susan Boyle
Who while being socially shunned by others
developed a talent in secret, that was
revealead at a time when Hope and Joy is needed to overshadow the fear of the times we are in
She was born for a time just Like This
The Duckling was born for when the fox came
His handicap became his platform to bring his
Gift to others when the Time Came

Posted by: tk at December 30, 2010 9:48 PM

I simply loved this story!!!! Will be a wonderful bedtime story to tell my grandchildren one day (when I have some) - will remember this one!

Posted by: Marianne at April 9, 2011 1:50 PM

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