Media Guy's Pop Pick: Animated New Yorker Cartoons

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It's hard for me to get excited about an old-media organization relaunching its website -- especially when said old-media organization is The New Yorker, which I quite like just as God meant it to be: printed on dead trees.
'Everything I eat goes straight to my ass.'
'Everything I eat goes straight to my ass.'

That said, I'm surprised by how much I like the newly revamped NewYorker.com, particularly the animated cartoons. The 10-second videos are the result of a deal between Cartoon Bank, the magazine's cartoon-licensing division, and a company called RingTales that has created animated cartoons for other clients.

The production values are top-notch, including the voice talent (e.g., the snake in the S. Gross cartoon that groans, "Everything I eat goes straight to my ass"). Some New Yorker video cartoons, by the way, have actually been available elsewhere -- in free, ad-supported video-podcast form -- since February.

At iTunes (but, curiously, not at NewYorker.com at the moment), you can find my all-time favorite Mankoff cartoon: the one in which a guy on the phone, attempting to schedule a meeting, closes with, "How about never? Is never good for you?"
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