It's short, it's inventive, beautifully adapted to the drawing, and by invoking the children's movie series "The land Before Time" it even raises a wisp of nostalgia for our young state's lost innocence.
Wow, the more I think about it, the better this caption gets. Take a bow LEO WASILLIE!
And a note to the sharp-eyed and sharp-witted Tim Kelley. Thanks for the observation about the re-usage of the prehistory theme.
It's inevitable that certain devices will be used and used again. But Tim has a point (I think I mentioned that he's sharp....) this one is getting a little tired. I am chastened, I feel shame,
I remember reading an essay that detailed the a number of stock themes that recur in New Yorker cartoons. Among them: Two people stranded on a desert island, person or persons crawling across vast stretches of sand under a burning sun, person on psychiatrist's couch, person getting greeted at the gates of heaven and many others. (BTW one of my all-time favorite New Yorker Cartoons is a variant on this last category. A forlorn person standing outside the wall that surrounds Heaven. On the wall, a notice says: Heaven- A Gated Community.)
In spite of the familiarity of the imagery, you guys came up with some great stuff. Thanks for bailing me out!