No fancy colors tonight
Irish Washerwoman: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CewyTGQR9Pw
Been waiting to see Fiddler and Keys for a while! Glad they’re back!
Also, I enjoyed the colors, they really brought a new perspective to the table!
So have I! Can’t wait for the next one!
THEY ARE ADORABLE!
Fiddler and Keys FTW! Rock on!
Sy tha again, minya! X3 Ah like their happy wittle duette, nya! X3
ai du 2 but… wuts ah dullard ^.^
Either boring or dumb people.
Both Aerix And Sonic id furreh talk weird. at least Aerix as a grasp for the english, as he/she (most possible is she) spelled happy, like, and their right. Sonic on the other hand… only spell about one word right. EVER.
I’m sure Sonic id furreh spells some words correctly. Mainly those that are difficult to shorten/spell differently. I do find it strange that Aerix uses that cat suffix so much, though.
I beg to differ:
Anyways, this is no place to criticize others’ grammar. It’s hard to understand but never force ideals (because they are I-D-E-A-(L)-S not reality) to another, just makes bad relations and so.
(The hardest part in saying this is when I get a reply of “Practice what you preach”, so. . .
I’M JUST SAYING.)
Yeah… I’m sorry.
@Flammie (So no more misdirected lectures)
It was directed at PrivateElliot though as I haven’t read your post when I posted that. I think Aerix uses that suffix to emphasize the role she’s playing. (Hint hint: It’s the avatar. though you knew that. . .) It’s freedom of expression (was it? Not very familiar with those) as there are no bindings that says otherwise.
I’m aware of why Aerix does it, and I don’t really have a problem with it, but it is a little distracting when every sentence ends with it. Sort of like a Moogle’s kupo.
I assume here is also a reason for Sif’s misspellings. It looks like he’s typing in lolspeak. Not very well, but it’s an explanation anyway.
I could easily talk in normal english like i am now BUT… itz much mor fun 2 talk laike dis ^_^
Yup yup, that’s why Ah do tha 2, nya! X3
I swear, Aerix and sonic, ever since i started reading the comments on housepets. I have taken to enjoying both of your adorable attitudes and mannerisms, and would therefore like to extend a thank you to making my day a little more fun. on a side note: fiddler and keys look adorable in that last panel.
NAW~<3 That's vewwy nice of U ta say SoE, nya! ~^w^~
thnx SoE and ai agree w/ aerix that iz vewwy sweet uv u ^.^
@Hypergenesis – Who U call dumb, nya?! >:3
@Flammie – Sowwy, Flams but Ah just like ta use “nya” as a catsy Japaneme thingy just fur poops’n giggles, nya! =3
@Zekermeme – Lolz, yer right, nya! X3 Ahm talkin’ in a Lol-catish accent, minya! ~^w^~
@PrivateElliot – Wait… Wut! O.o
U think Ahma grrrl, nya? O.O Ahm a boy, minya! “O.O
Ahm metro-segzual yes, but not a grrrl siwwy, nya! “^w^
What? I didn’t call anyone dumb.
If you are talking about the “boring or dumb people” I was referring to the meaning of dullard.
Uhu, nya! ;p Ahm just messin’ wif ya, nya! “^.^ Sowwy if Ah gave ya a scare, nya! ÓwÒ *Pats on head*
Not much a complaint because I find it amusingly adorable, but I -just- started reading through comments and I already have to take a break to get my mind centered again.
You make this fox confused after such an overload.
I have to say, you two’s adorable antics have actually amused me and made me d’aww quite a bit <3
Thanks for managing to make the usually annoying chatspeak into adorableness ^w^ <33
ur welcom :3
And a dullard is… is… Wait, just a sec, nya! “^.^
They mean ta say in old English (old fashioned) that they R sodz or foolz, nya! =3
rally ai din no that o.o
Not again… -_-
AWRIGHT AHM BITING, MINYA! X3
OH NOEZ AEIX IZ ATTAHCKIN!!!!!! XD
And, miracle of miracles, they’re not bickering for once!
And luckily for Fiddler, Peanut’s isn’t standing on his/her tail!
I demand proof D:!
The cast page says one is a guy and one is a girl, and I’m sure we’ve already had plenty of confirmation that Fiddler is the female.
Er, I believe Fiddler is female, but I don’t know what confirmation you’re talking about. Clarification?
Hm, I can’t remember if it was speculation or confirmation, actually … but most of what I’ve seen leaned towards Fiddler being the female, anyways…
When did that happen?
I believe it was this strip:
Peanut isn’t the most spatially aware.
If my theory is correct, most of the cats at the Pridelands book release we’re female, with the exception of Max. That would suggest that Fiddler is in fact, female, which leaves Keys to be the male of the group.
Except that Marvin was there, as was Mr. Bigglesworth (50/50 there)
Can you confirm if Fiddler is female, or do you wish to leave it up in the air? Sorry if you’ve already said it, though…
Darn, if only I caught Marvin’s presence there along with Mr. Biggleswoth. I totally forgot about that one, good catch there Rick! That would (theoretically) throw my theory out the window.
But it is weird that if Keys is male that his face in the first panel looks like a feminine expression. I’m going to check the cast sheet again.
My my those two are having a good time.
Uhu-uhu, nya! ~^w^~
Ah like em, they’re siwwy, nya! X3
hehe love how he looks as if he was howling in panel 3
Lolz! Ah smell a Gravatar image spoon, nya! X3
ai wood make 1 but ai laike mai new gravvy to much
U dun have ta siwwy, nya! ;p
But Ah smell 1 coming up purrrr-ty spoon, nya! ;p
lol wuz dat ah pun or just ah kitty thing u put in der
lolz! X3 Thnx, a have a tun-o-them, nya! ~^w^~
These look like two good characters to recur once in a while if they will be musical guests when they show up!
Karaoke! It brings people together! Well that an alcahol.
What karaoke? Looks like they’re playing real instruments!
I would play rock band with them.
They’d kick your persian ass so hard it’d achaemenid.
you’re right.. I can’t even play guitar on medium without messing up a couple of times. I do better on the bass.
NOO! MY GRAVATAR!
hav ah slipup der val?
Is that because they wouldn’t mind singing?
Though I wonder if they’ll allow themselves to play some of the baboon songs (if there’s any)
If you go to youtube and play the song while you read the comic it reads better.
Or start off with something easier that fits the tune, like the Chemist’s Drinking Song:
Sodium Citrate, Ammonium Iodide
Slosh it around and impregnate your brain,
[Followed by a moment's silence in memory of Isaac Asimov]
[Followed by another moment of silence]
[Followed by a ground-shaking boom]
Actually I was reading it to the tune of this song:
wait ders ah song uv dis on youtube O_o?!?!
There’s a link in Ricks note…
wut ralliez wai did ai not see dat !?!
It’s okay, I missed it too until somebody pointed it out.
oh ok so ai am not de onleh 1
Aye, and one of my favorite tunes, to boot.
I protest sir! We are most not babboons!
(wrote two tracks last week, i would have you know!)
I think the satire’s meant for those who force their songs into the tunes the majority swings to (I can’t name the songs itself since it would be a biased decision and would probably get me into more trouble than I already am but I’ll just say. . .) especially those that just focus on the words deemed “cool and in”.
(If this was an I am Weasel reference I truly understand who these baboons are)
[For those of you on mobiles without alt texts, go find a personal computer (laptops are personal computers) and take a peek at it.]
Yay Fiddler and Keys! That’s all I have to say tonight.
I laughed so hard.
Seriously, we should see Fiddler and Keys more often. They make a cute pair of musical housepets!
AND I WANT THE AWESOME COLOR BACK!!!! PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE!!!!!
It sure looks like they’re indoors so the indoor lighting (which is similar to the normal lighting if we take into account CFL or White LED bulbs) fits the scene perfectly.
Well, aren’t you a wet towel.
So I finally found a way to say it non-violently. .
Sorry for being a spoilsport but I was just saying my views. . .
I know you like the colors but it was already mentioned it was just a test run. Followed by a quoting of: http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/09/01/to-the-tune-of-the-irish-washerwoman-or-whatever/comment-page-1/#comment-43706
If I have offended you by being myself then I truly apologize, though I would like to inform you that it was not targeted at you nor was I expecting your reaction to it as so.
Also, (i hope this does not offend you any further) with current information about the scenery the scenery would have had a shade of blue. Now I’m not saying it would have been worse if there was the lighting but it would either have been a very light blue (as the lighting of the gazebo would have counteracted its effects) or it would have been a moonlit scene where everything would have been covered in a somewhat dark blue.
Lastly, sorry to everyone else I posted this wall of text.
Chillax, man. Everyone here is so high strung.
No need to apologize for anything.
:sing: “I wanna thank U falettin me be Mice Elf agin!” *amid funky bass and horns*
Awwww, they look so happy.
arn’t de alwayz laike dat O.o
And it rhymes. Nice.
To Flammie’s http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/08/30/the-age-of-aquarium/#comment-43575
But, yeah, it is nice to see the two together, though I wonder where they are. It’s quite adorable, anyways.
If that’s a gazebo, then it’s night time.
If that’s a dance floor, where can I buy wallpaper like that?
It is a very nice background, though I don’t think it’s quite night-time, yet.
It seems a lot like they’re entertaining an audience, anyways. Don’t know if it’s a dancing/standing audience, or sitting.
Probably ROFL and Jawdropped audiences.
We don’t actually know how good they sound. Though, the dancing cats at the Yarn Ball may suggest that it’s not bad.
It’s a dance floor with lattice behind the stage! It’s a floor wax AND a dessert topping!
So it was answered in the forums ( http://www.housepetscomic.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=87998#p87998 ) that they are playing at a performance gazebo.
If it is night-time, isn’t the Theme Park trip about to draw to a close?
Unless some weird revelation would say that they crossed multiple time zones and it’s actually just noon in Babylon Gardens.
Trust the ferrets to choose such a location for the Theme Park.
There was an old man of Iran
Whose limericks never would scan
Oh, he got the lines
Mostly to rhyme,
But then he crammed as many words in the last line as he possibly can.
aabca? Wasn’t limmerick aabba?
“lines” and “rhyme” mostly rhyme, don’t they?
In that case carry on. . .
“Time” in place of lines would have been suitable too.
Iran is actually pronounce “EE-ron”.
And my dad is Iranian (“ee-RON-ian”), so I should know. It just bugs me that everybody says it like “eye-ran” because the newspeople couldn’t bother to ask someone how it’s pronounced.
Or it’s pronounced “Purr-sian”.
I have actually never come across somebody who mispronounces that, but I fear that when I do, people a couple streets over will be covering their ears.
Oh, I though that was due to their accent (I feel so much like a racist. . . ).
No, it’s understandable. But, really, it would be OUR accent changing the name. If Iranians pronounce it one way, and we pronounce it another, it’s not THEIR accent that’s wrong, is it? *raises left eyebrow*
It’s just a pet peeve of mine. I have a similar one with the whole “EYE-rack” instead of “EE-rock” thing.
Well thanks to endonym/exonyms one can never be too sure. Do note as well that the mere fact it is spelled “Iran” and not in their local alphabet implies that the word could very well be of English/American coinage.
Well these mistakes are highly common as no one would mind, much less appreciate, these subtle differences if they weren’t related to the mistaken party (or taking language majors).
Well, I’m pretty sure that IF I knew how to write in farsi (Iranian language) (pronounced “far-see”), and IF I had keyboard that supported it, and IF I typed it in farsi, nobody would know what it was.
And I could type some farsi in “english” letters ( ithink we use the roman alphabet, but I’m probably mistaken, I know that we use arabic numerals), BUT you would all still be in the dark as to what I am saying.
But to get to the point you were making, “Iran” is the actual name of the country, as referred to by it’s citizens and those who come from or descend from those who come from there.
Now, you could say Japan, and then it would rhyme.
Truth in Limericks? Who ever heard of limericks giving quarter to truth? Or even an eighth? If I could think up a rhyme for Persia I’d use that too!
There was a young Persian (or Mede)
Who was upset and put off his feed…
Because when Iran
It fell to Alexander the Three’d.
And now look what happened, I spent so long coming up with that horrible doggerel they slipped a whole thread in under me!
I’d have thought the big gripe would be all the people who think Iranians are Arabs.
With them I merely have to throw up my hands and walk away.
Iranicly or ironicly?
That violin has no strings, has…has it always been like that?
Yes it has.
Never believe it’s not so…
I LOVE that song!
So who else played this song on Youtube and started singing along?
Not out loud, but I can visualize someone’s gonna take the words and the link and put them together in a weird pseudo-karaoke to post online with screens of Fiddler and Keys.
Not it. >.>
If anyone has those voice synthesizer programs they could do one with voice as well.
Or you could just record yourself singing?
Not out loud either. I did do it but it took me a bit to find a good one to follow with. Like, I found one on a banjo and I couldn’t keep up with that one.
I sang out loud. But I kept tripping over my words.
I think it would be the SGA that would be going after you, not the RIAA. Or maybe ASCAP? Or NMPA, BMA, SESAC, A2IM, and AFTRA, … who the heck can keep them straight?
Housepets THE MUSICAL!
I’d see it!
Blimey, I couldn’t help but throw on my not-so-perfect Irish accent and sang along.
I’m mainly Irish, this is a disgrace.
And doggone (or catgone?) it, that last panel is great. This is some great rhyming.
Ever read Lackadaisy? Ever heard the radio play? I can now imagine Rocky singing along to this…
Yes, and yes.
Lackadaisy is one of my favorite comics. Zib could sing along if he was drunk enough.
Aww, they’re such a cute couple.
Okay, I am somewhat sure that Fiddler is the girl and Keys is the boy, based on some of their mannerisms now and in some privious strips.
wait don’t dey live togeder ?
Why do I picture SpongeBob in the background?! -_-
THAT was an image I did not want…evil!
Though I know how that song goes it really hard for me to read this comic while keeping that melody.
In some cases I make up my own song rhythm.
Fiddler and Keys are now rappers in my head.
I think that’s the point.
Point taken. XP
Okay, I think I have a new favorite strip. Just because this is awesome. =)
OH YES!!! And Fiddler and Keys needs to have their very own dance video like this one!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-d88cmF4IE
Hm, modified meme? Wasn’t the dance originally from caramelldansen. . ?
Yup!! Back in 2000 or something I think!
2000? Caramelldansen was still pretty active in 2005-06, back when I was using my old account on Deviantart. Heck, Wikipedia says the clip that set the whole thing off didn’t come out until 2003.
The only reason I even care is because it’s my favorite. :3
r u guys talkin bout dah sped up Japanese version or de original Swedish version
…I’m pretty sure they were both in Swedish.
Also, the sped up version, of course! Who ever even thinks about the original? NOT EVEN CARAMELL.
I do wonder what happened to Fiddler’s tail on panel 3, did it move across the speakers(blaring at 130dB)?
maybe he’s swaying it, and it’s in the process of moving down, with the tip lagging behind.
I was referring more to the part after it was hidden by the keyboard, just on how it looks unusually large.
Or it could just be me. . . (Fussy as I am, no offense to the comic though, I still think it’s well made.)
OH! You meant panel 4!
No no, I am referring to panel 3.
Following from the base of Fiddler’s tail, the tail line flows smoothly until it reaches the keyboard where the next part we can see looks like it got magnified.
In silly analogy
Ah, yeah that was completely silly. . .
I sort of think I see what you might be talking about. Maybe.
I see it, and that’s exactly what I was thinking when I first read it. His (or her, I dunno) tail is real poofy.
I see it, I think. It does look quite large, even at the base, when I look at it in panel 1.
mabeh rick just drew it larger w/out noticing it ^.^
Luv teh cats! But I gotta comment: you need work on that one angle in the second panel, the one from the back, because their jaw looks like its hanging off the back of the head or something… kinda weird looking when taken with the rest of the style….
huh, thats weird, in my head they played this to “throw me a penny”s couplet
Hehe I love this tune, thx for showing it. :3 For some reason I realy like these musics, Maybe cuz of the bagpipe. But is this Irish or Scottish music now? (Scottish music about an Irish woman right? :p)
No prob sir yo’re the artist after all, so just keep it up. No matter in what style.
PSH, Like I would complain about the colors. The lighting effects were amazing in the last couple comics, but it seems to me that using such effects wouldn’t be conducive to a comic that is updated three times a week. And it’s not like anyone was complaining about the old style =3 Excellent work as always. It’s nice to see these two again; I dare say I almost forgot about them 0_o And there’s no way I’d ever want that. I love keys’ collar, by the way XD
Oh how I love the comic ^_^
Keys and Fiddler + awesome rhyming.
Hey diddle diddle……… oh forget it.
“I wish my brother George was here”
First panel gives me a real Liberace vibe.
Is it just about Keys’ expression? Otherwise his (right?) brother (eh sister?) George(well fine, Fiddler) was there.
Expression, posture, fingerwork, …
That line shows up several times in WB cartoons (eg, “The Three Little Bops”) but I couldn’t find a snip of Liberace himself saying it.
I gotta say, I love these two. But I’m biased that I used to play the piano.
Used to? So you’re not playing it anymore?
Well then, welcome to the club.
ai just noticed ther playin instruments
Is Keys playing the keyboard without using his thumbs?
he/she only usin three fingies O.o dat RALLY hard
You know, folks: it’s also the 1st time we see them actually SMILING. Dawww!!
Keys could be considered smiling here: (I said COULD)
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/12/31/night-at-the-ritz-2/ though it looks more like a neutral face.
Also, they have the same number of strip appearances if you exclude the valentine cards.
Those 2 seem to be having fun
they’re so cute together
Now actualy I’d love to hear that singing spirit
just look at them dancing around
what an enthusiasm
I could never do that…
If it wasn’t “The Irish Washerwoman”, you know, it would be “Greensleeves”.
With matching black formals and low key actions?
It’s a tradition in SF fandom that you can sing ANYTHING to the tune of Greensleeves.
IT’S TRUE! I JUST DID THE FIRST VERSE OUT LOUD! IT WORKS!
(And it’s easier to keep up with than The Irish Washerwoman is, too)
Friend of mine once blew my mind by extemporaneously singing “Gilligans Island” to the tune of “Greensleeves”.
There’s not an awful amount of similarity… but looking at it, I’m reminded of this strip:
It’s the duet bubbles!
Hm… I thought it was the gleeful dancing, but that could be it.
Yeah, fiddler and keys are back! We haven’t seen them for… what, six months?
Fiddler: About 6.5 months.
Keys: Some 12.5 months.
If you’re talking about the Valentine’s card, Keys was the one featured, so it’s the other way around…
But, yeah, that’s an awfully large amount of time. I only started reading halfway through the Theme Park arc, so I wasn’t actually aware that it’s been so long since the last time either was shown…
Well that’s an embarrassing mistake. . . (50% and it did.)
Hm, so does this mean you have yet to complete the story until “the story so far. . .”. . . Er. . . Have you tried reading it from the start?
Yeah, I just found it whilst randomly browsing, and I tried just going backwards, but then I realised this comic is in arcs so that made absolutely no sense, so I just hit “First” and started from there.
I’m up to date, anyways, if you’re wondering.
Also, the background pattern is very nice.
This is full of teh win. i listened to the song while viewing the comments, and now i have it stuck in my head. Great as Always
This is a crowning moment of awesome
Every time I think I’ve seen the pinnacle of your skill in observation, writing, or wit, you throw something like this out. Well done.
Also, look! Kitties!
Cute. Took me a while to follow along with the tune, but nice pick nonetheless. Been a while since we saw these two, it’s nice to see them again.
I actually like that you set this to the tune of an irish song since it would be awesome to see Fiddler playing an Irish tune and keys tryign to keep up.
Nice avatar. Babylon Gardens needs a pet fennec.
“I can’t see me loving nobody but you,With all my heart!!!!
And,Awesome,and,I like this lighting better. :/
Sorry,I can’t help loving nice clean colorful pictures….
Ahh…I love the smell of angry fans sharping pichtforchs…
I like your regular colors, Rick. Just use Cel Shading.
O: …. awesome. In every way.
I clicked the link to the song and then sang this song along to the youtube link. Hee =3
Practically every Scottish and Irish folk song sounds the same. Not that it’s a bad thing, it just feels that way.
Didn’t a pet play a tuba, or something?
I couldn’t help but sing a bit of this to myself, or at least read out the lyrics with the tune. Fiddler and Keys Rock!
Hey diddle-diddle, that cat rocks the fiddle!
^ Like! Oh so witty of you. XD
Hey Ah wus almost thinkin’ of teh same thing, nya! X3
Even though this won’t be read in about 15 minutes, I have to say this.That particular rhyme abusage has been going through my head since I read it. It has caused me torture at work with inaptitude and the inability to pay attention at certain points. Mostly because I’ve been mentally tyrying to come up with something that completes it in a sensible way. I hope your happy.
At first I thought fiddler was the female, with the tail swaying. But keys facial* features in panels 1-3 suggest otherwise. Speaking of keys, perfect avatars in panels 1 and 3 respectively.
*check the jaw lines especially, and the shoulders
Keys in panel 3 kind of looks like a rabbit.
Wanna hear the song!!
You know…This web comic would be one of the best Cartoons of all time. I’d watch it everyday.
so are fiddler and keys a boy and a girl or what?
A song about singing and rhyme.
Could that cause a rift, in space and time? D:
Ye Olde Scottish Music Cats n Dawgs lets Dance at the Barn.
what did i just said ? i got some baaad headache @__@*
That’s what moit happen when yoo drink tu much Scottish ale guvna. =)
Cor! Ah mean, nya! It’s gotten 2 meh 2, nya! @.@
or…you can just simply divide by 0 and get the same result, no?
ai just red dat w/ da song an it wuz so funny X3
it seems dat dere forgettin somthin……. its dat u should neva bring baboons inta somthin unless u like gettin jumped on. also neva bring baboons inta rhymes unless u like wat dey do to ya afterward…… trust meh on dis….. meh friend has had some weird experiences with baboons.
Okay, so, the words in the parenthesis count in the song, that’s so cool. :3
hehe it seems to me that in panel 3 Keys looks ah…nevermind XD Awesome work as always Rick! Do we get to see a group shot of them on a roller coaster next? That would make an awesome wallpaper! ^^
… How do they do that without breathing anywhere in there?
Special Scottish ninja training, involving bagpipes.
different than humans.
But wouldn’t they have a smaller lung capacity, making this MORE impressive?
And they made that up on the spot…
I can’t tell.
Is this, in lieu of or making fun of, modern artist and songwriters?
is fiddler asiatic or something? he has the stereotypical closed eyes on almost all the panels, also he looks really cute all happy like that :>
Cleeeeverrrr…(What makes this better is the fact I’m a Music major.)
I love these two.
hehe very clever and cute. Nice work.
were ur avie from or did u draw it ^w^?
it was drawn for me, commission like.
rally frum who? ;3
The Dargason, the original song that never ends.
You mean like this?
My name is Yon Yonson, I live in Wisconsin,
I work in a lumbermill there.
When I walk down the street, all the people I meat,
They ask what’s my name, and I say…
“My name is Yon Yonson, I live in Wisconsin…
hehe now you’re being silly! oh wait! This whole comic IS silly
Who votes Housepets should be on TV?
i think we can only dream eh haha
Yeah, but it’s a lot better than SOME of the cartoons on TV now. <|(
Ugh, like when they're allowing the word "crotch" in them. DX
Yes, I agree that the current state of our recording industry is very bad. First they wrecked cartoons, and now they wreck music. What’s next?
I have to admit, until this strip I didn’t even realize that these two were characters, just went back and read all the strips with Fiddler and Keys in them, I always thought they were random extras.
These two are adorable.
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