Serious Business

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  1. IceKitsune

    lol that would be hard to take seriously

    • ZV

      alt-text: “The problem, of course, is that he has a high-pitched squeaky voice and is impossible to take seriously anyway”

      • Whiskers

        I frequently forget that almost all of the characters in this comic are supposed to have high pitch or child-like voices :o

        • sonic id furreh!!!

          ai know ai do to, so normaly when ai read this comic everyone has a normal voice
          well….. normal to me XP

          • AflacMan13

            Mmmmmm… Schnozzberries…

          • APERSON WHO COMMENTS

            @Aflacman13 YOUR PICTURE IS CREEPY. YOU’RE BAD

          • sonic id furreh!!!

            no reason to b hatin >:o

        • ZincChloride

          so…. that i’ve been imagining everyone with a regular voice is wrong?!?! omg… is it up or down? is the sky blue? IS THE SKY BLUE!?!?!? AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH….. *schnozberries taste like schnozberries* XD

          • Frank

            Let me put it this way: The alt text isn’t canon.

      • Authur

        You’re a Zangoose! 8D

      • dalonewolf25

        Thank you for posting the Alt-Text for me!
        *gives cookie to ZV*
        Wait, not a real monkey?

        • sonic id furreh!!!

          wut :? ?

      • Skykitsune

        Hehe, Squeaky voices… Wait… Squeaky voices?!
        Must… Kill… Alvin…

        • sonic id furreh!!!

          *hands cross bow w/ explosive arrow tips*

          • Skykitsune

            Why thank you! That’s actually my 2nd most preferred ranged weapon, first being the longbow.
            *Proceeds to fire at Alvin*
            Explosions? Oh cool! Explosive tips!
            *Fires maniacally at Alvin* NYAHAHAHA!

          • FuRrY321

            Just don’t do it in Timeshift. Messy chipmunk everywhere…

    • Firewolf

      It’s like imagining one of the Chipmunks fired you. Lol

  2. PrivateElliot

    That must suck when you’re a ferret while trying to be taken seriously.

    • AvanWolf

      XD I would imagine so!

      • Argent Stonecutter

        Once people see your teeth, they take you a lot more seriously.

        • Gaboris

          C’maan they are ferrets for Pete’s sake! They’re small, fluffy and almost as cute as cats on YT. XD

          • Argent Stonecutter
          • sonic id furreh!!!

            agent ai think imma gonna get nightmares from dis :(

          • Argent Stonecutter

            You’re welcome.

          • FuRrY321

            That is a very high quality, very good shot. :O

          • Gaboris

            Oh come ON! only those front ones are big and still only compared to it’s own mouth. These insect eating teaths(don’ know the term for them in ANY language) are razor sharp and have a strong bite, but still look how tiny they are!!! So CUTE! X3
            (I shall NOT give my point up. Ferrets would never be of any threat! Top THAT Man I dare ya. XD)

          • Frank

            When you’re three inches tall, a hungry ferret with razor-sharp teeth is a very serious threat

          • Argent Stonecutter

            The Milton ferrets look to be about the size of a real-world dalmatian. They’re certainly bigger than a wolverine.

          • Frank

            And mice in this world are a lot taller than three inches (Spo is 5 inches http://www.housepetscomic.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=730 and he’s “small for a mouse”; ‘haven’t figured out how tall Squeak is, though)

          • Gaboris

            Yeah okay when I turn 1/10-th of my own size I’ll be scared. But so far all a ferret could bite on me is my finger. So I’m safe yet. XD

          • Argent Stonecutter
          • Frank

            @Argent: Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, etc

            @Gaboris: You’re only 30 inches tall? (2.5 ft, or 76 cm)

  3. Alex M.

    So how squeaky is a ferret voice?

    • Two_Twig

      Well normally Ferrets don’t talk in the real world, but if I had to use my imagination I’d say they’d sound well below (or above?) the standard level on the “being taken serious” meter.

    • BeatReaktor

      good question… I wouldn’t know since they are illegal to own where I live

    • Inu225

      Now whenever I read the Milton Ferrets’ dialogue, I’m going to imagine them talking in a Mickey Mouse voice.
      That or Mr. Bill.

      • Stryde

        I hear them kind of like Foamy the Squirrel… this guy anyway. ~laughs~

    • Argent Stonecutter
      • sonic id furreh!!!

        dat wasn’t as haigh-pitched as ai hoped :(

    • Expletive Deleted

      I’m not really sure. I think the voices of Alvin and the Chipmuncks still a little to high pitched (Ferrets are larger, albiet however slightly, than chipmuncks) and therefore would not fit. and every other high pitched cartoon voice I know are too low.
      Hmmmmmmmm…
      *Inhales heilium baloon*

      Testing Testing, 1 2 3
      doe re mi fa so la ti doe ti la so fa mi re doe.

      GOT IT!!!!!!!
      One octave below the standard pitch of my voice on heilium…


      No idea how I’m going to show that to YOU though…
      Oh well, I’m pretty sure you can figure it out yourself.

  4. Thegamist

    someone is abusing his rights again.
    wait,… IT’S NOT SIMON?

  5. PrivateElliot

    Please tell me I’m not the only one who is having problems with the forum.

    • Rick Griffin

      Forum’s down for a few more minutes still, adding in an awesome new function

      • Frank

        I guess this is what usually is labeled “maintenance purposes”

        • sonic id furreh!!!

          were the emote-cons for the comments updated to :? ?

      • dalonewolf25

        the album function doesn’t give me permission to make my own album…
        …and why did I missed this?

        • Rick Griffin

          We’ll add more albums once the gallery is populated

          • dalonewolf25

            Ah, ok. Thanks, but I probably should’ve asked you this through PM, but at least this question has been answered to the public now!

    • Alex M.

      I had them, but now I can enter again. Looks like it was a problem with the server or something like that.

      • gagi

        your comment just sounds silly now after ricks :)  arff

        • Alex M.

          :(
          Well it was my opinion.

          • gagi

            hugs :) … don’t worry, silly is good. makes people laugh

      • AvanWolf

        Threads are not yet accessible though, it seems.

        • AvanWolf

          And now all the boards are down.

          • AvanWolf

            And it seems rick added a fan projects board! ^^

  6. gagi

    ooo now i wanna hear him :)  arff .. his high-pitched squeaky voice :)  

    • BeatReaktor

      I like you gravatar :D

    • Frank
      • BeatReaktor

        I lol’d

        nice job :)

      • FuRrY321

        I could barely understand him. Mind you, that’s because it was sped up, where in reality it would just be high-pitched.

        Right?

        • Frank

          You know how slow he says “You’re fired”? That’s how slow I recorded all of Rock’s lines (I had to do the “you’re fired” several times to get the non-sped-up version slow enough for it to still sound slow once sped-up)

          However, you may be right; I when I listened to it again at 2 AM, i couldn’t make out anything he said either (I chalked it up to it being 2AM, though, so I’m not sure.)

  7. Profesor Rod

    Well, he is also small and cute so add more difficulty on taking him seriously |3

  8. Russiarules1

    The new Spilberg!!! or whatever how his name is…
    Finally, my first comment without talking or relating something with Capitalism.

    • Alex M.

      Movies Capitalism!

      • Russiarules1

        Oh yes right, I forg… wait, in the Soviet times, Russians did movies. Meh who cares…
        Lets see… Nope, I don’t know what to put about Capitalism here.
        Wait, I always have a backup!
        In America, the director writtes movies, In Soviet Russia, ze movies writte directors! Ok, that did not make sense…

        • BeatReaktor

          Roses are red,
          Violets are blue,
          In Soviet Russia “the game” loses you!

          • Naylorfan90


            *claps slowly*

          • BeatReaktor

            are you clapping slowly cause your serious? lol

  9. AvanWolf

    Heh – I actually wasn’t imagining a high-pitched squeaky voice till now – higher-pitched, but not squeaky (squeaky seems to be still smaller than a ferret)

  10. ReCreate

    YOOOUUUREEE FIIIIIRREEEED

    lol

    • BeatReaktor

      You sound just like the manager guitar center :(

      • Final Silence

        Really? I was thinking more of Vince Mcmahon from WWE.

  11. thewhitedragon

    they really needs a “manly” mechanical suits, a la men in black , or similar to the ones brain used in one of the episodes of “pinky and the brain” :P

    • WingedWolfGirl

      I’ma gonna have nightmares now.
      Robotic-suited Ferrets!

      • dalonewolf25

        …or robotic squylons could make up for this as well…

  12. Fuzzypaws

    I predict icons.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      I’m not seeing them…

      • Frank

        Maybe Fuzzypaws pulled that prediction off the weather forecast!

        • dalonewolf25

          Delayed reaction in 3…2…1…
          Let me put this in words you can understand:
          Predictions on TV are farther from the actual probability that it will occur. Luckily for you, this is the internet! So predictions have a delay of a day or two…

  13. lightwolf21

    Really original onomatopoeia used in this comic. I don’t think I’ve seen either of the two used here, before.

    • Sleet

      It’s Rick’s apology for “collective groan.”

      • lightwolf21

        Comedy-wise, “collective groan” worked for me. X3

  14. xhunterko

    Although, I don’t see how he can’t be taken seriously. You know since he’s a multi-billionare ferret.

  15. Clairvoyant Legacy

    I actually gave him quite a deep voice, when I first saw him.

    • Profesor Rod

      I did he same XD Deep and authoritative.

      Then I had to re-read it in squeaky mode X3

  16. fastbreak333

    I… I don’t quite get it. ^^;

  17. Aerix "the Twilight" Spades

    Though he might B talkin’ in a squeaky voice, Ah still find him a bit scary, n-nya… O.o
    Ya nevah know when he will jump rite in yer face, and chew yer nose off, n-nya! “^.^

    • Final Silence

      Or launch a squirrel at your window.

    • Gaboris

      He’s a ferret, just show him somethin shiny and he’ll forget all about you not to mention about your nose. XD

      • Aerix "the Twilight" Spades

        Ya know tha kitty-cats R juz as attractid ta shinyz as ferrets R, nya? “^w^
        If Ah show sumtin shiney, Ah dun wanna let him get mah shinyz, nya! O.O They’re mine! >:3

        • sonic id furreh!!!

          wut about ah lazer pointer X3?

          • Aerix "the Twilight" Spades

            Yer ebil! O.o Ah can’t resist those thingz, mrrrf! 0.O

          • dalonewolf25

            or butterflies? or flashlights? or random squeaky mouse toys?

          • Aerix "the Twilight" Spades

            >.< N-no… *Starts to wiggle with bum*
            AH HAVE TA CHASE SUMTI' NAO! 0.O *Starts looking around*
            *Spots his own tail* TAIL!!!! O.O *Starts running after his tail* WHEEEEeeeeee!

          • sonic id furreh!!!

            *takes out lazer pointer*
            *points it on the wall*
            he he he >:D
            comon aerix u no u want to find out wut da magik dot iz X3

          • Aerix "the Twilight" Spades

            *Looks at laser dot* Oh-noes! O.o It haz returned! Mah mortal enemy.. Teh Red Dot, hisssh! >.< *Tries to catch it* BANZAI!

        • Gaboris

          Yeah I know what ya mean… hmmm well ya can even give’em somethin to chow. :3

          • Aerix "the Twilight" Spades

            Noms alwayz work, minya! X3
            Only prob iz… {:3 Bringin’ noms iz hard… “^.^ Cuz they R alwayz gone if a would getz there, n-nya! ^///^

          • Gaboris

            Yeah I know, but at least it’s a win-win. If ya get to bring it it’ll take care of the ferret and if ya don’t get to then at least you’re not hungry anymore. XD

  18. Amai

    To be fired by a rich ferret. Do you A. Cry and walk off or B. Get angry lock him inside a plastic ball and use it for soccer till you get your way?

    • Final Silence

      I choose C) Get out of there. Their all crazy!

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Tell him my plan for upgrading the ball room with tinfoil and lasers, if he’ll hire me as a contractor for four times my current rate.

    • APERSON WHO COMMENTS

      d) Get the shovel

      • dalonewolf25

        e) Kidnap all of the soda in the world (especially orange)

  19. Final Silence

    Well, at least he wants slow and serious instead of a reptetive and annoying one. *thinks back to HeadOn commercial* Yeah… much better.

  20. Kamron

    The ad which would eventually be aired went something like this:

    Setting: bright, sunlit room. Ambient sounds in background, such as street noise and birdsong.

    Spokesperson (in a relaxed pose, looking up from book): You’re fired!

    (Pause. Canine Cibble logo appears on screen.)

    • Argent Stonecutter

      And it becomes an instant YouTube sensation, like the mystery pajamas guy, and sales go through the roof.

      • Frank

        What mystery pajamas guy?

        • Argent Stonecutter

          Family in the kitchen, talking about the product, suddenly this guy in pajamas walks by, they stop, look at him, the guy walks on, cut to logo. Never explained. Went totally viral for months.

          I’ve forgotten the product now. May have actually been before YouTube.

          • Frank

            Doesn’t ring a bell, but it sounds like a Juan Valdés commercial…. sans the mule

  21. Gaboris

    Ouch never thought Rock (or any ferret for that matter) would get so mean to fire someone… I know I’m naive, but they are freaking ferrets! They should be all cute and the such. o_O”

    • Nohbody

      I’ve not had any, but know some who have, and they’d all laugh at the notion that ferrets can’t be mean.

      You have heard the phrase “beware the cute ones”, right? :P

      • Gaboris

        Yeah I heard it and it is true and ya got a point there… But MAN they’re cute and fluffy how coud they be mean? X3

        • Stainless Steel Fox

          Rock isn’t being mean, he’s doing his job and taking it seriously.

          To be honest I say props for the ferret!

          • Gaboris

            Hmmm… yeah another point there, but then how could… ow wait this would be a quote from the alt-text never mind. XD

  22. roby

    Man, now that is a blow to one’s pride. To be fired by a ferret….

    • Rocket Knight boy

      I thought the same thing, his friends won’t let him live it down!

      EVER

    • Final Silence

      I think I’ld rather take a shot below the belt.

  23. Rocket Knight boy

    Rocks desk has a name plate with no name…

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Same reason Chuck Norris’ car has a blank license plate. Some people are just too awesome to need labels.

  24. Argent Stonecutter

    Tags: Rock, script monkey (not a real monkey)

    So what species is he, anyway?

  25. Squival

    rofl, never imagined how they would sound actually. but high pitched and squeaky is how im gunna be readin them

  26. Chip Uni

    Can I just say that Rock rocks?

  27. Tom Flapwell

    “Akward” = extra awkward. B-)

  28. dalonewolf25

    I want the truth!

  29. FerreTrip

    I completely just can’t see many of these pets as having high/child voices…I’m sorry, I just can’t. They’re too intelligent to me. (Then again, I often underestimate how smart children really are, despite only being…well, okay, I’m approaching 10 years since I was really anything like a kid, so maybe it’s more understandable, but still…)

  30. WingedWolfGirl

    Hight-piched voices.
    Huh.

    So When Rock says hes seen the comercial before, is he reading the same script for that one commercial?
    Or is it a cerial-script based on a marketing theam like the Cave-man, or a certain cat food song?
    …just wondering. >_>

  31. APERSON WHO COMMENTS

    I have no idea how the comments got to a discussion about pitches

    • sonic id furreh!!!

      did u read the ALT txt ?
      if not read it ^-^

      • APERSON WHO COMMENTS

        lolwut? whats alt text

        • sonic id furreh!!!

          if u use a laptop or comp. or sumthin laike that just huver over the comic w/ ut mouse and the ALT txt will appear ;)

  32. Vespier Leo

    well there goes all their legal copy out the window… I forsee lawsuits in the future.

  33. silverfang16

    Did this guy just get told off by a ferret……? Oh Rock, just write it yourself. Nobody understands your vision anyway……….

    • Frank

      Yes, they’re impaired by a thing called “color”

      • silverfang16

        I meant artistic vision! :P

      • xhunterko

        Well, dogs are supposed to be color blind. But I don’t think so in this comic. How else do you think Peanuts comics are so colorful?

        • silverfang16

          I resent that, dogs do see color.

        • Celtiawindsinger

          Technically, they have proved several times over that dogs aren’t actually colorblind. They simply, like a variety of other mammals, see less tones and shades of color.

        • Frank

          It’s actually more like the difference between human girl vision and human boy vision: Girls can distinguish more shades of blue because they have more cones in that part of their eyes.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Have they figured out how guys can see “brown” and girls can see “tan, beige, taupe, …”?

          • Frank

            Brown has blue, that may be it.

            However, that doesn’t explain why girls can also tell the difference between Pure Black and Onyx (the latter of which, by definition, is Pure Black)

  34. namelessone

    and power goes to the head

  35. Tonk

    srs ferret is srs

    • APERSON WHO COMMENTS

      no u

  36. Darastrixen

    Ok, somebody needs to help me out here. In the last panel, what is he holding/doing with his hands? I don’t get it.

    • Final Silence

      He’s making slow loops w/ his fingers to show the slowness of the commercial, his voice, oh, and the guy getting fired.

  37. RennisTora

    Hmmm, they could be paper-clips? or he may be swirling his fingers, like talking with his hands? I know I do it, helps to get the point across.

  38. Final Silence

    to FireWolf: Read two comics back comments and I have the answer to your dimensions question. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/45/Dimension_levels.svg/384px-Dimension_levels.svg.png

    • Firewolf

      So in other words, stick figures?

  39. J.J.

    He doesn’t look like Donald Trump?!

  40. RockstarRaccoon

    …I don’t get it…
    Is there something funny I’m missing, or is the bulk of this one just plot development?

    • Frank

      The biggest joke is in the alt text. If you don’t think that’s funny, try to keep a straight face while listening to this:
      http://dl.dropbox.com/u/14011542/Serious%20business.MP3

      • Argent Stonecutter

        OK. How’d you do that?

        • Frank

          “Each line was recorded into a separate file using Windows Sound Recorder. I doubled the speed of those files containing Rock’s lines, and then glued all the files together. If any part doesn’t sound quite right, it’s because everyone’s asleep in my house right now, and I’m trying to not wake them up.”

          Of course, that’s what I wrote on the forum when I made it Friday at 11 PM

      • NykVerien

        rotfl THAT IS AWSOME!!!! I died laughing hearing that! It still hurts to laugh. Can’t…stop…laughing…

      • APERSON WHO COMMENTS

        I would recommend using Goldwave instead of just speeding it up.

        • Frank

          Of course, there are tons of programs I could’ve used. But all my life I’ve made a point to prove that, even with simple tools, you too can make awesome.

          That, and the fact that it was 11 PM and I didn’t want to comb the Internet for a download

        • APERSON WHO COMMENTS

          11pm? WTF? though i shouldn’t be talking, I’m reading a webcomic called housepets. OH THE IRONY

      • WingedWolfGirl

        Frank that is awesome!
        You need to create more like it. :D

  41. Rendak

    I can’t take him seriously cuz of that odd expression in panel 2
    At least to me that is

  42. mar

    strange…talking animals

    • Argent Stonecutter

      We are all talking animals.

      • APERSON WHO COMMENTS

        I’m a human, and I find this comic weird yet entertaining, kinda like football.

        P.S: Watch any disney movie, the dude was such a furry

        • Frank

          I have the theory that Walt started doing cartoon animals simply because they were easier to draw (and he always worked with a time-limit before founding the Disney company). As he (and his team) got better, the inclusion of talking animals was excused by the Rule of Funny. It wasn’t until Robin Hood (which he never lived to see finished) that he had talking animals who didn’t need to be talking animals, and it was this that caused furry fandom to appear. Thus, Walt’s last act on Earth was, basically, to create a space for us.

        • APERSON WHO COMMENTS

          Don’t take trolls so seriously ;)

          • Frank

            Huh? You’re calling yourself a troll? Now I’m really confused

        • Argent Stonecutter

          HUmans are talking animals, dude.