Sunday

2011, Patrick Doyon

Posted by John Martz, July 05, 2020

So much of Patrick Doyon's Sunday feels familiar to me. I feel like I was this kid -- daydreaming in church and feeling alienated by a strange, adult world.

There is certainly some resemblance to Charles Schulz's Peanuts in how the short evokes such empathy from such simple drawings. When the main character of the short finds himself in the back seat of his parents' car, small and alone, I can't help but be reminded of a Peanuts strip in which Charlie Brown describes security to Peppermint Patty as "when you're a little kid, and you've been somewhere with your mom and dad, and it's night, and you're riding home in the car, you can sleep in the back seat... You don't have to worry about anything... Your mom and dad are in the front seat, and they do all the worrying... they take care of everything..."

But this is Charlie Brown, of course, so the bubble bursts fairly quickly. "But it doesn't last! Suddenly you're grown up, and it can never be that way again! Suddenly it's over and you'll never get to sleep in the back seat again! Never!"