31: Barrel - Part 5

Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
Jump to: navigation, search
Barrel - Part 5
Too good not to happen.
Title text: Too good not to happen.

[edit] Explanation

This gives a happy ending to the Barrel series. The flying ferret is from 20: Ferret. The humor is derived from the juxtaposition of two unlike elements - in this case, the contemplative and even dark nature of the Barrel series being resolved through the timely intervention of a comical flying mammal.

The series is probably inspired by the novella The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Randall is well known to be a fan of this book.

This is the fifth in a five-part series of comics whose parts were randomly published during the first several dozen strips. The series features a character that is not consistent with what would quickly become the xkcd stick figure style. The character is in a barrel. The full series is:

[edit] Transcript

[Boy floating on barrel in ocean.]
[Zoomed out view of boy floating on barrel in ocean.]
[Ferret with airplane wings and tail above the ocean.]
[The empty ocean.]
[Flying ferret carrying the boy to safety.]
[Ocean with ferret carrying boy in distance, sun on the horizon.]

[edit] Trivia

  • Original Randall comment: "The ferret got to fly, in the end!"
  • This is the thirty-third comic posted to livejournal. The previous was 28: Elefino. The next was 32: Pillar.
Comment.png add a comment!

Discussion

this series feels like a homage to "The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry". the sketches have the same - quality ( for want of a better word) Arjunsharma (talk) 07:52, 25 March 2013 (UTC)jun

This was also my first thought today when I did look at this comic again. Maybe the Barrel is just the Meteor from "The Little Prince".--Dgbrt (talk) 21:50, 24 June 2013 (UTC)
I have to wonder if the flying ferret has anything to do with Richard Bach, a noted aviation author who published a series of flying books called "The Ferret Chronicles" in 2002-2003? --144.92.241.6 21:56, 28 October 2013 (UTC)
Personal tools
Namespaces

Variants
Actions
Navigation
Toolbox

It seems you are using noscript, which is stopping our project wonderful ads from working. Explain xkcd uses ads to pay for bandwidth, and we manually approve all our advertisers, and our ads are restricted to unobtrusive images and slow animated GIFs. If you found this site helpful, please consider whitelisting us.

Want to advertise with us, or donate to us with Paypal or Bitcoin?