I never liked Dilbert. When Scott Adams first published the comic strip about a hapless engineer and self-obsessed, anthropomorphic dog in April of 1989, I was too busy hugging my Odie plush doll and trying to get rid of cooties to understand anything of micromanaged office culture.
I think I also saw an episode of UPN’s animated Dilbert series when it first came out. Unfortunate, I know.
Lucky for Adams and fans of the nerdy guy with the perpetually upswung tie, Dilbert’s moving picture legacy won’t solely be remembered by the above. RingTales, the same talented studio responsible for the New Yorker’s animated cartoons, has resurrected the comic strip for a second animated life.
In June, RingTales secured an exclusive deal with United Media – the company that syndicates and licenses Dilbert and Snoopy and Iron Chef America – to produce and distribute daily, animated versions from the over 7,000 comics already in the Dilbert library and strips yet-to-be produced.
I dig it, but is this funny? Is this what the comic’s all about? Some black comedy set in a fatalistic environment, where white-collared suffers of ennui perpetually tread a path towards existential self-discovery, never to reach an enlightened destination?
If yes, I’m so reading more Dilbert.