Written by Bill Buchanan
Ranger Ralph: A stand-up guy working in a slightly loony outdoor wonderland
Stick-N-Stone National Forest is not your ordinary park. It has the usual attractions and plenty of wildlife, but it also has animals who understand people, reports of events that should not be happening, rubber rocks, roads and trails that are perhaps a smidgen too steep, and offbeat characters who keep things lively. At the center is Ranger Ralph, a reliable protector of the woods whose luck helps him overcome his inclination for misadventure, as well as his occasional ineptitude. He shares the park with his rescue deer, Elvis; his romantic interest; a big bear who bears a grudge; modest Scouts who seem able to do anything cheerfully; a fellow ranger who resembles a certain action star; a cheery prospector; an intense car enthusiast who’s a bit of a scrounge; an agreeable captain; park visitors who range from astute to clueless; and others you’ll meet along the way.
Oh yes, and the deer is working on a tan.
Ranger Ralph has the hallmarks of several classic comics: humor for grownups as well as kids, jokes and puns lurking in the details, big moments, quiet scenes, riffs on pop culture, and a feel for absurdity and the odd edges of human behavior, told without rancor and with affection. The series starts in black and white, then shifts to full color in comic #4.
Rated G for everyone. You can watch the cartoon trailer by clicking below.