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One Punch Reviews #84: Wuffle: The Big Nice Wolf

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Some weeks ago, I solicited the readers for links to their comics or recommendations to webcomic that they liked. There were plenty of fantastic entries, some which I mentally bookmarked to slot for a review some time down the line. This is the first one, recommended by reader
IsharaDragone.

Why Piti Yindee’s Wuffle: The Big Nice Wolf? The reason is perhaps quite shallow: it was really, really pretty. I mean, the header shows a big yet cute cartoon wolf with a white volleyball under his arm that turns out to be a chicken. Look, people, there’s no big secret to getting me to pay attention: I’m like a moth to flame when it comes to cute things.

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Our main character is Wuffle, the titular Big Nice Wolf. He’s a bit of a hayseed, what with living out in the country and wearing a sensible pair of overalls. He’s also, perhaps, a little too strong for his own good. However, Wuffle is a really nice guy. He’s a bit of a handyman supreme, fixing everything from malfunctioning fans to broken TVs and asking for nothing in return.

Rounding out the main cast is a roommate named Puipui (a grumpy hedgehog) and Foxxo and Joe (the local rich kid and his stern faced bodyguard). Wuffle and Puipui often find themselves at odds with Foxxo, who can be something of a selfish brat. Still, they’re all friends, and when Wuffle and Puipui go fishin’, then heck, there’s no reason Foxxo can’t come along.

Wuffle is the sort of comic you can plop in front of your children guilt-free. The gags are uncomplicated. Many of them revolve around the animals each character represents — which is the sort of humor kids would find in, say, “Old MacDonald”. Squirrels have puffy cheeks, goats eat garbage, thoroughbreds are speedy, and rabbits likes carrots. (One of my favorite strips is when a bedridden Foxxo spies the rabbit girl’s signature dish in abject horror.)

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Then there are some less obvious gags. I love how the resident elderly couple are 1970’s disco types who are into roleplay collectibles and online gaming. I suppose that you could say that this is the sort of “rapping grannie” gag you can expect from Adam Sandler … but darn it, it works. Of course people who grew up in the 70’s would be elderly now. And bottom line, it’s adorable. ADORABLE. Game, set, match.

Mr. Yindee is not shy about his stylistic influences. He readily acknowledges his debt to the man who invented manga, Ozamu Tezuka. Quite enjoyably, in fact: he drew anAstroboy-themed sequence for Halloween 2012. Thematically, though, the webcomic as a whole reminds me a lot of the great Canadian cartoon The Raccoons, where all the woodland critters, even the curmudgeonly old guy who lives in the mansion, are generally decent folks who get along despite their unique personalities.

Wuffle features some of the most pleasing animation-style art I’ve ever seen in a webcomic. Yindee rescued the design of Wuffle from a “Three Little Pigs” comic he’d shelved, and I can see why he liked it so much. The guy’s like a modern day Li’l Abner: barrel-chested and tough but with soft contours to remind you that the guy’s ultimately a big softie. The coloring’s a big factor in the appeal, too. It resembles the palette for an 80’s children anime but with a softer touch. I suppose I can point out some minor quibbles. Yindee could’ve chosen a better font, for example. One that doesn’t look like Comic Sans. However, even that adds to the charm, as if Wuffle was a delightful, long-lost classic that had just recently discovered and fansubbed by enthusiastic devotees.

Rating: 5 stars (out of 5).

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About El Santo

Somehow ended up reading and reviewing almost 300 different webcomics. Life is funny, huh? Despite owning two masks, is not actually a luchador.

Posted on May 15, 2013, in 5 Stars, all ages webcomic, comedy webcomic, funny animal webcomic, One Punch Reviews, The Webcomic Overlook, webcomics. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Damn, I can totally see what’s your deal with this comic. The comic itself looks to be enjoying itself so much! It makes you want to be happy along with it!

    Aaaaaand added to the “To Archive Trawl Later” list. Damn you, El Santo.

  2. The visuals are nice and the characters are okay, but I can’t really see past the fact that this webcomic has little thats really noteworthy or sets it apart, its average.

  3. Vaatiwithblue

    Can you do Zoophobia?

  4. Though I only read what you had linked, I can see the attraction for one main reason…. that i will get to in a moment. It seems at some point in the past, comics “were not just for kids anymore!” And with the freedom that webcomics give their creators, it sometimes feels like there aren’t really any comics for kids left… sure, a 10 year old kid might love the X-Men still, as i did, but what about that preschool kid who is just learning to read? Comics can be a great introduction to learning, as the pictures can help young readers put what they are reading into context.

    Personally, though this may not be your type of thing (and frankly it’s not really mine either) i think it’s wonderful that someone out there is thinking about what made them happy when they were young, and that they are trying to give some of that feeling back to a new younger generation.

    Overall I think this is a grwat review for the same reason. It looks at the target audience and judges its performance ( i guess?) based on that, not simply based on the reviewer’s taste… juste because something doesn’t have edgy, adult themes, doesn’t mean it’s not worth anything.

    Also El Santo, props on working out the comment box! It’s nice to be able to type on a mobile device in a text box and actually be able to go back amd correct mistakes, as opposed to the box staying the same size and not allowing one to scroll in the box because the webpage just scrolls instead….. this is now the only site that comments are not a pain to write with a touchscreen. Thanks!

    • My wife’s a school teacher, so I guess that makes me appreciate kid’s webcomics more and more these days. Seriously, one of my best comic related memories was when my niece found the huge Bone phone book that you see on the right of the site’s header. She loved it so much she took to reading it aloud and taking it to bed with her. I wish there were more comics out there that would inspire that same sense of wonder.

  5. My wife’s a university instructor, so Perhaps that creates me appreciate kid’s webcomics more and more nowadays. Seriously, one of my best comedian relevant remembrances was when my cousin discovered the large Navicular bone yellow pages that you see on the right of the site’s headlines.
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