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New cartoon series wants any mayor but Rob Ford

Posted by Chris Bateman / March 28, 2014

toronto rob ford cartoonA new animated series says Rob Ford isn't a mayor, "he's a cartoon character." Using actual audio from Ford's most famous press conferences and amnight out in Etobicoke (somehow they managed to animate the nonsensical Steak Queen incident) non-profit group No Ford Nation and Toronto ad agency Rethink assembled the NSFW shorts with the help of an animator.

The associated website, which doesn't appear to be affiliated with any mayoral campaign and contains profiles of all the other major candidates, includes No Ford Nation campaign images and promises signs in future.

"We don't want our city to be an international joke anymore," Christina Robins of No Ford Nation said in a press release. "Our mission is to ensure that the next mayor is a genuine leader that can properly represent Toronto. It's up to voters to choose someone fit for the job," the site says before refuting some of Ford's most popular claims.

It's not the first unaffiliated anti-Ford video campaign. In February, a video by filmmaker Kelly Manchester imagined Rob Ford quotes as campaign posters.

What do you think of the recent anyone-but-Ford campaigns?

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.



Epic / March 28, 2014 at 10:09 am
LOL this is gold!
But seriously, Ford needs to go.
Disappointed Loyal Reader / March 28, 2014 at 10:11 am
Try to be more objective or just completely stay away from politics if you can't, and generate some fresh content other than Rob Ford, Food, and Transit. You're better than resorting to being a one-trick pony, BlogTO. Prove it to us.
Tim / March 28, 2014 at 10:13 am
A cool someone learned how to rip off Seth MacFarlane's animation style.
NotThatDave replying to a comment from Tim / March 28, 2014 at 10:23 am
Because Seth MacFarlane is sooo original right! /sarcasm
Ok replying to a comment from Disappointed Loyal Reader / March 28, 2014 at 10:23 am
No one is forcing you to be here.
Don't like the content? Don't read it.
MisterLJ / March 28, 2014 at 10:33 am
But this is the same kind of 'anyone but Ford' thinking that got us into this mess 4 years ago. It's time for Torontonians to start getting excited about electing a new candidate, and not just voting against someone.
We need positive, constructive conversations about who we want to elect.
Habanero peppi / March 28, 2014 at 10:36 am
Yea, its a little stale. This would have been entertaining months ago. Time for some new stuff Blog TO, kinda have to agree with the disappointed reader here. Between fricking Jimmy Kimmel's obsession and our Toronto media.It's a snore.
Disappointed Loyal Reader replying to a comment from Ok / March 28, 2014 at 10:44 am
Silence Mr. Sheep! Comment threads are meant to encourage two-sided discussion and constructive criticism and feedback. They're also effective in highlighting narrow-minded fools who come up with generic responses like "Don't like the content? Don't read it"...slow clap for you, sir. Well done, great reply. Not worth the extra KBs in my mailbox.

Be better BlogTO! As a long-time loyal reader, I'm rooting for you.
E. Toby Coke replying to a comment from MisterLJ / March 28, 2014 at 11:19 am
MisterLJ is right. "Anyone but Rob Ford" is a surefire way to get the crackhead re-elected.

OK is this your mentality? replying to a comment from Ok / March 28, 2014 at 11:23 am
No ones forcing you to live in Toronto
Don't like its mayor, move out!
Matthew Poirier replying to a comment from OK is this your mentality? / March 28, 2014 at 11:51 am
That was one of the more idiotic things I've ever read. To stop reading blogto, one needs to only click that little 'x' button. To stop living in Toronto one must: find a new place to live, pay for the transportation to that place, find a new job, say your goodbyes to your friends.

It sounds like you are having trouble understanding the electoral system or possibly democracy in general. See, we have a system whereby if the citizenry of a jurisdiction (municipal in this case) is dissatisfied with leadership, they are provided with a process to replace that leadership with a more effective one. This process is called an election. People put their names forward to be elected, and then all eligible voters in that jurisdiction have a right to select who they want to be the new leader. At the end of the process, all the votes are counted up and a specific set of rules is used to determine who will become the next leader. In the case of Toronto, the candidate who has received the largest number of votes becomes the new mayor. We have an election this year, actually. In October.

It's really strange. I thought most people understood this stuff.
Git Sillie / March 28, 2014 at 12:15 pm
That last cartoon is PHANTASMIC! An obese, inebriated, drug induced, gibberish-talking, Caucasian, wealthy, Canadian, politician speaking with a patois accent is about as rare as a singing/dancing frog.

Can we get these toons playing EVERYWHERE? On the subway platform screens, on the big LED boards at Dundas Square, heck, even as commercials during hit shows such as Question Period & the CBC news.

Toronto needs a constant reminder of our POS mayor. I don't care what everyone says that we need to stop bugging ford about his drug habit. This clown and his brother NEVER once attempted to fix the damage done by their crimes and lies.

Have they done anything to create or implement programs for people with addictions? NOPE! Have they taken any steps to curtail crime and drug dealing in ANY Toronto neighbourhoods? NOPE! Have they actively gone on air to threaten and vow to eliminate guns, drugs, or any criminal activity in Toronto? NOPE! Clearly ford and his brother ARE criminals.

And Toronto voted them in power! Way to go Toronto. Don't cry and complain the next time someone gets shot or dies from crack or any drug OD.
Peter Pan / March 28, 2014 at 01:08 pm
Anyone but Chow. No parasites!
Avneet replying to a comment from OK is this your mentality? / March 28, 2014 at 01:35 pm
Good comeback "OK is this your mentality?". Much easier to pack up and leave a city where you may have friends, family, a job, a mortgage, etc than to leave a blog website.

Proof that Ford supporters are morons wrapped in an idiot
garvan / March 28, 2014 at 01:46 pm
Ford will still win tho.

As long as everyone's campaign is "I'm not Ford", Ford will still win.

The Ford-media juggernaut is pretty much unstoppable, and I for one am looking forward to 3 more years of Ford.

Justin Trudeau is smart enough to realize his party has to have a platform that people are really down with and talk about if he's going to take down Harper.

Being "NOT Harper" isn't good enough.

Just like being "NOT Ford" isn't good enough.

If any of these candidates actually want to win, they need to get people talking about their platforms, not talking about Ford and crack.
A replying to a comment from Git Sillie / March 28, 2014 at 02:13 pm
Not only that, but Ford continues to support a ZERO-TOLERANCE policy for drugs, guns, and gangs. What an elitist! The rules apply to ordinary people but not to him.
Colonel / March 28, 2014 at 03:49 pm
All you people have to learn to be real .Ford is the best Mayor Toronto has ever had .He is just your average guy like the rest of us .So what he likes his drinks I know Lawyers ,Doctors and even a dentist that has issues with Drugs but they still run successful practices .He is doing his job I don't care what he does on his own time .This is the real world .I hope the hell he gets in with a landslide of votes .
Ravi / March 28, 2014 at 04:05 pm
According to linkedin Christina Robins is a stay at home mom/activist BUT the website is registered to ad agency RETHINK COMMUNICATIONS.
norm replying to a comment from Colonel / March 28, 2014 at 04:07 pm
I don't want your version of an average guy as my mayor. I want someone who makes good decisions for the city.
Someone who Smokes crack with gang members at a crack house and leaving himself open to extortion from thugs is not what I would call an "average guy". He also drinks and drives and lies to you over and over. I see you like to take it up the rear from Rofo and Dofo, so I guess you just enjoy that while reasonable people vote for someone else.

"I know Lawyers ,Doctors and even a dentist that has issues with Drugs but they still run successful practices" - Good for them, but they don't represent an entire city. They don't work for 3 million people.
Give your head a shake Colonel!
Grant / March 28, 2014 at 04:19 pm
Funny, but Ford's meaner than he is bumbling.
McRib replying to a comment from Colonel / March 28, 2014 at 05:03 pm
why would anyone want an "average guy" for mayor? The average guy is, statistically speaking, an idiot.
Ok replying to a comment from OK is this your mentality? / March 28, 2014 at 05:21 pm
Haha, what an original comeback.
Try again, Ford Nation.
Ok replying to a comment from Disappointed Loyal Reader / March 28, 2014 at 05:22 pm
Not worth the extra KB, but must be worth your time to reply.
What a sad and pitiful life you must live.
Rob Ford / March 28, 2014 at 06:58 pm
Corruption! Crime! Drugs! Lying! Doing Nothing! Eating Pussy! Fart More Years!
Davy Gravy replying to a comment from McRib / March 28, 2014 at 07:01 pm
And so is "Colonel" so of course his affinity for Ford makes sense.
Davy Gravy replying to a comment from Colonel / March 28, 2014 at 07:02 pm
It's really sweet of you to stand up for your man, Renata - I mean "Colonel"
Loser / March 28, 2014 at 07:28 pm
I love reading the comments section
JEff replying to a comment from McRib / March 28, 2014 at 08:15 pm
So John Tory it is!!! He's the only one that's educated and not average like the rest of the "average men" and "average working mom" campaigns were getting.
Roger / March 28, 2014 at 08:26 pm
Its too bad so many of todays activists don't know how to really cause change like my generation did back in the 60's-70's. A lot of them today do stuff like this, your average smear campaign that is just a joke and were supposed to find entertaining, comical and doesn't bring us anything that most don't already know. Shame
Chris replying to a comment from Disappointed Loyal Reader / March 28, 2014 at 08:32 pm
"He is just your average guy like the rest of us." Neither I nor anyone I know is an immature, entitled millionaire moron.

There's nothing average about RoFo, thank God.
Liz / March 28, 2014 at 09:25 pm
If Rob Ford is re elected, the people of Toronto, you deserve him. Just makes me hate your city even more. As a resident of Ontario, Toronto has never been my favourite city and idiots like Rob Ford only make me dislike it more. I wish there was a way we could separate Toronto from the rest of Ontario and you guys could sink or swim.
OK / March 28, 2014 at 10:26 pm
Not trying to be your favorite there Liz sweetheart.There's a reason you don't live here and I don't live where you do. The difference is I Iet you live where you do without judgement no matter what I think of your city or town. Goodnight
INSANE TORONTO BEHAVIOR UNBELIEVABLE - WOW!!!!!!!!! / March 28, 2014 at 10:55 pm

is Toronto. I witnessed a guy doing this at Tue back of the Queen Street car this evening on the way home from work. It completely disturbed me and stuck in my head and so I searched for this crazy behavior and the first video that popped up was actually from TORONTO?

Gangs 4 Ford / March 29, 2014 at 05:49 am
We luv Rob...he protects us!
Liars 4 Rob / March 29, 2014 at 05:50 am
He lies MORE than us!
Druggies 4 Rob / March 29, 2014 at 05:50 am
Yah, ummm...who's Rob?
Criminals 4 Rob / March 29, 2014 at 09:23 am
We look good in comparison!
Irwin Mimicos for Ford / March 29, 2014 at 05:48 pm
My Mommy says I'm a good boy, just like Rob!
Joe Shmoe / March 29, 2014 at 05:53 pm

Too Funny

Donna / March 29, 2014 at 11:50 pm
You find the state that the city is in "Too Funny"? If your part of the problem then you're not part of this solution.
mfedun / March 30, 2014 at 05:04 am
If Ford is average then maybe we should excuse teachers that abuse drugs and alcohol on the job. If a drunk stoned mayor can run a city, why not drunk stoned teachers, or daycare workers, of bus drivers...
Mark / March 30, 2014 at 05:36 am
These videos are so lame. I wish it would occur to people who make stuff like this, and the saints at the Toronto Star, that the more they avoid proper, honest, intellectual discussions, the more they convince people that he's worth voting for. Stop clouding the debate with side nonsense and actually stick to why his policies suck, if they actually do. Real stuff, not Daniel Dale crap that reads like a 16 year old is writing it. When's the Olivia Chow video showing her smoking pot, living inappropriately in subsidized housing, and talking about circus tents coming out? Yawn.
Mark Mark / March 30, 2014 at 02:13 pm
Mark is so lame. I wish ir would occur to Mark and the people who write pro-Ford, nutty comments, that the more they write vapid, empty comments with no content, they encourag cartoons.
Stop clouding the debate and prove Ford's so-called policies exist, that they are effective and that it is worthwhile to have a criminal-type like Ford in publ
ic office.Real stuff, not like 4 year old stuff like Mark has written. When's the video of Ford beating his wife, telling police about his drug buys and drunken driving and his extortion attempts. I'd also like to know about the hit he ordered on McIntyre and why he has lied abiut EVERYTHING!
64Bit master session / March 31, 2014 at 08:13 am
Why why why? Can someone tell me any reason why we need this???
Any reason why / March 31, 2014 at 10:41 am
Because Ford's a joke...because parody & caricature are time-honoured political traditions and because it's funny. Next: Irwin Mimico's Looney Toons.
Rob Ford / March 31, 2014 at 12:29 pm
Anyone played with my bobble-head?

Colonel / March 31, 2014 at 03:14 pm
You guys just don't get it .Do you really think that teachers and bus drivers are saints .Wake up you have no idea what this world is all about in this day and age .So maybe we should vote for a lying MP I guess that's far better after blowing over a billion dollars on gas plants of our money .I gather that is fine with all the money that is wasted in this country .If FORD was looking after the the country our unemployment rate would be ZERO .You guys have no idea how much of our tax dollars are wasted .Take a few minutes and just check out what the government spends our tax dollars on .The best one was the cancellation of funds to the Jazz Fest in T.O .The only reason they got the fund is because so many people wonder why they would fund a pay event for Drake .Makes no sense to me why that would come first before the Jazz Fest
FraB replying to a comment from Colonel / April 1, 2014 at 12:51 am
There's a difference between being an average guy who likes to have a couple drinks and maybe a toke, and being the representative of one of the largest cities in North America who lets himself get so wasted that he smokes crack and says idiotic things in a drunken stupor.
You sound KluKluxKlan / April 1, 2014 at 09:06 pm
Shouldn't you be in jail?
I agree with Colonel! replying to a comment from Colonel / April 3, 2014 at 10:50 am
...Ford IS an unrepentant racist, but he does know how to spend. It's unfortunate that he's got us in hock up to our ears, but I think he can undo all the damage he's caused so far if we just give him one last chance to fix all the bed-sh*tting he's done. I know it'll take four more years to climb out of the hole, but at least we'll be able to say we let him try, right? Isn't that what Hudak is running on...gut instinct about running the economy.
Colbert / April 30, 2014 at 08:52 am
Well, not everybody is as happy with it, somebody made it up and there is a lot of discussion about it. So if you against it or not, it certainly sturred things up a little. AKA it worked.
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