In the miniature world

Today’s Bizarro:

The conceit here is that there is a miniature world mirroring the normal-sized world, with bonsai lumberjacks chopping down bonsai trees and, presumably much else besides: bonsai police to confront bonsai vandals, for instance.

Miniature worlds have been created in models, called into being via trick photography, and the like — but these are inanimate replicas. The bonsai world of the cartoon is fully animate, like many miniature worlds that have been fantasized over the years. (Yes, there are serious problems of physical scale that surround these fantasies.)

As for bonsai, from Wikipedia:

Bonsai (… lit. plantings in tray, from bon, a tray or low-sided pot and sai, a planting or plantings) is a Japanese art form using miniature trees grown in containers. Similar practices exist in other cultures, including the Chinese tradition of penjing from which the art originated, and the miniature living landscapes of Vietnamese hòn non bộ. The Japanese tradition dates back over a thousand years, and has its own aesthetics and terminology.

The idea of bonsai-ing a lumberjack is truly creepy.

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