Story: Humour

Footrot Flats (4th of 4)

Perhaps the most popular cartoon series in New Zealand history, Footrot Flats has been syndicated internationally. The strip was first produced in 1976 by Murray Ball, who had earlier worked for the British humour magazine Punch. Footrot Flats is a rural comedy of errors in the tradition of Me and Gus and Fred Dagg. It provided the inspiration for a stage musical, a 1986 feature film and a theme park in Te Atatū, Auckland.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: J-045-004
Cartoon by Murray Ball

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How to cite this page:

Caroline Harker, 'Humour - Humour on screen, 1970–2000', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 September 2023)

Story by Caroline Harker, published 5 Sep 2013