So I keep telling myself for the past 75 blogs or so, otherwise they’d all be less time-consuming and quick and easy to write.
Saturday morning cartoons should be one of the those grandiose subjects that should naturally flow from my hands to the laptop keyboard like electricity through my fingers or easier than my penis piercing through cold refrigerated butter.
But it’s not. You still have to do the obligatory blasted research before posting.
I love most animated shows produced today. I feel that over the years they have grown up with me RATHER than me having grown up watching them.
Saturdays these days my eyeballs are glued practically 6:00PM to sometimes nearly 2 to 3 in the morning to nothing but animation. With the addition of online platforms such as Hulu and Netflix, and not to mention some real long out of circulation golden oldies that can be found on Netflix, there’s more of a library to fulfill a lifetime.
The Simpsons. 28 years and still going strong. One of my favorite radio hosts, Peter Tilden from KABC, (of horror movie Shocker fame), wrote the episode where the family takes a vacation to Cuba in “Havana Wild Weekend.”
Bob’s Burgers. A NETWORK animated show that’s both hilariously funny and has a lot of goddamn heart. The other show that I’d stick in the same category in the cable and streaming end is BOJACK HORSEMAN.
Family Guy. 15 years and still going strong. Laugh out loud, crude and very possessive dark hearted and cruel for a NETWORK animated comedy. And that’s why I adore it and immediately after watching it need to smoke a cigarette afterwards.
I would presume that Son of Zorn ran its first thirteen episode probation season and we’ll just have to wait to hear word from Fox at the May upfronts on whether it’s going to get renewed or not.
Now I purposely utilize Hulu for all my current Fox Animation Domination and Adult Swim needs. I tried to follow a few MTV series like The Maxx, Liquid TV, or Beavis & Butthead, but as soon as I got around to streaming Daria, I got JERKED before embarking on the third season which was probably a message for me to go out and buy the massive expensive complete series set. Hulu is fucking notorious for this type of action. Certain shows get clipped for some reason while you’re in the middle of that and they disappear entirely from your queue. This also has happened to me during streaming golden sixties oldies Naked City and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.
Meanwhile on Netflix:
The New Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show. (pictured above) is a modern take on the sixties classic created by Jay Ward that was an alternating segment on the Rocky & Bullwinkle show. It’s produced by DreamWorks Animation for Netflix exclusively, but by the imposed commercial breaks I would assume that it’s shown globally on commercial television. Voice actors Chris Parnell and Max Charles reprise their roles from the DreamWorks CGI movie. It’s already on its’ third season and has been renewed for another season to start this fall. The animation is little crude and doesn’t do its’ best Ward impersonation, but the stories and its’ unique David Letterman type of talk show format gets the job done.
Danger Mouse is back with a whole look minus the flash and dash. The 1981 series was very limited in using Flash, but now produced in brilliant Toon Boom Harmony, able to give the show more depth and scope. Co-creator Brian Cosgrove is a consultant in the series and each episode is a bite size twelve minus. So if you’re that tea and crumpets kind of phase, you can easily devour two in one day – that is, if you can get the appetite make room for occasional guest voice Lena Headey as female American super spy Jeopardy Mouse
Gon – I love the person whoever is voicing the grunts and maniacal laugh of this title character. Gon is based on a manga series created by Masashi Tanaka and I was exposed to it by DC Comics through its imprint Paradox Press during my years when I was managing a comic book store in North Hollywood. The American reprints tapered off, but the character of a mischievous little dinosaur who can eat entire trees and bushes with one gulp and fight any living creature no matter how big or small always manage to stick in my craw. I never forgot that little fuck and I was caught completely off guard when I saw that a CGI animated series had been done (he’s also star of a video game. Wow, image that) and was recommended to add to my cue. I don’t know how many seasons I have to waffle though, but I think I’ve got plenty to last me for the rest of the summer.
Voltron Legendary Defender. Logical progression from Legend of Korra producers. Renewed for an addition seasons 3 & 4. It’s got that same quirky heart and pulse pounding suspense that were noticeable in Korra and the Last Airbender.
On my blu ray / dvd player:
Though technically a Amazon Prime acquisition – I’ve somehow managed to get my hands on a third-party dvd copy of the original UK broadcasts of THUNDERBIRDS are GO!, therefore saving me a good thirteen bucks a month that I would have otherwise was willing to shell out just to have the subscription service. Thunderbirds Are Go would have been another reason I would’ve chomped at the bit of getting Amazon Prime besides the magnificent live action adaptation of The Man in the High Castle, but again, I was also lucky to obtain a screener copy of the latest second season that I’m now currently in the process of finishing up.
With a little more GO! power to muster, I’ve sort of surrender to terms with myself that TEEN TITANS GO! is the new norm and has improved time and time again since I’ve declared time after time to infinity and the edge of ad nauseam that this show is nothing more than a Technicolor eyesore, but once the show was showing that it was willing to guest star YOUNG JUSTICE in one episode and found myself laughing myself silly, the show has become acceptable. I work my way through the dvd sets whenever they’re released.
Beavis & Butthead. I was Target one day and I happen to see that this DVD set boasted on the cellophane wrapping that it was the entire series, movie, and music videos – ALL IN ONE COLLECTION.
And guess what?
I’ve never seen every Beavis & Butthead episode, movie, and music videos EVER MADE.
So into the shopping cart it went.
THE CENTURIONS was a 1986 Jack Kirby & Gil Kane model designed series as with most afternoon kiddie fare, it was sorely a shill for toys. Max Ray, Jake Rockwell, & Ace McCloud were former military men who are gathered together to work as a team with enhanced exo-frames provided by their space satellite orbiting headquarters SKYLAB in defeating evil cyborg scientist Doc Terror. Sixty five syndicated episodes managed to slip past my mid-twenties (I dunno, maybe I was too infatuated with Defenders of the Earth at the time or lusting after my roommate’s sister Jennifer Ellis since I was living in San Diego at the time) but luckily Warner Archive recently becoming my new best friend has the whole series in their manufacture by demand series of products.
Predating Jack Kirby’s work on the Centurions was another series designated to the toy shelf, but this one certainly RESONATED more with viewers (I understand that there are cults who worship this series on college campuses . I have a couple of facebook friends, Buzz Dixon and Mark Evanier who once wrote for this series – but the sole germ of this apocalyptic world idea came from the same mind of the creator of Howard the Duck, Steve Gerber. – although I swear it has remnants of Kirby’s Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth sprinkled all over it. It could have been a collaboration of Gerber saying to Jack: what if Kamandi was a grown up and was hanging out with a hot young sorceress and a Mok creature and they were out saving the world from evil sorcerer, mutant crocodiles, cosmic vampires and a pack of werewolves led by their leader “ZEVON” (there’s some Gerber humor right there). I betcha that’s how Gerber & Kirby pitched it to Ruby Spears. I just know it. Again, mostly available through the kind shippers and packers at Warner Archive. (I believe I picked this collection up at Amoeba Records used).
I’ll have enough Jonny Quest The Real Adventures episodes to at least last me throughout the year. The Real Adventures is Jonny Quest & Hadji depicted in their teens along with Race Bannon’s daughter, Jessie joining the team. However, creative differences occurred between producer Peter Lawrence and Hanna Barbara that he was let go after the first half episodes were delivered. The second half of the season reverted back to its’ original setting of the kids being younger, but still kept the same model sheets, and sadly jettisoning the computer graphic enhanced Questworld segments. I wasn’t keen on the mid-eighties series, but watching most of the episodes for the first time (I didn’t have cable to watch the original runs), I feel the first season had to be a natural extension to the original. I think what Lawrence was trying to demonstrate that characters that you once had an affinity can’t just grow up in a vacuum. You need to show progression in a child character. since one that could be viewed as someone who could have a possibility of existing. There are some goofy outlandish episodes and VR is quite the rage these days, and there are some that tried to educate us. Take for example, the last episode I watched, The Spectre of the Pine Barrens was interesting and at least historically inaccurately amusing. The Revolutionary War is still being fought in the mountains of the Pine Barrens between the redcoats and the minutemen more than two hundred years since it began, The Declaration of Independence (the real one) is at stake. Posting this just in time for the release of the DC experimenting with this year’s annuals in which your favorite DC super-hero teams up with a Hanna Barbara character, such as Suicide Squad and the Banana Splits, Green Lantern and Space Ghost, and Jonny Quest with Adam Strange. The first wave arrives in comic book specialty shops this week.
AVENGERS ASSEMBLE: ULTRON REVOLUTION (season 3) is very loud – just like their movie counterpart. I have issues with Marvel Animation. They constantly insist in stiffing people who don’t have cable television, like me, and only sell their episodes, FUCKING ‘a la carte for two bucks on iTunes. I was comfortably watching them on my Netflix, which was another reason I caved in and got a subscription in addition to the Marvel live action shows – but they took them all off!!. I’m paying a goddamn two bucks per episode of Ultimate Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy or for this show for that matter. Since they absolutely refuse to make blu ray or dvd season sets, I’m just going to have to go the BOOTLEGGER route, and buy the entire season set at conventions for $ 15 dollars a pop. Fuck you stingy assholes at Disney.
LOOKING FORWARD TO:
The seventh season of Archer should be out on dvd by the time I’ve posted this.
I usually conclude with a movie.
Movie nights in the recent past have included Nerdland, the Blu Ray version of GHOST IN THE SHELL, Kobu and the Two Strings, and usually all DC Universe Original Animated movies will have me on animation adrenaline until at least 3 o’clock in the morning. And then on Sundays, I’ll write for an hour or two, read some DC comics and go on another cathode ray induced marathon for all the super hero live action dramas and the best of today’s cable shows until the coach potato ass sores set in.
I’m looking forward to this one (finally, one without Batman, Superman, or Justice League in the title!!) and the collected CW Seed edition of Vixen.