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Tex Avery, The Wacky World Of

It was a sad day in Mudville — or at least Portland, Oregon — when I turned on the TV in the fall of 1997 to find The Disney Afternoon no longer existed. In its place were several slabs of cheaper-looking material, including a UPN-mandated teen drama about a high school on a cruise ship […]

Future Spotlight II: The Amazing World Of Gumball

I first blogged about The Amazing World Of Gumball when I learned about its existence back in 2009.  At the time, I deemed it one of the most surreal animated programs ever proposed.  It had a unique visual style, combining 2D and 3D animation with live-action backgrounds, and its cast of characters really stood out.  […]

Science Fiction - Connecting Gritty Live-Action and Animation Through Wall-E and Blade Runner: Part 2

Part 1 | Part 2 The science fiction genre is notorious for giving robots human emotions. The genre runs with the idea that “is the ultimate promise of science for man to play God by creating life; it is the ultimate fear when that life is discovered to have no soul and thus no meaning” […]

Science Fiction - Connecting Gritty Live-Action and Animation Through Wall-E and Blade Runner: Part 1

Part 1 | Part 2 Blade Runner is a dark, gritty science fiction film that “projects the nightmarish vision of the early twenty first century” (Bosnak 74). The city is dirty, overcrowded and chaotic due technology consuming society’s everyday lives. The film follows an ex-police officer Rick Deckard being forced out of retirement to hunt […]

Cool Stuff: Summoner Geeks/Attacking the Darkness

Summoner was one of the launch titles released for the Playstation 2 in 2000. Though the game received favorable reviews, I did not like and never finished playing it. I do, however, have this game firmly embedded in my memory because of a brilliant little easter egg hidden in the credits. The team at Volition, […]

Looking Back: Robotomy

Cartoon Network and robots don’t mix. Aside from a few Gundam series (and hopefully Genndy Tartakovsky’s newest outing Sym-Bionic Titan), most of the network’s attempts to launch robot-themed shows have been met with dismal failure, from Gundam Seed to IGPX to Megas XLR to Robot Jones. But the title for the saddest robot story would […]

Cool Stuff: The Real Legend of Zelda 3

The Real Legend of Zelda is a series of parody shorts created by Jerry Padilla. The three shorts were created years apart and it’s fascinating to watch him evolve as an animator and director with each. The graphics in the third are noticeably better than the first two. The shots are well-framed and more complicated. […]

Cartoon Intro Cavalcade: Super Mario Bros. Super Show

In 1989, the Nintendo Entertainment System was at the height of its dominance.  Millions of kids around the world were becoming familiar with characters such as Mario and Luigi.  Merchandising was inevitably all over the place, and a cartoon of course was quick to arrive.  But DiC didn’t just produce a Mario cartoon, oh no.  […]

Cool Stuff: de Blob 2 - The Astronaut

It’s time for more cross-media video game fun! In The Astronaut, Blob visits the Graydian Employment Office to choose space as his career path. He immediately realizes his mistake as he’s attacked by mechanical arms and transported to a space station. He meets danger as he’s sent outside in a space suit with solar panels but […]

Three Families

To say that Seth MacFarlane is a polarizing figure in animation is an understatement. Fans of Seth’s material tends to spread far into the mainstream, appealing to those that would otherwise not be interested in cartoons. MacFarlane’s detractors often view his works with extreme derision, to the point of wanting his head on a pike. […]

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