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« on: January 13, 2003, 08:06:54 PM »
Doooh!!!
Some interesting social commentary comes out of cartoons, as in King of the Hill which may be a false stereotyping of Texans, but does a fair job of depicting some people I have definitely known.

While the Simpsons often borders on grotesque, I find the preacher figure sort of true to form to some persons I have known. I recall one episode where he, Moe the bartender, and Abu the store owner combine to save someone's life. The preacher says; "Just think, saved by a Christian, a Jew, and a uh, uh, a miscellaneous...."   :crackup:

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« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2003, 11:52:40 PM »
[!--QuoteBegin--][/span][table border=\"0\" align=\"center\" width=\"95%\" cellpadding=\"3\" cellspacing=\"1\"][tr][td]Quote (BigTexson @ Jan. 14 2003,00:45)[/td][/tr][tr][td id=\"QUOTE\"][!--QuoteEBegin--]I love the toons old and new!  My faves are King of the Hill, and The Critic.

Don't stone me, but I have even been known to take a peek at South Park :0 .

"I'm not fat, I'm big boned. :cool:[/quote]
Is that a stoning offense?  

Ouch.  Oh!  Stop!  Ouch.  Ugh!  [this is me dodging rocks]

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« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2003, 02:45:38 PM »
Good question, Janine. I'm not sure. I think maybe the makers of cartoons like South Park go for what they think is the lowest common denominator? Yes, as I've admitted, I've watched it, and I do find it funny, but that's in spite of all the "cussin'", not because of it. I'd also say, as a general rule, that a South Park cartoon episode might be funny (in spite of ... ) on first, maybe even second, I'd go so far as possibly third viewing ... but after that ... nah, not really. On the other hand ... ?"kill the wabbit! kill the wabbit!" ... I remember you mentioning that classic Elmer/Bugs 'toon earlier in this thread :) ... and "Duck season!" "Rabbit Season!" are funny, I don't care if you've seen 'em a hundred times before.

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« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2003, 05:13:57 AM »
Barb,

I took the test - twice since I had several optional choices to many of the questions.

First time I came out as Tweety.  The second time as Pepee Le Pew!

By the way, I don't watch many cartoons now (but my 5 year old does!).  However, from when I was a kid, my all-time favorite cartoon was Johnny Quest.  Second was any of the Looney Toones.

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« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2003, 11:41:06 AM »
I ended up as Tweety Bird on the test somehow.  Not quite sure.  I'm neither small, cute, nor yellow.  I do constantly worry about big, bad things creeping up on me to snatch me and. . . I'd better save the rest of that for a therapist. :alien:

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« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2003, 12:46:04 AM »
Thanks, Richard, for the Scooby Doo review!

SoaPMan ....  re. Matthew Lillard nailing the part of Shaggy. Glad to hear it. He sure looks the part, from all the clips and photos I've seen of him in character.

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« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2003, 05:29:51 PM »
I spend more time watching cartoons than any other type of programming.  I watch or have watched the entirety of SpongeBob, Rugrats, Hey Arnold, Time Squad, Cow & Chicken, I am Weasel, Justice League, X-Men, some of the fox cartoons, etc.

Basically my tv is either on Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network.  My wife likes Animal Planet or watching Saddle Club.

Some cartoons I don't like are As told by Ginger, Wild Thornberries.

What do you guys like or do you watch them?

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« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2003, 08:34:31 PM »
Well my kids are both off to college, so I don't have much excuse to watch cartoons... but I watch 'em when I can!   :p

I don't recognize most of the ones that you all have named -- cable just isn't available out here in the sticks.  I don't really consider shows like King of the Hill or Simpsons to be cartoons.  I think of them more as animated sit coms.

My favorite of all time has to be Road Runner!  Beep! Beep!  When I was a kid I wanted to buy some of those neat gizmos from Acme.  Come to think of it, I'd still like to buy some!

Hubby and I like Veggie Tales, especially the French Peas in Josh and the Big Wall.


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« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2003, 12:02:22 AM »
I'm a pop-culture freak.  I loved the Animaniacs for that very reason.  Especially Brain--based on Orson Wells and The Goodfeathers--based on The Goodfellas (Deniro, Peschi, Liota).  

Batman!  Comic book realated toons are the mad notes. King of the Hill is Texas, I knew Beavis and his pal on a personal level (No, I'm serious.  They lived in my dorm), and I used to watch the Simpsons when I was backsliding and not going to worship assemblies.

I didn't like Scrappy, or tiny toons, or anything that involved re-doing somthing smaller or younger.  

I'm just a big giant kid.

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« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2003, 02:30:58 PM »
Why oh why must some of the most sly and accurate humor so often slide right past "irreverent" to "ungodly"?  :(

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« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2003, 12:32:04 PM »
[!--QuoteBegin--][/span][table border=\"0\" align=\"center\" width=\"95%\" cellpadding=\"3\" cellspacing=\"1\"][tr][td]Quote [/td][/tr][tr][td id=\"QUOTE\"][!--QuoteEBegin--]I think I ended up as Bugs Bunny.  It's been a while since I took that test.

I liked the original Johnny Quest better than the new one, in many ways, but then I was 'way young then.  I named a kitten Bandit.

My husband was a big fan of the action/superhero comics as a youngster.  I found him a Spiderman-comic-printed shirt for Xmas.  Loud- he loves it.[/quote]
Janine,

I had no idea there was a newer version of Johnny Quest.

I've never seen it - undoubtly due to the fact that I cannot conceive (hence my wife did that for us -  :0 ) of it being anywhere as good as the original.

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« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2003, 10:32:01 PM »
One of these days maybe I'll rent the Scooby Doo live action movie. Richard, did you see it? If so, what'd you think?

Look what I found, people -- one of those fun quiz things:
Which Cartoon Character Are You?

I'm Bugs Bunny.

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« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2003, 09:45:55 PM »
First of all, thought this thread might be a somewhat appropriate place to post a simple tribute:

Al Hirschfeld - June 21, 1903 - January 20, 2003

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Jerry ... I grew up with a preference for DC. Read some Marvels, also Dell, Gold Key, Classics Illustrated. My husband & I, as I've mentioned, met through the letter cols of DC comics. He was responsible for turning me on to X-Men. That was during the Chris Claremont days when it was about a lot of character development; it was like a superhero soap opera or whatever. We used to buy comics at Collector's Dream here in town back when it was here and over on Elliston Place. There and Great Escape on Broadway. We used to have a holds box at GE -- they had a list of the comics we wanted to get regularly and would pull them for us, a service they provided for customers. At one time we found a mail order subscription service that was a good deal. I forget if it was monthly or bi-monthly, but it was always fun when a box of comics would be delivered to the door. The increase in comics pricing and having kids naturally caused us to readjust the old budget. We no longer get a lot of titles on a regular basis. I sort of got disinterested in reading comics so much over time. Now we're more likely to get something special once or twice a year, like a volume of the Superman Archives series, for instance. Or for his birthday, Al might go to Great Escape and spend a few bucks.

For whatever reason, seems that the specialty comics shops have pretty much wiped out the comic book rack at the local grocery/convenience/drugstore. Kroger carried some comics titles for a while, but the ones near us don't do that anymore. I saw the magazine delivery guy one day and he said they just don't sell well there. No wonder most of today's comic book fans are adults. It's become hard for kids to have a chance to get turned on to comics. Well, blah blah blah .... I'm probably boring everyone to death! :zzzz:

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« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2003, 11:10:28 PM »
[!--QuoteBegin--][/span][table border=\"0\" align=\"center\" width=\"95%\" cellpadding=\"3\" cellspacing=\"1\"][tr][td]Quote (Richard @ Jan. 20 2003,12:24)[/td][/tr][tr][td id=\"QUOTE\"][!--QuoteEBegin--]No bad language, no sex, not too violent.  [/quote]
Richard posted this concerning Scooby Doo and he is quite right.  

Or is he... hmmm....  :idea:

There is no foul language and it's not really violent, but if you think the movie is devoid of sexual content, look again.  They really, really, really want you questioning Velma's sexuality--it's very ambiguous.  Actually, you don't even have to look very hard.  If you don't believe me, watch the DVD deleted scene of Velma singing in the bar--who's she singing to?  hmmm...  :idea: Perhaps they cut that scene because it made their intention a little too obvious.  Take a closer look and listen and you'll also catch a little drug humor.

Now, you're saying to yourself, "So what, SoaPMan?"  

Well, I point it out to illustrate something most people don't realize and it applies to the discussion of old/new cartoons as well.  People point to the "good old days" and contend that movies/cartoons didn't used to be that way.  Ah, but who could forget the cross-dressing Bugs?  As an avid movie buff we could sit down together and watch these "pure" films or look through some comics inked under the guidlines of the infamous "Comic Book Code" or watch a little Buggs and I could point out a dozen matters of inuendo and subtext.  While things are more overt today, they really aren't as different as we'd like to think.  Sometimes I think the old way was worse because it truly reflected a "hidden agenda" by the studios.  I'm talking about something as simple as Audrey Hepburn looking for her shoes under the bed or something as obvious as that minor, next-door neighbor character you know has to be gay. Even the language skirted the obscene...

I mean, you do know how to whistle don't you? :D

Something to think about...

As for Richard's review, I agree with the rating, but would like to point out that Matthew Lillard nailed the part of Shaggy and Linda Cardellini was brilliant as Velma.  Their performances alone are worth the rental if you ever watched the toon as a child.

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« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2003, 06:05:24 PM »
Mister, you're talking to a gal who met her husband through comic book lettercols and weaned her children on Looney Tunes.  If you just count what's available to watch on tv nowadays (as opposed to viewing via video tapes -- and we have plenty of those), I'd say Al (the hubby) and the kids watch more than I do ... but ones I enjoy when I do watch (besides Bugs and the gang) include:  Justice League, Powerpuff Girls, SpongBob Squarepants, Samurai Jack,  Rocket Power, Johnny Bravo.  Of those, guess JL, PG, SJ and RP would be favored over the others. (btw, I do a web site for an actor who's done some voice work on R.P. ...  5 episodes that originally aired between '99 and '00).

The hubby and our teen Brian also like some of the anime stuff, I don't pay that much attention to those now. I used to be a big Starblazers fan though (not that I could answer any trivia questions at this point, mind you).