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Title: Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue and the War On Drugs
Post by: daltysmilth on February 20, 2007, 12:54:18 PM
Who here remembers this special?  I bring it up because it was mentioned recently on the Onion AV Club's website, in a slightly less-than-flattering manner.  (I don't remember which article it's in.)  And the AV Club's dismal opinion of the special, along with recent comments in my local newspaper's opinion section criticizing the grade school drug prevention program DARE (which I believe stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education or something similar) makes me wonder what people thought about the War On Drugs in general and the program Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue specifically.  So, what do you think?
Title: Re: Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue and the War On Drugs
Post by: Pak-Man on February 20, 2007, 01:12:38 PM
My most vivid memory of the special was Michaelangelo shaking his head in sad disapproval and saying, "Cowabunga, dude.."
Title: Re: Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue and the War On Drugs
Post by: Tyrant on February 20, 2007, 02:00:16 PM

  That was an AWESOME scene.

   The only reason I even bothered to watch the special was because it was advertised as having TMNTs in it.
Title: Re: Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue and the War On Drugs
Post by: Pak-Man on February 20, 2007, 02:01:26 PM
Oh it was a HUGE event if you were watching Saturday Morning Cartoons at the time. Smurfs alongside Garfield, alongside Ninja Turtles, alongside Ghostbusters (I think)... All the big names in one nifty special. :^)
Title: Re: Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue and the War On Drugs
Post by: Tyrant on February 20, 2007, 02:03:29 PM

   Yeah. If Optimus Prime had been in it.......
Title: Re: Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue and the War On Drugs
Post by: homerjayla on February 20, 2007, 03:27:17 PM
I used to watch that cartoon special all the time as a kid. I think the person who wrote it was on drugs.
Title: Re: Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue and the War On Drugs
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on February 20, 2007, 04:14:59 PM
it would have been funny if garfield killed a couple of smurfs and left them on the rug as a present for john to find, or if the ghostbusters tried excise the turtles or something. 
Title: Re: Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue and the War On Drugs
Post by: Tyrant on February 20, 2007, 04:18:38 PM
it would have been funny if garfield killed a couple of smurfs and left them on the rug as a present for john to find, or if the ghostbusters tried excise the turtles or something. 

  That's nearly exactly how it would have been if I had written it. Only the Turtles would have been the ones to kill the smurfs. It would have been awesome.
Title: Re: Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue and the War On Drugs
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on February 20, 2007, 04:26:59 PM
yeah but i always liked the ghostbusters so they would have to kick someones ass. 
Title: Re: Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue and the War On Drugs
Post by: Tyrant on February 20, 2007, 04:31:22 PM
yeah but i always liked the ghostbusters so they would have to kick someones ass. 

  The Smurfs, also. Everyone could have ganged up on the Smurfs.
Title: Re: Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue and the War On Drugs
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on February 20, 2007, 04:33:02 PM
yeah unless the gov got to them first, what with the one woman and all ill bet they count as endangered. 
Title: Re: Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue and the War On Drugs
Post by: Tyrant on February 20, 2007, 04:34:34 PM
yeah unless the gov got to them first, what with the one woman and all ill bet they count as endangered. 

  Smurfs are like that little critter in the Simpsons who was sexually attracted to fire. They're meant to be extinct.
Title: Re: Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue and the War On Drugs
Post by: pyro on February 21, 2007, 10:35:18 AM
it at least used to be on youtube, I was too young I guess to have seen it so I had to see it that way....

apparently they used Garfield without permission and that's why it doesn't exist anymore  :D
Title: Re: Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue and the War On Drugs
Post by: homerjayla on February 21, 2007, 01:01:05 PM
 :rimshot:     Really bad joke.

Title: Re: Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue and the War On Drugs
Post by: starfighter on February 22, 2007, 12:13:37 AM
    Is that the special that was simul-cast on like 10 or 20 different channels at the same time?  At least, the first time it was on.   Did Nancy Reagan introduce it?
Title: Re: Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue and the War On Drugs
Post by: Pak-Man on February 22, 2007, 08:20:46 AM
Yes, and yes. :^)
Title: Re: Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue and the War On Drugs
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on February 22, 2007, 08:22:05 AM
i miss the ghostbusters tv show. 
Title: Re: Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue and the War On Drugs
Post by: Pak-Man on February 22, 2007, 09:20:03 AM
There's a smattering of Real Ghostbusters episodes out on DVD. No proper season collections, but maybe if they sell enough of these...

http://www.amazon.com/Real-Ghostbusters-Spooky-Spirits/dp/B000DZ854U/sr=1-1/qid=1172163870/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-7487910-8529764?ie=UTF8&s=dvd

http://www.amazon.com/Real-Ghostbusters-Creatures-Night/dp/B000DZ854K/sr=1-2/qid=1172163870/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2/102-7487910-8529764?ie=UTF8&s=dvd

http://www.amazon.com/Real-Ghostbusters-Slimefighters-Arsenio-Hall/dp/B000DZ8554/sr=1-3/qid=1172163870/ref=pd_bbs_sr_3/102-7487910-8529764?ie=UTF8&s=dvd
Title: Re: Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue and the War On Drugs
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on February 22, 2007, 09:24:41 AM
lol i dont know if i miss it THAT much.  i dont really want to buy it, what i think i would rather have is another youthful saturday morning, where waking up and watching cartoons was exciting. 
Title: Re: Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue and the War On Drugs
Post by: Pak-Man on February 22, 2007, 09:26:42 AM
I hear you. Ghostbusters aged well, though. It still appeals to my adult sensibilities. :^)
Title: Re: Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue and the War On Drugs
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on February 22, 2007, 09:28:07 AM
any episode where they had to go INTO the thing where they stored the ghosts was an awesome episode. 
Title: Re: Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue and the War On Drugs
Post by: Nunyerbiz on February 22, 2007, 10:26:18 AM
What the hell was the deal with the dueling Ghostbusters cartoon shows? I only vaguely recall them from my childhood, but didn't one of them feature Slimer and characters that roughly looked like their movie counterparts and another show that used the same character names but they looked totally different? How the hell did the something as simple as licensing a kids show become such a trainwreck?

As far as Nancy Reagan and her wonderful war on drugs.... The only thing it did for me as a child was to give me the realization that if all these adults wanted me to stay away from pot, then I need to find some of this stuff. My memories from the following five or six years are pretty hazy... but when I came out of it, I owned a lot of hemp clothing and water bongs and was in my sophomore year in college. 
Title: Re: Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue and the War On Drugs
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on February 22, 2007, 10:28:12 AM
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The only thing it did for me as a child was to give me the realization that if all these adults wanted me to stay away from pot, then I need to find some of this stuff. My memories from the following five or six years are pretty hazy... but when I came out of it, I owned a lot of hemp clothing and water bongs and was in my sophomore year in college. 

big whoops on your part thier ;)

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What the hell was the deal with the dueling Ghostbusters cartoon shows? I only vaguely recall them from my childhood, but didn't one of them feature Slimer and characters that roughly looked like their movie counterparts and another show that used the same character names but they looked totally different? How the hell did the something as simple as licensing a kids show become such a trainwreck?

the worst was the slimer show which was annoying and stupid.
Title: Re: Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue and the War On Drugs
Post by: the long undertow on February 22, 2007, 10:49:18 AM
There was a Ghostbusters cartoon that existed in some form before the movie came out that featured two guys and an ape.  The movie spinoff was therefore called The Real Ghostbusters.

I downloaded the Cartoon All-Stars special a year ago because I was so pleased to actually see it floating around on the internet, but I didn't even finish watching it.  It's better remembered than revisited.
Title: Re: Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue and the War On Drugs
Post by: Pak-Man on February 22, 2007, 11:35:32 AM
In the beginning, there was "The Ghost Busters." I've never seen it, but it's coming to DVD and it was a live action kids show in which a gorilla and 2 men hunted ghosts. As near as I can tell, nobody watched it or remembered it.
(http://www.70slivekidvid.com/ghost/smghostbusterspromo1.jpg)
In 1980, Filmation made it into a cartoon, simply calling it Ghostbusters. Nobody watched it or remembered it. It was oddly similar to the Ghostbusters movie, but had no real connection.
(http://powet.tv/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2006/12/ghostbustersvol1.jpg)

In '84, a little movie called Ghostbusters came out, having nothing to do with either of these other two shows. Many, many people watched and remembered it, and they decided to make it into a cartoon. About that same time, Funimation saw a good opportunity to show THEIR Ghostbusters cartoon and ride the coattails of the movie's success.

Here's the thing. You can't have 2 cartoons named Ghostbusters. This forced the adaptation of the movie to be called "The Real Ghostbusters."

And that's how that went down. :^)
Title: Re: Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue and the War On Drugs
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on February 22, 2007, 11:57:59 AM
all hail pakky the master of all things trivial
Title: Re: Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue and the War On Drugs
Post by: Nunyerbiz on February 22, 2007, 01:19:33 PM
(http://www.70slivekidvid.com/ghost/smghostbusterspromo1.jpg)

Is that Joe Pesci in the middle?

Also, thanks Pak for clearing that up.
Title: Re: Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue and the War On Drugs
Post by: daltysmilth on February 22, 2007, 01:40:26 PM
I remember watching the Filmation Ghostbusters cartoon on Nickelodean back in the day.  This was in the Double Dare/You Can't Do That On Television era of Nick.  Man.  Remember when they made shows for pre-teens that weren't just G-Rated clones of Beverly Hills: 90210?  Now it's all Lizzie Maguire or that show with Britney Spears' little sister, or that other show with the girl who looks like Britney Spears' little sister that they apparently made for the sole purpose of confusing adults into thinking that it's the show with Britney Spears' little sister, and it works because the two shows, from what I can tell, are virtually indistinguishable from each other.  In fact, you could probably take footage from an episode of one show, and splice it together with footage from an episode of the other show and have me sit down and watch it, and I'd have no way of knowing that you had done it, and it would probably not have any affect on my ability to follow the plot of the show.
Title: Re: Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue and the War On Drugs
Post by: Compound on February 22, 2007, 03:01:01 PM
(http://www.70slivekidvid.com/ghost/smghostbusterspromo1.jpg)

Is that Joe Pesci in the middle?
 

Larry Storch, from F-Troop, actually. I actually watched this show when it was on. (It was mid-70s, when the networks were on a live action kick on Saturday mornings. Far Out Space Nuts, Shazam and Isis, the Bannana Splits and the Sid and Marty Kroft stuff are from about the same time frame, IIRC.) Unfortunately, the only things that I recall from the show are the gorilla, the jalopy and a crystal ball with a guy's head in it. (Who I recall looked a bit like Jombi, but that just might be my memory playing tricks on me.) It wasn't very memorable to me for anything other than the F-Troop guys being in it and the name.