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Re: A cartoon lover's lament...
« Reply #15 on: December 06, 2006, 04:50:10 PM »
Wonder if this will convince WB to follow suit. It'd be awesome to see the animated short become as prolific as it was way before I was born.


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Re: A cartoon lover's lament...
« Reply #16 on: December 06, 2006, 05:27:39 PM »
I hope so. WB is already feeling the pangs for not following suit with the 3D film explosion. If I could go see Bugs Bunny on the big screen cross-dressing and kissing bald hunters again before movies, I'd say that alone was worth the money for the ticket (since recent movie trends have me disappointed with the actual flick more often than not =).

Honestly - those "Duck Season" "Wabbit Season" moments are /priceless/!! Before the next big sci fi film, I'd have a heart attack of happiness if Daffy came accross the screen and belted "Duck Dodgers of the 24th and a half thenchury!" A couple foghorn leghorns before the next big Civil War epic would hit the spot fosho'.

Rumor is that Lasseter has already started 2D feature projects so I'm hoping this actually follows through. The studio did Snow White and revolutionized movies. Then it did Toy Story and revolutionized the genre it had already created. I would love to see them re-revolutionize the genre with /another/ 2D film.
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Re: A cartoon lover's lament...
« Reply #17 on: December 06, 2006, 05:42:21 PM »
Did they have to start with Goofy? The only things he ever did that were funny were the shorts that parodied the 50's "how to" instructional shorts. 

As for violence, there's an hilarious bit in Family Guy where Stewie takes a baseball bat to Brian for not paying him back on time.  It's utterly brutal. 


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Re: A cartoon lover's lament...
« Reply #18 on: December 06, 2006, 08:56:24 PM »
Did they have to start with Goofy? The only things he ever did that were funny were the shorts that parodied the 50's "how to" instructional shorts. 

As for violence, there's an hilarious bit in Family Guy where Stewie takes a baseball bat to Brian for not paying him back on time.  It's utterly brutal. 

Yeah, but not quite cartoony. :^)

And they're starting with a Goofy How-To (At least that's what the title implies) so it's all good. :^)

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Re: A cartoon lover's lament...
« Reply #19 on: December 07, 2006, 12:25:05 AM »
Disney's shorts pretty much sucked across the board, but the Goofy instructional films are priceless. I'll never understand how Mickey Mouse became an icon, though. LAME.

Powerpuff Girls is awesome and violent to boot. Too bad most people think it's for little girls. But it's for little girls the way Wonder Showzen is for kids. I held the same misconception until one way when, hanging out in my buddy's dorm room, flipping channels, I stopped on Cartoon Network to see what was on. A Powerpuff episode was just starting. "All is peacful and quiet in the city of Townsville," narrated the narrator, "If you ignore THE GIANT ANT!!!" I was hooked.


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Re: A cartoon lover's lament...
« Reply #20 on: December 07, 2006, 05:34:15 AM »
Powerpuff Girls is awesome and violent to boot.

There is a scene in the Powerpuff Girls movie, where they first discover their powers during a schoolyard game of tag, that is awesomely violent.


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Re: A cartoon lover's lament...
« Reply #21 on: December 07, 2006, 06:26:57 AM »
Did we get a shout out in here for Tex Avery?  He's the king you know....


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Re: A cartoon lover's lament...
« Reply #22 on: December 07, 2006, 09:20:55 AM »
Disney's shorts pretty much sucked across the board, but the Goofy instructional films are priceless. I'll never understand how Mickey Mouse became an icon, though. LAME.

He was the first cartoon with sound, and the first "mischievous" protagonist in terms of being very mean to the "antagonists" that came out of Disney studios. I dig Mickey cuz I grew up with his cartoons. However - it /is/ strange that the Disney cartoon with the least screen time in the history of Disney is the icon of the entire company!

And as for Tex Avery, he is the creative genius that got the Looney Tunes to actually be....Looney. The creative imagination behind Daffy Duck definitely deserves a high title i nthe world of toonage, tho I still like Chuck Jones the most out of /any/ animator who ever lived (seriously). Tho thanks to Tex, we have those priceless gags of holding up signs that say "yikes" right before a character falls, eyeballs bugging out when the hot chick starts singing etc etc =)

Side note about Chuck: Apparently he was an incredibly intellectual person. He was the sort of person that studied art at the top academies and could "quote Mark Twain at the drop of a hat." Chuck Jones you rock! RIP
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Re: A cartoon lover's lament...
« Reply #23 on: December 07, 2006, 09:36:05 AM »
He also wrote an awesome autobiography. I read "Chuck Amuck" from cover to cover.


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Re: A cartoon lover's lament...
« Reply #24 on: December 07, 2006, 05:42:04 PM »
He also wrote an awesome autobiography. I read "Chuck Amuck" from cover to cover.

Another good autobiography for animators is Bill Peet's bio (it's a very easy/kiddish read) but it's fully illustrated etc by Peet and is quite informative about the shady background of Disney ;)
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Re: A cartoon lover's lament...
« Reply #25 on: December 08, 2006, 12:28:06 AM »
Powerpuff Girls is awesome and violent to boot.

There is a scene in the Powerpuff Girls movie, where they first discover their powers during a schoolyard game of tag, that is awesomely violent.

I believe the MPAA rating for the Powerpuff movie was PG for "nonstop frenetic action." My eyes nearly caught on fire watching that in the theater. (Oh, how the ticket booth girl laughed at me when I said, "Two for the Powerpuff Girls, please.")


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Re: A cartoon lover's lament...
« Reply #26 on: December 08, 2006, 12:34:16 AM »
The 4 disc Looney Tune sets kick ass.  All the gun violence intact!! Shotguns to the face! My little brother and I watched that stuff religiously growing up and we had access to guns and we did just fine. 

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Re: A cartoon lover's lament...
« Reply #27 on: December 12, 2006, 10:22:51 AM »
[quote author=JHeck, I was just watching an episode of Spongebob where he and Sandy were having fun with each other before Sandy had to go into hybernation, and that particular episode was drenched with Looney Tune antics. Spongebob had bowling balls dropped on his head, he turned to mush when he moved at supersonic speed, his arms were stretched out and flattened - it was awesome![/quote]

That's the episode where Pantera did the music. I was a little suprised when the spongebob "bottom-of-the-sea" credits rolled, then suddenly, in HUGE flaming letters, it said: SPECIAL MUSICAL GUEST STAR PANTERA
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Re: A cartoon lover's lament...
« Reply #28 on: December 12, 2006, 10:37:37 AM »
"All is peacful and quiet in the city of Townsville," narrated the narrator, "If you ignore THE GIANT ANT!!!" I was hooked.

I liked when they wanted to be more like their favorite comic book stars. Buttercup wanted to be more like the character in her Todd Mcfarlane comic book: SPORE! It was a really well-done Spawn parody.

Powerpuff girls did really well for itself. They had little parodies from all kinds of movies and comics in there. One episode that sticks out in my mind is the one where a huge indestructible lizard-monster comes out of the ocean to wreck the city. The monster itself is based on a creature from one of Frank Miller's "Big Guy & Rusty" comics. Buttercup tries to shoot it down with a helicopter decked out with gattling guns, and the thousands of empty shell casings fall to the ground, mimicking the same shot from the matrix. Nothing can stop it until Bubbles just politely asks the monster to go away.

Powerpuff girls won an Emmy award for their Beat-alls episode. Mojojojo was John Lenon, I think.

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Re: A cartoon lover's lament...
« Reply #29 on: December 12, 2006, 11:13:36 AM »
It's hard for any man to declare his enjoyment of Powerpuff Girls, but it was a durn good show. :^) Kind of an Anime for America without trying to be an Anime for America, and it even started out before Anime became as insanely huge as it would become later in the '90s.

Plus they won the Space Ghost: Coast to Coast Toon-In, and the existance of that episode makes me happy. :^)