Okay, I admit it  

WildWon1982 34M
625 posts
6/2/2006 9:09 pm

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6/3/2006 9:27 pm

Okay, I admit it

I watch entirely too many cartoons for a full-grown man. I grew up in the third golden age of animation, the 80s and 90s. The first two were the 40s (Disney and WB shorts in movie theatres), and the 60s-early 70s (Hannah-Barbara). They became a fully realized genre of entertainment for adults and adolescents, not just kids. Examples:

Ren & Stimpy - Created in 1991 by Jon Kricfalusi (who voiced Ren for two seasons), this was the first out-loud gross cartoon. Finally, we could just venture out into the patently weird. It premiered along with "Doug" and "Rugrats" as Nickelodeon's first "Nicktoons," (now its own channel) but it was nothing like the other two. "Doug" was your basic animated children's show, some occasional gut laughs, but mostly just a nervous kid with an overactive imagination (like the viewers), and "Rugrats" was basically a baby show. R&S was different. It was irreverant, self-referential, and downright gross. No surprise it was the first to get the boot. However, when TNN became Spike, they commissioned Jon K. to produce a new, "adult" R&S. Didn't take off that well. Althought the initial audience was now old enough to appreciate it, the cult following wouldn't accept anything new.

The Simpsons - They have just finished their 17th season, making it the longest running prime time sitcom ever. That's saying something. Also, they've aired 377 episodes. That sets up an unbelievable 400th episode for next season's finale. That's insane. At this point, forget syndication. You could have a cable network that only aired "Simpsons," 24/7, and it would take almost 9 days to air every episode. It is the pinnacle of American satire. If you cannot recognize that, then I question your intelligence.

Family Guy/American Dad - They're basically the same show. Same creator (Seth MacFarlane, my hero), and similar formula. Reference laden comedy, that's basically joke after joke, the plots almost secondary. The main difference in form is that Family Guy is based in pop culture jokes, and American Dad is based in political and social satire. A shining example that I'm not the only loser in the world: Family Guy was on the brink of cancellation after the second season, but was saved by a letter-writing campaign. It was finally cancelled after season 3 (after being set up against Friends and Survivor), but after two years, and phenomenal DVD sales, it's back, and as popular as ever.

South Park - The first truly raunchy, adults only cartoon that wasn't simply animated porn. From its inception in 1997, it still carries the meaningless TV-MA rating. The creators are just as ascerbic as ever, and controversy still surrounds it, mostly because people are too stupid to take a joke.

Aside from these, I watch old children's cartoons from the 90s, like animaniacs sometimes. Because now, more than ever, you can find a myriad of adult jokes, intentionally put there to give the parents a reason to watch with their kids.

I've always loved cartoons, for their humor, their stories, and their ability to bend the rules of reality to create visuals in a way live action can't. I've also held an ambition since childhood to do voice-over work for cartoons. I've been doing voices and accents since I was five. It even gets to the point where I can slip into an Irish brogue without noticing.

I'm probably pathetic, but I don't care. Hell, I'm watching Ren * Stimpy right now.

docdirk 47M

6/2/2006 9:51 pm

Ren & Stimpy RULE!!!!!

Powdered Toast Man - Over & Out!

Ah, Its you again, Your Angel Feathers and your Blood Stains...

honeypot7473 43F

6/2/2006 10:00 pm

I still watch the smurfs and Fraggle rock whenever possible.Thank god for boomerang.

Kaliedascope61 41M
4084 posts
6/3/2006 5:50 am

I miss underdog!

NSAAddict 42F

6/3/2006 7:41 am

What rolls down stairs alone or in pairs
Rolls over your neighbor's dog?
What's great for a snack and fits on your back?
It's Log, Log, Log!

It's Log, Log, it's big, it's heavy, it's wood.
It's Log, Log, it's better than bad, it's good!
Everyone wants a log! You're gonna love it, Log!

God I love that show! You listed all of the greats and now I feel like a cartoon-athon Thanks for the flash back... it's log, it's log... second time in 3 days I get this song stuck in my head because of you bloggers!

WildWon1982 34M

6/3/2006 9:30 am

Here's how pathetically obsessed I was as a kid. When I was 9, my sister and I gave my mom Log for Mother's Day. We actually found a decent sized, but carriable log in the back yard, hammered in some nail eyes, put some makeup on it, and wrapped a lace doilie around it for a skirt. My mom still has it.

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