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Drawing Lots and Lots of Little Pictures- A Cartoon Thread

R.R. Bigman

Coolest Guy
I'm glad no one else made a general cartoon thread while I was absent.

Post your non thread worthy animation news and thoughts here.
 

LBD_Nytetrayn

..and his little cat, too
(He/him)
I really hope Rise of the TMNT gets renewed for another season. Haven't reached the end of Season 2 yet, but I'm hearing good things, and I've really enjoyed the ride thus far.
 

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
I've been watching Amphibia Disney Frog Isekai and while it's the definition of "not worth its own thread," I think it's really good. I especially love how dramatically they shook up the structure between seasons: season 1 is all extremely local stuff about getting to know the town and the people in it, and then season 2 completely abandons that and turns into a road trip for a bit, and now it's some kind of grander mystery in a big unfamiliar city.
 

Mr. Sensible

Pitch and Putt Duffer
I watched Aladdin (1992) on Blu-ray this week. Still one of the best-looking 2D Disney feature films IMO. I know Return of Jafar was animated by Disney's Australian studio, but I'm curious about how that one (and the third movie, I guess) holds up.
 

jpfriction

You'll never take my hat away
I've been watching Amphibia Disney Frog Isekai and while it's the definition of "not worth its own thread," I think it's really good. I especially love how dramatically they shook up the structure between seasons: season 1 is all extremely local stuff about getting to know the town and the people in it, and then season 2 completely abandons that and turns into a road trip for a bit, and now it's some kind of grander mystery in a big unfamiliar city.

Yeah it’s pretty good, especially when it drives the narrative forward a bit. Both of Anne’s high school friends add a lot to the show. I can take or leave Hop-Hop et al most of the time, though. I liked the Gravity Falls throwback episode.

My daughter actually likes it better than owl house. She’s 5 so I’ll forgive her for now.
 

Octopus Prime

Jingle Device
(He/Him)
I wish Owl House were on D+, but it ain’t so here I sit, not watching it.

But on the subject of D+ shows I am sitting here and watching, I started Big City Greens, as Caldwell Tanner keeps pushing it, and I’ve grown to like the cut of that guys gib over the course of the summer.

S’good! Got more than a few genuine chuckles out of me per episode
 

R.R. Bigman

Coolest Guy
I finished watching Extreme Ghostbusters. It's a bummer there was only one season. Much like with Reboot, I wish I had given it a chance as a kid.
 

Octopus Prime

Jingle Device
(He/Him)
As the Spookems Season is nigh, I’ve resumed watching the various Ghostbusters’ cartoons.

Last night as Extreme Ghostbusters, with an episode which was a homage to Goosebumps and Hellraiser as a beloved children’s horror writer finds that the excessively terrifying Cenobite esque Monsters he was writing about have Become Real, given him the power to make whatever he writes become real, and strapped him to a weird flesh prison and force him to write stories about them kidnapping and mutilating innocent people into more cenobites.

It was quite a lot to put into a cartoon for 8-10year olds
 

R.R. Bigman

Coolest Guy
Primal comes back tonight. Or should I say it came back in April since episode six premiered then with no warning and I had no idea until last night!? I looked on Sling, Adult Swim's site and iTunes and you can't watch that episode anywhere! (sad caveman noise)
 

jpfriction

You'll never take my hat away
Primal comes back tonight. Or should I say it came back in April since episode six premiered then with no warning and I had no idea until last night!? I looked on Sling, Adult Swim's site and iTunes and you can't watch that episode anywhere! (sad caveman noise)

According to wikipedia that was actually episode 7 and was aired as an april fool’s prank? Should show up again in this set.
 

Octopus Prime

Jingle Device
(He/Him)
I wish Owl House were on D+, but it ain’t so here I sit, not watching it.

But on the subject of D+ shows I am sitting here and watching, I started Big City Greens, as Caldwell Tanner keeps pushing it, and I’ve grown to like the cut of that guys gib over the course of the summer.

S’good! Got more than a few genuine chuckles out of me per episode

Between watching this and trying to get caught up on NADDPOD, I’m forced to wonder how much of the one leaked into the other; it’s basically Crick Elves: The Animated Series
 

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
I've been watching Craig of the Creek and it's just such nice, enjoyable background viewing. It's a little bit nostalgic for me as someone who really liked Recess, because it's got a lot of that "kids tend to grow attached to weird things and develop very singular identities around those things" vibe that Recess had, but with more modern sensibilities of being less about direct confrontation and a lot more chill stories about how the huge cast of seemingly one-note characters exhibit surprising depth when you bounce them off of one another. Also it's got the racial, body, and identity diversity that comes part and parcel with modern cartoons (read: my favourite characters are he dirtbag teenage lesbian couple that hangs out at the Creek at night).


Also, and this is a real thing that happens that I'm not making up, Del the Funkee Homosapien does a guest spot where he plays a child version of his character from Deltron 3030 and spends the entire episode freestyling new kid-friendly additions to the Deltron mythos. It fuckin' rules.

 

Kirin

Summon for hire
(he/him)
Also, and this is a real thing that happens that I'm not making up, Del the Funkee Homosapien does a guest spot where he plays a child version of his character from Deltron 3030 and spends the entire episode freestyling new kid-friendly additions to the Deltron mythos. It fuckin' rules.

Holy shit. That is awesome.
 

R.R. Bigman

Coolest Guy
That last Primal was a real surprise!
That a much more advanced people and civilization with language, cooking, religions, boats, etc, exists alongside crazy Monster World is something I was not expecting. Spear even spoke a word!
 
Since I suspect a lot of the original cartoon wouldn't hold up for me, I'm not super excited but its nice that the pleasant old actors get to hang out with each other. Also, Jess Harnell looks like he's Weird Al's stunt double.


Urgh, I think this looks bad to be honest. Something about that rubbery animation style doesn't worked transposed to clean digital graphics. And I'm not sure I could tolerate a show consisting entirely smug meta-gags these days.


I've seen some OG Animaniacs recently and it didn't hold up particularly well for me, I found it quite obnoxious and not all that funny. I think some individual segments might hold up better than the main Warners stuff though (like Pinky & The brain)

OTOH I watched the Tiny Toons Halloween Special "Night Ghoulery" on a stream a couple of weeks ago and it was actually great, some surprisingly sharp parodies and they really went all out with the animation, it looks fantastic. Comparable with the better Treehouse Of Horrors.
 

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
Started watching the nineties Moomin cartoon and it's just like, nice, you know? It's just nice. It's gentle and sweet and good and nice. Like imagine if My Neighbour Totoro didn't have all the stuff about the mom in the hospital. It's just nice.

Also: I compared sources since and literally every torrent I found had something to the effect of "yes, these are DVDrips; the DVDs really look this bad." And yeah, even though the videos I'm watching are the official release they're all grainy and scratchy, and not quite in that way where the little imperfections make something more charming. Dunno if the sources look that bad or if they just did a really lousy transfer job, but it's kind of a bummer. Maybe someone will do a fan restoration someday.
 

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
I'm also watching the Thundercats reboot from 2011 and it's still good, but not as good as you remember. I feel like it could have easily pulled an Avatar and found greater depth and characterization with subsequent seasons, but just as easily could have pulled a Voltron and turned messy and maudlin. Everyone is generally likeable if one-note, and it almost feels like they tried to hold back using the periphery leads because they didn't want to take risks with them or make them unlikeable. The result is that almost every episode is about Lion-O and he has to be a different dude every time. Sometimes he's a wise, responsible leader; sometimes he's a bratty teenager who's forgotten everything he just learned an episode ago.

Panthro getting his fucking arms cut off is still pretty brutal though.
 

R.R. Bigman

Coolest Guy
According to some vague sources, Season 2 of Thundercats 2011 would have had
a ten year time skip at some point, with Lion-O getting trapped in the Book of Omens and emerging to find Mummra had all but taken over. Then he would hook up with a now grown Wilykit, so maybe it's for the best the show ended where it did.

I've been watching the original 1985 Thundercats, and I think I like it more than the 2011 series. It's very silly, and no one can punch anybody, but I think it's charming. '85 Panthro is one million times cooler than '11 Panthro.
 

R.R. Bigman

Coolest Guy
I am relieved that those plot ideas I’d heard were just from some Really Bizarre comic I never want to think about ever again.
 
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