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Drawing Lots and Lots of Little Pictures- A Cartoon Thread

jpfriction

A most radical pontiff
(He, Him)
the movies and comedy central episodes were so godawful that I don't trust this to be anything worthwhile but still, maybe they'll absolutely nail the scripts

they won't, though. They'll do covid jokes
There were two or so good episodes and you damn well know it. With that kind of hit rate we can’t lose.
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
I guess I don't have the energy for "Futurama? Aw fuck. " takes and don't get why it is such a bummer for people. I mean, I was fine leaving as is as there's lots of other great things to watch but I'm also not actively bothered because there are other great things to watch.

Of course, I did enjoy a lot of Comedy Central seasons (and when I remember the bad takes jokes the later Simpsons are known for, my mind mostly goes to the Fox era, though I have no doubt both eras are full of bad ideas). The Late Phillip J. Fry is an all-time favourite and I remember really enjoying Meanwhile.

To me, the problem is the conspicuous absence of John DiMaggio and I feel like once again Fox is trying to spook voice actors for cheaper pay or some bullshit like they did with the first Futurama revival or that time they tried to low ball Harry Shearer.
 

ArugulaZ

Fearful asymmetry
Law and Oracle had some pretty great moments, too. Original concept (albeit one building on previous franchises like Police Academy and Minority Report) and of course, some of those jokes hit the bullseye and make the whole damn target explode.

"Do you have any idea WHAT it's like to know the punchline to every joke hours in advance?"
"Like watching Leno!"

Madhair is right, though... this series set a thousand years from now is once again going to be weirdly topical, like the Comedy Central episodes about gay marriage and iPhones and social media and racing both fast and furious and Barack Obama and 3D printing. (Those were the worst episodes of post-FOX Futurama, by the way, and there were so many of them. You're not South Park, for pity's sake.)
 

jpfriction

A most radical pontiff
(He, Him)
If it ends up at least as good as Disenchanment (not a high bar to clear) I’ll apparently watch at least three seasons of it, so I’m an easy mark.

The Dimaggio stuff feels a bit like a publicity stunt, especially since he is still actively in the Groening ecosystem. Get people talking about it before they inevitably strike a deal at the last minute.
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
The Dimaggio stuff feels a bit like a publicity stunt, especially since he is still actively in the Groening ecosystem. Get people talking about it before they inevitably strike a deal at the last minute.
Mostly, I don't like the producers fucking around with the talent, which is what I think is happening. It isn't the first time. He's definitely coming back but I think we don't need the song and dance.
 

madhair60

Video games
nah its fake as fuck to get attention, he'll be back making their ROVID-19 jokes (a version of covid that affects robots)
 

madhair60

Video games
Oh and it's expelled through the ass so it becomes about wearing ass-ks and then you get anti-asskers or something. Idk.
 

ArugulaZ

Fearful asymmetry
If they wanted to have fun with the absence of Bender, the writers would have a running joke about Planet Express auditioning a new robot every week to replace him. One episode has the Bea Arthur bot from Amazon Women in the Mood (recast, obviously), another has the Crushinator, etc. These segments would likely comprise a small portion of the running time, maybe a few minutes at most.

Bonus points if they actually got John DiMaggio to voice all of these substitute robots, but not Bender, who doesn't return.
 

ArugulaZ

Fearful asymmetry

I never even liked the old Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers series, and I still think this doesn't do it justice. The trailer for this film spends so much time winking at the audience (ie a Where Are They Now? opener, Dale going in for a CGI facelift, etc.) that I'm tempted to hand it a bottle of eyedrops.
 

Sprite

(He/Him/His)
Thanks I hate it

I get the feeling this is the salvaged remains of the Roger Rabbit sequel that got scrapped a while back. Making one of them CG and the other one not is extremely cursed.
Cross-posting from the trailer thread.
 

Exposition Owl

Owl of the not-so-wild
(he/him/his)
This is a little piece called “Pass the Ball.” The idea is that each participant did three seconds of animation involving a ball, and then chose another animator living in a different country to do the next three seconds. Enjoy!

 

jpfriction

A most radical pontiff
(He, Him)
New Cuphead show on netflix seems promising after the first episode. Certainly has the right look.

Cuphead and Mugman themselves are kind of annoying as hell, but they are the stars of a kid’s show so I was expecting that.
 

Daikaiju

Rated Ages 6+
(He, Him)
New Cuphead show on netflix seems promising after the first episode. Certainly has the right look.

Cuphead and Mugman themselves are kind of annoying as hell, but they are the stars of a kid’s show so I was expecting that.
Plus main characters in that era tended to be varying levels of obnoxious
 

Sprite

(He/Him/His)
I love pretty much everything about Turning Red. The goofy Aardman-esque character designs are a delight, with amazing expressions and slapstick. The story is very heartfelt and feels both universal and deeply, deeply personal.

It gives me hope for this new era of Pixar where Disney is forcing them to pump out films at such a rapid clip. It’s very small-scale and intimate, in a good way.

It’s also far hornier than I expected from Pixar, which I’m here for.
 
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Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
Yeah, watched Turning Red last night and it's VERY good. I think now that we aren't expecting Pixar to be batting 1000, it's kind of nice to be reminded how great they can be and be SURPRISED in the way they are good. Like, I loved Luca but the retro rustic Italian vibe is extremely what I expect while Turning Red's recent era nostalgia with a style that feels like a mix between, as mentioned, the Aardman character designs and modern era cartoons (particularly 2010s Cartoon Network series) brings a specific and different zippy, wacky, hyperactive energy I wasn't expecting from the studio while retaining the storytelling quality and emotion I expect from the studio. This would have been a delight to see in the theatre but frankly in this era I'm glad it's just in my home for free.
 

Exposition Owl

Owl of the not-so-wild
(he/him/his)
Yeah, Turning Red is super great. I hope this movie's success encourages Disney and other studios to give more women the opportunity and the resources to tell stories from their own points of view. It's also interesting to see a Western animated film that uses some of the visual language of anime, but with an attitude of "these are just some of the tools in our toolbox" rather than one of "look at this REFERENCE we're making! Did you notice the REFERENCE?!" The movie was clearly made by people who grew up deeply loving anime, and is aimed at an audience that has at least a nodding acquaintance with it. Its willingness to think outside of the Disney box reminded me a little bit of Lilo & Stitch.

If you liked the movie, by the way, I highly recommend the making-of documentary that's also on Disney+. It's called Embrace the Panda, and it paints a really cool picture of the movie's creative team. Apparently, Turning Red is the first movie in Pixar's history whose creative leads are all women.
 

lincolnic

can stop, will stop
(he/him)
Also watched Turning Red tonight and, yeah, it's fantastic. Highly recommended, everything about it was great.

(I do have one absolutely minor linguistic quibble with something in the boy band's song that has absolutely no bearing on the movie itself. They say "ride or die", which felt way more like a 2021 thing to say than 2002.)
 

ArugulaZ

Fearful asymmetry
Another thumbs up for Turning Red. I guess some people have been complaining that the film wasn't relevant enough to them. There's very little about the film I could personally relate to, but hey, that didn't stop me from enjoying it! (One minor complaint: the mother was kind of a controlling jerk. No, the reveal at the end didn't totally justify her Karen-y, helicopter parent-y behavior.)
 

Exposition Owl

Owl of the not-so-wild
(he/him/his)
I do have one absolutely minor linguistic quibble
Yeah, I noticed that, too. Ah, well.

On the subject of minuscule linguistic quibbles, I also heard someone else say that the characters in the movie pronounce "Toronto" like Americans rather than like Torontonians. Could any Canadian TTers confirm or deny?
 

Sprite

(He/Him/His)
(One minor complaint: the mother was kind of a controlling jerk. No, the reveal at the end didn't totally justify her Karen-y, helicopter parent-y behavior.)
The reveal isn't supposed to justify anything, just show how this family is stuck in a cycle, and Mei chooses to break that cycle.
 
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