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Jun 20, 2008, 12:18 AM
 
I am a huge fan of animated shows. The only other shows I watch are either on the Discovery channel or the Food Network. But I digress, what are your favorite animated shows running or not. Here are a few of mine (most have been on Adult Swim).

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Futurama
Oblongs
Clone High
Aqua Teen HungerForce
Sealab 2021
American Dad
Family Guy
Assy McGee
Squidbillies
The Boondocks
Moral Orel

One show I do not like at all though is Metalocalypse. For some reason I just don't find it that funny, music is good though. What are some of yours?
     
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Jun 20, 2008, 12:24 AM
 
Tom & Jerry (nostalgia and only those up to the 1960s) and The Simpsons.
     
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Jun 20, 2008, 12:33 AM
 
Originally Posted by Faust View Post
Tom & Jerry (nostalgia and only those up to the 1960s) and The Simpsons.
I love Tom and Jerry!

If we're talking nostalgic then I'd list:

Whiley Coyote and the Roadrunner
Popeye
Speedy Gonzolas
Daffy Duck & Bugs Bunny (basically Looney Tunes)


and some that I loved while growing up:
Rocko's Modern Life
Angry Beavers
Johny Bravo
CatDog
Aah Real Monsters
Ed, Edd, and Eddy
Swat Kats
     
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Jun 20, 2008, 12:46 AM
 
Hands down Starblazers.
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Jun 20, 2008, 02:18 AM
 
Originally Posted by tkmd View Post
Hands down Starblazers.
Good call,

Don't forget Robotech
     
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Jun 20, 2008, 02:48 AM
 
Futurama
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Jun 20, 2008, 02:50 AM
 
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Jun 20, 2008, 04:07 AM
 
It's hard to beat any old school Looney Tunes. Ren and Stimpy was classic.
     
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Jun 20, 2008, 04:10 AM
 
Tranformers, Gen 1.

Spider-Man, mid 90's.

Reboot was interesting.
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Jun 20, 2008, 05:51 AM
 
Current:
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- Venture Bros.

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- Galaxy Rangers
     
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Jun 20, 2008, 06:28 AM
 
Quads wasn’t bad, either.
     
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Jun 20, 2008, 07:08 AM
 
Futurama. New movie on 6/24!
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Jun 20, 2008, 07:28 AM
 
Originally Posted by tkmd View Post
Hands down Starblazers.
Agreed, definitely the best.

Next to that is the powerpuff girls



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Jun 20, 2008, 07:44 AM
 
The Simpsons Seasons 3-10 rules all.
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Jun 20, 2008, 08:49 AM
 
I think my favorite would have to be Visionaries.

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Jun 20, 2008, 09:27 AM
 
Transformers (G1, 08's)
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Jun 20, 2008, 09:31 AM
 
Classic Looney Tunes, Tom and Jerry up to the early 1960s (when Chuck Jones stopped doing them they went into the toilet), classic MGM cartoons (pre Hanna Barbera), original Popeye, original Woody Woodpecker, NS original Felix the Cat (very hard to find). Yes, I'm a traditionalist.

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Jun 20, 2008, 09:32 AM
 
I loved Tom and Jerry and Scooby Doo. I also liked the Star Wars Clone Wars cartoon, those were pretty fun.
     
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Jun 20, 2008, 09:34 AM
 
Originally Posted by tkmd View Post
Hands down Starblazers.
Definitely one of the best. Remember Thundersub? That was fantastic. But... nobody beats Foghorn Leghorn. Nobody.
     
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Jun 20, 2008, 09:35 AM
 
How come ain't nobody mentioned Battle Of The Planets yet?
     
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Jun 20, 2008, 09:43 AM
 
I have hundreds, but off the top of my head:

Popeye the sailor
Looney Toons
Samurai Jack
Futurama
Family Guy
Venture Bros.
Tom and Jerry
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Jun 20, 2008, 10:04 AM
 
I despise Tom and Jerry. Pointless crap. No dialog.

Looney Tunes
Gatchaman / Battle of the Planets
Star Blazers (wtf is with the horrendous price on the DVD box set?)
The Simpsons
Star Trek
Family Guy
King of the Hill
Spongebob

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Jun 20, 2008, 10:04 AM
 
Originally Posted by ctt1wbw View Post
How come ain't nobody mentioned Battle Of The Planets yet?
Because I just read this thread now

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Jun 20, 2008, 10:07 AM
 
Originally Posted by starman View Post
I despise Tom and Jerry. Pointless crap. No dialog.
It's slapstick. There's no reason for dialog.
     
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Jun 20, 2008, 10:09 AM
 
Originally Posted by starman View Post
I despise Tom and Jerry. Pointless crap. No dialog.b
Miss the point much.

And followed by much classic animation too!

Ren and Stimpy before it went corporate was classic
Johnny Bravo was funny
     
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Jun 20, 2008, 10:13 AM
 
Originally Posted by Dakar the Fourth View Post
It's slapstick. There's no reason for dialog.
It worked for the Three Stooges. /shrug

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Jun 20, 2008, 10:19 AM
 
Yeah and I also hate songs with no lyrics.

Tom and Jerry is about fast paced visual gags. More akin to Buster Keaton or Chaplin than the Stooges. And it's aweszome.

I suppose I should check out Venture Bros one of these days...
     
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Jun 20, 2008, 10:35 AM
 
I were making a point. Comparing Tom and Jerry to the Three Stooges is kinda ludacrisp.
     
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Jun 20, 2008, 10:35 AM
 
Originally Posted by paul w View Post
Yeah and I also hate songs with no lyrics.
I never understand that. What is so horrible about an instrumental?

Does that mean you can't appreciate film scores, either?
     
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Originally Posted by paul w View Post
I were making a point. Comparing Tom and Jerry to the Three Stooges is kinda ludacrisp.
Whoa, there goes the rupture in the space time continuum again...
     
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Jun 20, 2008, 10:37 AM
 
Originally Posted by starman View Post
It worked for the Three Stooges. /shrug
Worked ≠ required
     
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Jun 20, 2008, 10:37 AM
 
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Jun 20, 2008, 10:37 AM
 
Originally Posted by paul w View Post
I suppose I should check out Venture Bros one of these days...
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Jun 20, 2008, 10:41 AM
 
I defy you (T&J haters) to watch these and not thoroughly enjoy them.

YouTube - Tom and Jerry Eps 37 Pecos Pest

YouTube - Tom and Jerry Eps 12 Solid Serenade

Both from the classic MGM era (you know, the one with Hanna & Barbera ).
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Jun 20, 2008, 11:21 AM
 
Originally Posted by starman View Post
I despise Tom and Jerry. Pointless crap. No dialog.
Originally Posted by Dakar the Fourth View Post
It's slapstick. There's no reason for dialog.
Tom & Jerry is not all slapstick, though that's the main mechanism used. It's a lot of very good animation that tells very easily understood stories that don't need dialog. WAY too much dialog exists in most cartoons since about 1965...that means that the artists and animators took a pass on doing their jobs and left us with "limited animation" that was way more limited than Hanna Barbera did with their TV shows. H-B did it because of cost and production schedule constraints, but the newer stuff was just made on the cheap.

For example, Looney Tunes cartoons are all fully animated; every frame is a separate cel (or combination of cels). Many of these are completely without dialog and do the job just fine. For example, there's one Chuck Jones piece that involves an inebriated note on a score, and while there's no dialog at all, there's a lot of fun and story.

The animated Star Trek series (thanks for mentioning it; I tend to think of it as a Star Trek series instead of a "cartoon" series) used limited animation and it worked because the stories (both through visuals and dialog) carried it. Frankly, these episodes were pretty bland if you were looking for Saturday morning pattern stuff. They didn't even have a score. But they were good stories that didn't depend on 99% expository dialog. Now look at "Ed, Edd and Eddie" and see fairly well done animation that depends on expository dialog. Ow. Really, they get the job done well much of the time, but they make use of way too much exposition when the artwork would have done the job. That's an example of swinging the wrong pendulum too far. A little more detail in the artwork and a lot less dialog, and the stories would be much better.

And it does look like I have way too much time on my hands, having all this analytical stuff to say about cartoons. But hey, I've been a consumer, collector, and connoisseur of animation for somewhere around forty-five years...

And I forgot to mention "Any cartoon by Tex Avery." Any one of them at all. I particularly recommend his "Red Hot Riding Hood" and "Bad Luck Blackie" cartoons. Priceless!

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Jun 20, 2008, 11:22 AM
 
Originally Posted by Rumor View Post
Reboot was interesting.
I loved Reboot. Especially when a game was loaded. I'm also really stoked for the new Futurama movie.
Another show I liked would have to be Beast Wars.
     
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Jun 20, 2008, 11:31 AM
 
Yeah, ReBoot kicked total ass, I was partial to Beast Wars back in the day as well.
     
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Jun 20, 2008, 11:44 AM
 
The Star Trek animated series most definitely had a score.

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Jun 20, 2008, 11:45 AM
 
Originally Posted by ghporter View Post
Tom & Jerry is not all slapstick, though that's the main mechanism used.
No, not all, but to summarize the show for someone who doesn't "get it" it was the most accurate descriptor available.
     
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Jun 20, 2008, 11:51 AM
 
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Jun 20, 2008, 12:03 PM
 
Originally Posted by starman View Post
The Star Trek animated series most definitely had a score.
I stated it poorly. The score wasn't "always there," much like in the live action series, so there were actual (GASP!) silences during the episode. My point was that there wasn't anything gratuitous or schtick to keep a kid's attention except good art and good stories. Sorry for the confusion.

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Jun 20, 2008, 12:08 PM
 
Rockos modern life... I miss that show.
     
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Jun 20, 2008, 12:16 PM
 
animated, not a cartoon
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Jun 20, 2008, 12:41 PM
 
What? No 'Denver: The Last Dinosaur' ?
     
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Jun 20, 2008, 01:26 PM
 
Easy.

G.I. Joe (I have two Cobra tshirts, one blue with red emblem, the other red with silver emblem and "Crimson Guard" printed under it)

Also, Batman TAS and X-Men.

And if you say you didn't watch TMNT twenty years ago, you either weren't alive or are lying.
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Jun 20, 2008, 01:31 PM
 
I'll also throw my hat in for Aqua Teen. I didn't get into until early last year (before the movie) and fell in love. Who wouldn't love a cartoon with a demented meat ball?
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Jun 20, 2008, 01:54 PM
 
The Tick

And many of the others already mentioned in this thread.
     
 
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