axilog14 wrote:There's been a weird Darkwing Duck resurgence in geek circles lately. I am mildly puzzled why, nostalgia maybe?
Fuzzy_Wuzzy.bmp wrote:What you do is, you come here, and tell us about your favourite cartoons. But before we start, lets have some rules, to keep the thread quality high:
2. No stop-motion and no CGI - I'm not counting these as cartoons, and I don't like CGI.
Fuzzy_Wuzzy.bmp wrote:Les Triplettes de Belleville: A fantastic French surreal film, with the best animation you're likely to see this side of the Pleiades. The language is French, but there are only like two lines of dialogue total. Everything in this movie is weird and there is no way you won't enjoy it. Trailer. As a sidenote, I've only seen about 4 films I'd describe as surreal, and they were all French. I find that peculiar.
PatrickRsGhost wrote:My forte is more of the classic animation, such as the old Warner Brothers, MGM, and Disney cartoons. One of my favorites would have to be:
Page Miss Glory: Not to be confused with a movie of the same name, Miss Glory combines traditional animation with astounding choreography and stunning backgrounds. The backgrounds are inspired by the "moderne" art deco designs of Leadora Congdon, giving the viewer more than just the characters to take in. In the cartoon, Abner, a bellhop at a small country hotel, prepares for the arrival of a mystery guest named Miss Glory. He begins "prac-tysing" his role, using a not-so-subtle satire of a Phillip-Morris ad. He sits and waits, constantly mistaking wandering farm animals for the sound of a car pulling up. Falling asleep, he soon dreams of working in a much more higher-end Cosmopolitan Hotel located in some big city. He is approached by several suitors to "page Miss Glory".
This cartoon is not intended for children. In reality, none of the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoons were, especially the earlier ones. These were originally shown right before a feature film, often seen by adults more than kids. "Miss Glory" is no closer to being "kid-friendly" than an issue of Playboy Magazine. It heavily features the consumption of alcohol, hundreds of men trying to court Miss Glory, and in one particular scene, a woman's dress is removed, revealing her underwear, in which she grabs a couple of palm fronds and performs a seductive fan dance.
axilog14 wrote:Oh wow, do I remember that short well. I always loved that twist in the end whereSpoiler:the bellboy nearly gets run over by a cable car(?) only to snap out of his little daydream and the real Miss Glory turned out to be a little girl.
axilog14 wrote:Seriously, just too many of these shorts were damn good. (Great, now I want to find them on DVD again. I'll stop geeking out over my anthropomorphic slapstick now.)
PatrickRsGhost wrote:It seems that most people think of only the 50s Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies, primarily because those were/are shown more frequently than any made in the 40s or 30s, with the exception of some, like "I Love to Singa". One reason is they seem to appeal to a wider audience than the earlier ones, and don't consist of too many dated gags or jokes. Since cartoons today are seen more as kiddie fare than adult, the ones from the 50s are more predominantly aired for that reason. No kid would get why a flea pulls out a ration stamp book prior to taking a bite out of a dog, unless they learned ahead of time about how food was rationed during World War II. A kid wouldn't recognize most of the caricatures of the celebrities of the time, unless they had parents or grandparents who recognized most of them, and said "That's Greta Garbo. That's Clark Gable. That's Lionel Barrymore. That one's Mae West." Nor would any kid understand why someone reacts so quickly when someone yells "TURN OUT THAT LIGHT!" unless they knew about the blackout drills conducted on both the east and west coast during WWII. But any kid would laugh at Bugs Bunny getting the best of Elmer Fudd, two hillbillies, Daffy Duck, or Yosemite Sam. A kid would find it entertaining to see Wile E. Coyote, time and again, attempt to catch the Roadrunner, only to fail.
IIRC one of the tricks they used to set the mood of the series was to start with a black surface rather than a white one when drawing everything so that everything was dark and broody unless they specifically made it bright. They also used arbrushing rather than conventional coloring methoods to make the backgrounds feel more natural. Mission accomplished.axilog14 wrote:Continuing on the BTAS thread a bit, generally a lot of DC Animated Universe work (particularly a lot of the original Bruce Timm/Paul Dini stuff) seems to be very well-made in particular, enough for me* to inevitably question why Marvel doesn't have much of an equivalent. (I think their nineties Spider-Man and X-Men cartoons sorta come close though.)
ian wrote:things i don't like
awkward social faux pas shows (the office, ...)
SciJo wrote:Whose Line is it Anyway?
That show never gets old.
Dark567 wrote:"Hey, I created a perpetual motion device"
"yeah, but your poster sucks. F-"
Mighty Jalapeno wrote:Puppets Who Kill is a great, if wierd, series. I think it got three seasons.
GvE is a strange dry comedy / fantasy / sci-fi series that is hard to find, but TOTALLY worth it.
Night Stand is a mock-talk-show, hosted by Dick Dietrich. It goes places even Jerry won't go. All night long.
Mission Hill - My obligatory animated suggestion... sort of like Friends, but funny. So not like Friends, after all.
The Oblongs - For when Spaced just isn't wierd enough for you!
Mega D wrote:I highly recommend Psych, in its fourth or fifth season on USA. It's about a guy pretending to be psychic and helping the local police solve crimes. I think it's one of the funniest things on television right now. Although it helps if you happen to be in your early thirties or so. Lots of 80s references.
Malice wrote:Black Books is an excellent British sit-com, far too short at only 4 series (seasons) but well worth the watch, particularly if you like Coupling.
You, sir, name? wrote:Mega D wrote:I highly recommend Psych, in its fourth or fifth season on USA. It's about a guy pretending to be psychic and helping the local police solve crimes. I think it's one of the funniest things on television right now. Although it helps if you happen to be in your early thirties or so. Lots of 80s references.
I endorse this recommendation. It's genuinely hilarious stuff.
I know what a David Lynch comedy looks like, and it haunts my nightmares.You, sir, name? wrote:If you want to know what you'd get if David Lynch directed comedy
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