Monday, 17 January 2005

Cartoon Cartoons!

I think I'm addicted.

Every night for the past week, I've been going home late at night, and spend a few hours just sitting there, giggling and chuckling to myself as the pretty colors flash by before my eyes.

I think I'm addicted.... to Cartoon Network.

Every week night for the past week, I've gone home before 11:30pm, turned on the TV, and straight away switched the Astro channel to Number 62.

I'm a real sucker for cartoons, to tell the truth. Most of my childhood was spent watching cartoons (which I'd listed in this post HERE). Most of my favorite movies are cartoons (Transformers: The Movie tops the list). I love more 'mature' (not in the porn kinda way lar) cartoons like South Park and The Simpsons.

Put it simply, I LOVE cartoons. (Though somehow I never really got into Japanese Anime, for some weird reason. I think because I prefered Manga to Anime). And I think Cartoon Network is the best thing that's happened for cartoons since Captain Caveman (ok, bad example).

Anyway, back to my 'addiction'.

First up, at 11:30pm every weekday, it's the Powerpuff Girls.

Nothing sums up the show better than the closing credits song:

Blossom, commander and the leader,
Bubbles, she is the joy and the laughter,
Buttercup, she is the toughest fighter,
Powerpuffs save the day!
Fighting crime, trying to save the world,
Here they come just in time, the Powerpuff Girls!


I know, I know, plenty of people hate them, and many also think that they're the Alvin and the Chipmunks of this generation, but I love them. I mean, LOOK at them, they're so CUUUTE!

(Pix taken from http://www.nephco.com/powerpuffgirls/index.html)

Ok, before I start squealing like Bubbles (that's the cute blonde one, for the PPG-ignorant ones out there. Buttercup is the green 'tough' one, and Blossom is the goody-goody red one) let's move on to the next, and more 'manly' cartoon (if there really is such a thing) on the list.

Next up, at midnight, it's Samurai Jack.



This is another cartoon that has a lot of divided interest. Some people can't stand it (The Visitor, take a bow), some hate it with a passion, while some love it to bits.

Personally, I like the show. It's cool! Samurais and katanas are always cool! Jack is a samurai who is banished to the future and has to find his way back to the past.

The stories for Samurai Jack are pretty creative, plus I like the way it is animated, the atmosphere, and the character's expressions. The fights are way cool too. :-)

The animators of Samurai Jack went on to make the Star Wars: Clone Wars mini-cartoon series, and that was damn cool too. WAAAY better than both the Prequels combined. :-)

After Samurai Jack, it's then over to the Justice League at 12:30am.

(Pix taken from http://www.jlanimated.com)

Based on the DC comics, Justice League is another damn cool cartoon. After all, when you cram Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkgirl and the Martian Manhunter into one cartoon, you get one kickass cartoon. Helps that the animation is quite cool too, and that the stories are also not your average good guys vs bad guys stories. In fact, I think it's meant for older viewers rather than kids.

Speaking of DC, check out also the Teen Titans cartoon.



I like this cartoon. It's somewhat cute, but cool too. It's like Justice League for the pre-teen, if you ask me. It has Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Beast Boy and Raven, and is animated in a pretty Japanese kind of way, complete with huge sweat drops and weird manga-like expressions.

Other cartoons I've been enjoying (mostly on Sundays, when I have nothing to do) are The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy (which has two kids using the Grim Reaper for weird adventure), Megas XLR (about a fat guy and his giant robot), Dexter's Laboratory (DEE DEE! NOOOOOO!) and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (mostly for nostalgic reasons).

Now, I don't like ALL the cartoons on Cartoon Network. I can't stand Ed, Edd and Eddy for some reason, and I think Cow and Chicken are just plain annoying. Plus I could never understand the appeal of Scooby-Doo.

Anyway, my current favorite is Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.

(Pix taken from http://fridays.toonzone.net/fosters/index.html)

It's about this home, you see, which is for abandoned imaginary friends. A brilliant idea that basically allows the creators to do almost whatever they want with the story.

I love the show. I love the characters, especially Madame Foster, the home's owner; and Eduardo, a cowardly bull-like friend who cries a lot:



I love this show. If they had a DVD of this show, I'd get it. I love the idea of a home for imaginary friends, and I can't get the show's theme song out of my head.

Is there a cure for cartoon-addiction? If there was, I'll gladly throw it away. I prefer cartoons to the usual TV shows because they are a lot more creative than most 'REAL' shows are, and certainly a lot more fun than some of those silly reality shows out there.

Or maybe I'm just a really big kid.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go play with my action figures.

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