I’d be lying if I told you I ever played “The Last of Us.” I only know of it through various online game reviewers and understand the general gist of it. Going in blindly, I was able to completely separate myself from the source material and completely engulf myself in to this world. And I’m glad that I did because “The Last Of Us” thankfully works for gamers and the broader audience. “The Last Of Us” has a lot of information to dump on the audience to establish where it lies and what we’re playing with.
On this week’s episode of Saturday Morning Cartoons, come with us and reminisce about the early 1980s, a time when we got cartoons about just about anything and everything, when Around the World in 80 Days, Tom Sawyer, and a few others were turned into dogs (and sometimes cats) stories. The focus of today is on one particular instance of this that spawned a few reboots and films: Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds. Based on the book by Alexandre Dumas, Les Trois Mousquetaires (The Three Musketeers), something that has also been adapted by Disney with Mickey in the lead. Here, D’Artagnan is our lead, as usual, and he is now known as Dogtanian, because why not!
In this new series, we will explore Saturday Morning Cartoons from around the world. So, grab the Scooby Snacks and join us in this exploration of cartoons from yesteryears.
I’ve been an avid Oscar fan since I was five years old. I’ve watched every single show since I was a wee lad, and I’ve always had a good time with the energy and love for movies. Over the years the Oscars have tested my devotion to the entire process what with the politics and unusual decisions for its awards. It always took top priority when I was growing up, and now it’s rare that I watch the entire ceremony in one sitting. Now in 2022, “The Oscars” seems so antiquated, especially when they’re still refusing to acknowledge interesting, and unique filmmaking in favor of the same old stuff we’ve seen a thousand times already.
One thing is for sure, EPIX in America sure does love Stephen King. Even when they’re not airing shows based on his work, they’re offering up shows that feel very much inspired by his work. “From” is a series that thrives on being as mysterious and cryptic as possible. Compared left and right to “Lost,” the series from John Griffith and the Russo Brothers ends that analogy as a series about strangers stuck on a deserted plot of land that they have to survive in, and look for a way out of. Beyond that, a lot of “From” is a harrowing mystery that terrorizes its audience, while never quite explaining what it is unfolding around us.
Part of what made the Looney Tunes and Warner Bros. dynasty so great beyond its characters, was its limitless ability to mock and satirize Hollywood. At a time where Hollywood was adored and enamored by so many, Warner Bros. actually did a great job of taking the piss out of people like Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable. In 1993, Fox Studios and Warner brought back the formula that they’d abandoned for decades with “The Animaniacs.” While the show was primarily a series filled with segments primarily aimed toward children, some of the segments brought back a lot of the classic Warner Bros. traditions, including satirizing modern Hollywood.
I was lucky enough to live through three generations of animated characters that not only drove adults crazy, but caused unnecessary havoc in schools and church for me. First there was Bart Simpson, who I remember listening to my teacher lecture us about him being a bad influence. In the late nineties we met a foursome of foul mouthed boys from “South Park” that also sparked immense hysteria and controversy. In between though there were two products of the 1990’s. They were the slacking, burnt out rocker, bare minimum, anti-establishment pair of losers who did nothing but watch TV and try to get laid.
They were known as “Beavis and Butt Head.”
Hideaki Anno’s “Neon Genesis Evangelion” is one of the most iconic and influential anime series ever created. While it hasn’t endured a long shelf life like, say, “One Piece,” its elements can be found in much of pop culture. Particularly, it can be found in Western pop culture from children’s animated series to right up to cinema. While I’ve never been big on this kind of anime before, sitting through “Neon Genesis Evangelion” was a unique and entertaining experience.