Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Some Cartoons That Did Not Stand The Test Of Time

Here's a brief overview of some cartoons from the 1950s to 2005 that, despite their initial promise, did not last very long:

  1. "Crusader Rabbit"
    (1950-1952): Often considered one of the earliest animated television series, "Crusader Rabbit" featured the adventures of a resourceful rabbit and his friend. While groundbreaking in its format, the show faced financial challenges and lasted only a couple of years.

  2. "The Alvin Show"
    (1961-1962): Based on the popular Chipmunks characters, "The Alvin Show" brought Alvin, Simon, and Theodore to the small screen. Despite the success of the characters in other mediums, the show was short-lived, lasting only one season.

  3. "The Banana Splits Adventure Hour"
    (1968-1970): A mix of live-action and animation, "The Banana Splits" featured four costumed animal characters. Although memorable, the show faced cancellation after only two seasons.

  4. "Josie and the Pussycats"
    (1970-1971): A Hanna-Barbera creation, "Josie and the Pussycats" followed the adventures of an all-female band. Despite its catchy music and engaging characters, the series ended after one season.

  5. "The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan"
    (1972): Attempting to capitalize on the success of detective cartoons, this series featured a Chinese-American family solving mysteries. However, it failed to gain sustained popularity and was canceled after one season.

  6. "Fish Police" (1992): As mentioned earlier, "Fish Police" was an animated series set in a world of anthropomorphic fish. Despite its unique premise and star-studded cast, the show was canceled after only a few episodes.

  7. "God, the Devil and Bob" (2000): An animated sitcom exploring theological themes, "God, the Devil and Bob" faced controversy and was canceled after airing only a handful of episodes.

  8. "The Oblongs" (2001-2002): Darkly comedic and satirical, "The Oblongs" depicted the lives of a deformed family living in a polluted valley. Despite its unique style, the show struggled to find a consistent audience and ended after one season.

  9. "Home Movies" (1999-2004): While "Home Movies" had a longer run than some others on this list, it faced cancellation and revival challenges throughout its five seasons. The show gained a cult following but struggled with network support.

These cartoons, though short-lived, contributed to the diverse landscape of animated television over the years. Some of them have found a second life as cult classics, demonstrating the enduring impact of their unique storytelling and animation styles.

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Vintage History Of "The Fantastic Four" 1961-2007 From Print To Animation


The Fantastic Four, a team of superheroes created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, first appeared in "The Fantastic Four" #1, published by Marvel Comics in November 1961. The team consisted of four individuals with unique superpowers: Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards),

who could stretch his body like rubber; the Invisible Woman (Susan Storm), who could become invisible and create force fields; the Human Torch (Johnny Storm), who could generate and control fire; and the Thing (Ben Grimm),

a rock-like creature with superhuman strength.

Over the years, the Fantastic Four became one of Marvel's most iconic superhero teams, and in the late 1960s and early 1970s, they made their way into animated television.

Here is a brief history of some of the notable Fantastic Four animated series:

  1. The Fantastic Four (1967-1968): The first animated adaptation of the Fantastic Four aired in 1967. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera and ran for 20 episodes. The show was relatively faithful to the early comic book stories, featuring the team battling various villains from their rogues' gallery.

  2. Fantastic Four (1978): This series, produced by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, was an animated adaptation that aired as part of the "Marvel Super Heroes" programming block. The animation was limited, but it provided a glimpse of the Fantastic Four's adventures for a new generation of viewers.

  3. The Fantastic Four (1994-1996): One of the more well-known animated adaptations, this series ran for two seasons and a total of 26 episodes. It closely followed storylines from the comics and introduced characters such as the Skrulls, the Inhumans, and the Silver Surfer.

  4. Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes (2006-2007): This series adopted a more stylized animation approach and modernized the team's origin story. It featured 26 episodes and focused on both traditional villains and newer threats from the Marvel Universe.

While these are some of the primary animated adaptations, the Fantastic Four has appeared in various other Marvel animated projects, including guest appearances in series like "Spider-Man: The Animated Series" and "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes."

It's worth noting that the Fantastic Four has not been as prominently featured in animated form as some other Marvel characters, but they remain integral to the Marvel Comics legacy and have left a lasting impact on superhero storytelling.

I think this is one the best action cartoons that ever came out. (BJ)

Monday, January 8, 2024

"Spy vs Spy"...Some Cartoons Didn't Need To Talk !!!


"Spy vs. Spy" is a wordless comic strip that features two characters, both dressed in identical black and white spy attire, trying to outsmart and harm each other with elaborate and often absurd booby traps and schemes. The strip was created by Cuban cartoonist Antonio Prohías and first appeared in Mad magazine in 1961.

Here's a brief history of "Spy vs. Spy":

  1. Creation by Antonio Prohías (1961):

    • Antonio Prohías was born in Cuba and was known for his political cartoons critical of the Fidel Castro regime.
    • In 1960, Prohías fled to the United States, leaving behind his career and work in Cuba.

    • He approached Mad magazine with a cartoon idea featuring two spies, one in black and one in white, and the concept was accepted.
    • Debut in Mad Magazine (1961):
    • "Spy vs. Spy" made its debut in the January 1961 issue of Mad magazine.
    • The strip became an instant hit due to its clever and dark humor, as well as the timeless theme of rivalry.
  2. Prohías' Departure and Succession (1987):

    • Antonio Prohías continued drawing "Spy vs. Spy" until 1987 when he retired.
    • After Prohías' retirement, other artists took over the strip to continue its publication in Mad magazine.
  3. International Popularity:

    • "Spy vs. Spy" gained international popularity and recognition due to its simple yet effective visual storytelling and universal themes of espionage and competition.
  4. Animated Adaptations:

    • The characters also appeared in animated shorts on the television show MADtv in the 1990s.
    • In 2010, an animated series based on "Spy vs. Spy" was produced for the Cartoon Network's MAD series.
  5. Cultural Impact:

    • The characters of Black Spy and White Spy have become iconic symbols, representing the ongoing battle between adversaries.
    • "Spy vs. Spy" has inspired various merchandise, including toys, video games, and collectibles.
  6. Legacy:

    • Antonio Prohías passed away in 1998, but his creation continues to be a staple of Mad magazine and has left a lasting legacy in the world of comic strips.

"Spy vs. Spy" remains one of the most recognizable and enduring features of Mad magazine, showcasing the timeless appeal of visual humor and the theme of one-upmanship.

Monday, December 25, 2023

Should Have Had Their Own Cartoon...."Rocky And Bugsy" 1953 (vintage History)

Rocky and Mugsy made their debut in the animated short titled "Racketeer Rabbit," which was released in 1946. However, it wasn't until 1953 that the characters were officially paired together in "By Word of Mouse." This cartoon featured the mobster Rocky, voiced by Mel Blanc, and his dimwitted sidekick Mugsy.
  1. Characters:

    • Rocky is a small but ruthless mobster who often takes on the role of a leader. Despite his diminutive size, he is tough, cunning, and has a distinctive nasal voice.
    • Mugsy, on the other hand, is a large, lumbering character who is loyal to Rocky but lacks intelligence. He often serves as the muscle for Rocky's schemes.
  2. Classic Shorts: Rocky and Mugsy appeared in a series of classic Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts produced by Warner Bros. These cartoons often revolved around the duo's criminal activities and their interactions with Bugs Bunny or other characters.

  3. Notable Shorts:

    • "Bugs and Thugs" (1954): Bugs Bunny outsmarts Rocky and Mugsy, leading to comedic confrontations.
    • "Gun Crazy" (1950): This cartoon features Daffy Duck interacting with Rocky and Mugsy, with the former being a gangster.
  4. Legacy: The Rocky and Mugsy duo became iconic for their recurring roles as comically inept gangsters in the Looney Tunes universe. Their shorts are remembered for the humorous interactions between the characters and their foiled attempts at outsmarting the likes of Bugs Bunny and other classic Warner Bros. characters.

  5. Conclusion:

  6. While "Rocky and Muggsy" may not have been as prominent or long-running as some other Looney Tunes characters, their presence in various animated shorts contributed to the rich history and humor of the Looney Tunes franchise.