Ltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12822 posts, RR: 13 Posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3463 times:
Over the last 20 or so years, we have seen the growth of animated and cartoon programs aimed toward adults. Some like 'The Simpsons' are more family friendly, yet have biting social/political satire and commentary while some are a bit crude like Family Guy and South Park and some are just strange like Robot Chicken and the like.
I grew up with cartoons as a child from Bugs Bunny to Bullwinkle, many with social commentary and reference for adults yet enteraining to kids. My personal current favorite is 'Futurerama' as it seem to make it's commentaries without getting too adult. They have satired religious cult groups (Robotology) to our mass pollution, how we treat 'different' people, and gay marriage (in a recent episode of human-robot marriage rights - Robosexual).
CrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1776 posts, RR: 43
Reply 1, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3453 times:
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I grew up watching a lot of Cartoon Network, it might sound stupid but it REALLY helped my English vocabulary. I still enjoy watching cartoons like Dexter´s Lab, Cow and Chicken, and my favorite, 2 Stupid Dogs. Also Courage the cowardly dog, Johnny Bravo and Tom and Jerry are among my favorites. Unfortunately CN was replaced by Nickelodeon on the Dutch TV. Though they do have Spongebob, Kablam! and Fairly Odd Parents. I won´t lie about it, I still enjoy watching these.
I LOVE how a lot of these cartoons have subtle humor in it, that are completely missed by children and are only understood by adults. Like hidden political messages and such.
I like watching a lot of animated comedies like Family Guy, Futurama, and the old episodes of the Simpsons. The only animated show I really dislike is probably The Cleveland Show.
steeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9055 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3354 times:
Luckily there's a Family Guy...
I love watching the spoofs they do on some current as well as older/classic shows, and some of their satire on political arguments and show biz and the like are also hilarious. Some of it tho is in some poor taste. Yes, they bash Jews, but they also bash people who bash jews, too...
I can't wait to see their latest banter on Mel Gibson if they're going to do any...
He is a dunce if there ever was one...
Oh, and I forgot about the Penguins of Madagascar. The adult humor in there is just hilarious.
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Old school cartoons, like classics such as Space Ghost, Johnny Quest, Bugs Bunny, etc. Heck, I practically liked all Cartoon Network stuff pre-Miguzi. I thought the golden times for Cartoon Network was the Toonami block with Moltar. Tom was OK, but once they changed it to Miguzi, CN really dropped off. Cartoons really haven't been the same since, but I am glad Boomerang is still around.
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KevinL1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 50
Reply 11, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3242 times:
Quoting 474218 (Reply 9): am partial to the "Roadrunner". Some of you know why.
Because you like "Beep Beep .Com" ?
I still find a lot of Mopar enthusiasts who never associated the "Duster" with the "Tasmanian Devil". Dodge, on the other hand, had their own cartoon models the "Demon" and "Super Bee" which were not animated characters.
The Roadrunner Cartoons were created by animation genius Charles M Jones who also directed many of the early "Looney Toons" cartoons as well as "Merrie Melodies" cartoons. Both cartoon series were originally produced as musical shorts featuring popular artists of the day (1933-1944).
I always appreciated the works of Bill Ward and Jay Scott who produced and directed the "Bullwinkle" cartoons. They always had adult humor laced into the script. I've been told that I do an excellent Bullwinkle voice.
einsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 2612 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3234 times:
Disney was the one that taught me how to speak English. While many had translated movies in Spanish, I had mine in the original language.
Besides the many animated Disney movies, I grew up watching Swat Cats, Sonic (both in my local station, translated to Spanish), and in my preeteens when Pokemon and Dragonball Z came along. Right now I'm 20 and I still watch cartoons. My all time favorite cartoon, hands down, is Nickelodeon's Avatar: the last airbender. Been a fan since the day they announced the series (I was 15 when it premiered).
Other favorite cartoons are Nickelodeon's Hey Arnold!, Rugrats (not so much), The Wild Thornberrys, The Fairly OddParents, and As Told by Ginger (I write poetry thank to this series); Cartoon Network's Dexter's Laboratory, Two Stupid Dogs (I like them but also the short animated Secret Squirrel cartoons), and Powerpuff Girls; and KidsWB's YuGiOh.
Recently, I've taken a liking for Family Guy and now I try to not miss it. Robot Chicken is another animated program (though it's really stop animation) but their time slot is a bit too late for me.
So that's it I think.
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2707200X From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 7802 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3219 times:
I don't have a single favorite cartoon but rather a series.
On regular TV: The Simpson's followed by Family Guy, American Dad, Futurama, and The Critic.
On Adult Swim: Home Movies followed by Aqua Teen Aqua Force, Squidbillies, Metalocalypse, The Boondocks, The Oblongs, Robot Chicken and the Venture Bros. Not showing, Tom Goes to the Mayor, Frisky Dingo, Harvey Birdman - Attorney at Law, The Big O, Stroker and Hoop and Mission Hill.
On Nickelodeon: Rugrats followed by The Ren and Stimpy, Doug, Count Duckula, Danger Mouse, Bananaman, Rocko's Modern Life, Hay Arnold!, The Wild Thornberrys, The Angry Beavers, Aaahh! Real Monsters and The World of David the Gnome.
"90s network: Tail Spin "for obvious reasons" followed by Bat Man: The Animated Series, Darkwing Duck, The Tick, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Bobbys World and X-Men, Bettlejuice, Duckman and Garfield and Friends.
"80s network: Ducktails followed by Transformers, Heathcliff and the Cadillac Cats, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Ghost Busters, Inspector Gadget, Bionic Six, ThunderCats, M.A.S.K., Defenders of the Earth, Voltron, He-Man, Dennis the Menace, Silverhawks, Smurfs, Snorkes, Muppet Babies, and The Ewoks.
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WestJetForLife From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 814 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3202 times:
I've been really partial to Sailor Moon (the ORIGINAL Japanese stuff, not the DiC dub crap), Rugrats, Hey Arnold!, early Simpsons, Futurama, Robot Chicken and just for shits and giggles I watch Tale Spin. That show got me into aviation.
Springbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3199 times:
Ohh..so many favourites..where do I start?!!
The Mysterious Cities of Gold
Cow and Chicken
Courage the Cowardly Dog
Tom and Jerry
The whole looney tunes stuff (all of them..even the tasmanian devil)
Duck Tales (the original)
Chip n Dale
and a few others I might have missed..
yeah..I watched (and still watch) a lot of cartoons!
francoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3583 posts, RR: 11
Reply 19, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3153 times:
Quoting 2707200X (Reply 13): On Adult Swim: Home Movies followed by Aqua Teen Aqua Force, Squidbillies, Metalocalypse, The Boondocks, The Oblongs, Robot Chicken and the Venture Bros. Not showing, Tom Goes to the Mayor, Frisky Dingo, Harvey Birdman - Attorney at Law, The Big O, Stroker and Hoop and Mission Hill.
Adult swim is a gold mine.
Remember Sealab 2021? That was pretty good too.
Too bad they dropped Futurama.
I like Nickelodeon as well, which I enjoy watching with my 3 year old: Spongebob, back to the barnyard, penguins...
Some on the Cartoon network: billy and Mandy, Chowder, the Tom and Jerry classics...
I'm grateful my daughter gives me an excuse to watch these things. They're quite funny.
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LH459 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 886 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3119 times:
Quoting fridgmus (Reply 14): Now I still love to watch Bugs Bunny / Road Runner cartoons. I grew up on them and never tire of watching them!
Orignal Looney Tunes and MGM cartoons are still my favorite, especially the really crazy Tex Avery shorts. I'm well into my 30s and never miss an opportunity to watch them--you always see something new, even if you'd seen the short a dozen times before!
Quoting fridgmus (Reply 14): Although back in the 70's, there was an adult cartoon that made the rounds of the drive-in theaters, "Fritz the Cat". Anybody remember that one? I never got the chance to see it.
Seen it, it's hilarious! The director of that movie, Ralph Bakshi, made some really cool animated features in the 70s. Well worth checking out!
I also am a fan of many Adult Swim shows. especially Sealab 2021, Harvey Birdman, and the Oblongs.
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I agree. Probably the cartoon the got me interested in travelling and having adventures. The stories are so fascinating.
Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 3): I don't think he meant comic-book cartons, but, I totaly agree with you.
There was an actual Tin Tin cartoon produced in the early nineties which was very successful. You can actually buy it on DVD here in Germany, so I am guessing it is available in English as well.
My other favourite cartoons are the earlier episodes of Spongebob where the humour was raunchy and much of it was double levelled, The Venture Brothers, Daria and from when I was a kid: "Chip and Dale /Chip and Chap (German version) Rescue Rangers.
btw. Speaking of cartoons, He Man and the Masters of the Universe. I thought I would never be able to say this, but the German translation is even more laced with inuendo than the English version. Take this clip: