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Favorite Animated/cartoon Program

Sun Jul 18, 2010 1:48 pm

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).

What are your favorites and why?
 
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Sun Jul 18, 2010 2:07 pm

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.

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Sun Jul 18, 2010 2:19 pm

Has to be Tin Tin :


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Sun Jul 18, 2010 5:27 pm

Quoting oa260 (Reply 2):
Has to be Tin Tin :

I don't think he meant comic-book cartons, but, I totaly agree with you.
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Sun Jul 18, 2010 7:07 pm

Danger Mouse.   
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Mon Jul 19, 2010 2:19 am

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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Mon Jul 19, 2010 2:15 pm

The Simpsons


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Tue Jul 20, 2010 12:19 am

Quoting JAL (Reply 6):
Futurama

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Forgot to mention that one too.

For that, well, I'm boned...
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Tue Jul 20, 2010 1:04 am

Drawn Together is my favorite. Hilariously raunchy!
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Tue Jul 20, 2010 1:15 am

I am partial to the "Roadrunner". Some of you know why.
 
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Tue Jul 20, 2010 2:46 am

Quoting Ltbewr (Thread starter):
What are your favorites and why?

This:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBDYNnBoX3E

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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Tue Jul 20, 2010 3:04 am

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.
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Tue Jul 20, 2010 3:29 am

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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Tue Jul 20, 2010 6:17 am

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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Tue Jul 20, 2010 6:38 am

The only "Adult" cartoon I like is Southpark. Nothing else interests me.

Now I still love to watch Bugs Bunny / Road Runner cartoons. I grew up on them and never tire of watching them!

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.

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Tue Jul 20, 2010 6:48 am

Although I've been getting in to a lot of adult contemporary Japanese animation, my favorite has always been the Bernstein Bears.

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Tue Jul 20, 2010 7:02 am

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.

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Tue Jul 20, 2010 7:24 am

Ohh..so many favourites..where do I start?!!

South Park
The Simpsons
Futurama
Swat Kats
The Mysterious Cities of Gold
Dexter's Lab
Cow and Chicken
Courage the Cowardly Dog
Tom and Jerry
The whole looney tunes stuff (all of them..even the tasmanian devil)
Tale Spin
Duck Tales (the original)
Quack Pack
Chip n Dale
Count Duckula

and a few others I might have missed..

yeah..I watched (and still watch) a lot of cartoons!
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Tue Jul 20, 2010 2:47 pm

Spongebob - just amazing, so many adult references!

Looney Tunes

Pokémon (a tiny 1% of my brain thought they real @ the time)
  

The Simpsons

Animaniacs!

Sonic

Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 17):
The Mysterious Cities of Gold

Best. Theme. Tune. Ever.

Robot Chicken's brilliant.

I used to love Family Guy but kind of find it annoying & clunky now.

There's this UK kid's show over here called In The Night Garden, it's so trippy it's terrifying.
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Tue Jul 20, 2010 3:05 pm

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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Tue Jul 20, 2010 4:38 pm

Quoting francoflier (Reply 19):
Adult swim is a gold mine.

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Tue Jul 20, 2010 5:08 pm

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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Tue Jul 20, 2010 5:09 pm

Quoting 2707200X (Reply 13):
Rocko's Modern Life

A 90's classic. The first season recently appeared on Netflix.

For a children's cartoon on Nickelodeon, it had quite a bit of dirty humor.
 
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Tue Jul 20, 2010 6:55 pm

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Tue Jul 20, 2010 11:48 pm

Quoting oa260 (Reply 2):
Has to be Tin Tin :

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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=du1rPUm6vdE

At 17 seconds, He Man states:

Wonderful secret powers developed for me when one day I pulled out my magic sword.


That, and the first time I showed that clip to a friend who didn't speak German, he thought that at :40 he said "Mexican Battle Cat", which would just make it even stranger.
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Wed Jul 21, 2010 12:33 am

Quoting WestJetForLife (Reply 16):
I've been really partial to Sailor Moon (the ORIGINAL Japanese stuff, not the DiC dub crap)

I'm a huge anime (Japanese animation) geek - it's funny, because my current obsession is Naruto - and anyone who has seen the English dub will find that a pretty crappy, childish anime, while anyone who has "been along for the ride" since before 2005, and before it became any kind of big know that it's not as much of a kid-cartoon as 4Kids has made it into.   Just like Sailor Moon really wasn't.

There are SO MANY anime geared towards teenagers and adults (not talking hentai - animated pr0n - here) that has been ruined by dubs because people have thought that anything that is drawn must be for kids.
(Any amount of time spent in Japan, and these people would be scarred for life! )

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 18):
Sonic

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I practically grew up with Sonic - in my kid years, I watched "Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog" and played the Megadrive (Genesis, for those in the US) games - the AoStH show was pretty corny and childish, but just as I was growing up, along came the next show, simply known as "Sonic the Hedgehog" - far darker and far more serious. 
I was a huge fan up until I turned 18, and anime became my obsession. I still play the games though, but I miss the days where Sonic was a SEGA thing, not Nintendo - he and Mario had kind of a rivalry going, and now that Sonic is mainly with Nintendo, that's kind of redundant.  
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RE: Favorite Animated/cartoon Program

Wed Jul 21, 2010 1:24 pm

Quoting Kunoichi (Reply 25):
I'm a huge anime (Japanese animation) geek - it's funny, because my current obsession is Naruto -

Lol I don't have a clue about Naruto or animé but my friend threw an anime party & dressed up as Naruto! She's 27 & is obsessed! I went as a "techno geisha" aka talkin out of my   

Quoting Kunoichi (Reply 25):
I knew there was a reason why I like you more and more for each post I read!



  

Quoting Kunoichi (Reply 25):
I watched "Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog" and played the Megadrive

Oh yeah, 16-bit all the way! I only got it second hand in 1996 but literally me & my sister stayed up for 3 days straight on Sonic! Loved the Marble Zone & the kind of space-themed one. But Sonic 2 froze on me & I couldn't finish it   Do you remember Road Rash, Streets of Rage & Revenge of Shinobi?!

Quoting Lufthansa411 (Reply 24):
Wonderful secret powers developed for me when one day I pulled out my magic sword.

  
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Wed Jul 21, 2010 3:50 pm

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Wed Jul 21, 2010 4:31 pm

The Road Runner. I will never get tired of it. I love it that every concoction Wile E. Coyote came up with to catch the road runner literally blew up in his face.      
 
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Wed Jul 21, 2010 6:37 pm

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 18):
Animaniacs!

Ah Aerdingus, you're the first person to mention my favourite (although apologies if someone else did and I missed it). The quality of writing was superb - so witty (loved the skit they did on Les Mis - "do you hear the poodles bark"!). However, my favourite out of the Animaniacs stable was "Pinky and the Brain" ...

"What are we going to do tonight, Brain?"
"Same thing we do every night Pinky; try to take over the world".

I always thought Brain was based on Vincent Price's voice, but apparently it was supposed to be Orson Welles. Still, brilliant stuff.
 
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Wed Jul 21, 2010 10:12 pm

Quoting 2707200X (Reply 13):
"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.

Aww man, that goes way back!

Inspector Gadget, heh, one of my favorite clips from any episode was when he was drunk at that race.

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Wed Jul 21, 2010 10:39 pm

Quoting kaitak (Reply 29):
I always thought Brain was based on Vincent Price's voice, but apparently it was supposed to be Orson Welles.

I always knew he reminded me of someone, looks wise!
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Thu Jul 22, 2010 1:22 am

Of course Family Guy ans South Park...

Quoting oa260 (Reply 2):
Has to be Tin Tin :

Ha! That racist cartoon...
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Fri Jul 23, 2010 8:56 pm

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Fri Jul 23, 2010 9:10 pm

My girlfriend and I watch a lot of Futurama and King of the Hill (surprised nobody has mentioned this one)..... both are currently available streaming on Netflix.


I am pretty stoked that Futurama is back, though it isn't up to the standards that the previous seasons set -- some of it is pretty damn genius. I think the premise of Futurama is wonderful... the future is a lot like today, but with space travel, robots and alien news anchors.

King of the Hill is one I didn't appreciate to later on -- especially in that it is as close as you can get to an animated sit-com.



I just watched a few episodes of Ren and Stimpy the other day, also available streaming on Netflix.... and I was disturbed. I believe it was season 3, ep. 1.... so post Jon K. but now on MTV R&S. I have seasons 1 and 2 on DVD and that stuff didn't seem as nearly disturbing..... more bizarre though.

Quoting kaitak (Reply 29):
Quoting aerdingus (Reply 18):
Animaniacs!

Ah Aerdingus, you're the first person to mention my favourite (although apologies if someone else did and I missed it). The quality of writing was superb - so witty (loved the skit they did on Les Mis - "do you hear the poodles bark"!). However, my favourite out of the Animaniacs stable was "Pinky and the Brain" ...

Oh yeah, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, and Tiny Toons. Still hand drawn and relatively contemporary but really good.

Quoting KPDX (Reply 27):
Beavis and Butthead.

You can watch that now streaming from somewhere... but b/c MTV/Viacom was too lazy to get the music rights the episodes don't seem right without the music videos.


With Beavis and Butthead you need to add Daria.... the GF recently got the complete Daria collection..... and again MTV/Viacom was unable/unwilling to buy the music rights to all the music in the series. And some parts seem just off without the music or having different generic music dubbed over.
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Fri Jul 23, 2010 9:52 pm

Quoting kaitak (Reply 29):
Ah Aerdingus, you're the first person to mention my favourite (although apologies if someone else did and I missed it). The quality of writing was superb - so witty (loved the skit they did on Les Mis - "do you hear the poodles bark"!). However, my favourite out of the Animaniacs stable was "Pinky and the Brain" ...

Totally agreed!

The wit in Animaniacs, and the SEVERELY overlooked Freakazoid!, from the same creators, is totally unmatched today. I remember being completely entertained by it as a kid, and then watching it today and realizing how many jokes went right over my head, that still leave me laughing out loud today.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZHichaemV4

And then of course, there are the cartoons I grew up on -- Dexter's Lab, Cow and Chicken, pretty much anything on Cartoon Network from 1994-1999.

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Fri Jul 23, 2010 10:24 pm

I don't watch too many cartoons, but I do enjoy the occasional episode of Happy Tree Friends. 
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Fri Jul 23, 2010 11:30 pm

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 34):
Beavis and Butthead you need to add Daria.

I loved Beavis and Butthead but I did not catch up with series until it was about over, same with Daria.


Quoting Airport (Reply 35):
SEVERELY overlooked Freakazoid!,

Freakazoid! was the quintessential nineties cartoon and it marked to me the beginning of the wide spread use of the PC and internet, it came out about when we got out first computer for the home.
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Sat Jul 24, 2010 12:01 am

Quoting Kunoichi (Reply 25):
There are SO MANY anime geared towards teenagers and adults (not talking hentai - animated pr0n - here) that has been ruined by dubs because people have thought that anything that is drawn must be for kids.

Which is why you can't watch Animes on TV and are better off searching for the original Japanese version with fan-subs   . Granted, their English (or in my case, German) might occasionally be disturbingly bad, but I'd rather have the full-lenght original version with bad subtitles instead of a version that has been cut 5-10 minutes in lenght and dubbed. Case in point would be DBZ - original was around 23 minutes per episode, the butchered versions on German tv were as short as 14 minutes.

Anyway, I probably watch too damn many animated shows, so here's a short rundown.

Cartoons:
Avatar, the Last Airbender (unfortunately related to that abortion by M. Night Shalala)
Family Guy (does have weak points, but is good most of the time)
Futurama (come on, how can you not love Bender?)
The Simpsons (pretty much only the older stuff, season 3-15 approximately)
South Park (a mixed bag, ranges from sheer brilliance to occasional disaster)
Teen Titans (never was into DC comics, but I just love this series)

Animes:
Ai Yori Aoshi
Angel Beats (pretty recent show, darn awesome IMH)
Azumanga Daioh (just insanely funny)
Code Geass
Great Teacher Onizuka
Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni
Lucky Star (the funniest anime there is, period.)
Neon Genesis Evangelion
One Piece
Soul Eater
Toradora

And anything by Key (Clannad, AIR, Kanon, aforementioned Angel Beats).
 
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RE: Favorite Animated/cartoon Program

Sat Jul 24, 2010 2:49 am

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 34):
I am pretty stoked that Futurama is back, though it isn't up to the standards that the previous seasons set -- some of it is pretty damn genius. I think the premise of Futurama is wonderful... the future is a lot like today, but with space travel, robots and alien news anchors.

How about that recent episode where Bender is discovered to have been defective, and he went on this pilgrimage to find "Inspector #5," who in the end turned out to be Hermes Comrad. He basically gave Bender life. The episode was funny as hell but it has a sweet ending...
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