Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Looney TV: Porky Pig takes up bullfighting (The Timid Toreador, 1940)

Porky Pig is a tamale vendor in Mexico in "The Timid Toreador". Things really get hot under the collar when Porky wanders into the arena, and.........

Too bad the original open wasn't available.

Rating: A-.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Toons After Dark: JBVO (2000)

At the dawn of the 21st century, Cartoon Network was, well, celebrating stupidity with some of their shows. For example, Ed, Edd, & Eddy, while a left handed homage to Our Gang and the Three Stooges, to an extent, made it clear that the three protagonists' collective IQ was well below 100 on average.

And, then, there's Johnny Bravo. The blond Elvis impersonator was one of the network's most popular stars of the period, such that Johnny (Jeff Bennett) was entrusted to host a Sunday night series, JBVO, in which the network would use viewer requests to program a half-hour's worth of cartoons. With certain exceptions, actual half-hour cartoons, such as Dragon Ball Z, would not be eligible, although DBZ was used one night, with Johnny fast-forwarding with commentary that belonged on Mystery Science Theatre 3000, to emphasize the point.

In a way, it was a parody of MTV's Total Request Live, with the idea being that Johnny, no smarter than a broken brick, was a parody of Carson Daly as well as Elvis Presley.

Following is a sample clip, since full episodes aren't likely to be available any time soon.

I felt sorry for the kids that called in. Makes you wish TV Pixx was still on the air.

Rating: C.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Looney TV: Bugs & Elmer for Alpha Bits (1960?)

Long before Post Cereals commissioned their own animated pitchmen for their line of cereals, they contracted the likes of Bugs Bunny and pals.

Here, Bugs is eating out of a box of Alpha-Bits and singing the jingle. Elmer Fudd claims he's been robbed of the same cereal.

Courtesy of Internet Archive:

From Comics to Toons: The Avengers vs. Baron Zemo (1966)

Thor & Iron Man join forces with Captain America to battle Baron Zemo in this Marvel Superheroes episode. Yeah, I know. I should've done this at the start of the month, but, hey.......

Rating: B-.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: Super Chicken vs. The Laundry Man (1967)

It's been a while since we looked in on Super Chicken.

This time around, Super Chicken tangles with the Laundry Man, a Chinese laundry owner whose operation is a front for----wait for it----laundering money. Talk about the sledgehammer of plot, assuming you had your parents in the room with you when you watched.

Definitely not the product of an ancient Chinese secret.

Rating: B-.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Animated World of DC Comics: DC Super Friends (2015)

They're baaaaaaaaaack!

A few years ago, DC revived the Super Friends franchise for a series of children's books, and, eventually, a short-lived comic book spun from those hardcover books. The characters are drawn in a style not so dissimilar to the more recent DC animated fare from Warner Bros., but I do have a problem with some of the designs, particularly that of Robin (Johnny Yong Bosch, ex-Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), whose gloves look a little too big and a little too manga for my taste.

This new set of online shorts debuted earlier this month, and introduced the DC Kids channel on YouTube. Each short runs a wee bit shy of four minutes, but don't look for these to air on Cartoon Network any time soon. To them, if it ain't funny, they don't want it. If you're an older fan familiar with the franchise from its glory days of the 70's, you can show your kids these shorts, then, if you've got 'em, bust out the DVDs of the old series, and the accompanying comic books.

Anyway, here's the 1st short, "The Cape & the Clown":

Seems to me Robin needs to cut down on his sugar intake. He's even more hyper than usual.

Rating: C.

Saturtainment: The Go Go Gophers meet the Cleveland Indians (1966?)

Now, here's a curiosity. We've previously noted that the Go Go Gophers were a back-up segment on Underdog before being spun off into an all-rerun show of their own in 1968. But, as you'll see in the next video, common sources might be a wee bit off, since the copyright date for this episode is 1962, predating the Gophers' supposed debut by 4 years!

Anyway, Col. Kit Coyote (Kenny Delmar) sees a newspaper headline and thinks the people of Cleveland would accept Running Board & Ruffled Feather, despite Sgt. Okey Homa (Sandy Becker) warning that Cleveland's Indians are a baseball team.

This was the beauty of the silliness. The series was set in the Old West, well before the game of baseball was invented, but, being a cartoon, they could stretch the boundaries of imagination as much as possible. Heh, it could've been worse. They could've sent the Gophers to Washington, and.......!

You may note, too, that the theme song has additional lyrics than what we heard in the syndicated version. Apparently, due to anti-violence regulations, they edited the theme.

Rating: B.