Friday, July 28, 2006

Spoil Your Inner Child

Posted by codemorse

If anyone asks, I bought it for my "future children." Let's not lie amongst friends, though - I really bought it for myself.

With the exception of the Simpsons, no cartoon in the 90's was as consistently hilarious and as sweetly subversive as Animaniacs. Wielding a joke-per-minute ratio up there with classic Marx Brothers movies, a distinctly-skewed view of pop-culture and adults, and an arsenal of clever tunes, the show was ground-breaking and smart enough to snag a Peabody award.

And now it's out on DVD. I picked it up today on the cheap side ($25.98 at Circuit city), and for anyone who harbors fond memories of the show it's definately worth the money. If anything, the show is funnier now that I'm older.


At 7:26 PM, Blogger Ben Miro said...

I had a major crisis today at the Costco:

Animaniacs or The Boondocks?

Had to go with The Boondocks...just didn't think the Animaniacs would hold up...(plus the animation is kinda lousy)...but I do remember it fondly.

At 7:54 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

I'm easy on the stuff I loved when I was younger for the most part. And when it comes to shows obviously geared toward a younger age-group, I'm able to somehow mentally factor that in.

My guess would be, if you're willing to add the classic Muppet DVDs to a DVD collection as an adult, it's definately worth your money.

At 7:56 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

And in general, I'm able to forgive visuals in favor of writing.

I've enjoyed the Boondocks, but the episodes I've seen have a weirdly stiff, stilted quality to them. They're almost too restrained for me, even when they're being "wacky" (See: Granddad dates a hooker).

At 10:39 AM, Blogger Ben Miro said...

"A Pimp Named Slickback" is not wacky enough for you?


I can't forgive poor visuals in what is essential a visual medium. Those late-era WB Looney Tunes were too polished looking (specifically Tiny Toons, which I think is a soulless evil thing) for this fan of the artiste Chuck Jones. Every frame should read MADE IN KOREA!

I do give Animaniacs more props for it's Marxist leading trio and Pinky and The Brain...then I take away props for the stupid to the core Goodfellas pigeons.

The nostalgia factor doesn't really matter with me as I was an adult when Animaniacs debuted.

At 2:45 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

Tiny Toons IS evil. Agreed.

Although they did give us one of the wittier pun-jokes I've ever heard:

Dad, talking to that Bunny character: "I want yew tah marry mah daughters!"

Bunny guy: "I can't marry all three! That's Bigamy!"

Dad: "NO! That's Big of ME!"

What's lovely about DVD is the ability to skip right past the damn Goodfeathers.

And yeah, I don't get it either. I should, by all accounts, find Boondocks hilarious. I like the comic pretty well. The show just falls flat to me. Maybe I'll stick a disc on my Netflix list and give it another shot.

At 8:50 AM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Mentioning the Animaniacs (never missed an episode whilst in college) in the same breath as the Muppets is treasonous. And I love the Boondocks strip. I'vbe never gandered at teh cartoon. P'raps I should.

At 2:48 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

Did I step on your nostalgia, Scott?

The writing on Amimaniacs is just as good as the writing done for the Muppet Show.

That's obviously subjective, but it's also more-than-arguably true.

I'll put "Yakko's World" up against "Lime and the Coconut" any day. It's a draw every time.

At 3:47 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

I'm not saying that Anamaniacs wasn't good. I'm certain that there are even instances where the writing in certain episodes surpassed that of the writing on the MS. But the MS was about more than the writing. There was artistry on many different levels and Henson wasn't afraid to take chances with some of his work. Now some of it was dated and a portion of it was pure cheez. I'm just saying that I think the Muppets have a shelf life that the Anamaniacs can only dream of at this point. Now if the animation had been better as Katanga said I think we'd be talking about the same ballpark here. Of course you'd still have to deal with the fact that the MS wasn't just about the laughs, but then they were a variety show.

At 4:39 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

All good points.

I concede, gracelessly.


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