Thursday, September 14, 2006

Cartoon Journey

My cartoon habit began rather innocuously. Every Saturday morning I would watch the Smurfs. Ahh, those were the days. All you had to do was get up and watch cartoons all morning. It was smurfin spectacular. I even collected over 50 of the little buggers. At one particularly wild party a stoner decided to hang all of them by sewing thread and pins from my parent's ceiling. I think you can still see some of the pins. Ahh, good times.

Then I got a little older and I learned that cartoons could be funny, as well as fun. So I started turning to Homer, Marg, Bart, Lisa and Maggie Simpson to get my cartoon fix. But soon I realized as clever as the Simpson were, they were lacking something. It wasn't a lack of great dialogue or smart set-ups. I couldn't put my figure on it until I fell for a man in blue.

The Tick. Tall, check. Nigh invulnerable, check. Geeky sidekick, check, and double check. What girl wouldn't ask for a Dudley Do Right who can make her laugh for 22 minutes? No one could beat the Tick at spouting side splitting one liners about the beauty of justice. The City has never been so safe.

But when I graduated from University I knew I was ready for something more deviant. So I committed to South Park. I have always loved the series, but thought things really heated up when they introduced Timmy, a handicapped student only able to utter his name. Yet, he still manages to utter moving soliloquies just by changing the tempo and tone of his name. However, it wasn't until I South Park: Longer, Bigger and Uncut that I knew Trey Park and Matt Stoner were completely barking mad. Brings a tear to my eye.

But my lastest obsession is Family Guy. I must admit I did not get this cartoon at first. It was so bizarre! But I loved Stewie. Who doesn't right? So I kept watching just to see how Stewie would try to kill Lois next. Before I knew it, I had been sucked into their surreal world of paraplegic sex, cheesy A-Team montages, and crazy closet monkeys.

Finally, an Honorable Mention has to go to Pinky and the Brain. You haven't seen it? What sort of pathetic life do you lead? Cole's Notes version: One is a genius, the other is insane. Get thee to the video store!


Squirrelly Girly said...

What are we going to do tonight, Brain?

The same thing we do every night, Pinky. Try to take over the WORLD!

Anonymous said...

Pinky are you pondering what I'm pondering?

I think so Brain but I don't know if we'll ever be able to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich without the bread to hold it together.

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