Ranking the Elements of "Avatar: The Last Airbender"
Water, Earth, Fire, Air… long ago the four nations lived in harmony. Now, that harmony is interrupted as I rank them.
30 Years of Cartoon Network: "Time Squad"
The CN retrospective continues with the underrated series "Time Squad" created by Dave Wasson. Though it ran for two seasons, the show had an interesting premise with some context, caricatured animation, and a variety of historical and non-historical characters with talented voice acting.
"The Cuphead Show!" (2022) Review: You'll Sell Your Soul for Animation This Good
The epic, award winning video game is now a hit animation series. The Cuphead Show! is now streaming on Netflix. It features astounding animation, a crazy good soundtrack, and a ton of silly humor that will entertain the kid in all of us regardless of age.
30 Years of Cartoon Network: "Sheep in the Big City"
Continuing the CN lineup, "Sheep in the Big City" is an animated series created by Mo Willems. Despite lasting two seasons, it is a criminally underrated show known for its meta and fourth-wall-breaking humor, UPA-art style, and bizarrely funny characters.
30 Years of Cartoon Network: "Courage the Cowardly Dog"
Continuing the retrospective is one of my favorite shows, "Courage the Cowardly Dog," created by John R. Dilworth. This show holds up tremendously with imaginative dark scenarios, spooky and energetic visuals, laugh-out-loud humor, and memorable characters.
30 Years of Cartoon Network: "Mike, Lu & Og"
Continuing the Cartoon Network lineup is the short-lived and forgotten series, "Mike, Lu & Og" created by Mikhail Shindel, Mikhail Aldashin, & Charles Swenson. While the concept and animation look generic, Charles’ involvement executed and gave the show its own identity with interesting characters.
30 Years of Cartoon Network: "Ed, Edd n Eddy"
The retrospective continues with one of my all-time favorites, "Ed, Edd n Eddy" created by Danny Antonucci. This was the longest-running original series with non-stop humor, unique animation, likable and entertaining characters, and a legacy that stands out among other shows at that time.
30 Years of Cartoon Network: "The Powerpuff Girls"
The retrospective continues with one of the network's most successful franchise, "The Powerpuff Girls," created by Craig McCracken. Though the series went through franchise fatigue, the original remains engaging, creative, and action-packed with a wide cast of characters both good and evil.
30 Years of Cartoon Network: "Cow & Chicken" and "I Am Weasel"
The retrospective continues with "Cow & Chicken" and "I Am Weasel," created by David Feiss. Though strange and surreal, both of these shows stand out for their off-the-wall humor, characters, and voice acting. Sure, "I Am Weasel" didn't last long as its own show, but "Cow & Chicken" prevailed.
30 Years of Cartoon Network: "Johnny Bravo"
The 30th anniversary continues with “Johnny Bravo,” created by Van Partible. Though the show went through some changes back and forth, the characters, memorable episodes, and humor still hold up tremendously. It helped launch careers for new animators and featured overlooked historic moments.
30 Years of Cartoon Network: "Dexter's Laboratory"
Starting the retrospective line-up is the network's first original and my personal favorite show, “Dexter's Laboratory.” The first half of the series was highly inventive, funny, and memorable. The second half went experimental under a new direction with mixed results. Nonetheless, it holds up well.
"Primal" (2021) Blu-ray Review: Genndy Tartakovsky's Bloody Masterwork
The 2021 animated series "Primal" has a mixture of heart and patient, deliberate storytelling. Oh, and there's a caveman riding a T-Rex. Here's my review of Genndy Tartakovsky's latest work made for television.
"Tenko and the Guardians of the Magic" (1995): Saban's Forgotten Magical Girl
Based on a real-life magician, the 1995 animated series "Tenko and the Guardians of the Magic" shouldn't be forgotten. Let the magic begin!
10 Reasons Patrick Is a Terrible Friend to SpongeBob
Explore 10 reasons why SpongeBob SquarePants would be better off without Patrick Star!
ABC TV's 1973 Saturday Morning Television Schedule
The 1973 Saturday morning TV schedule on ABC included cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny, Yogi Bear, Batman and Robin, and more! Find out what else aired during this time slot.
"2 Stupid Dogs": A Simple but Revolutionary "Ren & Stimpy" Clone
On the surface, this short-lived animated series would be considered a simple "Ren & Stimpy" knock-off. In practice, however, this show not only revitalized Hanna-Barbera's legacy but launched a new legacy for the animators involved in making the show.
Rick Sanchez: An Extremely Detailed Character Analysis
He's not a nihilist, he's a cynic. Yes, there is a difference that matters between the two. Also, he "does an arc," whether he wants to admit that or not.
"Freakazoid!": A Zany, Overlooked Superhero Cartoon
Freakazoid! is an Emmy-winning animated series produced by Stephen Spielberg that mixes superheroes and comedy. While it may have started with a lack of focus in its format and got canceled after two seasons, it gained a cult following for its characters, animation, and non-stop humor.
'Close Enough' (2020) Review: Hilariously Absurd, Adult-Oriented Perfection
Regular Show's J.G. Quintel is back with a brand new animated series called "Close Enough," filled with cursing, nudity, booze, and clown strippers.
"The Critic" (TV Series) Review
The Critic is an underrated animated sitcom created by Simpsons showrunners Al Jean & Mike Reiss. Despite the show only lasting two seasons, and having aged a little, it left a cult following with a satirical passion for parodying movies, memorable episodes, and a talented voice cast.
Top 5 Strongest Avatars (From "Last Airbender" and "Legend of Korra")
Explore the five strongest warriors can who can bend all four elements in the Avatar franchise!
Character Profiles: The Diamonds in "Steven Universe"
The diamonds are a big point of contention as "Steven Universe" characters. They begin as antagonists, but they change, and some fans and critics think this change happens too quickly. So what explains this 180 from dictators to loving aunts? Contains spoilers.
"Felix the Cat" (1959) - Reviving a Cartoon Star With a Magic Bag of Tricks
"Felix the Cat" had been an icon of silent animation, but the sound era brought about his fall. However, in 1959, his television debut would bring him back into the spotlight.
"The Jetsons: The Complete Original Series" (1962) Blu-ray Review
The Warner Archive Collection released "The Jetsons: The Complete Original Series" from 1962 and 1963 on Blu-ray in 2019. The show looks better than it's ever looked. But does the program hold up all these years later? Here's my review.
History of Hanna-Barbera: "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!" (1969)
Scooby-Doo is one of the most popular Hanna-Barbera characters, but where did it all start? It's time to travel back to 1969 to delve into the mystery behind the creation of such an iconic franchise with the first animated series "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!"
History of Hanna-Barbera: 'The Space Kidettes' and 'Young Samson'
Out of a partnership with a cereal company, Hanna-Barbera produced two separate series which, through decisions out of their control, were permanently joined together.
History of Hanna-Barbera: "The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show"
Hanna-Barbera created several package series during their time being distributed by Screen Gems, but with the last of these, "The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show," the end of one era would show glimpses of the next.
Top 10 Best 'Futurama' Episodes All About Bender: Fox Edition
Bender is the best 'Futurama' character, so let's countdown the shiny metal robot's greatest episodes of the show with way too many humans in it.
30 Fun Facts You Never Knew About Your Favorite '90s Cartoons
The '90s were arguably one of the greatest decades for television and cartoons. Chances are if you grew up during this time you often were watching your favorite cartoons on Cartoon Network or Nickelodeon. Let's take a trip down memory lane with some fun facts you might not know about these shows.
History of Hanna-Barbera: "Magilla Gorilla" and "Peter Potamus" - The First Toyetic Cartoons
Cartoons produced alongside toylines were a popular trend during the 80s and 90s, but the trend starts much earlier than that. In 1964, Hanna-Barbera produced two shows, "Magilla Gorilla" and "Peter Potamus," in conjunction with the toy company Ideal Toys. Thus, the toyetic cartoon was born.
"Spider-Man" (1967) - Spidey's First Cartoon and His Struggle Against Budget Cuts
Marvel's "Spider-Man" is one of the most iconic superheroes, and it can be argued his fame really took off after his first cartoon in 1967. However, this first foray into animation came with a great deal of growing pains, including a bankrupt studio, green-skinned foes, and recycled plots.
History of Hanna-Barbera: "Herculoids," "Shazzan," and "Mighty Mightor"
Following the success of "Space Ghost," CBS commissioned Hanna-Barbera to create three new series for 1967. With designs by Alex Toth, they created the "Herculoids" along with two other fondly remembered series to add to their roster of heroes.
Finding Filmation: 'The Adventures of Batman'
First Filmation had done "Superman," then "Aquaman," and now they were gearing up to take on the first animated adaptation of "Batman." However, certain media groups were turning against them, and the future was beginning to look grim for superhero cartoons.