What A Cartoon! - G.I. Joe "There's No Place Like Springfield Part 1 & 2"What A Cartoon! add
Straight from Retronauts and Retronauts Video Works, Jeremy Parish is here to help us with his deep love and knowledge of G.I. Joe as we watch our first ever '80s cartoon. Sure, G.I. Joe was conceived as a toy commercial, but the folks creating the series could still write subversive episodes like this trippy two-parter and get it past the censors. We delve into Cobra lore here, so make sure you're not surrounded by synthoids and listen to this week's episode!
What A Cartoon! - Darkwing Duck "Life, the Negaverse and Everything"What A Cartoon! add
Let's get dangerous! It's time to take a trip back to The Disney Afternoon by digging deep into one of its most important (and entertaining) shows, Darkwing Duck! Disney's duck superhero broke new ground for their TV animation department by choosing to go a more Warner Brothers-y route with plenty of slapstick, wild takes, and utter destruction of the fourth wall. The result is a fun little series that aged incredibly well and influenced Disney to be even more experimental in the '90s and beyond. This week, Cartoons 101's Matthew Jay joins us to examine the strange history of Darkwing Duck and one of its most inventive and villain-heavy episodes ever.
What A Cartoon! - Spider-Man The Animated Series "The Menace of Mysterio"What A Cartoon! add
This week we visit our friendly neighborhood web-swinger and we have our podcast buddy Gary Butterfield of Duckfeed to help us out! While Batman was getting all the accolades, Spider-Man got his own animated series in 1994, and while it may not have aged as well, Spidey still has great writing and voice acting when the animation budget is lacking. We check out the season one episode The Menace of Mysterio, as we explain a ton of Spider-History about this particular era in comic books. Hold on to your Spider-Blood!
What A Cartoon! - Disenchantment "The Princess of Darkness"What A Cartoon! add
In one of our freshest podcasts ever, Bob and Henry dig into the third episode of Matt Groening's brand new Netflix series, Disenchantment! We go in-depth into the show's third episode, seeing how Lucy will save Bean, how Elfo properly makes daisy chains, how good Bean is at drunk driving, and we explore all three of the sciences, even smoke! Listen along and learn about how the series came to be and how much we're enjoying this new series from many of the folks who worked on Futurama and The Simpsons!
What A Cartoon! - One-Punch Man "The Lone Cyborg"What A Cartoon! add
ONE PUNCH! What A Cartoon! takes another trip to Animeland (thanks to the generous donations of Patron David Whittington) as we explore the crossover hit, One-Punch Man! This adaptation of a manga that's an adaptation of a webcomic tells the story of Saitama, a thoroughly average man who worked out enough to become the strongest human being on earth. (Unfortunately, this also caused total hair loss.) And, given the title, he can defeat any opponent with just one punch. Though this premise may seem very limited at first glance, the amount of ways the series plays with it makes One-Punch Man one of the most hilarious--and impressively animated--shows in recent memory
What A Cartoon! - The Tick "The Tick Vs The Tick"What A Cartoon! add
Matthew Jay (of Cartoons101) joins us to talk about a superhero parody that was way ahead of its time: The Tick! We explore the 1994 Fox Kids original and one of its best episodes. Can Tick defeat Barry and protect his intellectual rights? Can ie Fledermaus find a new girlfriend? Will Arthur be stuck in the Sidekicks Lounge? And will The Midnight Bomber What Bombs At Midnight be able to bomb the superheroes at midnight? Listen and find out!
What A Cartoon! - Disenchantment Review-castWhat A Cartoon! add
Matt Groening's first new show in almost two decades is just around the corner, and thanks to our generous friends at Netflix, we're here to tell you our thoughts on the first five episodes! And with no major spoilers! (We promise!) Listen in as we talk about the generalities of Disenchantment, including the cast, the staff, the writing, the tone, the humor, and just where we think the series is headed in its back half. And be sure to stay tuned to the What A Cartoon! feed--and the Talking Simpsons Patreon--since we'll be doing a traditional podcast about Disenchantment's first episode shortly after the premiere!
What A Cartoon! - Daria "The Misery Chick"What A Cartoon! add
We're back to the land of MTV to revisit Daria, the sorta-spinoff of Beavis and Butt-Head that gave all of us smartass introverts a hero of the people. And with the recent announcement of a sequel series, our little podcast is jumping into one of the more pivotal moments of the series: season one's "The Misery Chick." Listen in as special guest Sam Leichtamer (of GameSpot) joins us to explore an episode that seriously studies Daria's character, and reveals her as much more flawed than the escapist hero the series initially intended her to be.
What A Cartoon! - The Big O "A Legacy of Amadeus"What A Cartoon! add
Cowboy Bebop isn't the only Western-influenced anime series to make waves on Cartoon Network in the early '00s. Just a few years before Spike Spiegel blew the minds of American cable viewers, The Big O emerged as an ultra-stylish and enigmatic series that blended the look of Batman: The Animated series and Japanese giant robot shows from the '60s and '70s. And, thanks to its infamous cliffhanger ending, Sunrise's series kickstarted a trend of Western funding that continues to this day. This week, Cartoons 101's Matthew Jay joins us to discuss the classic The Big O episode, "A Legacy of Amadeus."
What A Cartoon! - Xavier: Renegade Angel "The 6th Teat of Good Intentions"What A Cartoon! add
Matthew Jay (Cartoons 101) joins us to jump into one of the most disturbing shows in Adult Swim history, PFFR's Xavier: Renegade Angel. From the creators of Wonder Showzen we dive into the lid-flipping mind-expander as we ramble along with Xavier as he helps people by making their lives much worse. We hear epic monologues and pan flute solos alike, so listen along and learn, younglings! Oh, frittata!
What A Cartoon! - Wallace & Gromit "The Wrong Trousers"What A Cartoon! add
Steady on, listeners, because this week's episode is a deep dive into the iconic British adventures of Wallace & Gromit! Matthew Jay joins us to discuss the Oscar-winning short film, "The Wrong Trousers" as chosen by a premium Patreon supporter! We chat about Aardman Animations' history, the many contraptions of Wallace, Gromit's knack for silent comedy, obvious Hitchcock references, and so much more! We're just crackers about cheese in this podcast!
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What A Cartoon! - Rocko's Modern Life "Wacky Delly"What A Cartoon! add
We're returning once again to the world of Nicktoons with the first creation to follow the original three series, Rocko's Modern Life! Two years after launching Doug, Rugrats, and The Ren & Stimpy Show, cable network Nickelodeon realized adults made up a sizable chunk of their audience, and Joe Murray's edgy-yet-silly creation took full advantage of this fact with its tales of 20-somethings making it in the wild world of the go-go 90s. This week, cartoon expert Matthew Jay joins us to discuss "Wacky Delly," a superb episode of Rocko's Modern Life that digs deep into the hell of making animation, and one that reflects upon some of Murray's own personal struggles as a cartoon creator.
What A Cartoon! - Family Guy "Brian Wallows and Peter's Swallows"What A Cartoon! add
We had threatened to do it, and now Matthew Jay joins your Simpsons-loving pals to discuss a season three episode of Family Guy! It's one of the more heartfelt episodes of the show with some solid jokes in there, and we're pretty fair to the fricken sweet series about Quahog! Listen along and we promise you'll hear at least two minutes of Seth MacFarlane singing!
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What A Cartoon! - FLCL (Fooly Cooly)What A Cartoon! add
After producing one of the most influential anime series ever—Neon Genesis Evangelion—animation studio GAINAX went from adapting a comic about high school relationships to something even more unexpected: a coming-of-age story about robots that come out of a young boy's head. Thanks to its sheer weirdness, amazing animation, surprising emotionality, and atypical (but awesome) music choices, FLCL emerged as a cult hit in the early '00s—one that just received an unexpected sequel some 18 years later. This week on What A Cartoon, real life rock and/or roller Alexi Belchere of The Y-Axes joins Bob and Henry to break down what makes these six odd little episodes so special.
What A Cartoon! - Freakazoid "Next Time, Phone Ahead/Nerdator"What A Cartoon! add
Chosen by one of our premium Patreon supporters, we're doing one of the first season favorites of Kids WB's Freakazoid! Matthew Jay joins Bob and Henry to talk all about this episode as the pinnacle/end of an era for Steven Spielberg's TV toon empire! We cover the very insider episode, as well as explore how the concept of "nerd" has changed between 1996 and now! It's fun and a little sad, so listen in and freak out!
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What A Cartoon! - Home Movies "The Party"What A Cartoon! add
We're headed back into Adult Swim territory as we check out the UPN reject that helped kick off Cartoon Network's successful programming block and ultimately didn't find a great home there. But for four glorious seasons, Home Movies adapted the limited animation and naturalistic conversations of Dr. Katz to something with a little more ambition that wasn't necessarily tied to stand-up comedy bits. On this episode, join Bob, Henry, and Talking Futurama/What A Cartoon! artist Maddie Copp as your podcast friends explore season two's "The Party."
What A Cartoon! - Space Ghost Coast to Coast "$20.01"What A Cartoon! add
This week Bob and Henry are joined by Matthew Jay of Cartoons 101 to dig into Space Ghost and his oddball show that would pave the way for Adult Swim. After digging into how Alex Toth's fantastical superhero became the face of Cartoon Network's dadaist comedy, we dig into a double-length episode from 1996 where Penn & Teller and Joel Hodgson of Mystery Science Theater 3000 join the show for a Kubrick-tribute. There's all you can eat birthday cake and illegal Ultra Seven all in this week's podcast, so strap on your powerbands and enjoy!
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What A Cartoon! - Cowboy Bebop "Mushroom Samba"What A Cartoon! add
Two decades ago, Cowboy Bebop made its debut and the show feels just as cutting edge today as it did back then. Bob and Henry are joined by Nathan Ortega to discuss this special episode of Bebop as Ed gets her own adventure in "Mushroom Samba." Take a trip with us as Ed and Ein go searching for food and get ensnared in an action-packed tribute to blaxploitation. We explain history, the creators, and even compliment one of the best English dub in anime history. We'll see you space cowboys on this week's podcast!!
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What A Cartoon! - Samurai Jack "The Princess And The Bounty Hunters"What A Cartoon! add
Our premium patron David Whittington returns for his second pick, the Cartoon Network cult classic Samurai Jack! We dig into the Spaghetti Western-style episode that barely even features the title character. It's one of the most interesting episodes in the series history and we dig into all five of the bounty hunters all trying to find the best way to capture Jack. Learn all about Genndy Tartakovsky's high watermark in American animation with us in this brand new podcast!
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What A Cartoon! - The Venture Bros. "Escape to the House of Mummies Part II"What A Cartoon! add
We've finally reached our first Adult Swim series on What A Cartoon, and it's their longest-running one to date: The Venture Bros.! Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer's creation launched as a Johnny Quest spoof in 2004, but over the years, it's grown into something much more ambitious that somehow survived despite near-cancellations and years-long delays between seasons. This week's episode comes via the request of our VERY generous patron David Whittington, who joins the show to steer us through one of The Venture Bros.' earlier gems: Escape to the House of Mummies Part II.