Friday, February 25, 2011

Song Of The Month: Tiny Toon Adventures

Mina: Hey everyone,Mina here. While Stefan prepares to thrash The Trio of Darkness,I'm gonna bring you this months Song Of The Month.

And this Months featured Cartoon Theme is non other than Tiny Toon Adventures.


This was definatly a fun show and was/is concidered the Looney Tunes of the 90's.

Well that's it for the Song of the Month. I hope you enjoyed.

Peace and Love!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Cartoon Historian Lesson 26: Alvin and the Chipmunks

{inside the CH classroom}

Welcome to another edition of Cartoon Historian,I'm Stefan,your Host and lecturer along with my assistant Mina.

Mina: On this edition we will be covering the World famous Alvin and the Chipmunks.

[cartoon historian theme plays]

Alvin and the Chipmunks is an American animated music group...

Mina:*interupting*..And was the first cartoon music group Ever!

Can I continue?

Mina: Sure.

Anyway,the group was created by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. in 1958. The group consists of three singing animated anthropomorphic chipmunks: Alvin,the mischievous troublemaker,who quickly became the leader of the group;Simon,the tall,bespectacled intellectual;and Theodore,the chubby,shy one.

The trio is managed by their human "father" David Seville. In reality,David Seville was Bagdasarian's stage name and the Chipmunks themselves are named after the executives of their original record label.

The characters were an unexpected success and the singing Chipmunks and their manager were given life in several animated cartoon productions and eventually films.

The voices of the group were all performed by Bagdasarian,who sped up the playback to create higher pitched voices. This process was also not entirely new to Bagdasarian,who had also used it for two previous novelty songs,including "The Witch Doctor".It was very unusual,but at the same time well executed. Bagdasarian and his Chipmunks earned two Grammy Awards for engineering.

Although the characters were fictional, they did release a long line of actual albums and singles,with "The Chipmunk Song" becoming a number-one hit single in the United States.

After Ross Bagdasarian Sr.'s death in 1972,The Chipmunks voices were performed by Ross Bagdasarian Jr. and Janice Karman in the 1980s and 1990s.

Mina: And now it's time to talk about the Cartoon Series.

Alvin and the Chipmunks was produced by Bagdasarian Productions in association with Ruby-Spears Enterprises from 1983–87. DIC Entertainment continued the series from 1988-1990. The show aired from 1983 to 1990 on NBC and is the follow-up to the original 1961–62 series, The Alvin Show.

The show introduced The Chipettes,three female Chipmunks with their own human counterpart,Miss Beatrice Miller (who joined the cast in 1986). In 1988,the show switched production companies to DiC Enterprises (with 11 additional episodes produced by Murakami-Wolf-Swenson) and was renamed to just "The Chipmunks".

Mina: So DiC made a Chipmunk season? That's news to me.

In 1987, during the show's fifth season, the Chipmunks' first animated feature film, "The Chipmunk Adventure",was released to theaters by The Samuel Goldwyn Company. The film was directed by Janice Karman and featured the Chipmunks and Chipettes in a contest traveling around the world.

In its eighth and final season,the show again switched titles to "The Chipmunks Go to the Movies". Each episode was a spoof of a popular Hollywood film. Several television specials featuring the characters were also released.

Mina: In 1990,the special "Rockin' Through the Decades" was produced. That same year,the Chipmunks teamed up with other well-known cartoon characters (such as Bugs Bunny and Garfield) for the drug abuse-prevention special "Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue".

Mina: The series made its debut on September 17 1983 on NBC and was animated by Ruby-Spears Productions. But,like we stated earlier,from 1988-1990 production switched from Ruby-Spears to DiC.

Mina: Though,5 episodes of the show were produced by Murakami-Wolf-Swenson, which aired on NBC in fall of '88 when the 1988 Writers Guild of America strike caused production of the first DiC season to be slowed down greatly.

Mina: In 1990,DiC wanted to have some fun with the Final Season and it was decided that the final season would be dedicated to spoofing movies. ala Muppet Babies. The show was called "The Chipmunks Go to the Movies"

Now,there is some debate on weather or not the Final Season should be concidered a seperate series all together.

Anyway,The series went into syndication in the fall of 1988 under the original Alvin and The Chipmunks title, distributed by Lorimar-Telepictures (and later by Warner Bros. Television after Warner Communications' purchase of Lorimar). The package contained all 52 episodes produced by Ruby-Spears,as well as the Valentine's and Reunion specials.

Mina: To round the package out to the common-practice syndication package length of 65 episodes,an additional 11 episodes were produced specifically for the package by Murakami-Wolf-Swenson.

Mina: In the syndication order,these episodes followed the 54 Ruby-Spears shows. In the fall 1988 cycle they aired from September 12 to December 9. 5 of these episodes would air first on NBC in September-October,when the DiC episodes were delayed due to the 1988 Writers Guild of America strike.

Also,in an attempt to make way for more commercials,most of,if not all of the syndicated reruns of the show were not only edited,but also time compressed,thus resulting in the episodes running faster than the way they originally ran.

Mina: Well,That just sucks.

I know,but all episodes of the show that have been released on DVD thus far,are the original versions.

Mina: That's good news.

The title cards that opened each episode were intact on local syndication,and on Nickelodeon,but were completely absent on Cartoon Network. Cartoon Network kept Alvin's introductions from the first season that featured the small previews of that episode. These were shown on NBC,though not included in syndication or on Nickelodeon.

The introductions originally aired before the opening credits on NBC, but were shown after the opening theme on Cartoon Network. The initial syndication run in 1988 added commercial bumpers that were voiced by both Alvin and Dave Seville,as well as voiceovers for the titlecards on the Ruby Spears episodes (also voiced by Alvin and Dave).

These bumpers and voiceovers were also used when the show aired on Nickelodeon from 1995-1997. A variation of the 1987 Bagdasarian Productions logo,but with the words "Produced by" instead of "Produced in association with",replaced the earlier logos that were used from 1983-1987.

The show is slated to return in the United States on Boomerang sometime in February of 2011.

Mina: Too bad it won't help the network much.As Boomerang is now on life support thanks to Stuart Snyder and his Cronies. Sad really.

Like I said,Snyder will pay for his crimes in hell. And speaking of Anti-Snyder aditudes. I'm gonna ber putting off All Cartoon Historian lessons until After the Trio of Darkness Rants.

Mina: Oh,I can't wait for those.

I'm also gonna doing therm solo,this is my War after all. A War that I will eventually win.

Mina: Well that's all she wrote for this episode of Cartoon Historian. See Ya Next Time.

[fade to black. credits roll as the cartoon historian closing theme plays]

Monday, February 7, 2011

No Decent Place For American Cartoons

This is a Cartoon Historian Special Presentation!

Ah,American Cartoons. Remember the good ol' days when they had a nice home. Networks like Cartoon Network and Program Blocks like the Disney Afternoon and Fox Kids were great places to watch American Cartoons without the B.S. Unfortunatly...Those Days Are Dead.

What I mean is that a vast majority of content on these networks are terrible(program blocks,shows,crappy music vids,unneeded psa's,ect.). And you can't watch cartoons on said networks without running into advertisments or promos of that bad content.

This can and will ruin your experience,as it's a painfull reminder on how terrible that network has become (sorry,but the grin and bear it crap doesn't work that well). Cartoon Network is the best overall example of this.

Today,I'm gonna talk about how the Great American Cartoon lost a decent place in our culture. Let's start from the beginning.

It all started when the Networks decided to toss out their Weekday Afternoon and Sunday Morning blocks in favor of Bullshit. However,all was still not lost. We had Nickelodeon,Disney Channel,Cartoon Network and 3 Very Cool Saturday Morning blocks,as well as a Sunday block on ABC Family.

In the mid-2000's,everything started to go bad. First it was the Saturday Morning Blocks,when they decided to limit the number of American Toons,in favor of crappy Canadian shows,Live Action shows and Anime.

When ABC's SatAM block turned into ABC Kids the vast majority of their shows were Live Action. When the Fox Kids became The Fox Box,and then 4Kids TV,the Only American show was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2k3 and,later,Biker Mice from Mars.

A bit after the the "CW buyout",Kids WB became the worst offender. The vast majority of cartoons were Canadian. Why? Kids WB is an American Block,not a Canadian one. Shitheaded Network Exects,gotta learn that America isn't Canada and we have different tastes in entertainment. >:(.

Anyway soon after[very soon in fact],Saturday Morning TV had passed away. When 4Kids took over,Anime was the dominant form of entertainment on that network's SatAM block.

Today,4Kids' CW 4Kids'/Toonzai is 100% Anime dominated. Damn! Damn! DAMN!. Let's talk about Nick and Disney now shall we?

Both Nick and Disney Channel,in their hay day,aired a decent amount of American Cartoons. They even had networks dedicated to them (nicktoons network and toon disney respectively). Today on the other hand,Nick and Disney Channel barely air cartoons at all. Nickelodeon aired more toons than The Disney Channel,but they were still in the minority. And the ones that Do air on Nick are Retarded...the exception being Spongebob Squarepants.

The only Cartoons on the Disney Channel are Phineas and Ferb and that Putrid,poor excuse for a Disney Cartoon Show,Fishhooks (c'mon ditzney,I know you can do much better than this!).

And then there's Nicktoons Network and Disney XD. Before Ditzney XD even existed we had Toon Disney. Before that damn Jetix takeover,Toon Disney was a great place for Cartoons,however this wouldn't last. Today,Disney XD doesn't show many cartoons. In fact most of the ones they DO show are really really shitty and only 3 of them are American (kick buttowski,Phineas and ferb,and avengers).

The Good cartoons only air very late at night and extremely early in the morning. That's just Wrong. As for Nicktoons Network,it used to be a decent place for good American Cartoons,unfortunately nowadays,most of the good american toons are being kicked out in favor of sucky shows..including Live Action ones (UGH!).

And now,I'll talk about Cartoon Network. Cartoon Network used to be all about the Great American Cartoon. But ever since Stuart Snyder took over,Cartoon Network. The Vast Majority of Todays Cartoon Network shows are: Shittastic Canadian Cartoons,Retarded Live Action and Reality shows,and of course brainless American Cartoons. And don't get me started on the Live Action Movies.

Oh,And Adult Swim is Total Shit! 'Nuff Said! And I don't even wanna talk about Comedy Central or Fox! Y'know,ever since Boomerang started airing more commercial breaks,it's become completely unwatchable. Most of these "commercials" are Cartoon Network Advertisements. And whats worse,these "Commercial Breaks" are both long and often.

*sighs* Snyder,You Are Gonna Pay for Your Crime In Hell!

Anyway,now we come to the newest network that air cartoons,The Hub. The Hub is a channel that airs a lot of Cartoons. Unfortunately most of them are Canadian and Pre-School crap. Though,in their defense,the few American Cartoons they Do air are pretty damn great.

You have shows like: Batman Beyond,Men in Black: The Series,Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego,Transformers American G1,and The Original G.I.Joe. G.I. Joe Renegades and Transformers Prime are pretty great too.

As you could tell,I have no beef with The Hub. In fact,I like it. And,despite it's flaws,The Hub is much better to watch than the other networks...especially Craptoon Network.

Hopefully,in the future,the Hub will be a decent place for American Cartoons. They gotta ditch the Pre-School and Canadian shows. I'm placing my hopes on The Hub.

In conclusion,I believe that there is no room for quality American Cartoons in todays retarded networks. Like I stated earlier,watching cartoons on those shitty networks,you'll also have to sit though the,often times frequent and long,commercial breaks that advertise and promote the shitty stuff that's on the very network you are watching. It's painful,really painful.

The Hub seems to be the ONLY network where you can watch American Cartoons without being totally disgusted by the promos. However,like I stated earlier,The Great American Cartoons are still in the Minority. I hope and pray that one day The Hub will air more American Cartoons.

Well that concludes this special. Hope you enjoyed it.

Rock On and Stay Gold,