Saturday, 10 July 2010

I have some things I want to write about but instead here's some filler.

A couple of shorts from the "What a Cartoon Show" that apparently aired between 1995 and 2000 on Cartoon Network and acted as a showcase for fresh shorts and would become a launching platform for many popular series (Dexter's Lab, The Powerpuff Girls, Courage the Cowardly Dog). I just found out about it randomly.

Mina and the Vampire. I'm often unsure how I feel about Craig McCracken's flat character designs but there's lots of great posing and some moments of really nice colour and graphic design in this. And Mina's cute. Apparently there were a few of these but I haven't got round to checking them all out yet.

Tales of Worm Paranoia. Made by, among others, some (former?) members and/or associates of Spumco. inb4 the usual Ren & Stimpy comparisons and >opinions about John K. Too many fart sounds but lots of very funny animation.

I'm sure there's tons more good stuff from this program but it's almost 1am and I'm going to an all day barbecue tomorrow. It starts at 2:00 in the afternoon which is early for me on a weekend so I must be off to bed.


Anonymous said...

"Mina and the Vampire" was actually made by Rob Renzetti, who later went on to make the pretty keen "My Life As A Teenage Robot". The flat style's kind of his signature. There's another set of 7-minute episodes that were made for Nickelodeon.

"Tales of Worm Paranoia" always really scared me when I first watch What A Cartoon when I was little. It still does now. What A Cartoon showed some really bizarre cartoons, a lot of them really grotesque and horrifying.

You've probably seen 'em by this point, but check out a couple of those cartoon nightmares from that show here:

Jonathan Harris said...

You're right, where on earth did I get the idea it was by Craig McCracken?! Shows how much attention I pay, thanks for the correction. I actually watched and enjoyed MLaaTR too, funnily enough! I guess Renzetti is good at making characters cute in that style.