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Monday, May 2nd, 2016 05:30 am
(Crossposted from LiveJournal)

Sorry for copping out with yet another meme (which is yet another Friday Five, completed my usual few days late). I couldn't resist this one, though -- it's about cartoons!

1. What is the last animated feature that you saw and enjoyed?
About a week after it came out (to rave reviews), I saw the recent hit Zootopia, and I enjoyed it a lot. A buddy cop picture with a "can't we all just get along?" theme, it was a Disney movie made according to the Pixar playbook -- i.e., neither a musical nor a romance, and full of non-human characters, fun visuals, entertaining voice acting, & carefully calculated tender moments.

2. What cartoons did you watch growing up? Favorite characters?
I had a pre-VCR childhood, so I didn't grow up watching and re-watching tapes of my favorite animated feature films. As I revealed in a recent post, however, I avidly consumed an awful lot of the cartoons that played on American TV from 1965 to at least 1975. These included classic Looney Tunes, a ton of cheesy Hanna-Barbera fare, the odd bit of early anime, and, well, more "miscellaneous" than I have space to try to categorize here.

Favorite shows were Popeye (esp. the old Fleisher studios ones, but I'd watch any Popeye), The Flintstones, Underdog, Scooby Doo, and Speed Racer (the original -- I am old). Favorite characters included the main ones from those shows, plus Bugs Bunny (I mean, who didn't like Bugs?) and Mr. Magoo (I think I liked the concept of the character, along with Jim Backus' voice, better than any of the actual shorts he was in ... Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol, though, is one of my favorite tellings of that tale).

I could quadruple the size of the above list without any difficulty -- I was and still am a big fan of animation.

3. Is there an animated show/film that you dislike?
Among current things? I guess I'll go with Family Guy, because there's such a disconnect between how much I enjoy Seth MacFarlane as a chat-show personality / singer of classic popular song and how distasteful I find the content of the animated shows that are his main claim to fame. His collection of cartoon voices is impressive, but his humor always goes too far for me. Now, I'm not saying FG can't be funny -- I've given it lots of chances because I like Seth, and I've certainly laughed hard at some bits -- but meanness and poor taste predominate, making it hard to get through an episode.

I don't care for South Park either, though I have one friend who thinks it is the apotheosis of art and entertainment.

4. How do you think animation could be innovative in the future?
Hard to say (because I am not a creative type, let alone a visionary). I think it has untapped potential as a medium for telling serious stories to adults.

5. Would you post a link to an animated short or film that you think is particularly special or interesting?
Sure. Here's the trailer for Sita Sings the Blues at Fandor (you have to pay to watch it the whole film, though). Be sure to read the blurb -- the trailer is more of a teaser than a synopsis.

I wonder why there was no question asking for a list of post-childhood favorite TV and/or movie cartoons. I have so many!