What cartoons are your children watching?

This is a question I keep asking myself every time I turn on the TV and look at the Cartoon Network, or The Disney Channel, or Nickelodeon these days. It's unbelievable how much thoughtless, cheaply made programming they shove into their slots, with little or no thought for substance, style, quality and most of all, [...]

Where's the Solar Coaster when you need it?

Lamenting the absence of a practical, usable solar car... In an episode of The Raccoons which aired in 1985, entitled "The Evergreen Grand Prix", Cedric, one of the protagonists and Cyril Sneer's son, comes up with a design for an innovative solar car that Cyril promises to mass-produce in a new deal struck with a [...]

Sometimes you need to use a book the right way

There's a Looney Tunes cartoon from 1944, entitled "Brother Brat". It stars Porky Pig and speaks eloquently about child discipline. In it, Porky becomes the unwitting baby sitter for a Rosie the Riveter type super-woman who's pulling long shifts at the factory, helping out with the war effort. When she leaves her brat, Butch, with [...]

The Raccoons

I recently re-discovered a show I used to watch and love as a kid: The Raccoons. I can't remember if I saw it in the US or in Romania as I grew up, but I remember the characters quite well. My wife remembers watching the show as a child, too. Now, thanks to Boomerang, I [...]

The Beatrix Potter Collection (2008)

The Beatrix Potter Collection (3 DVD set) was just released for sale on 2/12. Ligia and I bought the set just a few days ago, and we're very happy that we did it. The series was done very well by the BBC. Each DVD contains three animated stories, and each story has a live action [...]

I miss Collier's Weekly

I know Collier's has been gone for a long time, but when I see stuff like this, or this or this, I can't help but love it. Maybe we should have more drawings in our magazines, and they should be done with the same classy style and atmosphere. Things are a bit too realistic nowadays. [...]

Thomas TimberWolf

Back in 2001, you could see some wonderful and innovative cartoons on the Internet. I'm talking about Thomas TimberWolf, an (unfortunately) short series made sometime in 2000-2001 by Chuck Jones and company. This series is possibly the last animation work of Chuck Jones, who died in 2002. This was about the same time that you [...]

When animation trash gets called art

Last year, I stumbled over the blog of one of the directors for the Ren & Stimpy cartoons, by the name of Vincent Waller. I subscribed, curious to see what one of the people who'd worked on that horrible cartoon was doing nowadays. It didn't take long for me to find out... A few days [...]