One of the First Muppets Was A Sadistic Murderer Obsessed With Coffee

If you're intensely familiar with the history of Jim Henson's career in entertainment (and the origins of Kermit the Frog), then this story may not be too new for you. But for everyone else, prepare to have your minds blown - one of the earliest iterations of Kermit the Frog wasn't the lovable, humble frog you know and love, but a sadistic murderer whose sole obsession in life was Wilkins Coffee.

His name was Wilkins - and his enemy in life was...Wontkins.

Yes, that is a Kermit-esque Muppet murdering another Muppet with a gun.

I should mention this isn't the ACTUAL earliest version of Kermit - Wilkins debuted in 1957, mostly as a character in Wilkins Coffee commercials, while Kermit debuted a few years earlier (as part of "Sam and Friends" - and while much of Kermit was there from the start, he wasn't actually a frog). Regardless, Wilkins looks AND sounds verrrry similar to Kermit - except, obviously, with WAY more malevolence.

The short commercials ran for several years, producing over 150 individual segments - nearly all of which ended with the gruesome death (or horrible maiming) of Wontkins, as Wilkins makes a deadpan remark in amusement. Here's just a small sample of these light-hearted Muppet characters basically recreating American Psycho for 1950s families to sell coffee:

First off, yes Wilkins is a straight-up insane psychopath who clearly revels in the violence he delivers to poor, hapless Wontkins. But even weirder, a lot of the time Wontkins didn't even do anything to really provoke it - I guess I get it when he actively insults Wilkins Coffee, but some of the time he just says he doesn't like coffee in general, or he just forgot to bring some Wilkins. That poor lil guy DOES NOT DESERVE TO GET DROPPED FROM A PLANE FOR THAT.

Regardless, you gotta admire his gumption that he refuses to change his coffee opinions, no matter how many brutal fates he meets.

And despite being literally named "Wilkins" and "Wontkins", the duo appeared in commercials for plenty of other brands (including LOTS of coffee brands). Wontkins was still brutally punished for his incorrect tastes, regardless of which brand Wilkins had then devoted his loyalty to:

So if you don't feel like watching all of these (and I know, there's a lot), we've summarized some of the most unexpectedly brutal entries below.

Seriously, THESE ARE MUPPETS - the friendliest of the friendly kids' brands, engaging in behavior that would be going a little too far on South Park.

The time they just LIT WONTKINS ON FIRE (and by the burn marks at the beginning, had tried this SEVERAL TIMES before they got the shot they wanted)

Wontkins: Old man Donovan just hired me to sell his crummy Red Diamond Coffee!
(gets lit on fire)
Wilkins: I think he just fired you too!

The time Wilkins had just mercilessly beat Wontkins with a club until he said the exact phrase Wilkins was looking for (and instilled Wontkins with some serious PTSD)

Wontkins: Red Diamond makes good coffee...
(Wilkins hits Wontkins over the head with a club)
Wontkins: ...better coffee?
(Wilkins hits Wontkins over the head with a club)
Wontkins: Red Diamond makes the BEST COFFEE!
Wilkins: Congratulations.
(Wilkins continues to shiver in terror)

The time Wilkins ALREADY HAD Wontkins marked for death by strapping him into an electric chair for a state execution

Wilkins: Any last requests, like for a cup of Wilkins Coffee?
Wontkins: No.
Wilkins: You don't drink Wilkins?
Wontkins: No.
(Wilkins pulls the switch)
Wilkins: How shocking.

The time Wilkins expected Wontkins to bring coffee on a plane ride, and then sent him hurdling to his death because he FORGOT IT

Wilkins: Got your parachute?
Wontkins: I forgot it.
Wilkins: How about the Wilkins Coffee?
Wontkins: I forgot that too.
(Wilkins turns the plane upside down, sending Wontkins plummeting to his death)
Wilkins: You'll never forget THIS.

The time not liking coffee in general led someone to SHOOT WONTKINS IN THE HEAD WITH AN ACTUAL GUN

Wilkins: Care for a cup of Wilkins Coffee?
Wontkins: No, I don't like coffee.
(an enormous hand and gun emerge and shoot Wontkins in the face)
Wilkins: This has been a public service.

The time Wilkins was just a straight-up Bond villain for no reason and sawed Wontkins IN HALF

Wilkins: If you don't start drinking Wilkins Coffee, I'll turn you into two-by-fours!
Wontkins: I shoulda saw this comin'!
(sound of Wontkins being cut in half)
Wilkins: He always was a cut-up!

The time he placed a lit-fuse bomb on Wontkins' windowsill and then BLEW UP HIS HOUSE because he didn't currently have the right brand of coffee

Wilkins: Do you have any Wilkins Coffee in your house?
Wontkins: No.
(Wilkins shoves the lit bomb into Wontkins home)
Wilkins: You know, a house isn't a home without Wilkins Coffee.

It's a weird situation, because these ads from the late 1950s (a famously Puritanical time for TV) are actually probably a lot more aggressive and messed-up than most commercials that would be allowed on TV today. Would there be public outcry over some Muppets brutally murdering one another over coffee opinions? It seems PROBABLE. But back then, these ads were so popular that even conservative senators talked about how great they were (while complaining about the general state of TV being too lowbrow).

So never forget to drink Wilkins Coffee, or else Kermit's Patrick Bateman equivalent will DESTROY YOU.


The Story Behind The Lost Scooby-Doo / Blair Witch Parody

The Story Behind The Lost Scooby-Doo / Blair Witch Parody

1999 was a big year for horror films, as that was the year that The Blair Witch Project was released - and became the most profitable film in history (mostly thanks to its incredibly low budget of $60,000 versus the nearly $250 million it took in). It also kickstarted the "found footage" trend, so if you were looking for someone to thank for Paranormal Activity 5, there ya go.

It was such an immensely huge movie, it completely dominated pop culture for months (back then big pop culture moments lasted MONTHS instead of hours) - and even inspired a very special Scooby-Doo special that aired during a Cartoon Network Halloween marathon of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? And the reason it was so special is that it was never rerun and never released on video, DVD, or any other method of purchase after its initial airing. It was a one time only event - and if you missed it then, you never had a chance to see it again. Until someone uploaded it to Youtube off of a VHS recording.

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Nowadays, it's not a hard video to track down - there are countless rips of the video across Youtube and elsewhere. The version above is the longest though, as it includes the twist ending that aired separate from the rest of the clip (which is pretty dark - the "unmasked monster" guy is revealed to be a red herring, and there is a REAL monster who attacks the gang...followed by the revelation that their van was found and a search turned up nothing after several days, heavily implying they all died).

What's really interesting, though, is that this video recently shot to the top of Reddit - and caught the attention of someone who worked on the clip (u/BoskoBoy), who shared a huge array of behind-the-scenes details as to how it came together:

Hey everybody. I was actually one of the writer/producers from the CN On-Air promo department on this one back in '99. Happy to see how many have fond memories of this. Here's some backstory: There were three different Scooby marathons scheduled for that October, and three of us were assigned to create individual packaging and promotion for each. When Blair Witch hit huge that August we asked if we could pool our resources to send up this huge pop culture phenomenon everyone was talking about.

After putting together a quick test/proof of concept (Daphne running through the woods) the bigwigs approved the request. Our budget for original animation was tight, which is why he made sure to get all of the characters from the back as part of the package... We hid a lot of lipflap using those shots over and over. And in projects long after this one. Scooby got reused a lot for Cartoon Campaign 2000 and Freddie footage featured prominently during the halftime show of Big Game: Road Runner vs. Coyote. The suburban neighborhood interviews were shot at one of the producer's parents' house, (they were both interviewed in the final product) and the forest scenes were shot in one of the other producers' parents backyard. We'd drive up after work, stage the tents, piles, and sticks, and shoot everything on Mini-DV.

There was a set of bumps not included here for the movie marathon portion of the stunt that we shot at a drive-in just out of town that was about to close for the season. (The Iron Giant was being played there the next night). The live-action Mystery Machine was on a promotional tour of Canada around that time so some of the producers flew up and shot that footage in a day. The press conference was shot in a conference room right off the cafeteria in the middle of a workday. The deputy in the background was played by a programming exec who's developed a lot of your favorite shows over the last twenty years. And bunch more of us around the office did the voices of the press shouting questions. The voice cast of the Scooby gang was recorded over the phone from LA, and was the same team that was making Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island at around the same time.Everything was put together at Turner Studios in Atlanta. We were somewhat panicked when everyone started doing Blair Witch parodies for fall TV premieres on other networks, beating us to air, but thankfully the press started crowning our take as one of the better ones when our stuff started airing in October. Everything was written and produced to air in sketch form within intro and outro bumps across the programming stunt, with an eye toward it still making sense when cut together after the fact. Because of how well it turned out, programming agreed to play the whole thing strung together at the end of the last night. This compilation ended up getting nominated for and winning an ASIFA Annie Award for best short form program (I think that was the category) at that year's ceremony. The Iron Giant did well that year, too.

Certainly a highlight for a lot of us working at CN On-Air Promotions at the time, and it was an amazing era to work there. This is the same group that brought you Shorties, Groovies, Big Games, Cartoon Network Responds, CCF, and a whole bunch of other stuff that seems to have found some new love here on Reddit over the past few months. We still keep in touch, and we all appreciate it. Good times. And a previous post was right... This was never officially released on home video. But I can tell you that three DVD volumes of the best of CN On-Air were produced for posterity and they're a treasure trove of the classics. Try to track those down if you're a fan of this stuff. I'll keep my eyes open for my old copies. Thanks again for remembering everybody. Means a lot.

 


Also, it's just a pretty great little video, even if you're not super-familiar with The Blair Witch Project. It does a great job of skewering that (the map stuff is golden), but it also just has a lot of fun taking jabs at Scooby-Doo tropes. Gotta appreciate the care and creativity that went into this thing that most people never even knew existed.


Zed - Death Mark

 

Zed - Death Mark

 

That.... was.... I N T E N S E


The 10 Best Cartoon Inspired Porn Spoofs

The 10 Best Cartoon Inspired Porn Spoofs

Why, why, why, was the only word that came to mind when I stumbled upon a horrific list of cartoon porn parodies. But then I watched a few. To say I am now pro cartoon porn would be a bit of an overstatement but at least now I can understand why people watch them, because they are FREAKING HILARIOUS! Of course, most porn lovers aren't paying to see a comedy, but if you can get past the wrongness of it all, you are really getting a 2-for-1 deal. Where else can you laugh your ass off while watching grown men walk around like naked Smurfs and satisfy your needs when that Smurf bends over another Smurf in a very erotic sex scene. No where, that's where, and that's what makes this a total win-win.

Now, I don't recommend these short sex films for everyone.  Especially those with young children who currently watch the original versions of these shows. The last thing you want happening is to get aroused while your son watches his favorite Pokémon episode. Talk about scarring your kid for life, jeez. So if you are in seek of a wildly inappropriate spoof and you are able to control your boners, then check out the craziest cartoon porn parodies that are sure to ruin your childhood memories for good.  Sorry!

The Smurfs

If you're into adults wearing full body paint to replicate the famous characters that are Smurfs, have sex while dripping blue and green from all surfaces and crevices, then this one is for you. By the end of the film and after much sweating, spanking, leaking, and shooting, you are left with a bunch of mutant tie-dye porn stars and very disturbing looking genitals.

Scooby Doo

Or, Scooby Doo XXX, is one cartoon that actually made sense to remake. Between the hot main characters Daphne and Velma and the very obvious smoked out van, why not add a little doggy style to the plot. Unfortunately, no one gets shagged by Scooby himself, but there is plenty of sex featuring pothead Shaggy and impressive penis to make up for any disappointment.

The Little Mermaid

AKA, The Little Spermaid, starring Aerola as Ariel. This one took a real crap on the childhood memory of one of my favorite Disney movies. Perhaps, if it didn't look like a school assignment for porn school then maybe I would feel different, but the cast, lines, set, and overall production quality provide neither humor or arousal for this mermaid fan.

Pokémon

Also called Strokemon feating Dikachu rather than Pikachu is most likely every horny geek's fantasy. For myself, this one really hits home seeing that everything in my son's room is currently Pokémon inspired. So you can imagine the permanent cringe on my face as I watched a yellow mutated looking female rodent partake in one EXTREMELY graphic sex scene. After this one, I seriously may never be the same.

Ghostbusters

This Ain't The Ghostbusters XXX is for all the little boys of the 80s and 90s who believed they could be a Ghostbuster and according to porn fans around the globe, this parody did not disappoint. With its star-studded cast like Ron Jeremy, and its high quality production, this is no minor league porno, this my friend is as good as it gets. It even offers a 3D option if you wish to see ghosts and penises fly in your face.

Spongebob

Or known as Spongeknob Square Nuts, is perhaps the most disturbing parody to make the list. Between the giant yellow SpongeBob costume with face makeup that looks more like The Night of the Living Dead and the absolutely most annoying laugh that never lets up, this spoof just freaks me out. Watching a little yellow boner get orally taken by a squirrel chick in a spacesuit is about as inappropriate and non arousing as you can get.

The Flintstones

With Pebbles now of legal age, she is ready to flee the nest causing Fred to have a midlife crisis. Luckily, he doesn't know his little girl is taking it up the butt from Bam Bam on a daily basis or else he may have offed himself with Woolly Mammoth tusk. Wilma and Betty are also elbow deep in each other and Fred cannot seem to stop daydreaming about orgies. To top if off, we finally get to witness Wilma get the new pearl necklace she has always wanted from Fred. Now if that storyline doesn't have you googling The Flintstones XXX immediately than you obviously have no idea what good entertainment is.

My Little Pony

 


Also called, Tasha's Pony Tales, is one spoof done a bit more subliminally.  The actual title My Little Pony is never used or referenced to but when 4 women visit a magical land and grow ears, wings, and of course pony tails it is obvious who they are trying to mimic. Best part about their transformation is the butt plug that binds the pony tail to their tight little asses. Can anyone say clever! OK, perhaps there are more remarkable aspects to this film, like the men who shoot rainbows out of their real life "hung-like-a-horse" penises.

Who's the Boss

When I saw that this parody really existed I almost peed my pants with excitement. My husband's most favorite actress growing up was Alyssa Milano from Who's the Boss. I know this because he has told me 100 times, to the point where I am slightly jealous of the bitch. So, this one's for you babe, knock your teenage socks off as you watch all your wet dreams come to life.

Saved by the Bell

Who hasn't imagined the cast of Saved by the Bell humping each other like jackrabbits and partaking in major orgies in Mr. Belding's office? I know I certainly did and possibly even still do. I just wish they could of have used the real cast because I would pay obscene amounts of money to watch Mark-Paul Gosselaar get naked and freaky with Tiffani Amber Thiessen and Mario Lopez do some meth with that crazy bitch Lark Voorhies AKA Lisa Turtle. This is one you do not want to miss.

 


DEAR SATAN

DEAR SATAN

 

OK, Ok, Okay... a truce among the devilish Devil worshipers of the world... Kleenex, tissues, Shop-Vac, wet dry vacs, Q-tips, cotton swabs, Ban-aids, bandages... WGF! The video is hilarious.


'A Bumpy Ride'

'A Bumpy Ride'

 

CGI 3D Animated A Bumpy Ride Short Film by Chang Shu.

 

 


Newspaper Apologizes For Wildly Offensive Cartoon About Las Vegas Shooting

Newspaper Apologizes For Wildly Offensive Cartoon About Las Vegas Shooting

 

When it comes to being insensitive about national tragedies, Americans should really leave things to President Donald Trump. Unfortunately, local Vermont newspaper the Bennington Banner did not get the memo.

As noted by The Sun, the Bennington Banner printed a cartoon in the Tuesday edition of their paper drawn by cartoonist Randall Enos. The hastily-drawn image is of a big pile of face-less bodies laying on the ground. The handwritten caption reads, "Whatever happens in Vegas...ends."

https://twitter.com/jmancota/status/915314351476748288

Closer look:

The tasteless cartoon is, of course, in reference to the tragic mass shootingthat occurred in Las Vegas Sunday night. Nearly 60 people were murdered and several hundred were injured.

 

Feels WAY too soon to be making light of this.  There are still families grieving for fucks sake!

Many expressed outrage over the cartoon, both in real life and on Twitter.

 

https://twitter.com/Mimibetty1967/status/915686276862529539

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The newspaper quickly caught wind of the backlash. The Bennington Banner's president Fredric D. Rutberg published an apology for the cartoon on the website Tuesday afternoon. We regret and apologize for publishing the cartoon.

The decision to publish was made in haste. We are addressing the matter internally.

The gravity of our error in judgment was magnified by the fact that one of victims of the unspeakable horror was a native of Dorset, whose family and friends must have been particularly offended by this cartoon. As the president of the company, the responsibility for the grievous error is mine, and I apologize to the entire Bennington community that the Banner was so insensitive. The Bennington Banner Facebook page also shared a statement, explaining the intentions behind the cartoon. "Our interpretation of Randall Enos' cartoon was that little would be done with regard to gun control measures in the United States even after such an unprecedented tragedy," the post reads. "While we believe that is a conversation that needs to happen in this country, we must first mourn and honor the victims and provide comfort to their families and friends."

If Randall Enos finds himself in need of a new cartooning job (which he just might), perhaps the Trump administration is hiring.


Top 10 Real-Life Inspirations For Famous Cartoon Characters

Top 10 Real-Life Inspirations For Famous Cartoon Characters

Whether they’re bumbling, irascible, crotchety, irrepressible, sensual, obstreperous, or bombastic, we tend to love the larger-than-life cartoon characters that we grew up with, saw in reruns, or heard about from our elders.

Although many of these beloved figures sprang fully formed from their creators’ imaginations, some were based on actual people. Others were inspired by characters played by comedians or actors on radio and television shows.

Featured image credit: cinemablend.com

10W.C. Fields

A United Productions of America creation, the bald, cantankerous, nearsighted Mr. Magoo was an immediate hit when he debuted in 1949. He starred in 53 animated cartoons and won two Academy Awards. Mr. Magoowas immensely popular partly because he embodied “the nation’s postwar optimism.”

Like comic actor W.C. Fields, the nearsighted Mr. Magoo had a bulbous nose and narrow eyes. He also mumbled frequently. Despite these similarities, Millard Kaufman, who wrote the first cartoon featuring Mr. Magoo, said that Fields was not originally the inspiration for the character.

Dialogue director Jerry Hausner seemed to contradict Kaufman’s account as Hausner said that director John Hubley did not want the character’s voice to sound like that of Fields. (Actor Jim Backus provided the character’s distinctive voice.)

Whether or not Fields was originally the inspiration for Mr. Magoo, Fields at least influenced the character fairly soon. After a few films featuring the character were made, Magoo creative director Pete Burness said that he and his colleagues studied the film performances of W.C. Fields for ideas. For example, they used a scene in which Fields waves his cane to “ward off dogs and other undesirables.”[1]

9.Frank ‘Rocky’ Fiegel

Although most of us have probably never heard of him, Frank “Rocky” Fiegel has a claim to fame: He’s the inspiration for Popeye the Sailor, created in 1929 by Elzie Crisler Segar as a new character in Segar’s Thimble Theater comic strip. A resident of Chester, Illinois, Fiegel was “a one-eyed, pipe-smoking river man who had a penchant for getting into fistfights,” just like Popeye.

Other characters featured in Popeye cartoons were also inspired by Segar’s hometown friends. Popeye’s girlfriend, Olive Oyl, was based on a thin store owner named Dora Pascal. Wimpy was inspired by William “Windy Bill” Schuchert, who owned the local opera house and loved hamburgers enough to send his employees to buy them for him during breaks in performances.

A 183-centimeter-tall (6’0″), 408-kilogram (900 lb) bronze statue of Popeye was unveiled in 1977. The figure stands in Chester’s Segar Memorial Park with hands on hips, pipe in the corner of its mouth, and eyes squinting into the distance. Each weekend after Memorial Day, Chester celebrates a three-day Popeye Picnic with lots of festivities for everyone.[2]

8.Dennis Lloyd Ketcham

Dennis Mitchell, the child star of comic strips, comic books, and a television show, was based on creator Hank Ketcham’s own son, Dennis Lloyd Ketcham. One afternoon, the real-life Dennis was supposed to be napping. Instead, his mother found him removing the mattress and springs from his bed, pulling out drawers from his dresser, and taking down curtains by removing their rods.

Exasperated, she cried, “Your son is a menace!” Hank Ketcham, an artist, was inspired. He hastily drew a dozen pencil sketches and sent them to his agent. Ten days later, he received a telegram: Bob Hall, Post Syndicate’s president, was interested and asked to see 12 more sketches.

In 1950, Ketcham signed a “once-in-a-lifetime, strike-it-rich jackpot contract.” By the end of the year, Dennis the Menace was appearing daily in over 100 newspapers, each of which paid $3 to $5 per week for the feature. However, the Chicago Tribune paid $100 each week due to its massive circulation.

Ketcham added other characters. Dennis’s neighbor, Mr. Wilson, was inspired by Ketcham’s Sunday school superintendent. Dennis’s friend Margaret was based on Ketcham’s own “schoolboy crush.” Then there was Wade, inspired by the local grocer, and Gina, presumably based on actress Gina Lollobrigida.[3]

7.Rita Hayworth, Veronica Lake, And Lauren Bacall

Photo credit: Wikia

Sexy cartoon character Jessica Rabbit was based on three movie stars. Appearing as Roger Rabbit’s wife in the 1988 full-length animated feature film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Jessica attracted controversy because of her curvaceous figure, sultry demeanor, and sometimes suggestive dialogue.

The film focused on the efforts of a shabby private detective to clear his falsely accused client, Roger, of a murder charge. Animation director Richard Williams explained his inspiration for Jessica: “I tried to make her like Rita Hayworth; we took her hair from Veronica Lake, and [Director Robert] Zemeckis kept saying, ‘What about the look Lauren Bacall had?’ ”[4]

6.Margaret Kerry

Photo credit: rundisney.com

James M. Barrie’s female fairy, Tinkerbell, was usually represented on the stage by a “flying point of light.” For the 1953 Walt Disney film Peter Pan, she was personified as a winged pixie with a decidedly feminine figure.

Her curves proved too indecent for the play’s fans, especially in light of the rumor that Tinkerbell was based on sex goddess Marilyn Monroe. In reality, Tinkerbell was modeled after a different actress, Margaret Kerry.

Like any other actress seeking a part in a movie, Kerry had to audition for the role. She was faced with the challenge of conveying the character of a tiny fairy who never said a word.

At first, she wasn’t sure how to audition, but she played music and choreographed Tinkerbell making food for breakfast. Studio executives asked Kerry to have Tinkerbell “land on Wendy’s dresser top, measure her hips, and be unhappy with the results.”

Impressed with Kerry’s performance, they offered her the part. She reported to work the next week, helping to make Tinkerbell one of Hollywood’s most iconic animated characters.

For six months, Kerry’s job was to pose with props and provide the facial expressions, gestures, and other responses that animators would give Tinkerbell to make her come alive as a character.[5]

5.Red Skelton’s Deadeye

Movie star and comedian Red Skelton invented a cavalcade of characters during his long and varied career. Starting in vaudeville during the 1930’s, he soon moved to radio, followed by TV—The Red Skelton Show, which aired each week from 1951–1971. One of these characters, Deadeye, played various roles set in the American Wild West, including those of an incompetent sheriff and a cowboy who “couldn’t control his horse or sometimes even himself.”

Michael Maltese conceived the story for Hare Trigger, a 1945 Warner Brothers cartoon featuring the feisty, mustachioed, redheaded bandit Yosemite Sam, whose six-guns and sombrero were nearly as big as he was. According to Maltese, the character was based in part on director Friz Freleng. Like the character, Freleng was “short, red-haired, and wore a mustache.” However, Yosemite Sam was later modeled mostly on Skelton’s cowboy Deadeye.[6]

4.Percy Crosby

Some artists pattern their cartoon characters after themselves. Percy Crosby, “the Rembrandt of American cartoonists” and creator of the classic cartoon character Skippy, based his rambunctious alter ego on his own childhood.

The precocious boy’s fears echoed Crosby’s own in his youth and those of every generation. Skippy’s prayer, “Oh, Lord, give me strength to brush my teeth every night, and if Thou canst not give me strength, give me strength not to worry about it,” is reminiscent of the pervasiveness of chores and the attendant fear of many young children.

Skippy inspired a radio show, a 1929 novel, and a feature film starring Jackie Cooper. Everything from toys to food products was associated with Skippy. Just as his escapades came from Crosby’s childhood, they also mirrored the adventures of many American youths as well, making Skippy an immensely popular character.[7]

3.Marjorie Henderson Buell

Marjorie Henderson Buell, who signed her work “Marge,” was another artist who modeled her cartoon character, Little Lulu, after herself. Thanks to Lulu, Buell became the first female cartoonist to gain international recognition.

In high school, her studio was a converted chicken coop in which she drew cartoons that she sold to the Philadelphia Ledger. By her mid-twenties, she had syndicated two strips, The Boy Friend and Dashing Dot, but Little Lulu established Buell as a famous cartoonist.

Little Lulu began as a 1935 replacement for The Saturday Evening Post‘s Henry, which had transitioned from local publication to national syndication. At first, Lulu was a silent character who spoke through her actions rather than her words.

In one strip, she insisted on standing in the line to see a movie in a “Men Only” theater, having disguised herself by wearing a mustache. The cartoon was a hit, and Lulu soon pitched a variety of merchandise. In addition, she appeared on everything from lunch boxes to pajamas.

Buell said that she chose Lulu because “a girl . . . could get away with more fresh stunts that in a small boy would seem boorish.” Buell thought of Lulu as an independent role model for girls since the character was feminine and nonviolent but also feisty.[8]

2.Classroom Lecture Sketch

Photo credit: Wikipedia

Little Lulu’s predecessor, Henry, also became extremely popular as his strip’s national syndication suggests. A pudgy, bald boy who always wore a red shirt, black shorts, and sneakers, Henry was an impromptu creation.

As a freelance artist, Carl Anderson contributed cartoons to major magazines such as JudgeLifeCollier’s, and The Saturday Evening Post. He also drew regular strips. But it wasn’t until age 67, when he created Henry, that he attained true financial security.

After the Great Depression, he taught cartooning at a vocational school. He drew Henry during a lecture. His students liked the character, so he sent some samples to The Saturday Evening Post. In 1932, the magazine featured the strip every week.

Henry was one of the few cartoon characters who didn’t speak. Mute, he depended on pantomime to communicate. He wouldn’t hesitate to blacken Butch the Bully’s eye, if need be, and he enjoyed the company of Henrietta, who looked exactly like Henry except for her pink hair ribbon, her blonde curls, and her pink dress. Henry was also pals with his canine companion, Dusty.[9]

1.Archie Andrews

Archie Andrews lived in Riverdale, where he attended high school with Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Jughead Jones, Reggie Mantle, Big Moose Mason, Dilton Doiley, Midge Klump, Ethel Muggs, and Chuck Clayton. Adults, such as the teenagers’ parents, Principal Weatherbee, homeroom teacher Miss Grundy, and chocolate shop proprietor Pop Tate, made occasional appearances.

But Archie comics focused on Archie’s romances with Betty and Veronica, his friendship with Jughead, his rivalry with Reggie, and his interaction with his other Riverdale friends. A radio show, The Archie Show TV series (1968–1969), and several TV specials and sequels were based on the comic strip, as was a flood of Archie-related merchandise.

Archie himself was inspired by actor Mickey Rooney, who appeared in silent films as early as 1926 and in “talkies” later on, including films in the 21st century. (Rooney died in 2014.) Archie Comics debuted in 1939 when Rooney was starring in such teen-oriented fare as Andy Hardy’s Private Secretary(1941) and other films in the series. Rooney’s roles in these films provided the model for Archie Andrews.

For MLJ Publishing’s cofounder John Goldwater, the success of the Archieradio show and Rooney’s movies suggested the time was right to introduce comic books offering readers something besides superhero adventures. He wanted to market comics more relevant to young people’s everyday lives: “an idealized and sanitized version of the American teenager of the 1940s.” Over the years, Archie comic books were updated to reflect more current themes that appealed to contemporary readers.[10]

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TAWDRY TALES FROM THE DOCTOR - PLEASE STOP STICKING THINGS IN YOUR BUTT

TAWDRY TALES FROM THE DOCTOR - PLEASE STOP STICKING THINGS IN YOUR BUTT


People do a lot of dumb, dangerous things to their bodies, which is why ‘Cracked’ consulted a medical doctor to talk about everything medical physicians and professionals all the world over would love to tell their patients about health, medicine and sticking things up their butt…if it didn’t threaten their job security.


Rick and Morty: Rick’s 10 Best (And 5 Worst) Inventions

Rick and Morty: Rick’s 10 Best (And 5 Worst) Inventions

There’s a reason why Rick and Morty is already such a beloved series so early into its run on television. When you look at all of the items on the list of things that make a great Sci-Fi comedy (wacky characters, ridiculous premises, and absurdly clever writing), Rick and Morty manages to pass all of these requirements with flying colors. However, another crucial thing that can’t be overlooked when it comes to creating a good science fiction show would be its use of crazy gadgets and imaginative technology.

Imagine Doctor Who without the TARDIS, or Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy without Marvin the Paranoid Android, or even Star Wars without the lightsaber; it’s interesting and creative inventions like these that help the worlds in which these works take place really stand out from one another. Thankfully, Rick has his own eclectic range of inventions that are more than enough to make Rick and Morty a fresh and entertaining take on the Sci-Fi Adventure genre.

One interesting aspect that makes the series feel unique is that it not only focuses on Rick’s successful experiments and inventions, but also his scientific mistakes as well. In fact, Rick has such a diverse range of inventions in his collection, that we’ve decided to make a list that covers the entire spectrum. Here are Rick’s 10 Best (And 5 Worst) Inventions.

15. BEST – FREEZE RAY

When you’re an adventuring mad scientist who often spends his time hopping between many different alien worlds and dimensions chock full of dangerous creatures, then it’s in your best interest to be well-equipped. Luckily for Rick Sanchez, he has plenty of weapons to defend himself from whatever intergalactic enemies he may encounter, including of course, a fully functional Freeze Ray.

This device is pretty much self-explanatory: a ray which freezes whatever it makes contact with. It’s first seen all the way back in the pilot to the series, when Rick uses it to neutralize school bully Frank Palicky, who at the time was in the middle of threatening his grandson Morty with a knife. While Rick assured Morty that Frank would be fine, this would prove to be false, as soon after, the frozen bully would end up falling over and shattering into pieces. Yeah, you don’t mess with Rick’s grandkids.

14. BEST – SPACE CRUISER

Since it’s already been established that Rick spends much of his time traveling throughout space, it would only make sense that he’d have a proper vehicle in which to do so. That’s where his Space Cruiser comes in. While at first glance, the UFO-shaped spaceship would seem to be almost haphazardly thrown together — complete with garbage can engines — it’s proven to be just as reliable as any of the other famous spaceships in sci-fi history.

Not only is Rick’s space cruiser dependable, but it also has an artificially intelligent defense system which makes it harder to break into than Fort Knox. Summer gets to experience this firsthand when Rick tasks the ship with keeping her safe while he and Morty are away. After this, the cruiser shows off a wide array of tools designed to do just that, not excluding deadly lasers, and even surprisingly successful negotiation skills.

13. WORST – BUTTER ROBOT

The Butter Robot has to be one of the most simple and niche inventions that Rick has ever made: a smaller butter-passing robot that sits on the kitchen table, and waits to pass butter on command. So, what’s the problem? Why is a small robot that does nothing but pass butter considered to be one of Rick’s worst inventions? Well, what would you do if you found out your sole purpose in life was to simply pass butter?

Whether Rick chose to do so on purpose, or just by sheer coincidence, the butter-passing robot happens to have a certain level of self-awareness, leading to some problems. This causes the robot’s simple question of “What is my purpose?” and the lackluster answer of “You pass butter” to trigger an existential crisis in the poor little invention. “Oh my God” indeed.

12. BEST – DREAM INCEPTOR

Sure, the idea of jumping into someone’s dream isn’t exactly the most original idea, with the episode even blatantly admitting to being inspired by the Christopher Nolan film Inception(which was in turn inspired by Satoshi Kon’s Paprika). Even so, there’s no denying that the ability to enter into anyone’s dream while they are sleeping would be awesome, making Rick’s Dream Inceptor a highly desirable invention.

Rick’s primary use for the device in the episode “Lawnmower Dog” is to enter the dreams of Morty’s math teacher Mr. Goldenfold, in order to trick him into giving his grandson a passing grade. While the pair run into some trouble at first, they eventually befriend a dream-hopping monster named Scary Terry who helps them accomplish their mission, and later on, Rick even uses the inceptor to prevent dogs from taking over the world. Nothing better than an invention that’s both fun and practical!

11. BEST – SHRINK/GROWTH RAYS

Checking off some of the more stereotypical items from the list of commonly seen Sci-Fi inventions, we have Rick’s Shrink and Growth Rays. While the initial usage of these devices may seem limited, there’s actually a lot that can be done with them. Using the growth ray on crops and food could easily solve world hunger, while the shrink ray could be used to clear any excess garbage taking up precious space. Rick, however, finds a very different use for these powerful inventions: an amusement park.

One day, Rick decided he wanted to build an anatomy-based theme park inside of an actual living person. One willing and elderly homeless person later, and Anatomy Park was born! While it may not be as noble a cause as solving one of the world’s many crises, there’s no doubt that Rick came up with a creative use for his size rays. Now let’s just hope the tickets don’t cost an arm and a leg.

10. WORST – ABRADOLF LINCLER

Oh man, if you thought that the Butter Bot from earlier was something to feel pity for, just wait until you meet Abradolf Lincler. As his crazy hodgepodge of a name may suggest, Lincler was Rick’s misguided attempt at creating a morally neutral super-leader, by combining the DNA of both Abraham Lincoln and Adolf Hitler. Yeah, we’re guessing that Rick was probably drunk when he decided that would be a good idea.

As it turns out, this combination would result into a confused and tortured soul, and what Rick himself would describe as being a “crazed maniac”. While he does seem violent at first, seeking to take revenge on Rick for creating him in the first place, he actually seems to be a misunderstood and generally nice person. He ends up seemingly sacrificing his own life to save a number of people and make peace with his creator Rick, but it’s soon shown that this heroic act was entirely pointless. Ouch.

9. BEST – COGNITION AMPLIFIER

Whether it’s because your dog is barking at you at two in the morning for apparently no reason, or you’re unsure if your cat is in the mood to eat or not, there’s always been one time or another where pet owners would just love to know what their furry companions are thinking. Rick has a solution to this problem, with his handy-dandy Cognition Amplifier. With this little helmet, your pets will finally be smart enough to communicate with you.

Originally used on Morty’s dog Snuffles to — as Jerry would say — make him less stupid, the amplifier works perfectly. Well, that is until Snuffles figures out a way to increase the helmet’s effectiveness, making him smart enough to command a legion of hyper-intelligent dogs bent on taking over the world. Still, the dogs ended up making peace by leaving for their own universe, and the helmet did serve its purpose as intended. Just think twice about which pet you decide to use it on (snakes might be a no-g0).

8. BEST – COMBAT SUIT

Imagine you’re stranded on an alien planet where all of its old-timey citizens are on a rage-filled frenzy to kill as many people as possible before sunrise, à la The Purge films — sounds like a nightmare situation doesn’t it? Well it would be, that is unless you happen to be the grandchild of Rick Sanchez. Rick turns a horrible situation into an amazingly-gory way to blow off some steam, all thanks to the Combat Suit.

19th century-style weapons are no match for a full-bodied metallic suit of armor, fully equipped with explosive missiles, machine-gun bullets, and rocket boots. While it may not be something that you could (or should) use for every situation, it’s perfect for when you find yourself surrounded by a violent mob. Best of all, you can even call the suit to your location, regardless of what planet you’re on.

7. WORST – OPERATION PHOENIX

This is one of those inventions that seems like it would be really great on paper, but eventually suffers due to some unforeseen complications. We first see Rick use this when he transfers his mind to a younger clone of himself, accurately named “Tiny Rick”. We later see that Rick has several clones of varying ages below his lab kept in preservation tanks, revealing that Operation Phoenix is actually an attempt at extended, or even indefinite, life.

With Rick’s mind successfully transferred into his younger clone, Operation Phoenix at first seems to be a success — but unfortunately, immortality just isn’t that simple. Unfortunately, the original Rick’s mind begins to slowly be overridden by Tiny Rick’s angsty teen brain and emotions, threatening to erase the older Rick altogether. After being sent back to his original body, Rick would go on to gruesomely destroy the various clones of himself, and scrap the project altogether, calling it a failure.

6. BEST – MICROVERSE BATTERY

There is possibly no other scientific achievement that has been more sought out than the ability to produce free power. With free power, everybody would be able to run their homes, factories, and electronic devices completely cost-free, saving an immeasurable amount of money and labor. Rick however, decides to invent free power for the sole purpose of running his Space Cruiser. Hey, whatever works.

While the Microverse Battery may indeed provide Rick’s space ship with an infinite supply of battery, it isn’t really creating the energy for “free’. The device actually contains a microscopic universe with many sentient beings living inside of it. Rick introduces these beings with crude physical ways to create energy, thus supplying both their populous and (unbeknownst to them) Rick’s battery, with power. While creating an entirely new universe just to run your vehicle may seem a little drastic, who wouldn’t want to drive without having to pay for gas?

5. BEST – CURSE REMOVER

We’ve all seen this scenario before: you come across a mysterious old antique shop full of strange items, the store’s suspicious-looking owner offers you a product which is guaranteed to grant your greatest desire, and a day later, you’re dealing with a haunted trinket. If you’ve ever watched the Twilight Zone, then you know to be wary about wish-granting objects. More often than not, they come with an awful curse attached. That is unless you’re Rick.

As it turns out, the dubious shop-keep that Rick ends up running into turns out to be the Devil himself, with cursed items just as disturbing as anything penned by Rod Serling. Various members of Rick and Morty’s community begin suffering with the negative effects of the cursed items, so out of spite, Rick creates his own shop down the street, complete with a Curse Remover, leaving the objects with only their good attributes intact. Apparently, science beats the Devil — who knew?

4. WORST – IONIC DEFIBULIZER

While most inventions have a thorough explanation about what they’re used for, and why they either fail or succeed in fulfilling this purpose, the Ionic Defibulizer is a bit less straightforward. This is thanks to the fact that Rick never actually gets to complete this invention, at least not entirely. So, if the device never actually gets completed and used, then why is it one of Rick’s worst inventions? Well, that’s simple: it kills Rick and Morty.

Yes, just as Rick tightens the last screw to the Ionic Defibulizer, it explodes, killing both Rick and his hapless grandson. Thankfully, these two were actually the Rick and Morty of a different dimension than the ones that the show focuses around (C-137, to be exact). The main Rick never ends up finishing the device, since Morty fails to hand him a screwdriver, so not only do they survive any possible explosion, but we never actually get to figure out what the Ionic Defibulizer is supposed to do.

3. BEST – TIME STOPPER

Another staple of science fiction is the ability to stop time. The power to simply freeze time in its tracks while being free to do whatever you wish is such an easily abused and overpowered ability, that virtually every single time it shows up in Sci-Fi media, it ends up backfiring on the character using it, in order to teach them some kind of lesson. So did Rick end up being punished for inventing and using his very own Time Stopper? Nope.

Rick’s time halting device actually works just as it’s supposed to, though it isn’t really used for a particularly selfish or momentous reason — he and his grandkids simply needed more time to clean their house up, before their parents returned to see the mess left behind after a giant party. It’s nice to see an instance where there’s a device that can stop and restart time with no catch whatsoever. Great work, Rick!

2. BEST – PORTAL GUN

If you’ve watched Rick and Morty, then it really shouldn’t be too surprising to see which of Rick’s inventions is arguably the best of all. When you first hear the word “portal gun”, the first thought is that it can merely transport someone or something from one position to another (much like a certain game franchise). But Rick’s Portal Gun has a significant extra feature, and that’s its ability to transport someone between any of the infinite number of parallel universes. Yeah, there’s a reason Rick never leaves home without it.

Another reason that the Portal Gun is so special is that Rick (and most of his interdimensional brethren) is the only person in the universe that seems to have possession of this technology. The Galactic Federation, a cosmic organization bent on controlling as much of the universe as possible, has a similar type of portal technology, but it is suggested to be far inferior to Rick’s, as one of their main goals is to gain the code to his Portal Gun. It’s been hinted that Rick may have not conceived the Portal Gun entirely on his own, but as of now, the device’s specific origin is still a mystery.

1. WORST – LOVE POTION/ANTIDOTE

Just like Yin and Yang, it’s only natural that Rick’s very worst invention would be just as impressive as his greatest. While initially, a Love Potion may not seem like it has the potential to be that devastating of a creation, Rick and Morty was quick to prove that just isn’t the case. All it was supposed to do was make Morty’s crush Jessica fall in love with him, but of course, everything would go haywire when the potion’s effects begin spreading like a disease, causing the whole town to become obsessed with him.

If that wasn’t bad enough, Rick’s “Antidote” would exacerbate the situation, first transforming all of the fanatical citizens into praying mantis-human hybrids, and then grotesque humanoid blobs that can only be described as “Cronenbergs”. Before long, the entire world is infected, and Rick and Morty have no choice but to abandon their home-dimension altogether (ironically, with Rick’s greatest invention). When something you’ve created ends up forcing you to ditch your entire universe, then it makes any other failures you’ve suffered through look great by comparison.

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Take A Trip Through The Rick And Morty Multiverse

Take A Trip Through The Rick And Morty Multiverse

 

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15 Kid Show Characters That Were Definitely On “Something”

15 Kid Show Characters That Were Definitely On “Something”

From the 1960’s to the 1990’s, Saturday mornings were all about millions of kids waking up and watching children’s programming and cartoons. Kid shows weren’t exclusive to Saturdays but that was the day where the ratings were through the roof. The first kid shows appeared in the late 1940’s, such as Captain KangarooHowdy Doody, and Kukla, Fran and Ollie. Most children’s programming was educational but later, non-educational programs became very popular. Since kid shows first appeared, there have always been some controversy revolving the programming. Often, they have been accused of injecting adult humor and situations into the shows. Of course, they deny such allegations but there are some instances that are a bit tough to overlook.

Several of the most iconic characters on kids shows have been accused of using illegal substances. Some characters were bouncing off the walls while other characters were just chillin’ out, man. Various characters displayed symptoms often associated with drug use, which caused parents all over the world to lose their minds. Many popular shows had to endure a severe backlash over the depictions of numerous characters. In other cases, there was no backlash. But for years, there has been speculation that some characters had to be on “something.” 

15. Animal

The Muppets Animal is the out of control and insane drummer of Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem. Animal is like any other drummer—he has wild hair, destroys his instruments, and is a party animal. Several famous drummers are also known for their enjoyment of using illegal substances. It’s highly possible the Animal shares those feelings. Animal made his first appearance in The Muppet Showpilot, which aired on March 19, 1975. He has appeared in subsequent Muppet movies and the animated series Muppet Babies. Animal loves to sleep, eat, and drum like a mad man. His musical outburst is so violent and unpredictable that he has to be chained to his drums. It’s very probable that Animal is addicted to PCP. Violent outbursts are often a sign of PCP use. His erratic and odd behaviors as well as inaudible speech are also symptoms of use. The most obvious sign is that he lives the wild lifestyle of an intoxicated Rockstar.

14. Pepe Le Pew

MDMA users often have intense feelings of euphoria and heightened sensations. They love everyone they meet and are obsessed with touching all kinds of objects. Coincidentally, Pepe Le Pew sometimes displays these symptoms. The French skunk Pepe Le Pew is best known for his appearances in Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes. Le Pew first appeared in the 1945 short Odor-able Kitty as Stinky. The narcissistic skunk is a hopeless romantic often chasing after love. However, his disgusting odor drives everyone away, although he’s unaware of this. There is a slight chance he might have been feeling the effects of MDMA or ecstasy, as it’s also known. He instantly falls in love and loved touching people and objects. The only thing he was missing were a glow stick and intense dancing. He would enjoy every minute of chasing down love even when he’d get rejected. Only the effects of MDMA could give someone the courage to keep pursuing love after being harshly turned down.

13. Underdog

There’s no need to fear, Underdog is here! All he needs to do is quickly change and pop an “Underdog Energy Pill.” The animated series, Underdog, premiered on October 3, 1964 and concluded in 1974. Underdog’s alter ego Shoeshine boy was unassuming and timid. However, Underdog is fearless and invincible. He often changed into Underdog when the love of his life, Sweet Polly Purebred, is threatened. All he had to do was jump into a phone booth and pop one of his magic pills. This would give him the power and super strength to defeat his enemies. Underdog’s use of pills has created some suspicions about their true nature. He’s been accused of using PCP, which several animated characters have been accused of. Coincidentally, Underdog happens to shows signs of PCP use. Popping “Underdog Energy Pills” could be interpreted several ways but it seems to lean towards narcotics.

12. Speedy Gonzales

Perhaps Speedy Gonzales was simply an incredibly quick mouse that truly was the fastest mouse in the world. It’s also possible that his speed had a little help from some speed. Speedy Gonzales became a breakout star after appearing in both Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies. A version of Speedy first appeared in the 1953 short, Cat Tails For Two. The Speedy that we all love and know today made his first appearance in the 1955 short, Speedy Gonzales. In addition to being fast, Speedy is intensely energetic and talks as fast as he can run. Maybe he’s just fast or maybe he’s popping pills before a run to get an added advantage. One of the effects of taking speed is increased energy. It can also elevate the mood and create an increase in physical activity. Speedy appears to show some signs of using this illegal substance.

11. Goofy

To some, Goofy is just the happy and silly best friend of Mickey Mouse. He has difficulty with balance, often falls and injures himself. He’s simply just Goofy. On the other hand, speculation has swirled for years that Goofy partakes in illegal narcotics that make him…well…goofy. In 1932, Goofy made his first appearance under the name Dippy Dawg. He first appeared in the animated short film, The Whoopee Party. He often joined Mickey and Donald Duck before getting his own solo series. Over time, he evolved into the character he’s now and became one of Disney’s biggest stars. He’s had his own theatrical films and TV series. There is a possibility that his over-the-top happy attitude is because he’s using PCP. This would explain why he can be very dimwitted and sometimes make hasty decisions. Others believe he’s not on narcotics but simply sniffing glue. This might be the reason he’s so goofy all the time.

10. Care Bears

LSD can cause the user to experience vibrant colors with surfaces and objects appearing to wave or ripple. It makes sensations and images appear real despite not existing. The Care Bears were plush teddy bears that later received their own TV series. Each Care Bear comes in a different color and has a unique insignia on their tummy. The Care Bears animated series ran from 1985 to 1988. They were known for having intense feelings of love and joy. Their special talent was the “Care Bear Stare.” The Care Bears would stand together and a bright light would radiate from their bellies creating a ray of love and happiness. It’s been noted that the Care Bears are possibly tripping on LSD, which is why they see bright colors, feel intense caring, and a ray of love shoots from their tummies. If not the characters, it’s highly probable that at least the creators were tripping on “something.”

9. Puff The Magic Dragon

For decades, there has been speculation that the song “Puff The Magic Dragon” and character are references to cannabis use. These theories have been largely debunked but that hasn’t stopped the debate. In 1963, the folk band Peter, Paul and Mary originally recorded the iconic song. It quickly became an instant hit and reached the number two spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Puff was then adapted into a 30-minute television film, Puff The Magic Dragon, which aired in 1978. The evidence many pointed to as the last name of the human child, Jackie Paper, was an alleged reference to rolling papers. Additionally, many suspected that Puff was a reference to taking a “puff” and Dragon a reference to “draggin.” Some then assumed that the character, Puff, was smoking cannabis as well. However, the writers, Leonard Lipton and Peter Yarrow, have vehemently denied that the song is about illegal substances and is actually about the loss of innocence.

8. Road Runner

On September 17, 1949, the Road Runner burst onto the screen at an incredible speed. The Road Runner is often associated with his arch nemesis, Wile E. Coyote. They first appeared together in Fast and Furry-ous. It was established then that no matter what plan or contraption the Coyote laid out, Road Runner would always foil his plans. They have since appeared in roughly 48 cartoons together. The Road Runner is full of excessive energy, runs lighting fast, and lives in the Deseret. All this evidence has led some fans to believe that the Road Runner is on Crystal Meth. Road Runner displays many of the effects associated with Crystal Meth, including increased energy, concentration, and alertness. This would help explain why Road Runner is always able to thwart the Coyote’s plans in mere seconds. It’s also possible that the Road Runner is just fast and the Coyote can never catch him because ACME makes faulty products.

7. The Smurfs

Little blue people living in mushroom houses while feuding with an evil villain that wants to turn them into gold. That is either the hallucination of someone on magic mushrooms or the description of The Smurfs. It’s probably both. In 1958, Belgian artist Peyo introduced the world to the tiny blue society of The Smurfs. They first started off as comics but later appeared in their own animated series. The series ran from September 12, 1981 to December 2, 1989 to rave reviews. The Smurfs might have not only been living in mushrooms homes; there is a slight chance they might have also been ingesting some magic mushrooms. With mushrooms being so readily available, it would make sense. Some of the effects include intense visuals that may not be real, alerted thinking, and deep euphoria. Maybe The Smurfs were just innocently living in mushrooms, and maybe Peyo once hallucinated little blue men.

6. Mighty Mouse

In 1942, Mighty Mouse made his film debut in the theatrical short film Mouse of Tomorrow. Paul Terry created him as a parody of Superman. In 1987, Ralph Bakshi revived the series as Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures. Bakshi is best known for the controversial animated 1972 film Fritz The Cat, which is the first animated film to receive an X Rating. It was during this run that Mighty Mouse was accused of using cocaine. In the episode “The Littlest Tramp,” Mighty Mouse is shown snorting a pink powder, which are actually crushed flowers. The American Family Association accused the series of purposely inserting a scene with drug use. Bakshi denied the allegations and noted that Mighty Mouse innocently smelled the crushed flowers and fondly remembered the lady that gave them to him. He said, “I despise drugs. I would be out of my mind to show a cartoon character snorting cocaine in a cartoon.”

5. Popeye

On January 17, 1929, the iconic character, Popeye, made his debut in the comic strip Thimble Theatre. He quickly became one of the most recognizable and popular cartoon characters. Popeye has been featured in comic books, television series, and a live-action film. Popeye is known for his big muscles and impressive physique. He is also known for his love of spinach. In fact, he became the face of spinach. Once he ate his spinach, it would give him super strength, making him invincible and filled with rage. His muscles would also double in size instantly. His use of spinach actually boosted spinach sales and motivated children to eat their vegetables. However, rumors have spread that it wasn’t spinach giving him his super strength but in fact steroids. Steroid use causes an increase in muscle and strength. It also creates violent mood swings and feelings of invincibility. However, others believe he was simply smoking cannabis as spinach was its slang term during that time.

4. The Seven Dwarfs

This theory was first proposed by iconic stand-up comedian George Carlin in one of his best bits. The Seven Dwarfs are often associated with the Snow White fairy tale. They’ve appeared in several different mediums, most famously in the 1937 full-length feature film Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs. For years, there has been speculation that Snow White is a reference to cocaine use and the Seven Dwarfs are the seven stages of drug use, although this has been largely disproved. In his stand-up, Carlin noted that each Dwarf was likely on a different substance, which correlated with their name and personality. According to his bit, Happy enjoyed smoking cannabis, Sleepy was into reds, and Grumpy abused speed. Sneezy was into cocaine, and Dopey did every single substance. Of course, it’s not easy to attain all these different “medications.” Luckily for them, they lived with their connection, Doc.

3. Woody Woodpecker

In 1940, Walter Lantz and Ben Hardaway first created the iconic screwball character, Woody Woodpecker. The first Woody Woodpecker theatrical cartoon was Knock Knock. Woody was known for being full of frantic energy, bouncing off the walls, and his maniacal laugh. His off-the-walls energy resulted in many fans and critics assuming Woody used cocaine. When Woody first appeared, he became an instant success in part because he was rebelling against cartoon standards. While most cartoons were trying to be educational, Woody was causing mischief, getting into fights and stealing. Early Woody cartoons often included alcohol and Tobacco use. It also contained adult humor and innuendos. In 1945, Woody appeared in his 15th animated short, The Dippy Diplomat. In the episode, Woody ends up receiving a lengthy bill from a hotel. One of the items on the bill he’s paying for is “cocaine.” This was later edited out of future broadcasts. However, rumors of Woody and his use of illegal substances continue to swirl.

2. SpongeBob SquarePants

SpongeBob Squarepants first premiered on May 1, 1999 and instantly became a critical and commercial success. The series revolves around SpongeBob and the many adventures and misadventures he gets into with his friends in the underwater city of Bikini Bottom. The series became a massive international success. However, some fans online have some pretty interesting theories regarding the series. Some believe that the entire series is a reference to illegal substance use and that each character is on “something.” Some fans have proposed the theory that SpongeBob is on Meth. This is because of his excessively happy demeanor, paranoia, and the ability to go from insanely happy to intensely angry in seconds. They also speculate that Mr. Krabs is on cocaine, Sandy Cheeks is an alcoholic, and Squidward is on heroin. It’s also believed that because Patrick enjoys eating a lot and laughs at the most random things, he’s likely smoking cannabis.

1. Shaggy And Scooby Doo

According to Web MD, some of the symptoms of cannabis use include feeling happy, paranoia, short-term forgetfulness, slowed reaction time, and increased appetite. This also happens to be the character description for Shaggy and Scooby Doo. Scooby Doo was first created in 1969 and has since appeared on TV. Since the very beginning, there has been intense speculation that Shaggy and Scooby are on “something,” most likely cannabis. The evidence that most fans point to is that both were constantly hungry, which most fans believe indicates having the munchies. They were also both very paranoid and terrified of the slightest sound until they had a Scooby snack that suddenly gave them courage. There has been speculation that Scooby snacks are cannabis edibles. Additionally, every time the Mystery Van was seen driving away, there was a ton of smoke coming from the back. Creators Joe Ruby and Ken Spears deny that there was any use of illegal substances.


Sound Designer Behind Nickelodeon's 'Doug' Is Truly The King Of Weird Mouth Noises

Sound Designer Behind Nickelodeon's 'Doug' Is Truly The King Of Weird Mouth Noises

Fred Newman's known for being the voice behind Doug's "doo-doo-doo's," but the talented voice actor has also impersonated dogs, birds, and "sad doors" in movies and TV shows.


18 Shockingly Dark Family Guy Jokes You Felt Guilty For Laughing At

18 Shockingly Dark Family Guy Jokes You Felt Guilty For Laughing At

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List Criteria: Vote up the Family Guy jokes that hilariously cross the line.

Anyone who tunes in to a Seth MacFarlane creation should expect some extremely edgy comedy - a fact that's been true since his first hit, Family Guy. The show has been on the air since 1999, and during that time there have been plenty of times Family Guy went super dark. Seth MacFarlane and his writers have welcomed all kinds of controversy with shocking jokes about death, abortion, incest, drunk driving, Michael J. Fox, and many other taboo topics.

Keep reading to see how Family Guy has crossed the line with some of the darkest jokes of any TV show, ever.


Real Life 'Pass The Butter' Robot From Rick And Morty

Real Life 'Pass The Butter' Robot From Rick And Morty

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An electronics enthusiast named Andre used a 3D printer to create a hilarious real-life version of the sad butter serving robot that appears in the ninth episode of the first season of Adult Swim's popular adult animated comedy series, Rick and Morty.


Watch the original scene below.


The 15 Weirdest Cartoon Adaptations Of All Time

The 15 Weirdest Cartoon Adaptations Of All Time

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Though they no longer air, Saturday morning cartoons used to be a staple in the United States. For generations, the tradition of children waking up early, pouring a bowl of cereal, and plopping down in front of their favorite animated programs wasn’t only a custom, but a lucrative business. Companies such as Hanna-Barbera, DiC, Murakami-Wolf, Filmation, and many more made bank, not just off creating cartoons for major networks, but by selling toys, lunch pails, T-shirts, and more.

As the years went on, the companies began to not only create new cartoons, but search for other franchises which they could adapt into new, hit animated properties. Ultimately, this desperation for content led to some very strange products getting the cartoon treatment. Major movies, TV shows, comic-books, sports teams, and even horror films were adapted into children’s TV shows. In the end, this made for some very weird content that quite possibly impacted many of our childhoods and warped us into the people we are today.

15. THE DUKES (DUKES OF HAZARD)

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Up to the fourth season, The Dukes of Hazard was a ratings juggernaut for CBS. However, due to monetary disagreements with the actors playing the lead characters of Bo and Luke (John Schneider and Tom Wopat), the lead characters, were replaced for the fifth season by the poor facsimiles of the originals. Coy and Vance Duke (Byron Cherry and Christopher Mayer) were two other nephews of Jesse who had never been previously mentioned before their introduction. As such, viewership dropped off, and the show scrambled to maintain its fan-base.

Unfortunately, this was also the same time that Hanna-Barbera introduced the animated counterpart to the series, The Dukes, which was now forced to include Coy and Vance rather than the better regarded characters. The show’s premise saw the Duke Boys engaged in a worldwide race with Boss Hogg and Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane for prize money that the good ole’ boys hoped to use to save Uncle Jesse’s farm from foreclosure. As was the norm for animated spinoffs, the cartoon showcased an odd supernatural element and included concepts such as pirates, treasure maps, and Aladdin’s lamp into the mix.

After renegotiating their contracts, Schneider and Wopat’s characters, Bo and Luke immediately replaced their lesser counterparts in the first episode of season 2. Though the voiceover in the opening of season two mentions Bo and Luke, no attention is given to the sudden change of characters in the show.

14. CLERKS: THE ANIMATED SERIES

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This is the first show on this list that is based on a movie completely inappropriate for children, however, unlike many of the others, this was intentionally made for more mature audiences. Based on Kevin Smith’s 1994 movie Clerks, the cartoon follows the core group of aging slackers including Dante, Randal, Jay, and Silent Bob. Since it was a cartoon and aired on ABC, the duo of Jay and Silent Bob were no longer allowed to sell drugs and were instead relegated to peddling fireworks outside of the Quick Stop. In retrospect, it’s strange that ABC ended up only airing two of the episodes (out of order) because they initially seemed so keen on the series that they gave it a 30 second advertising spot during the 2000 Super Bowl.

Now a staple in shows made by Adult Swim, the show went into some very strange, surreal places. Unusual characters, crazy shifts in animation style, and absurdist humor are just a few of the concepts played with during the series. The best example of this is that, despite only having two episodes, the hilarious “Episode 2: The Clipshow Wherein Dante and Randal are Locked in the Freezer and Remember Some of the Great Moments in Their Lives” utilizes the TV trope of the clip show, wherein fragments of previous episodes are recalled and reused to produce a cheaper episode.

One of the final jokes in the final episode includes a jab that, although written by David Mandel (who bashes Family Guy in the commentary), arguably laid the groundwork for Seth MacFarlane to take several below the belt jabs at Smith for years to come. In Episode 6, Dante and Randal meet their creators and MacFarlane busts into the writers’ room with an incredibly stupid idea while carrying a book he’s written called “How to Write Cartoons”.

13. GODZILLA (1978)

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Yet another weirdly amazing adaptation brought to us by Hanna-Barbera. While searching for new characters to animate, Joseph Barbera came upon the idea of licensing Godzilla. However, when NBC became interested they insisted on “lightening the story up.” Additionally, according to Barbera himself, the network’s standards and practices department insisted on Godzilla not breathing fire towards people or crushing buildings and cars, which is, essentially, everything the character is known for. Faced with building a show now on a name and image alone, he came up with the much hated character of Godzooky, a wacky, wimpy cousin to Godzilla that’s always getting into hijinks.

In the show, Godzooky travels with a crew of scientists onboard the Calico (a hydrofoil boat) and hangs out with his best friend, a kid named Pete. Without knowing the backstory (not mentioned in the show) one would wonder why Godzilla constantly travels close to the ship and remains ever on-call at their slightest whim. According to publicity material at the time, the crew once saved Godzooky from a coral reef, leaving Godzilla forever in their debt. Each episode took an antagonist monster from Godzilla’s back catalog and pitted it against the crew of the ship.

12. IT’S PUNKY BREWSTER

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In 1985-1986, Punky Brewster was NBC’s flagship program for Sunday night television. The program centered on a young girl named Punky (Soleil Moon Frye) being raised by an older foster father Henry (George Gaynes). During its initial two season run, NBC’s Production Chief Brandon Tartikoff (who actually named the character Punky after his childhood crush) had such faith in the program that during the first season, a cartoon spinoff was created.

It’s Punky Brewster featured all the show’s main characters and was voiced by the original actors, but introduced a strange magical element not present in the television show. This was largely thanks to the introduction of the character Glomer, a magical Gopher from the city of Chaundoon, who was able to transport Punky and her friends anywhere on the planet as he wished. Introducing magic to the already existing world of Punky Brewster, especially when the show was still thriving on air, was quite a strange decision. The show ran two seasons, with 26 episodes and was canceled along with its live-action counterpart in 1986. The main show however lived on with two more seasons going directly to syndication.

11. THE JACKSON 5IVE/THE OSMONDS

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Yes, they are two separate shows, but they have much in common with one another. Aside from the obvious fact that both center around musical families, both were made by Rankin/Bass as well. This meant that both shows had an incredibly similar animation style as well as content. Moreover, The Jackson 5ive ran from September 11th, 1971 to October 14th, 1972 and The Osmonds ran from September 9th to December 30th, 1972 on ABC. Essentially this means that The Osmonds’ show replaced The Jacksons’. The biggest difference between the two would have to be that the Jacksons didn’t contribute their voices to the project, while The Osmonds did.

Voice acting wasn’t the only thing that made The Osmonds show stand out in terms of quality– their musical performances did as well. During these sections, well-utilized silhouettes were shown performing the songs instead of using typical animation. According to storyboard artist Don Duga, this was done via computers, making the show among the first to employ CGI.

That’s not to say that The Jackson 5ive isn’t without its own merits. The show is famous for helping break down racial barriers in the early 1970s as it was one of the first network depictions of a black family, as well as animation director Bob Balser’s insistence that the show not resort to cheap, stereotypical humor.

10. HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS/SUPER GLOBETROTTERS

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The 1970s and 1980s saw just about every franchise with an inkling of popularity turned into a cartoon, and The Harlem Globetrotters were no different. From 1970-1972 two seasons featuring an animated version of the famed trick-basketball team were produced and aired on CBS. Though the show relied entirely on an incredibly formulaic premise of all issues being able to be reconciled through a game of basketball, it is famous for breaking racial boundaries as the first Saturday morning cartoon to feature a mostly African-American cast of characters. After the show was canceled, several key characters later turned back up on episodes of The New Scooby Doo Movies.

Even being a mostly separate series, Super Globetrotters does feature several carryover characters and voice talents from the original. This new incarnation takes the show into very bizarre territory. The Harlem Globetrotters are now undercover superheroes who again travel the world to challenge villains to a game of basketball in order to undercut their nefarious dealings. They transport themselves into their heroic alter-egos by entering a magic locker and get their orders from an antennae’d basketball in the sky. Some of their abilities include morphing into water, pulling out “gizmos” from their hair, and turning into a human piece of spaghetti.

9. TABITHA AND ADAM AND THE CLOWN FAMILY (BEWITCHED)

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In what has to be the most bizarre attempts to make a beloved series into a cartoon, this is an animated movie continuation of the Bewitched TV show. Though most remember Samantha and Darrin’s daughter Tabitha (who appeared in 116 episodes), far fewer remember their son Adam (who only appeared in 24). The premise of the movie centers on the now teenage siblings traveling to a family member’s house for three weeks, only to discover that their cousins are members of a circus attraction/rock band known as The Clowns. However, an evil warlock has his eye on taking over the circus and cutting The Clowns’ career short. It’s up to Tabitha and Adam to assure this doesn’t happen without exposing themselves as magical.

Tabitha and Adam and the Cloud Family aired only once on ABC (12/2/72) and was created by Hanna-Barbera. Though mention is made of their more well-known parents, they are never seen and no one from the live action predecessor lent their voice to the production. Eventually the short-lived series Tabitha was commissioned, and concentrated on the sister’s life while Adam (who is no longer a warlock for no reason) tries to get his sister to turn away from their mother’s witchcraft ways.

8. MISTER T

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Showcasing a much friendlier version of Mr. T than had been preciously shown in Rocky III and The A-Team, the cartoon centered on a group of traveling gymnasts of which he was the coach. Each episode was bookended with live-action footage of Mr. T addressing the camera. The show started with his giving the audience the low-down on the story about to unfold, and it ended with him discussing the moral that could be taken away from it. The show modeled itself loosely on Scooby Doo, with the team becoming entrenched in a mystery that needed to be solved regardless of where they went.

The show went for 30 episodes and ran on Saturday mornings on NBC from 1983-1986. It’s largely memorable for featuring the early work of many future notables, like Paul Dini (Batman TAS) and Phil LaMarr (MadTV), as well as legends Jack Kirby and Neal Adams. Additionally, the show was among the first licensed by Adult Swim for late night reruns and was a huge inspiration for their current show The Mike Tyson Mysteries.

7. HAMMERMAN

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In what is probably the most obscenely narcissistic cartoon to make this list, rapper MC Hammer had his own cartoon in 1991. For a 23 minute show, Hammerman seemed to take every opportunity to showcase as little animation as possible. From the 1:13 minute introduction where Hammer over-explains the protagonists origin, to the live-action opening that follows, in which the real life artist summarizes the cartoon that is about to follow, this is probably the least animated Saturday morning cartoon of all time.

The show’s premise involves a magical pair of talking shoes that allow the wearer to become a superhero. After the aging character “Gramps” becomes too old for the hero-life, he passes the shoes down to a local youth center worker named Stanley. At the end of the show, the magical shoes would talk to the kids and instruct them how to live better lives. Since MC Hammer was notoriously a poppy, clean rapper, the show dealt with various social issues such as graffiti and respecting ones elders.

Though canceled after 13 episodes, the show received three VHS releases. The episodes include “Defeated Graffiti”, “Rapoleon”, and “Winnie’s Winner”.

6. NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

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In the early ’90s, New Kids on the Block were the hottest boy band around. The licensing of their images made million upon millions of dollars, putting their face on everything from Trapper-Keepers to T-shirts, to their own cartoon. Each week, for fourteen weeks, the band introduced a new episode of the series to their legions of followers. Despite their appearing in the intro, the band didn’t actually voice the characters in the show. Occasionally, band members would appear in footage randomly throughout the show as well, this was reportedly due to errors in the animation being turned in and their having no time to fix them.

The show centered on the band touring across the world with their money-hungry manager and the misadventures that happen as a result. Strangely, the character of the manager was actually based on the band’s actual creator and producer, Maurice Starr. After its initial run on ABC, it was picked up by the Disney Channel and reran for the next two years.

5. LITTLE SHOP

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Follow this: Little Shop is the cartoon adaptation of the 1986 film Little Shop of Horrors, which was an adaptation of the 1982 musical stageplay, which was an adaptation of the 1960s Roger Corman film. Though all of the previous versions of the franchise had utilized a plant horrifically eating people in order to feed, this version of the plant was tamed down and instead preferred foods such as triple pepperoni pizzas with anchovies. As with many early ’90s programs, rap was introduced into the show to make it appear hip to the kids. This resulted in the plant (Audrey Jr, referred to as Junior) delivering occasional musical numbers while guiding Seymour through the episode.  The other major difference is Seymour and Audrey being aged down to teenagers for the animation.

The show’s central premise revolves around Seymour’s crush on Audrey, with the plant offering to help her fall in love with him should he help it escape. The program aired for thirteen episodes on Fox and was produced by Marvel Productions and Saban. It’s been previously reported that Frank Oz came up with the idea to adapt the TV show into a cartoon after unsuccessfully pitching a prequel of the 1986 film to Warner Brothers.

4. MORK & MINDY/LAVERNE & SHIRLEY/FONZ HOUR

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Even with both Mork & Mindy and Laverne & Shirley being spinoffs of Happy Days, as well as all three series having crossover episodes with one another, few could have imagined that they would later be recombined into an hour long cartoon. Rather than a wholly original concept, several of these shows had already been adapted into animation. During seasons 8-10 of Happy Days (1980-82), the show had been spun off into the time-traveling cartoon The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, while during the 7th-8th seasons (1981-82) of Laverne and Shirley, the property had been adapted into Laverne & Shirley in the Army.

Running for one season from 1982-83, the show was actually two cartoon segments: one of which featured Mork and Mindy as teenagers, and one where the Fonz had become an army mechanic, and essentially joined the already established Laverne and Shirley cartoon. All members of the cast were voiced by their real-life counterparts, except for the role of Shirley (due to actress Cindy Williams quitting the role early into the 8th season of the program).

As with most cartoon spinoffs of the day, the show strangely featured the concept of creepy talking animals. Laverne and Shirley’s characters were constantly upsetting their supervisor, a pig drill sergeant named “Squealy” while The Fonz’s sidekick “Mr. Cool” (who had preciously appeared in TFatHDG) was an anthropomorphic dog with a quite unsettling voice. Though the show went 26 episodes, only 8 segments were produced with Laverne, Shirley, and the Fonz, and were thus reran with new episodes of Mork & Mindy for the rest of the season.

3. ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES

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Though it does take the name from the original low-budget horror parody, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is actually an adaptation of the sequel, Return of the Killer Tomatoes. As strange as it was for Fox to make a kids show based on a horror movie spoof, the origins of how it got made are much weirder. One of the highest rated episodes of The Muppet Babies is season three, episode three’s “The Weirdo Zone”. In it, Fozzie regales the troop with a story about his time at the FBI (Funny Business Investigation) and the attack of the silly tomatoes. The episode features clips from the original movie as well as several animated tomatoes that Fozzie is forced to deal with. The success of the episode led to the funding of the sequel, and the success of the sequel led to the funding of the cartoon spinoff.

The show was a straight adaptation of RotKT, featuring many of the same characters from the film and features the voice of the legendary John Astin in the role of Dr. Gangreen (he also played Professor Gangreen in the movies). The animated series picks up years after the first film, in a world where tomatoes are now illegal. However, this doesn’t stop Dr. Gangreen’s experiments and he eventually becomes able to make tomatoes that replicate humans. One of these experiments, a female named Tara, becomes disenfranchised with his work, befriends a boy named Chad, and the pair set off on adventures to disrupt the evil misdeeds of Gangreen.

Surprisingly, the first season of the show still holds up. It’s self-referential and often pokes fun at both itself and the franchises low-budget origins. In a hilarious reccurring bit, a character named “The Censor Lady” often breaks the fourth wall during scenes of violence and instructs the characters to remember that this is a children’s cartoon, not the more aggressive movie.

2. THE NEW ADVENTURES OF GILLIGAN/GILLIGAN’S PLANET

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Though it thrived in syndication, Gilligan’s Island was canceled after only three seasons. Regardless of the show’s floundering ratings, toward the end of the third season the show picked up steam, causing CBS to unofficially green-light a fourth. While the actors were on vacation, studio politics intervened and the show was quietly discarded. However, the S.S. Minnow’s fan base clamored for more, resulting in the 1974 Filmation cartoon The New Adventures of Gilligan. Apart from Ginger (Tina Louise was attempting to distance herself from the character) and Mary Ann (Dawn Wells was doing a traveling play during recording), the entire cast got back together and voiced the animated sitcom. The cartoon depended much on the same type of situational comedy as the live action version, but saw the addition of Gilligan getting his own sidekick, Snubby the monkey.

This however was not enough to quench the thirst of Gilligan diehards and the cast (minus Tina Louis again) reunited for a series of made-for-TV movies which saw the group leave the island, become stranded on it again, and ultimately turn it into a resort.

After the third and final movie aired (starring the Harlem Globetrotters), calls for more Gilligan and company hijinks sprang forward, culminating in 1982’s Gilligan’s Planet. The concept of the show was simple, yet insane: though the Professor was unable to use science to get them home, he was able to build a rocket ship, sending them off into space where they become stranded on a habitable planet. Presumably, Snubby the monkey wasn’t invited onto the rocket because as they land, he is almost immediately replaced by Bumper, a new alien sidekick. The show ran for thirteen episodes.

1. TOXIC CRUSADERS

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In a move stranger than turning Attack of the Killer Tomatoes into a children’s cartoon, Troma’s The Toxic Avengerseries was adapted into one as well. Though a fine cartoon, this takes the proverbial cake in terms of what source material can be retooled and geared towards children. The three films predating the cartoon featured an incredible amount of violence, sexuality, and gore. Despite this, Murakami-Wolf Productions (behind The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon) teamed up with Troma and turned the famed character Toxie into an environmentally cautious cartoon for 13 episodes. Though the show was heavily toned down from the original movies, it still featured many jokes geared towards adults in the crowd.

In the series, Toxie, Yvonne (his inexplicably hot girlfriend), and his various sidekicks battled antagonists Dr. Killemoff and Czar Zosta who hailed from planet Smogula and were attempting to terraform the planet through pollution. As if this weren’t already strange enough, Toxie’s weapon of choice, a mop, was brought to life and acted as a pet of sorts. The show’s toys featured amazing character designs that captured the imagination of many children struggling to find the show due to its being aired only in syndication. The show didn’t make it past its initial run of episodes, but it left behind some of the most amazing toys ever made as well as tie-in comic books, trading cards, and even a video game.

Though Troma struck a deal with New Line to turn the series into a movie, nothing ever came from it. Toxie’s creator (and co-founder of Troma) Lloyd Kaufman claims that this is because the company bought the rights to the cartoon in an effort to get leverage on the owners of TMNT, who they were also making a film with. In the end Troma sued New Line for $50 million for violation of contract.

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Pam Loves Cocaine: Archer Supercut

Pam Loves Cocaine: Archer Supercut

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Pam loves cocaine..... or the inspiring story of her heroic struggle to finally triumph over it.

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All New Red Band Trailer For ‘Sausage Party’ Is Legit One Of The Funniest Trailers I’ve Seen In 2016

All New Red Band Trailer For ‘Sausage Party’ Is Legit One Of The Funniest Trailers I’ve Seen In 2016

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At this point, I’m fully expecting Sausage Party to be Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s Magnum Opus. Since the very first trailer dropped this movie’s looked funny as Hell, and with each subsequent trailer it only looks funnier. I think with this all new Red Band Trailer we’re finally getting a clearer look at just how raunchy the movie’s going to be.

If you haven’t yet seen any of the trailers for Sausage Party and you’re a bit confused about what’s going on here the premise is this: the food is alive. It’s like Toy Story in the grocery store, where the foods are sentient beings when the people aren’t around, only in this instance the foods all think that being chosen to go home and leave the grocery store is the end-all-be-all, like puppies leaving the pound. Once they come to the realization that making it past the checkout line means certain death and being chopped into tiny pieces all hell breaks loose, and the wheels really come off.

Essentially, this movie is the answer to the complete lack animated films for adults. We all grow up watching cartoons, seeing animated films, and then one day we wake up and realize our only options are South Park, Archer, Family Guy, and Bob’s Burgers (not Brickleberry, NEVER Brickleberry). This movie hits theaters August 12th, and I’ve set my hopes high for Seth Rogen‘s latest.


JACK IS BACK - ‘Samurai Jack’ Revival With Genndy Tartakovsky

JACK IS BACK - ‘Samurai Jack’ Revival With Genndy Tartakovsky

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In what might be the most anticipated animated TV series of the year, ten new episodes of Samurai Jack will debut on Adult Swim sometime this year.

In this spoiler-free preview released yesterday, creator Genndy Tartakovsky and other key crewmembers explain what will be different about the dark revival without giving away anything about the story.

You won’t find much art from the new show in the video, but with a design team led by Scott Wills, Craig Kellman, and Lou Romano, expect plenty of visual delights. A few pieces of artwork that appear in the video can be seen below:

 

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13 Movies That Were Almost Animated Features

13 Movies That Were Almost Animated Features

 

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Hollywood has always rushed to develop properties from other mediums—plays, books and the like—and adapt them to film. Audiences love a great story, and the studio bosses love a title with a built-in audience that will flock to the theatre. Just look at the Harry Potter or Hunger Games movies.

The development process doesn’t always go smoothly, however. Finding the right director to helm a film, and develop a good script and cast it well, not to mention bankroll the whole thing can take years, even decades. Even with all the proper pieces in place, filming a movie with a child, animal or strange creatures as main characters poses a host of logistical challenges for a director who is also burdened with finishing on time and on budget. For that reason, movies can even begin shooting only to get cancelled several weeks in, leaving the project in creative and legal limbo. Hollywood sometimes tries to bypass certain problems by implementing a simple technique to keep a movie under control: make it animated.

Animation itself, even in the age of computers, remains a difficult and expensive way to develop a film. The titles listed herein were, at one point, all slated to become great animated epics of cinema, only to fall short of the original intent. Some eventually did make it to the cameras, and produced some great films. Others still wait for Hollywood to call. In any case, imagining these properties in animation makes for a fascinating “what if.”

13. ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S CATS

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By 1977, British musician Andrew Lloyd Webber had already become a wildly successful—and very rich—composer of stage musicals. After scoring hits with Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar, he needed a new subject for a musical, and after a nasty falling out with lyricist Tim Rice, he needed someone to write his lyrics. While traveling by train one day, he happened upon one of his favorite childhood books in a newsstand: T.S. Elliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, a collection of silly poems and mini stories about feline characters. Sensing an opportunity, he began to work on developing the collection into a stage show.

In 1980 Cats took the world by storm, sweeping the Tony awards and making the song “Memory” into a lounge act standard. The musical would go on to become the longest running in Broadway history, though the record has since been broken. Lloyd Webber, who had already had a hit film with the adaptation of Jesus Christ Superstar, set his sights on Hollywood once more. There was just one problem: how to adapt a plotless dance show about cats into a movie?

In the 1980s, Hollywood had only one solution: animation. Lloyd Webber began long development of Cats: The Movie. Steven Spielberg immediately took interest, packaging the project to Universal Studios. Spielberg would produce, while Don Bluth, who collaborated with Spielberg on An American Tail and The Land Before Time, would take up directorial duties. Then the movie hit a snag. Bluth and Spielberg had a dispute on The Land Before Time which strained their relationship. Spielberg tried to replace Bluth with Simon Wells before shelving the project altogether, though not before the art department had produced some stunning concept paintings. Cats eventually hit the small screen as a filmed version of the show, and in May 2016, Universal and Lloyd Webber announced Tom Hooper would direct a live action version for the big screen

12. YELLOW SUBMARINE

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The Beatles still cast a long shadow over the music industry more than 30 years after dissolution of the band and the death of members John Lennon and George Harrison. Few general audience members will recall that the Beatles actually had a film career as well, playing themselves in A Hard Day’s Night and providing voices to animated caricatures in Yellow Submarine. With the latter still a best-selling album and a cult classic of animation, the possibility that Hollywood would want to tap the property again should come as no surprise. A stage show based on Beatles music, Cirque du Soleil’s Love, still draws huge crowds in Las Vegas, while the Beatles movie musical Across the Universe scored a hit at the box office.

Director Robert Zemekis, the Oscar-winning helmer of Forrest Gump and Back To The Future selected Yellow Submarine as a perfect project for his fledgling animation studio, Imagemovers Digital. Zemekis had become fascinated by motion capture technology, and already produced two hits with The Polar Express and Beowolf using groundbreaking technology. The Walt Disney Company then partnered with Imagemovers on a multi-picture deal, and immediate announced Yellow Submarine as in development.

Unfortunately for the movie, it had landed an unlucky spot in the pipeline. A Christmas Carol starring Jim Carrey did mediocre box office before Simon Wells (funny, there’s his name again) dropped a bomb with Mars Needs Moms. The animated comedy bankrupted Imagemovers, and effectively killed the Yellow Submarine remake. Despite rumors of Universal reviving the project with a restored Imagemovers, Zemekis has redirected the company toward producing live action films instead.

11. GREASE

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Grease hit Broadway in 1972 and became an immediate hit. The quirky mix of 50s nostalgia, teen angst, crude humor and catchy music became a huge draw, netting seven Tony nominations and playing to packed houses for almost eight years. When the show closed in 1980, it had become the longest running in Broadway history. Given the popularity of the show, and that Hollywood stars Barry Bostwick, Richard Gere, Adrianne Barbeau & John Travolta had all enjoyed acclaimed runs in featured roles, it didn’t take tinseltown long to begin development of a film adaptation.

Still, producing a film version wasn’t easy. The period locations would require extra expense to dress sets to look like the 1950s, and finding teenagers with the vocal and dramatic chops to carry their parts proved treacherous. Moreover, casting actual teenagers would run into problems with child labor laws, since minors can only work certain hours of the day.

Cult animator Ralph Bakshi (remember his name, it’s going to come up again…and again) proposed the solution of animating the entire movie. In animation, adults could play teenagers, and sound engineers could overdub actors who couldn’t sing with more experienced vocalists. The stylized method of filming could also get past the musical stigma—by the mid-70s, musicals had fallen out of style but for those produced in animation. Bakshi managed to procure the rights with producing partner Steve Krantz, though personal disputes between the two landed the project in turnaround. Alan Carr then bought the rights and produced the live-action version to popular acclaim. The final movie also has animated credits, hinting at what an animated version might have looked like.

10. JUSTICE LEAGUE: MORTAL

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For all the success of the superhero genre, and despite the box office gold of the Batman film series, poor Warner Bros. has had the worst time getting their other heroes suited up.

Case in point: Justice League: Mortal, director George Miller’s now-notorious and ill fated attempt to launch a DC Comics shared cinematic universe. In 2007 with The Dark Knight wrapping up production and Marvel’s announcement that Iron Man would kick off a series of Marvel films, Warners made a desperate bid to introduce the entire DC roster with one movie. The film would have seen the Justice League take on Maxwell Lord and Talia Al Ghul, and would have filmed in Australia at Miller’s behest. At one point, following the success of Beowolf, Warners also toyed with doing the film as all-CGI using motion capture technology. Problems had plagued the film from the start, however: the Writer’s Strike exacerbated issues with the script, while disputes between Miller, the Australian government and Warner Bros. stalled production, forcing the film to move to Canada instead.

Then The Dark Knight took the world by storm, and Warners again reconsidered the movie. A hefty price tag of $300 million gave the studio cold feet over the Justice League film, and not wanting to put the Dark Knight series in jeopardy, they cancelled the film. Instead, the studio decided to finish out the Dark Knight trilogy before introducing another incarnation of Batman and tried instead to launch the DCCU with Green Lantern. That didn’t work out too well, either!

9. HARRY POTTER

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The Harry Potter phenomenon had already kicked into high gear by the time author J.K. Rowling released the fourth entry, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. As schools rushed to add the books to their curriculum, and as merchandise sales began to soar (for a book… think about that), Hollywood began a fierce bidding war to see who would bring Harry and his adventures to the big screen. It was the late 1990s, and a handful of high-profile directors began to flirt with the project. Warner Bros. managed to secure the film rights for a whopping $2 million, under the caveat that author Rowling would have veto control over new elements to the series, and that British actors all play the principal cast.

Steven Spielberg entered into active negotiations, but almost immediately ran afoul with Rowling. Spielberg had just witnessed the success of Toy Story at the box office, and became convinced that animation could solve many of the logistical issues the series would pose. After all, each book follows a year in the lives of its characters in a magical environment. The special effects budget would skyrocket as a result, though an even bigger issue loomed ahead: using child actors. Nobody had ever attempted to film seven movies (later eight) back to back with the same kiddie/teen cast. The kids would grow, they’d need to study, and child labor laws would further restrict the production. Using animation could bypass all these issues, and the characters could even resemble those of the original novel artwork.

When Rowling refused to allow Spielberg to cast American actor Haley Joel Osment in the lead role, the director left the project. Warner Bros. then dropped the animated film idea in favor of a more prestigious live-action epic, and the resulting films would go on to become some of the most beloved in history.

8. THE LORD OF THE RINGS

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Keen eyes bedazzled by the Peter Jackson’s epic adaptation of The Fellowship of the Ring and it sequels began to notice a curio on discount DVD racks around the world: another version of Lord of the Rings? Someone had already made it? Why did nobody know about it?

People who saw the animated Lord of the Rings probably have a better idea as to why it fell into obscurity: it’s bad…or at least half bad anyway. As it turns out, the assumption that an animated Lord of the Rings had lay tucked away for years was only half true too.

The cult director Ralph Bakshi, fresh from the success of the animated sex comedy Fritz the Cat (no really) and the bizarre Coonskin, decided to cross over into more mainstream fare. He set his sights on the long-in-development hell adaptation of The Lord of The Rings which director John Boorman had just departed. Bakshi then hired fantasy novelist Peter S. Beagle to pen the script, and decided to use rotoscoping (animating over traced live action footage) to give the movie a more realistic feel. Convinced that the novel couldn’t be condensed into a single film, Bakshi and Beagle opted to split the story into two parts, with the initial film to tell the first half of the story.

The result is, at best, only half successful. Bakshi’s rotoscoped style made the film look cheap, the images didn’t seem to match up with Beagle’s fine screenplay, and audiences were confused that the story had no ending; studio United Artists had failed to promote it as the first in a two-part story! Though it still has a cult following, The Lord of the Ringshas fallen into obscurity, hindered by its direction and eclipsed by the live action adaptation. It is perhaps best viewed as a half-finished film, lacking any sort of conclusion, or an unsuccessful experiment.

7. FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS

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Ralph Bakshi struck again, this time in the 1980s again gravitating toward more adult themed animation. The director had scored some success following The Lord of the Rings debacle with Wizards and American Pop, before returning again to literary sources for inspiration. This time he lit on Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s tome on drugs and insanity in the city of sin. Hollywood had tried to adapt the book already, first with Jack Nicholson & Marlon Brando, and later with John Belushi & Dan Aykroyd. Because of the surreal nature and stream of consciousness format of the novel, the project toiled in development hell for years.

Bakshi approached Thompson’s friend Layla Nabulisi about making an animated film based on the novel. He further suggested that the film utilize the style of illustrator Ralph Steadman’s sketches from the original book to compliment Thompson’s writing. The author himself expressed some interest, though Nabulisi didn’t, preferring the prestige of live action. The film finally came to fruition as a live action version directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Johnny Depp & Benicio Del Toro. Bakshi has since lamented Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as a missed opportunity, and that only animation could do true justice to the original novel.

6. RETURN TO OZ

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The Wizard of Oz became an instant classic upon release in 1939, and with the coming of television, its reputation and popularity continued to grow. The original novel had spawned a seemingly endless cycle of sequels, and the Oz books had become the Harry Potter series of its day. Needless to say, Hollywood took note: the Walt Disney Company purchased all rights to the Oz sequels, and Walt Disney himself began to oversee development on a new Oz film. Though the studio considered an animated sequel, Disney suggested a live action film with the Mouskateers could remain more in line with audience expectations.

The Rainbow Road to Oz was fully composed and written, and even got as far as a few televised previews before it landed back on the shelf. Nobody quite knows why or how Disney killed the project, though rumor has it script problems led him to produce Babes in Toyland instead. The Oz properties then sat untapped for years until director Walter Murch spearheaded the sequel Return to Oz. Despite a much-hyped release, the film died at the box office before rising again to cult status. Several animated sequels to The Wizard of Oz do exist (including one starring Liza Minnelli), though none were major studio projects, and are not considered canon.

5. DON QUIXOTE

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Cervantes’ Don Quixote remains the second most translated book in the world after The Bible. Its humorous tales of an old man who becomes a knight and wanders around Spain have long been cheered audiences, though they have also long vexed Hollywood.

Tinsel town has yet to produce a definitive or successful adaptation of Don Quixote: the musical Man of La Manchabombed, while a telefilm starring John Lithgow tanked in the ratings. Cinematic giant Orson Welles directed a partially complete adaptation that labored with production difficulties for years, while Nicholas Meyer, director of Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, also attempted to get a version off the ground, only to have it land in development hell.

Walt Disney had his own version in mind—an animated one. What the studio initially planned as a short expanded into a feature film, which went into development in 1951. Then the studio encountered a problem: in the novel, Don Quixote is a lunatic. How could they make him into a viable protagonist? Despite completing a rough outline of the film and a number of concept sketches, the studio shelved the project. It enjoyed a brief revival in the 1990s following The Hunchback of Notre Dame, when the animation studio again did some concept work. Though the studio bosses loved the concept art, they found the adult themes in the story troubling, and relegated Don Quixote back to the storage closet.

4. WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

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In 1983, a young animator took a pitch to the Walt Disney Company to adapt the popular children’s book Where The Wild Things Are as an animated feature. His name was John Lasseter, and he would go on to become a Hollywood giant, directing Toy Story and overseeing the prosperity of the computer animation studio Pixar. Disney had long owned the rights to Maurice Sendak’s novel, and allowed Lasseter funds for some test footage.

Lasseter’s concept was quite unorthodox for the time. After seeing the remarkable computer animation in Disney’s filmTron, Lasseter became convinced that artists could combine computer and hand drawn animation to make a feature. All the backgrounds would come from CGI, while the characters would be hand drawn and then colored with a computer. The short film Lasseter produced received a positive response from the studio, though budget concerns doomed the project. Years later, Beauty and the Beast would use Lasseter’s footage as inspiration for an elaborate ballroom sequence which would combine CGI and traditional animation, while Toy Story would realize Lasseter’s ambition of a feature length film using 3D computer animation. Where the Wild Things Are became a live action feature in 2009, and despite its success, it had nowhere near the influence of the unproduced animated version!

3. GREMLINS

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The urban legend of gremlins had long suggested a film to Hollywood before Joe Dante brought his live-action hitGremlins to screens in 1984. Believe it or not, development of a gremlin-related film had started more than 40 years earlier!

In 1941, Roald Dahl, author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach penned The Gremlins, a children’s story about the mythical creatures that World War II bomber pilots often blamed for mechanical failures. Dahl had written the novel with a movie adaptation in mind; Disney had encouraged him to write a story that could be produced as an animated feature, and even attached the Disney name to the book at first publication.

Then gremlins attacked the production: rights disputes over the story between Dahl and Disney erupted almost right away, and creative tensions between author and studio made development of the film tense. After a year of conferences on the story, Disney shelved The Gremlins film project. Walt Disney, who had shown personal interest in the movie, then attempted to get Dahl to sign off on an animated short version, but the author declined. The book, however, became very successful and helped popularize the idea of mischievous gremlins. Chris Columbus has cited Dahl’s work as inspiration for his screenplay which eventually became Gremlins, and the characters in the film are loosely adapted from Dahl’s story.

2. ILM’S FRANKENSTEIN

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Frankenstein has long provided Hollywood with movie fodder from the silent era to the present day. Countless takes on the story, from the 1931 classic to the Andy Warhol softcore porno to Weird Science have graced the screen, though in the 1990s, effects company ILM proposed a new take: an animated one.

With Toy Story sending shockwaves through Hollywood with its remarkable advances in computer technology, ILM (which had once owned Pixar) decided to get in on the game too. The company announced Frankenstein for release in October, 2000, with a script by Tremors scribes Brent Maddock & S.S. Wilson and effects supervisor Dave Carson taking on directorial duties. The visual style would evoke the classic Universal Monsters designs, and the script would build on the original Bride of Frankenstein story. The movie would also introduce the Wolf-Man, who would too resemble the classic live action version.

Then problems arose. Reaction to concept art and early test footage had received overwhelmingly positive feedback, and David Bowie had shown interest in taking on the part of Dr. Pretorious. Carson had wanted the film to have the feel of a horror movie though, while Universal wanted a family film, believing that the animated format would attract children. The studio also had budget concerns after seeing a script, as CGI was still a new technology and some elements like rendering of hair and water had yet to be perfected. Not long before production would begin, Universal nixed the project, opting to develop Van Helsing instead.

Universal, if you’re reading this, maybe it’s time to bring this project back to life?

1. MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS

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Like Where The Wild Things Are, Mr. Popper’s Penguins became a classic of children’s literature upon publication in 1938. And, like many works of kid lit, Hollywood long wanted to adapt the novel as a film. Unfortunately, books aimed at kids tend to go a bit thin on plot, forcing the studios to expand the story in ways that don’t always fit with the original. The result often loses the charm of the novel, resulting in a disastrous film (see also: The Cat in the Hat).

The film labored in development hell for years, with Hollywood not quite sure what to do with the book. 20th Century Fox finally picked up the rights and for a time, considered an animated version. Plans fell apart when Fox’s animation studio, responsible for movies like Anastasia and Titan A.E. shuttered its doors. Indie filmmaker Noah Baumbach then tried his hand at an adaptation, which would have starred Ben Stiller. Eventually, the book got the live-action treatment, directed by Mark Waters and starring Jim Carrey. Though the movie opened to mixed reception, it did carry over one idea from the proposed animated version: animated penguins! Special effects artists used computer animation to bring the mischievous penguins to life.


Pepe The Frog Sings

Pepe The Frog Sings

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This is perfect.


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Cholos Watch Speedy Gonzales

Cholos Watch Speedy Gonzales

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They are right about the beer and tequila, they got that down...

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S.e.x - I Apologize In Advance For The WTF You Are About To Experience

S.e.x - I Apologize In Advance For The WTF You Are About To Experience

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Tommy and Mr. Sperm learn all about the birds and the benis


20 MORE TASTELESS JOKES FROM THE TASTELESS T-REX

20 MORE TASTELESS JOKES FROM THE TASTELESS T-REX

 

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11 Kid Shows That Were Surprisingly Racist

11 Kid Shows That Were Surprisingly Racist

11 Kid Shows That Were Surprisingly Racist

Ahh, the shows we watched as kids. Nothing quite compares to the pretty pictures, the funny characters, the bright colors, and the obvious racism. Oh yeah, racism has been such an important part of kid shows since they really started becoming common place in the ’40s. Many of these shows have really made an attempt to solve the problems that they initially had by editing or trashing entire episodes. Whether it is the inclusion of stereotypes or racist concepts, shows from yester-year cannot escape the offensive content that makes its way into even the most innocent of shows.

No matter how much they have tried to fix the issues that they caused, some shows have gone too far over the edge. Here is a list of 11 shows children love that just so happen to be incredibly racist.

11. The Jetsons

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The Jetsons are meant to represent the perfect society of the future. It shows that in the year 2000, the human race will become so technologically advanced that we fly cars and live in the sky. Oh, and we got rid of black people, along with anyone who isn’t white. Seriously, go watch The Jetsons and count the minorities, you’ll find none. The perfect world that children were idolizing in the ’60s was the utopia of the KKK. The biggest problem is that the show created new installments until 1988 and they still didn’t include a single black person. During the series’ run, our country went through the civil rights movement and The Jetsons straight up ignored it. Great job, future.

10. The Smurfs

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The lovable little blue people living in mushrooms can’t be racist… can they? I mean, they definitely are sexist or are following some odd religion that only allows one woman to live in their society, but they never show any hate towards other Smurfs, or people in general. Unless you’re purple, then they freaking hate you. Purple smurfs are basically the Smurfs’ version of a zombie; it’s a disease that turns a Smurf purple and gives them a taste for Smurf flesh. Now, it’s totally fair to hate zombies; they’re not friendly, so how do you pick on the Smurfs for hating their purple enemies? Because originally, the Purple Smurfs weren’t purple. In their original incarnation, the Purple Smurfs were Black Smurfs. Yep, the whole group of evil Smurfs is black. And if that’s not enough, in Grouchy Smurf’s origin, it is explained that the reason he’s a total a-hole is because he used to be a Black Smurf. So to Smurfs, even having a distant relation to a Black Smurf still makes you the worst person in town. Seriously, what the Smurf?

9. Young Justice

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For those unfamiliar, Young Justice is a show about teen superheroes including Robin, Kid Flash, and Superboy. Overall, it’s a pretty good show with fleshed out characters and an interesting look at the DC Universe. Now, you may think “and how is a show about super-teens racist?” Well… in an obvious attempt at including characters who aren’t, well, white guys, someone somewhere made a drastic mistake. Young Justice included teen heroes of every ethnicity they could, which should be applauded. What shouldn’t be applauded is what happened once it went to production.

A major character in season 2 is the lesser-known hero Blue Beetle. Beetle’s alternate secret identity is Jaime Reyes, a Hispanic 13-year-old from Texas. Apparently the writers thought that being Hispanic means that you randomly repeat words in Spanish and you must refer to anybody in your life as “ese” or “hermano.” They also included an episode about a group of runaway heroes including a black kid who rides a sewer lid, a Japaneese girl with Chi-manipulation, and a young stereotypical Native American boy reminiscent of the hero Apache Chief. Even though they attempted to do right, the writing team made some significant errors in the final product.

8. Pokémon

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Pokémon is almost famous for having so many banned episodes. One was banned for having too many guns, another for having too many cross dressers, and another for causing seizures – pretty much the standard reasons that any kids TV have had to cancel episodes (that was sarcasm). But there was one episode that was banned for including a character that author Carole Boston Weatherford argues “clearly denigrates African Americans, particularly black women.” She’s not wrong. The episode “Holiday Hi-Jynx” prominently features the Pokémon Jynx.

That purple woman you’re looking at might have been a caricature of black people, but that’s after they redesigned it. Jynx originally had black skin and looked like she was pulled off a page of Little Black Sambo, a children’s book banned from most public libraries. Either way, it took a whole generation of Pokémon shows, movies, games, and cards before the makers attempted to fix their mistake with the purple Jynx we have now.

7. The Lone Ranger

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The Lone Ranger reaches almost every medium imaginable. There was a radio show, TV show, books, including a movie in 2013. No matter how overtly racist the concept is, it will not go away. The Lone Ranger’s sidekick is nearly as famous as he is at this point. Who is that sidekick, you may ask? Tonto, the stereotypical Native American that Johnny Depp got a Razzie nomination for. Tonto is always speaking without correct articles or pronouns and calling everyone Kemo-Sabe. Then again, what should we expect from a man who’s name translates to “dumb” in three languages. Furthermore, how can you call someone The Lone Ranger if he has a buddy with him everywhere he goes? Even though Tonto is in almost every episode, the Lone Ranger is described as that – alone. The creator of the series didn’t even think of Tonto as a person, more like the Ranger’s pet.

6. Tom and Jerry

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While the show acknowledged that they were in the wrong by editing almost all of their earlier episodes, Tom and Jerry is no stranger to racist antics by the beloved Cat and Mouse. Possibly their most egregious racist error is the inclusion of an over weight black maid by the name of Mammy Two Shoes. Mammy was one of the first black characters to be featured in cartoons, but her racist design and dialogue led to outrage from viewers. Since her initial run in the ’40s and ’50s, Mammy has since been edited out of all episodes or was replaced with a skinny white lady, ruining all the good that she could have started.

5. Hong Kong Phooey

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The show stars a smooth-talking superhero voiced by Scatman Crothers, who’s secret identity is the janitor’s dog at the local police station. The only thing worse would be if he was a monkey. Whatever you feel about the main character, many Asian stereotypes that are forced into our culture today originated from the show.

4. Bugs Bunny

Everyone know Bugs Bunny’s longtime rival Elmer Fudd, the chubby hunter with a speech impediment. But do you know about the other hunters that Bugs feuded with over time? More specifically, did you know about Tex’s coon? Yea, it is exactly as it sounds. The writer of the episode described the hunter as a “shufflin’, big lipped, sleepy-eyed country coon” who can’t resist a game of craps, and he drew him to match the description.

Because of the gross character design, the episode All This and Rabbit Stew hasn’t been aired on TV since 1968, almost 30 years after it’s initial release. While most of Bugs’ antics are supposed to humiliate other characters, there aren’t many character designs that insult and degrade an entire group of people. Bugs also dresses up in black face a number of times in the episode Any Bonds Today and early in his career had a history of depicting Asians and Native Americans in a very offensive manner.

3. Power Rangers

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There is a show that has gained incredible popularity about a group of kids that fight monsters using armor given to them based on their ethnicity. It’s called Power Rangers. Seriously, look at the Rangers; the Black Ranger is a black guy, the Yellow Ranger is Asian, the Pink Ranger is a ditsy white girl, and the Red Ranger is Native American. The worst part about the obvious stereotype is that the White Ranger (a white guy) is significantly better than the rest of his team. I don’t know any more obvious white power metaphors.

Good news is that it seems that the creators realized the issue. The upcoming Power Rangers movie has been cast and it looks like connection of armor and ethnicity has been severed. Here’s hoping for a non-racist group of super-teens.

2. Jonny Quest

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Not a lot really needs to be said here. A quick look at the design of the character Hadji will have people pulling out their hair. The turban-clad young boy from the streets of India doesn’t just look like an incarnation of Donald Trump‘s imagination, but he acts like it too. The skills he brings to the team often revolves around using “far-east magic” including things like snake charming. Overall, Hadji is a terrible representation of India and its people.

1. Donald Duck

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The most racist character on the list. Go watch Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. There is a scene where Daffy Duck and Donald Duck are playing in a dueling piano bar. Insults are thrown back and forth between the ducks, and then Donald drops the “N” word. It shouldn’t be a surprise seeing as the pant-less duck was created by one of the most noted racists in history. Even in his early days, Donald fought caricature of Japanese soldiers in World War II. Much of his racist antics have been written off as being from “a different time.” That does not make it ok.

 

11 Kid Shows That Were Surprisingly Racist

 

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Can You Identify These Famous Cartoon Characters By Their Eyes?

Let's see how well you can suss out your favourite cartoon eyeballs!

Can You Identify These Famous Cartoon Characters By Their Eyes?


Rick And Morty Death Supercut

 

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Rick and Morty embrace their mortality as well as that of many others in this supercut of death scenes from the whole of Series 1.

Rick And Morty Death Supercut


9 Shocking Cartoon Theories That Will Ruin Your Childhood

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Saturday morning, or maybe before and after school during the week – yes, that was cartoon time for a lot of us when we were younger. When we weren’t at school or outside playing with friends during our childhood we could most often be found inside, planted in front of the television, catching up on our latest episodes. From Spider-Man, Darkwing Duck and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to GI Joe, Transformers and the Smurfs, cartoons usually made up a pretty important part of our childhood experience. They were almost always funny or action-packed but all entertained us and had us tuning in to catch the next episode.
As we get older, it’s hard not to get nostalgic about those cartoons we used to love so much. In many instances, if we have the time, we’ll look up an episode here or there online. If you’re really serious about your old cartoons, you may even buy the box set. Re-watching those old favorites can bring back some good memories – or ruin them altogether. Some cartoons just don’t stand up well over time. Perhaps they aren’t funny or as entertaining as you thought. Yes, getting older and more mature has a tendency to do that. It also gives us a new angle from which to view our old cartoons. This can result in us seeing things or interpreting shows in ways we couldn’t when we were younger. In fact, there’s a lot of theories and speculation out there about almost every cartoon we watched as kids which says they weren’t as straightforward as we once thought. What do you think?

9 Shocking Cartoon Theories That Will Ruin Your Childhood


Private SNAFU: Booby Traps 1944 US Army Training Film Cartoon

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"Private Snafu learns about the hazards of enemy booby traps the hard way. This is one of 26 Private SNAFU ('Situation Normal, All Fouled Up) cartoons made by the US Army Signal Corps to educate and boost the morale the troops. Originally created by Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss) and Phil Eastman, most of the cartoons were produced by Warner Brothers Animation Studios - employing their animators, voice actors (primarily Mel Blanc) and Carl Stalling's music."

Private SNAFU: Booby Traps 1944 US Army Training Film Cartoon


20 Times 'Adventure Time' Got Super Inappropriate

Adventure Time is technically a show for kids, but let’s all be real for a second — it can be super inappropriate. Tree Trunks? That’s one dirty elephant. Who KNOWS where that trunk has been? And it’s not just her — Finn accidentally says super sexual things all the time, the Ice King is a pervert, and LSP is thirsty. Hopefully, all this innuendo goes right over the kids’ heads because WE LOVE IT! Here are some of the most inappropriate Adventure Time moments that somehow got past the censors:

When the cow has the weird growth where her udders should be

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When Marshall got creepy

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When Lemongrab punched a rat and then ate a pie out of its mouth

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This totally normal scene:

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When Tree Trunks decided to "seduce that tentacle critter"

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When the Ice King let us know what he was "into"

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When the audience had this view of the the spider shooting out its web:

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When Cake was jiggling her butt and Fionna and Marshall were casually talking

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When BMO got caught in the act

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The time Jake dipped his sausage in mayo

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When the clowns forced themselves on Finn

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When this horrifying thing happened:

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This toilet at Castle Lemongrab

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This just sounds so wrong:

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Jake’s Foot Fetish

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When the Ice King complained about the age of consent

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When LSP took the formula and became so friggin’ hot

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When it was inferred that the deer wanted Princess Bubblegum to... well...

 

That was one creepy-ass deer

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Which moment was the most inappropriate?

20 Times 'Adventure Time' Got Super Inappropriate

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20 More People Going Super Saiyan

There’s just something so endlessly watchable about the incredible amount of work visual effects artists put into making silly little GIFs based on a now decades-old anime. So guess what, babes? We’re bringing you the best Super Saiyan GIFs of the past year. Check ‘em:

Big ups to the members of /r/SuperSaiyanGIFs for creating these!

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“EVER BEEN WIDE AWAKE, BLACKED OUT?” – STEWIE GRIFFIN NAILS IT WITH THIS HILARIOUS MONSTER ENERGY AD!

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This is the subtle new way network TV is trying to compete with web providers like Netflix and Hulu. By running less commercials and integrating promotions into the content itself, they hope to keep younger viewers hooked on cable, even though there is a growing trend with millennials who are “cutting the cord”.

“EVER BEEN WIDE AWAKE, BLACKED OUT?” – STEWIE GRIFFIN NAILS IT WITH THIS HILARIOUS MONSTER ENERGY AD!


8 Minor TV Characters That Deserve Their Own Spin-Off Series

There is a rich history of spin-off shows focusing on minor characters — look at Frasier, or Better Call Saul, or Cory in The House. All of those shows are critically acclaimed series that stand alone from their source material and expand on characters that may have originally been seen as one-dimensional. ALL OF THEM ARE THAT. DO YOU HEAR ME?! EACH ONE OF THOSE SHOWS I LISTED IS AMAZING! NO QUESTIONS ASKED! Anyway, here are some other minor characters we would love to see spun off into series of their own!

Barry Zuckercorn, Arrested Development

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Imagine a world where there is a Better Call Saul, but for Barry Zuckercorn from Arrested Development. It would follow the meteoric career trajectory of a man that just wants to know if this looks infected to you. And the best part is, the show could never go too far because it will have already jumped the shark.

Dean Pelton, Community

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Community has always been on the brink of cancellation, and now more then ever it looks like class might be out for good. But Dean Pelton could carry on the tradition of wacky Community College-based romps with a spin-off of his own. And much to the chagrin of Abed, this spin-off might open up new avenues to explore other characters on the Greendale campus that we don’t know was well as the beloved (or hated, depending on who you ask) Greendale Seven.

Jean-Ralphio, Parks and Recreation

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The ending of Parks and Recreation gave us a look into its characters futures and generally gave them satisfying endings. However, there is room left the the Jean-Ralphio chapter of those flash forwards to find out what happens after he fakes his own death and is immediately caught. And you might think that an entire show of Jean-Ralphio might be too much Jean-Ralphio, but maybe Ron Swanson will be there as well to even things out. Like if they both were stuck in a Doomsday Preppers-type bunker together for an extend period of time. Imagine that show. Just imagine it.

Scooter, SpongeBob SquarePants

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If there is one minor character we all know and love from SpongeBob, it's Scooter! How great would a show just about him be? His infectious laugh, his surfer attitude, his ability to have died in the Bubble Buddy episode but then show up in later episodes. That last one either calls into question the timeline of events in Bikini Bottom or posits Scooter’s ability to come back from the dead. Feels like there is a lot of material there...

Badger and Skinny Pete, Breaking Bad

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The world needs a Badger and Skinny Pete VH1 Behind the Music-style documentary chronically there impressive jamming skills (shout out to Skinny Pete on the keyboard) and deeply insightful conversations. We can all be grateful that these two made it out of Breaking Bad more or less unharmed, but now it's time to get down to the things that really matter — Star Trek fan theories and spec scripts.

Milhouse from Shelbyville, The Simpsons

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There are many characters in the Simpson universe deserving of their own spin-off, but none more so than Milhouse from Shelbyville. His struggles reflect our own. Well, actually, not really. They more reflect the struggles of the other Milhouse. Perfect reflections in the tears of a dove…

Pigeon Man, Hey Arnold!

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Who is Pigeon Man? Where did he go when he left Arnold on that rooftop? How were so few pigeons able to support his weight and fly him off into the sunset? Was that last scene all just a elaborate invention of Arnold’s mind to deal with the fact he watched Pigeon Man jump off the roof and commit suicide? Why didn’t Arnold ask him his real name, and instead insist on calling him "Pigeon Man"? If Arnold had asked him his name, would Pigeon Man have still jumped off that roof? All these questions and more need to be answered.

Herbert, Freaks and Geeks

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This one is actually doesn’t really count, cause Herbert wasn’t a minor character. In fact, he was basically the main character of Freaks and Geeks. But I do think they should re-release the show with the title changed to "Herbert". Maybe that’s why Freaks and Geeks only lasted one season — people just didn’t know who it was they were supposed to be rooting for: the freaks or the geeks. In reality, we were all rooting for Herbert. It was always about Herbert. It is all for you Herbert.

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CARAVAN PALACE’S “LONE DIGGER” FEATURES A GORY, BLOODY FIGHT IN AN ANIMAL STRIP CLUB!

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Kick back for the weekend with some tunes and a weird af film clip, featuring dogs and cats having a crazy brawl in a strip club. You bring the toast and we’ll supply the jams.

CARAVAN PALACE’S “LONE DIGGER” FEATURES A GORY, BLOODY FIGHT IN AN ANIMAL STRIP CLUB!


10 Banned Episodes Of Popular Kids Shows

Kid’s shows are supposed to be the source of innocence, creativity, and an overall positive influence on the young mind’s that are watching them. But sometimes, writers can go a little too far and an artistic or creative decision may be the tipping point whether the censors will allow the episode to air. Or, sometimes these episodes will bypass the FCC, only to be ill-received by kids and parents, causing the episode to be pulled after exposure. It seems that society’s most important rule is to first and foremost protect the children and avoid any sort of content that may shatter their innocence. These days, parents rely on the television too much to do their job for them and get upset when their child sees something that they weren’t ready for.

10 Banned Episodes Of Popular Kids Shows


5 Famous Villain Headquarters Designed By Idiots

Being a supervillain takes a lot of hard work and determination (not to mention the unchecked psychiatric problems), but more than anything else, it takes an insane plot everyone will take seriously. That’s one of a few places when things start to fall apart, because villains need a comfortable place to do all that villaining, and since it's all so very illegal, a public place like Starbucks won't cut it. And so, after all the effort and focus a villain puts into taking over the world, they often avoid Yelp reviews altogether and hire someone’s cousin to build their lair. Here are some of the worst-designed evil HQs:

Death Star, Star Wars

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Cons: Every absolutely crucial control device, security office, and prison cell is within walking distance from a landing area that occasionally pulls in enemy ships. Tractor beam has an off switch that doesn’t require keys while thermal exhaust doubles as a self-destruct button. It’s just one port stop at Cozumel, Mexico away from feeling like you are trapped in the ultimate Carnival Cruise from Hell.

Pro: Could affect tides and be mistaken for a second Super Blood Moon.

 

Legion of Doom, Challenge of the Super Friends

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Cons: The obvious Darth Vader copyright infringement issues make it impossible for the Legion to legally advertise hideout to possible new villain recruits. Legion’s swamp location means hideout will almost certainly be discovered when area is drained for more Disney World real estate expansion. Headquarters “facial” expression says less “DOOM” than “I’m sleepy and miss my friends”.

Pro: If you ever wondered what WALL-E would look like as a Sith lord, you have your answer.

 

Atlantis, The Spy Who Loved Me

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Cons: An underwater hideout built for a global thermonuclear attack, Atlantis must still occasionally come up for air like an evil porpoise, thereby defeating its purpose. Its almost complete lack of windows means henchmen will spend their lives feeling trapped inside a submerged elevator. Finally, its long, thin support beans make Atlantis as structurally sound as a 800 foot high bar stool.

Pro: It looks like a deliriously happy crab.

 

Asteroid M, X-Men

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Cons: While highly inaccessible location means fewer attacks, it probably also means the asteroid will be used as a very infrequent summer home at best. Also, this base has been destroyed and rebuilt so many times it is now completely impossible to get homeowners insurance for it. And it's only a matter of time before “Asteroid M” becomes “Meteor M” as Magneto keeps lowering his asking price before it collides with Earth.

Pro: Gotta go somewhere when the zombie apocalypse occurs.

 

Technodrome, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Technodrome from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
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Cons: Krang and Shredder’s fortress resembles the Death Star by way of Wilson from Cast Away. Capable of above ground, underground, underwater, and even outer space travel, the Technodrome is usually undone by mud patch or unfortunately placed pebble. It has 972 rooms, innumerable weapons, and a trans-dimensional portal, and it's all immediately destroyed the moment it misjudges a turn and rolls down a slight hill.

Pro: If Krang and Shredder would just keep the name and convert it into a gigantic mirror ball, they'd have the greatest disco club since Studio 54.

 

Which was the least functional headquarters? Let us know in the comments below!

5 Famous Villain Headquarters Designed By Idiots

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Can You Name These 63 Cartoon Characters?

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Is this Tom or Jerry?

Can You Name These 63 Cartoon Characters?


‘Chip ‘N Dale Rescue Rangers’ Redone With Real Chipmunks Is Gloriously Dumb

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From Oh My Disney, this is so damn dumb. I loved every single second of it. You will too. It is the latest in their installment of cartoon TV show intros redone with real animals. Previously, they did Ducktales.

‘Chip ‘N Dale Rescue Rangers’ Redone With Real Chipmunks Is Gloriously Dumb


THE REAL REASONS THESE 13 TV CHARACTERS WERE KILLED OFF

 

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18 WTF Disney GIFs That Might GIve You Nightmares

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9 Unsettling Cartoon Secrets That Will Ruin Your Childhood

If you didn't grow up on cartoons of some kind, you probably did not grow up on planet earth. Whether you were a Disney or Anime fan, the characters you grew up with never quite disappear. As soon as you find those dusty old DVDs, it all comes flooding back. Since the introduction of the internet, many of these classics have resurfaced and some old fans, now adults, have noticed a few details that just don't belong. Here are a few and they are weird.

1. Angelica Imagined The Babies

9 Unsettling Cartoon Secrets That Will Ruin Your Childhood
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The Rugrats were a wildly successful cartoon franchise in the 90's with a current cult following. Naturally, alternate interpretations of the show have surfaced in recent years. One suggests that the only living child in the show is Angelica. According to this theory, the babies had existed at one point but all died in various ways. The children continue to live in Angelica's wild imagination which explains why she is the only character who can understand both adults and babies.

2. Snow White Is Really About Cocaine

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This might just blow your childhood mind. Some keen internet Disney fans have suggested that each of the seven dwarves represent the symptoms of cocaine addiction. This is supported by the obvious connection in the name Snow White referring to the drug and the names of the dwarves representing effects of the drug: Sneezy, sleepy, happy, dopey, grumpy, bashful and finally, a trip to the Doc.

3. Arnolds Grandparents Are Really His Parents

9 Unsettling Cartoon Secrets That Will Ruin Your Childhood

Arnold from Hey Arnold was raised by his grandparents because his parents died when he was little. That is the way the story has gone until now. There is evidence to suggest that Arnold's grandparents are his birth parents and, as they are far too old to safely have a child, Arnold was born with some health problems. Arnold Chiari Syndrome is a condition common to mature pregnancies and it's symptoms include a misshapen head and psychological problems among other things. The fact that his name is Arnold makes this all the more weird.

4. The Flintstones Are Actually From The Future

9 Unsettling Cartoon Secrets That Will Ruin Your Childhood
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The Flintstones has always been a cartoon about prehistoric times, or so we thought. There is a theory suggesting that this show is actually about the post-apocalyptic world. As the show aired between 1960 and 1966, the civilization-ending crap storm the Cold War threatened to deliver could have inspired such a concept. The characters on the show clearly use modern tools and equipment that may have remained after the destruction subsided.

5. Garfield Hallucinated Jon And Odie

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Garfield is one of the most popular and internationally appealing comics in history. Much like Angelica ofThe Rugrats, Garfield allegedly hallucinates Jon and Odie out of loneliness and slow starvation. The above strip takes place in an abandoned house where Garfield was apparently left to die. The rest is his mind's attempt at sanity in a dire situation though self stimulation/ dilution.

6. The Smufs Are Nazis

9 Unsettling Cartoon Secrets That Will Ruin Your Childhood

The Smurfs are another old classic that has appealed to audiences around the world for three generations. When you look closely, however, you notice strange connections to various racist groups, mainly Nazis and the KKK. The Smifs have white pointed hats and, like the KKK, their leader wears a red pointed hat. They salute their leader with a gesture that closely resembles the Nazi 'hail' and the villain, Gargamel, is a character that embodies common Jewish stereotypes. He even has a cat named Azrael which just happens to be the name of the angel of death in Jewish tradition.

 

7. The Genie And The Merchant Are One And The Same

9 Unsettling Cartoon Secrets That Will Ruin Your Childhood
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Both of these characters were voiced by the one and only Robin Williams (RIP) but they have more in common than that. One theory proposes that the genie, posing as the merchant, was selling his own lamp in search of someone kind enough to set him free.

8. The Kids From The Magic School Bus And Captain Planet Are One And The Same

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There is a theory that these two shows are connected and the characters are the same people at different ages. The characters in each show correspond to the other and the timing supports this theory. Allegedly, Ms. Frizzle kidnapped the kids, took them to an island and brain-washed them into thinking they are at school and she is their teacher. She then proceeds to teach the kids about science in an elaborate plan to raise them to be Planeteers.

9. The Simpsons Predicted 9/11

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No show in history has had as much of an impact on pop culture and, with that territory, comes loyal fans and their theories. This one holds some water as the above example is one of many clear allusions to the 9/11 attacks, years before they occurred. In this image, the $9 is positioned in such a way that the twin towers are the "11". Can you say freaky?

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7 Scandalous Cartoons You May NEVER See

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The Muhammad South Park Episodes

A message from Parker and Stone posted on the South Park website

South Park has had its share of controversial episodes and characters, but by far the most explosive were episodes 200 and 201, in which the Prophet Muhammad appears in a storyline.

Strict interpretations of the Koran forbid depicting the Prophet, and religious extremists have killed or injured several artists that have done so. In episode 200, Muhammed is hidden in a U-Haul as well as in a bear costume, but that didn't stop a radical Muslim group known as Revolution Muslim from calling for the deaths of Parker and Stone.

The following week, episode 201 had Muhammed hidden behind a “CENSORED” bar, and his name bleeped out, in an attempt to both highlight the controversy as well as prevent more hysteria. Even still, Comedy Central censored the version even more than the creators wanted, and it has only been aired on TV once. It does not stream from the Comedy Central website and is not available on Netflix Streaming or iTunes. (Source)

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“The Censored Eleven” Racist Cartoons

The Censored Eleven is the name given to 11 Warner Brothers/Merry Melodies cartoons that contained racial stereotypes of African Americans. They were created from the early 1930s to the mid-1940s and have names like Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs and Uncle Tom's Bungalow.

Although clearly racist, this was very common for many cartoons back then. In 1968, when United Artists bought the Warner catalogue, they selected these particularly offensive titles and put them on a special list, forever removing them from television syndication. When Ted Turner acquired the catalogue in 1986, he continued the ban. They remain officially censored today and were screened only once as part of a film festival in 2010. (Source 1 | Source 2)

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Ren & Stimpy “Man's Best Friend” Gets Creator Fired

The beating that got John K. fired from his own show.

Ren & Stimpy, a cartoon about a psychotic Chihuahua and a dimwitted cat, was already controversial from the get-go. Nickelodeon, the network that aired the show, wanted a more educational program, but creator John Kricfalusi wanted to do something “really crazy." Tensions were strained throughout the cartoon's 2-year production run, finally culminating in an episode entitled “Man's Best Friend," in which Ren beats another character to near-death with an oar. Kricfalusi was fired, and the episode was pulled from the air. (However, it did air at a later date on a different R&S "adult" program.) (Source 1 | Source 2)

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Pokemon's “Computer Soldier Porygon” Episode Caused Seizures

On December 16, 1997, Japanese viewers of Pokemon were in for a shock—literally. An episode, entitled “Computer Soldier Porygon," featured flashing visual effects that caused epileptic seizures. 685 viewers were taken to the hospital, and it never aired again anywhere in the world. The event, dubbed “Pokemon Shock,” forced the show into a four-month hiatus. (Source)

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“The City of New York Vs. Homer Simpson” Banned After 9/11

“The City of New York Vs. Homer Simpson” first aired in 1997 and featured a memorable scene in which Homer Simpson races up both towers of the World Trade Center to find a bathroom. After the 9/11 tragedy had occurred, Homer's antics were not as funny, and Fox pulled the episode from syndication. It returned to reruns by 2006 but was edited for content. One of the lines removed? Someone in Tower Two exclaims “They stick all the jerks in Tower One.” (Source 1 | Source 2)

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The Garbage Pail Kids Series Is Cancelled Just Before Airing

In the 1980s, Garbage Pail Kids trading cards were a crude alternative to the hugely popular Cabbage Patch Kids cards. With names like Split Kit, Patty Putty, and Terry Cloth, they were purposely gross and tasteless, and they had a huge following amongst the pre-teen set. In 1987, CBS decided they would attempt to cash in on the frenzy and ordered a full series of Garbage Pail Kids episodes to play during Saturday morning cartoons. However, many adults were not amused, and several parents groups protested the upcoming series as being violent and making fun of handicapped children. CBS appeared to hold their ground at first, heavily promoting the show for weeks. However, when McDonald's and other sponsors pulled their ads, the network cancelled the entire season at the last minute, expanding Muppet Babies to fill the empty airtime. (It never aired on TV in the U.S., but did so in other countries, and was released on DVD in 2006.) (Source)

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Salvador Dali and Walt Disney's Abandoned Collaboration

A "surreal" friendship

Master surrealist Salvador Dali and family-friendly entertainment visionary Walt Disney had a brief collaboration in the 1940s after meeting at a dinner party hosted by Jack Warner. The two men admired each other greatly, and Disney was looking to offer more unusual animated fare to the masses. Dali came up with the idea of “Destino,” which was based on a Spanish ballad. He worked with animator John Hench to come up with more than 200 sketches and completed a 17-second test reel.

However, Dali and Disney didn't quite see eye to eye. While the surrealist saw the story as “a magical exposition of life in the labyrinth of time,” Disney wanted “a simple love story.” Dali held his ground, and the concept remained experimental, but when the bill crept up to $70,000 Disney decided to cancel it.

Although Dali was hurt, the two remained good friends. (The sketches and notes were finally assembled into an animated short 48 years later after both men had passed away.) (Source 1 |Source 2)

7 Scandalous Cartoons You May NEVER See

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6 Weird Early Versions Of Classic Cartoon Characters

It’s always weird to see early episodes from a long-running TV show, especially cartoons. Usually, the early animation is a bit rougher and the voices are just a little ... off. They almost feel like those cheap knock-off versions of animated movies. You might know these characters today, but you might not recognize their origins. Here are six weird early versions of classic cartoon characters.

The Simpsons

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While The Simpsons will survive long after the sun burns out, anyone who saw their first appearance could never have guessed. Originally appearing as sketches on The Tracey Ullman Show, the early Simpsons look like a horrifying version of what they would become. Also, Homer was a lot angrier. Modern Homer still has a pretty bad temper, but it’s been turned down over the years.

Bugs Bunny

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In Porky’s Hare Hunt, the titular Porky tried to take down the most dangerous game — rabbits. The featured bunny from this cartoon proved popular enough that the studio decided to keep bringing him back. While he would eventually develop into Bugs Bunny, the original version sounds more like Woody Woodpecker. The rabbit slowly began to look like the Bugs Bunny we all know and love, but it didn’t start sounding like Bugs until the 1940s. By that point, Bugs was being hunted by Elmer Fudd, because apparently every cartoon character wants a shot at murdering Bugs.

Garfield

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We all know what Garfield looks like now, but in his early years, he had jowls, a hunched back, and beady little eyes. Sure, modern Garfield is cranky, but at least he looks friendly. Reading the original strips makes me feel like I’m getting yelled at by my grandfather. Also, Garfield would often just assault Jon Arbuckle for trying to make him eat healthy or exercise. Luckily, Garfield is a Benjamin Button cat and aged into a younger, less terrifying version of himself.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Whether it’s the silly cartoon from the ’80s, the less silly cartoons from the ‘00s, or the silly for completely different reasons Michael Bay movies, kids will always love the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ... but they should not read their original comics. Meant to mock gritty superhero comics, the joke was that the concept of a ninja turtle was absurd. With Splinter sending the Turtles out to murder Shredder in the first issue, however, the Ninja Turtles themselves were just as dark as the comics they parodied.

SpongeBob SquarePants

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Originally, SpongeBob SquarePants was a self-published comic book titled The Intertidal Zone. Also, it was educational and used by a marine science institution to teach students. The creator, Stephen Hillenburg, shopped the comic around to larger publishers, but they all turned it down. It wasn’t until Hillenburg changed careers and started working at Nickelodeon that someone noticed his characters and encouraged him to pitch it as a show. That means SpongeBob originally started off as a teacher (also, there are a bunch of people out there who have to live the rest of their lives knowing they turned down SpongeBob SquarePants).

 

Casper the Friendly Ghost

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Casper isn't just a friendly ghost, he’s also a child ghost. That has some pretty dark implications. While modern interpretations will quickly address this and then move on to children-appropriate antics, that hasn’t always been the case. Originally, Casper’s origin was left purposely vague, for obvious reasons. By the ‘60s, however, Harvey Comics decided to make it clear that Casper wasn’t a dead little boy — instead, both of his parents were ghosts who fell in love and had a ghost child together ... which is a way creepier origin. For a while, Casper was a completely inhuman being. While he may have been a friendly ghost, during that time period he was also definitely a servant of whatever dark lord resides over hell.

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Giant Inflatable Minion Causes Havoc & Terrorizes Highway In Dublin

The marketing vultures over at Universal have cut loose enormous inflatable Minions to hold up traffic and terrorize the land.

The terrifying scene of the oversized marketing mascot heaving its ponderous body through traffic like an ungodly rolling pin, its giant stupid face rolling inexorably towards us, blocking out the sun and enveloping all hope.... is spectacular.

It’s probably best to just surrender...

R.I.P. Everything.

Giant Inflatable Minion Causes Havoc & Terrorizes Highway In Dublin


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