Weirdly wonderful, Animacs is a totally entertaining mix of slapstick humor and clever wordplay. The stars of the show are Yakko, Wakko and Dot, three vintage-style cartoon characters who move through the modern world with frenetic energy. Note to parents: This hyperactive, hyper-fun series isn't what you stream before bed. Another note to parents: You'll probably end up watching it, and enjoying it almost as much as your kids.
What do you remember about this classic series? This cartoon about a sailor who spends a lot of time ashore flirting and getting into fights is an American icon, and makes a strong argument for eating your greens!
Da-dum, da-dum... Who doesn't love Henry Mancini's theme for the Pink Panther, the 1963 film starring Peter Sellars? The opening credits featured a cartoon panther that audiences adored so much he was spun off into the star of his own cartoon series. The Pink Panther is always stumbling into adventures, and always keeps its cool.
Debuting in 1997, Cow and Chicken was one of the earliest absurd cartoons of Cartoon Network's offerings, a precursor to all of the absurdity that was to come. Cow and Chicken are a brother and sister, whose parents are somehow human. Little sister Cow drives Chicken crazy as the two navigate daily shenanigans at home, school, and dealing with the Red Guy, a devilish character with buttcheeks that are entirely too pronounced. It's easier to escape from their issues when Cow morphs into her alter ego, Supercow, wearing a purple supersuit with holes for her udders and granting her superpowers, including the ability to suddenly speak Spanish.
A more recent addition to Cartoon Network's lineup of iconic cartoons, The Amazing World of Gumball is known for its absurdity, dark humor, and jarring use of mixed media and animation styles, including featuring its animated characters in photorealistic settings, grounding the bizarre series in reality.
If you've somehow never seen one of Cartoon Network's most iconic cartoons, Dexter's Laboratory (often abbreviated to Dexter's Lab), you've at least seen the meme made of him whispering "omelette du fromage" into a girl's ear.
The '90s cartoon centered on Dexter, a child scientist and inventor with an unexplained accent whose missions were constantly thwarted by his annoying (yet lovable) sister Dee Dee and his arch nemesis Mandark, a nerd infatuated with Dee Dee. Apart from its fresh and original humor, this show's voice acting really made it stand out. Despite the fact that it's been over 20 years since the show first aired, I can still hear Dexter yelling at Dee Dee, and their mom yelling at him.
While 2 Stupid Dogs didn't initially air on Cartoon Network, it was a defining cartoon of the channel's early 90's programming. The show's dry humor was reminiscent of adult cartoon programming like Daria and Beavis and Butthead, but it was complemented by silly gags that entertained viewers of all ages. This show also gave us Super Secret Squirrel, a minishow that aired between 2 Stupid Dogs episode segments and featured a secret agent squirrel and his sidekick, Morocco Mole. Bet you haven't thought about those guys in years!
A short-lived fan favorite, Megas XLR was unlike any other Cartoon Network show. Set in an alien-ruled world in the year 3037, the futuristic cartoon centered on a human resistance force whose last hope was a giant, prototype mecha robot that they stole from the alien race. Together, Kiva, Coop, and Jamie hatch a plan to use Megas to travel back in time to the last battle humanity faced against the Glorft alien force and lost, hoping to reverse the outcome and change the future. Unlikely heroes that they are, the human force (especially Coop) often get themselves into unique messes, like accidentally ruining TV for everyone and inviting a giant radio-wave-eating monster to Earth, that are hilarious to watch and made this show the success that it was.
Cartoon Network is known for its outrageous, unconventional cartoon comedies, and Uncle Grandpa is exemplary of that signature style. Uncle Grandpa is a nonsensical action-adventure show that follows the shapeshifting, wacky Uncle Grandpa as he visits children and takes them on surreal adventures that don't always (read: ever) go as planned. Accompanied by grouchy dinosaur Mr. Gus and Pizza Steve, an anthropomorphic slice of pizza, and traveling on a cutout image of a tiger aptly named "Giant Realistic Flying Tiger," Uncle Grandpa and his talking fanny pack Belly Bag get into crazy misadventures in every episode, providing a steady stream of laughs and perhaps a few moments of wondering what exactly the writers were on when they worked on this show.
The golden age of American animation was a period in the history of U.S. animation that began with the popularization of sound cartoons in 1928 and gradually ended in the late 1960s, where theatrical animated shorts began losing popularity to the newer medium of television animation, produced on cheaper budgets and in a more limited animation style by companies such as Hanna-Barbera, UPA, Jay Ward Productions, and DePatie-Freleng.
Walt Disney had decided to become a newspaper cartoonist drawing political caricatures and comic strips. However, nobody would hire Disney, so his older brother Roy, who was working as a banker at the time, got him a job at the Pesmen-Rubin Art Studio where he created advertisements for newspapers, magazines, and movie theaters. Here he met fellow cartoonist Ub Iwerks, the two quickly became friends and in January 1920, when their time at the studio expired they decided to open up their own advertising agency together called Iwerks-Disney Commercial Artists. The business however got off to a rough start and Walt temporarily left for the Kansas City Film and Ad Co. to raise money for the fleeting company and Iwerks soon followed as he was unable to run the business alone.
While working there he made commercials for local theaters using crude cut-out animation. Disney became fascinated by the art and decided to become an animator. He then borrowed a camera from work and rented a book from the local library called Animated Cartoons: How They Are Made, Their Origin and Development by Edwin G. Lutz and decided that cel animation would produce better quality and decided to open up his own animation studio. Disney then teamed up with Fred Harman and made their first film, The Little Artist which was nothing more than an artist (Disney) taking a cigarette break at his work desk. Harman soon dropped out of the venture, but Disney was able to strike a deal with local theater owner Frank L. Newman and animated a cartoon all by himself entitled Newman Laugh-O-Grams screened in roughly February 1921. Walt then quit his job at the film and ad company and incorporated Laugh-O-Gram Films in May 1922, and hired former advertising colleagues as unpaid "students" of animation including Ub Iwerks and Fred Harman's brother, Hugh Harman.
Upon the closure of Laugh-O-Grams, Walt Disney worked as a freelance filmmaker before selling his camera for a one-way ticket to Los Angeles. Once arriving he moved in with his Uncle Robert and his brother Roy, who was recovering at a nearby government hospital from tuberculosis he had suffered during the war. After failing to get a job as a director of live-action films he sent the unfinished Alice's Wonderland reel to short-subjects distributor Margaret J. Winkler of Winkler Pictures in New York. Winkler was distributing both the Felix the Cat and Out of the Inkwell cartoons at the time, but the Fleischer brothers were about to leave to set up their own distribution company, Red Seal Films, and Felix producer Pat Sullivan was constantly fighting with Winkler; therefore Winkler agreed to distribute Disney's Alice Comedies as sort of an insurance policy.
Once Walt Disney received the notice on October 15, he convinced Roy to leave the hospital and help him set up his business. The next day, on October 16, 1923, Disney Bros. Cartoon Studio opened its doors at a small rented office two blocks away from his uncle's house with Roy managing business and Walt handling creative affairs. He convinced Virginia Davis's parents which caused the first official Alice short, Alice's Day at Sea, to be released on January 1, 1924; delayed by eleven days. Ub Iwerks was re-hired in February 1925 and the quality of animation on the Alice series improved; this prompted Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising and Carman Maxwell to follow Disney west in June 1925. Around that time, Davis was replaced with Maggie Gay and the cartoons started to focus less on the live-action scenes and more the fully animated scenes, particularly those featuring Alice's pet sidekick Julius, who bore an uncanny resemblance to Felix the Cat. In February 1926, Disney built a larger studio at 2719 Hyperion Avenue and changed the name of the company to Walt Disney Cartoons.
The inspiration for Mickey has never been clear. Walt Disney said that he came up with the idea on the train ride back to Los Angeles shortly after the confrontation with Mintz, but other records say that he came up with the idea after he returned to the studio. Walt Disney once said that he was inspired by a pet mouse he once had at the old Laugh-O-Grams studio, but more commonly said that he chose a mouse because a mouse had never been the central character of a cartoon series before.
In 1928, Plane Crazy became the first entry into the Mickey Mouse series; however, it was not released because of a poor reaction from test screenings and failed to gain a distributor. The second Mickey Mouse cartoon The Gallopin' Gaucho also failed to gain the attention of the audience and a distributor. Disney knew what was missing: sound. Sound film had been captivating audiences since 1927 with The Jazz Singer and Walt decided that the next cartoon Steamboat Willie would have sound. Steamboat Willie was not the first sound cartoon, Max and Dave Fleischer had produced Song Car-Tunes since 1926. However, they failed to keep the sound synchronized with the animation and the main focus of the cartoons were the bouncing ball sing-a-longs. The Song Car-Tunes were not a success and some staff members doubted whether a cartoon with sound would be successful. So Disney arranged a special preview screening with the music and sound effects being played live behind stage through a microphone. The Steamboat Willie test screening was a success and managed to gain a distributor, Celebrity Pictures chief Pat Powers. However, the first attempt to synchronize the sound with the animation was a disaster with the timing being all wrong. In order to finance the second recording, Walt sold his car. This time he used a click track to keep his musicians on the beat (Disney later learned that it was easier to record the dialogue, music and sound effects first and animate to the sound). Little more than a month before Steamboat Willie's premiere, Paul Terry released his sound cartoon Dinner Time; however it was not a financial success and Walt Disney described it as "a bunch of racket". 041b061a72