Friday, January 25, 2008




Okay, I'll stop shamlessley posting pictures of my cute family. . . .

I was poking around on the Cealum et Terra blog again and was reading an article where modern television cartoons (as in the last ten years or so) are described as "creepy." This made me laugh because this is usually my general reaction to any cartoon show on cable made after the year 1995 or so. Has anyone else noticed how strange and offbeat the humor has become and how dissproportioate and jerky the animation style is? Why? . What's the deal with that?

Okay I take it back--that is a broad generalization--there is the exeptional Justice League cartoons and, of course, the Powderpuff girls had some good moments. I guess I'm thinking more of cartoons for young young kids. Like seven and under. . . .

Anyway, this is even funnier in light of the fact that I have just introduced the girls to the old Muppet Show episodes. Ben and I put one on for them last night and I was floored at its sheer overwhelming wholesomeness. Sure it was zany and perhaps, might I venture, even "whacky" but the innoncent fun of it all was what I found so refreshing. So I lift my glass high to Jim Hensen. May his puppet legacy , God willing, long outlive the likes of this decade's bizzare cartoonery.


If you want to see a really cute sketch, go to Youtube and look for a sketch of Julie Andrews singing "the Lonley goatherd" to the muppets. Hillarious.

6 comments:

La Bibliotecaria Laura said...

I guess I do consider Peter Sellars singing "Cigarettes and Whiskey and Wild, Wild Women" to be wholesome.

Jill said...

Anna, as an avid cartoon lover I agree with you about modern cartoons. I miss the cartoons of the '80s! One exception, though, is Curious George on PBS. It's not too bad. It is at least traditional animation and there aren't any blatant liberal messages like other PBS kids shows.

Also, that Peter Sellers sketch is one of our favorites. Actually that whole episode is tops. Our other favorite is "The Banana Boat Song" with Harry Belafonte (which you can find on YouTube as well).

Chris Chan said...

They just announced today that the third season of "The Muppet Show" will be released on May 20th.

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