June 12, 2007

Return of the King and Top Lists

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So as I had said earlier, I had not known that James updated Blogger such that I could post to it again until recently... and I had been meaning to post since that recently announcement, but I've been kept busy by work and by a dog. But now I have some time while my computer busies itself with archiving stuff to blank DVDs (by the way, you all need to watch Arrested Development if you haven't, because it owns you).

Anyway though, enough of that stuff. I was reading the paper the other day and came across an article about people and making lists and how it's become this huge thing lately, which I thought was odd because I know we here have been doing it forever... well, forever ago... since nobody fuckin' posts to the board anymore (present recent posters excluded).

But anyway, as I was saying, it used to be that we would make Top 5 Posts all the time. SO, in the spirit of that old tradition...


My Top 5 Favorite Cartoons/Animated Series' of All Time

Starting from least favorite to most favorite, we have:

5. Invader Zim

I know that this one might come off as a bit goth-trendy or whatever, but since I'm not goth or emo, I really don't have to worry about that. First seeing this on James' computer, and dismissing it slightly at the time, I later again caught it while working at Hollywood Video, and for whatever reason this time it stuck. Probably because when you work at a video store, you are introduced to ALL of the crap out there and begin to appreciate good random stuff.

4. Batman: The Animated Series

I would have to call this cartoon as one of the first of the modern or contemporary cartoons of our time. It certain was one of the best adaptations of a comic book character for TV, and one of the first. And it was fuckin' Batman! And Batman was actually bad-ass, not campy like previous cartoon versions. And then, he went on to be the bad-ass member of the Justice League cartoons, with the same voice actor. The lesson: Batman is supposed to be bad-ass!

3. X-Men: The Animated Series

The other great comic book to cartoon adaptation, and perhaps better (at least in my opinion) was this cartoon. If Batman had Batman, then X-Men had Wolverine. I think my only problem with this cartoon was that Iceman was only in it a few times. But they made up for that with good stories, including the Phoenix saga and all the Apocalypse stuff. Hell, they even had Cable and Bishop show up from time to time.

2. The Simpsons

I was actually not going to include this cartoon on the list, because I see it more as a series or sitcom then I do as a cartoon. Still, it is animated, and so it's here. It's the Simpsons. What can you say? I think it cemented it's place as an all time favorite every time it had some parody of something that wasn't mass pop-culture but that I still got. For some reason, the scene of Lisa running that parallels "Run Lola Run" sticks in my mind the best. Yeah, it can be argued that the show has lost it's way from time to time and may be suffering from having been on the air for too long, but it's still better than a good majority of anything out there.

1. The Transformers

With all the new hype coming out for the Transformers live movie, I began to wonder if my beloved memories of the original were just hype and nostalgia, so I went to Scarecrow and rented the series. I can honestly say that it isn't hype, though maybe some nostalgia to be sure. The Transformers were awesome. Yes, there were some cliché things about the show, but hell, there will be some cliché things about any show of any time period, and I'm willing to dismiss those. The classic battles between Optimus Prime and Megatron will always be that: classic. And awesome. Yeah, it was absurd some times and sometimes hearing Megatron yell "RETREAT!" every episode starts to feel redundant, but that also made it comfortable and welcome. And you couldn't beat Starscream's constant efforts at trying to claim power. Why Megatron kept him around all that time, who knows? Of course, this all makes me that much sadder that the new movie will probably suck, and not due to the natural modernization of classics... but because Michael Bay is a bastard who seems to have a knack for ruining what he touches with too much over-the-topness. But hey, maybe that will help with this movie. At least it isn't being directed by Paul Anderson.

And they say there isn't a God.

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