The Big Picture: Celebritoons

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Celebritoons

MovieBob gives us further proof that cartoons are, most definitely, weird.

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I'm getting tired of MovieBob going "WTF did I just see?!" while I'm sitting there stone-faced at what he just showed. Granted, Mohammad Ali's face while talking was pretty weird, in an uncanny valley sort of way, but... well, maybe it's because I've been on the Internet AND I've seen what Cartoon Network and especially [adult swim] show on a regular basis, but the stuff he seems to imply are weird and insane, I'm just like "eh".

MovieBob reminds me a lot of Seth MacFarlane when I think about my opinion of him. I find both men to be entertaining as hell until they decide to bring out the soapbox(although Bob is significantly more tolerable than MacFarlane in this field). If I were to give any career advice to Bob, it would be to stick to things like this.

While these cartoons in themselves are weird, the fact this was a "thing" at all for a period still baffles me.

That Ali cartoon in particular is just surreal.

I've heard of many of these during an episode of Laser Time podcast ( http://www.lasertimepodcast.com/2012/05/28/laser-time-animated-vanity/ ) and actually seeing them in action here makes it all the more strange...

...I do wonder how the Governater would have turned out in the long run.

I think the cartoon element set a level of disbelief that reality TV doesn't have anymore. Broke the 4th wall basically. I personally would take a cartoon over the real thing most of the time.

This opinion has been brought to you by ambien. Good night.

I was waiting for "ProStars" to show up! Saved the best for last. That show was a huge deal to 6-year-old me. Seeing a cartoon version of Wayne Gretzky fighting bad guys was mind-blowing.

Remember all of these shows. Bob forgot the Rosie O'Dollen show, and I wish I did too.

Also Pro-Star is amazing. Go Royals!

As always when you post this sort of thing, I sit there asking

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Fuck Reality TV, CelebriGAMES are where it's at!
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I grew up in the 80's, I still don't see anything wrong with GI Joe or Transformers as being nothing more than commercials for toys. Generally they had the same 5 or 6 characters that they recycled every episode and it was a "treat" to see a different character show up from time to time. But the funny thing, usually I wanted to buy the characters not shown in the cartoon. Except Devastator, come on he was awesome!

Whatever, commercialism done entertainingly is fine with me.

I would've liked to see more of globetrotters, loved that show. Great episode anyway. In Brazil, we have star sponsored comics until today, usually with soccer celebrities.

DVS BSTrD:
Fuck Reality TV, CelebriGAMES are where it's at!
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Hear, Hear. I would definitely like more Jack Black games.

No mentioning if "Jackie Chan Adventures"? Now I am disappointed... (probably the only show of this kind that I ever saw, too.)

I'm surprised you didn't mention "Jackie Chan Adventures." Which, by the way, was awesome! It had some of the coolest action sequences, it made use of Chinese/ other Eastern mythologies and settings, and it had a kid sidekick character that wasn't completely annoying (or at least I didn't think so). Heck, one could make the argument that Jackie Chan's cartoon helped bring about other, similar cartoons like "Avatar: The Last Airbender." So yeah, Jackie Chan+Cartoon=Awesome.

how was the Jackie Chan show left out of this. i mean it was at-least half way decent, and far more recent then anything else on the list.

I think part of the reason that those celebrities starting getting into cartoons again in the late 80's and 90's is for the very same thing that people accuse Nintendo about incessantly. They knew their current fanbase was either dying off or growing up and leaving them, so they wanted to get a new fanbase growing, quite literally, from the ground up.

John Candy, on the other hand, like Michael Jordan, never really forgot his rots, and seemed to have a genuine passion for helping kids.

Also, just for s***s and giggles, does anyone else know the one-degree of separation between John Candy and the cartoon Pro Stars?

Bindal:
No mentioning if "Jackie Chan Adventures"? Now I am disappointed... (probably the only show of this kind that I ever saw, too.)

I think he was only pointing out the bad ones.

I haven't heard of any of these. Were they not considered good enough for English children or something?

Pro Stars actually seems kinda fun.

I watched way to much pro Stars as a Kid. I remember Season 1s theme was a rip off of Queens "We Will Rock You."

Bo Jackson... back when the Kansas City Royals were a halfway decent baseball team and perrenial Playoff contenders

Granted he might not have heard of it but I'm surprised that Bob didn't mention the Jackie Chan cartoon. For those of who you don't know it starred a guy named Jackie Chan who worked as an archeologist and knew Kung fu. He worked in his uncle's house, looked after his niece and fought both mystical villains and criminal organisations. At the end of each episode Jackie Chan (the real one) would answer a question about himself.

lazinesslord:
I'm surprised you didn't mention "Jackie Chan Adventures." Which, by the way, was awesome! It had some of the coolest action sequences, it made use of Chinese/ other Eastern mythologies and settings, and it had a kid sidekick character that wasn't completely annoying (or at least I didn't think so). Heck, one could make the argument that Jackie Chan's cartoon helped bring about other, similar cartoons like "Avatar: The Last Airbender." So yeah, Jackie Chan+Cartoon=Awesome.

Jackie Chan Adventures was one of my favourite cartoons as a kid! I loved the premise of the first two seasons. The comedy was gold to me, and I'm still quoting things Uncle said to this day!

Ah I remember fondly of shows like Gravedale High (I was wondering what that show was called until now), Life with Louie and to a certain extent Bobby World (don't really know who that celebrity is but the show was somewhat decent when I was a kid).

lazinesslord:
I'm surprised you didn't mention "Jackie Chan Adventures." Which, by the way, was awesome! It had some of the coolest action sequences, it made use of Chinese/ other Eastern mythologies and settings, and it had a kid sidekick character that wasn't completely annoying (or at least I didn't think so). Heck, one could make the argument that Jackie Chan's cartoon helped bring about other, similar cartoons like "Avatar: The Last Airbender." So yeah, Jackie Chan+Cartoon=Awesome.

I don't think that was out of actual malice. The Jackie Chan adventures is probably out of Bob's time period of knowledge, being an early 2000s series and all. And compared to the rest displayed here it was both fun AND interesting rather than bad and interesting.

I liked "Jackie Chan Adventures" (I'm too old to add "When I was a kid" to that) but the first thing that came to mind for me was the Puffy Ami Yumi Show. Apparently Teen Titans was so popular another show got greenlit based on the popularity of its' theme song alone.

Hey, hey, hey! Don't add "Life with Louie" to this list. It was quite entertaining.

Does remembering all these make me old? 'cos it feels like it should...

Thanks Bob, great trip down memory lane, when I saw the title I instantly thought of Hammerman, and you delivered. Now can you take the images back out of my head again? I'd repressed those damn hard!

Jackie Chan Adventures was pretty good. It certainly had a much less cheesy premise and DIDN'T have a ridiculous theme song. Plus I'm just a sucker for runic magic in animation.

Hell, I'm thinking of rewatching it at some point. I didn't get to see the rest of the episodes with the various demons.

The problem is that reality TV is not aimed toward kids. I would say most reality Tv shows should not be watched by kids (anyone in fact, by how you choose to spend your time is your problem).
I think gaming killed Tv for kids. You see kids who grew in the 1990's and 2000's were born with gaming and the internet boom. Both forces adopted by younger audience. The internet with more focus on the 2000's demographic. Also this generation is much more cynical than the previous one. Just look at what you listen and idolize. Those shows were about sending a message. Yes they were tawdry, but at least it was something. Now most of big hits in pop culture don't worry to much about upright morals.

DVS BSTrD:
Fuck Reality TV, CelebriGAMES are where it's at!
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*chuckle* I'll see your Jack Black-ery and raise you KISS: Psycho Circus: Nightmare Child - a game based on a comic based on a band. Truly, truly, I say to you, this is the turducken of games.

Additional weirdness as the band is made of up comic book exaggerations of its members.

You can add Class of 3000 to the list of recent ones you left out. It was about rapper Andre 3000 from Outkast as a schoolteacher. I never saw it, but it sounded interesting.

And even more recently, you've got Secret Millionaires Club, which is apparently an educational show that teaches about financial responsibility and stars the only real-life rich person that it's OK to cast as a good guy, Warren Buffett. As far as I know, that one's even still on the air. On the Hub, because who else would be crazy enough to air that.

puff ball:
how was the Jackie Chan show left out of this. i mean it was at-least half way decent, and far more recent then anything else on the list.

JACKIE CHAN. Was all I was thinking the whole time. That was easily the one successful celebrity cartoon. It was good! >.< "Ay-yah Jackie!"

It isn't any better bob... it is definitely far worse.

As much as those shows were corporate cash ins, at least that had SOME semblance of creativity (as soulfully dead as they were). Throwing a bunch of mismatched personalities into some mundane and/or surreal context and then hoping something good will happen (and cheap edits if what happens isn't "entertaining" enough) is perhaps the laziest, most creatively bankrupt avenue for mainstream media to take.

At least it's slowly educating people on how easily subverted context can be with modern editing. Heck, even my sister who is far from savvy when it comes to the inner workings of media, is able to tell where stuff is being deliberately edited for drama.

Or am I trying to squeeze some good out of something that is devoid of any?

I'm noticing that a lot of these were made by DiC.
In the mid-90s to early-00s DiC were the people who made expendable forgettable crap.
Good to know nothing changes.

ShirowShirow:
I liked "Jackie Chan Adventures" (I'm too old to add "When I was a kid" to that) but the first thing that came to mind for me was the Puffy Ami Yumi Show. Apparently Teen Titans was so popular another show got greenlit based on the popularity of its' theme song alone.

Oh yeah, I remember "Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi." It was a pretty good show. It was a decently funny show despite the premise of being about a relatively unknown J-pop band (at least in the US). It was a shame that it got cancelled only after its first season.

Really, the only reason Hammer-Man, ProStars et all even register on my consciousness is the fact that they weren't Sonic The Hedgehog and "the fuck were they doing on Channel 4 at the 7 am time slot devoted to mah sonic stories?"

Well, that was pointless...and I'm OK with that.

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