Thursday, March 24, 2022

Weird Episodes: Garfield and Friends: The Horror Hostess

In the modern age of the internet, the perception of Garfield has always been super weird. Mostly out of freakish, bizarre and unique interpretations of the exploits of Jim Davis. Be is Lasagna Cat or I'm Sorry Jon, it seems that if you want to make something super bizarre, Garfield is the perfect franchise for it. But here's the thing. Garfield has always been weird. The internet community merely adopted the weirdness. Garfield was born in it, molded in it. And I think no part of Garfield lore best exemplified that than Garfield and Friends.

Running from 1988 until 1994, Garfield and Friends was an animated adaptation of not just the titular Garfield, but his friends, as in U.S. Acres, the other Jim Davis cartoon that never really succeeded where Garfield did. Not even an ounce. Honestly, I find people are rough on the U.S. Acres segments as they had their moments and could be just as bizarre as Garfield, even more so at times. You see, instead of just staying to the traditional formula of the Jim Davis comic strips, Garfield and Friends focused much of its comedy on meta humor, fourth wall breaking jokes, self referential gags and even some digs at the general formula of the series itself. Garfield being fat, Jon's life being hell, Odie existing, Nermal being annoying, the standard stuff.

Garfield and Friends was always a wild card. Sometimes you'd have more structured stories closer to the formula of the strips, then you'd have a short with Garfield and Odie joining a knockoff X-Men group and wanting to go stop off at a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon for some pizza. Or then you'd have a short where the entire episode is parodying the David Letterman top ten lists. A definite chaotic feel holding much of the energy from cartoons like Duck Amuck. So, in other words, there's plenty of weird episodes to choose from. But today we're talking about "The Horror Hostess" the two Garfield shorts from the penultimate episode of the series. Why this one? Let's see just why as we review this thing.

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Weird Episodes: DuckTales: Allowance Day & TaleSpin: The Time Bandit

Look, I get it. When you're tasked to write for shows with roughly 65 episodes, it can be tricky. You're bound to reuse plot ideas a lot. Your amnesia episode, your clone episode, your size change episode. But more often than not these concepts are given enough to do that sets them apart from other similar ideas. But what if, just once in a blue moon, two cartoons had the exact same plot? And I mean almost down to the letter? 

Well, what perfect item to bring us back with Weird Episodes, because we're talking about TaleSpin and DuckTales. Two shows I did full reviews on many moons ago before I just up and ended up falling out of that. I'm not done with it, hell Bonkers is ready and done but I need to finish Goof Troop, but we'll veer into one more discussion on two shows we already. Until I come back for other weird episodes. What do I mean by the exact same episode. Let's look at both the DuckTales episode "Allowance Day" and TaleSpin's episode "The Time Bandit".

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Toon Binge: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987): Seasons 4 & 5 (Update: 09-15-20)

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Season Four brought about some changes to Ninja Turtles. The substantial one was the end of the syndication era before the show came to CBS on Saturday Mornings. The first batch of episodes we'll cover in this season is the European Vacation era of the show, which technically airs later in other outlets, but since they're intended to link with episode 66, we're counting them here first. After that, it's the remaining syndication exclusive eps for season four, then straight into the CBS episodes. Strap yourselves in. This is gonna be a loooong season.