Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Top 5 Tuesdays (T5T) Gets Animated



If you haven't seen The Venture Brothers on Adult Swim then there is still a chance to save your soul. The second season comes out today on DVD. It's an amazingly funny show and if you are fan of the old Johnny Quest series or The Tick animated series, you have to see it or pick up the DVD.

So anyway, in honor The Venture Brothers Season 2, give me your top five favorite animated series.

1. The Venture Brothers - Natch

2. Aeon Flux - The original Liquid Television stuff is sexy, bizarre and something out of a strange dream.

3. The Simpsons - Tastes like burning.

4. The Family Guy - In one episode Stewie breaks all the blood vessels in his left eye when he tries to squeeze out a fart. If that's not cartoon comedy, I don't know what is.

5. Scooby Doo - The reason I got up at the ass crack of dawn every Saturday was to see Shaggy and that crazy dog.

12 comments:

Moviezzz said...

Should I admit to never seeing THE VENTURE BROTHERS? Most of the Adult Swim stuff (AQUA TEEN, SEA LAB or whatever it is called) doesn't work for me, even though I've given them all a shot. I guess I'm too old or something.


But, I'll go with THE SIMSPSONS, KING OF THE HILL, the early BEAVIS AND BUTTHEADs, and, ummm, I will have to get back to you.

Elijah Price said...

Moviezzz....

I don't think you're too old, as I am late in life and find Venture Brothers BRILLIANT! As for the five greatest....

Space Ghost

Hong Kong Fuey

Speed Racer

Scooby Doo (still hoping to see Daphne get nailed by shaggy)

Almost anything on Adult Swim

Piper said...

Thank you Elijah. Venture Brothers is Brilliant.

Moviezzz. It is completely different from Aqua Teen and Sea Lab. I myself have had a hard time with those.

Waste no more time. Go rent it now or buy it. You will not be disappointed.

Jeremy Fuksa: Creative Generalist said...

OK, now we're in my domain!

1. Ren & Stimpy - John Kriclafusi continues to be one of my favorite animators, bar none. Even though the first two seasons are my favorites, I love the whole series. If you haven't picked up the DVD of the lost episodes of R&S, I'd suggest it. Each episode in the compilation is nowhere near safe for kiddie consumption, but for those of us who remember when, it's an interesting extension of where the series naturally needed to progress (or regress depending on your viewpoint).

2. Tom Goes To The Mayor - This entire series was recently released on DVD to little fanfare, but this show has been one of my favorites in recent memory. The dry, slow humor is definitely not for everyone. In fact, this was one of the most polarizing shows on [adult swim]... people either loved or hated it. I loved it.

3. Beavis & Butt-head - I laughed just as hard at the reruns on MTV2 as I did at the first runs 14 years earlier. That's good comedy.

4. Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist - This is another one with slow, dry humor. The stand-up comedian cameos on the Dr.'s couch every week really made this show for me. I also really liked Squigglevision, which was brought back in Home Movies to somewhat lesser effect.

5. The Maxx - This wasn't a Liquid Television offshoot, but it was part of MTV's animation offering in the early 90's and was every but as bizarre and beautiful as Aeon Flux, but for some reason The Maxx always called to me just that little bit more.

Honorable mentions go to The Venture Brothers, Mission Hill, Dungeons & Dragons, GI Joe, The Brak Show, and Cartoon Planet.

Stewie's ocular blood vessel blowout is my absolute favorite Family Guy moment.

pacheco said...

I'm definitely on board with Ren & Stimpy, the original series. I still can't believe they pulled off half of that stuff.

I'd put Season One of The Critic. It was hilarious, but in Season Two, they tried to give our "protagonist" a love interest, and the show got so boring that I couldn't finish watching the series.

To me, The Simpsons seems almost too easy to put on a list. Plus, does its lackluster performance in recent years tarnish its previous reputation? To paraphrase High Fidelity, is it in fact fair to criticize a once-great artist for his latter day sins? It's not a TERRIBLE show now, but I'm in no rush to watch new episodes.

I'm down with Family Guy, though.

Piper said...

Pacheco

Simpsons is a slippery slope. It's a favorite and it seems to have a place, but I agree with you that it's a little too easy.

And you just moved about 10 pegs up the ole fucking cool meter for quoting High Fidelity.

Ray said...

In no particular order ...

As an adult:

"The Simpsons" - duh.

"Family Guy" - Still some of the best belly laughs on television.

"Sealab 2021" - first season is absolutely brilliant, "why didn't I think of that?" stuff.

"Wonder Showzen" - although a large part of this is not animated, its animated bits are among the most shocking and awe-inspiring bits of comedy I have ever seen. Watch "Global Politics in 30 Seconds" and then try to tell me otherwise.

"Ren and Stimpy" - It's both a throwback to older cartoons and a giant leap forward.

As a kid:

"Battle of the Planets" - in post-Star Wars America, nothing was better. I am glad they are finally making this into a movie.

"Speed Racer" - iconic show, filled with memorable episodes. The Mammoth Car? The Melange robot car? The race through the volcano?? I hope the Wachowskis don't screw this up.

"Jonny Quest" - This needs to be made into a movie, period. Of course, Hadji will need to be turned into a white, photogenic American, given the current climate.

"Astro Boy" - heart-tugging storyline meets clever design. One of my earliest memories.

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Piper said...

Ray,

Shit completely forgot about Battle Of The Planets. It has been repackaged as Gatchaman, which is more true to the original cartoon. I bought it for my son and myself.

Great cartoon.

Elijah Price said...

Piper,

Did you just thank me? You're a fucking idiot! We can't keep it all nice now! That would be bad form.

EP

Seriously, scary we finally agreed!

Piper said...

I did thank you. I must be a fucking idiot.

If we agreed on everything it wouldn't be any fun.

Jeremy Fuksa: Creative Generalist said...

Oooh, Battle of the Planets made me think of two other childhood favorites... Star Blazers and SilverHawks. Yes!

J.D. Judge said...

I think The Venture Brothers is stupid. There are better things on Adult Swim, and yet there are worse. ATHF 4EVER!!!!!