Have you seen Over The Garden Wall on Cartoon Network? If not, you are missing one of the best cartoons of 2014, and you should not watch this video below! The YouTube channel PBS Idea Channel talks about Over The Garden Wall, and if the cartoon shows a great exploration into the idea of faith in the face of fear. So, what can we learn from the brothers Wirt and Greg (as well as Beatrice and their frog) about faith and facing the impossible? Watch the episode below and find out!
Last week, Cartoon Network premiered their mini-series Over The Garden Wall. The series was created by Patrick McHale, and the series centers on two brothers who travel across a strange forest in order to find their way home. The show is based on McHale’s animated short film, Tome of the Unknown, which was produced as part of Cartoon Network Studios shorts development program. For the first ever mini-series on Cartoon Network, I thought they did a great job! To get things started, enjoy part one below, while it stays up on YouTube.
The show was first pitched in 2006, and it took eight years before it was broadcast on Cartoon Network, I can’t believe it took that long, because I found this mini-series having some great animation, great action, and some good humor spread throughout. Two brothers named Wirt and Greg becomes lost in a strange wilderness. And yes, Greg is wearing a teapot upside down on his head. And Wirt looks like a dwarf from Snow White, it only gets stranger from here! And why does Greg have a huge amount of candy in his pants? The brothers are joined by a frog whose name is undetermined and who can communicate only through singing. There is also a bird named Beatrice who talks, and follows the brothers to try to undo a curse that has affected her whole family. And there is also the wise, elderly Woodsman, who looks like Abraham Lincoln.
The mini-series also focuses on a beast who is roaming the forest. The beast leads lost souls astray until they give up and turn into Edelwood trees. You don’t want to be turned into the tree! The first episode, the boys thought they found the beast, but it was only a dog, who liked Greg’s candy. Other episodes in the series features living pumpkins, a school-house of animals being taught by a human teacher, frogs in human clothing, a cloud city, strange people, teenager love, and near death. As one of the final episodes reveals, the two brothers almost got hit by a train, fell into a lake, and almost drowned.
One of the final scenes features the brothers in the hospital. But wait, you see the Woodsman daughter, and Beatrice and her family back as humans. You think all of this was a dream because the two brothers were knocked out, but you then see the final few minutes, and you see that this was no dream. Spooky stuff! Yes, the series is mostly dark, with plenty of horror and scary scenes, but you also see some caring, helping others, and coming out of your shell. Something all kids watching this should learn. Yes, the storytelling was weak in spots, but the good animation and music make up for it!
I thought the entire mini-series was a good mini-series filled with some fairy tale stories, folk stuff, strange stuff, and an overall weird environment I know some people would love living in! I highly recommend you catch the entire 10 part mini-series, and the entire mini-series should come out on DVD. Cartoon Network, you need to release this on DVD! This mini-series is something all kids and adults will enjoy, and I enjoyed it, you will too!
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So, who was up at 3 am Central on the last week of October? If you were, and watching Adult Swim on Cartoon Network, you saw this wacky infomercial called Too Many Cooks. The 11 minute parody was created by Casper Kelly, who writes for other Adult Swim shows like Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Squidbillies. The piece starts off as an innocent opening to any 1980’s sitcom you see on TV. You know, where all the characters on the TV show introduce themselves, and smile. But wait, who is that creepy guy appearing in the background?
The parody goes from a sitcom, to something all serial killers love to have, multiple victims to kill. And there are way too many Cooks in this family! You see a Roseanne like introduction, a Law and Order type introduction, a Dallas like drama introduction, an animated Gi-Joe type introduction, and this weird transition between a mansion and a bird, then things get wacky. That serial killer lurking in the background gets active, and starts killing off some Cooks. I liked how the name of Katie Adkins stays illuminated, and she gets killed.
And what was up with that superhero transformation, and they both get killed too. Then the intro turns into a serial killer paradise, then into a futuristic show? Yeah, it keeps getting weirder and weirder, to the point the words in the introductions are the people, and the people are the ones who pop onto the screen, to introduce the word people. Too bad Smarf the Cat could not stop the madness, or the stoned stuff you were watching on Adult Swim.
Casper Kelly got about 50 tweets when it first aired on Adult Swim, then it went viral. And Casper is very surprised about this, I am not, this was funny, and very clever at the same time. Yeah, this infomercial does not make any sense, but this is Adult Swim, where their shows don’t make much sense at all, but it keeps the viewers coming back! So I say, kudos to Williams Street for making something you will have to watch over and over again. Here is the Too Many Cooks video from Adult Swim, enjoy it while it’s up on YouTube!
A word to everyone, this video is not for kids!
The last few days in the animation/cartoon world have featured some big stores! So on this Animation Monday, let’s talk about some cartoons with some recent big news!
The Powerpuff Girls Are Back
Remember how popular The Powerpuff Girls were? The popularity was almost like the amount of fans you see on My Little Pony today. Guess what, the girls are back! Cartoon Network announced they are bringing back the three superhero girls and chief content officer of the Cartoon Network, Rob Sorcher, said: “The original Powerpuff Girls was a franchise phenomenon for Cartoon Network, paving the way for a new generation of innovative storytellers and enthusiastic fans worldwide. We are calling these girls back into action based upon an overwhelming demand for sugar, spice and Chemical X.”
Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup — will return to the network in 2016. The original series won two Emmy awards, and The Powerpuff Girls brand has achieved over $2.5 billion in retail sales. No word on who will write and produce the series, but here is hoping the original creators will come back!
Gravity Falls Season Two Premiere
The wait is almost over! Season two of Gravity Falls is coming to Disney Channel and DisneyXD! Creator Alex Hirsch has confirmed a premiere date of Friday August 1st at 8 pm Central. And he did this via Twitter.
And another episode of Gravity Falls will air on DisneyXD on Monday August 4th! Get excited, this is one of the top cartoons currently on TV!
Phineas And Ferb: Star Wars
Yep, Phineas And Ferb are going to a galaxy far, far away! Disney has released photos and the special is looking good! The special will have all of your regular characters from the popular cartoon. The special will guest star Simon Pegg, and MythBusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman! Here is the official synopsis.
In Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars, Phineas and Ferb are living just one moisture farm over from Luke Skywalker on the planet of Tatooine when R2-D2 and the Death Star plans inadvertently fall into their speeder. With the fate of the galaxy thrust upon their shoulders, they hire pilot Isabella, Han Solo’s rival, to help them return the plans to the Rebel Alliance. Complicating matters, low-ranking Stormtrooper Candace is intent on busting the Rebels and chases them across the galaxy in hopes of retrieving the Death Star plans.
Meanwhile, intergalactic chaos erupts on the Death Star when Perry the Rebelpus is trapped in carbonite while trying to stop Darthenshmirtz from using his new “Sith-inator.” The saga takes a turn for the worse when Ferb is accidentally caught in the crossfire of the “Sith-inator,” changing him into a full-fledged Sith and leading to an epic first-time battle between the brothers.
The special will premiere on Saturday July 26th at 8 pm Central! Look for more photos and video clips at Comic-Con!
The Legend Of Korra Season 3 Trailer
Nickelodeon released the season three trailer of the popular cartoon The Legend of Korra! Sadly, some episodes of Book 3 have been leaked, but I am going to wait until Book 3 officially premieres this Fall. Enjoy the trailer, it looks cool!
This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.
Derek Hunter is one of the designers for Adventure Time on Cartoon Network! He has been drawing comics for almost as long as he can remember and what he is asking from you today is to help him collect his favorite self-published mini comics of the last 11 years into one beautiful book! He has always carried a sketchbook with him where he spends every spare minute filling it with comics. These sketchbook comics (which he lovingly refers to as “Skidmarks”) have a certain looseness and spontaneity that he loves; which is hard to capture in the labored, deliberate and more polished nature of the professional work that he does not only in comics but on shows like Adventure Time and Bravest Warriors.
This collection of comics not only represents him perfectly as a creator and storyteller, but represents his love of comics as a whole. When he is not making cartoons and comics for a paycheck, he is drawing these Skidmarks for fun…because he cannot stop himself! Comics is in his blood, and there’s a lot of blood, sweat, and tears (mostly of joy) on the pages of this book. He needs to make comics to be happy, to survive… and he wouldn’t have it any other way. He needs $6,000 in order to cover printing, shipping, Kickstarter fees, and taxes. And he has put together some great reward packages to help get the ball rolling, including some Kickstarter exclusives that won’t be available after this project is over!
As of May 14th, this project has raised around $1,620 of their $6,000 goal. This project only has 29 days left to raise the $6,000 or it will not be funded! For a pledge of $10, you will get the PDF of the Skidmarks Mini Comic Collection. For a pledge of $20, you will get your own signed copy of the SkidMarks Mini Comic Collection! To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1798663454/skidmarks-a-mini-comic-collection