This week’s Cartoon Cuts sees the announcement of Robot Chicken‘s 6th season, a great episode of Futurama, clever Aqua Teen animation and what’s that? Squidbillies is still kicking around.
First up, thanks to Futurama for returning to near-true form in last week’s ‘The Butterjunk Effect”. Yes, a ridiculous plot about roller derbies; but all great episodes are founded on a stupid premise. Plus Amy and Leela kiss Fry, which as good a premise as any. Besides half-nude cartoon action, this episode is packed with zingy one-liners and sweet animation like caterpillar-Fry.
This week also brought news of a SIXTH season of Robot Chicken… the show that made us all ask WHY. WHY didn’t I make a career out of playing with toys in stop motion?? It still blows my mind that this show has persevered (thank you Seth Green/MacFarlane) but lo and behold, creators Tom Root and Matt Seinreich discuss season 6 after the jump!
It’s been awhile since the last Cartoon Cuts, mainly because the volume of references in South Park episodes can be hard to sum up. However, my love for animation is urging me to get going again with the return of Futurama and Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
Futurama is a show that parallels Family Guy in its cycle of being cancelled and then re-instated by the networks. We all feared Futurama was over around 2009 when the voice cast couldn’t reach a contract agreement with Fox, but later that same year fans were promised an ‘up to 26 episode’ new sixth season. Ironically, Futurama’s return in June 2010 “helped the network to its highest-rated night.. and its highest-rated Thursday primetime in the network’s history.” Supply and demand, baby. Despite the relative ‘meh’ value of the last season, 26 new episodes have just started rolling out, and are scheduled to air on Comedy Central through 2013.
Aqua Teen Hunger Force is a crazy show that has survived both terrible movie and boring video game adaptations, and doesn’t seem to care at all about consistency or character logic. It retitled itself Aqua Unit Patrol Squad for no good reason in 2011, and again as Aqua Something You Know Whatever in 2012. But that’s really the charm of this show; it’s a unique irreverent oddity, and it’s heading in to an incredible 9th season. I check out the first episodes (with minimal spoilers) after the jump…
Everywhere you go these days folks are talking about the Avengers. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes from Marvel Comics are ultra-hot. The big screen movie is just a month away. The comics event of the year, Avengers Vs. X-Men is just getting underway. And here in the United States, this past weekend marks the season two premiere of Disney XD’s animated TV series “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.”
Of course animation is no big deal for the Avengers. They have been animated almost as long as they’ve been around. In fact, the Avengers have been animated as long as Marvel Comics has been animated.
Halloween is still my favourite holiday of the year by far. Candy, costumes, horror films and no family obligations? Awesome. And call it nostalgia or die hard loyalty, but The Simpsons is still my favourite source of Halloween-themed entertainment. So, in celebration of my favourite holiday and my favourite show, I’m happy to bring you my Top 5 Simpsons Halloween episodes.