Thursday, December 16, 2004
The Simpsons, we have to agree, has produced many memorable characters and we love to see them on TV. But what do the Simpsons like to watch on their TV? Itchy and Scratchy are the Simpson kids' favorite cartoon characters. One can think of Itchy & Scratchy as murderous versions of Tom & Jerry. Itchy, the cat, in spite of numerous efforts to kill Scratchy, always falls victim to the mouse's own diabolical schemes. Itchy and Scratchy episodes have made occasional appearances on The Simpsons, but beware... they are not for the faint-hearted. Itchy and Scratchy can get pretty gory at times!!
Itchy and Scratchy are to The Simpsons what Terrence and Philip are to South Park. The South Park kids love their toilet humor and in fact, the whole South Park movie is based on how Terrence and Philip corrupt American youth.
Friday, December 10, 2004
This is in response to Werlson's post describing the various South Park characters. The show really is about four friends, one of whom wasn't mentioned in Werlson's posting. His name's Kenny, and he is definitely one of my favorite characters. He's a poor kid with unemployed parents and he'll do just about anything for money. What makes him so special though, is the fact that nobody, except the other characters on the show, can understand what he says. He wears his hoodie so tight around his face, that his voice gets completely muffled. In the first few seasons, the makers of South Park took immense joy in making Kenny a victim of a horrible death in EVERY EPISODE!! (Poor Guy). But that got old pretty quickly (though some of this deaths were quite dramatic and elaborately choreographed!) and Kenny is now a regular on the show.
Click here to read more about South Park on Werlson's South Park Blog
Here's a cool picture of Kenny
Sunday, December 05, 2004
I managed to see one of the new Simpsons episodes today. In this episode, Chloe Talbot, Marge's high school friend revisits her home-town of Springfield. Lisa quickly takes a liking to Chloe, who is a successful news reporter. Lisa's growing admiration for Chloe leaves Marge feeling jealous and inadequate. However, everything works out in the end when Marge saves Lisa from an erupting volcano. By the way, Chloe's voice in this episode was done by Kim Cattrall from 'Sex and The City'
Tuesday, November 30, 2004
However, the show Family Guy has really caught my attention. Over Thanksgiving, I managed to watch the entire third season, and more. And it's difiicult not to notice the similarities between the Simpsons and Family Guy. In both, the head of the family is a dumb, fat, beer-drinking, bumbling, but loving father. The Family Guy kids are pretty interesting. Meg, the oldest, is the typical moody adolescent who has trouble fitting in. Chris, just like Bart, takes after his father. My favorite, however, is Stewie.
He's an evil diabolical baby, hell bent on world domination and destroying his mother (Lois) for imprisoning him for nine torturous months. Brian, the family dog is sophisticated, loves literature and the arts.... and of course, is an alcoholic.
They're no Simpsons but Family Guy is packed with peculiar characters, random laughs, and a lot of great subtle humor that walks a fine line between funny and vulgar.
With the Simpsons on the decline, could this be the next favorite dysfunctional American family?
Check out the official website for more: http://www.fox.com/familyguy/
Thursday, November 25, 2004
I had totally forgotten how much I used to love Asterix (and Tintin comics) when I was younger. Though I haven't read too many, one Asterix comic I distinctly is Asterix and Son. In this story, Asterix and Obelix end up having to care for a baby that they find on their doorstep. In the meantime, the baby also falls into a cauldron of magic potion, giving him superhuman strength. The few Asterix movies that came out were even better though. One of my favorite characters is Dogmatix.
He is Obelix's faithful dog, always eager to be taken along on a new adventure, and is probably history's first environmentalist-dog. He hates trees being cut down.
To learn more about Asterix and the rest of the gang, visit Shravya's Asterix Blog.
Friday, November 19, 2004
After much consideration, my BIT 301 group members and I decided to do our individual blogs on our favorite cartoons. So here I am with some Simpson history:
The Simpsons premiered in December 1989 on FOX, which would make this its 16th season. The family features troublemaker son Bart,
the overachieveing daughter Lisa,
the pacifier-sucking baby Maggie,
loving mom Marge
and of course, everyone's favorite, the overweight, beer-drinking, TV-watching dad Homer who loves his family and will do ANYTHING to prove it, even if it makes him look outrageously foolish!
Guest appearances are common along with the regular characters of Springfield. For more info on the Simpsons, visit http://www.thesimpsons.com I hope to write more about the Simpsons and about this season's episodes as and when I watch them. Until then, here's a funny Homer quote: "When will I learn? The answer to life's problems aren't at the bottom of a bottle, they're on TV!"