Daily Cartoon: RUGRATS S01E09 “Candy Bar Creep Show/Monster in the Garage”

Welcome to another Halloween themed cartoon recap! Today we’re checking out an early episode from Rugrats which was absolutely huge in the 90s. I’m serious. This show was so popular that kids, older kids and adults were all rocking merch from it.

Toys, video games, apparel, you name it, and this show had it. You know you’re over when you even get a tie-in with a fast food chain and…

Boom!

Hell, during senior year, my buddy Armando (who is definitely not a doctor) even had a Burger King Rugrats watch from their promotion with the movie out at that time that actually said phrases!

Trust me: these shits were cool as fuck in 1999. I remember. I was there.

But today we go all the way back to Season 1 of this cartoon classic and cherry pick a Halloween episode. I’m very excited for this. It has to be way better than yesterday’s Garfield atrocity. The bar is set low so let’s fucking go!  Continue reading

Daily Cartoon: Garfield’s Halloween Adventure

Welcome to another Halloween cartoon recap! Today we’re checking out Garfield’s Halloween Adventure from 1985 which is older now than the Adam West Batman series was when I watched it as a kid and still had a future.

This tells you two things:

  1. I am old.
  2. Adam West is dead from being THAT old.

Which isn’t very nice of me to say, but it is true.

I’ve never really been a fan of Garfield. I know a lot of you are and these old specials have some great meaning to you, but, honestly, I just always thought Garfield was an asshole. All cats, pretty much. I don’t like cats. Maybe that’s it. I just don’t like cats.

Wow. That got solved way easier than I thought it would. Who needs therapy when you have a blog?

I don’t really remember this special, actually. I’m very familiar with Garfield’s Christmas one, but this? Not so much. My Mom was and is super into Christmas so she used to make us record all the Christmas specials each year. We had a bunch of VHS scattered around the house back then with everything from Garfield to Rudolph to Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus. But Halloween? My Mom didn’t put over Halloween like that. Continue reading

Daily Cartoon: Bobby’s World, S01E08: “Night of the Living Pumpkin”

So October may not start until tomorrow, but we’ll jump into the Halloween season today! For the whole month, I’ll be tracking down Halloween episodes or specials of some of your favorite shows and be recapping them right here because everybody loves themes!

Starting us off for this month-long celebration is an episode from Season 1 of Bobby’s World! Back when Howie Mandel still had hair and was in between being under  your bed and opening briefcases he was the creative genius behind Bobby Generic and the world around him.

This show actually ran for seven seasons in the 90s and was hella popular for the depictions of a toddler’s fantasy world.

So why are we starting with this? Honestly: I was pressed for time and this popped up pretty quickly on YouTube. I liked this show as a kid and voila! Here we are. So let’s jump into it! Halloween! Continue reading

Daily Cartoon: BAKI Ep. 26 “The Centennial Tournament”

Well…we made it. After five weeks, we’ve come to the end of our journey with Baki Hanma who was more some guy that we happened to drive by and wave to rather than an active participant on our trek.

As much as it’s seems as if I’ve been hate-watching this for the past couple of weeks, things weren’t all bad. The first half of the series was awesome and exciting, but just seemed to completely lose its way and become oatmeal. Total mush with nothing of substance.

I’m really not expecting a lot out of this finale. Which sucks because I’d like to see this go out with a bang, but I just don’t believe that to even be an option at this point in the series.

When we left off, Baki was mortally wounded, but was being healed by noted shaman Andre Stallone (not his real name, but may as well be) when Kaioh Retsu comes back from the dead after digging himself out of the earthquake crater to become Baki’s new guardian and…I dunno…what do you do with kids? Take them to the zoo? Sure. Retsu’s going to take this dying teenager and his girlfriend to the fucking zoo.

Oh, and did I mention the Chinese are here in a goddamn helicopter? Because that’s a thing. Let’s find out what any of this has to do with Muhammad Ali. Continue reading

Daily Cartoon: BAKI Ep. 25 “God and the Devil”

Welcome to the penultimate Baki episode recap! Five weeks is a long time to stay consistent and I give you all a lot of credit for coming back each day to keep up with the happenings in Tokyo.

For half of that time, this show has been a jumbled mess with no real direction or apparent endgame and that certainly continued in yesterday’s episode where it was revealed that there’s some kind of history between Yujiro Hanma and – I still can’t believe this is a thing – Muhammad Ali.

Yep. THAT Muhammad Ali.

They can’t possibly have the rights to use the character of Muhammad Ali, can they? I mean, it’s on Netflix; someone must have noticed. But…really?

Look: there’s two episodes left. I shouldn’t let this drive me crazy, but here we are. Going crazy. I just…ya know what? I’m not going to do this. I’m just going to hit play and see where this takes me. You do the same. Continue reading

Daily Cartoon: BAKI Ep. 24 “Defeat”

Welcome back to another Baki episode recap! Just a few days remain before we can put this show to rest and move on to something that hopefully remembers what it’s actually about.

In yesterday’s episode, we got more new bad guy vs. old bad guy stuff with one of the newbies cutting off one of the oldie’s hands. His dangerous hand. His poisonous hand. The hand that rocks the cradle. Hands across America. Hands up, baby, hands up, give me your heart, gimme, gimme your heart.

Sorry, got lost for a second

Yanagi is now worthless since he had his hand cut clean off by the newly-arriving Izuo Motobe. Whatever, man. These writers are going to do whatever they’re going to do and they don’t care about what some guy with a cartoon blog thinks about it.

Either way, it seems like curtains for Yanagi as Yujiro Hanma is on the scene and is encouraging Yanagi to pack it up, pack it in.

As with all episodes, we shall pick up where yesterday’s left off. Let’s go. Continue reading

Daily Cartoon: BAKI Ep. 23 “The Real Attack”

It’s time for your Wednesday cartoon watchalong and we keep rolling with Netflix’s Baki. Just four episode remain and honestly, this has become a hate watch for me. Part 1 was fine. It was something that was new to me with intense action sequences and a pretty easy to follow story: a bunch of guys are brought to Tokyo and are competing in a no rules, no holds barred, anything or anywhere goes fight to be the best in the world.

Since getting to Part 2 (Episode 14), everything has gone out the window and it’s become just a bunch of bullshit thrown on screen to take up time and go nowhere. I don’t even know where some of these grudges causing new fights are coming from as characters are just thrown together and then given full episodes (or longer!) to fight or tussle, but not advance any part of the story whatsoever.

Each character pairing at this point feels like some kind of independent happening that has no consequence for anything else occurring within this universe anymore. It’s rough. But at least it’s almost over. That’s all I have to motivate me to continue this: it’s almost over. Maybe you think I’m nuts and that this show is legit. Please hit me up and tell me why. Not even being sarcastic. I want to know what you like about this show. Open my eyes to something I’m not seeing. For now, it’s Episode 23 on a Hump Day watch. Continue reading