Post by Woody Alien on Jul 10, 2018 17:34:37 GMT -5
Another series that I enjoyed but seems to be obscure and somewhat forgotten is Ugly Americans. Basically it was somewhat like Futurama but fantasy/horror instead of sci-fi, i.e. demons and monsters instead of robots and aliens, a more "indie comic" style, plus the humor was a little more grounded in reality since it was supposed to be an alternate present and not a future that is just made as a commentary for our present. Still it was full of weird and wacky stuff, fun parodies and references to well-known and obscure horror films. I go as far as to say that it was somewhat better than several Futurama episodes post-cancellation. Too bad that it was hard to sell, so in the end not many people cared about it.
Post by edmonddantes on Jul 28, 2018 19:18:10 GMT -5
Conan the Adventurer is weird for me to watch these days, ever since I discovered the original Conan stories by Robert E. Howard (which can be described as... ummm.... this description sells them short, but the best I can do is "imagine if HP Lovecraft wrote He-Man.")
The weird thing is, I caught CtA back when it was reran briefly on The Hub (now called something else) and... it actually kind of worked. Sure, the premise is nothing like the original stories (just a heads-up: the entire thing about Conan seeking vengeance for his massacred/stoned village was an invention of the modern versions--Conan has no such origin story in the original works) but I kinda felt it was a decent adaptation, and at least was fun to watch on its own terms. Also, every time he uses the Star Sword to "send a serpent back to its original dimension" or whatever, imagine he's really decapitating them.
One thing always got me about that cartoon tho, in that it caused a case of "confusing two shows" due to it having a red bird creature that likes a certain variety of melons.... just like ANOTHER cult classic 90s cartoon (The Pirates of Dark Water). For a long time every time I remembered Conan's phoenix I thought I was misremembering and getting it confused with Pirates.
.... here's another annoying case of "Show Confusion" for ya:
When I was a kid I saw this cartoon about a baby who was actually really smart and whose toys were actually robots, and he would go to outer space and have adventures. When I remembered this show growing up and asked about it, people would insist left and right that I was thinking about Rugrats.
Thankfully, Boomerang re-aired the show I had remembered (it was called "Fantastic Max") and proved once and for all that I was not crazy.
I remembered exo squad being some kind of fantastic, to where the point that i was really disappointed when they didn't finish the series arc. I re-watched it on discovery of this thread, and oh boy were those some heavily rose-tinted glasses. the dialog is straight-up awful, although to its credit it has some pretty cool stuff going on (the first episode has space broadsides, aw yiss). The character interaction is really bad though, making it a painful watch, which is a shame because there was plenty of story potential with the backdrop and mecha involved.
Post by edmonddantes on Oct 11, 2018 19:29:01 GMT -5
Not sure if it counts as "underrated" but today I watched some eps of the original GI Joe -- "Countdown for Zartan" and "Red Rocket's Glare."
The latter reminded me that Tomax and Xamot are probably the awesomest villain helpers in cartoon history. I mean they ride a rocket they know is gonna explode, fall off it, nearly die... and their reaction is "WORTH IT!"
I do kinda wish someone would put GI Joe Extreme on DVD, because I've wondered if its as bad as I remember.