The Mic Is On and Cartoon Characters Are Here!

It’s Like Open Mic Only Different

Here’s how it works.

open mike night

It’s like any rambling conversation. Don’t try to read it all. Jump in whenever you get here. Just go to the end and start talking. EVERYONE is WELCOME
The rules are simple — be nice.

There are always first timers and new things to talk about.

Tonight we’re talking cartoon characters!

Fred Flintstone Snoopy Porky Pig

We might also talk about

  • Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam
  • Donald and Daffy
  • Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner
  • Ren and Stimpy


Basil the code-writing donkey.

Bring your loony tune friends with you!

–ME “Liz” Strauss

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  1. says

    Sometimes folks are slow to start, but don’t worry. They’ll be here acting silly. I was just looking for some audio files I used to visit for the cartoon characters. I found them once when my husband and I were discussing which character used to say, “despicable.” He thought it was Sylvester. I got a copy of the audio so that he could hear it was Daffy.

  2. says

    Hi Tony!

    That’s Katie!

    Have a cold one each of you!

    There’s always snacks and plenty of beverages in the sidebar.
    Talk to whomever and whenever you want to, as slow or fast as you can. :)

  3. says

    I’m trying to figure out how to link to that audio file that’s on my computer so everyone can hear it. I’m so brain dead. I don’t know how to get it in the comment box.

  4. says

    Flintstones, meet the Flintstones… the modern stone age fam-i-ly.

    From the, town of Bedrock…

    I really do know all the words.

  5. says

    HI Doug,
    Yes you did, It was from Scot!

    Can you help me with the problem in comment 8?

    That’s Katie and Tony. They’re new here.

    Doug’s the new b5 business channel editor.

  6. says

    I’m actually drinking coffee. I had enough beer last night watching the really depressing Saints game on Monday Night (preseason) Football.

    Still working…

  7. says

    Ok, It’s still early…
    Five FAVORITE CARTOON’s of all time…

    1. Popeye
    2. Flintstones
    3. Jetson’s
    4. Tom & Jerry (not Ben and Jerry)
    5. RoadRunner

  8. says

    I’ll betray my own age (or lack thereof) by giving my fave 5:

    1. Transformers
    2. GI Joe
    3. G-Force
    4. Naruto
    5. TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)

  9. says

    Hi all, first open mike, and just to be annoyingly different, I prefer anime (Japanese “cartoon characters”), but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying a good 1940s WB cartoon or two. And Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. :)

  10. says

    Tony, do you know I have said that b5 is the third largest about 50 times over the last two weeks and no one has asked which networks were 1 and 2? I was surprised,

    According to, b5 is the second largest (in terms of number of blogs) – behind 9rules, though with the business channel, we should be bigger than them.

    By pageviews, I *think* we are behind Weblogs, Inc. and one more – Gawker maybe? I have no idea.

  11. says

    Tony, Most of my favorites were made when I was really, really little.

    But the first time I saw a cartoon on TV it was B&W. I didn’t know they were made in color until I went to the movies…

  12. says

    Danielle — I am digging you already. πŸ˜‰

    What are you top 5 anime?
    (I am plugging through Naruto right now … awesome stuff)

  13. says

    Tony — Probably not your top 5, let’s put it that way. πŸ˜‰ I don’t watch a lot of anime, I’m more into manga, but:

    1. Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon
    2. Full Moon wo Sagashite
    3. Tsubasa Chronicle
    (and in no particular order hereafter, but ranking alongside 1 and 2)
    4. Laputa, Castle in the Sky
    5. Porco Rosso

  14. says

    I think we’re showing our age a little.

    I also like Futurama, SouthPark, the Simpsons and Family Guy.

    Anime reminds me too much of Speed Racer and Johnny Quest when they first came out, (nothing moved but the mouth).

  15. says

    Well, Danielle you’re right — Shojo ain’t my bag, but as they say , different strokes for different folks (like Aoi).

    I think its tremendous that the explosure of Manga has created an entirely new generation of English-language readers.

  16. says

    Anime’s come a long way since then. I do remember Speed Racer and Johnny Quest though.

    I usually try to catch TriGun on Cartoon Network when I remember its on

  17. says

    Liz — what happened? “Lost DSL?”

    Wow … kudos to the fact that you had backup.

    How many others of us have a “backup” system?
    (I don’t have the foresight).

  18. says

    Yeah, it’s good and bad for older fans — I love that I can now walk into Barnes & Noble and pick up any number of great series, and the translations don’t (shock!) suck, and likewise, many things are out on DVD that were unobtainium just a few years ago…

    But then, especially at my older fansites (I’ve run BSSM sites for nine years now), the profound amount of new/young/clueless emails I get is staggering… not in a good way. I kinda miss the late 90s internet, when anime was still either Pokemon or porn. πŸ˜›

  19. says

    It sounds like we’re of an age (and probably not one that’s bragging worthy — at either end)

    Amazing we’re very similar. The rest of the family loves it but, I’m not that big a fan of Family Guy. But, I love Futurama, SouthPark, the Simpsons and I’d add King of the Hill

  20. says

    Thanks Tony,
    Yeah, I’m in the wall with my telephone. Ugh!
    I like Bugs Bunny. I used to do the Bugs Bunny dance that he did with the cannibals to freak the editors out. They would just look at me and say “Bizarre!”

  21. says

    Tony, I still have mine on VHS, lol. Although the tape is degrading from wear and tear, hehe. Still, it’s fun to see a new generation come into the general fandom, I like “meeting” the kids… although some seem so young, I wonder where the parents are, heh.

    I like the Simpsons as well, but I just can’t get into South Park.

  22. says

    Hi Shadowsedge, Hi Joe, Hi Danielle, Hi everyone!

    Scot is the one who comes to open comment night. He is the email I was talking about this morning. He probably comes to comment night after you’ve gone. He’s in the Pacific NW.

  23. says

    What if the name of ? Chicken? it’s not really a cartoon, more like live action puppets without the strings…

    I really like that show.

  24. says

    Yeah, I’m not sure what it is, but here in frosty Toronto, Canada (can I get a holla for Canada?) I have never experienced a dropped “signal”.

    I’m on DSL and I literally leave my machine on for days and days (weeks even).

    Emergency backup dial up is something I considered when I *had* dial up though ….

    … it is something worth considering though.

  25. says

    I don’t have an emergency dialup account anymore – no phone line to use it on.

    In theory in September my neighborhood is getting free city wireless. Right now my backup is a faint signal to someone’s dsl line nearby. (Or drive down the street to the coffeehouse and use -theirs-.)

    Lessee. Cartoons. Pink Panther anyone?

  26. says

    (There’s nothing wrong with the Pac NW, except us being behind all the rest of you lovely peeps. ;))

    I’m happy to have stopped in for a bit! Unfortunately that’s it for me, my internet access is only during “work” hours lately. Nice meeting you all, hope to see you again Tony! πŸ˜€

    (Hi/bye Liz!!)

  27. says

    Joe I think you’re talking about Robot Chicken.

    Its from that twisted mind that brings Family Guy to Fox every Sunday … and its bloody brilliant.

    So twisted … but so brilliant.

    Sadly, its not a cartoon — don’t want Liz to mod me out of the conversation (ha ha).

  28. says

    I just remembered as ShadowsEdge came up with the answer…

    I did like the Muppets though, my son and I would watch the Muppet Show before I put him to bed. (right after I changed his diaper)

  29. says

    Liz — do you mean that everyone from Canada knows all Canadians? Or that we’re omniscient and know everyone from anywhere?

    I’ll take the latter rather than the former. πŸ˜‰

  30. says

    Liz, yes Scot emailed me. Already working on it. :)

    Tony, b5 is growing quite quickly. It isn’t that old and is already a formidable competitor to more established networks and larger than quite a few.

    We just closed blogger applications Friday.

  31. says

    It’s amazing how this time warp works…
    I answer one question, and the answer shows up 5 times before I hit enter.

  32. says

    Shadowsedge: Yeah, I’ve heard some scary-bad things about that Transformers movie. Scary in a sad way πŸ˜›

    Mind you, I’ll still see it … but the hype is sad, not mad. (Mad == good)

  33. says

    Oooh, transformers! Huh, what’ve you heard that makes you worry? The promo bits and production stills I’ve seen so far looks really good – though they’ve “compressed” the story somewhat in terms of where exactly the transformers are coming from…

  34. says

    Liz — actually, it is a state secret that Canadians do in fact know everyone from everywhere.

    What is also not known is that we know everyone from any*time*.

    That’s right — it crosses space/time.

    Our taxes are high … but what with universal health care, omniscience is sort of the frosting on the cake. πŸ˜‰

  35. says

    Headingout for a bit myself … its been great everyone!

    Thanks Danielle, Doug, Liz, Shadows and everyone I wasn’t ignoring, just late in getting to… πŸ˜‰

  36. says

    ~wave! Hey everybody ~~

    Pssst Tony: I’ve been sent by the Canadian Thought Police Council .. you weren’t supposed to reveal anything about “space and time” yet ..

    HART’s favorite “currently running” Cartoons:

    Family Guy
    Home Movies
    Wrong Coast
    Sons of Butchers

  37. says

    Quote out of context:

    Heh, if theyÒ҂¬Ò„’re from Europe, theyÒ҂¬Ò„’ve got weak constitutions

    Two points for Liz

  38. says

    Hi HART!
    I think that Tony got out of here just in *time* before you caught him.

    Maybe he’s one of the Canadian aliens that we were wondering about last week.

  39. says

    Well, as much as I’m enjoying myself, if I don’t go get dinner now, I won’t get to eat tonight. πŸ˜‰

    Have fun everyone!

    Oh, and Liz – I’m loving the Lists story you’re doing!

  40. says

    Hi Liz .. :)

    And, hi to Chris, Joe, Adv.Lib., Tony, Doug (contrats btw) ..

    and Katiebird .. hi .. was browsing your site.. nice .. nice … perhaps we can link up? I have a (dormant) site that I will be getting up and running again.

  41. says

    Argh πŸ˜› You know what I mean, Liz – though I must say that the way your president has been using the American Constitution for ..lavatory paper… lately isn’t very comforting, considering that ours is modeled on yours….

  42. says

    Uh Oh, Now we have AdLib, HART And Chris Cree on board.

    Avast, me mateys and shiver me timbers, it’s time for the Popeye and Olive Oyl show.

    From the far reaches of Norway to the shores of the river in Savannah and whatever water they have in Canadidia, they are out to fine Wimpy, the Hamburger eatin varmit.

  43. says

    Hey all! I figured if I was going to be abducted by aliens last week then perhaps I could come back as Marvin Martian this week. (I hope that was a good impersonation.) :)

  44. says

    Hey Liz, thanks! I’m okay, really. I’m actually better off from a work/money/business standpoint than I was pre-storm, due to lots of things cropping up. I just have no free time.

    Feel free to come have a drink, the closest bar is two blocks down the street…The ones that play cartoons are a little further away. (Though being a midwesterner you might die of the heat and humidity right now, it’s the hottest part of the year.)

  45. says

    The real Chris would know what to name a donkey and he would have picked on Joe at least three times by now.

    What did you do with Chris and why are you wearing his underwear?

  46. says

    My sister’s name is Kathleen (I’ll take you home again, Kathleen), but we never called her Kate. Kathy, but my pop calls her Liz.

    We never figured out why, and he won’t tell, but he is the only one that can call her that.

  47. says

    hi all – just got home and thought i’d put in my 2 cents…

    so the coolest job i ever had was working for hanna-barbera, when my boys were very young – gave me a built in excuse for watching cartoons anytime :)

  48. says

    Actually He had a brain flush driving back from Jacksonville tonight. I think he OD’d on the highest quality motivational CD’s and now naming asses is significantly beneath him.

    Although he seems to have a weird fixation on the word booger tonight for some reason.

  49. says

    I’ve listened to plenty of New Orleans Jazz in August heat. It sounds better when you’ve gone out in the morning and gotten your glasses all steamed up. :)

  50. says

    Hey Joe, I had a foster sister named Kathleen. I was called Cathy back then and so was she. Those were crazy days. Does that make us siblings too?

    Who knew this would turn into a family reunion?

  51. says

    No problem, Liz. Trying to catch up on cartoon talk.

    I love ’em all. Ok, maybe not all of them, but many of them. Of course Joe will ask, “which ones?” and I’ll say, “I can’t remember.” But it’s true, I dig cartoons!

  52. says

    Eureka’s one of the shows that Rogers of Kung Fu monkey writes for – if you look for Kung Fu monkey in my teensy blogroll you can catch Rogers at work. Right now he’s discussing how he’s developed the scripts for his episodes – well, him and the rest of the writing staff, that is. It’s an interesting look backstage at an area of writing that’s very different from writing for the page…

  53. says

    katiebird, you are kidding, right? I won’t say how old I am, but HS 71, is a clue.

    @ Ben, WHICH ONES???

    @ mike, I have that on also, but I haven’t really been watching, I guess I’ll see it in re-runs, they seem to play them 3 times a day.

  54. says

    Liz, the music does suit the weather. (Though lately it’s been more normal-tropical than it has been in recent years. Lots of august rain.)

    And I am out to take the dog for a car-ride, now that the weather has cleared and it’s too late to go to audubon park.

    Take care y’all.

  55. says

    Dang it Joe. I knew you’d ask me.

    Thundercats was cool.

    Transformers. X-men.

    Dragon Tales is hooking me with their 60s chill-out theme song.

    Smurfs in French. Which is Les Stroumphs (pronounced: ‘str-oom-fs’) — which sounds cool.

  56. says

    Cool :) Generally he writes quite well – he’s even managed to survive writing the script for Catwoman. Well, the original script. What was filmed didn’t much resemble what Rogers turned in…

  57. says

    i’ll checkout that eureka writer’s blog – thanks…

    i love the show – very fun out-there sort of stuff – plus my teenagers like it too and will watch it w/ me…

    that alone is worth it :)

  58. says

    Ah, Joe how about HS ’72 (me) my brother was a few years later so I was a little off.

    Well, HART — I got confused, maybe I shouldn’t identify so closely with TV shows and Internet sites!

    Wow — 3 new siblings in one night. It’s a good thing I have 7 brothers and sisters already. I’m used to a big crowd at the table!

  59. says

    I admit I didn’t like the pilot of Eureka. But it has started to grow on me, and is being TiVo-ed as I type this.

    The show has some interesting aspects.

  60. says

    Chris, that’s one reason why I turned down a gig to write for someone elses Blog.
    I had no control of what would be seen at the end of the day.

  61. says

    It’s one of the perils of freelancing and ghostwriting – though at least when you’re ghost writng you’re not blamed for what turns up no matter what the customer did to your defenseless work….

  62. says

    Actually, Liz, my great-grandmother told me before she stepped into the ever-after that we were distantly related to a clan of CREEtins from the old country…

    Hey DT!

  63. says

    Oh, Joe — your timing couldn’t be worse. I had BBQ yesterday and today and for a person struggling with obesity issues, that has to be it for the next year or so.

    Labor day is usually grilled burgers (no sauce) and Cole Slaw for us. Wanna come?

  64. says

    Sis (aka katiebird), If something is cooked on a grill, it needent be overly unfriendly.

    If it’s grilled right, (I have grilled corn on the cob) it is not really a problem, it’s what is added after that, that is not good for you.

  65. says

    Chris, YES!!!
    @ Ben, Chris mentioned it the other day on his personal blog.
    @ Mike, yeah, I never figured that out, let me know if you do.

  66. says

    Joey (I’ve had one too many “cold ones”) — I guess after living in Kansas City for a million years, I think of BBQ as big fat greasy (juicy) slabs from a professional and everyone has their favorites….

    Grilling at home is something completely different. And much safer. In fact, we do it every Sunday night 3 seasons of the year. And one year (when we couldn’t afford to fix the the oven) we grilled every night. We made pizza, bread — anything you’d do in an oven, we made on the grill.

    Yikes, I think something’s gone to my head. I didn’t mean to babble on so long.

  67. says

    Ok now I’m starving. All this BBQ talk.

    Katie — I like your blog btw. Looks great. Tasty too.

    But eating before bed is BAD. Still…my wife is upstairs busy, no one’s looking except the cat.

    (chomp chomp chomp)

  68. says

    I changed the channel to Spike. One of the Bond, James Bond movies is on. It doesn’t really matter which one, I’ve seen them all.

    Never mind, it’s DR NO, that is one of the Best with Sean Connery

  69. says

    Ok folks. I’d love to stay up, and I feel like I haven’t contributed a darn thing tonight – except the Stroumphs bit which many some people didn’t know.

    Nevertheless, I’m beat. My eyelids are closing and I’ve got BBQ on the brain. Literally. My wife just smacked me with a piece of BBQ pork I was trying to eat. She got down those stairs FAST when she heard the fridge open. So I need to fix up my head, try and sneak a bite to eat and crash.

    Next week I hope to be in better form! Night!

  70. says

    AL — I’m not the cook, but I think what we did was cook the crust for a little while first, then add the toppings and let it cook a while longer on a low, low fire. But, I’ll have to ask mister when he gets back.

    It was about 12 years ago and while it was fun to figure that stuff out (we did a corn suffle (sp) also) we never did it again once we had the oven back.

  71. says

    Chris, ECW is some type of Wrestling thing that they have on Sci-Fi and I can’t figure out why.

    Maybe it’s just because I have a remote and change the channel as soon as it comes on, but I don’t think it really fits in the genre.

    BTW, You still haven’t said anything about your new Blog, Buddy.

  72. says

    Well, it sounds like an interesting way of doing it – a lot of restaurants around here do the whole stone oven thing which is mostly a gimmic because the physics of cooking doesn’t change that much even if your oven is wood-fired… but a barbeque is different.

    And Ben? Learn to duck!

  73. says

    As far as the new blog goes, I’ve been re-writing my intro post while we were gabbing here. I was in a bit of a hurry to get it out before I went down to Jacksonville for work this morning. I didn’t want to take the time to set up my Performancing with the new blog. So I wrote the post live on line.

    Then just as I hit “Save as Draft” my server crashed. Lost the whole thing!

  74. says

    Liz, I’ll send you an article I saw today about Verizon raising rates just as the Fed subsidy is about to end.
    @ Chris, You brought it up, now you have to at least give us an Idea of what it’s about.

  75. says

    This evening has been so fun. I hate having to leave. But I’ve GOT to go to sleep.

    Goodnight Liz, this was wonderful. My new siblings, Joe, Chris and HART — it was wonderful to find you!

    Advice Librarian, we never had a chance to ‘talk library’ — but I’ve worked in libraries since the 70’s in about every department there is (while never getting my MLS.) Maybe next time?

    Everyone else (and I know I missed dozens) I hope to get to know you better next week.

    And thanks for all the lovely things you’ve said about my blog. XXOO Good night!

  76. says

    Liz, I’m definately sleep deprived enough to be Chris. There’s no pod (not even an iPod!)

    I’ll do you one better, Joe. The new blog is going to explore success and all that is wrapped up in it. You can check it out at

    It needs a lot of work. But I’m not waiting ’till I get it all worked out this time. Truly a work in progress.

  77. says

    No blog rivalry. I think it helped keep feeling from getting hurt that the new guy put up a feed blaring what the old hand is up to!

    Gorgeous is with me on this. But I have strict time allotments for blogging. To keep the addiction in check, you understand.

  78. says

    Chris, as long as you don’t change you address, I have it in my Favorites already.

    It looks like you have a real good idea of what you want to do, so just keep taking “one step after the other” and you will have something you will be proud of.

  79. says

    Ooh, Katie’s a real librarian? I’m just a hangaround – ever since I was a kid and won the “most active borrower” award by beating everyone else by two orders of magnitude in the numbers of books I borrowed…

  80. says

    Thanks, guys! I’m confident that this one will become my primary focus eventually. CREEations was always intended to be more for me than for the reader.

    This way I’ll be able to do that even more so without being so obsessed about how many page views I’m getting.

  81. says

    I’m fine Chris – thanks for asking!

    Is Joe still here? I believe you mentioned Popeye earlier – the town I’m from is the ‘home of Popeye’, the guy who created him was from there.

  82. says

    I figured it out… The time warp works on the transition from one 25 count to the next.

    If you don’t flip the page you just keep seeing the same thing over and over again.

    I knew if I kept looking for an answer, it would finally come to me. :-)

    Hi Trisha, sorry, didn’t want to forget to say Hi, Liz gets upset if we forget to welcome people into the conversation.

  83. says

    My folks discouraged me from TV viewing in general, cartoons in particular. “Go outside” was our family mantra.

    I feel like I’m missing out on most of this conversation. :(

  84. says

    I think in those days they called him Steam Boat Willie.
    And Minni without a top, only the skirt.
    Even the pic Liz has of Porky, has no pants.
    Fred has a dress and poor Snoopy only has a hat.

  85. says

    It’s because pants are really, really, hard to draw and worse to animate – and the techniques used in early animation didn’t lend themselves very well to spending the time needed to do it right, I think.

  86. says

    I don’t have that problem – I put my TV in storage a couple years ago and I don’t miss it at all.

    Boxed sets of seasons of the few good shows made are a lot more effective than wasting time trying to find something good in the wasteland of TV…

    By the way – my “Firefly” boxed set is far too small on accounf of Fox killing off their good show.

  87. says

    Liz, are you still with us?
    I know how long it takes to refresh the comments, but it has to be really bad on dial-up.
    Sorry it had to happen now, but we are still talking thanks to the way you set the open mic up.

  88. says

    I just pushed my contact off my eye. I think that is my signal that it is time for me to retire for the evening.

    Thanks all for your encouragement and all on the new blog. See you next week.


  89. says

    From Yabba-Dabba Doo
    to That’s All Folks
    It’s time to say good night
    and that’s No Joke.

    When Chris starts an new Blog
    and AdLib quotes the Hog
    it’s time to say again
    That Rooster is No Hen.

    So when the Robot Chicken says
    “in heaven there is no pez”
    The only thing left to say
    “That’s All Folks” Good day.

    Berma Shave

    Nite Liz
    Nite All

  90. says

    ‘Nite, gang – well, I ain’t going to bed, I’m just going into the kitchen to put on another pot of coffee.

    Though if y’all are knocking off for the night, I think I’ll go back to beating the tar out of my opposition in Civilization :)

  91. says

    Hey, did I say I was leaving? I was just out in the kitchen getting more coffee :)

    My brother says I should cut down, but I’ve already cut down from three to two litres a day, and I’m not willing to go below that line. My 16-cups-a-day caffeine habit is what keeps me going :)

  92. says

    Whee, Liz in da House :)

    I’m in the middle of invading the Aztec territory after Ghandi asked me for help against the invasion of his lands… and then I’m going overseas to show Tokugawa how much I disapprove of people attacking me πŸ˜›

  93. says

    Ad lib, dear something. I thought I was bad with the diet coke habit. (It stands at three or four cans a day. And maybe a 20-oz.)

    (I have broken the coffee-in-morning addiction, I enjoy coffee now more, usually just in the evenings.)

    And yay DSL!

    (And I am back out and to the coffeehouse down the street to work in different surroundings. And play with brand new shiny ipod!)

  94. says

    I think a coffeehouse sounds like such a nice diversion riight about now. In my own mind I’m right with you. (I love that Lyle Lovett song “In My Own Mind.)

  95. says

    Well, you can always do like me and make your own lattes and frappuchinos:)

    My favourite cofee drink is still the “red-eye special”, though. You know, a regular large latte with a double shot of espressso in it…

  96. says

    There’s only like, four of them 24-hour anymore around here. I’m lucky enough to have one of them about five blocks away.

    (Much shiny. Adorable shiny teeny black nano. The death knell of my resistance to apple things came with the black ipod.)

    I’m not functional without caffeine, but I did cut back a lot a few years ago. I still get headaches if I don’t have any of it.

  97. says

    That “red-eye special” sounds delicious. I think it would keep me up for days though. I only weigh 120 or so pounds. My metabolism couldn’t handle that much espresso in one cup. :)

  98. says

    Tech toys are always shiny, even when they’re not actually physically shining.

    As an almost complete nonsequiteur – last time I borrowed my “nephew”, we built an X-wing out of Lego and much fun was had by all. (His parents call that babysitting, but I’m more inclined to think of it as a playdate between the big kid and the smaller one…)

  99. says

    I am a little off-beat in my cartoon favs.

    1) I really liked Mr. Peabody on the Bullwinkle show.

    2) The Martian cracked me up.

    3) Loved Tom and Jerry too, Joe.

    4) Popeye (along with Peepeye, and and Poopye, can’t remember the third one)

    5) Scooby do

  100. says

    Back in message 36, Joe in his first book wrote about wrote about, Joe in his first book wrote about thus:

    Anime reminds me too much of Speed Racer and Johnny Quest when they first came out, (nothing moved but the mouth).

    Actually if you want really really bargain-basement ‘animation’ you want this bizarre thing called “Syncro-Vox”. This technique took still mattes and overlaid actual, moving actors mouths where the cartoon character’s mouths were. This resolved the problem of crafting animated mouths to move with the voices, cutting expenses greatly. Johnny Quest and Speed Racer were amazingly lifelike in comparison.

    The closest modern analog would be those ‘moving mouth’ jokes Conan O’Brien does, but where that’s funny, Syncro-Vox is kinda creepy.

    Go Google “Clutch Cargo”, which was an adventure serial that ran around 1959-1960. Wikipedia also has an artcile on Syncro-Vox, and links to Clutch and a couple of other series that used it.

  101. says

    As long as we’re all putting in our favorites, one suddenly springs to mind. It maybe only ran a season or two and it was in the mid-70s, and it was called “The Adventures of Waldo Kitty”, and it combined two of my favorite things; animation and…well, kitties.

    The format was pretty simple really; live action kitties with voices over that you were supposed to believe that the kitties in the film are saying to themselves and each other. There was Waldo, who was a black-and-white mediumhair who was kind of timid but had a wonderful fantasy life (like Walter Mitty, of course), a Persian who was Waldo’s putative girlfriend (it’s always a Persian, you know), and a big brute of a snub-nosed bull terrier who was always pushing poor Waldo around.

    They’d have a situation where Waldo had a a problem, then the live action would dissolve to a cartoon where Waldo would play a heroic persona-anything from a kitty pirate to a kitty Captain Kirk-then he’d get clever, inspired by his inner adventure, and beat the bully and win the girl.

    Real sweet stuff. Brings a tear to my eye right now just thinking of it.

  102. says

    Hey Samuel John!
    I bet Joe remembers Clutch Cargo! I know that I sure do. In Chicagoland, he was part of the Garfield Goose show. We got to see him every afternoon.

    Personally, even as a kid, I didn’t get what the appeal was. The stories were boring to me and the mouth was too distracting to pay attention to anything else that was going on.

  103. says

    Waldo Kitty! Samuel John!
    That just reminded me of . . .

    MIghty Mouse!!!

    But still the cartoon that comes to mind first when people mention cartoons is this. Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam are in the Old West. They meet in the aisle of a moving train.

    Yosimite Sam puts his hands at ready near his guns and says to Bugs, “Draw!”

    Bugs pulls a pad of paper out of nowhere and draw a picture of a gun.


  104. says

    LOL you all are too funny! Sorry, we are still sick so I went to bed last night rather than jump on over here – I did think about you and hope to be around next Tuesday night ;).

  105. says

    Hi MamaDuck,
    Sorry to hear that you’re household wasn’t feeling good. Hopefully that will not be the case today. Get better. I’ll be sending you good thoughts.

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