Tag: Cartoons

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America recoil at the synagogue shooting in southern California but also honor the heroes who made sure the attack was not far deadlier.  They also wince as the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association ends in a very public dispute between two top officials, foreshadowing what may be a very difficult year to come.  They slam the New York Times for publishing two anti-Semitic cartoons within just a couple of days.  And they remember the late Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar.

RIP Stephen Hillenburg, Creator of ‘SpongeBob Squarepants’

 

Public reaction to the death of SpongeBob Squarepants creator Stephen Hillenburg, who died from ALS last Monday, might have confused those unfamiliar with his most famous work. Here was a man being mourned across all ages and demographics, from the trades to Twitter, for creating … a cartoon made and marketed for children?

But this gets SpongeBob, Hillenburg ’s magnum opus, all wrong. At its best, SpongeBob was not simply a kids’ cartoon. From the beginning, Hillenburg brought to the show a unique tone and aesthetic that drew from his background in marine biology. He attended the show’s pitch meeting in a Hawaiian shirt. SpongeBob, the relentlessly upbeat, cleaning utensil-shaped main character, lives in a pineapple under the sea; Squidward, his grouchy next-door cephalopod, inhabits an Easter Island head. And the opening theme song is sung by a portrait of a (human) pirate. Though a veteran of Rocko’s Modern Life, another successful Nickelodeon program, Hillenburg had something all his own in mind from the start.

The result of this tonal intentionality was, at its peak, a delightful, offbeat, and sometimes surreal mix of childish humor for its purported target audience, reinforced by subtle or obscure (though never tasteless) comedy for older viewers. “Help Wanted,” the first episode, which premiered on May 1, 1999 (and which I viewed then as a five-year-old), is a good example of this. On the surface, it is a silly story about a fruit-residing sponge who decides to apply for a job as a fry cook at the Krusty Krab, a fast food restaurant run by a miserly crab in his underwater hometown of Bikini Bottom, a place populated by other anthropomorphic aquatic creatures. Some puerile humor ensues; entering the restaurant, SpongeBob trips on an errant nail and proceeds to spend about a minute tripping, falling, and bouncing around. It’s very silly stuff; slapstick taken just up to the point of absurdity.

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I’ve just been listening to GLoP podcast, where the topic of the 1980’s cartoon heroine She-Ra comes up for a brief discussion, with John Podhoretz mentioning he read on Vox (I think that’s what he said) that the newly released She-Ra cartoon on Netflix (produced by Dreamworks) has now re-imagined all the characters as gay. […]

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When we first started dating in 2001, Ray (@raykujawa) introduced me to Anime, or Japanese animated films (cartoons to you).  He was and is a big fan, and had a pretty extensive library of Japanese anime films.  The first anime series he introduced me to was “Please Save My Earth”, a story of a group […]

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Samurai Jack, a creation by Gennedy Tartakovsky, first aired on Cartoon Network back in 2001. It was a curious blend of Japanese anime, American cartoon design, and more traditional Japanese aesthetics. The story was simple enough – an unnamed boy, the son of the emperor and master swordsmith, is sent abroad for his own safety […]

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Why Pulitzer Winner Michael P. Ramirez Suggests “Clinton Shouldn’t Get a Pass”

 

Should the Trump Administration investigate the Clinton Foundation and Hillary’s emails? Two-time Pulitzer award winning political cartoonist Michael P. Ramirez discusses where Trump should focus his efforts, the Obama scandals, the Supreme Court, Cuba, socialism in America, California, and much more. Michael’s cartoons can be seen daily in over 400 newspapers, some of which are discussed in this interview aboard the Weekly Standard Cruise.

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Ricochetti are invited to join two-time Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Michael P. Ramirez and John Miller for an exclusive dinner this Thursday at 5:45 near Hillsdale College, Mi.  Following Michael’s 8 PM public speech and slide show at Lane Hall 125 on campus, we’ll cap the evening with drinks and conversation at a local watering hole.  Be […]

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Actually, Ramirez has won two Pulitzer Prizes for his magnificent political cartoons that grace the pages of hundreds of publications. He will join us for a CPAC Metup at 11:45 AM on Friday, March 4, at Grace’s Mandarin restaurant near the conference in Washington D.C. Original post is HERE. http://www.ricochetmeeetup.com Preview Open

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I’ve booked two of my clients to speak at CPAC 2016; Andrea Rivera, a recently added Ricochet member and founder of LAitude, the biggest conservative social club for young people on the Left Coast, and Michael P. Ramirez, the renowned two-time Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist. They will both be presenting on Thursday, and we will […]

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The L.A. Times Sticks to its Guns, and Sticks it to Ted Rall

 

TedRall_AFThe Los Angeles Times responded to cartoonist Ted Rall and his accusations of chicanery by terminating his services at the newspaper.  After further analysis of the evidence, the Times stands by its decision. As discussed in earlier posts on Ricochet (here and here), and in two columns at PJ Media (here and here), Times editors sacked Rall after determining he had invented details of his October 2001 encounter with an LAPD motorcycle officer in a May 2015 op-ed piece.

Rall claimed he had been handcuffed, thrown against a wall, and “roughed up,” though an audiotape of the incident recorded by the officer contains no suggestion any of it occurred. You can read the Times’s exposition of its case against Rall here, and you can find his response here.

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Whatever you think about the quality of Scooby Doo, the characters have staying power. From their origins in 1969, through many incarnations in the 1970’s and 1980’s, to feature films and additional animated shows in the past decade, the Mystery Inc. gang has shown it has legs. But they also show an interesting difference between […]

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With an ever increasing array of on-demand TV services, parents have never had so many options for selecting their children’s entertainment. In addition to new programs like Blue’s Clues and Wild Kratts, many shows from previous decades are now available for streaming. Some old favorites, like Scooby Doo, have even been refreshed with new episodes.  […]

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