My wife likes to watch the same movies and TV show episodes over and over. While I DO love to watch movies, once each is generally enough. Once is enough, that is, except for one kind of show or movie:
That's right, cartoons. I'm not even talking about that whole culture of animation intended for adults, well except for Beavis and Butthead, King of the Hill, The Simpsons, and perhaps Ren and Stimpy. I'm talking about the usual kids cartoons.
In fact, the number one movie I'm wanting to see in the theater right now is Monsters vs. Aliens. It's a cartoon. I have little interest in anything else, except for possibly the new Star Trek movie - which could be argued is a cartoon, too, even though it is live-action.
Still, my favorite form of cartoon is the cartoon short - the kind that used to be shown before feature films, or on Saturday mornings.
When my oldest daughter was a youngster, I loved LOVED LOVED watching Rug Rats with her. I'd be that guy sitting on the couch, laughing out loud and repeating all the things that Angelica said. ("You babies are so dumb I can't believe you lived to be ONE!") In fact, it may be entirely true that I used my daughter as an excuse to run off and see the Rug Rats movie in the theater! There was even a giant robot involved, which was totally cool.
For whatever reason, I moved on from the Rug Rats to Power-Puff Girls (which I called "Powder-Puff" just to annoy my daughter), to Cat Dog (a creature that had a dog on one end, and on the other end a cat), and then on to Jimmie Neutron:Boy Genius. Jimmie Neutron is everything I wanted to be as a kid. Here's why:
- He had an enormous under-the-house laboratory.
- His parents had no idea he had an enormous under-the-house laboratory.
- He could create ANYTHING is just minutes, whether it was a robotic dog complete with weapons-grade lasers, or a spacecraft out of old car parts and a few inner-tubes. Genius.
- Despite his incredible mind and skills, he was extremely kind to his well-below par friends.
- Did I mention the enormous under-the-house laboratory?
Seriously, how much cooler could this cartoon get? Answer: not much! I should really get some of these DVDs!
Still, my favorite series of cartoons - by far - is the most timeless: Looney Tunes.
100 years from now science will have created a critter that is one-half dog and one-half cat welded together back to back, or will have duplicated most of the inventions of Jimmie Neutron (which much of the comedy revolves around). However, 100 years from now, people will still laugh at Sylvester trying to get the Tweety Bird, or Yosemite Sam trying to shoot Bugs. It's a timeless struggle!
Despite my disinterest in watching most movies more than once, Looney Tunes makes me laugh over and over ... and over... at all the same scenes. No matter how many times Daffy Duck's beak flips up in his face (boing-oing-oing-oing-oing), or Wile E. Coyote plunges off a cliff to his certain death (and miraculously walks away), or Bugs aggravates Marvin Martian, or Porky Pig sings opera, I giggle like a 1-year old with a Jack-in-the-Box.
Fortunately, some of the thousands of Looney Tunes episodes are available on DVD. So far, I have all that have been released, which is a total of 24 DVDs of Looney Tune goodness. Isn't modern technology great. Looney Tunes whenever I want, not just on Saturday morning like when I was a kid.
Life is good!