This week’s episode is all about Ben and I geeking out over cartoon crossovers. What happens when two or more of your favorite cartoons pals meet? Well, hopefully something good, but usually not.
The appeal of a crossover should be simple enough to understand. It’s a chance for popular characters to meet and share the spotlight. It’s like watching two of your favorite shows simultaneously. It’s a chance to mix and match styles of different universes to play off of one another. But usually what happens is that one half of the crossover will assume the lead and the other will simply be along for the ride. Sometimes there’s no chemistry and no reason is ever given for the crossover to have occurred. And sometimes, crossovers fail because the hype surround a crossover becomes so great that the people making it forgot to tell a story.
In any event, Ben and I talk about some of our favorite and not-so-favorite cartoon crossovers that have happened over the years.
Defenders Of The Earth
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Jetsons Meet The Flintstones
Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue
The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour
Daffy Duck Meets The Groovie Goolies
This was the greatest nergasm of my childhood.
Well, we knew it had to happen sooner or later.
Hector Ramirez; the shining core of the Sunbow universe!
“Thith ith the latht time I work with thomeone with a thpeach impediment!”
The show this is from is better animated than anything Filmation ever did.
“Inspired” by a recent altercation over something completely irrelevant, Ben and I tread over some familiar ground and stomp all over Filmation a second time. We talk about some shows so unimportant that we don’t even remember their names, and we mock the overuse of stock footage for which Filmation is so remembered.
In a bonus round, we also talk about the next Ninja Turtles crossover. Seriously, one was enough.
Tonight, we are joined by Rick from “United States of Geekdom” to talk about The Jungle Book! I met Rick at Dallas Stripcon at the beginning of August, and we had a blast! I broke his mind multiple times, and yet he keeps coming back!
Jungle Peter Pan!
The Right to Bear Arms!
Louis Prima’s Widow is a bitch!
Tigers that ooze class
The Disney Xerox look
Walt spinning in his grave
Ben explains Amazing Spider-Man again
Tonight’s episode is dedicated to the Hanna-Barbera explosion of the 70s. Hanna-Barbera’s output ballooned exponentially during this period. They became the undisputed kings of Saturday morning. There is so much content from this era that it alone was enough to fuel the early days of Cartoon Network and later Boomerang.
Joining us tonight is the always delightful Kittyhawk, artist and writer of Sparkling Gneration Valkyrie Yuuki. For seventy minutes, the three of us sit and compare notes from our favorite cartoons from this era. There is so much that we each brought stuff to the table that nobody else had heard of.
We talk about:
Cartoons based on sitcoms
Wait Till Your Father Gets Home
The Roman Holidays
Blue Falcon & Dynomutt
Help! It’s The Hair Bear Bunch!
The Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm Show/The Flinstone Comedy Hour
Captain Caveman & The Teen Angels
You jumped over some of my buses!
No wonder Kittyhawk calls this the drug era.
Hmm… This setting looks familiar!
Well, at least Hanna-Barbera kept its star roster active. Even if it was in the Laff-A-Lympics.