Much like wrestling, I never ‘grew out’ of cartoons like I was apparently supposed to. From the whoosh-banging toy adverts of the 80s, through to the Cow and Chicken and Dexter’s Laboratory’s of the 90s I just didn’t ever stop. Even though I was actively told to by my dad. Not sure what he expected me to watch (I am sure – it was things like A Touch Of Frost or Sharpe). And I still love cartoons/animation/whatever you want to call it to this day. Even if Family Guy is an uninterrupted stream of faecal matter these days.
I watched Dragon Ball Z every day after getting back from school, immune to the comments made by my brother that it was just half an hour of people going “ohhhhhh”. I never did see the end of it. Or the Cell Games, for that matter. I think I went to uni. Yes, I was 17 years old watching DBZ and loving it. So? I actually bought them all on DVD the other year, got halfway through the first saga then got so bored I had to sell them all on. They aren’t as good when you don’t have Mike’s enthusiasm pushing you on/you’re 0.4% less pathetic than you used to be.
Anyway, I wasn’t put off by this, but from this point the era of animation moved onto the more adult-oriented things. No, not tentacle porn. I happened to discover in a period of being home for about five months I would stumble in late, drunk, and find myself watching weird and wonderful shows on something called ‘adult swim’, which took over from Cartoon Network late at night.
It was there I discovered the glory that is Sealab 2021, The Brak Show and many others that I don’t love as much as those two. See:
Then, of course, I was introduced to one of the best things that has ever happened (by Theo, I think), which then went on to (eventually) be turned into a series (of which I’ve only watched one, brilliant, episode). Adventure Time:
So yeah, cartoons/animation. Whatever. I fucking love that Adventure Time pilot. Genuinely one of my favourite things I’ve ever seen.
Also South Park, Futurama, The Simpsons, etc etc I can’t be bothered here.