Monday, October 31, 2011

Cartoon Chatter | The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy

Generally, I have talked about cartoons that I love during Cartoon Chatter, but it's about time for me to pick up on some others that I am not particularly fond of. Just over the weekend, I caught an episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (also known as Billy & Mandy). It has been a while since I last watched it. If you have never seen this show before, all you need to do is think of Ren & Stimpy. If you can envision it, you will already be partway to understanding Billy & Mandy.

The titular characters, Billy and Mandy, are two children who live in Endsville. Billy is an idiot, and Mandy is a melancholy, unfriendly girl. The two manage to force the Grim Reaper (Grim) to be their "best friend" for ever and ever. The show is basically a non-linear depiction of the adventures the three face. They end up battling denizens of the Underworld and everyday children's issues—like school. 

Unlike many other cartoons, Billy and Mandy never really stood out to me. The animation is nothing particularly special. The grotesque nature of the monsters and such is heavily reminiscent of a mix between Ren & Stimpy and Aaahh! Real Monsters. Perhaps because it aired on Cartoon Network, it never received the bad rap that Spongebob does. With often questionable dialogue and fairly pointless episodes, Billy and Mandy is the kind of show that you might watch in passing only to be completely confused later. I wouldn't recommend this one, but that is due to my own personal opinions.

The show did spawn one video game, so you can look out for it. It might possibly have a DVD as well, but I didn't check. Do you love this cartoon? Sound off in the comments.

Trick or Treat

Let me begin by saying that I am no stranger to random acts of magic. Whilst eating at Ruby Tuesday, I was entertained by a friendly magician. He didn't skip a beat either. It was trick after trick after trick. However, there is another magician on the loose, and this one is targeting drive-thru windows. Enjoy these and Happy Halloween! (ps, I'm partial to the second video myself.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Burning Hot

Another nice video with fun animation. The paper cut outs are very well done. I love the change from an almost human form to a flickering flame. Very cool. From what I read, it is about spreading happiness.
"Ho-Ho" -this message is boiling hot- from SonyDigital001 on Vimeo.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Evelyn Evelyn

Today, I discovered Evelyn Evelyn due to the awesome music video posted below. I think that oftentimes, we don't realize that people who might have a deformity or mutation might also be very talented. I'm happy that this duo can make us celebrate differences, even though their connection is completely fictional. Besides, I'm a happy mutant. I was born with extra fingers on both hands. Makes me different, but also interesting, in my honest opinion. You guys have any physical uniqueness happening?