Who’s that coming?

I feel like an easy one today. I’m going to talk about Care Bears.

As is the case most children, one of the first cartoons I ever laid eyes on was Care Bears. Those colourful ursine dogooders and their equally colourful cousins kept my attention for half hours at a time with their message of sharing and caring.

If you wanna go and take a ride wit me!

If you wanna go and take a ride wit me!

It’s weird, sometimes, if I watched the show while I was older, I would still get goosebumps when they defeated No Heart and his Niece, Shreeky.

With voice talent including Royal Canadian Air Farce’s Luba Goy, and Terri Hawkes, the original voice of Sailor Moon and Franny from John Callahan’s Quads! the acting wasn’t so bad.

Even the subject matter in the show dealt with issues so kids could understand. I recently watched an episode about gender discrimination in the work force. Of course it was actually about how only boys could be sailors. By the end of the show, the young girl helping out Braveheart and Brightheart saved the ship from the invasion of Shreeky and Mr. Beastly as pirates.

Fine. Don't mention me, see if I care.

Fine. Don’t mention me, see if I care.

I seem to recall the Grams Bear episodes being my favorite. She would take a story, like Aladdin, and tell it to Hugs and Tugs, subsituting Care Bears and Cousins for the actual characters.

There was also the prehistoric Care Bears which, while quite gimmicky, was still really fun to watch.

I guarantee that I will be sitting my kids down to watch the old Care Bears. Perhaps, I’ll check out the new one and see what that’s like.

He's crazy! There's no way that cartoon reboots from the 80s are any good.

He’s crazy! There’s no way that cartoon reboots from the 80s are any good.

Who was your favorite? Let me know in the comments, or on the facebook page!

Until next time, CARE BEAR STARE!


I come from the net

Remember in the 90s when CG animation was really freaky? YTV used to run these really weird bumpers that were two minutes or so long, and they would scare the piss out of me. There was one on particular that gave me the same feeling I get when I realize I didn’t do my homework. It was the one where a bunch of balls flew out of a horn and played a xylophone.

But what didn’t scare me was possibly the best (non-Pixar) CG animation to come out of the 90s.

Bob, Enzo, Dot and Frisket from ReBoot

What fourth wall?

Oh, yeah. That’s the stuff.

I recently rewatched ReBoot after finding it on VHS Netflix. This was the first show I ever programmed my PVR VCR for. I was nine years old at the time. I had a dedicated tape for it. But almost 20(!) years later, did it hold the same magic for me?

Well, if you watch it now, some of the computer based jokes are a little dated, but still funny. The slow food episode was pretty funny. I mean, I think people have forgotten what magnets could do to computers.

To be fair, I haven’t watched the whole series — I got as far as somewhere in season three — but I remember losing interest at that point. I think my new found anime addiction had something to do with it. But all in all, the series was entertaining and I’m still quoting it from time to time. That’s usually the mark of a good show for me, when I can still quote it 19 years later. It would be cool if they gave the show a… Nah too easy.

No, no. Say it... we @#$%ing dare you.

No, no. Say it… we @#$%ing dare you.

Until next time, REBOOT!