Last time I wrote about some of the greatest '90s cartoons, I knew my list wasn't comprehensive. But it was later brought to my attention that I missed a few big cartoons and/or the cartoons I chose were not entirely '90s cartoons because they started to go into the 2000s. Totally fair points. So here we go with 6 of the best '90s cartoons, part deux.
Main characters: Baloo, Don Karnage, Rebecca Cunningham, Wildcat, Kit Cloudkicker
Summary: After his air cargo freight business is bought out, Baloo the bear finds himself under new management. The business, now named "Higher for Hire," is owned by a woman named Rebecca Cunningham and they — along with an orphan child named Kit Cloudkicker — make up the company's staff. They use their airplanes to navigate the City of Cape Suzette but, more often than not, find themselves entangled in some type of adventure. A gang of air pirates, led by Don Karnage, turn out to be Baloo, Rebecca, and Kit's biggest problem.
Why it's awesome: Um... adventure? Air pilots? And Baloo? This show takes a character we already love (Baloo from Disney's "The Jungle Book") and not only gives him a hat and shirt, but also turns him from a scavenger in the jungle to a business-savvy pilot. Dreams do come true, people. The show, "Talespin," is actually based on a film called "Plunder & Lightning" that was so good, it won an Emmy. Also, Baloo and Rebecca are said to have been modeled after Sam and Diane of "Cheers," AKA two of the greatest characters of all time.
I'm not sure if everyone knows this, but Mary Poppins was real. Maybe she didn't have the talking umbrella, or the bottomless bag, but she was modeled after an actual person, and "Saving Mr. Banks" is her story.
The new Disney film features Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as Lyndon Goff, the author who wrote the Mary Poppins book series (under the pseudonym P.L. Travers), which served as the basis for the 1964 Disney movie. If ever a "meta" movie existed, it would be this one, since it's a movie about the creation of a movie based on a book written by a woman's real-life experience.
As with most Disney things, it will likely be wonderful. Aside from Thompson and Hanks — who just finished his role on Broadway in Lucky Guy and now has time to do things like promote new movies — a few others will star, including: Jason Schwartzman; Paul Giamatti; Colin and B.J. Novak.
As someone who loves Tom Hanks, Disney, Emma Thompson, AND "Mary Poppins," I feel like this movie is an all-around win. Will you be seeing it?
To me, a good pop culture reference is golden. When done right, it can be an immediate indicator of whether I'll be friends with someone. When done wrong, well... you end up with that one guy who never got the memo that quoting "Napoleon Dynamite" fell by the wayside in 2003. And the movie came out in 2004. (Sorry.)
Try as we might, here are some movie quotes we just can't get right, no matter how many times we hear "Uh, that's not actually what they say."
#1 Star Wars
Quoted line: "Luke, I am your father."
Actual line: This is arguably the most frequent, and most famous, misquote of all time. How many times have you heard someone say "Luke, I am your father," either in real life or in other forms of pop culture? What Darth Vader really said was less of a dramatic declaration and more of a simple response to a question. Luke says, "[Obi] told me you killed [my father]." And Darth's all, "No, I am your father."
There are so many sitcoms I used to watch and love as a kid. They were wholesome! They were funny! They kept me out of my family's hair for at least a good 30 minutes! I may have loved them then, but that doesn't mean I'd still love them today. Here are four shows I was obsessed with as a kid, and now totally regret trying to re-watch as an adult.
"Full House" is the ultimate '90s sitcom offender. The cheesy intro, the live studio audience, the puns, and that music. You know the music I'm talking about. Something bad has happened and one of the girls needs to have a stern talking to, or they need to learn a life lesson — which, in turn, means we need to learn a life lesson. That soft music starts up and it's not long before you're learning why it's not okay to give in to peer pressure or why we should all just be ourselves. And then everything is perfectly resolved and they all live happily ever after.
As a kid, this format worked perfectly. You got a couple of laughs, and you also learned something (to its credit, "Full House" did tackle subjects like loss). It wasn't complex, it was wrapped up in 20 minutes, and it usually had a happy ending. As an adult, this format is cloying to the point where you're lucky if you make it past the first few minutes of an episode.
Today, IFC announced their satirical sketch comedy show "Portlandia" will be renewed for two more amazing, glorious, wonderful seasons. Seasons four and five, which will be 10 episodes long, will premiere in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
"Portlandia" stars SNL cast member Fred Armisen and actress/writer/musician Carrie Brownstein. Although Lorne Michaels (yeah, the dude behind "SNL" and "30 Rock") is the executive producer, the show is totally, 100% the brainchild of both Fred and Carrie, who write and star in almost every sketch. Their already-impressive list of guest stars includes Aubrey Plaza; Heather Graham; Jeff Goldblum; Penny Marshall; Roseanne Barr; Rose Byrne; Patton Oswalt; and Kristen Wiig.
These are my five favorite "Portlandia" sketches to prove that this is a show you should totally be watching... but whatever, you've probably never heard of it.