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In music there are only 12 notes, so it's no wonder so many songs sound the same. But what about someone's voice? The way someone speaks is not bound by any kind of scale or music theory, rather it's the sum a person’s upbringing, their physicality, and their personality. So why do so many cartoon characters sound so eerily familiar? In this list we highlight 10 cartoon characters whose voices (and often their likenesses) are based on other actors. We also mention 5 other cartoon voices that are impressions in the bonus sections of related entries. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, these actors have been thoroughly praised by some of the best.
Over the past 3 decades The Simpsons has been on the air, America’s favorite family has gone through many changes. Aside from the quality of the animation, the most noticeable »
- Eli Reyes
Last week we took a trip back in time to the 1980s to test your knowledge of 80s cartoon villains, and we thought we’d jump forward a decade for this week’s quiz as we ask ‘Do You Know Your 90s Cartoons?’. Take the quiz below to see if you can name all fifteen 90s cartoons, and don’t forget to share your results and challenge your friends to best your score…
Question 1 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Gargoyles Freakazoid!
Question 4 Freakazoid! The Tick Earthworm Jim
Question 8 2 Stupid Dogs CatDog Dog City
Question 10 Hey Arnold! Arthur »
- Gary Collinson
Tom Ruegger is the creator of classic 1990s animated series such as Animaniacs, Tiny Toon Adventures, and Pinky and the Brain. For those of you who are fans of these shows, you'll be happy to learn that he has developed a new series for Disney Junior called The 7D that he hopes will capture the same fun spirit of the awesome shows he previously worked on.
As the title suggests, The 7D is about the adventures of the Seven Dwarfs, "30 years or so before their fateful run-in with Snow White. Living in the Enchanted Forest in the kingdom of Jollywood under the rule of Queen Delightful, the dwarfs are the area’s 'most trusted' heroes, righting the wrongs that arise and often thwarting the plans of evil-doers when the queen calls for help."
In a recent interview with the La Times Ruegger said:
“I was very intrigued about taking these »
- Joey Paur
[The text of the video essay follows.]When I watched Back to the Future with my parents as a child, I remember my shock at seeing Marty McFly’s mom sexually assaulted by the high school bully, Biff, in the backseat of a car. The assault was confusing. I remember my first viewing of this relatively tame movie as a garble of images--the backseat, the fluffy curls of the pink prom dress, the feet poking out, the muffled screams. Of course, this entire scene is about Marty’s dad having the guts to punch the rapist in the face, to tell him to “leave her alone.” By the end Marty’s mother is all smiles, relief, and pride in having chosen a man who would defend and respect her. My exposure to cartoon gender relations was similarly violent. The female cartoon characters in shows like Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs liked to don skimpy outfits. The male »
- Arielle Bernstein and Serena Bramble
Warner Bros. Animation continues to breathe new life into beloved carton classics with their new series The Tom and Jerry Show, which premieres April 9 @5:30pm on Cartoon Network. We spoke to Wba’s vice-president, series, Jay Bastian, regarding Tom and Jerry’s return – as well as a few other things.
While speaking with us, Bastian breaks down Tom and Jerry, as well as what all went in to making The Tom and Jerry Show; he reveals the challenges of telling a story in elven minutes; explains why it’s not so easy to, say, make a Tiny Toon Adventures sequel; and gives an update on Warner Bros. Animation’s relationship with DC Comics, ...
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- Anthony Ocasio
The '80s and '90s brought us some of the best cartoons ever made, but one thing that made '90s cartoons so special is how irreverent and pop-culture oriented they were. Suddenly we were inundated with shockingly adult innuendos and obscure movie references that flew over the heads of most children watching these cartoons. Horror films were no exception - these show-runners loved to drop references to everything from horror classics to '80s slashers. Here are ten of my favorites: The Critic - "Miserable" (1994) The Critic was short-lived but beloved by fans for its hilarious movie parodies that lampooned everything from Orson Welles to Ace Ventura. The most memorable horror spoof was entitled "Miserable" wherein titular critic Jay Sherman gets kidnapped by his biggest fan in an obvious parody of Misery (1990). Even the gruesome woodblock/sledgehammer scene makes an appearance. Bobby's World - "Adventures in Bobby Sitting »
- Heather Seebach
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