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What A Cartoon!

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From the creators of Talking Simpsons comes What A Cartoon!, an audio exploration of every cartoon ever! Join hosts Henry Gilbert and Bob Mackey (as well as several guests) for an in-depth look at a different episode of a different cartoon every week!

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From the creators of Talking Simpsons comes What A Cartoon!, an audio exploration of every cartoon ever! Join hosts Henry Gilbert and Bob Mackey (as well as several guests) for an in-depth look at a different episode of a different cartoon every week!

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I. ❤️. Dis. Show

By 🤩😍🥳 - May 17 2020
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I love the amazing world of gumball! Thanks for doing a podcast about this!

Hi! Love your ok ko episodes!

By TemmieFlakes15 - Dec 30 2019
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It’s so fun with Ian and Toby come on the show! Great job you guys😁 it’s a treat to listen to

iTunes Ratings

263 Ratings
Average Ratings
220
7
8
6
22

I. ❤️. Dis. Show

By 🤩😍🥳 - May 17 2020
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I love the amazing world of gumball! Thanks for doing a podcast about this!

Hi! Love your ok ko episodes!

By TemmieFlakes15 - Dec 30 2019
Read more
It’s so fun with Ian and Toby come on the show! Great job you guys😁 it’s a treat to listen to
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What A Cartoon!

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From the creators of Talking Simpsons comes What A Cartoon!, an audio exploration of every cartoon ever! Join hosts Henry Gilbert and Bob Mackey (as well as several guests) for an in-depth look at a different episode of a different cartoon every week!

Rank #1: What A Cartoon! - Rick and Morty "Total Rickall"

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Oooooh weeeee! We've covered Adult Swim shows in the past, so it only makes sense that we'd cover its biggest hit yet in this first year of the What A Cartoon! podcast. Thanks to a request from patron Justin Allen, we're finally taking a look at Rick and Morty: the subversive Cartoon Network creation that combines the vulgar absurdity of Justin Roiland with the dark brilliance of Dan Harmon. Though the show spawned a particularly awful fandom, amazing episodes like "Total Rickall" prove that Rick and Morty still holds up and deserves much better.

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron!

This podcast is brought to you by the streaming network VRV: home to cartoons, anime, and so much more! Visit VRV.co/WAC to sign up for your FREE 30-day trial and kick a little money back to your friends at the Talking Simpsons Network!

Jan 07 2019

1hr 49mins

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Rank #2: What A Cartoon! - Batman: The Animated Series "Almost Got 'Im"

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This week on the podcast, we start our new tradition of once a month returning to a cartoon we had previously covered, starting with this iconic episode of Batman: The Animated Series! All the coolest villains come together for a game of poker to tell their favorite stories of almost getting Batman, but there's more twists than it seems at first. So grab your favorite rock and throw it as you listen to this week's podcast!

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the new official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Jan 20 2020

2hr 2mins

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Rank #3: What A Cartoon! - The Amazing World of Gumball "The Box/The Console"

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Thanks to Talking Simpsons Network patron Alex Irish, this week we're bringing you an exploration of a secretly amazing cartoon you might have ignored thanks to its ultra cute and colorful appearance: The Amazing World of Gumball. Now in its sixth season, this Cartoon Network Studios Europe creation has quietly been one of the most inventive cartoons on television for most of this decade, both in visuals and writing. And our look at one of Alex's favorite cartoons from the series--which takes the form of a pitch-perfect Final Fantasy VII parody--proves that Gumball isn't just for the grade school set. Listen in and get ready to escape to the wonderfully weird world of Gumball!

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron!

This podcast is brought to you by the streaming network VRV: home to cartoons, anime, and so much more! Visit VRV.co/WAC to sign up for your FREE 30-day trial and kick a little money back to your friends at the Talking Simpsons Network!

Feb 25 2019

1hr 40mins

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Rank #4: What A Cartoon! - Neon Genesis Evangelion "Both of You, Dance Like You Want to Win!" With Special Guests Ian Jones-Quartey And Toby Jones

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Third Impact has arrived on our podcast as OK KO: Let's Be Heroes' showrunners/animation experts Ian Jones-Quartey and Toby Jones return for our Evangelion episode! We go deep into the career of Hideaki Anno as he went from an animation prodigy to one of the most daring animation directors to ever live. We talk about the show's enduring popularity, its continuing controversy, the multiple localizations in the United States, and our love for the exuberant episode full of dance and personal interaction! Listen now to fly straight to the moon!

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron!

This podcast is brought to you by the streaming network VRV: home to cartoons, anime, and so much more! Visit VRV.co/WAC to sign up for your FREE 30-day trial and kick a little money back to your friends at the Talking Simpsons Network!

Jul 29 2019

2hr 24mins

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Rank #5: What A Cartoon! - Daffy Duck Shorts "The Great Piggy Bank Robbery" and "Duck Amuck"

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We tackle our oldest subject matter yet as we jump back to 1946 and 1953 to take an in-depth look at some legendary Warner Bros. shorts! And thanks to a request from our generous patron Nick, we're shining a spotlight on Daffy Duck just a few months after the character's 82nd birthday. On this week's episode, Sick Little Monkeys author and classic cartoon expert Thad Komorowski joins us to discuss two very different interpretations of Daffy Duck from two very different Warner Bros. directors. Listen in and prepare to be amazed at how deep this duck can be!

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron!

This podcast is brought to you by the streaming network VRV: home to cartoons, anime, and so much more! Visit VRV.co/WAC to sign up for your FREE 30-day trial and kick a little money back to your friends at the Talking Simpsons Network!

Jun 03 2019

2hr 19mins

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Rank #6: What A Cartoon! - Animaniacs "Yakko's World / Cookies for Einstein / Win Big"

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We all wondered where Warner Bros. would go after changing kids' TV with Tiny Toon Adventures in 1990, and the answer was Animaniacs: a faster, funnier, and often more esoteric show that didn't need to use classic characters as a crutch. While extravagant animated productions of this nature would soon become a thing of the past thanks to cheapo imports like Power Rangers, for five seasons and 99 episodes, Animaniacs gave us song-filled, sarcastic adventures in pop culture parody and satire, often with brilliant animation. For our examination of this classic series, we'll be taking a look at the second episode—a sophomore non-slump that single-handedly brought us Yakko's World, the debut of Pinky and the Brain, and an incredibly memorable Warners short. Sit back and prepare to learn about Animaniacs history and outdated geography with this week's podcast!

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron!

This podcast is brought to you by the streaming network VRV: home to cartoons, anime, and so much more! Visit VRV.co/WAC to sign up for your FREE 30-day trial and kick a little money back to your friends at the Talking Simpsons Network!

Dec 02 2019

2hr 41mins

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Rank #7: What A Cartoon! - Gravity Falls "Summerween"

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Chosen by Nick, one of our premium Patreon supporters, we're covering the Halloween-themed episode of Gravity Falls! We explore the long history of Alex Hirsch's hit Disney Channel series, with a spoiler-free discussion of the show's mythology, history, and many talented writers and artists who worked on it. Then we analyze the made-up holiday of Summerween with the dangerous Trickster, melting skulls, and we REALLY have an ax to grind about Loser Candy. Listen now, if you SCARE!

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron!

This podcast is brought to you by the streaming network VRV: home to cartoons, anime, and so much more! Visit VRV.co/WAC to sign up for your FREE 30-day trial and kick a little money back to your friends at the Talking Simpsons Network!

Oct 28 2019

2hr 11mins

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Rank #8: What A Cartoon! - Superman: The Animated Series "Heavy Metal"

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We return to the ever-growing DC Animated Universe with a request from Royce, one of our top Patreon subscribers! Yes, more powerful than a locomotive, it's Superman: The Animated Series! We talk about the Krytonian's origins, how the show spun out of Batman, and how it paved the way for many DC toons to follow. Then we break down the season 2 episode Heavy Metal, which introduced the hero Steel to Metropolis, so up, up and away, mild-mannered listener!!

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the new official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Mar 16 2020

2hr 5mins

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Rank #9: What A Cartoon! - The Ren & Stimpy Show "Hermit Ren"

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We're returning to a series we've already done for the very first time on What A Cartoon!, but for a very good reason. Chris Reccardi, one of the most talented and influential forces in modern television animation, passed away in May of 2019. And while he never got a series of his own, we can look at one where he really got to shine: The Ren & Stimpy Show. Its Games Animation era might be maligned—mostly due to the now-thoroughly disgraced creator's own narrative—but thanks to artists like Chris, the heights it hit were always much higher than any other kids' cartoon of the era. This week, Sick Little Monkeys author and cartoon scholar Thad Komorowski joins us to discuss one of the weirdest and wildest Ren & Stimpy episodes that's wholly a product of the late Chris Reccardi: Hermit Ren.

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron!

This podcast is brought to you by the streaming network VRV: home to cartoons, anime, and so much more! Visit VRV.co/WAC to sign up for your FREE 30-day trial and kick a little money back to your friends at the Talking Simpsons Network!

Jul 01 2019

1hr 45mins

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Rank #10: What A Cartoon! - Clerks "A Dissertation on the American Justice System"

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At the dawn of the new millennium, no figure stood higher for nerds than Kevin Smith. Fresh off of his last major motion picture and right before his first attempt at closing the book on the View Askew-niverse, Smith fraternized with mass-market television with an animated interpretation of his silver screen debut. Like many of the shows from the early '00s prime-time cartoon boom, Clerks crashed hard, but the few episodes it produced remain dear in the hearts of anyone who grew up cutting their teeth on Kevin Smith's Gen-X surliness. This week, Cartoons 101's Matthew Jay joins us to explore one of the two episodes to air on ABC in the fabled year of 2000.

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron!

This podcast is brought to you by the streaming network VRV: home to cartoons, anime, and so much more! Visit VRV.co/WAC to sign up for your FREE 30-day trial and kick a little money back to your friends at the Talking Simpsons Network!

Jul 22 2019

2hr 22mins

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Rank #11: What A Cartoon! - Pokémon "Here Comes The Squirtle Squad" With Kat Bailey

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We wanna be the very best on this week's podcast with special guest Kat Bailey (Editor-in-Chief of USGamer.net)! Yes, it's time for the original Pokémon series on What A Cartoon! We discuss the history of the original games, and then how master animators adapted it, and THEN how one localizer turned it into a stateside monopoly. Then we go analyze the Squirtle Squad's iconic first appearance for tons of fun. So, to protect the world from devastation, please listen now!

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron!

Stay up to date about this podcast and all the rest of the Talking Simpsons Network by following the official Twitter account @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Nov 11 2019

2hr 23mins

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Rank #12: What A Cartoon! - Pinky and the Brain "It's Only a Paper World"

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Narf! Out of all the characters spawned by 1993's Animaniacs, one rodent duo rose far above the rest—even higher in stature than the Warner brothers and their sister, Dot. That would be Pinky and the Brain, a pair of diminutive lab mice with spliced genes and big ambitions. So only makes sense that the two would eventually get their own series for 66 glorious episodes on The WB, another misguided creation that couldn't quite conquer the world, either. This week, we prove our mousey worth by looking at Pinky and the Brain's second season premiere, "It's Only a Paper World."

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron!

This podcast is brought to you by the streaming network VRV: home to cartoons, anime, and so much more! Visit VRV.co/WAC to sign up for your FREE 30-day trial and kick a little money back to your friends at the Talking Simpsons Network!

Apr 15 2019

2hr 11mins

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Rank #13: What A Cartoon! - The Real Ghostbusters "Ragnarok And Roll"

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Strap on your proton packs and grab your PKE meters, as we head back to the late '80s toy-fueled toon, The Real Ghostbusters! We uncover how the fairly adult film transitioned into a Saturday morning blockbuster, the many changes the show went through, and the many talented folks who worked on Real Ghostbusters (both in America and Japan). Then we dig into one of the most celebrated episodes of the series, the apocalyptic Ragnarok And Roll! Who YOU gonna call?

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron!

This podcast is brought to you by the streaming network VRV: home to cartoons, anime, and so much more! Visit VRV.co/WAC to sign up for your FREE 30-day trial and kick a little money back to your friends at the Talking Simpsons Network!

Sep 02 2019

2hr 5mins

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Rank #14: What A Cartoon! - Doug "Doug Takes the Case / Doug's Secret Song"

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We've covered two of the original three Nicktoons in our first year of What A Cartoon!, but what of Doug, the gentle, be-vested boy who has problems much like our own? Though his 52 episodes didn't cause the same stir on Nickelodeon as Rugrats or The Ren & Stimpy Show, Jim Jinkins' laid-back cartoon stands as an early pioneer in the slice-of-life genre of children's entertainment. This week, Greg of the amazing YouTube channel Pop Arena joins us to explore the animated adventures of a not-so-animated kid.

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron!

This podcast is brought to you by the streaming network VRV: home to cartoons, anime, and so much more! Visit VRV.co/WAC to sign up for your FREE 30-day trial and kick a little money back to your friends at the Talking Simpsons Network!

Mar 11 2019

2hr 4mins

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Rank #15: What A Cartoon! - Captain Planet "A Hero For Earth"

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We're the Planeteers, and you can be one too on this week's eco-friendly podcast! Henry and Bob go back to 1991 when global warning was a less imminent threat, and we deconstruct the super heroics of Captain Planet. We talk about how Ted Turner's pet project grew into a movement of more environmentally conscious kids, as well as how the show was both incredibly corny and correct about so many things that still threaten our future! So let your powers combine and listen now! 

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron!

This podcast is brought to you by the streaming network VRV: home to cartoons, anime, and so much more! Visit VRV.co/WAC to sign up for your FREE 30-day trial and kick a little money back to your friends at the Talking Simpsons Network!

May 13 2019

2hr 2mins

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Rank #16: What A Cartoon! - It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

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This week's What A Cartoon! podcast takes a journey back to the mid-60s days of Peanuts-mania with the property's third TV special ever! Charles M. Schulz's comic stood as a pillar of the funny pages for 50 years, influencing almost every type of pop culture in its extremely long run. So it only made sense that CBS would want to capitalize on its tremendous success with annual specials that would stretch all the way into the '90s. To close out this spooky season, we do our best to cover the long, LONG history of Charlie Brown, and break down whether or not The Great Pumpkin is an atheist parable. Fill your trick-or-treat bag with rocks and be sure to cut extra holes in your ghost costume, because this podcast will shake your faith to its very core!

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron!

This podcast is brought to you by the streaming network VRV: home to cartoons, anime, and so much more! Visit VRV.co/WAC to sign up for your FREE 30-day trial and kick a little money back to your friends at the Talking Simpsons Network!

Nov 04 2019

2hr 21mins

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Rank #17: What A Cartoon! - DuckTales "Back to the Klondike"

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DuckTales has come up SO often during our discussion of animation history, it's about time we podcasted about it! Disney's televised treatment of one of their B-list characters ended up being an A-list series, and one that forever raised the bar for children's entertainment. On this installment, we (alongside duck expert Matthew Jay from [the deep end] podcast) dig into the history of Uncle Scrooge and his creator, Carl Barks, the character's rich life in decades upon decades of comics, and, of course, the behind-the-scenes details behind the ambitious and expensive production known as DuckTales. And for our up-close exploration of the show, we focus on "Back to the Klondike," an episode loosely based on a Barks comic that dives into Scrooge's past and also explores a bit of his softer side.

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron!

This podcast is brought to you by the streaming network VRV: home to cartoons, anime, and so much more! Visit VRV.co/WAC to sign up for your FREE 30-day trial and kick a little money back to your friends at the Talking Simpsons Network!

Apr 29 2019

2hr 7mins

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Rank #18: What A Cartoon! - A Charlie Brown Christmas

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Back in October of this year, we covered the third Peanuts TV special, so now it's time to go back to where it all began! Good Ol' Charlie Brown and the gang made their formal TV debut in this 1965 Christmas special that kicked off nearly 30 consecutive years of animated Peanuts, but this now-immortal chunk of television stood as a major risk for CBS. Even though it made some odd choices that still make it a curiosity today, A Charlie Brown Christmas remains one of the most-beloved and referenced holiday traditions, brimming over with equal parts holiday cheer and depression. Sit back and bask of the glimmer of your aluminum Christmas tree, and get ready for a full exploration of this Christmas classic!

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Dec 16 2019

2hr

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A Preview of What A Cartoon Movie for The Black Cauldron

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Another month has passed at the Talking Simpsons Network, and that means we've got another awesome podcast about an animated feature film! This month, our $10+ Patreon subscribers get to hear us talk about 1985's The Black Cauldron! Listen now to this free extended preview, and then subscribe at the $10 level (or up your current pledge to $10) to hear the whole thing and all of our previous What A Cartoon Movie podcasts! Sign up today!

Aug 03 2020

42mins

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What A Cartoon! - Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes "New Avengers"

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Our premium patron Royce wanted us to talk about easily the best Avengers cartoon, Earth's Mightiest Heroes! Created just as Disney took over Marvel, we talk about the show's genesis, the team of comic and Batman veterans producing it, and the complicated cancellation of the series. Then we discuss the late season 2 episode "New Avengers" which has its own comic history to dig through. So assemble and listen now, true believers!

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Jul 27 2020

1hr 42mins

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What A Cartoon! - Lupin III Part 2 "Wings of Death: Albatross"

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After covering his most famous film, it's time to return to Lupin in his most successful TV series! How did the silly thief steal the world's heart with Lupin III Part 2? How were Lupin vets Yasuo Otsuka and Hayao Miyazaki instrumental in building TMS's world-class animation team at Telecom Studios? And how did a giant airplane full of nukes lead to one of the best looking TV toons ever made? Learn all about it just in time for the episode's 40th anniversary!

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the new official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Jul 20 2020

1hr 37mins

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What A Cartoon! - Adventure Time "What Was Missing/I Remember You"

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Requested by premium patron Phillip, we're finally covering the groundbreaking Cartoon Network series Adventure Time! How did a student project become a viral sensation and then turn into a hit show that was a launching pad for many important toon creators? And after the history, we discuss two of the show's most beloved episodes, so get algebraic and listen along!

Support this podcast and get dozens of bonus episodes by visiting Patreon.com/TalkingSimpsons and becoming a patron! And please follow the new official Twitter, @TalkSimpsonsPod!

Jul 13 2020

2hr 9mins

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A Preview of What A Cartoon Movie for Space Jam

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We asked our patrons what Warner Animation film we should cover, and Space Jam won in a resounding, Jordan-esque victory. $10+ subscribers to the Talking Simpsons Network, can hear our looooong discussion of Space Jam now, but if you're not yet a subscriber, give a listen to this extended preview. Our good buddy and classic cartoon expert Thad Komorowski joins us to explore the complex Space Jam history! Listen now to this free extended preview, and then subscribe at the $10 level (or up your current pledge to $10) to hear the whole thing and all of our previous What A Cartoon Movie podcasts! Sign up today!

Jul 06 2020

53mins

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What A Cartoon! - Muppet Babies "The Great Muppet Cartoon Show"

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While Jim Henson tried and failed to break free of the Muppets throughout the '80s, his biggest commercial success that decade came from a series he had very little to do with. That show would be Muppet Babies, a vehicle for pint-size versions of the famous Muppet characters to sing, propagandize the powers of imagination, and obey the giant pair of legs that holds dominion over their kind. This week on the What A Cartoon podcast, high-level patron Alex Irish makes your dreams come true by requesting a deep dive into the legendary '80s cartoon that spawned too many imitators.

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Jun 29 2020

2hr 1min

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What A Cartoon! - Harley Quinn "'Til Death Do Us Part"

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Our top-level patron David is back once more, and he asked us to check out DC Universe's breakout toon, Harley Quinn! This take on the animated character borrows from some of her best comics to craft a world of loser villains and white-faced fuckboys, all as Harley Quinn finds her independence. We cover the show's creation and how surprisingly funny the violent comedy is, so grab your favorite baseball bat and listen along...

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Jun 22 2020

2hr 5mins

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What A Cartoon! - Duckman "Cock Tales for Four"

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What the hell are YOU starin' at? Well, if you were watching the USA network in the mid-'90s, you might have been staring at Duckman, cable TV's answer to the Simpsons starring a cast of yellow characters much more twisted than anything Fox had to offer. Despite not being a ratings smash, Duckman's star power and status as a critical darling gave it an impressive 70-episode run, and it remains an impressive mix of lewd jokes and cutting social satire 25 years later. This week, listen in as we give a full history of this private dick/family man, and explore a bottle episode that proves just how versatile this animated sitcom can be.

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Jun 15 2020

2hr 21mins

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What A Cartoon! - Gundam Wing Episode 1 With Kat Bailey

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We return to the Gundam franchise this week, and we're joined by Gundam expert/USG Editor-In-Chief/our good friend Kat Bailey! 20 years ago this year Gundam Wing premiered on Cartoon Network and had a huge impact on US anime fans, but how did this variation on the Gundam franchise happen? How did it get broadcast on TV? And what's its legacy? We discuss all that and the first episode in this gundanium-enriched podcast!

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Jun 08 2020

2hr 2mins

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A Preview of What A Cartoon Movie for Toy Story 2

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Another month has passed at the Talking Simpsons Network, and that means we've got another awesome podcast about an animated feature film! This month, our $10+ Patreon subscribers get to hear us talk about 1999's Toy Story 2! Listen now to this free extended preview, and then subscribe at the $10 level (or up your current pledge to $10) to hear the whole thing and all of our previous What A Cartoon Movie podcasts! Sign up today!

Jun 01 2020

38mins

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What A Cartoon! - Justice League "Injustice For All Part 2"

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Chosen by our premium patron Jibbly, it's time to return to the DC Animated Universe with Justice League! The 2001 toon made the Superfriends cool for the first time ever, and set ratings records for Cartoon Network. How did Bruce Timm's team grow to handle a bigger series and expanded the DC stories they had already told? We talk about that and the second half of the season one classic, Injustice For All! Listen now or else Lex Luthor has won already!

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May 25 2020

1hr 53mins

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What A Cartoon! - Dragon Ball "Monster Beast Giran" With Shivam Bhatt

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Chosen by our premium patron L, we're covering the original Dragon Ball anime with our expert friend Shivam Bhatt (co-host of the Commanderin' podcast)! We discuss how Akira Toriyama developed his action-comedy phenom, how Toei Animation adapted it, and how Goku's earlier adventures had a weird localization history in the US. Then we break down one of the first battles in the initial Budokai tournament, as Goku takes on his first round challenger, a kaiju named Giran. So ready up your ki for a kamehameha wave of podcasting action!

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May 18 2020

2hr 3mins

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What A Cartoon! - Beavis and Butt-Head "Doomsday" and "Dumb Design"

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This week, we're visiting one of the earliest What A Cartoon! subjects—and one of our favorites—the great MTV cartoon, Beavis and Butt-Head. But instead of jumping back to their heyday in the go-go '90s, we're heading back to the less-distant year of 2011, when MTV's crude cartoon got a fresh reboot and all seemed right with the world. This short-lived revival might have come and gone in three short months, but it amazingly matched (and often surpassed) the energy and crude creativity of the original run. Load up on cheap convenience store nachos and get ready for yet another podcast that doesn't suck!

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May 11 2020

1hr 35mins

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A Preview of What A Cartoon Movie for The Castle of Cagliostro

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With the end of April, the Talking Simpsons Network has another awesome podcast about an animated feature film ready for you! This month, our $10+ Patreon subscribers get to hear us talk about 1979's Lupin III feature film, The Castle of Cagliostro! It's the first film directed solo by Hayao Miyazaki, and in this free extended preview, you'll learn all about the making of the film! And then subscribe at the $10 level (or up your current pledge to $10) to hear the full four-hour podcast AND all of our previous What A Cartoon Movie! podcasts!! Sign up today!

May 04 2020

47mins

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What A Cartoon! - Revolutionary Girl Utena "Episodes 1 & 2"

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This week we are joined again by premium Patreon subscriber Casey to talk about a classic of '90s anime, Revolutionary Girl Utena! From many of the folks who adapted Sailor Moon, this challenging show pushed against gender roles and sexuality like few animated series did nearly 25 years ago. Learn how it was made, Utena's ongoing legacy, and listen to our discussion of the first two episodes of the series right now!

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Apr 27 2020

2hr 11mins

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What A Cartoon! - Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue

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Move over, The Avengers! There's a much worse version of you from 20 years earlier that absolutely no one likes! That's right, the most epic crossover in entertainment history took the form of Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue, which saw animated superstars like ALF and Garfield put aside their differences to fight in the famously successful War on Drugs. And thanks to the generous support of patron Phil Jacobi, this week we're digging deep into this highly embarrassing relic from an earlier time. Have you ever wondered what it would be like if your favorite cartoon characters entered the real world and then started acting like huge jerks to you? Just say YES to this week's podcast to find out!

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Apr 20 2020

2hr 11mins

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What A Cartoon! - The Adventures of Pete & Pete "The Call"

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Just as we did last year, to kick off April we're deviating from our standard subject matter a bit to dive into the world of live-action cartoons! In 2019, we covered the dark and subversive Strangers with Candy, so it's only fair that we follow that episode up with a look at its kid-friendly spiritual predecessor, The Adventures of Pete & Pete.

It's a series born out of the same circumstances that led to our favorite shows from cable TV's early era: a need for programming so desperate that networks were willing to throw (a small amount of) money at outsider weirdos to fill slots on a barren schedule. And thankfully, the right group of misfits assembled to make Pete & Pete one of the hippest, smartest, and surprisingly sincere kids' shows ever written. So lean back and let our podcast envelop you like warm flannel as we take you on a tour of one of Wellsville's most memorable tales.

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Apr 13 2020

2hr 47mins

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A Preview of What A Cartoon Movie for The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

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Another month has passed at the Talking Simpsons Network, and that means we've got another awesome podcast about an animated feature film! This month, our $10+ Patreon subscribers get to hear us talk about 2004's The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie! Listen now to this free extended preview, and then subscribe at the $10 level (or up your current pledge to $10) to hear the whole thing and all of our previous What A Cartoon Movie! podcasts! Sign up today!

Apr 06 2020

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What A Cartoon! - ReBoot "Firewall" With Special Guest Woolie!

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This week we're joined again by Woolie (check out his many Let's Plays on YouTube), all to talk about the iconically Canadian animation, ReBoot! Chosen by our premium subscriber Brian, we go into the earliest days of televised CGI to experience the virtual world and its deep history. Then, we take a deep dive into the season 3 Bond homage, "Firewall," so get ready for this week's alphanumeric podcast!!

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Mar 30 2020

1hr 49mins

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What A Cartoon! - Tiny Toon Adventures "The Return of Batduck"

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We're heading back to the world of Acme Acres to explore a proper episode of the early '90s classic cartoon, Tiny Toon Adventures! And if you listened to our episode of What A Cartoon Movie! about the direct-to-video feature, you'll know that Plucky Duck is by far our favorite character. That seemed to be the opinion of both Warner Bros. and Fox, because in 1992 he got his own cynical Saturday morning spinoff that consisted of mostly recycled content. But the single original episode produced for The Plucky Duck Show remains one of TTA's finest outings, and stands as a fascinating look into the Hollywood hubbub of 1991. So join us as we explore the hilarious and lavishly animated exploits of Tiny Toons' wacky, egomaniac-y duck!

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Mar 23 2020

2hr 49mins

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By 🤩😍🥳 - May 17 2020
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By TemmieFlakes15 - Dec 30 2019
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It’s so fun with Ian and Toby come on the show! Great job you guys😁 it’s a treat to listen to