I am looking for visually stunning, innovative, creative animated films, from any point in the history of the medium. They can be shorts or features, funny or serious, conventional or experimental, popular or obscure. Assume a general familiarity with Disney and Warner Bros., but I'm otherwise brand new to animation. [more inside]
posted by scarylarry
on Feb 5, 2014 -
I've always wondered how cartoonist create their strips. But I've started to notice that many of them choose simple body shapes and repeat expressions or only use a few settings or locations. Where can I read a straightforward explanation about the how and why of the creative process for making cartoons?
posted by CollectiveMind
on Feb 2, 2014 -
When I was a teenager, I checked out a Lynda Barry collection of Marlys-Maybonne-Freddie Stories from the school library. The stories were mostly about Maybonne, and in particular contained a storyline where she fooled around with a Vietnam veteran in a car. What (likely out of print) collection am I remembering? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana
on Jan 22, 2014 -
My mother's health isn't so great (and it isn't, sadly, going to get much better). She still enjoys movies, however, and I'd like to get her some animated stuff. Her vision isn't strong, so subtitles are out - so these must be dubbed or from Anglophone countries. [more inside]
posted by Frowner
on Dec 16, 2013 -
So I remember watching Star Blazers a bit as a kid. I remember enjoying it, but never really got into the long term storytelling that was going on. Was probably too young to understand it anyways. But I do specifically remember the Argo/Yamato being completely hopelessly destroyed what seemed like damn near every episode. And yet when the next episode began, everything was hunky dory. I don't remember this ever really being explained. Was it? Wikipedia hasn't been much help. This has been bugging me for a while, thanks!
posted by mediocre
on Nov 29, 2013 -
My friend and I are stumped: we have the punchline for a joke he liked in highschool. However, we can't for the life of us come up with joke. Google hasn't helped, neither text nor image searches. So we turn to you fond MeFites, for your good knowledge: what joke ends with the punchline, "I must be a past participle." [more inside]
posted by Galen
on Oct 1, 2013 -
My 5-year-old really like cartoon versions of literary classics. Help me find more. [more inside]
posted by colin_l
on Sep 15, 2013 -
My husband would like to improve his (very limited) French comprehension by watching cartoons or other children's shows in French with our four-year-old daughter. We have access to Netflix streaming, Amazon prime, Roku, a DVD player etc., and are willing to spend a little $ for something charming that will appeal to adults and children both. [more inside]
posted by nkknkk
on Aug 28, 2013 -
I'm looking for some excellent mellow and relaxing cartoon suggestions à la Hey Arnold! - See, i think that show is so damn chill with the nice smooth Jazz playing in the background, soft pleasant voices and oozy coolness - it's perfect for when I'm getting ready to sleep and trying to relax after a long day (I've been in a 90s-and-earlier-cartoons-at-bedtime mood as of late) . I can't stand how many cartoons these days ARE LOUD AS SHIT with constant random bells and whistles and noises and needless yelling and shouting and noisy irritation constantly going off. So I don't want those. I'd love suggestions of mostly uniformly quietish yet still entertaining (preferably older) cartoons...like Doug, or I just watched Top Cat and it was lovely as well because no jarring sudden noises! You get the idea... I very much appreciate your suggestions, folks!
posted by slightlyamused
on Jun 23, 2013 -
I am interested in reading some visually dazzling comics or graphic novels. I would love to find examples that were made with beautifully painted panels, incorporated collages, or are otherwise interesting on a visual level. What do you recommend?
posted by mortaddams
on Jun 17, 2013 -
My neighbors' outdoor cats, whom I catsit occasionally and interact with regularly, have names that I cannot quite parse, even though my neighbor has repeated them for me on several occasions. Both cats are male. One cat is "Dillon" or "Dylan." The other cat's name sounds like "Sits" or "Zits" or "Sitz." When I looked confused at some point, my neighbor said the names were "from a comic" or "from a cartoon." [more inside]
posted by jaguar
on May 27, 2013 -
One of my absolute favorite blogs, Drawn
, shut down this week. How do I replace it? What are other good blogs or websites that focus on illustration, cartooning, and animated shorts?
posted by Rinku
on May 23, 2013 -
My DrawSomething addiction has coaxed out of me a desire to illustrate without getting bogged down by a writing process. My recent draws are cartoonish, bright and friendly, and other players keep asking if I'm an artist. Where can I find cartoon or childrens book writers in need of artwork that might tolerate my lack of portfolio and professional experience?
posted by jayCampbell
on Apr 30, 2013 -
Does anyone have any examples of some cartoons that reference Film Noir or are drawn in a noir-esque fashion/explore noir themes? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner
on Dec 13, 2012 -
Please recommend the best cartoons you can think of (in the vein of say, Samurai Jack or Flapjack) for my cartoon-lovin' 8 year old and myself. We're obsessed and need new material! [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame
on Nov 29, 2012 -
When I was a kid, I had this book I remember I loved very much. It was a large hardbound book with colorful illustrations of construction projects. I remember there were ones about building a large dam, building a Saturn V-style rocket, and one about building a skyscraper. There were probably others which I don't remember. The pictures were colorful and cartoonish but had lots of details. Anyone know what book this is?
posted by nohat
on Nov 12, 2012 -
Does anyone know a way to find the old web cartoons from monkeysrobots.com? [more inside]
posted by azoth
on Jun 23, 2012 -
What educational children's shows have an episode about the internet and or computers in general? Episode name or number a bonus! [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes
on Apr 10, 2012 -
I'm looking for the name of an animated short film involving two humanoids (male and female) who live in a bubble house at the bottom of the sea. After a long argument between the two about venturing outside the safety of their home, one of them leaves the bubble, holds his/her breath on an epic journey to the surface, only to find himself/herself floating alone in the middle of a seemingly infinite sea. I think I saw in on TNT in 1991 whilst tripping balls and it BLEW MY MIND.
What is this animated movie?
posted by mrgrimm
on Mar 8, 2012 -
It may sound silly but I am desperately looking for DVD's of a kids show called Catscratch.
I emailed the network and haven't heard back. I can't find them for purchase, and they aren't available for downloading.
Any thoughts or ideas?
posted by risaroni
on Jan 23, 2012 -
I'm going to a costume party for Halloween. The theme is 80s and 90s cartoon characters. Help me find a costume that won't be expensive or challenging to move around in, but will be awesome. [more inside]
posted by decathecting
on Oct 18, 2011 -
You know that stereotypical, cartoonish little jingle that in the past (prior to more enlightened views on race) was used whenever a clearly stereotyped chinese person entered the scene in movies/television/cartoons? Where the hell did that come from and why is that little tune supposed to mean "CHINA"?? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts
on Aug 31, 2011 -
What are some good English-language TV shows for toddlers where the characters aren't speaking in overly affected voices? [more inside]
posted by holterbarbour
on Aug 18, 2011 -
I remember an animated movie that showed on TV at least a couple times during the 70s. The only thing I remember is at the end, this blond boy has to pass some sort of test where he has to move between some small above ground pools/big cauldrons of water. At one point one of the vats freezes, and he becomes trapped underneath the ice. A deer like creature (of mystical significance who is somehow favoring him) breathes on and/or paws at the ice. It melts and he's freed and transformed into a bigger/older/princelier(?) boy.
What the did I see and is it based on some fable/myth/story?
posted by jefftang
on Mar 30, 2011 -
ToonFilter: I remember, when I was very young, watching a cartoon about two bears living in a forest (note: they were not Yogi & Boo-Boo), who scrounged meals off people passing by. The older bear would, when an older couple drove through, make himself look pathetic and starving. When a jalopy full of teenagers drove through, he said "I'll do my Elvis act," whereupon he combed his head fur into a pompadour grabbed a guitar and sang "Hound Dog Hound Dog Rock and Roll Rock and Roll Hound Dog" and was rewarded with a bunch of eats. Has anyone else seen these and if so, what is the title of the short?
posted by jonmc
on Jan 29, 2011 -
Help me refresh my Spanish at the same time that my 8 month old acquires it. Where can we watch Spanish-language cartoons online? [more inside]
posted by 256
on Nov 9, 2010 -
Are there any good animation-making websites for an 8 year old? He's got lots of characters drawn up, and we'd love to scan them and have them move and talk and such. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by prophetsearcher
on Nov 7, 2010 -
We want to replace our cable TV with a Mac Mini. We watch mostly documentaries, cooking shows and cartoons. She loves cheesy horror movies, and I love baseball and pro football. Apart from Netflix, what do we need to live cable-free?
posted by Slap*Happy
on Aug 19, 2010 -
Dumbest askme ever: Calling all SpongeBob and/or pop culture experts. There is an exchange between Spongebob and Patrick in the episode "A Day without Tears" that seems like a reference to something else, or an inside joke. I don't get it. [more inside]
posted by peep
on Jul 29, 2010 -
What are other Japan-made cartoons that you recommend to me that are similar to Kiki's Delivery Service or Princess Sarah? [more inside]
posted by LittleMissItneg
on Jul 8, 2010 -
Can you identify these 90s cartoon cats from Happy Meals or some other restaurant prizes? [more inside]
posted by lily_bart
on Jun 22, 2010 -
You know that sound a cartoon makes when it swallows something--not the swallow sound itself, but the little boingy boom that goes bouncing down into its stomach? I assume a drum makes it, but what kind of drum?
posted by Powerful Religious Baby
on Mar 11, 2010 -
Tintin, but not. What are some similar cartoon/bédé that might appeal to a ten-year old boy? I know about Asterix and Lucky Luke, are there any other particularly notable ones that have cropped up in the thirty years since I was ten?
posted by From Bklyn
on Mar 2, 2010 -