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(Onion AV Club)   Twenty-two attempts to turn live-action TV into animated series   (avclub.com ) divider line
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2013-07-29 11:57:56 AM  
In the 1970's Garry Marshall must have been like Idi Amin to the ABC executives.
 
2013-07-29 12:09:36 PM  
Muppet Babies does not belong on the list with the rest of these failures. It rocked.
 
2013-07-29 12:12:27 PM  
What do you mean, fail, Subtard? The Star Trek cartoon was pretty good. I also liked the Planet of the Apes and Flash Gordon cartoons, too.

Anyone else remember The Secret Lives of Waldo Kitty? I can still remember seeing the Star Trek episode about 35 years ago.
 
2013-07-29 12:13:22 PM  

ArkAngel: Muppet Babies does not belong on the list with the rest of these failures. It rocked.


so did the Addams Family cartoons.  and weren't the designed more closely based on the Addam comics?

Star Trek was also pretty good
 
2013-07-29 12:18:16 PM  
Did you guys see where they did an animated version of that Smurfs movie Neil Patrick Harris was in?
/it was nothing like the movie
 
2013-07-29 12:25:33 PM  

ArkAngel: Muppet Babies does not belong on the list with the rest of these failures. It rocked.


THIS

As for those others, Lou Scheimer and Filmation must have been pissing money away.

Although it didn't make the list, I liked the animated take on their "Ghostbusters" franchise
 
2013-07-29 12:29:44 PM  
I was watching an episode of Star Trek TAS - the one with the alternate dimension where time moves backwards. That show had surprisingly thoughtful stories considering it was a 20 minute cartoon for kids.
 
2013-07-29 01:23:34 PM  
Star Trek TAS had an episode w/the Kzinti, written by Larry Niven.  Therefore, it cannot be considered a failure on any level.
 
2013-07-29 01:24:06 PM  

ArkAngel: Muppet Babies does not belong on the list with the rest of these failures. It rocked.


This. Muppet Babies was the shiat.
 
2013-07-29 01:24:50 PM  
If you want true EPIC FAIL, you should do a list of the opposite: Animated Series to live action.

upload.wikimedia.org
cdn.kanzentai.com
monkeypuzzlepress.com
 
2013-07-29 01:26:36 PM  

ArkAngel: Muppet Babies does not belong on the list with the rest of these failures. It rocked.


3.bp.blogspot.com

Headless Nanny agrees.
 
2013-07-29 01:30:40 PM  
Star Trek TAS won more awards than TOS.    The stories were good.   Better than much of what would come later.
 
2013-07-29 01:31:05 PM  
thought for sure that the police academy cartoon would be on that list.
 
2013-07-29 01:35:04 PM  
I liked the Happy Days one, but I was 7 and thought the Fonz was cool in any form
 
2013-07-29 01:45:22 PM  
I enjoyed the animated version of starship troopers. I only saw a handful of episodes but, I thought they were good.

I can't recall the name, it was leather necks or something like that
 
2013-07-29 01:45:33 PM  
Wow I can't believe that My Favorite Martian cartoon was from 1973, and that it only lasted 1 season. They were playing that thing well into the 80's because I remember watching it.
 
2013-07-29 01:45:38 PM  

mooseyfate: ArkAngel: Muppet Babies does not belong on the list with the rest of these failures. It rocked.

This. Muppet Babies was the shiat.


Plus the clips from real movies were great.  "Hey George, it's Jim.  I'm doing a Star Wars episode in my cartoon about baby puppets.  Can I have about 10 minutes of it be actual Star Wars footage?  Thanks."
 
2013-07-29 01:47:19 PM  
Where's my Thundarr movie, darn it.
 
2013-07-29 01:48:50 PM  
Randy Mantooth!

/that is all.
 
2013-07-29 01:48:56 PM  
You needed acid to understand any of the children's programming on television in the early 70's.  I'm looking at you, Sid and Marty Krofft.

www.skooldays.com
 
2013-07-29 01:48:58 PM  

ArkPanda: Plus the clips from real movies were great.  "Hey George, it's Jim.  I'm doing a Star Wars episode in my cartoon about baby puppets.  Can I have about 10 minutes of it be actual Star Wars footage?  Thanks."


Speaking of which, now that Disney owns both The Muppets and Lucasfilm, I wonder if there is any plans to release those episodes on DVD. I mean a lot of the clips they used were either Star Wars or Indiana Jones.
 
2013-07-29 01:50:09 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: Randy Mantooth!

/that is all.


I got in trouble when I worked at a hospital because I had the opening theme for Emergency, the entire opening theme, as my ring tone.
 
2013-07-29 01:50:15 PM  
Missing Back to the Future, Bill & Ted, Ace Ventura, and Beetlejuice at the very least.... oh wait, LIVE ACTION TV. Never mind.
 
2013-07-29 01:53:08 PM  

Rhypskallion: Star Trek TAS won more awards than TOS.    The stories were good.   Better than much of what would come later.


3/10.
 
2013-07-29 01:54:05 PM  

DanZero: ArkAngel: Muppet Babies does not belong on the list with the rest of these failures. It rocked.

THIS


What is this happy horseshiat?  Muppet Babies all talked in baby-talk and I wanted to shoot my television whenever my kids had it on.  People like you two are the reason this country is in the toilet.
 
2013-07-29 01:55:35 PM  

ThatBillmanGuy: Missing Back to the Future, Bill & Ted, Ace Ventura, and Beetlejuice at the very least.... oh wait, LIVE ACTION TV. Never mind.


Using Bill & Ted to teach kids about history was at least remotely plausible.  Most of these shows were just insane.
 
2013-07-29 01:56:38 PM  

ArkPanda: ThatBillmanGuy: Missing Back to the Future, Bill & Ted, Ace Ventura, and Beetlejuice at the very least.... oh wait, LIVE ACTION TV. Never mind.

Using Bill & Ted to teach kids about history was at least remotely plausible.  Most of these shows were just insane.


I agree Muppet babies sucked.
 
2013-07-29 01:58:18 PM  
Muppet Babies owned Saturday mornings.
 
2013-07-29 01:58:22 PM  

Soup4Bonnie: DanZero: ArkAngel: Muppet Babies does not belong on the list with the rest of these failures. It rocked.

THIS

What is this happy horseshiat?  Muppet Babies all talked in baby-talk and I wanted to shoot my television whenever my kids had it on.  People like you two are the reason this country is in the toilet.


They were babies.
 
2013-07-29 01:59:00 PM  

Soup4Bonnie: DanZero: ArkAngel: Muppet Babies does not belong on the list with the rest of these failures. It rocked.

THIS

What is this happy horseshiat?  Muppet Babies all talked in baby-talk and I wanted to shoot my television whenever my kids had it on.  People like you two are the reason this country is in the toilet.


COMMUNIST.
 
2013-07-29 02:06:23 PM  
anybody else remember the weird psychedelic Alf cartoon-spin off that came on after the regular Alf cartoon on Saturday mornings?

also, I did find the Ed Grimley cartoon vaguely entertaining ...
 
2013-07-29 02:06:55 PM  
Hmmm, the Tick seems absent yet no one has mentioned it yet.
 
2013-07-29 02:10:04 PM  

Soup4Bonnie: DanZero: ArkAngel: Muppet Babies does not belong on the list with the rest of these failures. It rocked.

THIS

What is this happy horseshiat?  Muppet Babies all talked in baby-talk and I wanted to shoot my television whenever my kids had it on.  People like you two are the reason this country is in the toilet.


Were you watching the same show I was watching? It wasn't all that, it was the stock footage, movie clips, and pop culture references from the 80s that made it good.
 
2013-07-29 02:17:14 PM  
DanZero: ...that made it good.

STOP SAYING THAT!  I can have you arrested, you know.  And my dad can beat up yours.
 
2013-07-29 02:20:15 PM  

Saiga410: Hmmm, the Tick seems absent yet no one has mentioned it yet.


The Tick was a comic book. And I believe the animated Tick predates the live action one (but I am not sure).
 
2013-07-29 02:25:21 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: Rhypskallion: Star Trek TAS won more awards than TOS.    The stories were good.   Better than much of what would come later.

3/10.


I'm speaking truth.   Do some homework:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek:_The_Animated_Series
http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Star_Trek:_The_Animated_Series

First Trek show to win an Emmy.
Larry Niven.   The show bible from TOS.   DC Fontana.

It wasn't great animation, great music, or great art, but it was fairly well conceived.
 
2013-07-29 02:26:20 PM  
www.futuredude.com
 
2013-07-29 02:30:58 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: Rhypskallion: Star Trek TAS won more awards than TOS.    The stories were good.   Better than much of what would come later.

3/10.


Deep Space Nine
Next Generation
Star Trek
Animated Series
Enterprise
Voyager

How's that? To be fair the animated series is a lot better than A Generic Space Movie.
 
2013-07-29 02:37:29 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: Randy Mantooth!

/that is all.


Or a baby's arm holding an apple.

/What do you want from life?
 
2013-07-29 02:39:27 PM  
God am I old. I remember watching almost all of that dreck. Star Trek : The Animated Series had its moments though. Some of its episodes would have made great live action films.
 
2013-07-29 02:39:30 PM  

Freschel: Jim from Saint Paul: Rhypskallion: Star Trek TAS won more awards than TOS.    The stories were good.   Better than much of what would come later.

3/10.

Deep Space Nine
Next Generation
Star Trek
Animated Series
Enterprise
Voyager

How's that? To be fair the animated series is a lot better than A Generic Space Movie.


It's not fair at all. Ignoring the hate for ST:09, Enterprise is very good. Most people hate the opening or they remember everything that was wrong with the finale (which was an epic fail even the cast hated) and ignore the fact that the series had 2+ solid seasons (3 and 4). I enjoyed 1 and 2 as well, the community seems to disagree though.

And to stop ignoring the ST:09 hate: Which one of these people were you again?
 
2013-07-29 02:40:37 PM  
The entire article gets the fail tag. These were Saturday morning cartoons marketed towards 6 year olds, not prime time shows.

How did they manage to leave out the Bionic 3 Stooges?
 
2013-07-29 02:43:25 PM  

Grimlock2099: Saiga410: Hmmm, the Tick seems absent yet no one has mentioned it yet.

The Tick was a comic book. And I believe the animated Tick predates the live action one (but I am not sure).


Live action was before the cartoon.
 
2013-07-29 02:43:31 PM  
Stop liking what I don't like.
 
2013-07-29 02:47:07 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: Rhypskallion: Star Trek TAS won more awards than TOS.    The stories were good.   Better than much of what would come later.

3/10.


He's not trolling. He's telling the truth:
Next Gen: The first two seasons, and almost all holodeck episodes, are unwatchable drek .
Voyager: A huge bucket of shiat with a few gems scattered about.
Enterprise: Some people claim the last season was okay, but I never made it past the third episode it was so bad.
Star Trek: TMP, Search for Spock, Star Trek 5, and all Next Gen movies: horrible shiatfests. Some people claim JJ Abrams made a few Star Trek movies, but they're not. At best they're generic sci-fi movies with bits of Star Trek bolted to trick the dim witted and the desperate.
DS9: Mostly good to excellent episodes (Dax in a TOS uniform...) with a few stinkers.

So, yeah. Better than much of what would come later.
 
2013-07-29 02:49:27 PM  

Saiga410: Hmmm, the Tick seems absent yet no one has mentioned it yet.


That's because the animated version is better than the live-action suckfest that followed. Though, neither were as good as the comic book.

/Then he threw a chimney at us!
 
2013-07-29 02:50:53 PM  
For some reason, people are stating the list is not complete and mentioning animated series based on movies.   The article is about animated series based on TV Shows.   You're probably predicting next week's list.
 
2013-07-29 02:53:50 PM  

Grimlock2099: Saiga410: Hmmm, the Tick seems absent yet no one has mentioned it yet.

The Tick was a comic book. And I believe the animated Tick predates the live action one (but I am not sure).


Animated Tick (1994-1997) did indeed predate the live action (2001-2002).  Animated Tick was also good, unlike the live action.
 
2013-07-29 02:54:33 PM  
wiw.org
 
2013-07-29 02:54:59 PM  

Saiga410: Grimlock2099: Saiga410: Hmmm, the Tick seems absent yet no one has mentioned it yet.

The Tick was a comic book. And I believe the animated Tick predates the live action one (but I am not sure).

Live action was before the cartoon.


BWAHAHAHAHAHA! No.
The Tick Animated: 1994: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tick_%281994_TV_series%29
The Tick Live action: 2001: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tick_%282001_TV_series%29

That's 2 for 2.
 
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