Now I'm getting a little animated

Posted: May 27, 2009 in General

I’ve always been a sucker for animated shows. For me it was less about the Smurfs and Bugs Bunny (although Bugs is a hero of mine), it was more about action and adventure. The fact is, when I was growing up, special effects were still pretty limited and limited to a few minutes of screen time, even in major motion pictures. There is no such limitation when you’re drawing frames on paper.

I stumbled on IGN’s top 100 Animated TV Series the other day, and of course I reviewed their list to see if I agreed with their assessment (it sucks that you have to click through each item). I have to admit they didn’t do too bad. There are several shows that I never had an interest in watching show up pretty high on the list. I was happy to see that M.A.S.K. (#99), and Robotech (#34) made the list. That’s not to say that I completely agreed with their assement.

I suppose it’s difficult to distill any particular show into a composite that can be compared against other shows (how do you compare the Smurfs against Robotech?). There are two animated shows that have a special place in my heart.

Cowboy Bebop (#14), which made the list (if it didn’t then I think the list would have been invalidated), but it was beat out by the likes of Beavis and Butt-head (#5) which is a shame. Interestingly, I do think that Beavis and Butt-head deserve a spot in the top 100, there is no doubt that there was a cultural impact of that show. That said, Cowboy Bebop is a much better show based on every other merit. The fact that Cowboy Bebop didn’t make it into the top 10 is a shame.

The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers (#DNQ), didn’t make the list. It should have made it in the top 50, if not even higher on the list. Galaxy Rangers was broadcast in 1986, and really was the first (or at least one of the first) serious cartoon that didn’t come out of Japan. Unlike shows like Transformers, M.A.S.K. and GI Joe, Galaxy Rangers wasn’t created to drive a toy line, but a stand-alone entity. The sky was the limit, and there weren’t constraints on character or vehicle design (although I would love to own a model of some of the ships from the series).

Out of all 100 shows on the list, I only own a small handful on DVD (Simpsons, Cowboy Bebop, M.A.S.K.). Galaxy Rangers is the only show that I went as far as special ordering from Germany, then ripping each episode to the computer (because the DVDs were region encoded) so I could finally own all 65 episodes. The show was that good (well at least it was to a 14 year old boy).


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