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Modern Cartoons... · 09/25/2005 12:44 PM, Trivial

I haven’t had as much time to watch TV as I wish, but in flipping between news channels, I stumbled on a gem of a cartoon. Craig McCracken’s Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends is a stunning collection of nods to late 19th century visuals mixed with quick wit, a flat design ala his Powerpuff Girls, and a great attraction to both young and adult. Episodes are quick, self-contained, and play with the premise in a variety of clever ways.

The premise, btw, is that imaginary friends get cast off over time, so they wind up at a “foster home” to be adopted. 2 normal kids hang out there: one works there, one just plays there.

If this is where modern cartoons are going, things will be fun. Along with Anime and computer graphics, we are seeing more clever stuff than ever before. And more garbage too, but when I become king, cartoons derived from toys will be illegal (ala everything Hasbro touches).

BTW, while you are on Cartoon Network, make sure to watch all of Mo Willems’s work such as Kids Next Door and Sheep in the Big City. I knew him before he was famous (well, he was always somewhat famous, but that’s the way talent works) and his work from Sesame Street to Cartoon Network to children’s books always make me smile… and my kid likes them too!

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