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Psst, wanna see something awesome? Well, do ya? Do ya?! DO YA?! Okay, settle down. On Monday night, Cartoon Network gave us viewers a not-so-secret preview of CN Studios’ newest cartoon, Secret Mountain Fort Awesome.

Now before I get into the review, I’m going to talk about what started this series in the first place: Uncle Grandpa. (Head below the jump for more.)

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I was 18 years old (!) when the original ThunderCats (produced by Rankin-Bass) premiered in 1985. I was filled with joy and expected great action to happen whenever I saw commercials for it. But when I saw the first couple of episodes, I wasn’t impressed as much as I thought I was going to be. There were some redeeming qualities, like the intro (most action series in the mid-1980s had iconically awesome intros), Topcraft and Pacific Animation Corporation’s animation, and a few great episodes, but it was nothing to really write home about. Some of the characters were aggravating, like Snarf constantly talking up a storm, and WilyKat & WilyKit being around (never liked the older versions at all). 130 episodes in and I basically concluded that it was a very cheesy series, and that I could only watch it every now and again just to remember how cheesy it was).

Now head below the jump for our feature presentation…

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In a world where Saturday morning existed, there were many great cartoons that roamed the Fox Kids airwaves. There were shows from Warner Bros. Animation, (like Tiny Toon Adventures, Batman: The Animated Series, Beetlejuice, & Animaniacs), Marvel’s animated offerings from X-Men and Spider-Man, and there were shows from Fox themselves, like Bobby’s World, Piggsburg Pigs, and Fox’s Peter Pan and the Pirates. But if there was one obscure show knocked up with many jokes that’d fly over any kids (not counting the WB Animated programs, nor Rocko’s Modern Life and Ren & Stimpy), it’d be Eek! The Cat in September 1992.

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Hi, the name’s Nexonius. You might’ve heard of me when I did a guest article concerning The Hall of Game Awards back in February. Now, you’re gonna hear a lot more from me. Now, on to the subject.

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This is Tex Avery’s Daffy Duck & Bugs Bunny, whose debuts were on April 17, 1937 & July 27, 1940, respectively.

Merrie Melodies (1936-1964)

The Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies opening logos, circa 1959.

Looney Tunes are one of the greatest (if not the greatest) cartoon shorts in animation history. Since April 1930, it serves as a backbone for every single cartoon made after the shorts ended from yesterday and today. Porky Pig. Daffy Duck. Elmer Fudd. Bugs Bunny. Tweety. Sylvester. Yosemite Sam. Marvin the Martian. Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner. Granny. Speedy Gonzales. Tasmanian Devil. These are the well known characters that make up the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies.

The history of Looney Tunes trails back to 1929, when Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising created a Live-Action pilot called Bosko the Talk-Ink Kid, which would feature the first Looney Tunes character created, Bosko. Leon Schlesinger made a deal with Harman and Ising to begin producing shorts with the characters. The iconic name was in place: Looney Tunes.

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The following is a guest post by TRSP friend Nexonius, over on Twitter.

They win when we say they win...

{Walks on stage}

{clears throat 3x}

Me: “Is this mic on?” “Testing…1,2,3. Testing….okay, everything’s on. Gather your seats kids, because we’re gonna talk about sports tonight.”

Kid: “On ESPN or Fox Sports Net?”

Me: “Neither.”

Kid: “Disney XD?”

Me: “How about Cartoon Network?”

Kid: “Uh……no. When’s the Kids Choice Awards again?”

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