You Know That Show — Western Animation
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A British claymation about 2 guys who are stuck somewhere dark and you can only see there eyes, the two characters had a Red Oni, Blue Oni vibe, I think it was called "get me out of here!"
A black and white short film about a guy going to something like a zoo/freak show where he sees a family of snowmen and an accordian playing robot behind cages
a cartoon by Juan Antin about a short kid with hair like Ed From Ed, Edd n Eddy who probably died a lot in very gory fashions
A 2D animation which could have been either a film or series episode, in a fantasy setting. The scene I saw involved a huge humanoid fire creature. It seemed to be made up of black, red and yellowish-orange flames, and I think it had either pure black or pure white eyes. It also had what seemed to be the outline of long hair (the hair shape, and body shape of the creature in general, were very similar to Mok's in the "My Name Is Mok" sequence from Rock & Rule). A man also appeared in the scene, moving in front of a doorway/arch/other opening in a wall as if to protect it (his arms were spread out). He had a beard and a Viking helmet. Later on, the setting switched to outside in the snow. The fire creature held its hand up and shot out a column of fire, which spread into a disc shape across the sky. I didn't see any of it beyond that, unfortunately, and I didn't hear any audio.
This was an educational cartoon (15 minutes long, I think) about probability I watched in a school assembly, back in the 1970s. It was about a nebbishy guy who saved the life of a magical creature (might have been a wizard, might have been a leprechaun). In return, the wizard/leprechaun gave the man a magical wishing amulet. It had a catch, though: it was half-red, half-blue, and each half had a specific probability of activating (50/50 when he first got the amulet, though the wizard/leprechaun changed the probabilities a few times during the story, with the chances being heavily in favor of blue by the end). If the blue half activated, he turned into whatever he wanted, which usually was the lantern-jawed superhero Probability Man. If the red half activated, it turned him into something random. (He changed back after a few minutes either way). I remember a scene where his girlfriend (who he'd told about the amulet) jumped out of a tall building, so his superhero identity could save her on live TV and become famous, but the red half activated and he turned into a bed instead. (So she was unharmed, but very disappointed in him - and he could still talk while turned into a bed). At the end (after the amulet had been set to have the blue side activate the most frequently), the narrator said something to the gist of "But even a high probability still isn't a certainty, so every now and then..." and the red half activated, the character turned into a dog, blinked at the camera, and ran off into the distance. Overall, the animation was rather scribbly and 1970s-PBS-y, if that makes any sense. "Probability Man" brings up no matches in search engines (other than a sci-fi book by the same name), and neither does any combination of probability / amulet / superhero / educational / cartoon, etc. Any ideas?
An education video produced by an oil company. It illustrates the different economic systems (communism, capitalism, etc.) in use on a community of islands like Java. They must trade with neighbors for other goods as they develop, including, iirc, sheep, diamonds, wood, and potatoes. It is rather punny, and heavily dated.
There was this animated movie I saw a few years ago, but I don't know what it was called. The main character was a mouse named Infinity, and there was this school run by his father or something. And a female mouse friend who is good at playing the violin came to live with them, and the school had a new strict teacher. The other pupils at the school other than Infinity and his female friend were a bunch of anthromorphic numbers. And they weren't happy with the new teacher, and would rather just play music. And then Infinity and his female friend discovers a secret underground library and a magical book. And the strict teacher witnesses this and later goes back to the library... Does anyone know something about this?
I'm looking for the animation called something like "History of USA" or "Hidden history of USA", although I may be wrong. It started as a non-animation with some old guy who introduced it and then it begins. I remember a scene in which cowboys were shooting to some spaceship(?) in sky. There was a Moon(?) base and invaders from this base were attacking on village (there were battles with lasers, etc). I watched it on youtube or video.google.com a year or two ago. I don't know why but I think it was produced in some Scandinavian country (but it was in English).
Does anyone know where this scene◊ comes from?, I saw it in a signature at the Youtube Poop forums (I think the animation came from eastern Europe/Russia or Latin America)
An short animated film (that I'm sure was on an actual reel, played on a projector) about a Dr. Frankenstein-type scientist who constructed a creature with which to terrorize the villagers. The twist is - the creature is a giant birthday cake. The monster would sneak down to a village, knock on the door of a cottage, they would ask "who is it?", and the monster would reply "It's not the cake!". Then it would eat them. I saw this in the early 80s. It may have been Canadian, but I've searched at and inquired with the National Film Board, who don't know it.
An episode of a series — I can't even remember for sure if it's Western Animation, but I think it was. Anyway, the plot of the episode was that one character managed to use some sort of pre-made foodstuffs or food ingredients from some company to make the perfect food, so he/she sends the recipe to the company; however, one ingredient was from a competing company, so they removed it. Thus, the recipe as printed instead resulted in an inedible mound of salt and lard. Any idea what series and episode this is?
I think it was a short animation thing I caught on TV years ago. I think it was German, but I might be wrong. Anyway, I only recall that either a small child, or a pre-teen girl was watching something on TV involving a cow dressed like Moses with swirly hypnotizing eyes. I think she then took a pair of scissors and cut off a plant. Later on, an older girl, maybe sister came along, saw the plant, took the pair of scissors, and cut off the younger girl's fingers while she was sleeping. All I remember after that was that it ended with the younger girl looking at the sky. Oh and that in between scenes, the screen would turn black with German text (which I couldn't read so I have nothing to help out with)
I recall watching a show sometime in the 90s. It was a cartoon about a woman whose father/grandfather/uncle (not really sure) had recently passed away, leaving her his house and a few other things(and characters). He had been an explorer, going all around the world and finding weird stuff. Living in his mansion were a Voodoo witch doctor who had a talking shrunken head on a stick and a monkey-boy who was a 'missing link'. My vague memories of the woman indicate she was a fairly strong female lead, but came with an annoying fiance who looked at all the cool stuff she'd inherited with only an eye for the financial value of it all. It may or may not have been called "Link", but that's pretty much the worst possible title an obscure show can have for someone trying to Google it for more information.
A movie about two dogs and a staircase with the stairs numbered 1-10. The numbers went missing or something and the dogs went on a quest to find them back. I believe they pulled the staircase along in a wagon.
The hero of this series looked somewhat like Numbuh One from Codename: Kids Next Door, only no glasses, and he was a street urchin who wore a too big dark (black?) suit and a tattered top hat. The premise of the show (or of only one season?) was that he and his band of friends had to locate a baby elephant's lost mother. More: the opening consisted on the aforementioned kid walking across the screen with lots of empty cans tied on a string.
I remember a couple of kids shows from the early nineties, maybe seen on the BBC. In one there were a bunch of forest animals living in log cabins trying to live in peace while dealing with thier enemies from underground tunnels. In one christmas or winter episode some of the kids get stuck in the tunnels while the other try to find them before the baddies. In the other a bunch of humanoid aliens discover a broadcast of earth, with cavemen being attacked by dinosaurs. Mistaking them for thier own race they set off in search of them to help. I can remember bits of one episode where they end up on a planet of frog people and have to help the frog princess who's being usurped.
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So, there was this cartoon that I saw once or twice in the 90's, and I think it was about this guy and this girl who were in... maybe some kind of alternate dimension or different planet or something? I remember an episode where the guy gets caught by some sort of underwater people and the queen messes with his biology so he has to breathe water, and he has to wear a diving helmet full of water until they fix him. Also, towards what I think is the end, the girl gets away from one of the pig-like soldiers by saying that the device he's holding is a "Bingo Bomb" from Earth. Any thoughts?
I remember seeing this too. The underwater breathing of this episode was due to a collar the underwater queen had made him wear. But she was not the series' Big Bad. Also, one of the good guys was a scientist; it's thanks to him that the collar could be removed at the end of the episode. The series tech level was most probably The Future.
I remember watching a Christmas special in my youth about a anthropomorphic band of teenage dogs and one of the dog's father (who was white with a black spot on his eye) didn't want him to be in a band (because he was in a band once and knew of the bad side of the music industry) and because of that they were estranged then that dog's father became a Mall Santa
The details are a bit muddled, but here it goes..A delinquent boy, who has a stuffed animal Companion Cube and an older male relative who owns a toy store, goes to school one day and sees that there is a beautiful new girl who is actually a doll from some imagination land where toys come to life and is powered by the imagination of children. She is looking for The Chosen One or something, but the boy accidentally gets chosen(which is not what the girl wanted.) and ends up in the magical world. He then has some adventures with his stuffed toy, who is alive in this world, but is sent back somehow. An evil force then takes over the magical world, and shuts down the machine that powers the childrens imagination, thus slowly killing everyone in the magical world and stealing the imagination of all the kids in our world, including the boy, turning them into dull zombies. But the boys stuffed animal persona in the other world just manages to slip into our world and snap the boy out of the trance and the save the day. I have no idea of the title, but I think it has something to do with Toyland or Imagination. It looked like it had late-90's style animation, and was a full-length movie.I saw it on tv(Cartoon Network, I believe) years ago, and can't seem to find it now.
That would be The Toy Warrior; unfortunately, from my experience, it's quite difficult finding much on it.
Once long ago, I saw what must have been a Christmas special; this girl had an evil little doll who came alive and, I think, ran away, because, I think, she was tired of playing with the girl or something. They somehow end up in toyland or similar, and the whole time, the girl is, IIRC, completely oblivious to the fact that her doll is evil. I remember a bit where she was telling all the toys about Christmas. They didn't know what it was. When she mentions Candy Canes, they picture a teddy using a giant version of one as a literal cane, and there were some other visual puns/gags along this line. I'm also pretty sure the doll dressed up as Santa for a sinister purpose. If it helps, I think the girl had brown hair and the doll was blonde, but I wouldn't swear to it.
Ah yes, A Tatter-Town Christmas. One of my very favorite Christmas movies, and if I recall, a Ralph Bakshi joint. Here’s a link.
I remember this cartoon from the early 90's, in which the main characters were all basically cute critter versions of the twelve signs of the Zodiac. While some were basically anthropomorphic versions of their sign and even had very specific traits (like Cancer had crab claws and Pisces had a fish tail), others were not exactly anthropomorphic but still had traits of the sign (like Aquarius wore a swimming suit and swimming cap andd Saggitarius was an archer and always had an apple on his head), and some of them had a heart on their nose. They all lived on what seemed to be an asteroid, their houses were shaped like stars, and they rode around on flying spheres with handlebars.
That has to be Star Street: The Adventures of the Star Kids. Intro here.
I just remember the end of one episode. The show had a bunch of kids as the main characters and the villain was a pirate (I seem to remember him being Long John Silver but that might be wrong) and in that episode they teamed up, with the pirate promising on his mother's grave not to betray them. But the girl of the group of kids guessed that he was going to betray them because she knew that the pirates mother was still alive and quite ashamed of her son.
That would be The Legends of Treasure Island. I can't recall the episode number, but I saw it a couple of years ago and I know that exact line. It's Jane (the fox) who says it.
Come on dude, it displays the title of the show on a big board in the middle of that video. Tasty Time with ZeFronk.
So basically there is this couple (or at least a one sided romance, but it is a man and a woman), and one is in a coma. The other puts a virtulization helmet on the comatose one's head. They then visualize their lives together before the comatose one dies/has the plugged pulled on them. I'm not even sure if it is animated, but I rememeber it being in English and live action would look awkward with this story I think.
That happened in an episode of Family Guy, or are you asking if that scene was based off something?
This is almost definitely that episode of Family Guy (Brian Wallows and Peter's Swallows, for the record).
Okay, I remember watching this movie some time in the nineties, before I was six. My family thinks it may have been a dream and since I can't find ANYTHING about it, it may have been, but back then I didn't dream that sort of stuff. I remember it was sort of a Pied Piper plot, with the Piper some (maybe black) guy with a guitar and the rats could talk, and he made them all jump into a lake. After that, he took the entire town's kids up into a mountain. There was some white kid who could also utilize the Power of Rock or whatever, and at some point they make a rainbow-music-sparkle bridge across a chasm inside the mountain. Then the kids decide they want to go home, so the white kid uses the guitar to make the Sue!Bridge again. But when he's walking across he drops his pick, resulting in a Disney Death and he's brought back by the power of Love and Rock. It might have been a dream, but my dreams at the time usually didn't turn out so...cartoony. If anyone knows what the heck I'm talking about, please tell me. This has been haunting me for at least ten years. I'M NOT INSANE!
No, no, I think I know what you're talking about! It was this crazy psychedelic Pied Piper movie that I'd totally forgotten about before I read this, I remember all the things you described. I think I rented it some time in the nineties...curses, I can't remember the name! I do specifically remember "The Power of Love and Rock" or somesuch, though...
Well unless the three of us are crazy, I also remember seeing something like this but I have no idea of the name either.
Ah! I was looking for this forever! Ok, i think the name was Rats or something. It was really freaky. I tried Google, but all i found was other more famous movies with rats, so it's either hard to find or Rats is not the name... I wish i knew!!
It's called "The Electric Piper". It was shown on Nickelodeon about 10 years ago, I think.
When I was younger, I watched a direct to video musical movie about Moses. It was definitely not Prince of Egypt. Ramses had an evil cat, and Moses had a dog. They talked to one another and were rivals. At one point in time in the movie Moses was being embalmed. Some old guy also gets shot with an arrow at some point in time. It was a very loose adaption of the Biblical story. It had many songs in it. It was probably made in the 90's or early 00's. I can't remember what it is called, nor can I find any trace of it anywhere.
Was it "Joseph: King of Dreams" by Dreamworks?
No, I'm very certain it was about Moses, and I don't belive Joseph: King of Dreams has a talking dog and cat in it.
Moses: Egypt's Greatest Prince, the mockbuster version of Prince of Egypt.
A Claymation short that aired on Teletoon (I think it was shown as a part of another show). The story was that a race of underground worms things were stirring shit in some desert-like place up and a group of "good" animals (one of which was a green snake) try to fight them. They succeed, but at the end, one of the good animals gets cornered by two worms on a cliff and drop to his dead. Apart from the sound effects and the ending music, it was completely silent, or so I remember.
No, that's not it, though the overral feeel is similar... Thanks anyway.
During the mid to late 90's there was a CGI/live action cartoon on FOX that involved a group of what I presume to be young adults who would work in a garrage. They would periodically need to jump into the hoods of their cars, from which they'd transform into they transformer-esque machines to battle a brigade of similar beings....sorry if it wasn't enough information. It's been a while
Van Pires. Already asked and answered, but I guess the description wasn't close enough that you came across it.
Animated special or episode of a show from the late 70s or sometime in the 80s. Must have seen it on TV sometime around 1986. Remember it had to do with dragons... the dragons were being hunted to extinction and the last dragon is befriended by a young girl, I think. Had a sad ending to it from what I remember. Something about dragons had to disappear, because that was just the way of things. And no, it was not Flight of Dragons.
You reminded me of something from my childhood that there's a small chance of being the same thing. I never got to see it in full, but it was about a young girl who manages to befriend a dragon. The only scene I really remember is where a girl explains that an item from the dragon's hoard that he can't identify is an hourglass, prompting a response (paraphrased): "Our glass? It's my glass!"
It was the Railway Dragon. I know because I saw it when I was looking for movies about dragons and came across it on Youtube in 3 parts. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. After watching it, I then updated its Wikipedia page. Also if you're interested, there was a sequel to it called The Birthday Dragon, which was another great one and is on Youtube as well. The Birthday Dragon. Enjoy. :)
An Argentine cartoon (or somewhere in South America) about an alien, gory and probably Inspired by South Park, it was made in the 90's
Well it looks like the majority of the clip comes from thesethreecartoons from the early 1990's, so maybe the two scenes also comes from one of the three shows.
Actually that scene with the cat is from an animated movie called Felidae. Decidedly not for kids.
I faintly remember watching a creepy French ( I think it was French, I'm not sure) animated show ( it was a show, not a short) about a villain with a cool yellow mask that had occult powers and was using them to ruin the day, but a team of paranormal investigators ( I think it was a guy, a gal and their boss) always foiled him. It was very dark in tone, the villain had a creepy mechanical doll ballerina/music box that he would watch dance saying "yes, dance for me" or something like that, the closeup of the doll was also featured on the closing theme which gave me some nightmares.
Okay, this one is um... it was, if I remember correctly, a cartoon that was running in the early 90s sometime about the same time as the original The Super Mario Bros. Super Show. The main characters, as I remember it, were babies, and they would go into space and fight a space garbage man, whose ship was basically a BFI-style garbage truck with rocket engines. It wasn't Rugrats, just... preemptively. This was the plot of every single episode.
I think this is Fantastic Max. The garbage man was called Dumping Jack Trash.
Of course, not every episode of Fantastic Max had Dumping Jack Trash in it... but I'd much rather attribute that to OP exaggerating than an actual show being like that.
That was The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries, episode 43. The cartoon was titled "A Mynah Problem."
And on the subject of Sylvester and Tweety, there's a particulary scary episode where Sylvester can't get to sleep and it nearly takes the form of a Descent Into Madness, anyone know which one it is?
That happened in Birds Anonymous where he goes into withdrawal after swearing off birds, and is trying hard to avoid eating Tweety. The modernistic, near German Expressionist look of the backgrounds helps the feel.
There was another Sylvester and Tweety cartoon that contained a similar scene. In The Last Hungry Cat (set as a parody of the various Alfred Hitchcock anthology series) Sylvester thinks the law is after him for attempting to eat Tweety and endures this before confessing to eating Tweety...which as it turns out he never did.
A short clip from the Disney channel sometime before 1999. I want to say it was the winner of some sort of contest, but I can't be sure. It took place in a fantasy-medieval setting and started off with a kid running away from some dark knights, then running across a dragon and flying around for a bit. The clip itself makes a very short appearance in the middle of the Disney-channel movie 'Smart House' (on the kitchen's television). I don't know what it's called or where to get it, or even who made it, though. Help?part of it can be seen here at 7:20.
It seems to be called "Dragon Friend", but it's listed in very few places. (It's a 15-minute short by Disney, made as part of a contest, and they've never released it on video or DVD in any form. I can't find any clips of it. Tony Jay played the dragon, but it's not on his IMDb page, though it is mentioned in passing here)
I remember one time at a video store, I saw a video (it was a long time ago) of an adult animation which involved anthropomorphic cats and I think it had something to do with a murder mystery (it wasn't Felidae) the character design reminds me of Mok from Rock and Rule. Can somebody help me out? (again it was not Felidae, or Fritz the Cat for that matter)
Could it be Cat City? I haven't seen it, but I know it's a film noirish adult animation with cats.
It's a CGI animation show that aired on Nickelodeon, not too long ago(at least after 2000). The main character is a girl with black hair, a red shirt and a white dungarees. She had some kind of psychic powers, and I think she had a brother who was a pilot and who worked for some kind of resistance...The Big Bad was a bald guy, who had captured the girls mother when she was little. It took place in a sci-fi universe; the entire world existed of floating rocks in the sky. I thought the title was Sky World, but I can't find it anywhere...
I was about to say that. I personally never watched it, because it seemed uncomfortably close to Baten Kaitos in overall premise (right down the near-nonexistence of water being an important plot point) So, yeah. Definitely Skyland
Okay, so I was playing Okami, and over the course of the game they talk about an island that dissappears at sundown. This gave me a weird memory jog. I have a pretty clear memory of some TV episode where the plot went like this: the protagonists come across an inn/building/whatever that appears at sundown and vanishes at sunrise, or something like that. I remember the protagonists helping some young child, I think a girl, escape from the place. No, it was not from Spirited Away: I'm sure of that. Does anyone remember a TV show that had an episode along that plotline? If so, what was it? I'm trying and trying to think of it but I keep coming up blanks.
If by "TV" you mean live action, it's definitely not that, but otherwise I think an episode of Jackie Chan Adventures fits this scenario (disappearing temple, girl)
An episode of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers from Season 2 fits the scenario you describe, but what throws me is you started talking about an "inn/building/whatever". The episode is called "Welcome to Venus Island", and it's the island that disappears, just like your game. Technically the villain controls the island's appearance though; the timeframe was only incidental.
Not a TV show, but the Usborne Puzzle Adventure The Vanishing Village matches this description almost exactly.
So, this was a movie I've seen on VHS. It was adventure in space, main hero escorting some princess, giant space spider and a train in space with machinegun shooting with three spirals. Also, I'm not sure, that it is western animation. Anime, may be?
The train in space sounds like Galaxy Express 999, but it's not that... might be related though.
GA 999 was the most obvious answer, but it isn't. I've looked up _all_ movies somehow related with with it, but,unfortunately, it isn't.
This sounds incredibly familiar, almost similar to the one I was looking for, and came to this page to post about. What I remember of it was that there was a girl being escorted across space on the run from some bad guys, and there was a train involved. I distinctly remember the credits or opening playing music in the background while a white silhouette of the girl floated through space.
I think all those elements turn up in Space Thunder Kids, a Korean animated film that basically plagiarizes random mecha anime.
A direct-to-VHS adaptation of Thumbelina (definitely NOT the Don Bluth version). Didn't have a lot of "animation" to it; it was more like a very hammed-up audiobook over a series of still shots. I think it had a song or two.
I saw that once at a store. As near as I can tell, it was just called "Thumbelina", maybe with the title of some larger series of fairty tale remakes too. As far as I know I believe it may even have been foreign.
A Saturday morning cartoon show I remember virtually nothing about except that one episode had a memorably silly Mistaken for Special Guest plot: A reclusive pianist is supposed to be giving his first ever public performance, and the heroes are charged with meeting up with him at the venue and acting as his security for the night. No one even knows what he looks like, but the heroes are told that he is very short and will arrive with a phonebook in hand, since he'll need it to reach the piano keys. Meanwhile, the police are on the lookout for someone who's been stealing all the phonebooks in town. So of course, the pianist gets lost on his way and is mistakenly arrested for phonebook theft, while the real culprit, who is also quite short, and happens to be carrying a phonebook he just stole, arrives near the club just in time to be Mistaken for Special Guest.
I watched this anime in the 90's, I think it was a film rather than a series. It involved human colonists on an alien planet and the protagonist was a boy with a small funny alien friend/pet. There were taller, more humanoid aliens whose relationship with the colonists was if not hostile at least suspicious. They were mysterious. The boy was surprised to learn that his friend was the immature form of the other aliens. They were very long-lived. It ended in the future, when the boy was dead of natural causes and his friend had changed into his mature form.
That sounds a little bit like the Fox Kids miniseries Red Planet, which IIRC wasn't anime but did fit your description (including the ending).
I watched this on a German TV station for about 3-4 years ago. It looked anime-ish, but I think it was European. In the episode I saw, there was a mountain-climbing contest up a really big mountain made out of a sheer cliff. I remember there was a scientist with a very cool visor (it's not Cyclops) and a ghost-ish character who did a Heroic Sacrifice helping a main character, but plummeting off the mountainside afterwards.
Not sure here as I don't recognize this particular scene, but all of the bits you are describing fit to Chris Colorado. I think you can find it somewhere on Youtube.
I vaguely remember a cartoon movie about a crew on a space ship. Something goes wrong and a boy is sent to the nearby planet in a capsule. when he lands he is befriended by a creature that shows him what to eat. For some reason they go into a cave where these killer vines come down from the ceiling and grab the creature, the vines haul it up to the roof and kill it. The boy runs off. That's all I really remember. It must be late 80's early 90's. I have literally searched everywhere and done every type of Google search for it. If this sounds familiar to anyone please let me know.
That particular scene with the killer vines is definitely from Les Maîtres du temps. I'm glad I'm not the only one haunted by this movie, though for me it was the tear jerker ending. Anyway, have fun revisiting your childhood nightmares ;)
A show about mutants (or something similar). The opening sequence was about how everyone became that way — there was an earthquake, the ground cracked and people fell into a pit, possibly filled with some kind of radioactive goo. The only characters I remember are the hero, who was a young man, and a girl named "Trish".
Uh, that's not a show. It's a series of books by Tamora Pierce, the Circle of Magic ones. The kids fall into a hole during a magically caused quake and bind their magic together making them incredibly strong. Trish was the weather witch.
...okay, that's a strange coincidence, considering the fact I've never heard of these books before. The characters in the show were definitely NOT magical. Even if they weren't actually called "mutants" they looked like ones. And the scenery looked sickly and polluted.
It's not the Circle of Magic series. The weather witch's name was Tris, not Trish, and they didn't fall into the hole, they were there already.
The Show You are thinking of is called "mutant league". There were a couple video games based on this series released for the sega genesis. The premise of the show is indeed about what happened. A soccer game is going on at a stadium that happens to have been built over an old toxic waste dump. An earthquake occurs during the game and VOILA! instant mutants! Incidently, the opening game me nightmares when i saw it as a kid.
Not the guy who's asking, but I doubt it's Mutant League. I watched that show when I was a kid myself - if he describes the main character as a "young man" rather than "a skeletal revenant", this probably isn't the right show.
Some kind of cartoon with a giant, talking butterfly and some aliens who used a mind-control device or something. Pretty sure one of the aliens was named "Zee" (or maybe just the letter 'Z').
This was probably Katy, Kiki and Koko (Spanish/mexican feature-length, no page on Wikipedia, but its French title was "Kathy et les extraterrestres"). The aliens didn't use Mind Control, but shapeshifting and teleport-capture, both via Eye Beams.
I've been having this memoir circling across my head for some months now. It's (if I'm remembering correctly the language and the art style), a French cartoon. The character is a caveman pretty much around the dawn of man. The story is based on him being the only one 'not superstitious/not falling under the guise of gods' something along those lines, and how he explores the world, applying scientific reasoning to others tribes rituals and solving their problems as such. I remember some more specific details as well:
The opening has him running towards the right of the screen, while the background zooms by in various forms. I believe it also tells a story about how his family/tribe died from a volcano eruption or similar.
One episode tells the story of how he found a tribe which workshipped or sent some criminals to some magical caves, where they exploded and killed them. He discovered that the caves actually had three substances(sulfur, charcoal and potassium nitrate which when mixed together and exposed to the heat of the torch someone carried where what caused the explosions). He uses them to create gunpowder which he stores in a bamboo bit and uses a small bit of extra bamboo to protect the fuse when he throws the bomb at a lake getting a huge bountiful of fish to the tribe. Later on, when a member of the tribe tries to use it for evil(killing another tribe or something), he decides it's too dangerous and uses the last three explosives to seal all 3 caves.
In another episode, there's a tribe that sacrifices persons to appease a face carved into a rock cliff facing the ocean. They are frightened by the voices from the cave, but it turns out that there is someone trapped there, because when the waves of the high tide come, any one thrown into the sea ends up on the cave with no way of coming back.
I remember an animation of a peaceful village surrounded by huge mountains. There was a race of goblin-like or troll-like people that were trying to mine their way through the mountains to attack the village. Seems like the villagers spoke of the creatures to scare their kids out of venturing into the mountains. I recall one boy in a cave in the mountains and he heard the troll like creatures trying to dig through but no one in the village believed him. I could have sworn this was an episode of CBS Storybreak back in the late 80's early 90's but none listed at IMDB sound remotely like this. I'm pretty sure it's based on some children's fiction from the time as I have a memory of finding the story in the library but not ever finishing it. Any ideas.
Sounds a lot like The Princess and the Goblin.
It sounds like CBS Storybreak's adaptation of The Gammage Cup.
I remember this obscure animation about a robot who took a couple of kids on adventures (possibly in outer space). The robot had drawers on its torso from where it could pull out anything it needed like Mary Poppins' bag. I know it is not C.L.Y.D.E.
I want to say Doraemon, which matches your description, but it's Eastern Animation. Can you describe what this robot looks like?
It sounds like Doraemon. The pocket where it can pull anything out, the group of kids (I think there's like, what, four of them?), and the adventures in outer space. It's safe to call this a perfect match.
And another one (same troper from the last entry here). A military, sci-fi cartoon, where a group of soldiers were trying to take down this organization led by a man called Iron Claw (that's how I translate it from bloody Romanian). There were robots, lasers, and the opening cinematic had the good guy leader say something like "Not as log as I've something to say about it" in response to Iron Claw's proclamation that he will rule the world (again, I'm not sure word-for-word, as it was all dubbed). This Iron Claw guy had an awesome skull-like mask that I simply adored, and wore a blue berret, and he was actually a public figure that the good guys either knew or interacted with regularly, unaware of his hidden alias.
A quick Google Search suggests a G.I. Joe villain named "Iron Klaw".
I looked into it a bit more from there. It sounds like it would be the short-lived GI Joe E Xtreme cartoon, in which Iron Klaw was the Big Bad and leader of an organization called SKAR.
No mistaking this - Iron Klaw has a skull mask and a beret. That's too unusual a combination for it to be any kind of coincidence.
"You can't get lost in the woods if you don't go into the woods". That quote was said by a talking skunk climbing down a tree. That very clip was used in the Nicolas Cage film Next
I've not seen either the source or the re-use, but I found something attributing a similar quote (replace "don't" with "never", and maybe some other slight differences) to a talking skunk in the third Stuart Little film. Might this be it?
According to IMDB, it is indeed from Stuart Little 3.
This was a show I watched in Ireland between the years 1987-1989, so I'm assuming it was from the BBC, but I could be wrong. Basically it featured different parts and/or cells of the human body, anthropomorphised, kind of an educational "how-the-body-works" type of deal. In one episode, an older "dad" red blood cell was explaining to a smaller "kid" red blood cell their purpose of carrying oxygen around the body. In another episode, teeth were being attacked by big blue "plaque" cells that got all hopped up on sugar when the human child ate some candy until they got beaten back by the kid brushing their teeth. Another episode featured white blood cells fighting off an infection with the help of medicine. I could've sworn that the theme or outro music was just the line "That's life, that's life, that's life..." sung over and over again by a few different voices. Haven't been able to find anything on it yet, any help is greatly appreciated!
He's right, I've even seen the episode with the red blood cells (and I own the first season, dubbed into Hebrew).
did i dream an episode of He-Man (Mot U) where Mer-Man worships a Dagon-like sea god with a name that sounded like he was gargling while trying to say "bacon" that He-Man eventually conquered despite himself or someone else nearly being offered up as a human sacrifice?
It's an educational cartoon. Think the title was in the form "The <Adjective> World of <Character's Name>", where <Adjective> was something along the lines of "Amazing". All characters were anthropomorphic animals, the main having (I think) brown fur. As far as I can remember, there was an episode about the invention of the ice-cream cone. It was probably American or Canadian - in English, although I don't know if that was the original language or if it was dubbed.
I bet it was The Busy World of Richard Scarry (actually the creator's name, not a character's).
It was about this brother and sister (sort of) in china who had magic powers when they held hands. Their powers came from these two stone tablets that they needed to take to the forbidden palace in order to break this curse that had turned their farthers into stone. I believe I saw it in the early nineties, the brother had black (dark blue really but the characters all said it was black) hair in a bowl cut and the sister blond hair.
Trying to find the name of a Christmas special I remember watching a long time ago. It was about a single mother who works at an Orphanage of Fear, run by this lady who used her funds to play poker, and apparently got away with it by showing the inspector one of the orphans in a really nice dress or suit on the one day he came. Anyway, the orphans coped by talking to this huge pine tree outside (and they named it Mrs. something), but then one day the lady decided to cut down the tree (for money, IIRC) and the single mom's two kids go off to get a letter to Santa asking him to keep the tree from getting cut down (I think). In the end, the lady was exposed and the single mom got to turn the orphanage into an Orphanage of Love.
I know this one, I actually have it on tape. It's called "The Christmas Tree." Amazon has it available on DVD.
An educational show where this kid had a shapeshifting blue newt named Newton who imitated Aladdin's genie to teach him stuff.
A Stop Motion kids show about a group of anthropomorphic animals, featured a Bumblebee character with his/her sting on the nose and a title sequence that showed a model globe with cartoonishly large house and trees visible on its surface, rotating in space. Shown in England
The Buzz on Maggie?
No, this is much older, early 1990's at least.
Uh, Maya the Bee maybe?
No, the bee character is a henchman, not the main character. The Big Bad may have been a fox.
The Clangers? Creepy Crawlies? Lavender Castle? Are you positive this was made in Britain? Why do I care so much?.
could it possibly be Astro Farm?
It might, might have been Astro Farm, but probably not. It's not The Clangers? Creepy Crawlies? Lavender Castle? although Lavender Castles puppet animation is similar. It aired in Britian but could have been made anywhere..
'Nother update. It was probablyFour Ways Farm, which I've remebered all along and assumed to be seperate. It's just been pointed out to me that the Spinning-Planet image could have been the producer/distributors Vanity Plate rather than part of the programm.
I think it would be Fifi and the Flowertots
An animated TV movie set in your standard elves-and-faeries fantasy setting. Everyone's shadow has gone missing, and a ragtag group of heroes go to the forbidden tower to get them back. The Knife Nut elf hero faces the Big Bad, a scary dragon that's literally made of shadows, and has the creepiest voice you could ever imagine. Did I mention he has Glowing Eyes of Doom that light up every time he speaks? It aired on Nickelodeon in the mid- to late-80s.
I don't know what you're talking about but it sounds interesting. Do you by any chance remember any character names?
I think I've seen this one. I remember one scene in particular where they were hiding from some redcaps (murderous dwarves that dye their caps with the blood of their victims.)
I swear I remember, in the early nineties, watching a show based on Disney's Peter Pan. Same character designs, similar voices, even had that skull rock island thing. All I remember is Peter and the Darlings in the Skull Island in some sort of temple covered in red and green tiles. I now know no such show existed as I remembered it, and couldn't even find some rip off Peter Pan cartoon. Fact is either this show truley did exist, or it existing the the fist dream I can remember.
In the early '90s, there was a CG show (or possibly a stop-motion animation show) on YTV. It had to do with insects, and I think there was some focus on the heroes trying to bring colour/light into the world (something about the villains being dark and grey). I believe there was also a princess who had been kidnapped/imprisoned/turned grey, but I'm less certain about that.
Western animation about a bunch of dogs who get stranded after a cruise liner sinks. One of the dogs is looking for his master, and Once an Episode they almost find him. I think they do find him eventually, and he adopts the other dogs too.
That was "The Puppy's Further Adventures", (The puppy's name was Petey), part of ABC Saturday morning cartoons, running from 1983 to 1985 and was paired-up with Scooby Doo in a combination The Scooby and Scrappy-Doo/Puppy's New Adventure Hour Wow, you had me riding the ol' nostalgia train on that one.
I remember that. I kept wondering what the puppy's original adventures had been.
The puppy's original adventures were a series of four animated specials, beginning with The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy (which in turn was based on a book by Jane Thayer).
I think this was one of the many Transformers cartoons, but I can't remember much. All I can recall is that the Yuppie Couple was a woman driving a red convertible, whose (non-sentient) car was always being flirted with by one of the main cast.
Robots in Disguise, originally Car Robots in Japan. The Autobot Sideburn was the one flirting with the red sportscar.
For this one, the theme started with the line, "On the island of the bears, there is a rabbit and a ghost". Said rabbit and ghost team up with a cowardly polar bear with an alter ego made out of blue light, and they go around having adventures. One involved a contest to see who could fly a plane blindfolded, against a guy whose blindfold had a removable patch. When they realised he was cheating, the bear removed his blindfold altogether.
Don't you love Google? You're looking for The Bear's Island.
What was the episode of the Superfriends where the Legion of Doom almost defeated the Superfriends by combining all their weaknesses into a single object. Then there is a big Xanatos Gambit by the Superfriends. That's all I remember.
The second-to-last episode of the Challenge season, "Superfriends, Rest in Peace". I'm just a tad depressed that I know that off the top of my head, but anyway, it's readily available from any good Superfriends fansite.
A Western Animation detective show set in the 1920s about a cab driver/detective called Casey. Oh, and every one in this world were dog people.
It may not be Dogtown, but I think it's called Dog City.
Not Dog City — the detective in that is named Ace.
It was a mid90s CG animation short, that showed the universe and planets and stuff like that, it had a song that went "NEO, NEO"... (actually what I want is that bloody song but the animation was cool too)... I think I saw it in one of those discovery kids-like animation or movie programs
Another animated Christmas special, this one I'm almost certain a Disney production. It was a take on the 12 Days of Christmas, only the main characters were all bears. There was a king bear, a princess bear, and (I think?) a bard trying to woo the princess. The King's and the Princess's gift lists get mixed up, so the Princess's list (asking for things like a paint set, a tool kit etc.) were swapped with the King's (which was the Partridge in a Pear Tree, Turtle Doves, and whatnot of the original song). The bard (or whomever the love interest was) then tried to present all the gifts to her, much to her confusion.
A short from either Warner Brothers or MGM during the classic period: a cat is tortured every day by a dog. (The cat isn't Sylvester or Tom). Towards the end their roles switch for some reason, so the cat tortures the dog, but by the end it's back to normal. Each of the tortures has a nickname; at one point the cat begs, "Not Happy Birthday!!!!" (which I think may have involved a cake full of firecrackers/dynamite that the cat had to blow out or else get a face full of gunpowder, which he was always unsuccessful at doing.)
This is the Warner Brothers cartoon "It's Hummer Time" (there's also a hummingbird in it). It's available in the Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection 6 box set. Or online here.
A cartoon about a little girl who lived on a planet(?) of pot-and-pan robots. One of the robots was a very british veteran. Mid eighties, maybe early?
You're not talking about the "Quagmire get Married" episode of Family Guy, right?
There was a show I only saw one episode of; it involved some cartoon animals racing locomotives, and near the end it turned out that the cheating opponents removed one of the rails just before the finish line. Anyone know the name of the show?
Nope. I definitely would have recognised Dick Dastardy and Muttley if the villains were them.
If the animals were raccoons and aardvarks and if it was shown in Canada, it was probably The Raccoons.
When I saw it, it was year 1995. Show with more than 13 series. Post-apocalyptic setting. In the first episode each character got some totemic animal from somewhat mage after the trial and the ability to transform into it. That animal was drawn on their cloth. Some characters (maybe, all?) had a rechargable staff with some picture. Using this staff, helper could be summoned. Two sides, war between them, and so on. I'm not sure if it's a western animation, not anime.
Definitely Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light. Shame that show only got 13 eps.
This was an animated movie, possibly disney but maybe not. I think it was a sci-fi or magic based thing, maybe set in a circus. The only bit I remember is the end where the good guys leave (I think in a spaceship) and the bad guy (possibly the circus master) is left by himself. He has some sort of power over crows but as they leave he says something like "Sometimes, in the dark, I get scared myself". Then all the crows fly down and cover his body, then fly away again and he's gone (like eaten maybe?) all except for a ring or necklace or something metal that clatters to the ground.
This apiphobic troper remembers seeing a cartoon where a bee drew lines on someone's neck with his stinger and stung him. It may have been a Looney Tunes short but it gave him nightmares for a good long time.
Doesn't sound like Looney Tunes. Rather, it sounds like the Bee shorts with Donald Duck. Try googling Bee on Guard and Bee on the Beach + Donald Duck and see if those are the ones. I remember the bee drawing stuff with his stinger, but mostly targets on Donalds clothes or something.
Well, it's not "Bee on Guard" (in which the bee does nothing too fancy with his stinger) or "Bee at the Beach" (some fancy stinger work, but nothing like what the original troper describes). I've found a list of other Bee vs Donald cartoons, though, so I'll keep looking. (Watching Donald Duck cartoons — o! what a chore! fortunately, unlike the original troper, I ain't apiphobic.) ...a dozen cartoons later: still haven't found anything resembling a bee drawing lines on somebody's neck (or anywhere else) and then stinging him. About the closest is the scene in "Let's Stick Together" where the bee gives a sailor a tattoo using its stinger as the needle, and it doesn't sting him afterward.
I think I remember seeing something like that in one of the older Loony Toons. But it was with mosquitoes, not bees.
There was an animated movie (almost certainly made in the 1980s, though it might have been the early 1990s) in which the protagonist was a pink dog-girl who looked like one of the Care Bear Cousins. She was kidnapped by what appeared to be an ambulatory pile of sludge and taken to what was referred to as a "junk food planet." In this case, the "junk food" consisted of defunct electronics and literal trash, so it would have been more accurate to call the planet a "garbage dump planet" or a "landfill planet," except that the sludge pile ate the contents of his world. There was also a possible implication that the sludge pile committed a Heel-Face Turn eventually, since he oddly appeared to feel remorseful for kidnapping the dog-girl. I saw a preview for this movie when I rented a VHS tape of the old Ewoks cartoon, if that helps. (By now, I'm thinking this movie was from the 1980s; it sounds too strange to be from any other time period.)
The closest thing I can thing of is Fluppy Dogs, but I doubt that's it.
Thanks, but that's not it. The pink dog-girl was the only one of her kind instead of traveling in a pack, and if the preview was accurate, the movie did not take place even partially on Earth.
Could it be Poochie? It still takes place on Earth, but mostly in Egypt, and seems to have a lengthy scene in a sci-fi control center.
As the troper who suggested Poochie, I take it back. The main character sounds like a match, but nothing else was even remotely like what you described. And the Popples were entirely Earth bound and simply helped kids, so that can't be it, either. Have you considered hunting down the original Ewoks tapes online and viewing the commercial again?
An animated Christmas special, I think it might've been on Disney Channel once. Basically, the plot is that the increasing commercialization of Christmas, with a focus on bigger, "better", and more expensive presents has led to Santa being ousted by an evil computer. Main character defeats the computer, and is rewarded for his efforts with a simple wooden toy train, rather than the fancy bike he asked for... but due to the events of the film, he appreciates it more.
I have been looking for that movie too! The problem was that kids were asking for like 20 presents, and Santa couldn't deliver that many. He made the robot/computer to help, but it took over. The robot looked vaguely like a vampire. The little boy was brought to the North Pole by the Sandman. The boy used the bike to stop the evil machine, and the toy train was Santa's favorite toy. I first watched it in the late 90's, and I was told the reason I couldn't find it was it was Canadian and I live in America. It was shown a station you can get without cable.
The Boy Who Dreamed Christmas.
Definitely. This troper has seen it, and it's not a vampire, it's a vampire clown. I think it's in my Decade.
An old (early 90s) show about a bunch of teens that ended up stranded in another world, with magic and stuff. I think there were 9 keys they had to collect to get back. There was an elflike dwarvish gnome wise figure giving them advice, and he always seemed to have a way to vanish, and he only gave them advice in riddles. At one point they encounter a monster the name of which was forbidden to speak, or the face of which nobody must see (can't remember which one, possibly both). I'd love to at least know what it was called. It's amazing how much culture can be lost in 20 years.
It might be the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon, but I'm not too sure.
Seconded - that "elflike dwarvish gnome wise figure" who speaks in riddles sounds way too much like the Dungeonmaster for it to be a coincidence.
Something about a train carrying a bunch of animals and I think a tugboat and they were lost or something. It wasn't Thomas the Tank Engine.
Series that aired on Teletoon sometime in the mid 1990s to early 2000s. It mad very minimalist animation and was something of a parody of Star Trek as the crew sat around on a planet waiting for their new orders, which were taking forever. I remember that the engineer had nine heads, and it was interesting in that they chose to parody Picard for The Captain instead of Kirk. There was a read-headed lady who was the science officer, she may or may not have done all of the actual work.
I remember what must have been a movie, where the main character lived in a forcefield-surrounded city infested with robots. He meets a girl and they make some sort of plan to escape the city. There is also this one moment where it is revealed that the protagonist has a mechanical arm, which causes the girl to think he's a robot, but he tells her he lost the arm as a child or something. When they finally manage to escape the city, they find themselves looking out at endless green fields - a stark contrast to the post-apocalyptic nature of the city.
That sounds kinda like the beginning of Green Legend Ran. Which is anime, but whatever.
There was a cartoon in the early nineties/late eighties about a gnome in a blue coat with a red pointed hat. He rode on the back of a fox during the opening credits. A lot of people I've met remember the show, but no one ever remembers the name.
Alright, this one's been bugging me for years. A show, either from the 80s or early 90s, about a blonde guy who was a child of stars. It was either a typical fantasy setting, or mixed with science fiction; I recall soething about a disembodied female voice who would guide him in his trials, but I'm not sure. The ending credits consisted of the main character dancing in slow motion against a starry sky background. It ran in Poland in the 90s; does anyone know anything about it? I looked for it, but "child of stars" and its variations are too vague and common to help me find an old, forgotten cartoon...
It sounds almost like you're describing the Little Prince.
Weird cartoon from The Eighties about a town full of anthropomorphic animals who want to build a dam. The phrase "Dam for Power" is repeated often. The slightly less anthropomorphic animals who live in the forest do not want their home destroyed, so they sabotage the dam and get sent to prison. They dig their way out of prison with the help of a bunch of geese who visit them and smuggle out the tunneling dirt out in covered picnic baskets.
Wow. I would have never remembered this if it weren't for reading this YKTS, but I just KNEW I had seen this and did some googling, and I found it! It's Dot and the Koala, a movie in a series of cartoon films about a young girl who lives in the Australian bush and befriends several talking animals. The series even has a trope page.
There's this Simpsons episode I saw partly when I was only a couple years old (about ten years ago). I remember that there was a robotic factory city/world, and people from Springfield (including Grampa Simpson) were in weird factoring machines. There was a courtroom or something where robotic Krusty and others were negotiating about something. It was probably a pretty old episode, and maybe a Treehouse of Horror taking account the theme.
I've seen every episode of "The Simpsons", and no such episode existed. The closest thing I can think of is either "Time and Punishment" from "Treehouse of Horror V", specifically the part where Flanders is an Orwellian dictator, or "Bartificial Intelligence" from "Treehouse of Horror XVI" In which Bart is replaced by a robot and eventually transforms himself into one to get back in the family's good graces.
An animated fairy tale show called something like [soandso's] Fairy Tales. Everything was narrated by one guy who also did the voices. Rapunzel wished she had a fancy name like "Diane" but her dad said they couldn't afford it. When Rapunzel sang it was the narrator doing this freaky yodeling thing and she would come right up to the camera so you could see her uvula and crazy eyes.
Fractured Fairy Tales was a segment on Rocky and Bullwinkle, and the version of Rapunzel they did doesn't match the OP's description at all.
This troper also remembers a Rapunzel who could not afford a fancy name, and is almost positive it was an episode of Wolves, Witches and Giants. If not, it was something extremely similar that aired at around the same time.
Does anyone else remember this claymated show? The point of the show is that there are this two small robots or something and they live in this steampunkish environment, which is supposed to be some sort of workshop. Every episode some bigger robot (or something) starts telling them a famous fairy tale, but it falls asleep midway. The two little robots want to know how the story ends and they re-enact their version of the fairy tale's ending using all kinds of junk in the workshop to build props and sets. Their version is always very different from the actual story. The episodes were rather short, 7 minutes max, and there were no dialogue, only the big robot spoke. I clearly remember seeing an episode that featured The Emperor's New Clothes, if that helps.
Does anyone know "6 Dogs City"? I tried searching for Dog City (anthro cop show) on Youtube and one of the options near the bottom of the page read "6 Dogs City-Kidnapped". It's clearly not Dog City, with a different art style, not to mention the fact that despite being a detective show, there is no episode titled "Kidnapped" in Dog City.
I couldn't find the video, but the only thing i could come up with was an episode of [[en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katts_and_Dog Katts and Dog]], or probably an episode of the old Pound Puppies cartoon.
Two questions one is this animated film that is an awful lot like the play "Mid Summer Night's Dream" I remember the characters were anthropomorphic animals the scenes I remember most is at one point one of the characters turns into a donkey he can still walk on hind legs and talk and I remember the love interest whom I think was a fox girl was hypnotized and at one point gets caught by the villains in a sack, the other is a cartoon that used to air on MTV one episode was about a teenage girl (it's not Daria) who tells her friends about her most embarrassing date which involved her eating a lot of chili before hand and having bad gas when her boyfriend leaves the car she lets out a huge fart which is represented by an explosion then when her boyfriend comes back he introduces her to his grandparents who are in the back of the car gasping for air.
The first one is probably Robin Hood. Possibly an episode of Beavis and Butthead for the second one.
A CGI show about civilized ducks who can no longer fly, who live in a city next to a lake. On the other end of the lake is a alligator city. The main character is interested in flight, and is friends with a alligator, who struggles to control his predatory instincts. There are also talking, flying crows. There was one episode where the alligator tries using duck horomone patches to control his behavior, but starts turning into a duck, and another where one of the hero's friends reverts to his primal instincts and possibly flies (as in, it's left ambiguous whether he flew or not: he's found on the roof of a building.)