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SenGrisane

Dear Brain... (this is about old cartoons, movies)

You work in such strange ways.

Today I suddenly got hit by a memory of earliest childhood... which turned into sort of an avalanche and unlocked more and more long forgotten things.

And the initial memory was this.
Adventures in Dinosaur City (I had seen the German version of course) and suddenly it all came back. I loved this movie as a kid. I mean dinosaurs combined with Bud Spencer like fist fights... Fuck yeah.
Of course it is silly now, but back then it was awesome.
Interestingly there is not much to find about this. It does not even have a TV tropes page. I will search for some movie clips to refresh my memories ^^

Other things that got caught in the avalanche:

Some cartoon about people in strange cars fighting other people in strange cars (Must have been a toy tie in) I watched.
You see a friend of my father recorded cartoons on VHS for us to see cause we had no satellite for a long time. All was English and we didn't speak any, but we loved them. I saw He-Man and She-Ra for the first time in English without getting anything. But there was swords and fighting... yeah. Mask was also among this... but I only ever saw two episodes... or one.
Anyway the cartoon I was talking about... I do not know it's name but I know this.
In the intro there was some wizardy type writing a 1 into air after evading an attack on his vehicle.
Then there was a car that evaded an enemy via drilling through the ground under it.
Enemies had some strange buzzsaw shooting sling-arm thingy mounted.
... that is pretty much all I remember <.<


And lastly there was another very strange gem. Clowns in Space. I dunno if it is the real title (since it was in German), but it was about Clowns flying through space in a huge top hat-looking space ship (or smaller shuttles that looked like clown noses) and had adventures while trying to reach earth.
Earth it seemed has lost all humor and the clowns were their only hope. I remember these snippets:
Fat dude floating on a swimming pool on a raft thingy stuffing himself while his underlings starved (food was strongly regulated and everyone was weighted regularly...if you were to heavy you got imprisoned)
I am pretty sure one of the main actors was Herman Van Veen (Alfred J. Kwak was based on a song of his and he sings the title song of the cartoon). He also sung the title song to this show...

It is almost impossible to find stuff about this show, to a point where I doubted its existence until I read a forum post of someone looking for it too.
Edit: Found a wikipedia entry in a language i do not speak: http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Het_verhaal_van_de_clowns
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Added: 6 years ago
 
KhellSennet
6 years ago
None of those shows sound familiar, except familiar in the sense that when I'm really f**ked up before going to bed, I dream dreams of the craziest shit and believe it is real in spite of its absurdity.  The car one I would have pegged as being Mask, so I'm wrong there.

For me, there is only one old TV show I just can't remember the name of.  It was this live-action Y-TV show which had three kids living on a space ship, and they had these awesome (if totally unarmed) battlemechs which dropped out of the ship.  Crappy CG for the Mechs, and each one had stripes of one primary color to distinguish it from the others.

On the flip-side, there are also a great many TV shows I do remember, and wish I didn't...
SenGrisane
6 years ago
I don't recall the show you mentioned either ^^

And if you read the description many show sound very strange :3
shadycat
6 years ago
KhellSennet
6 years ago
Nope, that ain't it.  ...I don't really know what that is, but Damn!  The 70's/80's were some trippy shit.

The show I remember was something I'd say was early to mid 90's.
shadycat
6 years ago
Yeah, 'Photon' was a terrible show. Even back then it was cheesy, and only existed as a commercial for a laser-tag like knock-off. The early eighties were indeed a strange time.
I do wonder what show you're thinking of. Now it's going to bug me!
KhellSennet
6 years ago
Well, I found out what it was - Hypernauts.  (There's a YouTube link in a post below this one)

Photon doesn't look that much cheesier than any other 80's show.  Back then, everything live-action was crap.  The hairstyles were a crime, the adult actors were all pedophiles or drunks, and "kid actors" were worse at acting than a hobo picked off the street.  Most of the props were repainted Hasbro toys, and the sets always looked like something stolen from Red Dwarf's studio rejects.
...And yet the cartoons survived quite well.
shadycat
6 years ago
I admit the hairstyles were pretty bad, but I'd be surprised if we didn't look back from 2040 to now and laugh our asses off as well. The sets were slap dash, but they look even worse to our CGI jaded eyes. Back then, you had to build it.
There were a couple of fun shows. Dukes of Hazzard was a favorite, (Yeah, those stars n' bars on the General Lee weren't too cool, but it was a few more years before that was even on the radar.) as were the A-team and You Can't Do That On Television. SNL was actually funny back then.
As for adult actors being 'drunks or pedophiles', people certainly drank more back then. The pedophile bit I don't get, other than that one guy from 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'.
Holy shit. Why am I defending the eighties?!
KhellSennet
6 years ago
I don't know why...  Why are you defending the eighties?  The nineties get a bad rap, but really, 90-00 was when the good stuff came out.  Power Puff Girls, The Pirates of Dark Water, ExoSquad, Goof Troop, Biker Mice from Mars, Bucky O'Hare, Street Sharks, Fox's X-Men and Spiderman, and of course, Batman the Animated Series.  What does the eighties have to compare with that?

...Oh yeah, music.  The 80's was the last time music didn't suck.
shadycat
6 years ago
Heh. I was too old for most of that. Goof Troop was aiight, but my favs were early 90's. Talespin, Tiny Toons, Animaniacs...
As for eighties music, I was too young for New Wave mostly. No skinny ties and key-tars for me. I was well positioned for metal though. Appetite For Destruction and And Justice For All dropped in 87 and 89 respectively. The Fundies went apeshit and we rocked out to the next round of the culture wars. Good times.
The nineties gave us Spin Doctors and Hootie and the Blowfish, which of course sucked. They also gave us Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Sound Garden, which did not.
KhellSennet
6 years ago
Oh you young'ns don't know how to appreciate good music.  "Two Princes" by the Spin Doctors was a great song.  But the real gold was 80's music and power ballads care-of epic bands like Heart and Bon Jovi.  Or unforgettable classics from older bands which finally found their niche in the 80's.  Jefferson Starship, Journey, Lisa Lougheed, Phil Collins, the Scorpions, A-Ha, the Outfield, Bryan Adams, Paul Simon, Huey Lewis & the News, Stan Bush, Cindi Lauper, Styx, Asia, Murray Head, Van Halen and Wang Chung.

Now I feel old again...
shadycat
6 years ago
Wait a sec. "Young'uns"? How old are you? 'Cause I'm 35 and feeling more like a graymuzzle everyday. I'll admit "Two Princes" was catchy, but kind of a one-hit wonder in my book. I saw the world premier of "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" on MTV when I was six or seven. Remember when MTV actually had music?
I'm down with A-ha, Bon Jovi had some great tracks, but I draw the line at Brian Adams. 'Everything I Do' makes my teeth hurt it''s so overly sweet. Lisa Lougheed will always be cool because of The Raccoons. (I've been trying to find an original vinyl of 'Evergreen Nights' for years. $120 at least IF you can find it.)
I fell in with the jam bands around '94, listened to the Dead, Allman Brothers, Phish and Rusted Root. A lot of sixties psychedelia as well.
Just to drop a few more '90s names: Lemonheads, Cowboy Junkies, Gin Blossoms, Social Distortion, Digable Planets, De La Soul
KhellSennet
6 years ago
Oh?  My apologies Shady...  I concede unto ye the title of being older than I, at my ripe elderly age of 30 (or so).

This of course means that since I have been dethroned, I must give up my rocking chair and stop yelling at the kids to stay off my lawn, and talking about the "good old days" when video games came in these gigantic wooden boxes with TV screens which took quarters to make them run.  And the time when phones had cords tethering them to the wall, Internet meant using a phone modem to dial-in to a service so you could download porn at approximately 1 picture per hour.  No more reminiscing of the days before "rap music", no more fond memories of recording songs off the radio using a dual-cassette boom-box.  And lost are the days where the young'ns would gather together on a hot summer night to set fire to the neighborhood hobo.  Wait, what?
shadycat
6 years ago
Phone modem?! Pft. Such luxury! Video games? We had to make do with pinball!
And I WAS the hobo and I used your rocking chair for kindling to heat up my Mulligan stew down in the jungle while waiting for the southbound hot shot. ^^
KhellSennet
6 years ago
We didn't have pinball...or at least, not until Video Games came around.  Pinball was illegal here, classified as a game of chance until Pacman and such entered the scene.

And if you really are the burning hobo, how are you typing?  We took your hands...  WE TOOK YOUR HANDS!

(One of these days, someone's going to take what I write seriously, and they'll try to put me back in the nuthouse...)
fbug
6 years ago
KhellSennet
6 years ago
Nope.  That one I remember all too well.  What a disappointing and inaccurate cartoon from such an epic franchise.  And the CG was just soooo bad.  Battletech's cartoon is the perfect example of butchering a franchise just so you can sell toys.

On a related note, my roommate did find the show I couldn't remember.
Hypernauts
It was every bit as bad as it looks.
fbug
6 years ago
my eyes they burn. man that looks so  so....  there isn't a word that describes how bad it looks.  
KhellSennet
6 years ago
Oooh, I'm really good with words.
How 'bout Synapslosion?
=p
BunnyFoxglove
6 years ago
you know google can translate webpages :3
"The series was published in Germany under the name Die seltsame History of Clowns and was there three parts: 'Der Sterne Sturm, "The Fleischfresser Jak" and "Die Wachsmenschen von Fit '"
and it was posted in Dutch (nederlands)
also this was a link on the page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKrocSrjWbc
SenGrisane
6 years ago
Oh my... *melts with memory shower*

Thanks ^^
MooseJam
6 years ago
>>In the intro there was some wizardy type writing a 1 into air after evading an attack on his vehicle.
Then there was a car that evaded an enemy via drilling through the ground under it.
Enemies had some strange buzzsaw shooting sling-arm thingy mounted.
... that is pretty much all I remember <<

Jason and the Wheeled Warriors is what I think you were speaking of
SenGrisane
6 years ago
Found it now ^^

Thanks a whole lot :3
shadycat
6 years ago
Some of my faves from way back in the day:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiVOLvhvsyo The Raccoons

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kq5Y_ogiyi0 The Mysterious Cities of Gold
Which I just now learn has been remade!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Iyx9HfVUcU
I'm actually shocked. Didn't think this would ever be in line for an update. Old school cartoons rule!
MiaMon
6 years ago
i love those shows

and ducktales
shadycat
6 years ago
Ducktales was cool. I was way more in to Talespin, though.
SenGrisane
6 years ago
Wow the new series looks superbly animated :3

Was not that much of a fan of the Racoons. I didn't like the bent down noses XD

(Also big chat you had with Khell XD)
shadycat
6 years ago
Sorry man, didn't mean to clog up your journal. ^^ Yeah, I never dug Cyril and Cedric Sneer, or Sophia, in terms of character design. I mean, WTF are they even supposed to be? Those noses are creepy. Cyril was a great bad guy though, with the gravelly voice and chomping on the cigar.
The animation on the new MCOG looks... alright. I have a really well restored DVD set of the original, and I honestly prefer the older animation. The characters move better, and the whole thing looks more organic. Crappy youtube clips don't do it justice. I'm still shocked that the new series is not in fact a remake, but a continuation of the original. How many shows get a season two after thirty years?
SenGrisane
6 years ago
I didn't know it was continued even
MiaMon
6 years ago
I seem to remember a show about rapping robots. One had stretchy arms and another one made italian food
fbug
6 years ago
MiaMon
6 years ago
OH GOD!
yes
now i remember

i should make porn of this
SenGrisane
6 years ago
Hehe. Actually looks pretty well animated :3
fbug
6 years ago
that works
SenGrisane
6 years ago
I hope it does :3
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