|Posted by Anna H. on August 6, 2017 at 9:45 AM|
How's it going my gumdrops? To my surprise, it seems like more people really enjoyed yesterday's Song Saturday blog. I am really glad.
As a quick reminder, let me know if you get my replies back to you on these blogs. I always make sure to respond back to comments below every blog I publish.
In regards to another update, it was confirmed on August 3rd that the Seinen Space Western Space Opera Anime, Outlaw Star will be returning to the Toonami block on August 19th. It will replace Ghost In The Shell.
Outlaw Star Trailer (2017)
Because I have never seen Outlaw Star, I have no comment. Hopefully, this series is worth all the hype it has been given, over the years. Japan released Outlaw Star in 1998. Then, it aired on Cartoon Network's Toonami block in 2001. Eventually, this series aired on Adult Swim.
As I have said countless times, most animation I watched, during the '90s and even some during the early 21st Century were on MTV. You may recall that I published a Cartoon Sunday blog 2 Sundays ago, which featured John R. Dilworth's The Dirdy Birdy.
Younger Millennials and Generation Z missed out on the glory days of MTV. I cannot help emphasizing, that MTV was still very popular, when I was a teenager.
Then again, I grew up during a time when music was highly influential. We may rant about the current state of MTV, but we have to give credit when credit is due. MTV influenced fashion, animation, movies, art, etc.
Without Beavis And Butt-Head, Comedy Central would not have South Park. This can also be said about Fox's King Of The Hill, Family Guy, American Dad, and other Fox cartoons meant for adult viewers. This is along with the fact that The WB's Mission Hill, The Oblongs, and Adult Swim would not exist.
MTV paved the way and set the trend for adult animation.
Honestly, I believe that those running Fox, The WB, Adult Swim, and other local and cable networks were highly influenced by what MTV was doing during the 1990's and chose to air, if not create more adult animation.
The cartoons MTV aired consisted of abstract and more adult content. This can especially be said about the shortly lived, Downtown.
MTV seriously dropped the ball by canceling Downtown. This animated series was created before its time. I'm surprised that Adult Swim never bothered to acquire Downtown. Adult Swim would probably have to arm wrestle MTV for it.
MTV's Downtown could be filed under the category Slice Of Life Animation. When I say "Slice Of Life," I mean shows with social realism because they depict everyday life.
For example, Jerry Seinfeld's TV sitcom Seinfeld falls under the category, Slice Of Life. It is often referred to as being "a show about nothing."
Japan has a list of Slice Of Life Anime. For those unfamiliar with Japanese animation, everything is NOT Action Anime. The Slice Of Life genre is very realistic.
MTV's Downtown premiered in 1999 and only lasted for 13 episodes. This Animated Slice Of Life Sitcom had a lot of critical acclaim. Critics and fans loved Downtown. However, MTV canceled it. Downtown was more reality based.
MTV's Downtown centers around a fanboy named Alex, who works at a boring copy shop. He saves up money to move into his own apartment in New York City's East Village. It turns out he moves into a dive apartment located downtown.
Downtown is a cartoon I would recommend to younger Millennials and Generation Z. As a 17-year-old, I enjoyed watching it on MTV and was disappointed when it NEVER returned with new episodes in 1999. Because this is another blog about MTV and its animation, here is MTV's Downtown for today's Cartoon Sunday.
Downtown Episode 1: "Sin Bin" (1999)
Categories: Cartoon Sunday