Friday, August 29, 2008

Mother Goose and Grimm: The Animated Series

Well, this settles it. Just about every movie made by the human race is on YouTube. As proof, I present to you, the animated Mother Goose and Grimm.

Yes. After the success of Garfield and Friends, CBS decided to look into another show based on a comic strip. This time, a show based on a comic strip created by a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist, Mike Peters.

The animated MG&G show debuted on CBS's Saturday Morning lineup on September 14, 1991 at 8:30 AM EST.

The show was produced at Film Roman, which also produced the Garfield show, and Mark Evanier was the supervising writer, writing most of the episodes.

Mother Goose was voiced by Mitzi McCall, with Charlie Brill voicing Grimmy. Greg Burson, who passed away just few weeks ago, was the voice of Attila. Hamm, who doesn't appear in the strip anymore, was voiced by Eddie Deezen, using the voice he later gave to Mandark from Dexter's Laboratory.

While the show was better than most Saturday Morning shows produced at the time, it wasn't without flaws. Indeed, there were a few. For one thing, the characters talks WAY too much. I mean, more than in any other cartoons. As a result, the dialogues can get repetitive. Usually, there would be a running gag with a line that would be repeated every 30 seconds. In one episode, where Grimm meets a space alien, the line "I can figure out how to set the [VCR]. It flashes 12:00 all the time" was repeated by other characters so much, I lost count.

There are ups as well, though. For one thing, the designs are very faithful to the strip it was based on. The animation often goes wacky and out of this world, in order to fit the strip's theme. The animators at the Taiwan studio did a good job with that. And some of the episodes are pretty funny. I enjoyed "Ham Alone" in particular.

In fact, here's Ham Alone, posted on YouTube in 2 parts.

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