Sunday Question – What’s Your Favorite Animated Movie?

Well, I’m really making this one difficult on myself. On Saturday I bought How To Train Your Dragon. The only reason I didn’t buy it on Friday was because I was out of town and couldn’t get a ride to Barnes & Noble. I wrote a review of it back in March, and was waiting for the day it would come out.

I finished watching it and it brought a smile to my face once again. It then made me start thinking of other animated movies I’ve seen that I thoroughly enjoyed. Weeks ago I saw Legend of the Guardians and liked that as well, though it didn’t touch me on as emotional level as this one did. And in the last couple of years there’s been Kung Fu Panda, the Incredibles, Aliens vs. Monsters, and a host of other movies that I’ve enjoyed. Actually, there isn’t one I’ve seen that I didn’t enjoy.

Of course there’s the issue of the ever changing types of animation that somewhat skews things. I mean, can one really compare Sleeping Beauty to Final Fantasy, one drawings while the other is computer generated? What about the serious themes of Fantastic Planet to the realistic scenes of American Pop? For that matter, how does one classify any movies with Muppets in them?

Since it’s my question, I guess I’ll have to say that the Muppets don’t count because they’re not cartoons. What about Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Well, that has cartoon characters with real people, but no, that’s not animated either. So it does leave computer generated and regularly drawn cartoons, which we probably won’t see much of at the theaters anymore unless it’s based on a cartoon that’s on TV now. Heck, they just CGI’d Road Runner!

With all that said, I have to say my favorite animated feature is Happy Feet. I loved this movie so much I wrote a review of it on my business blog back in 2006 and talked about leadership lessons learned from it. It just makes me smile and it’s got a serious message at the same time and, well, I love the music, which of course is music of my day, other than a Prince song and this one upbeat kind of reggae song; one of these days I’m going to find out who those guys are.

Anyway, there’s mine; what’s yours?

Muppets Take Manhattan/
Muppets In Space


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The Oatmeal

I have no idea how I learned about this site, but it’s so unique that I just had to share it with you.


It’s called The Oatmeal, and it’s a collection of articles, cartoons, quizzes and news that’s presented in a unique way. What I’m stunned about is that it’s ranked really high, yet I’m just hearing about it, and I’m betting it’s fairly new to most of you as well.

A good example of an article on this site that’s also educational is called How To Use A Semicolon, something I use often, but see very few other people using. It’s a training article with images, and very simply teaches people how to use semicolons. There’s even dinosaurs in the article; when’s the last time you saw talking dinosaurs teaching you anything (don’t even go the Barney route)?

As you’ll see, the articles are also presented in a totally different style, with cartoon headers rather than text. Frankly, if I had an artistic bone in my body, I have just the type of warped humor to be able to pull the same type of thing off.

Me being me, I wondered how they made any money off the site, since I can’t find any advertising. They have an online store, where they sell items with their logo on it and other stuff associated with their brand. I’m betting they do well; heck, I’ve been tempted to buy something myself, but keep wondering where I’d put it and how long it would last before my wife snatched it and hid it on me. Also, some of the articles end up being products themselves, being created into posters.

What else is there to say? Check the site out, and obviously this isn’t a paid review, since how the heck could they pay me when they don’t know me? The Oatmeal is a lot of fun; give it a shot.

Morgan Avery 5911 Home Radiance Home Sweet Home Candle Collection - Oatmeal Cookie and #44; Apple Pie and #44; Strawberry

Morgan Avery 5911 Home Radiance Home Sweet Home Candle Collection – Oatmeal Cookie and #44; Apple Pie and #44; Strawberry

Price – $46.13






Rocky And Bullwinkle Turn 50

I always knew 1959 was a special year for more than the fact that I was born that year. Turns out Rocky and Bullwinkle debuted on TV the same year this month.

rocky and bullwinkle

My earlier memory of Rocky and Bullwinkle was actually in the mid 60’s, when my family returned from Tokyo. By that time, is came on Sunday mornings, but it seems that it started out as a prime time cartoon, like the Flintstones.

That’s because it wasn’t really a cartoon for kids. Sure, the animation was goofy and the dialogue, for the most part, was kind of silly. But it was a thinking person’s cartoon. There were a lot of in-jokes and things that you had to have read as far as literature goes, or had to be up on the news. In an odd way, it was the Family Guy of the past, only clean.

It was easily my dad’s favorite cartoon. It was one of the few things we watched together, and he would laugh outrageously at it. I would laugh also, at different things, although I also loved hearing my dad laugh, so that made me laugh too. He also loved Fractured Fairy Tales while I was a Mr. Peabody fan, and every once in awhile, we’d deal with Aesop’s Fables. The little interludes with Bullwinkle’s Corner and Mr. Know-It-All were fun as well, and even now, every once in awhile, I’ll say to my wife “Watch me pull a rabbit out of the hat.”

One of my best memories of Bullwinkle and Rocky actually came while I was in college. My friend Scott and I decided to go to Syracuse University for a Bullwinkle marathon. I don’t even remember which one we saw, but we laughed long and hard throughout the night. We finally got all the jokes that we’d missed when we were younger. What a rush!

At this point, I have two DVDs of Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons, and 4 or 5 VHSs, although I don’t get to watch those all that often; man, what are we all going to do with all those VHS tapes? I was probably one of only 25 people who actually liked the live action mix called The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, and I might be the only one who enjoys the new cartoon they’re working on now. How’s that for being a fan?

Happy Birthday to Rocky and Bullwinkle; what memories do you have of this dynamic duo?

Rocky and Bullwinkle (Complete Season 2)

Rocky and Bullwinkle, Complete Season 2


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