Recently I found myself musing about Dragon Ball.
Specifically, a small handful of episodes in which our hero Son Goku has a brief meet-and-greet with a friendly farmer dude named Mousse…
…His wife Eclair…
…And their nine children, all of whom are also named after desserts.
From eldest to youngest, there’s Crepe, Cookie, Cocoa…
…Creme Puff (not the most macho name, but in his first appearance he informs us that his friends just call him ‘Puff’)…
…The twins, Jelly & Jam…
…Cupcake and Pudding.
I remember being oddly intrigued by these characters and kind of wishing we could’ve gotten a side episode focusing on them or something. The potential was definitely there.
This got me thinking about today’s Brain Candy, which also doubles as an Unpopular Opinion: my favorite moments from shows like Dragon Ball/Z…
…Or Dinosaur King…
…Or super sentai shows like Kamen Rider OOO…
…Or movies like Our Friend Power 5…
…Tend not to be the action/battle/fight scenes, but rather the silly comedy moments where the characters are just doing silly stuff at home with the zany slapstick, bizarro sound effects and musical stings, wild takes and all. In fact, I’d like to see a show like those that’s a pure comedy. In other words, a Dragon Ball/Kamen Rider/Dinosaur King/Hero: 108 type show, set in that kind of universe, but consisting of just the funny parts.
It would be set in the same type of universe as these shows, with the same literal nomenclature, futuristic architecture…
…The same mix of unique looking and dressing humans and weird animal creatures…
…And the same kinds of way-out sci-fi tech and crazy powers…
…But the goofy stuff involving teenage boys obsessed with underwear, kawaii schoolgirls who are freakishly strong for no reason, soda cans that can transform into motorcycles, characters getting stuffed into suitcases and hung up on clotheslines and wives who reprimand their husbands by throwing their shoes at them would be the entire stories, not just filler material between the fight scenes. Why doesn’t some studio make a show like that? I’d watch the heck out of that!
Unless it’s been done.
At the beginning of the year, I read an early preview of a new animated series that’s slated to air on The Disney Channel later on March 18th. Apparently, it’s already premiered in parts of Europe. The series is titled 101 Dalmatian Street.
Here’s the skinny, courtesy of the Disney Wiki:
101 Dalmatian Street is inspired by Dodie Smith’s 1956 novel and Walt Disney’s 1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians. But it is has been updated and moved to contemporary London. It depicts the adventures of eldest Dalmatian siblings Dylan and Dolly, parents Doug and Delilah, and 97 younger puppies, all with names beginning with “D”, who live all by themselves at the titular address. Their unseen owner’s name is Dodie (I see what you did there) who lives on an island and has provided her dogs with a state of the art, high tech house.
London’s Passion Animation Studios will lead-produce. Maria O’Loughlin writes, Miklos Weigert directs.
Here’s the show’s intro, WARNING: this tune is going to get stuck in your head!
and here’s a breakdown of the main series’ main characters. This video describes them so I don’t have to:
This sounds interesting. It sounds kind of like a fusion between The Loud House and PAW Patrol.
I do like how all of the dalmatians have “D” names. That’s kind of clever. Also, I think it’s a nice touch how this series focuses on original characters rather than rehashing the characters from the movie. This gives the writers more creative freedom so that they don’t have to rehash the plot of the original movie over and over again. However, it is established that Delilah (the mom) is a descendant of Pongo and Perdita (exactly how is never stated), so that there is a connection to the original story, even if they’re not using same characters. I also like how this story appears to be a straight comedy rather than an comedy/adventure hybrid a la DuckTales. Don’t get me wrong; I like the DuckTales reboot (more than I do the original 1987 series, in fact!), but not every show has to be a saga with ripping yarns every week. Sometimes, I like it when shows just bring the funny.
I also like how this show remembers that the parent characters exist. I know that this will be more about the kids than the adults because this is a kids’ show, but still, the parents (Doug and Delilah) are seen on the show and they have personalities. This isn’t like Peanuts where you never see the adults.
I can already hear some fans on the interwebz crying out…
To the people who have already made up their minds that they dislike this series just because it’s not 101 Dalmatians: The Series, I have to ask:
Yeah, sorry, gang, but I saw several episodes of 101 Dalmatians: The Series, and what was good about it was just OK. Now, I could be saying this because I was already an adult when this show premiered, so I have no nostalgic fondness for it, but for me, the show was the epitome of average. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great either. It was just a show. I kind of liked Cadpig, but that’s as deep as my fandom for that show went. I’m not sure why the show’s producers thought that Roly would be a good choice as one of the principal characters when his entire personality can be summed up in a single sentence: He’s fat and loves to eat! I could see having Roly as a secondary character, but not one of the principals. Also, I wasn’t expecting the writing to be along the lines of Yes, Minster, but I think that 101 Dalmatians: TS was one of those shows where the younger you are, the more you’ll appreciate it. It wasn’t a Rocko’s Modern Life, Regular Show, Animaniacs or Uncle Grandpa kind of deal, is what I’m saying.
Myself, I’m going to watch a couple of episodes before passing judgment on it. If you happen to prefer 101 Dalmatians: The Series, that’s fine. You do you, after all…
I didn’t mean to dog you out!
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WARNING: The post that you’re about to read is very rambly. There’s going to be a lot of zig-zagging. You’ve been warned!
Hey! Do you remember that Highly Opinionated post that I made back in 2012 titled “The All New Something, Something Whatever Show”? Where I said that Warner Brothers had no interest in doing anything new with The Flintstones franchise? Remember that? Well, apparently, I was wrong….kind of.
A few weeks a ago, while surfing the web, I came across an article announcing a new animated series produced by Warner Brothers Animation that’s scheduled to air on the Boomerang streaming service (and possibly the Boomerang channel also) based on the Flintstones franchise titled Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs.
Originally, I was going to talk about this show on Peeks, but I decided not to for a specific reason, which I’ll go into a little later. Suspense! Anywho, here’s the lowdown on this new series, courtesy of Cartoon Brew:
Yabba-Dabba-Doo! Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm are back in this quarter-hour animated comedy series, Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs! Warner Bros. Animation takes you beyond Bedrock to The Crags, a vast land that is as dangerous and wild as the dinosaurs that inhabit it.
Pebbles Flintstone and Bamm-Bamm Rubble are two best friends, growing up in the prehistoric time when dinosaurs and giant beasts still walked the earth. But as exciting as that sounds, they live in peaceful, quiet old Bedrock, a modern domestic civilization similar to our own (but with stone cars that run on leg-power). That’s why whenever they get the chance, Pebbles, Bamm-Bamm and Dino head to the open wilderness, helping new friends, fighting new enemies, and learning about life through their endless crazy adventures. Back in Bedrock, Fred, Wilma, Barney and Betty still enjoy all the familiar quirks and trappings of life as a modern Stone Age family not knowing all the trouble (and fun!) their kids are getting themselves into.
Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs! is produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Mark Marek (producer, MAD, Be Cool Scooby-Doo!) and Marly Halpern-Graser (executive producer, Right Now Kapow) serve as producer with Sam Register as executive producer.
That premise sounds…interesting, to say the least. So all this time there’s been a savage land teaming with dangerous, feral dinosaurs located just outside of Bedrock and we’ve just never seen it before? And no one on the show has ever mentioned this place in 40+ years? Now don’t that churn yer butter? Here’s what we know so far:
This series will mostly focus around Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm, not unlike Cave Kids (which I never saw). This time around, P&BB appear to be grade school aged, not toddlers nor teenagers, but right in the middle. Regarding this series, one fan noted:
“I think that this series will focus on Pebbles, Bamm-Bamm, Dino and Hoppy.”
Hoppy?? Wow…I’m just blown away that somebody remembers that character!
I’m not sure why dinosaurs should be a major selling point for a Flintstones series when that show has always had plenty of dinosaurs, most notably Dino.
I know that Dino is technically a Snorkasaurus, but let’s be real here: Dino has always been much closer to a dog than a dinosaur. Except in that one weird episode of The Flintstones where Fred and Barney were hunting Dino and Dino was intelligent and he could talk and he was doing shtick like Bugs Bunny and Fred and Barney were like a two man Elmer Fudd, and then that episode was completely forgotten about after that episode ended. Seriously, what was up with that? What happened to Dino’s intelligence? Damon (Silverstar) offers this theory:
Maybe he got conked on the head with a bowling ball. That seems to be a common cause of amnesia in Bedrock.
Another user in cyberspace speculated, “I wonder if Moonrock, Wiggy, Penny and Bad Luck Shleprock will be in this show?”
Again, I’m just amazed that somebody remembers those characters. As for them being on this show, I’m not sure what led to that speculation. Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm are clearly younger than teenagers here, and it’s not like those characters have seen the light of day since The Flintstone Comedy Hour, which was back in ancient 1972.
Now this is strictly an opinion, but I personally felt that The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show was just too much like The Archies for my tastes, right down to the characters forming a bubblegum rock band performing tunes that would make the Monkees cringe, so if Warner Brothers never used Wiggy, Penny, Moonrock, Bad Luck Shleprock or the Bronto Bunch in anything else again, I’d be totally fine with that.
The character designs are courtesy of Mark Marek. If you don’t know who he is, he’s the guy who did the Henry and June segments on Nickelodeons Kablam!. The character designs are different, but not terrible. I don’t know who’s idea it was to give Bamm-Bamm long pants. No one on The Flintstones ever wore pants. That just looks odd.
Also, I read that Captain Caveman would be appearing on this show; in what capacity, I have no idea. Would he be a denizen of The Crags? (He’d actually be a better fit there than he would in Bedrock, honestly.) Would he be a fictional character on an in-universe TV show like he was on Flintstone Kids? Who knows? But it’s apparent that the idea of Cavey being part of the Flintstones universe is something HB producers refuse to let go of.
And then, the unusual Flintstones shtick is still going on in Bedrock and the parents have no idea that their kids are going to this savage land? OK. I’m not sure exactly what Warner Brothers was going for with this idea. I have a theory about this (and it’s just a theory. I have no research to back this up whatsoever): I think that Warner Brothers had originally planned for this show to be an attempt to cash in on the success of Jurassic Park, a show about 2 kids who venture into the world of wild, savage dinosaurs, and then someone at WB said “Hey! The Flintstones has dinosaurs! Why don’t we make the Crags adjacent to Bedrock and make the 2 kids Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm?”
Anyway…I haven’t seen a complete episode of Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs! yet, as the series hasn’t yet premiered. The pilot episode is (or was at one time) available for viewing on the Boomerang streaming service. But it hardly matters because…wait for it…about two weeks after I read that article, the news was dropped that Warner Brothers announced that there won’t be a second season of YDD! Yep, that’s right, Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs! is effectively already canceled!
And that, friends, is why I decided not to cover this show on Peeks. What’s the point of previewing a series that doesn’t have a future? I suspected as much when I found out that YDD would be airing exclusively on Boomerang. If WB and Turner thought that they had a hit on their hands, they would have run the show on their main channel (that of course being Cartoon Network), or on both channels simultaneously. Instead, it looks like this show is going to be a one-and-done before it’s even officially premiered. And if you haven’t figured it out by now…
Studios generally only do this when they know they’ve got a major league bombasaurus on their hands. WB apparently thinks that this show sucks and the studio just wants to cut it’s losses. So it looks as if WB is going to with Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs what they did with Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Pocketville and The Peanuts Show; just burn through the episodes that have already been made and then just sweep the show under the rug and act like it never existed. Too bad, since based on what I saw and read of it, buried somewhere beneath all of those layers of what the what, I thought that there was a sliver of an interesting idea in there somewhere.
The real tragedy (for Flintstones fans, anyway) is that the message that WB may take from this is that Flintstones series don’t work or resonate with modern audiences and so it may be years before we see another one.
At least not one that’s not a crossover with WWE wrestlers.
HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR, EVERYBODY!
You know what I like about the Chinese Zodiac? How it uses animals to represent each year.
Why? According to one legend, the Lord Buddha summoned all the animals to come to him before he departed from Earth. Only 12 animals came to bid him farewell. As a reward he named a year after each other one in the order that they arrived. First came the Rat, then the Ox, the Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Thus we have 12 signs today.
And this year is….The Year of the Pig!
Fun Fact: In the cartoon series Jackie Chan Adventures, the Pig talisman possessed one of the cooler powers: heat beam eye blasts.
Those born in the year of the Pig possess all the most desirable traits of human nature — they are loving, trustworthy, loyal, gentle and faithful.
Pigs are modest and unassuming, and so their excellent qualities may not be readily apparent on first acquaintance.
They prefer a quiet life of comfort and financial security and while shy, they can be quite lively with close friends.
In romantic relationships they are very vulnerable and they become quite involved emotionally.
Their compatible signs are the Rabbit, the Ram (or Sheep) and of course, the Pig.
So here’s wishing everyone born in the Year of the Pig a happy and prosperous Lunar New Year. Celebrate by taking a pig out to lunch.