Hosts: AK, Betty, Jeremy
This is about Tarantino, David Lynch, absolutely anything but Rugrats.
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Somehow when they did the Rugrats Passover and Chanukah specials, I kept thinking, they already did a Christmas special before, it's like they suddenly nailed down the characters and their backgrounds to make the Pickles Jewish after the first couple seasons of the show and that was it. I never saw the Chanukah special, but hearing about it, it sounds like I didn't miss much for being Catholic (Meany Schlomo sounds like the perfect forum username to me). Of course arguably that Christmas special they did for Rugrats still stayed pretty much in the Hallmark Greeting Card notion that Christmas is as much about the birth of a savior in a manger out in some middle eastern desert as more a fat tub 'o lard ramming his ass down your chimney every year.
Hearing of Jeremy's cable-deprived childhood made me feel a little on the opposite end simply because my house had cable before I was born, for me, it was wanting to watch TV from "outside" my hometown at all, since I knew there was better stuff to watch than locally. Growing up where I was, we had it pretty good if you could pick up stations out of Detroit, Cleveland or even Canada (which made up most of my free time using a Radio Shack bow-tie UHF antenna nailed to the north-west side of my bedroom (that thing did great when hooked to an amp in those analog days, hardly quite as much today sadly, but that's what the FCC wanted). It was fun picking up CTV, Global and TVOntario whenever they came in, or to see a cartoon that wasn't airing locally yet like Heathcliff in '84 (Toledo missed the boat for the first few years that started airing simply because we didn't have an indie station yet until WUPW, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nWO4JmN0Bk ). It was too easy to get CBC anyway since that was on cable, but whenever I was at my grandparents' homes, I was sure to go fiddle with their Channel Master rotary knobs to pull in these channels too (we never had an outdoor tower for that stuff).
Oh, and if those wondering what the subject line's about (since I'm sure we forget)....
And as an off-topic bonus, Ron Burgundy eat your heart out!
By the way, the whole talking/thinking baby thing goes back before Rugrats came on the air. A noted example, though very obscure was a popular comic book published by DC in the mid 20th Century called "Sugar and Spike". Involving the day-to-day imaginative world of two tots.
Also heard a mention of "Garfield: His 9 Lives", no comment about it is not complete without this image (this is what happens when you let Jim Davis do what he feels like without a need for cash)....
Thinking about it some more, aside from "Garfield Minus Garfield", Jeremy has a point about what it it was Garfield simply being silent. Technically Garfield is silent in the comic strip as he can only "think", not talk. This is also true of the animated specials at the Saturday morning "Garfield & Friends" program. The later CGI series remedies that I suppose with giving Garfield actual mouth movements and being able to converse with anyone for that matter (we see him "think" to other animals who apparently think back anyway). If Garfield remained silent in the strips (i.e., no fog balloons), it would be more a story of a cartoonist's struggle to understand his pet and the world around him as much as the story is centered solely on Garfield's life and torment of his master. It is interesting to consider the options there (the Garfield Randomizer was my fave).
Then there's this....