Previously on 10 Animated Shows to Catch on DVD

I talked about five awesome American animated shows that have concluded their television run that you should go find on DVD or Netflix. So far I’ve mentioned Samurai Jack, The Venture Bros., The Justice League, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Megas XLR.

And now the conclusion of our exciting adventure!

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Invader Zim

I have an interesting history with this cartoon show (see my previous post for a clarification between “cartoon” and “series”) that makes it an important addition to this list. I’d written it off for being a bit overrated by some of its fans. But after re-visiting the show, I had to admit I’d never seen anything truly quite like it. It’s heavy on the cultural satire and happens to be a delightfully insane Alice in Dark Modern Wonderland. Think of Rocko’s Modern Life, only darker. And the hilarious over-the-top voice acting will have you quoting the show in no time.

 

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Star Wars: Clone Wars (not “The” Clone Wars)

This series is the best spinoff story from the Star Wars Universe in my book, except perhaps some of the games (I haven’t played them extensively but I’ve heard great things). Samurai Jack creator Genndy Tartovsky once again makes the list with a short but beautifully action packed series that was intended to set everyone up for what happened between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Honestly, it’s far more fun than the movies themselves. You see Mace Windu kick some butt, and Grievous is scary as hell.

 

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Teen Titans

This show led the DC young heroes and sidekicks into an anime flavored direction geared to a younger audience. Well, until its later finales got dark in a hurry. Some great action is involved; and parts somewhat reminiscent of the movie/comic Kickass give the show a dramatic heft in places you wouldn’t expect. A very successful show that still has plenty of mileage left in it.

 

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Red vs Blue

A series that originated online!? Scandalous! But seriously, if you’ve EVER played Halo, you’ll get a kick out of this. It’s got hilarious dialogue and happens to be a very curious experiment with what you can do if you take a game world rig and make a fun story with the characters. (I’m looking at you, Valve’s Source Engine… and drooling at the possibilities.) I’d caution for foul language. There’s a lot of it. But if you’ve played an online game with the chat turned on, I guarentee you’ve heard much worse.

 

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Batman Beyond

A worthy sequel series to the much beloved Batman: The Animated Series. And that’s no small compliment. The story revolves around a late high school, early college kid who discovers the retired Batman and takes his place with the help of the original Bruce Wayne as mentor. Because it’s in the distant future, there’s opportunity for amazing new villain dynamics and problems for a new Batman to deal with. Usually, I hate Batman spin-offs. But this was a spectacular successor and deserves to be mentioned.

That’s it for now, folks! Later, I might cover more nostalgia related fare and non-American gems. But start with these. Catch them on YouTube, Netflix, or DVD. You’re guaranteed a good time.

What animated American TV shows do you like to re-visit?

Nick Adducci

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Nick dreams up visual concepts as a story artist/animator. He's a toothless pyromaniac with a pathological hatred for onions.

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