October 15, 2021
We have another Saturday Morning Giant episode for you, focusing on a more well-known cartoon: the Disney Channel musical feel-good comedy Phineas and Ferb.
Our titular characters are two brothers who love to invent outlandish contraptions, much to the frustration of their older sister, who can't get their parents to see the mischief they're getting into. Oh also, they have a pet platypus who's really a secret agent fighting a mad scientist.
We discuss the dense visual gags, running jokes, and subtle pop culture references in the show, the close emotional bond between enemies, and yelling in museums.
October 3, 2021
We're getting spooooky and educational with the 1992 PBS show Ghostwriter, about a spirit orb that sends messages to a group of Brooklyn kids who love to solve puzzles and mysteries. Due to a mix-up, Jams watched only the first five-episode arc of the show and Melissa watched only the final four-episode arc. Nine episodes, across three years of the show, with two siblings trying to piece the overall story together.
We discuss a party parrot, a brief cameo by Samuel L. Jackson, the shocking backstory behind Ghostwriter himself, and the deep childhood terror of GOOEY GUS, a monster in a trenchcoat that oozes bubblegum from his mouth.
Also, spoiler alert for Space Jam: A New Legacy from 1:51 to 9:33. We have some qualms.
September 17, 2021
We watched the 2001 CGI show Butt Ugly Martians, about a trio of alien soldiers who are sent to destroy Earth, but instead just want to hang out in an abandoned arcade. The Martians team up with some hoverboard-riding teenagers and a paranoid TV star to defend Earth from other alien threats.
We discuss the Martians' rock-n-roll inspired names, the puddle episode, whatever a "hover park" is, the iDog, and the physics of eating while invisible.
September 3, 2021
We're talking about an old favorite, a very silly time travel anime called Flint the Time Detective.
Flint is a prehistoric caveboy who was fossilized and then revived in the 25th century, and even though he's a child with no training, the Time Bureau makes him one of its top agents. His job is to save Time Shifters, cute creatures with a variety of powers who have been lost to history.
We discuss Flint's dad being stuck as a talking rock, disinterested anime boys with their hands behind their heads, the incredible team of a dandy vampire and a sassy pink snail, and whether or not fossils are smelly.
August 20, 2021
We watched the French-Japanese animated series Oban Star-Racers, about a girl who tries to reconnect with her absent father after he left her behind for his career managing starship races.
He's been approached by a cosmic entity to represent Earth in a race where the winner will be safe from impending galactic attack. His daughter, too scared to reveal herself as the forgotten child and pretending to just be an unrelated aspiring racer, is swept along to become part of the crew.
We talk about podracing, nobody having a nose at any angle, how the only girl on the team is of course underestimated just because she's a girl, and whether or not an elevator is considered "transportation."
August 6, 2021
We watched Cartoon Network's 2011 series The Looney Tunes Show, which reinvents the classic characters for a sitcom format where Bugs and Daffy are mismatched roommates in a modern human city.
Bugs is trying to live a quiet life and date Lola, while Daffy is getting into schemes like running for city council, taking cosmetology courses under his girlfriend's name, and changing his name to Professor Duck and then teaching a college political science course.
We discuss the show's surprisingly tight plotting and sharp dialogue, Daffy just casually driving a parade float as his everyday car, Wile E. Coyote's middle name, and whether or not our society at large thinks Bugs is beautiful when disguised like a woman.
July 23, 2021
*Due to an unrealized error, there is a slight echo in this episode that couldn't be edited out. Sorry and thanks!*
Special guest Sera (she/her) brings us a true blast from the past with Mummies Alive! Four mummies awake from their sarcophagi in 1997 San Francisco, sworn to protect the pharaoh's lost son Rapses, who they believe is a cool boy with a skateboard named Presley. They live in a secret room in the history museum when not fighting Scarab, an evil sorcerer with inefficient plans.
We discuss the "mummy mania" of the late 90s, toyetic vehicles, hiding magical creatures in your room, a spooky costume ball that isn't explicitly for Halloween, and how almost every voice actor also had a credit on X-Men: Evolution.
July 9, 2021
We watched Kidd Video, a 1984 show about a teen rock band that is transported into a magic musical realm called The Flipside, where the devious Master Blaster wants to harness their music energy to take over the world. The show starts with live action kids who become animated, voiced by the same actors, and every episode ends with a return to live action for a music video!
We talk about how, despite the fact that the show is named after a single character and that character is named Kidd Video, everyone in the band seems like an equal protagonist.
We also discuss Hit Clips, vocoders, The Mitchells vs. The Machines, and a fitness center where you pretend to pilot a giant robot, or if you will, a Pacific Gym.
June 25, 2021
We watched the charming 1991 cartoon Rupert, about the whimsical adventures of a bear in plaid pants and his other dapper animal friends. We see him go to Gameland, Toyland, and Mirrorland, and he falls in and out of all of these realms completely nonplussed.
We discuss the very peaceful vibes of the show, bringing back tiddlywinks, the best Spider-Man to comfort you when you're in danger, whether or not Raggedy Ann is a clown, and what if there was a Toy Story movie where the toys mistook a human for also being a toy.
June 11, 2021
We watched a 2001 anime from the Fox Kids block, the pun-heavy Fighting Foodons. Long ago, a king asked which of his dinner options was the "strongest" and his chefs developed magic meal tickets to stick on their dishes to bring them to life FOR COMBAT. Now, the land is embroiled in a rebellion with food as their weapon, and a young boy named Chase hopes to become a great foodon chef like his dad.
We try to make sense of a foodon as a sentient living creature and how long it can possibly live, which takes us to the life spans of Pokemon and dinosaurs. We also discuss levers that drop you down into a pit, hot hats, and the last time we can remember eating a fish stick.