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From the creators of Talking Simpsons comes What A Cartoon!, an audio exploration of every cartoon ever! Join hosts Henry Gilbert and Bob Mackey (as well as several guests) for an in-depth look at a different episode of a different cartoon every week!

Episode Date
What A Cartoon! - The Tick "The Tick Vs The Tick"

Matthew Jay (of Cartoons101) joins us to talk about a superhero parody that was way ahead of its time: The Tick! We explore the 1994 Fox Kids original and one of its best episodes. Can Tick defeat Barry and protect his intellectual rights? Can ie Fledermaus find a new girlfriend? Will Arthur be stuck in the Sidekicks Lounge? And will The Midnight Bomber What Bombs At Midnight be able to bomb the superheroes at midnight? Listen and find out!

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Aug 13, 2018
What A Cartoon! - Disenchantment Review-cast

Matt Groening's first new show in almost two decades is just around the corner, and thanks to our generous friends at Netflix, we're here to tell you our thoughts on the first five episodes! And with no major spoilers! (We promise!) Listen in as we talk about the generalities of Disenchantment, including the cast, the staff, the writing, the tone, the humor, and just where we think the series is headed in its back half. And be sure to stay tuned to the What A Cartoon! feed--and the Talking Simpsons Patreon--since we'll be doing a traditional podcast about Disenchantment's first episode shortly after the premiere!

Aug 07, 2018
What A Cartoon! - Daria "The Misery Chick"

We're back to the land of MTV to revisit Daria, the sorta-spinoff of Beavis and Butt-Head that gave all of us smartass introverts a hero of the people. And with the recent announcement of a sequel series, our little podcast is jumping into one of the more pivotal moments of the series: season one's "The Misery Chick." Listen in as special guest Sam Leichtamer (of GameSpot) joins us to explore an episode that seriously studies Daria's character, and reveals her as much more flawed than the escapist hero the series initially intended her to be.

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Aug 06, 2018
What A Cartoon! - The Big O "A Legacy of Amadeus"

Cowboy Bebop isn't the only Western-influenced anime series to make waves on Cartoon Network in the early '00s. Just a few years before Spike Spiegel blew the minds of American cable viewers, The Big O emerged as an ultra-stylish and enigmatic series that blended the look of Batman: The Animated series and Japanese giant robot shows from the '60s and '70s. And, thanks to its infamous cliffhanger ending, Sunrise's series kickstarted a trend of Western funding that continues to this day. This week, Cartoons 101's Matthew Jay joins us to discuss the classic The Big O episode, "A Legacy of Amadeus."

Jul 30, 2018
What A Cartoon! - Xavier: Renegade Angel "The 6th Teat of Good Intentions"

Matthew Jay (Cartoons 101) joins us to jump into one of the most disturbing shows in Adult Swim history, PFFR's Xavier: Renegade Angel. From the creators of Wonder Showzen we dive into the lid-flipping mind-expander as we ramble along with Xavier as he helps people by making their lives much worse. We hear epic monologues and pan flute solos alike, so listen along and learn, younglings! Oh, frittata!

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Jul 23, 2018
What A Cartoon! - Wallace & Gromit "The Wrong Trousers"

Steady on, listeners, because this week's episode is a deep dive into the iconic British adventures of Wallace & Gromit! Matthew Jay joins us to discuss the Oscar-winning short film, "The Wrong Trousers" as chosen by a premium Patreon supporter! We chat about Aardman Animations' history, the many contraptions of Wallace, Gromit's knack for silent comedy, obvious Hitchcock references, and so much more! We're just crackers about cheese in this podcast!

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Jul 16, 2018
What A Cartoon! - Rocko's Modern Life "Wacky Delly"

We're returning once again to the world of Nicktoons with the first creation to follow the original three series, Rocko's Modern Life! Two years after launching Doug, Rugrats, and The Ren & Stimpy Show, cable network Nickelodeon realized adults made up a sizable chunk of their audience, and Joe Murray's edgy-yet-silly creation took full advantage of this fact with its tales of 20-somethings making it in the wild world of the go-go 90s. This week, cartoon expert Matthew Jay joins us to discuss "Wacky Delly," a superb episode of Rocko's Modern Life that digs deep into the hell of making animation, and one that reflects upon some of Murray's own personal struggles as a cartoon creator.

Jul 09, 2018
What A Cartoon! - Family Guy "Brian Wallows and Peter's Swallows"

We had threatened to do it, and now Matthew Jay joins your Simpsons-loving pals to discuss a season three episode of Family Guy! It's one of the more heartfelt episodes of the show with some solid jokes in there, and we're pretty fair to the fricken sweet series about Quahog! Listen along and we promise you'll hear at least two minutes of Seth MacFarlane singing!

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Jul 02, 2018
What A Cartoon! - FLCL (Fooly Cooly)

After producing one of the most influential anime series ever—Neon Genesis Evangelion—animation studio GAINAX went from adapting a comic about high school relationships to something even more unexpected: a coming-of-age story about robots that come out of a young boy's head. Thanks to its sheer weirdness, amazing animation, surprising emotionality, and atypical (but awesome) music choices, FLCL emerged as a cult hit in the early '00s—one that just received an unexpected sequel some 18 years later. This week on What A Cartoon, real life rock and/or roller Alexi Belchere of The Y-Axes joins Bob and Henry to break down what makes these six odd little episodes so special.

Jun 25, 2018
What A Cartoon! - Freakazoid "Next Time, Phone Ahead/Nerdator"

Chosen by one of our premium Patreon supporters, we're doing one of the first season favorites of Kids WB's Freakazoid! Matthew Jay joins Bob and Henry to talk all about this episode as the pinnacle/end of an era for Steven Spielberg's TV toon empire! We cover the very insider episode, as well as explore how the concept of "nerd" has changed between 1996 and now! It's fun and a little sad, so listen in and freak out!

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Jun 18, 2018
What A Cartoon! - Home Movies "The Party"

We're headed back into Adult Swim territory as we check out the UPN reject that helped kick off Cartoon Network's successful programming block and ultimately didn't find a great home there. But for four glorious seasons, Home Movies adapted the limited animation and naturalistic conversations of Dr. Katz to something with a little more ambition that wasn't necessarily tied to stand-up comedy bits. On this episode, join Bob, Henry, and Talking Futurama/What A Cartoon! artist Maddie Copp as your podcast friends explore season two's "The Party."

And be sure to follow Maddie on Twitter and support her great Patreon!

Jun 11, 2018
What A Cartoon! - Space Ghost Coast to Coast "$20.01"

This week Bob and Henry are joined by Matthew Jay of Cartoons 101 to dig into Space Ghost and his oddball show that would pave the way for Adult Swim. After digging into how Alex Toth's fantastical superhero became the face of Cartoon Network's dadaist comedy, we dig into a double-length episode from 1996 where Penn & Teller and Joel Hodgson of Mystery Science Theater 3000 join the show for a Kubrick-tribute. There's all you can eat birthday cake and illegal Ultra Seven all in this week's podcast, so strap on your powerbands and enjoy!

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Jun 04, 2018
What A Cartoon! - Cowboy Bebop "Mushroom Samba"

Two decades ago, Cowboy Bebop made its debut and the show feels just as cutting edge today as it did back then. Bob and Henry are joined by Nathan Ortega to discuss this special episode of Bebop as Ed gets her own adventure in "Mushroom Samba." Take a trip with us as Ed and Ein go searching for food and get ensnared in an action-packed tribute to blaxploitation. We explain history, the creators, and even compliment one of the best English dub in anime history. We'll see you space cowboys on this week's podcast!!

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May 28, 2018
What A Cartoon! - Samurai Jack "The Princess And The Bounty Hunters"

Our premium patron David Whittington returns for his second pick, the Cartoon Network cult classic Samurai Jack! We dig into the Spaghetti Western-style episode that barely even features the title character. It's one of the most interesting episodes in the series history and we dig into all five of the bounty hunters all trying to find the best way to capture Jack. Learn all about Genndy Tartakovsky's high watermark in American animation with us in this brand new podcast!

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May 21, 2018
What A Cartoon! - The Venture Bros. "Escape to the House of Mummies Part II"

We've finally reached our first Adult Swim series on What A Cartoon, and it's their longest-running one to date: The Venture Bros.! Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer's creation launched as a Johnny Quest spoof in 2004, but over the years, it's grown into something much more ambitious that somehow survived despite near-cancellations and years-long delays between seasons. This week's episode comes via the request of our VERY generous patron David Whittington, who joins the show to steer us through one of The Venture Bros.' earlier gems: Escape to the House of Mummies Part II.

May 14, 2018
What A Cartoon! - Star Wars: The Clone Wars "Bounty"

Star Wars expert and cool person Kat Bailey joins us to dive deep into the CGI series that did the impossible: Making the Star Wars prequels good! We hop into the twentieth episode of season four (currently available on Netflix), and get some cool action as well as meeting some of Star Wars best bounty hunters. It's a deep dive into a show some grouchier Star Wars fans like Henry overlooked. Strap on your Mandalorian armor and listen now!

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May 07, 2018
What A Cartoon! - Beavis and Butt-Head "Substitute/Pregnant Pause"

Buckle in, because it's gonna get stupid as we dive into Mike Judge's first TV series (and first massive success), Beavis and Butt-Head. While on the surface B&B might seem like a braindead, ugly cartoon, like any Judge project there's a whole lot more going on under the hood than you'd think, and we explore its many nuances as much as humanly possible! So grab some nachos and listen in as we discuss Beavis and Butt-Head tangling with a teacher who believes in them, and grappling with the miracle of life.

Apr 30, 2018
What A Cartoon! - Bobby's World "Swim By Me"

This week's What A Cartoon! takes us back to Fox's Kids and the early 1990s as guest Dave Rudden brings us into Bobby's World. The Howie Mandel passion project ran for a surprisingly long time, and we dig into the bits that are better than we remember and the stuff that's much more awkward than we recall. All while regaling y'all with stories of swimming, siblings, and almost drowning!

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Apr 23, 2018
What A Cartoon! - Dexter's Laboratory "Way Of The Dee Dee"
One of our premium Patreon supporters, Aziz, stops by with his pick for this week's podcast: the Cartoon Network classic, Dexter's Laboratory! In this one, the iconic duo is at odds but it's Dexter who learns from his hyper sister Dee Dee instead of the other way around. It's a fun, philosophical episode with an unexpected ending. We go over the show's history with guest Matthew Jay as well is this experimental podcast!
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Apr 16, 2018
What A Cartoon! - Kill La Kill "Episode 1"

Here at WAC we've now arrived at our first ever anime series, thanks in part to a request from one of our top Patreon supporters. We go over the inaugural episode of Kill La Kill, the action-packed (and fan-servicey) debut series of Studio Trigger. Is it amazing to look at? Is it a bit weird and/or discomforting? Find out as Bob and Henry are joined by Cartoon 101's Matthew Jay!


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Apr 09, 2018
What A Cartoon! - The Ren & Stimpy Show - "Black Hole/Stimpy's Invention"

Modern TV animation owes a lot (or perhaps everything) to The Ren and Stimpy Show, a humble little Nicktoon that came out of nowhere and rewrote the rules of what a kids' cartoon could get away with. Despite its troubled co-creator and nightmarish production problems, Ren and Stimpy thrived for five solid years as a shining example of what an artist-driven cartoon could be. And for our podcast exploration of the series, we chose the best possible episode, Stimpy's Invention, and the best possible guest: Thad Komorowski, author of the must-read oral history about the show. So strap on your happy helmets and listen in to a podcast that'll make your grandmother suck eggs!

Apr 02, 2018
What A Cartoon! - Steven Universe - "Gem Glow/Laser Light Cannon"

Do you know all the words to the Cookie Cat theme? Or are you still confused by the ideas of fusion and gems? Either way, this episode will be a real treat as Bob, Henry, and Matthew explore the first two episodes ever of the incredibly marvelous series Steven Universe! Grab your pork chops and hot dogs and listen along!

Mar 24, 2018
What A Cartoon! - King of the Hill - "Peggy's Headache"

On our sophomore outing, we cover King of the Hill, the first truly successful Fox animated sitcom to follow The Simpsons (sorry, The Critic). While some still view Mike Judge's 13-season series as a mundane exploration of rednecks, episodes like the one in question prove King of the Hill is a subtle satire of Midwestern life that digs deep into its cast of unique characters. Listen in as Bob Mackey, Henry Gilbert, and Matthew Jay discuss the episode that defines Peggy Hill, and get ready to walk away with a brand-new appreciation for this animated slice-of-life.

Mar 19, 2018
What A Cartoon! - Batman: The Animated Series - "Heart of Ice"

Welcome to our brand new podcast series! We're going through a different animated series every week in our deep dive fashion, and we begin with the greatest episode of the greatest Batman cartoon of all time! Hosts Bob Mackey and Henry Gilbert are joined by guest Matthew Jay (Cartoons 101) to discuss the Mr. Freeze starring episode Heart of Ice. Learn how they redefined the villain, how the series came together, how this episode led to Mark Hamill becoming the Joker, and so much more in our debut podcast!

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Mar 12, 2018