The boys are back in the multiverse. After a 6-month hiatus, Rick and Morty returns with the back half of its fourth season. Along the way, they wear unnecessarily badass suits and destroy countless aliens. Oh, and Snuffles (er, Snowball) returns to face a new enemy. The five new episodes kick off 5/3/2020 on Adult Swim.
THE BEST Cartoons
From the Mickey Mouse to Muppet Babies to the latest Japanese anime, cartoons have a long history of memorable theme songs. Stoic pianist Lord Vinheteiro looks takes us back in the rewind machine with a great medley of songs from animated programs from 1928 to the present day.
Cartoon fans will recognize Phil LaMarr as the man behind the voices of Samurai Jack, Hermes Conrad on Futurama, and hundreds of other characters. Vanity Fair asked Phil to improvise 12 new character voices entirely based on their illustrations. If there’s one thing the clip proves is just how impressive his range is.
Way back when, there was a Tom and Jerry cartoon that featured Tom cat attempting to to play a concert while Jerry mouse tried to nap inside of his piano. CANACANA pays tribute to Hanna Barbera’s melding of music and animation by performing Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 synced up perfectly with the cartoon.
Custom toy maker Taku Inoue has a thing for classic cartoons. Among his works are a series of sculptures inspired by moments of hilarity from Tom and Jerry’s slapstick antics. Some of our favorites are Tom stuffed into a water glass, and the always classic Jerry turning into a wedge of cheese after gulping down the whole thing.
(PG-13: Language) This darkly humorous cartoon follows the story of a group of imps living in hell, who start up a business to assassinate the living if the price is right. From the character design, to the script, to the voice work, it’s brilliantly executed from start to finish. From Vivienne Medrano, creator of Hazbin Hotel.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents another origin story we didn’t know we needed, as we meet a young Shaggy and a talking brown dog who quickly become best friends, eat lots of snacks, and go on to solve all kinds of mysteries. We’re not quite sure what to make of Scooby speaking in full sentences.
Editor KaiserBeamz went back through the extensive catalog of Looney Tunes cartoons, going back from 1929 through 1969, and picked out a choice one-second clip from each one. The 17+ minute reel is packed with quick laughs and serves as a great historical retrospective.
(PG-13: Language, Gore) Animator Stefan Schumacher’s cartoon is clearly a nod to Rick and Morty, as two alien sharks decide they need to blend in after arriving on a strange planet. Despite its humorous approach, it’s actually a grim message about saving the real sharks here on Earth.
Best known as SpongeBob Squarepants, voice actor Tom Kenny has been featured in numerous cartoons since the 1990s. In this funny Vanity Fair clip, he was put on the spot and asked to improvise voices for five new characters. It’s amazing how he brings all of them to life.
Not too long ago, we enjoyed pianist Florian Mohr’s medley of hip-hop tunes, and now he’s back with a compilation of 40 themes from cartoon and anime TV series, from Family Guy to The Flintstones, to Spongebob Squarepants, along with a handful of lesser known shows.
Runaway Pictures Inc. edited together footage from Mad Max: Fury Road with Hanna Barbera’s Wacky Races, starring the villainous Dick Dastardly and his snickering canine sidekick Muttley. Who will win this epic battle across the wasteland? And why wasn’t this music in the movie?
Illustrator Tobias Fonseca celebrates four of our favorite Freddies with this fun design, featuring Fred Flintstone, Freddie Krueger, Fred Jones from Scooby Doo, all doing Freddie Mercury’s iconic pose. Also available as prints, cases, stickers, and more from RedBubble.
(PG-13) The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons: A Semi-serious A-to-Z Archive contains almost 3,000 cartoons from over a century of publication. The illustrations are split into two volumes, 250 categories and 1,600 pages. Also in deluxe and as an ebook.
The debut trailer for Dark Phoenix was intriguing, but Darth Blender’s take on it looks way more exciting. They used scenes from the classic ’90s X-Men animated series, which did take on the Dark Phoenix saga. It’s a shame they didn’t use scenes from the actual battle.
(PG-13: Language) Actor Nick Offerman already has a pretty solid day job, but in case his good looks and manly voice ever fade, he’s got a career he can fall back on – writing captions for the famed (but often esoteric) cartoons from The New Yorker. Seriously, they should hire him.
(Gore) Originally aired in 2010 – and later released on DVD – Marvel and BET’s Black Panther is a motion comic miniseries with lots of action and cheesy humor. The miniseries sees T’Challa go up against a group of supervillains trying to take over Wakanda.
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