Friday, July 23, 2010

Forgotten Toons: Earthworm Jim

In the '90s, a ton of cartoons were put out while the market was fresh.  Amongst all of the Spielberg cartoons and imported anime, we had a whole host of fun, subversive cartoons.  My favorite of which is Freakazoid.  While it had the Spielberg label, it broke all the rules of even those cartoons.  There are many more of them to discuss, but I want to focus on a particular one today...

The show was based on the popular video game of the same name and shared the same, silly attitude.  It featured tongue-in-cheek jokes, pun titles and a generally goofy feel.  It all centered around Earthworm Jim, an animal that got a super-suit dumped on him, turning him into a hero.  He teamed up with Peter Puppy, an adorable animal with the tendency to suddenly turn into a demon-looking creature.  It's...well, odd.

Jim featured a slew of silly villains that feature wacky names.  They include Evil the Cat, Bob the Killer Goldfish, Psy-Crow, Professor Monkey-For-A-Head and- my favorite- Queen Slug-For-A-Butt.  How can you not love a show like this?!?  The episodes also featured funny, self-referential names like The Wizard of Ooze, A Lounge Day's Journey Into Night and Peanut of the Apes.  Hell, when episodes feature cybernetic couches, snow globes containing secrets of the universe and a magic sword being found in a sandwich vending machine, you have to love this stuff!

Sadly, the show only run for 23 episodes over two seasons.  In the 13 years since it ended, there has been no DVD release has been made.  The most you can find is a series of VHS tapes that include 8 episodes over four releases.  That's not enough, people!  All we can do is scour YouTube for various clipped-up episodes of questionable quality.  Have you no heart, NBC Universal?!?

Next up, let's take a look back at a sci-fi show from 1973.  Will this be a notable entry in the Captain's Log?  Stay tuned...

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