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This month’s theme is in celebration of all the things we love about animation. Whether classic Disney or modern shonen anime, picking just one style is almost impossible. This month we consider: What was your favorite childhood cartoon? If you still watch animated shows, what’s a new favorite? Then there’s the all important question, if you could choose to be an animated character, who would you be?

1) If you could choose to be an animated character, who would you be?
2) What was your favorite childhood cartoon?
3) If you still watch animated shows, what’s a new favorite?
*BONUS QUESTIONS (not answered by staff)*
4) What cartoon from your childhood scared you?
5) What’s your favorite cartoon theme song?

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1. If you could choose to be an animated character, who would you be?
I have been SO into Dragon Age: Inquisition lately. I adore the whole series, & would definitely enjoy being the Inquisitor. Or Hawke. Or the Hero of Ferelden. I’m a mage at heart, & love exploring the lands & cultures of the Dragon Age games. Honorable mention to the Mass Effect series: incredible characters & story! CALIBRATIONS.

2. What was your favorite childhood cartoon?
The Real Ghostbusters was my childhood, & remains The Greatest Television Show of All Time. It shaped my sense of humor, for better or for worse, as well as teaching me a good deal about storytelling, various supernatural lore, & an appreciation for the art style. Watching it still moves me to laughter & joy today, though many of the episodes are deeply imprinted into my brain from repeated viewings.

3. If you still watch animated shows, what’s a new favorite?
Pixar has my heart! It’s been a blast watching them push technology over the years, & I am impressed every time, even as their older films still hold up nicely. There’s something magical about what they do, that somehow is always fresh yet very sentimental. Very much looking forward to Inside Out this summer!

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1. If you could choose to be an animated character, who would you be?
Picking what cartoon character I’d be is really tough. My sister likes to tease me that I’m not-so-secretly Snow White, and she has a bit of a point. But if I could choose an animated character to be, I think I’d want to be the new Lara Croft. Not only does she wear PANTS (yes! pants!) but she’s smart and capable and tough, while traveling the world and having adventures. She may not be a traditional “cartoon” but she’s the animated character I’d most want to be.

2. What was your favorite childhood cartoon?
My favorite childhood cartoon was definitely Chip’n’Dale’s Rescue Rangers. All of the Disney afternoon block was amazing (and I can still sing all the words to Gummi Bears and TaleSpin!), but Rescue Rangers was my I-can’t-miss-it show. I saw it recently on DVD and I’m almost afraid to watch it now in the fear that the magic might not be the same.

3. If you still watch animated shows, what’s a new favorite?
My most recent animation foray has been into the Star Wars universe, and I’ve just finished the debut season of Star Wars: Rebels. This is an interesting one to me because it’s Disney’s first treatment of the Star Wars franchise since fully purchasing the rights, and I wanted to see how they’d handle it. This series bridges the gap between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, including familiar characters in cameos (with original voice actors, including Frank Oz!) and I’m super excited to see where this story will go as the Rebel Alliance begins to form in opposition to the Empire. Add in some awesome female characters like the pilot Hera Syndulla, and you’ve got a great Star Wars series made by Star Wars fans for Star Wars fans. It’s currently only on Disney XD though I’m hoping they’ll release to Netflix the way they did with The Clone Wars.

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1. If you could choose to be an animated character, who would you be?
I would be Marceline from Adventure Time, because um, ass kicking and bass player and band and hovering and vampire. Also, a turbulent relationship with her dad that she uses music as therapy for. (Full disclosure: I stopped watching Adventure Time around the time Pen left the team – season 5ish, I think? – not because he jumped ship, just coincidentally. So I’m not familiar with newer incarnations of Marceline.)

2. What was your favorite childhood cartoon?
ANIMANIACS. 100%. In 3rd grade I was Dot Warner for our school Halloween parade (shout out to my mom for sewing me a pink skirt!) I watched that show every day I came home from school. I memorized the songs, sang the theme song with my friends at recess, and drew the Warners all over the place. I was obsessed. OBSESSED!

3. If you still watch animated shows, what’s a new favorite?
Grandma hasn’t been keeping up with television of any kind these days, muchless new animated series! And movies – ha. None of those, either. BUT, I followed Rebecca Sugar from Adventure Time to her own project, Steven Universe, and I have to say, I loved it very much. Or at least, the first two episodes, because that’s all I’ve seen. Ha!

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1. If you could choose to be an animated character, who would you be?
Sailor Mercury. Who doesn’t want to be a magical girl??? I always related to Sailor Mercury the most! She was nerdy and shy, but super smart and kind! Also, I kind of want blue hair.

2. What was your favorite childhood cartoon?
Rainbow Brite. I loved Rainbow Brite as a kid! She always went on the coolest adventures with the Color Kids and their Sprites! I had a VHS recording of a couple of episodes that I watched all the time. It’s a classic example of 80s animation and children’s marketing at its finest!

2. If you still watch animated shows, what’s a new favorite?
Bee & Puppycat. If you are not in love with Bee and Puppycat, you should be. Created by Natasha Allegri you can find them over on the Cartoon Hangover Youtube as well as in comic book form now! Puppycat is just the cutest and Bee is so relatable. I even have a Puppycat plushie – that sings!

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1. If you could choose to be an animated character, who would you be?
Definitely Jane Lane, from the series Daria, my favorite smart-mouthed artist who doesn’t take crap from anyone. While I tend to have a bubbly online persona, in reality I’m more of a moody gothy artistic type. Now get off my lawn.

2. What was your favorite childhood cartoon?
David the Gnome was my favorite cartoon as a kid. The show had an beautiful animation style (based on the art from the book “Secrets of the Gnomes” by Wil Huygen and Rien Poortvliet), took place in a forest full of adorable woodland creatures, and of course, was about the life and times of David the Gnome. It taught me lovely lessons about friendship, family, kindness, magic, nature, and death. It even had a morbidly awesome series finale when David and his wife die together and become trees… trippy! As a true fan girl should, I also have the book the show was based on and love leafing through it. The show, and the book both heavily inspired my love of faery folk, elves, and tiny mythical creatures of all sorts. I was, and am still convinced, that gnomes are as plain as the noses on our faces. All you have to do is believe!!!

3. If you still watch animated shows, what’s a new favorite?
I adore the Fox cartoon, Bob’s Burgers. Bob’s Burgers is a Loren Bouchard creation, and of course I love much of Loren’s work. From Home Movies to Dr. Katz, he has had some classic awkward humor shows that always cracked me up. Bob’s Burgers, has a bit of overlap in voice actors who have previously worked with him, including H Jon Benjamin, Andy Kindler, Sarah & Laura Silverman, and Sam Seder. It’s also an awesome source of guest comedian talent and has featured voices of Zach Galifianakis, Aziz Ansari, and SO many others (read more of them here!) Last week I had the privilege of seeing the Bob’s Burgers Live show last week in Philadelphia. Man oh man, seeing this comic talent up close and personal was a night I will not soon forget. Kristen Schaal, H Jon Benjamin, Eugene Mirman (and the rest of the cast) were incredible!

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1. If you could choose to be an animated character, who would you be?
I have given this a lot of thought and I think I would like to be Marceline the Vampire Queen from Adventure Time. She has mad style, plays a mean tune and is just all round awesome!

2. What was your favorite childhood cartoon?
My favourite childhood animations is a toss up between 1978 feature of Watership Down and The Dreamstone series which was broadcast from 1990-1995. I watched Watership Down so much I wore out the VHS tape I had of it. Even though my parents said it was too scary for me to watch. I did anyway! You couldn’t tear me away from those rabbits! The Dreamstone is a little known series but was also quite dark, set in an alternative world called “The Land of Dreams”, and concerns itself principally with the struggle between good (personified by The Dream Maker), and evil (personified by Zordrak, Lord of Nightmares).

3. If you still watch animated shows, what’s a new favorite?
Bojack Horseman – hands down the funniest animated show of the last few years (it is my second favourite adult animation… Archer will always be Number 1!)

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1. If you could choose to be an animated character, who would you be?
Blossom from The Powerpuff Girls because she’s awesome! She has superpowers and gets to save Townsville from evil villains while fighting alongside her amazing sisters.

2. What was your favorite childhood cartoon?
X-Men. It was one of the few cartoons as a child that I did not miss. I was glued to the television Saturday mornings and then later on I’d pretend I was Rogue, “flying” around on my rollerblades.

3. If you still watch animated shows, what’s a new favorite?
Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I’m really liking the new TMNT television show. The characters are great and written perfectly. I love their personalities and little quirks.

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1. If you could choose to be an animated character, who would you be?
While I would normally automatically default to Sailor Moon for almost any animation question, in this case, I would actually choose She-Ra, Princess of Power. Not only does she get to transform and wield a sword into battle, her horse also transforms into a winged unicorn.

2. What was your favorite childhood cartoon?
My favourite childhood cartoon was Scooby Doo, Where Are You! The re-runs would air on TV when I was young and I couldn’t get enough of them. Crime fighting, mysteries, and the general hi-jinks of Scooby and Shaggy made this a “can’t miss it” show for me.

3. If you still watch animated shows, what’s a new favorite?
It’s so hard to pick! There are so many new styles of animation that I’ve come to love. Between anime and stop motion to video games… If hard pressed, I will say that I LOVE the animation style in Hideki Kamiya’s game: Okami. Not only is it a beautiful game with a dynamic control system, it also has a wonderful adventure story. If you haven’t played it, take a look, you won’t be dissapointed!


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