For my second article after Memories of More Dinosaurs, I will like to present a rundown on my top ten favorite episodes from TV cartoon shows.Timbox's top 10 favorite TV show episodes
are as follows.
Number Ten is easy:At The Movies
in which the original four Rugrats (Tommy, Chuckie, Phil and Lil) visited a movie theater, or Octoplex, as it is called, in the hope of seeing Tommy's idol, the Godzilla-like dinosaur known as Reptar.
Instead, they wreak havoc upon the movie theater they stumble upon, whether it's wreaking havoc at the concession stand or the sleeping projectionist's booth (showing parodies as diverse as those of Gone With The Wind (the ultimate classical epic romance from 1939), Raiders of the Lost Ark (the first Indiana Jones movie by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg), Taxi Driver (directed by Martin Scorsese, and starring Robert De Niro as a Vietnam war vet driven to violence by the decay of the New York City of the 1970s), The Care Bears Movie (a parody of which (The Land Without Smiles) features one tearjerker moment in this movie within the episode: before the doctor's eyes, a girl is dying of some disease or a broken heart or something), and, of course, Godzilla (known to the people of his indigenous Japan as Gojira, a name which combines the word gorilla with the Japanese word for whale)) or sneaking through eight parody movies and getting startled by a loud, screeching usher at one point!
Creeping in at Numbah Nine is:Toy Palace
, a Rugrats Episode where Tommy and Chuckie got trapped in a closed toy store, all of which culminated in a parody of a 1962 film from Japan mashing up Godzilla or Gojira with Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World himself from the original 1933 King Kong (which is remade the second time by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson)...
All of which ended with Thorg (which is the King Kong parody that goes "GRRR! THORG HUNGRY! THORG WANT EAT!!") being defeated by Reptar (which is the Godzilla parody that goes "HALT! I AM REPTAR!") which thrusts Thorg into a fictional time portal where Thorg ended up in the United States in Christmas 1777 during the time of the American Revolutionary War! (Seriously, when you watch this Rugrats episode, you can look at the shocked faces of George Washington and his soldiers when they see Thorg getting zapped into their time period! LOL!!)
Numboo Eight is the one you should all pay close attention to:Wacky Delly
, from Rocko's Modern Life, which is itself both a commentary on and a metaphor for the creator-driven era of television animation that began with Ren and Stimpy in 1991 and ended with My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic in 2010! The ending is reminiscent of the ending in Eric Von Stroheim's lost movie, Greed (1924), maybe.
Now, Seven has something that's been going on for way too long: Last But Not Beast
; a parody of the Kaiju films that are made in the islands of Japan itself, and one of the two original Dexter's Laboratory finales besides the Ego Trip TV movie.
And as for THAT something that's been going on for way too long, it is that a lot you people are screaming your heads off over the fact that the main characters in Pacific Rim drives giant robotic mechas against an giant army of giant kaiju, which, again, is what make you people scream that Pacific Rim copied this episode. Now that's something that's been going on for way too long, of course.
And-a Numba Six-a:Beard to be Feared
, the very first of three appearances in Dexter's Lab by a minor character who happened to be one of Dexter's idols (the other being Major Glory, a parody of Marvel Comics' very first Avenger: Captain America): Action Hank, a parody of Shaft and Mr. T., who once famously told Dexter that "It's not the beard on the outside that counts; it's the beard on the inside." I also like the brief Shaft Parody Talk between Dee Dee and her friends Mee Mee (the Black) and Lee Lee (the Asian, who I want to incorporate as the main female character in my planned Dexter's Lab cartoon characters n' Dinosaurs LOTR-like epic, Dexter's Odyssey) that goes like this:
Dee Dee: That is one rugged brother.
Mee Mee and Lee Lee (together): Shut your mouth!
Dee Dee: I'm talking about Dexter!
Mee Mee and Lee Lee (together): We can dig it!
And number five:G.I.R.L. Squad
A parody of the 1970s incarnation of Charlie's Angels with my favorite female cartoon trio that are Dexter's sister Dee Dee and her ethnic friends Mee Mee and Lee Lee claiming to be three 'Glamorous Investigators Ready to Lick Crime', but ends up being persecuted as neighborhood criminals!
NUMBER FOUR!Jack Remembers the Past
, that One Samurai Jack episode where Jack reminisces about his childhood before he got sent 'round the world to train among all manner of warriors. I have a touchingly heartwarming screenshot where Young Jack hugs his mother, The Empress of Japan:
And now, we're getting to the good ones. Number Three is:Samurai Jack: The Beginning
, divided into three parts, though it is, but what I am talking about is the premiere movie that launches the Samurai Jack show on Cartoon Network in the one month leading up to the 9/11 attacks in 2001.
Slumming in at Number Two is: Tribe Called Girl
, the Dexter's Lab season one episode where Dexter crashes Dee Dee, Mee Mee and Lee Lee's sleepover, and was given a hilarious makeover.
At least Lee Lee the Asian friend of Dee Dee is the one who thinks Dexter is cute!
And, the Number One item on Timbox's Top Ten Favorite TV Show Episodes list is:Samurai Jack: The Birth of Evil
The 2004 Winner of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (for programming less than one hour, no less!)
Before the Mythical Quest of Samurai Jack...
There was a great battle between a young emperor of a distant land...
...and an evil shape-shifting demon wizard.
Aku, that is.
Anyway, that's all, folks!
And any comments or reviews on my choices for my top ten favorite TV show episodes are welcome.