CBS is connected to the pulse of America, people. They're at the top of the ratings race, The Mentalist is the hot new procedural this season and life is looking good for TPTB over at CBS.
I'm also wondering if CBS realizes how sick and tired most viewers are getting of the same old types of shows. With the lack of originality in new programming, I know I'm not the only one turning to my old favorites on DVD. I love reliving Buffy the Vampire Slayer and I'm now discovering Supernatural for the first time.
I swear I didn't tell CBS about my longing for all things retro, but they have bugged my house or tapped into my TV set or something, because their latest venture is streaming vintage TV shows on their site -- CBS's "TV Classics" player.
I was sitting around thinking, because I really had nothing better to do, and I wondered why you don't see cartoon characters acting as pitchmen for different products much anymore. If you're nostalgic for the days when 'toons weren't afraid to put their names behind different products, you might enjoy the following videos.
Oldies 1510 WRNJ in Hackettstown, New Jersey broadcasts a show called "Time Travel," hosted by Dan Hollis and Jeff O'Boyle. The program focuses on pop culture of the past, television included. If you're like me and don't live in "Joyzee" you can now download and listen to some of the interviews from the show's archives through a new Web site that could really use a redesign.
The archives include interviews with a bunch of folks associated with the golden age of animation, not to mention other great TV from the past, including voice actress June Foray, Noel Blanc (son of Mel), Joan Benny (daughter of Jack), Lee Mendelson and Marty Krofft. If you dig all that old timey stuff, this is definitely worth checking out. As you can see from the archives, many of the greats from the past have long since gone on to that great TV in the sky, but hearing their own children talk about them is the next best thing.
[via Cartoon Brew]
I've mentioned Frederator's very awesome animation podcast a couple of times, but hold onto your socks, animation lovers, because the company recently launched another animation podcast, this one dedicated entirely to "old timey" cartoons. This week the podcast will focus on cartoons based on comic strips, kicking off with Ub Iwerks interpretation of "Reg'lar Fellas," a comic strip from the twenties and thirties. Later this week you'll also be able to catch animated shorts with Popeye and Little Lulu. Check the archives for some great Warner Bros. shorts, as well as an old Mighty Mouse cartoon. I've already got this podcast queued up in iTunes, so I'm guaranteed never to get any actual work done.
Another great podcast for old cartoons is Vintage Tooncast, which shows many cartoons from the same era, including a lot of the "Superman" shorts from Fleischer Studios, which, by the way, are also coming out on DVD.
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