not_fun: YAY DRUGS (cial drugs rainbow)
i haven't done one of these in a month or so and i need a break from making comics. it's time for a PROPAGANDA POST!

much like toons today, in the 80s toons were also subject to ill concieved network or studio revivals. but for some reason, they thought making all the characters younger would make them more appealing to kids. this kind of thinking spawned some good things (tiny toons, muppet babies) but mostly just churned out turds.

hanna barabara, bastion of cheap animation techniques and recycled frames, had two of the turdiest turds of them all. one was "a pup named scooby doo" that, while horrible, was one of my favourite cartoons as a kid. another was "the flintstone kids". both had propaganda episodes.

and while the scooby doo one is great and has a skateboarding headless ghost who goes "OH DUUUUUUUDES" in a surfer accent? it doesn't have a rewrite of a michael jackson song or a hideous alien snakewoman. so that's not the one i've screencapped.



let's learn about weed with the flintstone kids and 200+ images. yabba dabba doobie. )


so in the end, the kid on drugs goes to jail without anyone attempting to see A) why he started B) what's going on in his home life C) who was selling to an 11 year old or D) if he had a support net of friends who would help in a bad situation.

and the kids who alienated him and used hateful language all get to go see a concert.

see i don't like this. it's rewarding people for being elitist and not helping those in need. it's encouraging people to turn away from others' problems, to treat them with scorn. "you got into this mess, so fuck you, get out without me." that's a horrible way to think and behave and treat people! especially people who might have once been your friends!

i think i might just form my own just say no club
but it's just saying No to judging people based on some wrinkled snakewoman's moral agenda.

want an extra dose of irony? enjoy this flinstones winston cigarette ad.
not_fun: YAY DRUGS (cial drugs rainbow)
good morning space cadets.

let me talk to you a moment about a tv show i've been dutifully (and regretfully) watching. it's about to wrap up its second season.


this tv show is called "the new version of thundercats" and hey, i won't lie, the art design is really nice. the animation isn't too shabby i guess. the series started off with a LOT of promise. but then they did something stupid. they wouldn't meet the first episode writer's pay demands, and fired him, and hired some absolutely atrocious writers in his place. the series has been in a steady downward spiral since that point. it's almost painful to watch. the writers have no idea what they're doing. liono has a cathardic revelation that he must prove himself as king and stop being jealous of his brother about once every three episodes and never changes his behavior, in spite of this.

"blundercats" about sums it up, really.

the fact of the matter is that i wouldn't be writing this except for one thing: the new thundercats fandom? is quite active on twitter. and last week i watched them go biz-zonkers crying that this was the "best episode yet" and "taught the dangers of drugs" and how "deep" the show was. i was extremely skeptical. but i thought maybe the writers were throwing me a bone, here, and actually did a propaganda episode!

alas, this was not the case. it was just a lame throw-away side gag where tygra accidentally drinks a potion and goes all lovey dovey telling liono his feelings and picking flowers and cuddling catterpillers and shit. there were really no negative repercussions, no lecture, and it wasn't the focus of the episode at all. i found myself sitting there shouting
REALLY? REALLY NEW THUNDERCATS FANDOM? YOU THINK THIS IS PROPAGANDA?? REALLY?? REALLY. REALLY???

so i had to bust out my screencaps.

i know what you're thinking. "but icarus, you already did the thundercats propaganda episode!" I SURE DID. FOR SEASON THREE. the original thundercats had not one, but TWO propaganda episodes! and you know me. propaganda collection is my favourite hobby, next to drawing comics about emotionally crippled aliens.

join me, won't you?


season 1, episode 9. 315 images. )


so there you go. the first thundercats propaganda, though the second one i posted. this one had subtler undertones relating to the drug (silky fruit) causing strife and danger for everyone, but in the end kind of had a more realistic solution to it in tygra just finding the willpower to stop on his own. part of me thinks this is because of how early in the series this was, because when you look at the era of propaganda between the 60s and 70s, it generally has the moral of "be careful" instead of "DRUGS ARE EVIL EVIL EVIL ANYONE WHO DOES THEM IS EVILLLLL"

naturally that all changed by season 3. but yeah.

TAKE THAT, NEW THUNDERCATS.
YOU THINK YOU CREATED AN EPISODE WITH HINTS ABOUT DRUG ABUSE?
FUCK YOU, YOU DIDN'T. IN FACT, INSTEAD, YOU HAD LIONO TRY TO DRUG A WOMAN INTO "LIKING" HIM. SO FUCK YOU. SOME HERO YOU'RE WRITING LIONO INTO, NEW THUNDERCATS.

I HOPE YOU GET CANCELLED AND BURIED AT SEA. WHERE NO ONE WILL EVER FIND YOUR HORRIBLE SCRIPTS EVER AGAIN.

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