not_fun: YAY DRUGS (cial drugs rainbow)
my my my look at the time. is it 4/20 already? WELL YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS.

PROPAGANDA POST TIME!

with SNORKS.
before i even get into this let me say holy shit i don't even know anything about snorks. i mean, i watched snorks. it was definately something i did see on television. i watched it during my youth, but i can't claim to have paid attention. i think i paid even less attention than i paid to the smurfs. which is really all the snorks are, an aquatic smurf ripoff who didn't say snork every other word

so i don't know any of these characters. or villains. or towns or anything about it. but i DO know the title is a reference to the 1930s propaganda that should crown every collection, REEFER MADNESS. so without further ado...


REEFBERRY MADNESS AWAITS in 114 or so caps )

so...WAS this a propaganda?
well, it certainly has plenty of propaganda tropes. but at the same time, there was no real effort to deliver some sort of scare tactic moral (apart from 'unless one of your pals is sober you're all doomed to enslavement') and overall the effect of the 'silly powder' on the snorks was just ...well, it was pretty close to realistic? just mellow and goofy as fuck. so i don't think this strictly WAS a propaganda.

what i think it really was? was the writers giggling to eachother that they should do a reefer madness take-off. and really if you know reefer madness, you know why it's silly, and you're probably closer to being pro-legalization than pro-propaganda. but i also think there's only so much a writer's department could get away with without having to package it up with a little bit of a 'drugs are bad, stay sober' morality.

either way it's fun!
and i'll have the snorks theme song stuck in my head for like ten weeks now.

HAPPY EASTER Y'ALL!
not_fun: YAY DRUGS (cial drugs rainbow)

WARNING: if you are viewing this on my site, CLICK HERE NOW because otherwise it doesn't really work so good!

HELLO FRIENDS!
because of the holiday and catching a really gross nasty cold from family, i do not have a comic for you this week. but i figured perhaps i could make it up with a propaganukka gift???

and what better kind of gift than something that reaaaaaaally expemlifies the perfect storm of late 80s early 90s tv/toy/videogame/justsayno than...


from what little i know about double dragon, it was meant to be sort of a continuation? alternate? side game...? of river city ransom. or maybe RCR was meant to be a side game for DD. either way, it involved sidescrolling and beating dudes up to rescue your girlfriend from some evil dude. i mix the two up with steady regularity, since i only really played RCR and it was the sillier of the two.

BUT absolutely none of that matters because the tv show has about as much in common with the game as the 90s remake of carnival of souls had with the original film. AND absolutely none of THAT matters, because when you want to shoehorn a moral about drugs into a 90s cartoon, BY JIMMINY YOU WILL DO IT

SO WITHOUT FURTHER DELAY.....


SPIRIT OF THE DRAGON. LEAD US TO THE ANTI DRUG PROPAGANDA WE WISH TO MOCK. )

and that's all there is to it! i hope y'all had fun. i'll have a comic for you this coming weekend, and hopefully a bunch of pokemon drawings too.

in the meantime, what'd we learn?
uh...
cars go boom, i guess?

YEAH THAT WORKS
G'NIGHT
not_fun: YAY DRUGS (cial drugs rainbow)
it's been a long time since i did a propaganda post, and i can't think of a better date to let it drop than today.

and certainly, i can't think of a better subject to tell you about the dangers of drugs than well...scooby doo.

...alright, that's bullshit, i can think of a MILLION characters who make a LOT more sense than having SCOOBY FUCKING DOO tell you stay off drugs. but none of them have half as many rediculous tweens, smears, or misguided writers.

shall we then?


like there's 300 screenshots under this cut, scoob! )


have a good one, dudes.

oh, and don't miss chris's wonderful commentary on the anti-drug episode of "Defenders of the Earth"! it's every bit as splendid.
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.
not_fun: YAY DRUGS (cial drugs rainbow)
know what i haven't done in a while? a new propaganda post.

del told me she hated the smurfs, and that seems like a good place to start. the smurfs was a kind of bland kids show, really. it was inoffensive at best and kinda boring at worst. if you were like me and were really watching saturday morning cartoons for the ninja turtles ghost busters actionactionaction in the 80s and 90s, you probably sat through the smurfs because...well, it was still cartoons.

for the record there's a lot of people out there who like to say the smurfs are communist propaganda. i personally don't think they are, though the story could easily be reappropriated as such. but for the sake of humor i may in fact make jokes about smurf village being communist. just know that i don't believe it.

anyway as i've said many times before, 80s/90s toons were obligated through some shady nonsense to do anti-drug episodes. the smurfs were no exception. join me now as we watch smurfs deal with the dangers of rubbing balls too much.


there's a good 219 images under here, dial up will die. )


so as usual the moral of this propaganda was 'you can never have the willpower to stop any substance abuse on your own, it's best to just surrender completely to your addiction until a friend comes and bails you out. cause that will totally happen every time and addiction by its very nature doesn't push other people out of your life.'

though i guess to be fair, at least this particular propaganda didn't go on one of your classic "YOU BECAME DEPENDANT. ON SOME SORT OF DRUG." tiarade. though lampshading it as 'magic' really doesn't help, because like i said before there is so much magic in the smurf universe that it's like well why should this magic be Bad vs other magic being Good?

who knows. MYSTERIES. hope you enjoyed.
not_fun: YAY DRUGS (cial drugs rainbow)
wow i haven't run out of space in an lj entry in a long time. anyway, so let's continue.

PART TWO OF CARTOON ALL STARS TO THE RESCUE. the first part is here.



complete with a horrible music number )


indeed, that's it. the biggest crossover in cartoon history. and primarily most of it is spent shaming drug addicts and belittling their intelligence and self accountability. QUALITY.
also it confused the hell out of me as a child because in all honesty the average ten year old did not have a lot of experience around drugs.

best intentions
utterly misguided.

oh it also featured the most ear-piercing horrific ending theme ever. worse than the song midway through! i can't even listen to it! but maybe you can. enjoy?

i'll be back later with a post meant for the site with some links and whatnot. for now i need to get a cup of fucking coffee. cause my day is a wash without drugs. perfectly legal drugs, but still.
not_fun: YAY DRUGS (cial drugs rainbow)
so yesterday i was feeling kind of down and not my usual self and so decided to transcribe some stuff to spam the f-plus with.

this involved me re-watching cartoon all stars to the rescue.
and you know what that means for you, blog readers.


Are you ready to learn how to Just Say No?

Warning: There's about 450 images under this cut. And a lot of 90s toons talking about drugs. Also former president Bush! )


so it's come to my realization that i'm actually out of space in this entry! i'll continue with the rest of the images in the next post. hang onto your butts, because we still haven't had a musical interlude about saying no yet.

On to part two?
not_fun: YAY DRUGS (cial drugs rainbow)
well it's almost 10am est, and it's the day before the night before xmas and day 4 of propaganukka. that means three more days to go!

following my enormous rant about the space race on tumblr, i thought i'd take us on a little trip into the stellarsphere with propaganda too. this one is relatively new to my collection, but already near and dear to my heart.

i don't know much about Galaxy High School, but i do know it's the kind of show that had it aired on any of my local stations i would have been a compulsive viewer. i also know that this particular episode won several awards for its relevence/delivery/message/writing...? it IS one of the better propagandas, both in its semi-realistic depiction of a downward slide aaaand also in its quality of writing. there's also other reasons i like it. a few folks might be able to guess at those. but if you can guess, please don't share. i don't like to give out my real name onliOOOOOOPS

so strap in, and prepare for lift-off. we're in for some 90s animated scifi tweenaged goodness with The Brain Blaster.

being kidnapped by aliens to go to their space school...every nerd's wet dream )


so what did we learn from today's Propaganukka gift?
well, we learned that pressure (like failing school, or being told the entire championship rides on you, or racism) can lead to drug use. we also learned that real friends are willing to help you BEFORE they lecture you, that sometimes your friends might also have tried drugs, and that drugs will get you kicked out of a sports tournament.

wait what the!
DID WE ACTUALLY LEARN REAL FACTS AND MORALS ABOUT DRUG USE TODAY?
WHAT THE FUCK
well it was all wrapped up in a nice package with lightbulb aliens, singing wigs and surfer talk so i guess that's okay.

see you tomorrow, everybody! get ready for your next present!
not_fun: cial snowball (cial winter snow snowball)
i appear to have got things up and running with dreamwidth, but expect a few hiccups as i get used to the new interface. it uses different code for things like entry cuts, and whatnot. so stuff might be a little wonky for a few.

propaganda post is incoming. i just needed to get something out of my system first. and it usually takes me at least two hours to get the caps up so hang tight.

there's also talk of going to rhode island for xmas eve and day, which will throw a wrench into the gears of propaganukka. more on that as the situation develops.

also it's snowing!
GOD DAMNIT, I HATE SNOW!

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