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So, uh, The Venture Bros. Has Been Cancelled

2020 continues to extract a heavy toll on all of us. The Venture Bros., one of the greatest television shows of all time, has been quietly cancelled. Apparently it happened months ago while creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer were working on season 8.

This is pretty shocking. The reason for the cancellation hasn’t been revealed yet, but the fact that the show took several years between seasons probably played a part. We’ve only gotten seven seasons over the course of 17 years! I have often complained that it takes too long between seasons, and it would make sense for that to bite the creators in the butt in the end.

Cartoon Network has also posted on Twitter that they hope to continue the story somewhere else. Season 7 was not the planned ending, and considering how The Venture Bros. was all about building up and pushing off stories, it sucks to lose all of that ongoing material.

The Venture Bros. was a defining show for me back during its heyday. I even cosplayed as Henchman 21 at a couple comic book conventions! So it’s sad to see it go…but we all probably should have seen this coming at some point.

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Rick and Morty Gets Weird and Cool Again

Rick and Morty is obviously a great show. And they’ve got a great marketing team behind them, because they’ve produced a second weird and awesome anime standalone short. They did the first one a couple months ago, and now they’re back!

This is some really great marketing, as far as I’m concerned. It’s weird, it’s awesome, it’s insanely creative and it’s completely unique. And that’s exactly what one expects from Rick and Morty!

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It’s Shogun World with Rick and Morty!

These are crazy times. So let’s get crazy with this special anime edition of Rick and Morty that came out this past week amid everybody stuck at home on quarantine! Warning for those who don’t like excessive cartoon blood violence.

I believe this is an homage to Lone Wolf and Cub, which I’ve never seen, but am enjoying in The Mandalorian. And it’s just fun! And is a pretty solid edition to the weirdness of life right now. Just throw this thing out into the quarantine void and let everybody have a bit of a lark.

That’s my kind of virus crisis weirdness!

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My 6 Favorite Cartoons of All Time (This Week)

I have watched cartoons for my entire life. As a child in the 1980s, I was the perfect target for the glut of toy commercial cartoons that filled the airwaves (and now our movie screens). The ’90s saw not only the rise of Fox Kids and after school cartoons, but also the coming of The Simpsons and prime time animated entertainment. I sat through Nicktoons, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, and now I’m basking in a golden age of smart, intelligent and often amazing cartoons like BoJack Horseman and Steven Universe.

So through all these long years, which ones are my all-time favorites?

Oh man, remember Dinosaucers?

Oh man, remember Dinosaucers?

By popular demand, I’ve finally sat down and figured out my six favorite cartoon shows of all time — at least for this week. This list is subject to change on a whim, but I think it’s pretty rooted in solid cartoon enjoyment. I had to dig deep on this one, and it pained me to cast some of my favorites into the ‘Honorable Mentions’ at the bottom. But these six are truly some of the greats.

For the sake of my sanity and memory, we’re sticking to television cartoon shows. There are plenty of animated movies and web cartoons that are genius, but we’ll save those for another day, perhaps. And please feel free to share your own favorites in the comments below!

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