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Cartoons of the 80’s

I just finished watching the G.I Joe: Resolute mini-series that aired on Cartoon Network last year. As someone who grew up in the 80’s with the animated series and corresponding toy line, I was amazed that they geared this particular incarnation to my generation, far better than the recent live action movie. It was really fun to see the characters from the 80’s series faithfully carried into the 21st century, costumes and all, but with a more adult target demographic and story telling. I hope they continue producing more full length episodes.

I also watched recently, for the first time since I can remember, the 1978 animated version of Lord of the Rings. The animation is really quite unique. They combined rotoscoped cartoon characters with live action costumed actors that were poorly put through some kind of filter to make them blend in with the cartoon characters a bit better. It reminded me of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and more recently that really awful Dragonlance direct to video adaption. I don’t know, I once thought about doing 2D animation via rotoscoping, but I guess now I just don’t like the look of it.