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Sometimes we need a departure from reality which includes live-action, fictional programming with human bodies, faces, and voices.

The following list does not include all the quality cartoons out there. Nor is it necessarily for kids. Nor do I claim to have seen or remember every episode.

But here is a collection of escapades that have drawn me in for the past year or so.

In no particular order, let’s watch …

 

Mickey Mouse (2013-2019)

RATING: TV-Y7 (some creepy, gross moments)

I haven’t enjoyed this type of show this much since “The Ren & Stimpy Show.”

Now called “The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse.”

 

Primal

RATING: MA

Think a quieter, louder, extremely violent “Samurai Jack” by the same creator – Genndy Tartakovsky.

Every episode beats into your heart (and brains).

My favorite evening-viewing for 2 seasons.

 

Bob’s Burgers

RATING: TV-14 (Apart from the episode with the sex-toy shop and sporadic, sexual innuendos, the show is a solid PG.)

My daughter’s favorite. My middle son finds the characters, songs, and jokes irritating.

 

Harley Quinn

RATING: MA (Do NOT watch with children.)

Top-caliber performances and jokes. Storylines are good, too.

 

Initial D: First Stage

RATING: PG

It’s all in the details – cars and driving.

 

DC Animated Movies

RATING: Usually between PG-13 and R. (TV-14?) They’re not hard R’s but are harshly rated because they appear to be geared towards kids. (With videogames, I guess they don’t give a sh – darn.)

Most aren’t very good.

I stick to Batman.

Batman: Under the Red Hood and Batman: Gotham by Gaslight are two of the better ones.

 

Clarence

RAINT: PG (more TV-Y7)

Childhood and summer perfectly captured while putting a smile on your face.

 

Adventure Time

RATING: PG

Just strange. Just great.

 

Regular Show

RATING: PG

Another show about two dopey buddies getting into mischief but is, somehow, unlike any of the other comedy duos since Laurel and Hardy. (Are those two block-heads the first?)

 

Space Ghost Coast to Coast

RATING: TV-14

Have to be in the mood. I’ve only watched two episodes in the past … 20 years or so.

[Our fellow-filmmaker friend has recommended “Iron Man: Armored Adventures” (2008). I think it’s moved from Netflix to Disney+.]

RATING: TV-Y7

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