Welcome to another Marty McFriday!
In my space-cadet, meandering thoughts this week, my brain space managed to settle on a cartoon movie that was really important to me as a child: The Fluppy Dogs.
It was a one-hour movie by Disney that was intended to be a pilot for a future production. Unfortunately, the ratings were terrible, and it didn't make it beyond its 60 minutes of fame. I'll spare you the details, but it was a sappy, goofy little animation about magical dog-creatures from another dimension that wind up on Earth by accident. While these Fluppies try to find their way home, hijinks ensue, unlikely friends are made and the audience learns about adventure, bravery and the power of toy/show tie-ins.
All cynicism aside, however, I can still remember how tearfully overjoyed I was when Claire was reunited with Tippi . Nostalgia is a powerful thing. Cartoons that were beloved to us as kids sometimes age poorly. But like Justice League and Rocko's Modern Life, some cartoons really can stand the test of time.
I believe that one of my other favorite cartoon movies was actually able to do that.
The Flight of Dragons
This gorgeously animated 1982 film was based on a book by Peter Dickinson—who is also the starring character of the movie. The story is a strange, fantastic mesh between fantasy and reality, science and magic. The film stars such amazing actors as John Ritter, Bob McFadden and none other than James-Fucking-Earl-Jones. Yeah, that happened. He plays an evil wizard named Ommadon who wishes to crush the human nonsense of science and rule the world with the dying art of magic. Epic as fuck. My favorite character was always the chivalrous, aging knight, Sir Orrin Neville Smythe; he knew how to kill giant rat creatures and serve tea to beautiful ladies (seriously: Google him). Need more convincing? Don McLean does a beautiful original song as the title theme. Everything about this movie is an instant classic. It's now available on DVD, but unfortunately, it never really became more than a cult classic.
So now it's your turn: what cartoons did you love most as a kid? Comment frenzy—GO!