As most of you know, I run a side project on the webcam section of my dA page where I highlight cartoon episodes, short animation, animated TV specials and feature-length animations that I consider to fail one way or another. Instead of just placing a screencap there, without any explanation (because there's no text field option for the webcam), I made this thing into a "what if" scenario where the cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000
has to endure watching bad cartoons. Seeing the iconic Shadowrama on top of a screencap pretty much tells you all that need to know. I do write descriptions for each and every webcam picture that are hosted by Photobucket but I don't expect people to go there and read them so the Shadowrama treatment is still, IMO, a must. I aim to change the image on a monthly basis and highlight episodes from different cartoons.
What some of you probably didn't know is that I'm open for suggestions regarding the webcam image. If you recall, most of the pics I've featured have highlighted poor episodes from Danny Phantom
, The Fairly OddParents!
, Kim Possible
and My Life as a Teenage Robot
. This is because I'm most familiar with these series and I can safely say which episodes of them I really dislike and, most importantly, explain what it is that frustrates me so much about them. However, I have not watched each and every cartoon series in the world and I'm aware that the majority of those who follow my art are much, much more knowledgeable of on-going and past cartoons.
I choose the episodes based on them having a seriously negative impact on my viewing experience, usually caused by at least one seriously flawed element: a lame story, poor execution of jokes, character derailment, annoying new characters and so on. I usually stick to late '80s, '90s, '00s and '10s cartoons but I may also feature some from the '40s, '50s and '60s as well if I feel like doing so (I usually stay away from '70s and early-to-mid-'80s cartoons because they often fail to interest me). I try to avoid complaining about a cartoon too much based on visuals, although I do feel there are certain things that should've never been made (The Problem Solverz
, the 'Sore Eyes' episode of the post-Tartakovsky Dexter's Laboratory
). Also, I do not automatically consider an episode bad if it involves the wrong kind of shipping fuel (for example, a lot of people hated 'Wishology!' just
because of Timmy/Trixie even though there's plenty of other, unrelated things to dislike about the episodes). After I've selected the episode I wish to feature, I try to get a hold of a screencap of it, preferably in a resolution that's as close to 640x480 as possible. I usually choose a screencap I feel encapsulates the crappiness of the episode I've selected, although in some instances I've just used the title card... which in some cases are themselves effective enough (such as the infamous Bendy episode of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
If you have a cartoon episode you'd wish to see, feel free to drop me a note on the comments section or the main page! I'd be happy if you also gave me an explanation why and on what level the episode fails. You can use the instructions on the previous paragraph to pick the episode of your choice. Also, please suggest specific episodes
, I know there are entire series which as a whole fail hard but I'd prefer to keep it centered on single episodes.
You can browse all the webcam images here: s571.photobucket.com/albums/ss…