Saturday, September 10, 2005

I'm pretty selective about the cartoons showing these days so I haven't spending much time watching Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon as much as I do watching Fox News and Discovery Travel & Adventure. It's not brough about the compulsary decision to leave childish things behind (my love for toys, cartoons, and comics fall under the category of "art") but rather because of the bland selections available. They're hardly able to entertain and make me laugh. But there are some surprises hiding behind hard to find schedules and Craig McCracken's Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends is one of the best surprises I've ever found. The problem is I keep forgetting the schedule every Saturday that's why I was only able to watch one episode so far.

For those of you who aren't familiar with this half-hour flash animation I took the liberty of copying a summary of the series from here:

In this world, imaginary friends become real the instant a kid thinks them up. Everyone can see them, everyone can talk to them -- but what happens when a kid outgrows his friend? Then that friend is welcome to Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, the adoption center, owned by old Madame Foster, that provides a home for them, until a child, in need of an imaginary friend, who can't think their own up, comes to adopt them.

One such friend there is Blooregard Q. Kazoo, the creation of 8-year-old clever, yet shy Mac, who's mother tells him he's too old for Bloo. Though Bloo felt that "adoption is not an option," Mac convinced him to stay long enough that, after a sinister plan devised by self-centered Duchess fails, Mac proves his loyalty. Moved by his loyalty and pure imagination, Madame Foster, herself, states that Bloo may stay at Foster's without ever having to worry about being adopted. In return, all Mac has to do is visit every day.

This isn't a problem, considering that Mac would rather spend his after-school time with Bloo and all the other wacky friends, than at home, with his 13-year-old stupid, bullying brother, Terrence. Every day, thanks to Bloo's crazy scheming, the gang end up in wacky adventures that involve mall hectics, toothpaste-covered stone busts, laundry chute jumping, and much, much more.
It's showing on 10 a.m. every Saturday on Cartoon Network. Hopefully next week I'd remember to forego watching a Seinfeld episode and catch this one.

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