The “Original” Dirty Pair has always been one of my favorite cartoons (with the Dirty Pair Flash cartoon being one of my least favorites). While the storylines aren’t anything really to write home about, what I enjoy about the Dirty Pair is the cartoon’s silly sense of fun mixed with science fiction, and I love the animation. I spent most of the weekend re-watching all the movies and shows, and then thought I’d scour the net to see if there were any episodes out there for the Protozic uninitiated. I found this — though the subtitles are sort of difficult to read. Regardless, the music intro rocks.
There’s a not-so-new cartoon gracing the glass teat on Cartoon Network. “Batman: The Brave and The Bold” is based on the old comic book of the same name. The Caped Crusader teams up with a different hero from the DC universe each week to fight for the forces of goodness and niceness. The tone is a lot lighter than the Batman animated series of the 90’s and the Justice League ‘toons of the early 21st but it doesn’t venture into jackassery. The teaser features Batman and another hero in an unrelated takedown of a villain before the main adventure. The heroes and villains are generally depicted in their Golden / Silver Age representations. You won’t see any of the biggies (no Superman here folks) which I find refreshing. The guest good guys and baddies have included Green Arrow, Plastic Man, Etrigan, Adam Strange, Kammandi, the Golden Age Flash, Gentleman Ghost, Scarecrow, Black Manta, Gorilla Grodd, and Babyface. The only drawback is the Blue Beetle who makes several appearances in the role of “teenage sidekick.” The animation is good, the stories clever, and Batman’s wit is dry as a martini. Check your local listings.