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2013 Cartoon Friday Watercooler Retrospective


It’s Cartoon Friday, again!

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2013: A year of cartoon love

I started Cartoon Friday a little less than a year ago, on January 18, 2013. I started it on a whim, because editors have a lot of leeway about what they post in watercoolers and I have a lifelong love of cartoons. I’ve received a lot of positive feedback about this feature over the last year, so I expect to continue it into the future.

The first Cartoon Friday Watercooler featured the first episode of Bravest Warriors. Since then, Pendleton Ward and the Cartoon Hangover Team wrapped season one of the series and began season two. So tonight’s video is the complete first season of the show, all bundled into a single cartoon.

Below you’ll find a link to every working Cartoon Friday of 2013 — some cartoons have been taken offline for various reasons, but I’ve updated video links where possible:

  • Skywhales, a British short film depicting aliens living in a gas giant
  • Simon’s Cat, The Box,” our first visit with Simon’s playful, troublemaking feline
  • The Thief and the Cobbler, an unfinished full-length animation lovingly recreated by a fan
  • The Running Manan anime originally seen by many on MTV’s Liquid Television
  • The Cobweb Hotela 1936 musical classic from Fleischer Studios
  • How It Should Have Ended: Return of the Jedia parody of the conclusion of the original Star Wars trilogy
  • Home Movies, “Director’s Cut,” a cartoon about young moviemakers with Jon Benjamin as their soccer coach
  • E.T.A., which shows us the terrifying struggle for caffeination in a bleak future
  • Hasta Los Huesos, a Mexican musical creepshow which can be translated as “Down to the Bone”
  • Madame Tutli Putli, about a very strange train ride and what happened there
  • Invader Zim, Walk of Doom” proves that even a stroll has unexpected dangers for an alien on Earth
  • Doc Ellis & the LSD No-No, a gonzo story of sports and psychedelia
  • I Met the Walrusan Oscar-nominated short film about an encounter with John Lennon
  • Blinkety Blankone of many animated films sponsored by the National Film Board of Canada
  • Rejected, Don Hertzfeldt’s Oscar-winning surreal end-up of advertising
  • House of Cosbys, a short satirical series killed by lawyers
  • Peabody’s Improbable History, “Edgar Allen Poe” in which a dog and his boy meet the author
  • Next Media Animation: “Wendy Davis’ filibuster,” the Taiwanese news animators take on the feminist uprising against Abortion laws
  • Merrie Melodies, Fresh Hare,” a classic encounter between Bugs and Elmer
  • Tennessee Tuxedo, Telephone Terrors,” where the titular hero does not fail as usual
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show, Powdered Toast Man,” in which a breakfast mascot becomes POTUS
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show, “Space Madness,” a sober examination of the consequences of long-term space travel
  • PostHuman, a hyperviolent cyberpunk short film
  • Papermana romantic Disney short film which won an Oscar
  • Omelettein which a dog makes a meal for a tired best friend
  • Looney Tunes, “Chariots of Fur,” a look at the ruthless red in tooth and claw struggle of the food chain
  • A classic episode of MTV’s Liquid Television (the modern version has gone offline)
  • Bee & Puppycata two part cartoon from Cartoon Hangover which will be extended after a successful Kickstarter
  • a-ha’s animated music video “Take On Me,” and an advertisement that spoofs it
  • While I’m not a huge fan of the character, I love the 3-D backgrounds in Popeye the Sailor Meets Sinbad the Sailor
  • Betty Boop, Snow White” with Cab Calloway performing a delightfully weird rotoscoped “St. James Infirmary”
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollowperhaps one of Disney’s most frightening cartoons
  • Podtoons, Batman Is A Terrible Liar,” on the difficulties of the secret identity
  • Fractured Fairy Tales, Ridinghoods Anonymous,” a 12-step program for Big Bad Wolves
  • Hen, his wife, a surreal encounter from an animator later known for beloved children’s toons
  • A Charlie Brown Thanksgivingpart of our Thanksgiving cartoon bonus
  • The Thanksgiving episode of Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, another hilarious Jon Benjamin cartoon
  • Simon’s Cat, Christmas Presence (Part 1),” another visit with our favorite trouble-making kitty
  • Pinky & the Brain, A Pinky & The Brain Christmas,” in which we try and take over the world
  • Animaniacs, Episode 8,” with a visit to a candy store and the sad news that BUMBIE IS DEAD!
  • The Insects’ Christmasa beautiful and haunting stop-motion animation from 1913

What was your favorite cartoon in 2013? What would you like to see us feature in 2014?

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Kit O’Connell is a gonzo journalist and radical troublemaker from Austin, Texas. He is the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Shadowproof. Kit's investigative journalism has appeared in Truthout, MintPress News and