Minorities in cartoons: Krusty the Clown

Krusty the Clown

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Krusty the Clown (real name: Herschel Krustofski), a character on the (very) long running TV series “The Simpsons.” Background Krusty’s a parody of the type of weekday afternoon children’s TV show hosts that were popular in “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening’s youth, but had largely vanished from TV by the … Read more

Hillary Clinton in cartoons

Hillary Clinton

Last week, I looked at how Donald Trump‘s been portrayed in comics and animation. This week, I’ll look at depictions of the main other 2016 presidential election front-runner, Hillary Clinton. DC Comics Hillary along with Bill appeared in the DCU during the “Death of Superman” storyline. The Clintons appeared at the Man of Steel’s funeral as … Read more

Donald Trump in cartoons

The Critic

Donald Trump, 1980s business and pop cultural icon, for some reason’s managed to linger in the public pop cultural landscape since that decade. Mostly helped by his 2000s reality show “The Apprentice,” Trump’s managed a large comeback in recent years, all of which has led to Trump becoming the Republicans’ candidate for president in the 2016 election. … Read more

The best of minorities in cartoons: Thanksgiving

Wild Kratts in episode "Turkey Day"

In this “best of” minorities in cartoons entry, I’ll look at how various minority characters have celebrated or been involved with Thanksgiving. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving This 1972 “Peanuts” special features Franklin. This one’s memorable just for the fight between Snoopy and the lawn chair, plus the snack food Thanksgiving meal. The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn’t … Read more

Top 10 1990s TV cartoon theme songs

Animaniacs

The 1990s was the first decade of modernized animation, seeing a big rise in the amount and quality of animation produced. “The Simpsons” and similar shows raised the bar on expectations for animation, while the explosion of cable TV channels meant a lot of new outlets for programming. Here’s a look at my top theme … Read more

Election Day in cartoons

Dipper in "The Stanchurian Candidate" ("Gravity Falls")

In the United States, Election Day is held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. This means Election Day can occur between November 2 and November 8. Like in other media, comics and animation have featured election-centric storylines. Here’s a list of some noteworthy ones. Peanuts The 1972 special “You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown” sees … Read more