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The Comedy Bee

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« on: 11-26-2003 10:34 »
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Has anyone noticed the similarities between Futurama and the John K cartoon The Ripping Friends? They were both created by people who had previously made hugely successful and influential cartoons (John K created Ren and Stimpy), they are both at least as good as their predecessors, they both star Phil LaMarr (as Hermes and Jimmy the idiot boy respectively) and Fox cancelled them both prematurely and replaced them with mindless,generic kack!
How's that for coincidence Fox? With all your precious science.

In YOUR endo
Akito01

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« Reply #1 on: 11-26-2003 11:59 »

Of course, I'll always think of Ripping Friends as more of a Teletoon production, with Fox simply broadcasting it in the States.  Teletoon quite rightly realized that Ripping Friends wasn't a Saturday morning cartoon, and showed it more towards late night.  Unfortunately, Teletoon had no Adult Swim style programming block to properly place and market the show.  I think they did treat the property better than Fox did, and certainly ran it for longer, but it's a tough proposition for a Canadian production company to put out first rate prime-time animation.
Mouse On Venus

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« Reply #2 on: 11-27-2003 18:13 »

I actually have to step forward here and say that I thought Ripping Friends was utter, utter crap. Hideously stilted and puerile dialogue, annoying characters and some really naff plots...or maybe I just completely missed the point. I'm sure plenty of people think that about South Park.  hmpf
ActionLaPointe

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« Reply #3 on: 01-21-2004 22:10 »

ripping friends was a great show in my opinion, but who cares about that. i seem to remember something about a huge lardy cat pushing around his owners family, and taking large bowel movements.
Coop

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« Reply #4 on: 01-21-2004 22:23 »

Ripping friends was ok in small doses. I thought they were making new episodes on Adult Swim, but I guess they were just re-runs as they don't seem to be showing them anymore.
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