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KurtPikachu2001

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« on: 12-10-2008 19:57 »

 Obviously adult cartoons aren't supposed to be 'cutesy'.   However, do you all think Futurama is a 'cute' cartoon show? 
SpaceCase

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« Reply #1 on: 12-10-2008 23:08 »
« Last Edit on: 12-11-2008 02:00 »

Obviously adult cartoons aren't supposed to be 'cutesy'.   However, do you all think Futurama is a 'cute' cartoon show?

No. these are "cute:"



Cute:
1) Attractive or pleasing, especially in a dainty, childlike, quaint, or fun-spirited way.
2) Possessing physical features, personality traits, or other properties that are mainly
    attributed to infants and small or cuddly animals.
3) Affected or contrived to charm; mincingly clever; precious; cutesy.
4) Mentally keen or discerning; clever; shrewd.

One might make an argument for the original sense of the word, from some hundreds of years ago, or sense 4 above. Therefore, you may put me in the 'no' column.

The only things I remember that were intentionally "cutesy" were the "Lovey-Bears" from "Love & Rocket."


I have too much free time...

HipNoJoe
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« Reply #2 on: 12-11-2008 01:17 »

I have too much free time...

Yes.  Yes you do, but I agree basically.  I think some moments could be considered genuinely "cutesy" such as the end of "Love & Rocket."  In general though, Futurama goes out of its way to blast a big, ragged edge, buckshot holes clean through anything "cutesy."
aknightofni

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« Reply #3 on: 12-11-2008 01:25 »

Considering what was happening to those bears, I'd say it evens out.
x.Bianca.x

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« Reply #4 on: 12-11-2008 08:14 »

Does Japan love it? That should give you an answer on whether something is 'cute'.
aknightofni

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« Reply #5 on: 12-11-2008 17:56 »

Does Japan love it? That should give you an answer on whether something is 'cute'.

Or royally F*d up.

Japan's top export is 87% of the worlds weird shit.
Smarty

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« Reply #6 on: 12-11-2008 21:11 »

Japan's top export is 87% of the worlds weird shit.

Examples of weird Japanese cartoons:




vs.

Futurama:


Quite the difference.
gudbjorg

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« Reply #7 on: 12-24-2008 17:46 »

Obviously adult cartoons aren't supposed to be 'cutesy'.   However, do you all think Futurama is a 'cute' cartoon show?

No. these are "cute:"



Cute:
1) Attractive or pleasing, especially in a dainty, childlike, quaint, or fun-spirited way.
2) Possessing physical features, personality traits, or other properties that are mainly
    attributed to infants and small or cuddly animals.
3) Affected or contrived to charm; mincingly clever; precious; cutesy.
4) Mentally keen or discerning; clever; shrewd.

One might make an argument for the original sense of the word, from some hundreds of years ago, or sense 4 above. Therefore, you may put me in the 'no' column.

The only things I remember that were intentionally "cutesy" were the "Lovey-Bears" from "Love & Rocket."


I have too much free time...



Most of those are more scary than cutesy.
SpaceCase

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« Reply #8 on: 12-24-2008 19:13 »

Most of those are more scary than cutesy.

First, I am not an aficionado of 'cute', but it seems scary vs cute is a matter of interpretation.
Second - and the following is an invitation not a challenge - If you have better examples, please share them.
I'll just ooze back out under the door now...

Earthican

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« Reply #9 on: 12-24-2008 23:23 »

I don't think Futurama is a cute show, but it can have it's moments such as Lrrr and Ndnd in "Spanish Fry" or such moments of not too serious romance-y-ness. To me that's what makes Futurama so good though. It is able to cover various emotions without being 'unnatural'.

In short, it can but I wouldn't say it is.
gudbjorg

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« Reply #10 on: 12-25-2008 00:11 »

Sorry, SpaceCase, I see what you were talking about, but when you get too cute things right in your face they sometimes scare you... me.
SpaceCase

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« Reply #11 on: 12-25-2008 05:06 »

Sorry, SpaceCase...

No need to be.

... when you get too cute things right in your face they sometimes scare you... me.

There, we agree... wink
I'll shut up now...

Archonix

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« Reply #12 on: 12-26-2008 12:26 »


Examples of weird Japanese cartoons:



Um, Stinkoman is actually 100% western. Just ask Strong Bad.

And for the record, the japanese don't like most western animation - including Futurama - because of our habit of giving characters four fingers instead of five. They see that as bizarre and disgusting and unrealistic.
FryFangirlLisa

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« Reply #13 on: 01-04-2009 08:07 »
« Last Edit on: 01-04-2009 08:15 »

Yeah, Futurama can definitely be a cute show sometimes.  But of course, it depends on which episode you're talking about.

Anyway, generally speaking, I'd say Nibbler is a very cute character.  ^_^ 

And of course, the 12 orphan kids that Bender adopts in "The Cyber House Rules" were really cute too.  Especially at the end of the episode, when they gave Bender that drawing, and then all the kids hugged him, hehe.  XD 
winna

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« Reply #14 on: 01-04-2009 08:23 »

I think futurama is real cute.  I often wish to be friends with all the characters. ^_^
Seymour_My_Hero

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« Reply #15 on: 01-04-2009 17:23 »

When it needs to be, Futurama is cute. Such as the orphans and the Huggy Stuffy Bears. If a scene, not an object or person, makes you go "aww", would you put that under the cute category? For example, the moments when you can tell that Fry and Leela are in love like in "Love and Rocket". (Which makes me go "awww!!!!")  roll eyes

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x.Bianca.x

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« Reply #16 on: 01-05-2009 07:24 »

like happy tree friends- cute but disturbing, or in futuramas case cute but disturbing sometimes.
My Own Grandpa

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« Reply #17 on: 01-05-2009 22:01 »
« Last Edit on: 01-20-2009 19:40 »

Well...we probably don't notice this much because of constant watching, but the character design is godawfully uncute. After all, they're just like the Simpsons with normal colored skin--they look like bug-eyed, reptilian hybrids between insects and birds with misshapen heads and horrendous overbites. But if you take all that into account, I think some of the characters can look cute with the proper facial expressions. Mainly Fry and Kif, as far as I've noticed.

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me,bender

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« Reply #18 on: 01-19-2009 15:05 »

In BBwaBB they were throwing lab animals in the street5 that proves its not a cutesy show
hobbitboy

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« Reply #19 on: 01-20-2009 12:17 »

I remember that bit. Wasn't that koala just soooo CUTE!?!!?   love

Especially the cute noise it made a few seconds after being cutely thrown out the cute window.

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Bear

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« Reply #20 on: 01-28-2009 12:43 »

Futurama is serious shoe
hobbitboy

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« Reply #21 on: 01-29-2009 13:30 »

Futurama is a serial sole.

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SpaceRugger

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« Reply #22 on: 02-12-2009 04:12 »

I don't think Futurama is a cute show, but it can have it's moments such as Lrrr and Ndnd in "Spanish Fry" or such moments of not too serious romance-y-ness. To me that's what makes Futurama so good though. It is able to cover various emotions without being 'unnatural'.

In short, it can but I wouldn't say it is.
I think that sums it up the best.

Due to the animated and often light-hearted comical nature of the show it can be and easily has the power to be cutesy but, since it covers such a wide spectrum of emotions and topics it wouldn't be categorized cutesy.
THM

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« Reply #23 on: 02-17-2009 00:22 »
« Last Edit on: 02-17-2009 00:30 »

And for the record, the japanese don't like most western animation - including Futurama - because of our habit of giving characters four fingers instead of five. They see that as bizarre and disgusting and unrealistic.

Waitaminute...

This from the country that brought us Evangelion, Dragon Half, tentacle porn, Dead Leaves, Elfen Lied, and... (I could go on)?  Who created a series called Read or Die where the British Library tries to take over the world? They're pointing fingers about realism? wink

Well, I guess we all have different ideas about what constitutes 'real'.  laff

(Not that I'm down on anime, I own all of the series that I name above - not the porn, though - and I love them to bits, but they're all, to a man, barking mad. Fun, but utterly bonkers.)

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Archonix

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« Reply #24 on: 02-17-2009 00:47 »

The very same.

Read or Die was nifty when I saw it. Ahh, Yomiko Readman, so like my wife...

But yeah, they think that the incorrect number of fingers is a bizarre and disgusting disfigurement.
coldangel

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« Reply #25 on: 02-17-2009 00:57 »

Obviously adult cartoons aren't supposed to be 'cutesy'.   However, do you all think Futurama is a 'cute' cartoon show? 

I wouldn't call Futurama an 'adult' cartoon. An adolescent cartoon perhaps, but not adult. Ghost in the Shell is an adult cartoon. America doesn't really make adult cartoons. No, not even South Park.
FrysBabi

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« Reply #26 on: 04-16-2009 00:48 »

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I wouldn't call Futurama an 'adult' cartoon. An adolescent cartoon perhaps, but not adult.

I think it's not adult or adolescent, for example i know many children of the age 4/5 who enjoy watching Futurama with me, though the aliens sometimes scare them. If it is an adolescent cartoon however, woohooo for being adolescent!!!! big grin

Lol
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