You know, all my last cartoon intros were really lacking in the “dramatic lighting/shadows and billowing capes” department. And we can’t have that.
So have the opening to Blake & Mortimer!
I think I’m going to take a pause now, but gosh I still have more cartoons to go! I post one that no sooner I remember about another.
In any case, friendly reminder that you can blacklist either of the last two tags if my flurry of cartoon intro bothers you.
So after Tintin and Astérix… here are Les aventures de Spirou et Fantasio. I guess it never gained much traction in the English-speaking/North American spheres. Again, a darn shame. Good cartoon/bande dessinée.
Though weirdly, a spin-off series starring a critter called the Marsupilami, whose initial appearance is in the Spirou comics, got airtime in the U.S. I believe.
And after Tintin, I could not *not* post Astérix. This intro is from one of the movies - they never made animated series, only a bunch of movies. Still counts, because I say so.
I’ve always been a much bigger fan of Astérix than of Tintin, even though the latter must have been more popular abroad (after all, a sizeable part of Astérix’s humour is language/pun-based and that is just so hard to translate/adapt. Tintin is action/adventure stuff).
Nevertheless, it’s not like it’s a competition between the two (and Spirou…which is just not well-known outside French-speaking demographics in North America. Darn shame that. I really like Spirou too), heheh. :)
Anyway! That particular theme song by Plastic Bertrand is such an earworm. I played this on speakers earlier and now my brother’s been humming the song in the other room (even though he’s a bigger fan of Tintin, himself ;P).
And next up is Les Aventures de Tintin! (I started playing this and my brother in the other room just exclaimed: “Hey it’s Tintin!”)
I’m not sure I need to say much about that one, apparently the cartoon and/or the bande dessinées are known enough in the anglosphere that Spielberg made a (decently-grossing I believe) animated movie about it. The art/animation team did a wonderful job on that movie. Good music too. I could care less about the generic “becoming friends - having a falling out - feeling regretful and making up” subplot that was shoehorned in that movie tho’ (somehow it feels like there can’t be a “children” movie/tv show produced in the U.S. that doesn’t use this trope. Seriously, once you start noticing it, it’s everywhere).
[Trigger warning for the comment below (not the video): death, violence against animals]
Next up is Rémi Sans Famille!
Look at that shit. Doesn’t that look like a quaint little anime about a boy who finds out he’s adopted and goes on the road to find his real mother and makes friends along the way, travels with a kind old mentor and cute animal companions who wear hats and learns important life lessons about courage and friendship and stuff and one day finds his mother a lives happily ever after???
WELL THAT’S WHAT YOU’D THINK BUT THAT SHOW IS MADE OF PAIN AND TEARS AND THE WAILS OF TRAUMATIZED CHILDREN.
Rémi lives happily with his mom while his dad is away in Paris? WELL THAT’S NOT HIS REAL MOM, HE’S ADOPTED AND HIS “DAD” COMES BACK AND DECIDES TO SELL HIM TO AN OLD STREET PERFORMER.
Ok so Rémi was sold to an old dude, but he’s kind of an okay guy, a gruff but kind and wise old mentor? HE’S PUT IN PRISON UNTIL WINTER.
Ok but Rémi’s mentor is finally released from prison and takes him back so them and their circus animal troop travel on the road in winter? THEIR TWO DOGS GET FUCKING DEVOURED BY WOLVES AND THE LITTLE MONKEY CATCHES A PNEUMONIA AND DIES DURING A PERFORMANCE.
Rémi’s old mentor? HE BECOMES SO EXHAUSTED HE GOES BLIND AND HE FINALLY DIES OF HYPOTHERMIA AND HUNGER.
Rémi finds a family to take him in, starts to cope after a few months and makes a grows a flower garden so he can sell ‘em for a living? THERE IS A FUCKING FREAK HAILSTORM IN LIKE, JUNE AND IT DESTROYS IT ALL. IT ALSO DESTROYS HIS NEW FAMILY’S GREENHOUSES SO THEY CAN’T REPAY THEIR DEBTS AND HAVE TO CAST HIM OUT.
And I just- I just gotta stop there. It’s not even all of it but I never actually finished this series because I got too traumatized.
I was just a little kid when I watched the episode where the wolves DRAG A DEAD HARE IN THE SNOW SO HIS THREE FAMISHED DOGS SMELL IT AND DECIDE TO FOLLOW THE BLOOD TRAIL AND THEY GET AMBUSHED BY WOLVES AND THEY FIGHT AND TWO OF THEM ARE KILLED AND THE WOLVES DRAG THEIR LIMP DEAD BODIES IN THE SNOW AND… AND… Rémi later follows the trail crying and saying they can’t be dead but he finds an half-devoured collar and dog hair and he cries because the dogs went out during his watch and he fell asleep and - GOD.
Well, needless to say, I never wanted to watch that show again. Whenever I heard that opening I would honest to goodness flee in fear from the television until someone changed the channel or else I would not get back in the room.
So here you have it. Rémi Sans Fucking Famille, ladies and gentlemen.
Went to go see X men Days of Future past. I love x men i grew up reading the comics, watching the cartoons, and seeing the movies.
Right when intro credits were going before the movie started I started to sing the song above using Da, duns, dos since there is no lyrics.
I was super excited and just thought people were going to look at me weird but no something wonderful happened.
People in the theatre started to sing it together with me. Best part is when three boys two rows in front started to stomp their feet clap and make a beat to it.
I loved the movie so many great things. Super Happy.
Well that was harder to find than I would have though!
Here you go, the X-Men cartoon opening as promised (featuring an awesome fandom story by the OP, I mean how cool is that). It has awesome music, what can I say?
Well, look at that, I’m not done yet! (Friendly reminder you can blacklist either of the last two tags if you’re tired of me.) This is from The Highlander - the animated series.
Here is one that probably was the closest thing that I watched in my childhood from American shows like He-Man, G.I. Joe and the like.
Well, the X-Men cartoon was airing too, but it was past my bedtime… I would try to linger on while the opening was playing, and if I tried to dawdle longer my mom would yell at me, hahaha.
I was so jealous of my older brother who got to watch the show…
…I guess I should reblog it next - I didn’t actually watch the show, but the opening certainly has a nostalgic value for me!
Les mystérieuses Cités d’Or - Mysterious Cities of Gold
Another quality cartoon (anime), another catchy theme.
And next up is Barbe-Rouge / Redbeard!
Inappropriate theme song style for a pirate cartoon ahoy! Also, 90s special effects. Feast yer eyes!