For me great animation is a marriage of two other big loves of mineóbeautiful art and captivating storytelling. You nail those things and it's almost guaranteed that you'll have my eyeballs glued to the screen. I grew up on Disney films like Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast so my tastes tend to unconsciously lean that way, however I love seeing animation that breaks new ground and really shows where the medium can go.
drawing, painting, animation, absorbing pop culture, animation, web design, writing, animation...
Animation that I love:
How to Train Your Dragon, Mary and Max, Tangled, Princess Mononoke, The Incredibles, Nightmare Before Christmas, Rescuers Down Under, ... etc. etc.
I think what intrigued me the most about this series was the blend of the mythic and the modern. Just this idea of medieval magical beings flying around New York city. Now that I think about it, there's a certain "American Gods" flare to it with these displaced creatures just trying to bumble their way through our world.
The animation isn't quite as edgy as say "Batman: the Animated Series" but it has a bit of that vibe and, considering what else Disney was making at the time, this is definitely a stretch for them.
Although I liked the gargoyle characters, particularly Goliath, thinking back Elisa was probably my favourite character. Just this tough female cop who could hold her own with these guys.
Oh, and for the DVD hunters out there, all of Season 1 was released but only the first half of Season 2. So if you look on Amazon or elsewhere you'll find Season 2, vol.1 but not vol.2. Disney says it was due to lack of sales, but it's frustrating to be one volume from having the full series on one's shelf.
Then I began hearing this roaring buzz on the show that just kept building. First here when Toonboy became a serious champion of the show and then videos on YouTube like the absolutely brilliant "PonyCraft 2" (do a YouTube search for it if you haven't seen it yet).
So I began hunting down episodes and became a near instant convert. This is a show with smart writing, strong characters, and great humour. I can absolutely see parents/teens/older siblings enjoying right alongside the really little ones. It is definitely worth the so-called "brony" movement that it has spawned and it's easy to see why people are caught up in it.
For myself, I'd say I most heavily identify with Twilight Sparkle--overly organized and uptight--but it's probably Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy that give me the biggest chuckles. The episode that has Fluttershy stuck with a Barry White voice is one of my favourites.
The powers-that-be... I really hope we get to see a full Season 1 DVD release soon. :)
I just love the concept of it. King Hugo is so adamant about getting rid of this dragon, but it's done in a way that reminds one of an old man who is just determined to get the gophers to stop popping up through his lawn. And the dragon, who is this big lumbering lump that hasn't really done anything to deserve the old man's ire, is content to go about his business and seems more amused about Hugo's determination to get rid of him than anything else.
I also love the whole look of this series. Simple, but kinda wacky looking as well.
I haven't seen in it on TV for ages and it doesn't seem to have earned itself a DVD release, but if you stumble upon it I hope you'll give it a chance.
I've seen four episodes at this point... the first two were kind of weak, but the last two were better with some nice gags and even a couple salient points about good and evil.
I'll probably watch the rest of the episodes on the disc I rented, but I'll agree with whoever it was who said that it's probably best the series ended quickly. Simply from a story point of view, I'm not certain how long this concept could've held together and remained funny.
I suppose my only complaint is that so much the show centers around the 'love triangle' of Abe, Joan and Cleopatra. Whenever Abe blindly falls for Cleopatra, I kinda have to wonder what Joan really sees in him... although I suppose it just goes to show that girl crushes in high school are just as illogical as their male counterparts.
I've only seen the first five episodes--I rented Disc 1 of the box set--but it's enough that I'll likely be buying the DVD set at some point in the not too distant future.