I'm a 32 year old male and my tastes in animation are broad and varied but they mainly include Disney movies. However, I like watching movies and shows that are different and seem to stand out to me.
Animation, Acting, Singing, Dancing
Animation that I love:
The Fox and the Hound, Bambi, Lady and the Tramp, Avatar: The Last Airbender
Honestly I'm drawing a blank.
Yes, the new millennium was a wasteland for cartoons, but I think Jackie Chan Adventures was one of the better ones. I don't remember too much of the later seasons. I think the cartoon was good up to where they were dealing with the Panku Box.
The cartoon, endorsed by Jackie Chan, accurately replicated Chan's trademarked slapstick humor and stunt-filled brand of flying martial arts. I'm not sure if such a thing has what you would call a broad appeal. But then again, perhaps Avatar: The Last Airbender doesn't have what you would call broad appeal.
But whereas Avatar was a martial arts fantasy adventure with some comedy, Jackie Chan is a comedy adventure with some martial arts.
This movie seems more like something you might see being shown in a school as a teaching opportunity. The atmosphere practically drips with educational content. I'm not too sure about this movie's impact on the emotional level, but Chuck Jones' flair and his trademarked sounds and ways with music keeps things interesting. One song that stands out is a ditty about noise. Strangely enough, it's a well written tune.
This movie is just as much of an oddball movie as Alice in Wonderland and looks like the kind of thing some people would watch while intoxicated on strange substances. One particular scene comes to mind when Milo drives his car into the Doldrums. Milo starts to feel sleepy, everybody in the area is lethargic, and things start to melt into slime, including his car. If the creators weren't drunk when they made this scene, you would certainly feel drunk just watching it. Or maybe somebody somewhere is drunk while watching the movie. Anyway, I digress.
Even during the time frame of the 1970s, you would never confuse this film as having great animation. Even during this period, most of Disney's films were leaps above this terms of animation. However, how often do you see a film where words from a dictionary are also characters in the film and the buildings those characters live in?
Chowder is self-reverent to the extreme. Chowder constantly smashes down the fourth wall in ways rarely ever seen. One particular episode comes to mind where Chowder actually scribbles on the television screen. Gazpacho erases the scribbles, but Chowder questions the Cartoon Network screen bug. Gazpacho states "That one doesn't come off." Another episode comes to mind where the first half-episode and the second half-episode actually retell the same events but from a different point of view from each other.
It's this kind of silly nonsense that gives Chowder a fun, lowbrow sheen, kind of on the same level as Family Guy but tailored for kids.