Episode 17: Powerpuff Girls

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Writer and encyclopedist David Perlmutter takes Mark and Joe on a deep dive into the history of cartoons.

Along the way they discuss what they grew up with in terms of cartoons – Smurfs and G.I. Joe for David, Bugs Bunny and The Flintstones for Joe and Mark – and how developments in each decade built into the next generation of animation.

One of David’s inspirations is the late-90s breakthrough show, created by Craig McCracken, Powerpuff Girls. The 60s Batman show was a real influence for the show, David says.

David has also studied film history and he brings this to the conversation. For him, Craig McCracken is “like the Kurosawa of television animation.”

Definitely a show to check out if you have any interest in the history of television and the art form of animation!

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David Perlmutter is a freelance writer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

His published works include the non-fiction books America ‘Toons In: A History Of Television Animation (McFarland and Co.) and The Encyclopedia Of American Animated Television Shows (Rowman and Littlefield); as well as a number of speculative fiction collections and novellas, including Orthicon (2020).

Buy one of his books via the Independent Author Network or on Amazon!

David Perlmutter, standing in front of  a brick wall and holding up a copy of his book, Honey and Salt

chuck jones's list of Road Runner rules
The list of rules that Chuck Jones established for the Road Runner cartoons.

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