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April 17, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic, This post has been corrected. See below for details
'Adventure Time' (Cartoon Network, Mondays). Pendleton Ward's splendiferous cartoon series begins its sixth season. (Which is not to say sixth year; it has been on the air only since 2010). By any standard of inventiveness, intelligence, imagination, ambition, care, fearlessness, boldness, openness, humor, poetry and love I'd care to live my life by, it is as good as anything on television; and better than many more ballyhooed series that only seem superior, in the cultural agora and critical Thunderdome, by virtue of being populated by fleshly beings.
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April 17, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic, This post has been corrected. See below for details
'Adventure Time' (Cartoon Network, Mondays). Pendleton Ward's splendiferous cartoon series begins its sixth season. (Which is not to say sixth year; it has been on the air only since 2010). By any standard of inventiveness, intelligence, imagination, ambition, care, fearlessness, boldness, openness, humor, poetry and love I'd care to live my life by, it is as good as anything on television; and better than many more ballyhooed series that only seem superior, in the cultural agora and critical Thunderdome, by virtue of being populated by fleshly beings.
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July 24, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Futurama," the science fiction cartoon, is in the midst of its (putative) last season. (The latest episode, "Calculon's Immortal Soul," airs Wednesday on Comedy Central.) On Saturday it convened what will probably not be its final public panel at Comic-Con, San Diego's world-famous nerd-targeted trade show and fan fair, with the reading of a scene from the upcoming "Last Episode Ever. " A few weeks back I sat down with Matt Groening, who created the series and developed it with David X. Cohen, for a valedictory interview.
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February 14, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Bravest Warriors" (Cartoon Hangover/YouTube). Given the enormity of my affection for the works of Pendleton Ward ("Adventure Time"), who created these characters, and Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi ("The Adventures of Pete & Pete") -- who, with writer-director Breehn Burns ("Dr. Tran"), helped develop Ward's 2009 "Random! Cartoons" short about a multicultural quartet of 31st century teenage space heroes into this Web series -- it surprises me that I have taken so long to get around to watching it. Possibly, as with all things I hope to take seriously, I was waiting for a moment of ease and concentration.
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February 14, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Bravest Warriors" (Cartoon Hangover/YouTube). Given the enormity of my affection for the works of Pendleton Ward ("Adventure Time"), who created these characters, and Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi ("The Adventures of Pete & Pete") -- who, with writer-director Breehn Burns ("Dr. Tran"), helped develop Ward's 2009 "Random! Cartoons" short about a multicultural quartet of 31st century teenage space heroes into this Web series -- it surprises me that I have taken so long to get around to watching it. Possibly, as with all things I hope to take seriously, I was waiting for a moment of ease and concentration.
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April 25, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Incredible Crew" ( Cartoon Network , Thursdays). This single-camera teenage sketch comedy, created by Nick Cannon, premiered the last of its 13 episodes in mid-April, but they continue in rotation, are highly re-watchable and deserve your attention, whether or not you fit the target demographic. This is one of the most imaginative shows the year has produced -- absurdist, energetic, silly and smart, with high production values and a cast of talented performers locked in with one another from the get-go.
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February 7, 2014 | By Meg James
Nickelodeon's new cartoon was hatched not through traditional television channels but in a Studio City efficiency apartment nicknamed the "Doodle Chamber. " The 41/2 -minute cartoon about two feisty, accident-prone ducks was intended to be a one-off, a little film crafted to entertain fellow animators at a short-film festival held at a New York bar. But in the hurly-burly world of children's television, network executives are desperate to find that next big hit. When animator Gary Di Raffaele, who goes by the name Gary Doodles, got an inquiry from a Nickelodeon executive about his duck cartoon, which he had posted on YouTube: "I thought it was spam," Di Raffaele said.
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April 4, 2010
An intrepid youngster and his canine companion explore a madcap, mystical landscape in the new series "Adventure Time With Finn & Jake." It looks like something you'd see on Adult Swim, but, you know, for kids. (Cartoon Network, 8 p.m. Mon.)
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March 1, 1990 | GERARD GARZA, SAN DIEGO COUNTY ARTS EDITOR
Glasnost is having a profound effect on art in the Soviet Union. As reported in Wednesday's Times, expatriate artists such as Mstislav Rostropovich and Rudolf Nureyev are returning for emotion-filled performances in their homeland. A lesser-known story is that of artists who fell into disfavor shortly after the revolution and who are now having their work unearthed and brought to new prominence.
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October 20, 1991 | David Grinstead, Grinstead, who worked as a journalist in Los Angeles in the 1960s, has spent many years in the woods and mountains of the Pacific Northwest. He is the author of two novels, the most recent of which, "Promises of Freedom , " was published this year by Crown
THE AIR WAS SO CLEAR AT 6,000 FEET, THAT LOOKING ACROSS a chasm at the far cliff side, we could make out individual grains of earth, layers of century-old volcanic ash and sharp-edged pink-and-white petals of tiny flowers clinging flat to gray rocks. Mounds of snow lay in the blue shadows of low bushes. Above us on the snow-bright peak, skiers clattered and yelled, streaking down the white trail between jumbles of volcanic rock. There were no trees. We were above them.
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February 7, 2014 | By Meg James
Nickelodeon's new cartoon was hatched not through traditional television channels but in a Studio City efficiency apartment nicknamed the "Doodle Chamber. " The 41/2 -minute cartoon about two feisty, accident-prone ducks was intended to be a one-off, a little film crafted to entertain fellow animators at a short-film festival held at a New York bar. But in the hurly-burly world of children's television, network executives are desperate to find that next big hit. When animator Gary Di Raffaele, who goes by the name Gary Doodles, got an inquiry from a Nickelodeon executive about his duck cartoon, which he had posted on YouTube: "I thought it was spam," Di Raffaele said.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Futurama," the science fiction cartoon, is in the midst of its (putative) last season. (The latest episode, "Calculon's Immortal Soul," airs Wednesday on Comedy Central.) On Saturday it convened what will probably not be its final public panel at Comic-Con, San Diego's world-famous nerd-targeted trade show and fan fair, with the reading of a scene from the upcoming "Last Episode Ever. " A few weeks back I sat down with Matt Groening, who created the series and developed it with David X. Cohen, for a valedictory interview.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Incredible Crew" ( Cartoon Network , Thursdays). This single-camera teenage sketch comedy, created by Nick Cannon, premiered the last of its 13 episodes in mid-April, but they continue in rotation, are highly re-watchable and deserve your attention, whether or not you fit the target demographic. This is one of the most imaginative shows the year has produced -- absurdist, energetic, silly and smart, with high production values and a cast of talented performers locked in with one another from the get-go.
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April 5, 2010
'Adventure Time With Finn & Jake' Where: Cartoon Network When: 8 p.m. Monday Rating: TV-PG (may be unsuitable for young children)
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October 20, 1991 | David Grinstead, Grinstead, who worked as a journalist in Los Angeles in the 1960s, has spent many years in the woods and mountains of the Pacific Northwest. He is the author of two novels, the most recent of which, "Promises of Freedom , " was published this year by Crown
THE AIR WAS SO CLEAR AT 6,000 FEET, THAT LOOKING ACROSS a chasm at the far cliff side, we could make out individual grains of earth, layers of century-old volcanic ash and sharp-edged pink-and-white petals of tiny flowers clinging flat to gray rocks. Mounds of snow lay in the blue shadows of low bushes. Above us on the snow-bright peak, skiers clattered and yelled, streaking down the white trail between jumbles of volcanic rock. There were no trees. We were above them.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 1990 | GERARD GARZA, SAN DIEGO COUNTY ARTS EDITOR
Glasnost is having a profound effect on art in the Soviet Union. As reported in Wednesday's Times, expatriate artists such as Mstislav Rostropovich and Rudolf Nureyev are returning for emotion-filled performances in their homeland. A lesser-known story is that of artists who fell into disfavor shortly after the revolution and who are now having their work unearthed and brought to new prominence.
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