I know this journal is basically defunct, and I apologize. I do want to write about the film Notorious, which was not great, but elicited a strong emotional response from me because of my childhood connections to the subject. But I'm not feeling that right now.
What I do want to write about right now is the cartoon Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, which is rerun on Toon Disney. It's from the 70s, I think (I can't be bothered to Wikipedia it right now), and I have to say that it is the FUNNIEST, most TERRIBLE cartoon EVER!!! Seriously, I cannot stop watching them because they are laugh riots! The premise of the show is that Iceman and Firestar go to the same university that Peter Parker does, and he discovers their identities and asks them to team up with him. Then they basically go fight crime together.
The catch here is that EACH of them behaves like complete morons!!! I guess I can accept it from Iceman and Firestar, who are team players, but Spider-Man is a) supposed to be a brilliant scientist, and b) a solo act most of the time. Peter Parker is literally carrying the idiot ball throughout the entire show! It is ridiculous how stupid he acts! He swings behind a bunch of boxes in a warehouse in one episode and stands there for like half a minute while the bad guy pounds on the boxes until they topple and fall on him. Instead of swinging out of there immediately, he stands and dodges the boxes on the ground, catching one that's about to hit him. WHAT?? Iceman is on a date with Mona Osborne (apparently Norman's niece), and he hears an eerie voice ask her if he can have the next dance. He says, "If you want to, Mona," and then SEES the Green Goblin swoop in and steal her away, while calmly standing there. (The ridiculous justification is that this takes place on Halloween; apparently everyone constructs their own goblin gliders and gets into character when going out on Halloween.) But the all-time funniest scene has to be in the pilot episode. Which I will now post in its own entry, simply because I am not quite sure how to post it in this one. The hilarity starts about 7 and a half minutes into the video, and bear in mind that Peter Parker has already run into Firestar and Iceman on campus as Spider-Man, so he knows that they attend as students.
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