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Man Vs. Cartoon

I’ve been remiss in mentioning the new limited TV series from Warner Bros. – Man Vs. Cartoon – which began last night on cable’s TRU TV. It’s on every Saturday night at 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific. The premise of the program is watching a team of New Mexico tech engineers and students build and demonstrate a variety of Wile E. Coyote Acme contraptions. I caught the first episode and it was typical of these reality shows – lots of interviews, lots of preparation for the stunt and a mediocre payoff at the end. Not very exciting, but it held my interest nonetheless. This week they recreated the Rube Goldberg Road Runner trap from Hook Line and Stinker (1958).

In coming weeks they will create a real life version of the Indestructo-Ball from Chuck Jones’ Wild about Hurry (1959) and will maneuver a hot air balloon to unload an anvil onto an oblivious target below (i.e. 1957’s Scrambled Aches).

If Cartoon Network is moving toward live action reality, this is the kind of idea they could have started with.

  • Jeffrey T. McAndrew

    Sounds intriguing. I’ll have to check it out.

  • startend

    I was JUST going to say! This is the kind of reality show CN should’ve made! It at least keeps the classic toons alive.

    TruTV, back when it was CourtTV “years and years ago” LOL, seems to be trying to edge itself into the mainstream market.

  • Remember, TruTV isn’t about reality, it’s about actuality!

  • That is also better than the CN crap like “The Othersiders” if only because it’s at least based on reality, rather than being “ghost hunters for kids.” I accept complete fantasy in reality and in shows which are presented as fiction, but having a show presented to kids as being real but promoting uncritical thought is just disgusting.

  • Jay Sabicer

    This may be a crossover hit. Warner Bros. will obviously take this series back to any/all of it’s Turner networks (including CN) after Tru TV’s run. Let’s see: a relatively cheap series, being fully bankrolled by another non-Warner cable network for first-run rights, but with the use of still immensely popular WB intellectual properties. And it will be run ad infinitum after Tru TV is finished with it. Sounds pretty brilliant, if you ask me.

  • I got to see the final 20 minutes of this last night and thought, “hey someone needs to mention this to Cartoon Brew”. It was pretty cool to see the end result, but the editing and shots they took were terrible.

  • JP

    I wanted to like this show, but I thought it was actually kind of boring. Maybe I’m just tired of this particular reality TV formula: a challenge, teams competing, teams bickering, snarky judges, etc.

  • Marcy

    I really liked the show but needs some improving. There are some things like the shots of the teams working together it was so un-professionally shot the cameras where everywhere.

    The title is also sexiest should be Reality vs Cartoon not Man vs Cartoon. There was a girl on the show. Should have more professionals doing it not students. Dont forget Tom and Jerry shows also they had the greatest on of all the Mouse Trap invention Tom the cat made was awesome.

  • THIS should have been on Cartoon Network, but hey. Beggars can’t be choosers.

  • SR Das

    Maybe they could try mixing and igniting all the chemicals Daffy drank in Show Biz Bugs (without having someone ingest them, of course). That’d be interesting, right?

  • BJ Wanlund

    What a great show. I just bought the Season Pass on iTunes!

  • Nidi

    If these are the NMT “crack team” of future engineers and mathmaticians we are in trouble.
    They show a major lack of creativity, adaptability, and common sense in a “real world” application and environment.
    They, and their future employers are in for a difficult time.