That Guy With The Glasses reviews <em>Nicktoons</em> That Guy With The Glasses reviews <em>Nicktoons</em>

That Guy With The Glasses reviews Nicktoons

And let me also take the opportunity to plug this book.

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  • Chris Sobieniak

    Thanks Jerry for a trip down memory lane (course i was already in high school when the Nicktoons was in full swing)!

    RUGRATS: Think the best vid i saw that did Rugrats justice was this…

    DOUG: In all fairness, I liked the first season of The Simpsons, thank you!

    ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE: Notice he didn’t get into the subliminal moments in the show, but funny to hear of it in Aaahh!!! Real Monsters.

  • I think the scream at the very end was my favorite part!

  • Wow! The louder and more annoying he got the more I wanted to watch. Well, most of that stuff looked like Klasky. What about Sponge Bob? Invader Zim? etc? Not a good representation of Nick.

  • I want to thank you Jerry for introducing me to Nostalgia Critic. He is not for everyone but he’s the better out of all the largely mediocre and unfunny internet rant guys/gals. I pretty much agree with this review overall. Oh and useless trivia but I just wanted to comment on the mystery of Arnold’s so called “dress” from HEY ARNOLD ! It’s actually a red collared shirt that is longer then his blue shirt, so that is why it appears as a dress.

    Chris: Count me in as a fan of the first season. Alot people say boring but I find it quirky and cleverly written and there is alot of funny animation. I’d definetly take it over the 10 seasons.

  • Andrew

    Very entertaining, great nostaglic trip, and huge smile. :O Never heard of this guy, though.

  • Cool stuff, although I’m more of a Spoony Experiment fan myself among the partners involved with the Five Second Critic. The FMV Hell stuff is excellent!

    I never did get why all of the characters in Doug have inhuman skin colors either.

    Rocko is one of the best cartoons in history. It helps to have an open sense of humor to enjoy it. I do admit that the Chimney Sweep song is unnecessarily too similar to the Lumberjack Song.

  • Marc Baker

    Honestly, I never cared for Nick, and the way they presented themselves kinda rubbed me the wrong way. ‘Rugrats’, and ‘Doug’, while loved by many, just never did it for me. ‘Ren & Stimpy’ grabbed me the most due to it’s ‘classic cartoon’ look, and feel. Which truly made it stand out for me at least. However, ‘Ren & Stimpy’ wasn’t for everyone. We all know how risky John K. truly was, and that nearly costed him his career. Anyway, that’s my two cents on Nick’s early years.

  • By the time I got into Nicktoons, Rocko was wrapping its run up and “Hey Arnold” just started (and of course the three original Nicktoons were still being rerunned), so I got to see more of the Nicktoons than he did.

    His description of “Ren & Stimpy” was the best part. The show was my first real exposure to modern US animation, so it was a fun memory trip. (Ironically, I think I saw the Games episodes first, and didn’t see the John K eps until later on).

  • Anna

    i always loved loved LOVED “Rocko’s Modern Life”.. but “Ren & Stimpy” annoyed me like you wouldn’t believe

  • wow really annoying.

    but good topic!

  • Shax

    OtherDan: There’s a reason why he calls himself the NOSTALGIA critic.

  • Derek

    Larry Flynt’s nephews just licensed Beetlejuice’s dildo.

  • “Rugrats’, and ‘Doug’, while loved by many, just never did it for me.”

    I loved both when I was a kid but now, meh. They were the epitome of bland children’s programing. Ren and Stimpy and Rocko though, those make me LMAO today.

  • OT but I also loved Nick’s old live-action stuff. Shows like ALL-THAT and KENAN AND KEL felt written by professionals and appealed to everyone. Sure they weren’t as risque as Rocko or R&S but they were still pretty funny. Today it’s talentless kid actors given bad sit-com material to preform and and non-stop laugh track in the backround.

  • Couldn’t watch the whole thing….they guy just put me off too much.

  • rosa

    That guy is the unfunniest thing I’ve ever seen.

    It is interesting though about the weird camera moves at the beginning of Rugrats episodes. I’ve forgotten his name, but the same guy who worked on these scenes, also worked on the animated series of aeon flux – you can see the same sorts of weird camera moves there also.

  • Gill

    Liked the review, but the reviewer is awful. I loved Nicktoons, too, particularly Hey Arnold, so of course I watched it all the way through.

  • That guy needs some downers. That or they should just shove him on Playhouse Disney in a colourful jumpsuit. He’s not fit for adults, though I agree with much of what he says.

    But more importantly – that cover in your Nicktoons link isn’t the same as my copy of the book! Did they do a new cover?

  • It doesn’t matter if you liked the shows or not, the important thing is it opened up creator driven cartoons. Without Nicktoons all animation would be toy commercials.

  • Mike Hollingsworth

    I hate this man.

  • Shax, point taken. In hindsight, it was good to look over those offerings. If the guy toned it down, it might be watchable without the headache.

  • Carlos

    I’ve seen this guy before. He does decent stuff, but he tries sooo hard to be funny it’s irritating. He thinks twitching his face and flailing around is hilarious, but it’s just annoying. I liked the clips he picked, but he was pretty harsh on the early Nick days. Everything up until the 2000’s was gold. I mean, if he hates this stuff, he better not look at today’s shows… Dammit, what the hell happened to cartoons…

  • EHH

    Carlos, the point he is trying to make that not all cartoons in the 80s and 90s were masterpieces.

  • EatRune

    Rick Roberts: I actually think “talentless kid actors given bad sit-com material to preform and and non-stop laugh track in the backround” seems to fit the description of All That and Kenan & Kel just as much as it does for what’s on today.

    I actually found some of the stuff pretty funny, such as what the Rugrats would grow up to be (I thought he would mention that we DID get to see what they looked like in 9-10 years). I particularly liked the name Doug joke, as I knew someone a few years ago with that name who was sometimes called “Doug Funnie.”

    I actually don’t think people remember or talk about “Aah! Real Monsters” as much.

  • TJR

    I enjoyed the guy with the glasses and think he’s funny.

  • Dr. Pepper

    “I loved both when I was a kid but now, meh. They were the epitome of bland children’s programing.”

    What? So you loved the kid’s show as a kid but dislike it as an adult so it is therefore “bad”?

  • BugsTummy

    A good rundown of Nick’s shows but it doesn’t seem like he remembers much of any of it. Hey Arnold! was not just about a kid living in a city, it had some of the best writing of children’s TV shows, and apart from Arnold (strangely enough) everyone else on the show had distinct and very interesting personalities. It’s also unfair to call Gerald the “black friend everyone has,” he is probably the funniest character on the show and not just a sidekick. Anyhow, seems like he was going more for the laughs as opposed to accuracy, but I never realized how surreal and weird Nick’s shows were (CatDog comes to mind…)

  • Chris Sobieniak

    Thanks Rob for the kind words on my thoughts on The Simpsons. I just think there was an equal balance between the story and animation in that first season alone that slowly tipped more to the writers’ side as the show went on. The animation only really serves to tell what the writers want than what the cartoonists may have in mind.

    > It is interesting though about the weird camera moves at the beginning of Rugrats episodes. I’ve forgotten his name, but the same guy who worked on these scenes, also worked on the animated series of aeon flux – you can see the same sorts of weird camera moves there also.

    You mean Peter Chung I take it. Technically he only worked on the main title sequence of the series, and a pilot called “Tommy Pickles and the Great White Thing”, but left when production of the TV series began, but his use of camera angles continued to be used in the series itself.

    Daryl T. does bring up an important point about why the Nicktoons were made in the first place, and how it shaped TV animation for the rest of the decade from where it had been before. We did not want to go through another decade worth of toy ads now could we?

    In the end, guys like NC often are just there for comedy than to try to act like “yeah, I’ve seen/play this before, here’s why it sucked!” There’s a lot of so-called reviewers out there through places like YouTube who have picked up the torch that was ignited by those like Angry Video Game Nerd, and try to do the same shtick but fall flat of expectations either due to limited resources or talent. In some way, it reminds me of the crank calling craze of the 90’s spear-headed by The Jerky Boys, everyone and their mom had to put out a CD worth of useless material to flood the shelves.

    Aside from the Nicktoons review, someone else through GwtG’s site has done a review of her own detailing animation’s history while emphasizing why it’s not a children’s medium most would perceive it as, though I find I could only go through the first few minutes of it before I shut it off! I just couldn’t stand it!

  • I just got word from the administrator of the “That Guy” website, The Nostalgia Critic is planning to review “Ferngully” on Feb 3rd, The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog television series on Feb 17th, and at the end of March, the abominational Titanic animated movie (well at least the US version other than the rumored Italian version) on the 17th and Don Bluth’s “Rock-A-Doodle” on the 24th.

    And for those who haven’t seen That Guy with the Glasses’ other reviews of animated fare, here’s the links:
    Super Mario Bros Super Show –
    Top 11 Nostalgic Animated Shows –
    Top 11 Nostalgic Animated Hotties –
    Captain Planet –
    Pokemon: The First Movie –
    and Space Jam –

    P.S. I agree with Chris Sobieniak about MarzGirl, she’s annoyingly dull rather than informative and funny in comparison with another female participant of T.G.W.T.G., Lindsay Ellis (The Nostalgia Chick.)