Re: Stuff for Megakat City Salvage Yard...

From: chance <>
Date: Sat, 13 Apr 1996 15:59:08 -0700

> This really gets at something about SWAT Kats, that there are two
>basic potential directions that the series was capable of going in - The all
>too typically H-B style where ultra toony monochromed kats scamper like Fred
>Flintstone to cheesy sound effects, or the gritty, hard edged, more graphic,
>more "radical" kats who absolutely crackle with style in every frame. I tend
>to prefer the latter to the former. SWAT Kats as it stands has, interestingly
>enough, gone a little ways in each direction in a comfortable amalgam.
>Examples? The Kats are drawn a little rounder, a little more toony than usual
>in The Pastmaster Always Rings Twice, but in the same episode the Megasaurus
>Rex attack scenes were ckock full of the hard edge look. The Deadly Pyramid
>had some Razor looking especially diminutive, but it also feautured some
>of the most stunning action the series had to offer, all IMO.

When I was posting all the katstuff to rec.arts.animation that kinda got me
in trouble, I had an argument with someone who was a knowledgeable
animation fan, but dismissed the Kats as "just more toy-driven
action-adventure drek" (or similar). This individual and I had words back
and forth over the issue, then we had this lapse of several months. Out of
the blue, this Kats detractor e-mails me with "I just saw 'Deadly Pyramid'.
Forget anything nasty I ever said about 'SwatKats'".

Also, (and I know this person won't mind an innocuous quote) it seems that
certain production people realized they'd created something head-and-shoulders
above the "ultra toony monochromed" stuff H-B was infamous for:

"No matter what happened to SWAT Kats later on, what we did will probably be
 remembered for quite a while."

I doubt the same could be said for any of the WPT's.

(P.S. don't e-mail and ask who the quote is from please. I can't answer.)
"Dedicated to the indomitable spirit of the sled dogs that relayed
 antitoxin six hundred miles over rough ice, across treacherous waters,
 through Arctic blizzards from Nenana to the relief of stricken Nome in
 the winter of 1925. Endurance, Fidelity, Intelligence." -- "Balto"

Received on Sat Apr 13 1996 - 19:11:45 PDT

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