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Desc:Originally created as a prime-time animated show to go up against 'The Simpsons'
Category:Classic TV Clips, Cartoons & Animation
Tags:John Ritter, Tim Curry, what were they thinking, A Bad Idea Poorly Executed, Waste of Good Talent
Submitted:Binro the Heretic
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Spaceman Africa
Is this going to be a shitty cartoons week?
it is now

American Standard
I sure hope so.

Check around the site a little. We already had "Horrible Cartoon Week", which quickly evolved into "Horrible Cartoon Fortnight" and now continues indefinitely as "Horrible Cartoon Infinity".

The Mothership
Jessica Rabbit, eat your heart out.
This is heartbreakingly awful
The premise is suited only for parody but instead the show makes a pitiful attempt at playing the whole concept straight. Bonus points for John Ritter's "I AM READING FROM A SCRIPT" line delivery.
Its like The Flinstones, but with fish puns instead.

Ritter sounds horrid. You can almost hear his "just hand me the paycheck" effort.

He sounds like he's being ordered to say his lines at gunpoint.

I remember being breathlessly excited for this and then heartbroken.
You must have had a terrifying youth.

You have no fucking clue.

Xenagama Warrior Princess
My mind has inevitably linked this cartoon with Capital Critters probably because they were on back to back at one point.
Caminante Nocturno
I watched Capitol Critters because I felt sorry for it. I gave that poor, doomed show pity ratings.

Didn't this entire premise and look of this show get repurposed for an animated movie where Chris Rock plays a white blood cell or did I just dream that?

Actually, the show was based on a fairly cool comic that was out in the mid 1980s (the first work of Sam Keith before he did The Maxx and started writing his own material). This cartoon used the name, some of the characters, and the setting, but pretty much had absolutely nothing to do with the style of the comic (which was not about strings of puns and shit like that, but rather a jokey neo-noir setting)

"I'm a cop who's a carp."

What is THAT supposed to mean? Racist.
Originally there was a comic:

http://whatmarkread.blogspot.com/2011/02/fish-police-comic-rev iew.html

I never read the original, but seeing as the cartoon is by Hanna Barbera, I'm guessing it doesn't do the comic justice.
Mother Lumper
Fish Police was a terrible comic with predictable dialogue and flat art with a piss poor sense of perspective. Moncuse landed a television show because some executive figured they were going to spawn another Ninja Turtle phenomenon.

Seven Arts/H8 Red
...which, given that it was part of the B&W comics boom of the 1980s, still puts Fish Police above most of the unsalable birdcage lining of that era.

I can't complain about FP too much. It gave Sam Kieth and Mike Mignola some early work. At the same time, I lost interest once I realized FP was just Get Smart, with some vague "hey, I was once human, and now I'm in a fish world" subplot that went nowhere.

I have a certain affection for 80s independent comics; as with most nostalgia it probably has more to do with what was going on in my life, but I could admire how so many creators were just doing their damnedest to realize their vision. Of course 90% of it was crap, but you'll get that.

This was when embarrassing comics like "Omaha the Cat Dancer" littered the shelves, but it was also before Dave Sim went loopy, and it was also when Brian Michael Bendis worked behind the counter at my comic book shop. Oh yes.

There were good comics produced during the B&W boom (and still worth seeking out) but the birdcage liner, the dross was what helped turn the boom into the inevitable bust - too many people who thought they'd be the next big thing with their college-study-hall-doodling level art and awkward storylines, too many dinky little here-today-gone-tomorrow publishers run by opportunists trying to ride the wake of whatever sort of comic was considered the hot new flavor of the month (TMNT knockoffs one week, sci-fi comics the next, maybe sword and sorcery afterwards, who knew what the week after that) and comic shop owners desparate not to miss out on what could be the next big thing over-ordering the junk and being left with piles of unsellable comics on their hands - and when the boom went bust creators, publishers and stores suffered, the innocent and the guilty alike.

Of course, nobody seemed to learn anything from the B&W bust or the 90's boom and bust or any of the other mini-booms and busts ('bad girls' comics, small-press comic character action figures, etc. etc.) since then.

And you know, I never read Fish Police but I've come across ads for it in comics from that era.

Caminante Nocturno
It's really depressing how much work went into this.
Imagine, if this show had continued to it's 20th something season like the Simpsons, how much crappier the fish puns would have become. Also, this is the second horrible kids show featuring Jonathan Winters posted this week.
Dumb Lamer
Weird how all of these Simpsons competitors feel like they were made 5 years before it. Instead of copying the style, they copied childrens' movie animatiion.
Good god, terrible cartoon week is making me recall all these terrible childhood memories I repressed.
Aubrey McFate
I wonder if Megan Mullaly ever thinks about this.
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