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There's apparently a new site that's been described as "Hulu for cartoons", called Jaroo. From the looks of it, it's selling itself heavily on the fact that it has all sorts of cartoons of all shapes and sizes available for viewing.

Personally? I like this, because it has a lot of the B-list retro cartoons that you don't see much of anymore, ouside of Inspector Gadget, arguably the only "A"-list cartoon on this list. Of biggest interest to people on my friends' list are both the Super Mario Bros. Super Show and The Legend of Zelda, as well as Captain N. But for nostalgia freaks, there's also some oldies that you don't hear much about, such as Paddington Bear (live action and cartoon), Action Man, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Littles and for the girls and their cooties, The Adventures of Strawberry Shortcake. There's also some HILLARIOUSLY bad stuff here, which is part of the charm of older cartoons; we're talking the Pole Position cartoon, Trollz, Sonic Underground, and even a cartoon for Siegfried and Roy, which is ironic, considering how much our country seems to hate gay people and yet those two are two of the gayest entertainers outside of George Michael and yet they have/had a cartoon.

What I don't really care for, from what I've seen, is that there's a release schedule; for example, week 1 (this week), you can watch episodes 1-5 of the Super Mario Bros. Super Show, yet next week, you can watch 2-6, etc. That means if I miss an episode, I apparently can't re-watch it. That's shitty; the whole point of something like this is to make money off of it before enterprising downloaders hit BitTorrent, right? Then why are they limiting episodes? Unless space and/or bandwidth are an issue - and if they are, why are they coming out with a service like this - I don't understand the issue, and it doesn't make me want to not download all of the episodes for myself (and I would support this service, ad-supported and all). Furthermore, there are a lot more "B" and even "C" list cartoons and/or shows (it does do live action shows) that I feel could have made this site. Where is the Adventures of Prince Valiant? How about Heathcliff*? There's also a market for a whole bunch of kids' game shows that I grew up on. I'm not even talking about stuff like Double Dare; I'm talking things like Fun House, or a really obscure one that I had to Google, I'm Telling. Anyone who remembers I'm Telling, you're either 1) lying or 2) Samuraiter.

Regardless, there's a lot of fun to be had at Jagoo, and I figure the people that can read my LJ would get the most out of it.

* - Apparently, they're making a full-length, feature Heathcliff film. No! Bad Hollywood! Bad! BAD!

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aitherion
Nov. 4th, 2009 09:03 am (UTC)
That is fucking awesome, for all its problems. It'll be nice to watch the Zelda cartoon somewhere besides Youtube.

Hopefully they'll put one of the good (read: less bad) Sonic cartoons up there at some point.
hezul
Nov. 4th, 2009 10:48 am (UTC)
...they seriously have that shitty Pole Position cartoon? omggggggg.
willfor_iv
Nov. 4th, 2009 12:03 pm (UTC)
They haven't started blocking Canadian IPs like Hulu has. \o/
vyctori
Nov. 4th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
Wow, really? I almost didn't bother to check it out, because I figured there was no way we'd get to watch it up in Soviet Canuckistan. Awesome!
dmajohnson
Nov. 4th, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
They're on a release schedule because that's the only way 99% of the studios will give it to them; same with Hulu.

Furthermore, notice that the site is owned by Cookie Jar Entertainment. In other words, the company formerly known as DiC (wow, that brings back some memories), which explains most of their lineup. As far as I know, Valiant was done by Navarre--not to mention it's under King Syndicate's lock and key--so I wouldn't expect to see it any time soon.
superbus
Nov. 4th, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
I was trying to find via this site who owned the site; I figured they had SOMETHING going on with DiC.

That opens up another can of worms, as there could be a lot more cartoons such as C.O.P.S., or possibly Police Academy, though I'm sure there's some fucked up legalities there.
samuraiter
Nov. 6th, 2009 02:09 am (UTC)
In other words, the company formerly known as DiC

If they put the old Sailor Moon dub on there, I will shit flaming meteors of fiery fire.
superbus
Nov. 6th, 2009 02:12 am (UTC)
... Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Or is this one of those "maybe Morrissey is kinda, sorta, maybe not really gay oh fuck it we have no bloody clue" things?
samuraiter
Nov. 6th, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
A bad thing. Every time I think I'm finally rid of that fucking monstrosity, it resurfaces to get on my nerves one more goddamn time.

And I'm pretty sure Morrissey's hiding something. Possibly in his hair.
superbus
Nov. 6th, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
I think we can look at Morrissey in one of two ways:

1) The George Michael way: "What, this was a debate? The lad might as well have 'two way traffic' tattooed on the small of his back!"

2) Batshit lunacy: I think, personally, that Morrissey is mothsexual. That is, he is only turned on by the fluttering of moths. The sad thing is, I could see him writing a song about that, can picture the lyrics in my head, and can picture him performing them on stage. I've been listening to You Are The Quarry WAY too much lately.
yubsie
Nov. 4th, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
But does it have Hulu's most infuriating problem?
superbus
Nov. 4th, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
If you're talking about their blocking of Canadian IPs, no!
yubsie
Nov. 4th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
OMG, a streaming site that remembers it's supposed to be the world wide web? I may well faint.
samuraiter
Nov. 6th, 2009 02:12 am (UTC)
Anyone who remembers I'm Telling, you're either 1) lying or 2) Samuraiter.

I may know a lot more about old cartoons than I should (e.g. I have Captain N and Legend Of Zelda on DVD), but even I don't remember I'm Telling. What the Hell channel was that on?

I can do shit like Eureka's Castle and The Great Space Coaster, but you're stumping me here.

*bookmarks in case they get Video Power*
superbus
Nov. 6th, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
I used to watch I'm Telling - along with Prince Valiant and The Littles - on something called The Family Channel back in the day. We're talking late '80s.

Think The Newleywed game with prepubescent siblings.
samuraiter
Nov. 6th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
Ah, I see. Live action. Wouldn't've registered on my mental radar at that age.
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