Friday, July 14, 2006

Historian Animated About Bad Cartoons

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Most animation buffs focus their attention on the good cartoons but Jerry Beck prefers to look at the bad.

Beck is, perhaps, the world’s biggest authority on bad cartoons and he spends his waking hours looking at the worst that animation has to offer.

In his words, “I’m looking for stuff that’s so bad, it’s funny-bad.”

He cites a 1967 series called Super President as exceptionally horrid.

It’s about a U.S. president named James Norcross who gets into a cosmic storm and gains the power to alter his molecular structure.

Beck says Super President is particularly bizarre because the hero has to hide from Secret Service agents whenever he wants to change into his costume and he has a sidekick who looks amazingly like Karl Rove.

Another bad cartoon that is currently giving Beck chuckles is Patty The Pelican, a late-1950s ’toon that looks like it was drawn with pencil and has a theme song he describes as “Jerry Lewis on acid.”

Beck features his favorite bad cartoons at and he will be showing the best of the worst at the San Diego Comic- Con on July 21.

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