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May 062015
 

Down under the sea lives a race of small intelligent beings. No, I’m not talking about merpeople or the various creatures on Spongebob Squarepants. I’m referring to The Snorks (1984-1989). These colorful beings live in the undersea world of Snorkland and have snorkels attached to their heads that are used to swim swiftly. The snorkels double as their noses, which explains why the Snorks have no noses on their faces.

The main Snorks the series focuses on are the athletic Allstar, the artistic Casey, the comedic Dimmy, the beauty queen Daffney, the quirky Tooter, and Occy the dog-like Octopus. Together these teenage Snorks have misadventures as they lead normal lives.

Tooter was my most favorite. He’s the only Snork that’s verbally challenged, but his friends can understand him very well. I’m not sure how that is though.

Whenever there’s a big adventure to go on, the group seeks assistance from Allstar’s uncle Galeo, the wise inventor. His contraptions often help them succeed, especially when the group must leave Snorkland. That’s labeled as “Beyond the Limits”, where Snorks are forbidden to go. Of course, doing the right thing is more important.

The most common antagonist of the series is Junior Wetworth. He always tries to outdo Allstar and his friends in everything for personal glory, even if it means getting them in trouble. Junior’s snobbish attitude mainly comes from the fact that his father is the governor of Snorkland. You’d think that Governor Wetworth would not approve of Junior’s schemes, but he’s always all for it, until the scheme fails.

In later seasons, new reoccurring villains join in the series. The first is Dr. Strangesnork. He’s a mad scientist intent of taking over Snorkland. Dr. Strangesnork is an interesting villain, but it’s so annoying when he can’t remember his own name.

Big Weed and Little Seaweed

Next is Bigweed and his sidekick Little Seaweed, a duo of seaweed creatures with magical abilities. They often scheme to enslave the Snorks and take over their homeland. It’s unclear where they came from.

Then there are the most dangerous of enemies, the Snork Eaters. I believe the name speaks for itself, which definitely makes them frightening. The only thing that can scare a Snork Eater is a Snork Eater Eater. This certainly brings the food chain on a simple level.

This is a classic series. One thing I find unusual is that even though the Snorks are underwater creatures, they can breathe just as easily out of the water. Isn’t that strange?

Snorks

One last item: Here are some old Snorks figurines I had for a long time.

Mar 282014
 

Among the many stars I met at MegaCon this year was voice actor Rob Paulsen. He has had a ton of great characters over the years, many of which I grew up with. It was so awesome to have met him. Here are some of these classic characters.

Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (80s version): As we all know, Raph is the rebellious turtle with the Sais, but this version is different. He is actually comedic and often uses rude wisecracks when either faced with danger or tolerating dumb situations. Since this is the main version of TMNT I grew up watching, I was surprised that this take on Raph’s persona didn’t happen in any other version.

Donatello from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 version): Of course, he’s the inventive genius turtle with a Bo staff. This version of Don is different than most. For starters, he has a gap in his mouth and there’s no mention of how he lost that tooth. Don is also in love with April, but nobody thinks the relationship will ever work. Is it because April is a human and Don isn’t?

Arthur from The Tick (90s version): He was once an accountant before he became the Tick’s sidekick. Although Arthur is often timid and can’t fight his moth suit allows him to fly and he’s also more sensible than the Tick. He’s a devoted sidekick, but somehow I just don’t see Arthur going solo.

Caped Chameleon from The Tick (90s version): This superhero is one of my most favorites in the series. He can walk on walls like Spiderman and blend with any color surface or object except plaid. It’s hilarious when that happens. He still makes a good ally. Unfortunately, he’s not featured often in the series.

Yakko from Animaniacs: He’s the oldest of the Warner siblings and is very witty. He’s quick with a joke and his most common wisecrack is, “Good night, everybody.” Yakko says it whenever a situation is on the verge of being inappropriate. I used to not understand that.

Pinky from Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain: This lab mouse is the Brain’s imbecilic sidekick that’s the comic relief of a world domination plan. Brain often clobbers Pinky when he says something dumb. That mainly occurs when Brain asks, “Are you pondering what I’m pondering?” Then Pinky’s answer is something completely unrelated.

Dr. Otto Von Scratchansniff from Animaniacs: He’s a psychologist of the stars. With the Warner siblings as his most common patients, Dr. Scratchansniff is the main adult they drive crazy. He is close with the Warners and eventually he becomes their father figure. Unfortunately, the Warners’ antics caused him to rip out all of his hair. He also never takes off his glasses. Why do you suppose that is?

Bobble from Tinkerbell franchise: This is one of the tinker fairies that work with Tinkerbell. He’s a nearsighted inventor that’s both refined and smart. What really stands out is that Bobble always wears goggles with water drops as lenses. How do they stay in there, and how does that really help his sight?

Corky from Snorks: This Snork Patrol officer is a dedicated defender that can play a fanfare with his snork, but tends to be a workaholic. Still, it makes you glad that he’s on the side of good. At one point, I thought he sounded a lot like Ninjor from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, but it turns out that it’s not the same voice actor.

Gusto Gummi from Gummi Bears: He’s an artistic Gummi Bear that lived alone on a desert island for 12 years. In season three, he and his pet toucan Arty join up with the other Gummi Bears. Sometimes Gusto takes his art a little too seriously and forgets what’s important, but his heart is always in the right place.

Hard Drive from SWAT Kats: This colorful villain has a surge coat that allows him to smoothly and easily travel through anything electrical and can absorb data like a vacuum. Without it, he’s just a common thief. There’s no mention of how Hard Drive acquired that surge coat, but he is hard to catch when he has it on.

DECKS from Wake, Rattle and Roll: He’s a robot entirely made from audio/video equipment and the name DECKS is an acronym for Digital Electronic Cassette-headed Kinetic System. DECKS’s persona is much like a surfer, which makes him likable. Of course it doesn’t hurt that he can also show cartoons at anytime, but there is a limit of two per episode.

Gladstone Gander from Ducktales: If there’s one character that represents the phrase “Lucky Duck”, it’s Gladstone. He relies on his luck to get through life because good things always happen to him, no matter the situation. The most common situations involve money since he has none. However, Gladstone is no gambler. His luck includes winning contests and raffles, as well as finding money on the street. Even though Gladstone only appeared in two Ducktales episodes, I heard that he was a popular character in the Donald Duck comics along with Scrooge McDuck and Magica de Spell.

How’s that for a list? Do any of you have favorites you’d like to mention?