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NYCC Interview: Cartoon Lagoon Studios’ Manny Galán & Pat Giles

Shipmates from Captain Cornelius Cartoon's Cartoon Lagoon

Winner of the 2012 New York Television Festival’s Amazon Audience Award!

“Ahoy Cartoon Fans! In this brand new animated/puppet show, you can enjoy some of your favorite cartoons in a whole new way! Join WET WILLY JONES and AXEL RODD McGEE on their undersea quest aboard the MANTA RAY, a cartoon-retrieving vessel commanded by CAPTAIN CORNELIUS CARTOON. Watch as they collect and hilariously comment on some of the classic cartoons in CARTOON LAGOON. Featuring all new adventures, join us as the crew plumbs the depths of CARTOON LAGOON in search of the best and the WORST cartoons ever made. The spirit of the show harkens back to a time when kids would wake up before their parents on a Saturday morning with a big bowl of cereal and watch cartoons because that was the only time they were on.”

Captain Cornelius Cartoon's Cartoon Lagoon Characters

ToonBarn’s Marc Morrell ran into Manny Galán & Pat Giles at the Cartoon Lagoon Studios Booth at New York Comic Con on October 14, 2012, BEFORE they were the “Award-Winning” Cartoon Lagoon Studios. In this very impromptu interview, Pat and Manny talk about their cartoon, the part-puppet, part-animation technique they use to make the cartoon, and how Saturday Mornings with cereal could happen again.

During the interview, Pat Giles talked about Cartoons that are in the Public Domain, because during each episode of Captain Cornelius Cartoon’s Cartoon Lagoon, WET WILLY JONES and AXEL RODD McGEE review a PD Cartoon, in the style of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (a.k.a. MST3K). Personally, I love this idea so much, I think Cartoon Lagoon should pen their show with a similar anagram, like 4CL.

Taken directly from Pat Giles’ Blog Post:

What does it mean to be a “PD Cartoon?” (As they are called in the trades) Is “Popeye” Public Domain now? No, the character is not, but some of his most famous cartoons certainly are. It means that somewhere along the line, a particular “work’s” rights have expired, been forfeited, or are somehow “abandoned.” There is a huge market for the sale of these cartoons, (500 CARTOONS FOR 5 DOLLARS!) but until today, at least to my knowledge, no one has tried to assemble them into one “show.” It’s a sad thing to think about cartoons that are lonely and unwatched, floating at the bottom of some lagoon somewhere, and that is the premise of “Captain Cornelius Cartoon’s Cartoon Lagoon.”

In the 80’s, there was a legend about an “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial” Atari game, that sold so poorly, that it was dumped into a landfill in the desert, and is still probably sitting there, poisoning the earth. This is what my business partner, Manny Galán, was inspired by when creating the premise for the show. “What if there was an actual Lagoon, full of abandoned cartoons, VHS tapes, DVD’s, kinescopes, Beta tapes etc., just floating there to be plucked out and watched again?” But then he said “What if there was a tiny toy submarine piloted be teeny puppet sailors fishing for the worst cartoon ever made?” After I shined a flashlight into his eyes to see if he had been concussed by some blunt object, I determined that this in fact was a GREAT idea, and that we should spend the next two years painfully trying to produce it, no matter how much damage it did to our wallets and livers!

This concept has allowed us to pay homage to everything we hold dear from our childhoods and early adulthood: from MST3K (yes we mock the cartoons, lovingly), to commercials, to puppet shows.”

To catch more of Captain Cornelius Cartoon’s Cartoon Lagoon, go to Amazon, and pick up a copy of the DVD, available here.

Captain Cornelius Cartoon's Cartoon Lagoon DVD

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Trust me, if you are an old-school fan of Saturday Morning Cartoons, sit yourself up in front of your TV this Saturday Morning and pop in the DVD, get some Lucky Charms in a bowl, and watch some really funny present-day reviews with pop culture twists on some old public domain cartoons. Watch them with your kids!

Captain Cornelius Cartoon's Cartoon Lagoon Logo

Marc Morrell

I am a Big Fan of all types of animation. Like a lot of things, the cream always rises to the top. My favorites have included Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Rebels, anything Pixar, Phineas and Ferb, Voltron Legendary Defender, and the DC/WB Animated Films. I have a lot of Old School favorites as well, such as Star Blazers, Voltron, Looney Toons, Tom & Jerry, and Scooby Doo.
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