Toons These Days: What’s it about?
April 18, 2018/3 Comments/in Basic: Animation, BLOGS, Chris Langs Commentaries /by Chris Lang

In an attempt to take my mind off the recent Channel Awesome debacle and in fact get something good out of it, I decided to check out one of the shows it until recently carried that I haven’t seen yet.

With a title like ‘Toons These Days’, how could I resist?

‘Toons These Days’ is the creation of Alex Dudley of DToons. It’s a spinoff of his animated shorts ‘Conroy Cat and Friends’, featuring Doggy D. Dachschund, a grumpy old toon from the 1920s, ranting about recent cartoons. It’s all basically played for laughs.

The original season mostly featured Doggy at various locations ranting about toons in grumpy old man style. According to the creator, Doggy’s rants weren’t meant to be taken entirely seriously given how exaggerated they are, and don’t necessarily reflect the creator’s opinions. However, some members of the audience actually agreed with him, and others didn’t like how he was complaining about their favorite cartoons. And others of course just laughed.

Later in the first season, and throughout the second, Conroy Cat would show up to provide some more analytical and balanced commentary on the cartoons, and the show became more of a review show. Doggy would rant, and often be brutal (though he seemed to mellow out a bit in the later episodes), and Conroy Cat would be a bit calmer and in the end rate the cartoons through one to five anvils.

It’s all well and good, though some of the early episodes of Season Two have a jarring sound inconsistency. They begin with Doggy and his ramblings, and then switch over to Conroy Cat’s portion – which is a lot louder than Doggy’s.

Doggy and Conroy also figure prominently in other shorts where they demonstrate cartoon physics, and the occasional ‘Ask a Toon’ feature. These bits feature fun examples of classic cartoon slapstick.

All in all, if you want short, funny commentary on cartoons, then ‘Toons These Days’, ‘Conroy Cat and Friends’, and Dtoons is well worth checking out. Look for it on Youtube or the Dtoons web site.

I give it … four and a half anvils.

Tags: cartoons, Conroy Cat, Doggy D. Dachshund, Dtoons, Toons These Days

When originally posted, this blog had the following replies:

t-kun-unusual-wordsmith-iii says:
April 18, 2018 at 4:19 am

Sounds like it could been something really good, sad to hear that it didn’t last long. Well handled here overall, good work.
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nitwit says:
April 18, 2018 at 2:10 am

I’ve seen Toon These Days on YouTube. I just assume he stop making them because of the different market on YouTube? Money! lol
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chris-lang says:
April 18, 2018 at 2:16 am

It seems more recently he’s focusing on largely fan crossover speculation, and less stuff with his original creations like Conroy and Doggy. I haven’t checked those out yet.
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