In the tradition of Howdy Doody and Captain Kangaroo, a new crew of kooky, kid’s show enthusiasts are setting sail this Fall on DVD with their eye on misadventure and cartoon glory. Created by Manny Galán, co-produced by Pat Giles and Galán and directed by Euralis Weekes, Captain Cornelius Cartoon’s Cartoon Lagoon is a love letter to 70s and 80s Saturday morning that stars a cast of puppet sailors (Axel Rodd McGee, Wet Willy Jones, Franky Planky and the titular Captain Cornelius) as they search for the best – and the worst – cartoons ever made aboard their submarine, the Manta Ray.
I think Galán put it best in his nostalgic observation about the loss of Saturday mornings:
…it’s really become obvious to me how little Saturday morning means to this generation. I’m amazed me to see what once was my holy grail become relegated to complete unimportance.
We loved being a part of something that couldn’t be re-created. Living in the moment and knowing that all your friends were having the same experience at the same time.
For more information on the show and some behind-the-scenes sneak peeks, be sure to check out the Captain’s official Cartoon Lagoon blog.