Daily Archives: March 9, 2009

What If… Watchmen Was A 1980s Saturday-Morning Cartoon?

As a long-time comics reader/collector (albeit a mostly lapsed one these days), I couldn’t let the release of the Watchmen movie pass uncelebrated by The Cathode Ray Choob.

I started collecting American comics in 1986, just as Watchmen, by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons, and Frank Miller‘s The Dark Knight Returns were being released – redefining superhero comics, and the artform as a whole, in the process.

I whiled away many happy hours browsing in AKA Books and Comics in Glasgow’s Virginia Galleries (don’t look for it, it’s not there anymore) and spent a fair chunk of my student grant in the shop (anyone out there know what happened to the guys who ran AKA before it became A1 Comics? From hazy memories, their names were John and Steve and Pete – very friendly and helpful guys).

But I digress. More than two decades later, the “unfilmable” has been filmed and the Watchmen movie went on general release last Friday.

But just imagine that, instead of having to wait 23 years for a proper, grown-up film adaptation, Watchmen had instead been turned into a formulaic 1980s Saturday-morning kids’ cartoon series.

Well, imagine no more. Amateur animator Harry Partridge has done just that – complete with a talking, Scooby Doo-like Bubastis. Or at least, he’s created a brilliantly kitsch and camp – and uncannily authentic-looking – glimpse of what such a show’s opening titles and theme tune might have been like, and how the dark, brooding characters might have been “kidified”.. Truly impressive stuff.

Alan Moore declined to comment…


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