Strong Together! United Forever!
|Date Added:||March 05, 2009|
Strong together, united forever They’re the best of friends
When troubles about, you’d best watch out For the Watchmen!
Nite Owl is their leader And he loves to party down
Rorschach’s friends to the animals when hes not clowning around
Beat up some thugs, say no to drugs Be in bed by ten
But when troubles about, you’d best watch out For the Watchmen!
Silk Spectres a sensation You should really never miss
The Comedian’s her biggest fan Now, If he could only get that kiss!
Adrian and Bubastis are Crimesolving superstars
John can give you cancer and will turn into a car
Strong together, united forever Come and meet your friends
Have no fear, times up, times here For the Watchmen
Saturday Morning Watchmen is a YouTube and Newgrounds viral video published on March 5, 2009. The video parodies the Watchmen comics and film, claiming to be a clip from an 1980s Saturday morning cartoon based on the series. The video was created by Watchmen fan Harry Partridge with voices by Joshua Tomar and Hans Van Harken. It pokes fun at the campy nature of 1980s animation's tendency to sanitize superheroes and other violent themes. It features many of the mainstays of 80s cartoon films like catchy rock themes, and features references to the openings of Thundercats, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Jem, The Legend of Zelda and Scooby-Doo. On the Newgrounds site, Patridge stated the video "combines two huge passions of mine, one being the comic genius that is Alan Moore and the other being kids' programming from the late '80s, which I would say is my biggest animation inspiration."
Saturday Morning Watchmen stylized itself after the intros to 1980s Saturday morning cartoons. The video begins with Ozymandias calling the Watchman to stop the "Reds" from polluting a lake. The video then introduces the various Watchmen as comrades and lovable crimefighters. The characters dance, eat pizza, and teach lessons like saying no to drugs and getting to bed on time. A rock theme song plays, and the team unites in front of a logo at the clip's end.
The short film claims to be a 1980s television version of Watchmen, and features Rorschach, Ozymandias, Silk Spectre II, The Comedian, Doctor Manhattan, Nite Owl II, Bubastis, and the giant squid from the comics. Concepts like Ozymandias' television room and Nite Owl's hovercraft also appear in the video. However, many of the comic's concepts appear reversed, a slight at the sanitation of 80s programming. Nite Owl, a troubled and timid man in the comics, is portrayed as a carefree leader, and Rorschach appears as a "nutty" character who is "friend to the animals". In addition, it depicts the Comedian as being attracted to Silk Spectre II, who is his daughter in the graphic novel. The video also changes the comic's opening scene, having Ozymandias save The Comedian from falling out of a window rather than pushing him.
1980s cartoon elementsEdit
The video features numerous elements of 80s Saturday morning cartoons, including an opening rock theme song and a sanitation of dark themes and characters. It also mocks the commercial nature that led cartoons to contain cheap animation and play off the popularity of established work.
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