Which of the great cartoons from the past decade (or rather, at least, it will be a decade since this cartoon premiered within a matter of a couple more years) have I been missing for as long as I had? I skipped this and missed out when it originally aired as part of the ABC Kids lineup. But thanks to the original member at Youtube who posted videos of all the episodes on that site, I was able to catch up on what I missed. But unfortunately, I never got around to finishing up them, so I only saw some of them and it seems that not only were those videos removed, but the poster's whole account seems to have been deleted. However, it now and has ever since become one of my favorite (or even most favorite) Disney animated t.v. series of not only the last decade, but of all time and shows in general, and I concur it's one of the best. I wish I had checked it out sooner, but viewing them on the video site made up for it. However, I would get to watch the rest once other members eventually posted the whole series.
Who says that a cartoon that's set in a school can't work because cartoons should be school-free considering kids are supposed to not have to worry about it and stress out over it until after the weekend has passed (which isn't exactly the show's focus), or that it can't still make for interesting t.v. because of that? It isn't really one of those educational shows if that's the case and the reason why some were anxious about it. Fillmore is the third Disney animated crime/mystery/suspense-based program (after Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers and Bonkers). Fillmore stars the eponymous, lead character, Cornelius Fillmore, a street-smart black boy and Ingrid Third, a goth girl with a photographic memory, both of whom came from previously troubled backgrounds. But they'd turn their lives around once they both joined the safety patrol. It's a crime/mystery/suspense show in a junior high setting. I like how they met and came together, as seen in one episode when the latter transferred to X. Fillmore and Ingrid have such great chemistry as partners in crime solving and stopping, and they make for another of the best crime fighting duos in history. Among the things that makes this show great and work so well, and how, and why so. There's also some humorous moments in there, references or hints to other crime/mystery programs like Dragnet, it has action, etc. I don't think I've ever even seen Dragnet until a while back for the first time on Antenna TV, but I've heard of it. I get Fillmore's catch-phrase of "disco", having the '70s connection, but not Ingrid's ("crackers"). This is grade A, top-notch entertainment here. Don't make the mistake and pass on this like I did. I don't get how anyone could not feel this show, because it's got it all. Well, okay, so there were those moments in which things got too serious, but that's why the comic relief provided by O'Farrell was included. I, too, consider this to be one of the better animated t.v. shows by Disney. It deserves a longer run than it got as I can see it now and to be brought to DVD already. Presently, I wish it had lasted longer, it's another one of the greats that had so much potential. Since it didn't get far enough and Disney dropped it too soon (dern it and dern them for dropping it, horse-feathers), I can't help wondering what it would've been like and what more cases there could've been had it continued after the second season, who else would've/could've guest starred and more. And since seeing the whole series, it has left me yearning for more badly. Here's something I thought about: There's almost a great chance this would've ran longer if it didn't air on Saturdays and was a part of a weekday afternoon block similar to the Disney Afternoon instead. I wish that had been the case since thinking about that. Weekday afternoon airings mean more episode orders and a better chance at longer runs. But then again, that's almost a plausible guarantee. Quack Pack was originally a part of the Disney Afternoon and it got dropped after 39 episodes. Couldn't put this on the Disney Afternoon, since it became defunct a few years before Fillmore came along (unless someone allowed it to be revived or replaced). How great that would've been and I would've loved to see the series continue it's airings that way. Who knows if a whole, longer series would've aired on there exclusively or mostly (with some episodes airing on Saturdays on ABC, like what Disney did with Darkwing Duck). I wish this ran for as long as or longer than Rescue Rangers and Bonkers. If only, what more there could've been. General audiences can relate and I like how it expanded beyond the youth demographic. Quite intelligent and, I guess, sophisticated would be the other word to describe this show, both of which are enough for older audiences on their level but it has the usual fare to keep the kids engaged as well, so there's an equilibrium. Recommended and not to be skipped, because it's really worthy of so much more and worth your time. Everything that could and would make for a very interesting show. I looked up Scott Gimple on Wikipedia to see if he had any new, upcoming projects in the future, but it doesn't seem to be so. I wish he'd come out with more ideas to save some of us viewers from the majority of shows these days, which are whack, and hope he has more great shows up his sleeve, and I'd be intrigued to see more from him or by him. Please, Mr. Gimple. Come up with more, I know you can do it again.
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