Minorities in cartoons: “Mucha Lucha!”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Mucha Lucha!,” an animated series that aired on Kids WB from 2002 to 2005. “Mucha Lucha!” focuses on a Mexican town (and world at large) obsessed with lucha libre (Mexican professional wrestling). As such, nearly the entire cast wears Mexican wrestling masks, and is obsessed with Mexican wrestling. The series’ … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: “Mucha Lucha!””

Minorities in cartoons: “Stoked”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Stoked,” a Canadian animated series that aired from 2009 to 2013 on Teletoon (in Canada) and Cartoon Network (in the US). The series revolves around a group of six teens, who’re all surfing fans. As such, they’re all working at a summer resort at the fictional Surfer’s Paradise … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: “Stoked””

Minorities in cartoons: Ra’s al Ghul

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Ra’s al Ghul, a Batman villain. Ra’s first appeared in “Batman” #232 (June 1971), and was created by Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adams. Born in the Arabian peninsula, Ra’s al Ghul is a criminal genius and mastermind who’s lived for centuries, thanks to his occasional use of the lifespan-prolonging “Lazarus Pits.” … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: Ra’s al Ghul”

Minorities in cartoons: “Sealab 2020”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Sealab 2020,” a Hanna-Barbera animated series that aired from 1972 to 1973 on NBC. The series focused on the 250 residents of an undersea scientific research facility in the then-far-off year 2020; said facility was headed by Captain Michael Murphy. Plots usually revolved around underwater threats and challenges, including dealing with … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: “Sealab 2020””

Minorities in cartoons: Cloak and Dagger

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is the duo Cloak and Dagger. Cloak (real name:Tyrone “Ty” Johnson) and Dagger (real name: Tandy Bowen) first appeared in “Peter Parker, the Spectactular Spider-Man” #64 (March 1982), and were created by Bill Mantlo and Ed Hannigan. The duo‘s backstory states that Tyrone was a teenage runaway from Boston … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: Cloak and Dagger”

Minorities in cartoons: “The Prince of Egypt”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is the 1998 DreamWorks animated film “The Prince of Egypt.” The film is an adaption of the Old Testament story of Moses. Like the famous 1956 live-action film “The Ten Commandments,” “The Prince of Egypt” covers Moses’ life: from Moses’ adoption as an infant by the Pharaoh of Egypt’s family, to … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: “The Prince of Egypt””

Minorities in cartoons: “Class of the Titans”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Class of the Titans,” a Canadian animated series that ran from 2005 to 2008 on Teletoon. The series‘ premise: after thousands of years, the imprisoned Greek god Cronus finally escaped, after a planetary alignment on New Year’s Eve. The Greek gods discovered and set out to fulfill a prophecy … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: “Class of the Titans””

Minorities in cartoons: “Ready Jet Go!”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Ready Jet Go!,” a PBS animated series that debuted in January 2016 online, and on TV in February 2016. The educational series teaches lessons about space, physics, and other science facts in each episode. The series stars Jet Propulsion, a young boy who’s actually an alien from another … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: “Ready Jet Go!””

Minorities in cartoons: Iceman

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Iceman (real name: Bobby Drake). Iceman first appeared in “X-Men” #1 (September 1963), and was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. A mutant, Bobby and his parents first discovered his powers of ice and snow generation while a youth. (Bobby was from a mixed faith household—his mother is Jewish, … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: Iceman”

Minorities in cartoons: “Curtis”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Curtis,” a newspaper comic strip by Ray Billingsley. The strip began its run in 1988. “Curtis” stars 11-year-old Curtis, an African-American youth who gets into various misadventures, usually from misbehaving or dealing with his family and friends. His family includes Barry, Curtis’ obnoxious younger brother who usually manages to avoid … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: “Curtis””