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Go Watch Captain N (Actually, Go Watch Pole Position)

New cartoon site launches with plenty of awful third-tier cartoons for on-demand viewing.

I want to know more about this girl's haircare regiment. 
Oh man, I spotted this on Destructoid last night and it's been in danger of ruining my productivity for the rest of the week. It seems that someone's gone ahead and launched an on-demand video site for cartoons. It's called Jaroo, and it's got a load of third-rate cartoons from the '80s for you to "enjoy."

The gaming tie-in is that they've got episodes of Captain N, Sonic Underground, and episodes of Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda, which are presented with the live-action bits of the Super Mario Bros. Super Show, so you'll get a little Captain Lou up in here (pour one out for the god, by the way).

But then there's Pole Position. Man, I forgot that Pole Position existed, but yeah, someone decided to license Namco's driving game for use in a cartoon, then made it about a brother/sister duo who drive cars that can convert into hydrofoils and stuff. And they fight crime. And the cars have crappy computer faces in them that talk to the kids like it was a bad episode of Knight Rider. That's assuming, of course, that "a bad episode of Knight Rider" was actually possible.

The non-gaming stuff is even more obscure. The most relevant thing available is Inspector Gadget, though I'm far more interested in seeing if Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors is any good, since I vaguely remember that from my youth. There's also a database entry for something called "Siegfried & Roy," but hitting it loads up episodes of a Sherlock Holmes cartoon. Man, a Siegfried & Roy cartoon would be just about the most awesomest bestest thing I could ever imagine, but the Sherlock Holmes cartoon is set in the 22nd century, so... yeah, that's still pretty good.

Check out the site at jaroo.com. Jeff Gerstmann on Google+
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Posted by Jeff
I want to know more about this girl's haircare regiment. 
Oh man, I spotted this on Destructoid last night and it's been in danger of ruining my productivity for the rest of the week. It seems that someone's gone ahead and launched an on-demand video site for cartoons. It's called Jaroo, and it's got a load of third-rate cartoons from the '80s for you to "enjoy."

The gaming tie-in is that they've got episodes of Captain N, Sonic Underground, and episodes of Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda, which are presented with the live-action bits of the Super Mario Bros. Super Show, so you'll get a little Captain Lou up in here (pour one out for the god, by the way).

But then there's Pole Position. Man, I forgot that Pole Position existed, but yeah, someone decided to license Namco's driving game for use in a cartoon, then made it about a brother/sister duo who drive cars that can convert into hydrofoils and stuff. And they fight crime. And the cars have crappy computer faces in them that talk to the kids like it was a bad episode of Knight Rider. That's assuming, of course, that "a bad episode of Knight Rider" was actually possible.

The non-gaming stuff is even more obscure. The most relevant thing available is Inspector Gadget, though I'm far more interested in seeing if Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors is any good, since I vaguely remember that from my youth. There's also a database entry for something called "Siegfried & Roy," but hitting it loads up episodes of a Sherlock Holmes cartoon. Man, a Siegfried & Roy cartoon would be just about the most awesomest bestest thing I could ever imagine, but the Sherlock Holmes cartoon is set in the 22nd century, so... yeah, that's still pretty good.

Check out the site at jaroo.com.
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Edited by AjayRaz

HURRAY FOR CAPTAIN N 
this site is scary. but hey, a pole position cartoon. 

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Posted by CaptainTightPants

Id rather not...

Edited by ahoodedfigure

I still remember the part where Jayce got stuck in a high-gravity planet and he was squishing *cut to commercial*.  That, and the badguys were plants.
 
And the Pole Position theme song...
 
Hmm.
 
Actually, that " Ulysses" show is pretty good, even watching it through jaded adult eyes.  Didn't see it until a few years ago because I'm not sure it was very well-known in the States.  Check that one out, at least.  They even rip off the Star Wars theme song at one point :)

Posted by Jensonb

Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century is one of the dumbest cartoons I ever saw.
 
And yes, I really watched it.

Posted by buzz_clik
@AjayRaz said:
" HURRAY FOR CAPTAIN N "
And huzzah for Jeff making my productivity come to a complete standstill!
 
A Pole Position cartoon? Man, Australia missed out on some real gems (but not Jem).
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Posted by Impossibilium

Jayce had an awesome theme song.

Posted by CommodoreGroovy

I just went there for the inspector gadget theme song. Ah, good memories.

Posted by MarkWahlberg

The name " Pole Position " is just asking for someone to start talking about sexual innuendo (in YOUR endo!) in kids cartoons.

Posted by Diamond

Nice!  It's the Super Mario Bros Super Show!
 
This is what I always wished Cartoon Network would be.

Posted by ArbitraryWater

You know, I only enjoy those cartoons ironically. I wouldn't actually go out of my way to watch them when I could be playing Dragon Age instead. However, the address is noted for future reference.

Posted by khakionion

I saw the Siegfried & Roy cartoon. It is far from being the awesomest, bestest thing ever. :)

Posted by Dimsey

Captain N! Nice. Super Mario Bros Super Show! Nice. Sonic! Okay. The Legend of Zelda! Well excuuuuuuse meeee, princess! Yeah. Lame. 
But they've got Mummies Alive, which is awesome. Not video game related I think, but awesome.

Posted by Turambar

If it has Inspector Gadget, it CAN'T be a bad thing.

Posted by Shadow

Awe...no Tick
Posted by ChrisTaran

Damn it!  Was hoping they had Denver the Last Dinosaur!!

Posted by Freebooter

THANK YOU JEFF GERSTMANN SHERLOCK HOLMES WITH ROBOT WATSON IS THE BEST YOU ARE THE BEST
 
THERE WAS AN EPISODE WHERE A GUY CHEATED AT FUTURE LAZER TAG AND THAT HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH A GUY GETTING FROZEN IT"S LIKE SPACE VIDEO GAMES CORRUPTING OUR YOUTH IT  WAS GREAT

Edited by watertails

Jeff, it's actually spelled "regimen," unless that lady's hair is in the army.  Yay, spelling nitpicks!
 
But hey, Inspector Gadget!

Posted by Jost1

This owns HARD.  Captain N is terrible but nevertheless I shall now watch it.

Posted by ParaParaKing

Also this actually works outside of the US unlike Hulu.

Posted by Andorski

Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad for the mutha' ****** win.

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Posted by Jost1

Hahaha chain-smoking Megaman

Posted by yakov456

Yes! Pole position was one of my favorites as a kid. M.A.S.K. was pretty sweet too.

Posted by andymc1989

Damn you Jeff! The Zelda cartoon can not be unseen :(

Posted by Linkyshinks

UNIIIII!

Posted by Bigbombomb

Now I'm hooked on the brothers!

Posted by Juvarial

This shit is DOPE O_O

Posted by Valke
@Andorski said:
" Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad for the mutha' ****** win. "
THIS
Posted by LaszloKovacs

Dear Internet,
 
I have finals in a week and half. Please stop fucking up my productivity until then.
 
Love,
Laszlo

Posted by Contra

I'm really glad you introduced me to this ¬___¬
 
Its 130 am, and I've watched 2 episodes of Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century... a show that I was sure until an hour ago I had imagined, and had never actually happened.

Posted by Oy

Super Mario, Zelda, Captain N, and even Inspector Gadget are all on Netflix streaming....Just FYI.
Posted by JesusV2

MUMMIES ALIVE
 
Yes sweet 90s come back to me

Posted by thedj93

HOLY SHIT! MUMMIES ALIVE!

Edited by Teptom
@thedj93 said:

" HOLY SHIT! MUMMIES ALIVE! "

I wasn't going to click  the link, but this has convinced me to do so.
Posted by mosespippy

What is a late 1990's Canadian live action drama (Emily of New Moon) doing being on a list of 1980's kids cartoons?

Posted by zityz

There is a lot of great cartoons on there. I have the first season of super mario brothers super show. It's corney as shit but still quite enjoyable to watch. 
 
Now all they need to put on there is C.O.P.S. and I'm set.
Posted by Spiral_Stars

Give it to me straight.....
 
Will there be any Max Mini?

Posted by DriveupLife

Super Mario Brothers? Hmmmm...
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THE MAGIC BALOON

Posted by Raulito
@Andorski: I am watching an episode right now and Holy ****! I didn't know Tim Curry was the voice of the main villain Kilokhan!!!
Posted by Sweep

Haha, the Wombles. What the fuck were those cat's thinking.
 
*goes back to re-watching the endurance run*

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Posted by sgjackson

I clicked in the hopes that the Mega Man cartoon would be there to destroy my nostalgia. I am now disappointed. :(

Posted by athleticsfan

Well, there goes my productivity for the next month or so... 
 
Of course, the site would be even better if it included any of these: 
 
Silverhawks
Thundercats 
Dungeons & Dragons 
Turbo Teen 
Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling  
Bravestarr 
M.A.S.K.
Galaxy High (corny, I know) 
The Real Ghostbusters 
 
Great start, though.

Posted by Bwast

Mona the Vampire! Hahaha! "Show us your fangs! Yay, Mona!"

Posted by Brackynews
I am impressed it's working fine in Canada.  Up yours Hulu.  Definitely some good stuff in the catalog, though the librarian in me hopes they wake up and stop sorting by "The". Littles and Wizard of Oz will feature heavily in my weekend.  (Yes, the Cinar Oz with Margot Kidder narrating. Woop woop!)
Also, Captain N totally sucks at Punch-Out!  0 points and no health after the first minute against King Hippo?  At least he's using the Advantage.
Love that dog though.
Posted by Krystal_Sackful

Too bad they don't have Samurai Pizza Cats. I was totally obsessed with that show as a kid.

Posted by Xeiphyer

 WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! THE SUPER MARIO BROS. SUPER SHOW TIME!!!

This is great! =D I've been wanting a site like this for a while!

Posted by JohnDudebro

Assuming that a bad episode of Knight Rider is impossible means you never saw the new series. In that, EVERY episode is a bad episode.

Posted by UnreliableNarrator

No Biker Mice from Mars? No thank you.

Posted by Killroycantkill

OMG, best site ever. Thanks a lot Jeff I didn't need something else to distract me from school lol.

Posted by Krystal_Sackful

Whoa! Mona The Vampire is actually pretty good.

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