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Guess 43 Cartoon Theme Songs in 5 Minutes

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Here's a fun challenge. Listen to Carnegie Hall's Ensemble ACJW perform the theme songs from 43 cartoons. See if you can guess what you're hearing! (The list is below the video, and there are plenty of animated hints in the video.)

And here are the answers:

1. Avatar: The Last Airbender 00:00
2. Transformers 00:14
3. Pokemon 00:17
4. Captain Planet 00:23
5. X-Men 00:27
6. Sailor Moon 00:35
7. Neon Genesis Evangelion 00:39
8. Powerpuff Girls 00:43
9. South Park 00:52
10. CatDog 00:56
11. G.I. Joe 01:03
12. Family Guy 01:08
13. Pinky and the Brain 01:15
14. Pink Panther 01:19
15. Dexter's Laboratory 01:24
16. Rescue Rangers 01:31
17. Spiderman 01:37
18. Inspector Gadget 01:44
19. Adventure Time 01:54
20. Babar & Gummi Bears 02:03
21. Madeline 02:07
22. Smurfs 02:13
23. Doug & Rugrats 02:18
24. Care Bears 02:30
25. Dora the Explorer 02:34
26. Rocko's Modern Life 03:39
27. Spongebob Squarepants 02:42
28. Futurama & Magic School Bus 02:47
29. Muppet Babies 02:53
30. The Simpsons 02:57
31. Hey Arnold! & Peanuts 03:02
32. He-Man (Masters of the Universe) 03:10
33. Dragon Ball Z 03:12
34. Thundercats 03:18
35. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 03:23
36. Johnny Bravo 03:32
37. Anamaniacs 03:39
38. Tiny Toon Adventures 03:51
39. Duck Tales 04:01
40. Bobby's World 04:07
41. The Jetsons 04:12
42. The Flintstones 04:17
43. Looney Tunes 04:24

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Where to Watch Over 300 British Animated Films for Free Online
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The history of animation doesn’t begin and end with studios in Japan and the U.S. Artists in the UK have been drawing and sculpting cartoons for over a century, and now some of the best examples of the medium to come out of the country are available to view for free online.

As It’s Nice That reports, the British Film Institute has uploaded over 300 films to the new archive on BFI player. Dubbed "Animated Britain," the expansive collection includes hand-drawn and stop motion animation and many distinct styles in between. Viewers will find ads, documentaries, films for children, and films for adults dating from 1904 to the 21st century. Episodes of classic cartoons like SuperTed and Clangers as well as obscure clips that are hard to find elsewhere are represented.

The archive description reads:

“Through its own weird alchemy, animation can bring our wildest imaginings to life, and yet it can also be a powerful tool for exploring our everyday reality. Silly, surreal, sweet or caustic, this dizzyingly diverse selection showcases British animation's unique contribution to the art form, and offers a history ripe for rediscovery.”

This institution’s project marks their start of a whole year dedicated to animation. UK residents can stream the selected films for free at BFI player, or check out their rental offerings for more British animated classics.

[h/t It’s Nice That]

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You Can Still Visit This Forgotten Flintstones Theme Park in Arizona
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Like many pop culture institutions of the 20th century, Hanna-Barbera’s The Flintstones hasn’t been relegated to just one medium. The animated cast of America's favorite modern Stone Age family sold cigarettes, starred in a live-action 1994 film, and inspired all sorts of merchandise, including video games and lunchboxes. In 1972, it also got the theme park treatment.

Bedrock City, located 30 minutes from the Grand Canyon in Williams, Arizona, was the brainchild of Linda and Francis Speckels, a married couple who bought the property and turned it into a 6-acre tourist attraction. Concrete houses were built to resemble the Flintstone and Rubble residences and are furnished with props; a large metal slide resembles a brontosaurus, so kids can mimic the show’s famous title credits sequence; and statues of the characters are spread all over the premises. The site also doubles as an RV campground and parking site.

A Flintstones theme park house
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A statue of Bam-Bam at the Flintstones park in Arizona
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A statue of Wilma Flintstone at Bedrock City in Arizona
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When it first opened, Bedrock City employed actors to stay in character, but the remote location proved challenging to retain both employees and visitors. Over the past four decades, it's had a steady stream of tourists, but not enough to turn a huge profit. Atlas Obscura reports the attractions are in various stages of disrepair.

Linda Speckels put the property up for sale in 2015 with an asking price of $2 million, but it has yet to sell. One possible hold-up: The new owner would have to negotiate a fresh licensing deal with Hanna-Barbera and Warner Bros. for the right to continue using the show’s trademarks. (A separate Flintstones park in South Dakota, owned by another member of the Speckels family, was sold and closed in 2015.) With its proximity to the Canyon, the 30 total acres could be converted into almost anything, from a mall to a golf course. For Flintstones enthusiasts, the hope is that the park’s unique attractions won’t be reduced to rubble.

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