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Toon Tunes: Action-Packed Anthems

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The idea behind Rhino's Toon Tunes is inspired -- gather the theme songs to the greatest television cartoon series, present them in two absurdly generous volumes, targeted at Gen-Xers who spent their lives (not just the childhoods) debating the merits of these series, while anxiously awaiting new series on Cartoon Network. And that's what makes this collection so fascinating -- not only does it have such '60s/'70s classics as "Superfriends," "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?," "Mighty Mouse," "Spiderman," "Underdog," and "Speedracer," it also has "The Tick," "The Powerpuff Girls," "Space Ghost," "Sailor Moon," and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." The CD shuffles the order around, so it bounces back and forth across time, which keeps things interesting, especially since these themes are rarely as long as two minutes. And, while these may be the musings of somebody who grew up on a lot of this stuff, this is more than just a nostalgia trip, since the best of these illustrate how good, how iconic, a good television theme can be. Of course, you need to be interested in cartoons or television to find this interesting, but put it this way -- if you find this theme interesting, you'll certainly be interested in this CD, and will find it really entertaining.

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