It’s easy to dismiss cartoons as mindless entertainment for kids, but a new series on streaming service CBC Gem takes a look at the world of animation from a surprising perspective.
“Stay Tooned” is a six-part series featuring Eric Bauza, a Filipino-Canadian voice actor who gave voice to iconic cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Marvin the Martian and more .
In the series, Bauza takes viewers on a deep dive through some anime favorites to explore how these cartoons have shaped society while helping to provide an understanding of the social and political worlds we live in.
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In each episode, Bauza interviews an array of other voice actors – including Tara Strong, Cree Summer, Lake Bell, Ken Jeong, Ben Schwartz, Bobby Moynihan, Lamorne Morris and James Adomian – to explore race, sexuality, consumerism and political philosophy, all through the lens of lively storytelling.
“Cartoons have played a huge role in not only defining my career path, but also helping to shape my understanding of the world around us,” Bauza said in a statement.
“We all remember the simplest moments, when we ran down the stairs on Saturday morning to watch our favorite cartoons, those magical portals to worlds of imagination and joy,” he added. “‘Stay Tooned’ is both a tribute to the cartoons we love deeply and also a deeper look at what they did well and how they could have done better.”
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All six episodes of “Stay Tooned” debut on Friday, December 2.