Thursday, July 02, 2009

Another Well-Loved Cartoon Finally Has A Release On The Way!

Hey Moonies! This once again is another completely off topic post, but The Me and I decided to post it because we have a lot of things in common with this fan community.

MTV used to air cartoons. Good ones too. Who here remembers a show called Daria? The show ran for 5 seasons, and has a special place in the heart of all of Moon Chase's staff members. This was a cartoon that really had teenage life down to a T. Sadly, this gem of a cartoon barely had any DVD or VHS releases, leaving many fans to turn to P2P to get their episodes. And back then, the technology just wasn't there. The Me and I have quite the collection of grainy, uncut, episodes in wonderful .rm format. Yes, there are better ones floating around, but unfortunately those were captured from reruns on Nickelodeon, where the show was edited. If you thought Sailor Moon's edits were terrible, some of the things that were cut out of Daria were just as ridiculous, if not more (I mean really, Nickelodeon? What was the reason for cutting out Sick, Sad, World?). One site continued to remain active to keep up with the fandom - Outpost Daria. We really love this site as it is the ultimate resource for anyone who is a fan of this cartoon!

Since 2002, there have been a few efforts by fans to get the show released in entirety on DVD. In fact, the show was so heavily requested that for quite a while now, the show was #3 on TVshowsonDVD's list of "Most Requested Unreleased Shows" . The Me and I have even on occasion lent our support wherever we could over the years. I remember 2-3 years ago there were some Daria shirts kicking around at a Hot Topic and I found one in a really obscure town. Needless to say, every time I wore the shirt everyone was asking where I got it and we'd reminisce about the show. We did our part wherever we could! Hours ago, we just received the best news from TVshowsonDVD - a blogger was lucky enough to get an advance copy of another release of an old MTV show, The State.And sure enough, there was a commercial about Daria being released in 2010. We were so excited to hear this news that we just had to share this with you - Daria fans have been waiting 7 years for a release like this, and we hope that this inspires all of you Sailor Moon fans to keep going even though sometimes it may seem like a lost cause! Now there are a couple things we haven't read a lot of details into - the first is, as of this writing we cannot confirm all of the original music cues will be included. Since Daria was on MTV, and MTV pretty much lived to play music videos, they had the rights to all the music that was played on the show anyway. However, times are different, and we had heard that this was the #1 reason why the show wasn't released for years. The second thing is, we're reading on forums that the show probably won't make it out till 3rd or 4th quarter 2010. We'd love for it to be sooner, but what's another year or so? At least the fans are getting a release!

All in all, all of us on staff are really happy and excited for this release! We hope this inspires fans who haven't had a lot of faith in Sailor Moon lately to join our campaign!

And we'd like to take this time to congratulate the staff of DVDaria for all their years of hard work - we're just starting to scratch the surface with the big names involved with Sailor Moon and your persistence in getting a release was really formidable. We hope that this release is everything that you hoped for!

In celebration, we've decided to share a few links to our favorite episodes.

Ep. 1x02: The Invitation
Ep 1x08: Pinch Sitter
Ep. 3x01: Daria!
Ep. 3x03: Depth Takes a Holiday
Ep. 3x06: It Happened One Nut
Ep. 5x13: Boxing Daria


Senshi said...

I remember this show! I used to watch it alot. This is a great story and I hope Sailor Moon fans with doubts can see that if we work hard, we can get it done.

sailordees said...

It's a staff favorite and we are all happy that it is finally getting the release it deserves :) I just hope this story gives Sailor Moon fans the little moral boost they need to keep going!

miss ami mizuno said...

Oh my goodness, yay! I DO have the series on my computer, and the quality is horrible. I hope they keep the original music. I love the opening theme. Thanks for posting!