Updated on 16 October, 2021
Stone Soup, also known as "The Great Rabbit", is an internationally acclaimed syndicated American comic strip originally created and drawn by veteran cartoonist Jan Eliot. The creator of the comic had a passion for bringing to life a unique "comedy for the masses" that focused on the everyday life of rabbits. The success of this popular television show has led to many imitations. However, none have ever been able to match the unique wit and creativity of Stone Soup. The following are 5 reasons why:
Creativity - There simply is no other cartoon series on television today that can be classified as truly one-of-a-kind. Everything about it is brand new and original. Television networks want to remain "in" and keep viewers happy. By incorporating a wide variety of genres, they accomplish this goal. And Jan has made a lot of his creations just that way... combining both classic and modern elements in amazing ways.
Originality - Jan's creations are truly one-of-a-kind. No other animated series or cartoon has managed to achieve this feat. Every aspect of the show is like nothing you've seen before. From the extremely unique characters to the uniquely styled graphics and simplicity of the storyboard, everything is fresh and unique. Nobody will ever think of the same soup when watching this cartoon.
Entertaining - Let's face it, most people watch cartoons to relax, not to become highly caffeinated and have a mid-life crisis. Stone Soup does not fall into this category. It is a light-hearted comedy that tackles almost every day problems while having a good time doing so. And it does it with great comic timing. Sometimes you won't see your favorite cartoon characters actually getting into a ridiculous (yet hilarious) predicament. This is refreshing, fun, and makes for an excellent cartoon.
Family-oriented - Yes, Stone Soup is a cartoon for families. It takes the rascally sidekicks of Disney and the cute and cuddly characters from Nickelodeon and makes it for children of all ages. It tells the stories of a cat, her human friends, and their journey across the planet. It shows us that animals can be just as capable of dealing with life as humans can, and that we should try to take some lessons from them.
Timelessness - Even though it is only eleven episodes long, the viewer will never get too bored with Stone Soup. The show does not pick a specific age group. It does not care what gender or ethnicity a person may be. It doesn't matter if you are a child or an adult - the humor is appropriate for anyone. In fact, it's easier to watch than many of the animated features that are on today's television.
Overall, the producers of Stone Soup did a fantastic job. They managed to create a television show that parents will enjoy, along with their kids. They didn't compromise on the quality of the animation, the story, or the sound effects. The voice over work is great - particularly Mark Linn-Baker as Mr. Crocker - and the animation is well done. It won't have anyone saying, "Wow, they managed to get more than sixty minutes into this movie."
All in all, Stone Soup is a great cartoon for children and adults. If you are into cartoons, and like humor, than I would highly recommend this one. It's not a very difficult movie to understand, but once you do, it will seem to have some underlying messages that you will find intriguing. For young children and infants, this is a great introduction into cartoon viewing, and adults will find it a great follow up to their monthly dose of the nightly news.