Today (Jan 9th) marks the opening in 1863 of the first stretch of London's Underground Railway, the first in the world.
So how many cartoons feature the world's Underground Railways, Metros and Subways?
So far I can only think of the manic Tube dash in Neil Boyle's "The Last Belle" (2011) and Jerry's brief encounter with the New York Subway at the end of "A Mouse in Manhatten" - but there must be more...
Back by popular demand - "La-la-La-la.. I can't hear you!"
Actually, the "Underground Railroad" was a network of Quakers and other abolitionists who were in a secret network to bring escaped slaves to freedom.
A subway was featured in the 2005 movie Madagascar.
Based on Robert Munsch's children's story, the 1992 National Film Board of Canada short Blackberry Subway Jam stars a young boy with a major problem: his apartment has become a subway station, but his mother doesn't believe him and blames him for the commuters' mess. Jonathan takes his problem to City Hall and gets his first look at what bureaucratic bungling is all about.
Other "underground" cartoons:
Songs And Dances Of The Inanimate World: The Subway (National Film Board of Canada, 1984) Filmmaker Pierre Hébert and musicians Robert Lepage and René Lussier worked together, and separately, in their respective media. This cinema/music performance recreates, impressionistically, the dehumanizing environment of the urban subway. Drawings etch the outlines of people hurtling through space in underground tunnels. The soundtrack, elemental and atonal, gives compelling expression to their alienation. This 14-minute film won awards at film festivals in Cracow and Montréal.
"Das Subway" (Hey Arnold!; Games Animation/Wang Film Productions, 1996) When the last cross-town bus leaves without the kids, they take the subway home, despite Gerald's warning of "sun goes down, stay above ground"- advice they may have been better off listening to when the train stops in an underwater tunnel.
"Subway Scramble!" (MegaMan: NT Warrior; Capcom/ShoPro Entertainment, 2003) Count Zap and his Navi ElecMan prepare to control the city and all its electronic devices which leads to a deadly ride on the subway that almost ends fatally. Count Zap and ElecMan (based on ElecMan from the original MegaMan video game series) are introduced. Alternate title: "Spontaneous Happenings in the Subway!"
"Subway Heroes" (Team Umizoomi; Curious Pictures/Nickelodeon Productions, 2010) It's Daniel's birthday, but his Dad is stuck on a broken subway train with his birthday cake! Daniel calls Team Umizoomi for help, and they jump into action! Titled "Tube Train Heroes" for British release.
Subway riders were among the characters in the very first episode of Rocky and His Friends, "Jet Fuel Formula -- Episode One" (1959).
The climactic scene in Disney's Oliver & Company occurs on the tracks of the NYC subway. The malicious villain Mister Sykes, voiced by Robert Loggia, pursues Fagin and his canine cohorts. Sykes aims to recapture young Jenny Foxworth for a ransom scheme. Fagin thinks to escape Sykes by steering his makeshift go-cart down a subway stile. Shockingly, Sykes steers his large car into the stile as well, and the chase continues through the subway tunnels.
The Ghostbusters take a ride on a haunted subway train filled with the restless dead in
The Real Ghostbusters Eps. Knock, Knock
A construction crew unearth a gateway to the underworld while performing maintence on a section of subway track. The Ghostbusters must fight their way to the underground doorway and close it whlile the evil restless denizens of the underworld pour out into the subways and into the streets to bring about the end of the world
Sundae in New York A stop-motion short in which the then mayor of New York,Ed Koch embarks on a musical tour of his city. One stop is of course the subway
Courage the Cowardly Dog Courage In The Big Stinkin' City
Muriel's a finalist in a talent show in the big city Courage winds up on a runaway subway train after he's sent on an errand by a giant cockroach
(This post was edited by Straydawg on Jan 22, 2013, 2:20 AM)