This year, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Innocents, the little patron saints of Shredded Cheddar, with the debut of a whole new blog series! I've picked a cartoon because little innocents can't see a cartoon without knowing it is for them--and since children should have good cartoons, I have selected what is arguably one of the greatest cartoons of all time.
When I first wrote about Grisu, I mentioned that the main motivation of his character is to be a pompiere or Feuerwehrmann. It's a simple enough dream, and if the supporting characters didn't keep trying to get him to do other things, the story could have been told in a streamlined two-hour animated feature instead of over twenty-eight ten-minute episodes. As it stands, we can think of Grisu as Dirty Jobs with a little dragon standing in for Mike Rowe (or Peter Schmeichel =P).
As I've already mentioned, this is an Italian cartoon with a fantastic German dub, so I'll be watching it in both languages. I like to think that Grisu is pretty much universal, though the changes from Italian to German can also be quite revealing of the differences between the two cultures.