Paul Bartel -author of gems like "Death Race", "Cannonball", "Private Parts" and "Eating Raoul" -had a childhood dream to be an animator. He even worked the summer at UPA when he was barely a teenager.
There's a fun cartoonishness to his films. I wonder how his sensibility would have translated to Bakshi-inspired 1970s animation.
First time through watching these titles, I thought they were a lot of fun. The Beach Boys help. After learning they were produced by Klasky-Csupo they lost a little charm. The low-fi, punk vibe looses some luster in the hands of seasoned pros. This was, however, almost a decade prior (1988) to Rugrats so attitudes should be properly adjusted.