Were you enjoying Cartoon Network’s new animated series Beware the Batman? If so, then you’re probably wondering where it went on your TV schedule. Well don’t look to the Cartoon Network for answers because they are about as helpful as yelling at a cloud when it interrupts your sunny day. (more…)
The Heart, She Holler returns to Adult Swim on September 11th at 12:30 AM with the promise of more outrageous, incestuous, demented and tasteless adventures from their featured family of rich hicks from the (God, I hope) fake town of Heartshe Hollar. In case you’ve never seen the show, it show plays like a combination of Dallas and Twin Peaks as directed by the Farrelly Brothers, but it’s even more splendidly tasteless.
Patton Oswalt leads the cast as Hurval, a man-child like innocent who spent his whole life living in a dark hole, sealed off from the world, until he becomes the sole inheritor of the vast estate and fortune of his father Hoss (Jonathan Hadary). Meanwhile, Hurval’s two sisters, Hurshe (Amy Sedaris) and Hambrosia (Heather Lawless) plot against him as Hurval navigates this strange new world with the assistance of Hoss’ meticulous collection of videotaped advice that he had made pre-death to account for every possible contingency.
In preparation for the long-awaited second season of the show, Nerd Bastards got a chance to interview show co-creators Vernon Chatman and John Lee, who collectively answered our questions as a comedic entity that we are lovingly referring to as, “Chatlee.” So what have the pair got in store for the second season, and what was their surprisingly violent reaction to my question about the future of the show? Read on…
It’s quickly become a yearly tradition at Dragon Con and it’s an event I never miss: the official Venture Bros. party and costume contest hosted by Venture Bros. Blog. In years prior the party was always hosted in the Pulse Lounge which overlooks the Marriott lobby, but this year due to growing size and demand the party was moved to its own room in the bowels of the Hyatt. It sure made the party harder to find, and there was some outrage over being forced to lineup as if the party was a panel, but once inside (and once the bar showed up) tempers were calmed and everyone got down to business. I mean partying, everyone got down to partying.
Having more space definitely allowed for the party to get wilder than when we were all cramped in the Pulse Lounge, and since it wasn’t out in the open there weren’t any confused congoers wandering in and wondering what’s up with all the butterfly suits. The lights were turned down low and with music provided by black Sunshine the atmosphere was perfect for a party. And since we were tucked away in our own room there were “bouncers” managing who entered in order to keep the room from exceeding capacity. Something I completely understand and appreciate, but what I didn’t appreciate was the fact if I left the room to use the bathroom (which after a few drinks did become a necessity) I’d have to then stand in line and wait to get back in. Eventually, after frequently popping my head out to bug those watching the door if I could just run to the bathroom, I was allowed a quick potty break and reentry without having to stand in line. But still, I shouldn’t have had to press this issue as much as I did.
All right, so there were some growing pains this year, but it in no way hindered the fun as I still had an absolute blast at the party. And even with the low lighting I managed to snag plenty of cosplay pics. Here’s what I grabbed during the party,
No, this isn’t some nonsensical fan-wanking or a clever bit of a fan art manipulation. This is 100% the real deal. In an upcoming episode of Futurama‘s final season there will be an official crossover with Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, as teased by Comedy Central with the above image.
Fan of either series should be familiar with voice actor, John DiMaggio, the voice of both Bender “Bending” Rodriguez and Jake the Dog. I have to wonder if DiMaggio played any part in getting the two animated series to work together? And I cannot wait for to witness the meeting of Bender and Jake. Will they be friends? Enemies? Frenemies?
Either way, I’m already more invested in this crossover episode of Futurama and Adventure Time, airing this Wednesday at 10pm EST, than I ever could be about the Family Guy/Simpson‘s crossover we’ll see next year. Which are you more excited for? And what’s up with so many animated comedies turning to crossover episodes? Archer and Bob’s Burgers have already done it, who’s next?
Our first glimpse at a clip of Beware the Batman beyond the opening sequence gives us a really good idea of the look and feel of the series, but leaves much to be desired story-wise.
There’s a really edgy, bold look to the artwork for this and it looks awesome. I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt and hope this scene is better when viewed within the episode as a whole when it premieres tomorrow.
Hit the jump to see for yourself.
A new full pager for the Cartoon Networks‘ forthcoming Beware The Batman is making the rounds. It’s been no secret this new CGI cartoon is going to take the road less traveled villains wise, pulling from the more obscure baddies to face off against the Bat. We’ve seen Professor Pyg, Toad, Magpie and Anarky before and this new promo adds three more into the mix. Any guesses who they are? (more…)
Thus far I haven’t been too impressed with anything I’ve seen of Cartoon Network‘s newest addition to DC Nation, Beware the Batman. And that’s not to say I’m not excited about the concept. I’m stoked for Katana taking on a starring role in place of the boy wonder, and Alfred being a little more hands on is fun, too. But while I grew to love Warner Bros. Animation new CGI style for Green Lantern: The Animated Series, I hated how things looked in the Beware the Batman sizzle reel released a few weeks ago.
That footage turned out to be unfinished, and maybe that’s why it looked so awful, but it didn’t inspire me with any confidence about the series as whole. These opening credits on the other hand, wow! Is this a slick opening for a cartoon or what!? I love it! You’ll have to visit Entertainment Weekly to see what I’m talking about as the video is, sadly, not embeddable.
Screen Rant snagged a few screenshots, so even if you don’t get a chance to watch the credits you’ll get an idea of what I’m talking about,
The stylized, red and black look is awesome, no denying that. The theme song comes from the all female indie pop group Dum Dum Girls, and it’s subtle but edgy. I like how it ends on, “Beware the bat,” just as the logo comes up.
So they’ve won me over with their opening credits, but I’m holding my judgement until the series airs Saturday morning, July 13th at 10am on DC Nation. What do you think of these credits? Will you be tuning in on Saturday mornings?
Since the – completely uncalled for! – cancellation of Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Cartoon Network‘s Saturday morning slot, DC Nation, has been treading water; airing re-runs of the aforementioned programs and premiering only one, sorta-new series, Teen Titans GO!. Not to say Teen Titans GO! isn’t fantastic, it is, but with it based on the popular early 2000s ‘toon, Teen Titans, the fan base was already there.
What DC Nation’s been lacking is an action’ toon to counterbalance the comedic Teen Titans GO!, and it’s up to Batman to deliver. Last seen on Cartoon Network in the riotously funny and absurd Batman: The Brave and The Bold, Batman will be returning in the far more serious and sinister, Beware The Batman. We’ve been hearing about the series for years now, and today World’s Finest has some footage to share.
Due to auto-play I can’t seem to disable, hit the jump to watch.
The Venture Bros., Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick‘s completely gonzo cartoon chronicling the adventures of Rusty Venture, former boy adventurer now called Doc, his sons, the boys, Hank and Dean, and their bodyguard, Brock Samson. It’s returning – FINALLY! – for its fifth season on June 2nd on [adult swim] and is supposed to pick up events right after the Season 4 finale.
Don’t remember every crazy thing that happened? Need a refresher? No worries, this video right here will get you up to date with basically everything that’s gone down in the Ventureverse – from The Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend’s duoship to Brock’s new job with S.P.H.I.N.X. to Hank’s first time. So tune, drop out, relive four seasons of The Venture Bros. in only eight minutes,
Calling the complete history of The Venture Bros. complicated is an understatement. Were you to show this video to someone unfamiliar with the series, they’d stare at you like, “In what altered state have you been that you think this not only makes sense, but is entertaining?” Though, were they to totally dig it and want to watch more, you’ll know you’ve met a true friend for life. Venturoos are very devoted fanbase with great attention for detail, as any of my Dragon*Con Venture Party recaps can attest.
The Venture Bros. returns June 2nd on [adult swim] with this season featuring the guest voices of Aziz Ansari, Paget Brewster, Wyatt Cenac, Kevin Conroy, Bill Hader, John Hodgman, Gillian Jacobs, Kate McKinnon, Tim Meadows, J.K. Simmons, and Brendon Small. Holy hell, what an awesome lineup!
With the success of the Veronica Mars Kickstarter campaign, it seems that everyone and their brother wants to save their pet project. SMGO.tv had that thought anyway, when they wanted to save the recently cancelled animated series Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series. Warner Bros, DC Comics and Cartoon Network pulled the plug on these shows, but the producers at SMGO.tv wouldn’t go quietly into that good night, and decided to raise the money themselves through Kickstarter. Bold move, but sadly it was not meant to be.
Here’s the official statement from SMGO on the matter.
“Hey all, I’ve been trying (all day) to come up with a slightly better way to say this, but I’m just going to give it to you straight. Warner said no – they don’t think we can reach our goals – do you believe that?”
I do believe that, actually. I admire their noble ambition, but it’s no easy feat to fund an animated series indie-style, let alone two. “A” for effort, but it was never going to be practical I’m afraid.
In the meantime, you can enjoy Cartoon Network’s new DC-based series Beware the Batman and Teen Titans Go! So there’s that.