If you’ve been paying attention to Nickelodeon‘s new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtlesseries you’ll notice they haven’t really been fighting the usual kind of bad guys. The alien race called the Kraang, mutated people, mad scientists and the Foot clan; but they’ve never really encountered someone like the Shredder. And much like the audience they’ve never even seen his face. Now, ahead of San Diego Comic Con the secret has been revealed – and can be on your shelf by the end of the week!
Ahead of next week’s annual SDCC, Playmates Toys, the company licensed to sell the line of TMNT toys has released the first look at Oroku Saki (Shredder) and his face. Check him and his very pointy armour out below.
The agonizingly long wait of 2+ years without any new Venture Bros., besides a few short specials, has finally ended. Last night, while many of you were inconsolable and grieving over Game of Thrones, Season 5 premiered with “What Color is Your Cleansuit?“, an episode highlighting not only Dr. Venture’s continued incompetence, but the heroes who arise to clean up his mess. Tuning in though, it sure doesn’t feel like two years have passed at the Venture Compound as this episode’s events pick up basically where Season 4′s finale, “Operation P.R.O.M.”, ended.
Brock searches the wreck that may have claimed Molotov’s life, but with no trace of a body it seems obvious she’s still alive. Dean arrives home after a disheartening and disastrous attempt to earn Triana’s love by burning her name in giant fiery letters on her lawn, where Hank and Dermot left him. Hatred returns with Princess Tiny Feet only to learn The Monarch and Dr. Mrs. The Monarch kidnapped her during a BDSM session with her new lover. Speaking of The Monarch and the Mrs., they get home and The Monarch insists on waiting outside for 21, sure that his most faithful henchmen is returning to work on the next step in the plan to ruin Dr. Venture. But 21, just Gary now, is off on his own having joined S.P.H.I.N.X only to have them leave him when Brock, Shore Leave, and the guys go back to O.S.I. since Colonel Gathers was put in charge after Colonel Treister shot himself into space like a torpedo. And Doc? He’s awoken by a call from his brother reminding him of the ray shield he’s supposed to deliver to the space station, Gargantua-2, in a only a few months time. Oh, and the prostitute who’s was actually one of Molotov’s Black Hearts in disguise woke up as a mutant fly creature. Whether that transformation happened before or after Doc slept with her, well, we’ll never know.
Hot off the announcement of their new Star Wars animated series, Disney has made the pilot episode for their new Marvel cartoon, Avengers Assemble, available early and for free. The series is set to premiere on May 26th with a two-parter on Disney XD, but only the first part has been made available early. All part of move to build some buzz for the series before its premiere, you can download it for free from iTunes.
Not gonna lie, I’m still holding a grudge about the cancellation of Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, which only happened because they wanted an animated series more in line with the big screen version of the team. Something they couldn’t possibly have integrated into their already established show. Uh-huh. Yep. No way, they could have managed that.
Anyway, give it a watch and let us now what you think!
Though I’m still grieving the unfair cancellation of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, this announcement of a new Disney/Lucasfilm animated series, Star Wars Rebels may be a damn good appeasement. Coming from many of the same talented folks who brought us The Clone Wars, like supervising director Dave Filoni, and new faces screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class,Sherlock Holmes, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) and executive producer Greg Weisman (Young Justice, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Gargoyles), this series will be exploring the time period between Episodes III and IV. And while it’s not exactly what I asked for – personally, I’m dying for a series set between IV and V – it will involve much of the aesthetic of the original trilogy and that makes me giddy.
The most we know about Star Wars Rebels is it will focus on, “in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape.” Other details are being kept completely under wraps. But, that bit about “hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights” gives me hope we may see the return of Anakin’s former padawan, Clone Wars breakout star, and general, all around ass kicker, Ahsoka Tano. She didn’t die at the end of Clone Wars like many of us thought she would so there’s a good chance she’d be one of those surviving Jedi. Hey, it’s something for them to think about, and I’m sure I wouldn’t be the only Clone Wars fan who’d like to see some connection between the two series.
Hit the jump for the full press release, but before that, check out this video of Filoni discussing what he can – very little – of Rebels,
Okay, how cool is it to hear they’re looking at Ralph McQuarrie‘s work for inspiration!? I hope we see some designs real soon. What are you thinking of Rebels? It’s schedule to premiere with a one hour special on Disney in the fall of 2014, with a full series to follow on Disney XD.
Having suffered through horrid CG adaptations Scooby Doo, Garfield, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Marmaduke and The Smurfs, I’ve long past the point of saying “there goes my childhood”. I’ve reached the point of disappointment and dissatisfaction, that I’ve literally transformed into a burning red mass of hate and disgust; with cartoon like steam out of my ears. Is there really no one in Hollywood that can still write a decent kids adventure comedy? *grumbles*
To further illustrate the damnation of animated history, I present onto you, test footage from live-action/CG adaptions of Marvin the Martian and Hong Kong Phooey. Both were/are projects from director Alex Zamm (Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2, the upcoming Little Rascals).
In the combo embed you’ll find below, the first footage is for Hong Kong Phooey. It features Eddie Murphy (voice) as the kung fu pup talking with Spot, his sidekick cat. No crime-fighting is depicted. Just potty humor involving dog drinking from a toilet. Isn’t funny how the play up the staple of dog humor? *sarcastic laugh*
Then there is Marvin the Martian. I wouldn’t call this test footage. It’s more whole, almost like a full-on short. And, as a short, it’s rather cute. A kid hoping for an X-box for Christmas, opens up a box containing the pint sized Martian and comical destruction ensues. Again, it works for the few minutes shown. As a full feature, however, it would totally blow. The last thing the Looney Tunes name needs is a Marvin hopping around town with an immature kid.
Thankfully, Marvin never got fully developed. The project went kablooey. Hong Kong Phooey on the other hand, well that’s still happening. At least I think it is. Studios releasing test footage like this, however, this usually means the projects are dead.
I really hope neither of these make there way to the big screen. At least not as full features anyway. I wouldn’t mind so much if they were shorts.
About a month back we reported on a very nasty rumor, the greatest Marvel cartoon of recent memory – okay, maybe that’s only my opinion, but it’s a great cartoon no matter what! – The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes was going to be cancelled to make way for a new Avengers cartoon. I know, what the fuck, right?!
Here’s the worst part, it’s true. Today Marvel officially announced EMH is dead,
The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes won’t be renewed for the 3rd Season. Marvel Animation will present their newly developed series Marvel’s Avengers Assemble in 2013.
Even though we had been tipped to this disappointing news earlier, I’m still seriously bummed. EMH was a phenomenal show and true gem among what have been mostly lackluster Marvel ‘toons. The decision to cancel EMH and create a new Avengers show is most likely linked to Jeff Loeb becoming head of Marvel Animation as well as Marvel wanting clear out any projects left over from their pre-Disney days.
Man, in a day where I learn a Wonder Woman movie might really happen one of my favorite super hero cartoons get’s axed. Guess you gotta take the good with bad.
Above is a piece of promotional art for Avengers Assemble released with the notice. As you can see the lineup is basically the movie cast with the addition of the Falcon. This ties in nicely with the rumors the Falcon also appearing in Captain America 2. Well, what d’ya think? If this is the art style it doesn’t look very cartoon-y to me, but this could be something they just whipped together for the press announcement.
No, no, this isn’t anything official from Valve. These preview images come from a project byAlex Zemke who has taken it upon himself to create his own animated movie about the characters of Portal. Or should I say character? No, let’s include the companion cube, it is after all Chell’s only true friend.
The film is called Companionship and while yes, technically this is a fan project it should be noted Zemke is a professional animator. He’s worked on Disney G-Force and The Smurfs as well as Uncharted 2 & 3. And just look at these images! Something this good can only come from a true labor of love.
Jeremy filled us in yesterday on the upcoming animated Axe Cop TV show coming to FOX’s planned Saturday late-night programming block that is being spearheaded by Nick Weidenfeld, the head of Animation Domination HD (or ADHD) and a former Adult Swim executive. Early reports also indicated that Weidenfeld had begun searching for a showrunner, news that had me wondering what role Axe Cop creators Ethan Nicolle and his brother, 8 year old Malachai, would have on the show.
On break from riding dinosaurs and bribing a child, Ethan took a moment to fill us in on his and Malachai’s role with Axe Cop the TV show.
I will be a producer on the show and when needed (I) will bounce things off of Malachai for input. It is true that the show will not be written by either of us because it’s just not feasible to make a tv show dependent on a child’s whims, but I have talked to a lot of different people in Hollywood about bringing Axe Cop to the screen and Nick, as well as everyone else I have met at ADHD, are the most serious and passionate Axe Cop fans I’ve met in the industry and I feel pretty confident they will treat it right. You get a lot of people out here who are after it because it’s “got a lot of buzz” (and they have no idea why). Nick gets Axe Cop. He has been going to bat for it for a while now and his enthusiasm for it is exciting. I also think putting Axe Cop in adult animation leaves it open to be just as over the edge as it is in the comics. If we went all ages we would have to dial it back a lot. I’m as excited as everyone else is for this, I can’t wait to see Axe Cop come to life! - Ethan Nicolle
For more on Axe Cop, check out the official website, and you can also click here to read our interview with Ethan from last month.
It seems unthinkable in a world currently inundated with The Avengers but the rumor is their cartoon counterpart, Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes might be getting axed upon completion of its second season. Apparently the show hasn’t been pulling in the ratings they’d like to see. Currently, EMH airs Sunday mornings on Disney XD in a block of Marvel toons including the new Ultimate Spider-Man. Hmm? Wonder where they got that idea, ::cough:: DC Nation. ::cough::
Comic Book Movie jumped on the news and quickly sought anything they could to confirm it but other than a few quotes from Jeff Loeb, now in charge of Marvel‘s television division, there isn’t much, but everything seems to lean towards EMH ending and new Avengers toon to take its place. I’ll admit Loeb’s attitude doesn’t bode well for EMH but I don’t want to vilify him just yet. Here’s some comments he made to Collider when promoting Ultimate Spider-Man,
That’s certainly something that we’re talking about. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes has a tremendous following. One of the things that’s very unique about that show is that it was at a time prior to my coming in. It is a very serialized show, and there are a lot of characters. What we wanted to do with Spider-Man, and going forward, was to tell stories that are individualized. Obviously, we want everybody to watch the show every week, but we also know that people’s time is often taken. So, DVR the show, but if you’re not going to do that, the idea is that you will be able to catch up. I don’t ever want anybody to sit down on Sunday mornings at 11 o’clock and suddenly feel like, “Well, I lost the last three episodes, so I don’t really know what’s going on.” The only thing that is a two-parter is the pilot, which will actually be shown in its entirety on Sunday, April 1st.
So, the show was already happening before Loeb became involved, meaning he has no real attachment to the series and he doesn’t like its serialized nature as well as its large cast. Yeah, this doesn’t sound like good news for fans of EMH.
The next DC Animated feature, Superman vs The Elite is already on its way and today saw the debut of its first trailer. Damn, I feel like I only watched Justice League: DOOM yesterday. This film will loosely adapt the Superman story, “What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way?”, which is considered by many to be one of the ASuperman’s best. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
I don’t know about this. I’ll buy it, watch it and review because I have with just about every DC Animated movie but I’m not wowed by this story. Not the same way I was for All-Star Superman.
George Newbern and David Kaufman‘s will return as Superman and Jimmy Olsen, respectively. Lois Lane will be voiced by Pauley Perrette and Robin Atkin Downes is Manchester Black.
If you’re planning to be at WonderCon this weekend you can catch a screening Friday night at 6:30 p.m. in the Anaheim Convention Center Ballroom.
The screening will be followed by a panel featuring the award-winning writer of the original story for “Action Comics” #775, Joe Kelly; and voice actor Robin Atkin Downes (“Justice League: Doom”), who plays Elite leader Manchester Black. There will also be an autograph signing session with the panelists on Saturday, March 17 from 11-Noon at the DC Booth!
If you’ll be at WonderCon and manage to catch the screening we’d love to hear what you thought.
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