Back when Saturday morning cartoons were the reason for existence, the majority of 80 and early 90’s kids were watching such classic action/adventure cartoons like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers, G.I. Joe, Thundercats, He-Man and the Masters of The Universe and so on. In the mean time, there were other more obscure cartoons. Animated series that all but a few can vaguely recall. Some good. Some bad. All with kickass theme songs and intros….. (more…)
Season Three lurks around the corner for Mike Tyson’s Mysteries. This Sunday April 17th at 11:45 PM a new episode will air on Adult Swim. Anyone who watched the show in the past will understand why it earned a 82% Critic Rating and 95% Audience Rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Mike Tyson stars on the show with a flamboyant ghost named Marquess of Queensberry (pronounced Marcus), his adopted Korean daughter, Yung He and the infamous, show stealing Pigeon voiced by Norm MacDonald. Crude and witty jokes play off of Mike Tyson’s straight man act to a high degree of adult comedy not seen since The Hangover. Last season the gang solved the mystery of how Pigeon (Richard) became a bird. Now we catch up to the gang entering a romance novel episode of “Lusty Cabins”. Check out the video below. (more…)
After denying an initial report, Sony representatives are now confirming that a new Ghostbusters animated movie is being put into development. According to The Wrap, the animated feature will debut after Paul Feig’s upcoming live-action reboot film. The studio will soon begin fielding pitches from writers , but a few key “main ideas” have been tossed around already – read on to learn more!
Just in case fans couldn’t get enough of Ghostbusters on the big screen, there was a cartoon adaptation of the movie that aired from 1986 to 1991. It was titled The Real Ghostbusters, and continued chronicling the trials and tribulations of Ghost-busting for the famous foursome. Now, onto the reason we bring up this long-gone series. Youtube user mdmax09 uploaded the unaired 4-minute pilot episode of The Real Ghostbusters, a rare treat for retro cartoon fans! (more…)
We’ve had a lot of Evil Dead news this week, and in many ways, Ash isn’t all that different from Mega Man: they both have one hand made of fingers and one hand made of a tool, they both have an arch-nemesis that’s wild-eyed and crazy evil (Dr. Wily & The Necronomicon, now THERE’S a buddy-cop movie I’d pay to see), and they both say “Groovy” a lot (I’m assuming here a bit on Mega-Man’s behalf). Now they share something else in common: they both have TV shows in the works! (more…)
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.