Cartoons

New Writers Hired For ‘The Jetsons’ For Some Reason

Wait, this is still happening? Variety is reporting that two new writers have be brought on board the long delayed Jetsons live action mistake movie. Van Robichaux and Evan Susser, best known for their spec script Chewie ( the making of Star Wars from the perspective of wookie thespian Peter Mayhew), have been hired to work on the screenplay. The screenplay to a movie that has been in development hell for over a decade.

So, write away writers! Chances of of it actually being used are slim to none. The last time we had any kind update on the flick was months ago, and it wasn’t very promising. Producer Denise Di Novi told ComingSoon.net this last summer.

“I’ve been developing that for so many years,” she said at the time. “…Part of it is that every couple of years, the genre kind of changes. I really credit Jeff Robinov at Warner Bros. with this. In choosing Chris Nolan to do Batman, he really exploded the expectations on adapting all these kinds of titles, the pressure is on to really make them the coolest movies, not the cornball cartoon movies. Every couple years it’s changed what they thought the movie should be and I’m hoping now we’re hitting it at the right time. I’ve never given up on that movie.”

This dead horse is based on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon that ripped off the the Hanna-Barbera cartoon The Flinstones that ripped off the The Honeymooners that is currently being ripped off by Family Guy, American Dad…. hell anything Seth McFarlane does.

Source: Coming Soon

Another Super Bowl has come and gone, and another batch of overly hyped but in the end, disappointing Super Bowl commercials have aired. I’m sure everyone feels this way but I swear the commericials when I was a kid were more memorable. Maybe now we’re all too old and jaded to see the fun in a million dollar advertising campaign.

But out of all the commercials aired this year only one seemed to pander to those of us craving some nerdy nostalgia. It was MetLife‘s commericial starring just about every cartoon idol from our childhood. All coming together to celebrate, uhh, insurance on some grassy hill.

I don’t really get it either. And bringing Voltron and Scooby-Doo into the picture doesn’t get me excited about life insurance.

What did you think of MetLife’s or any of the other Super Bowl commercials? Did you have a favorite?I think I liked the yogurt one with John Stamos getting head butted. I literally lol-ed.

Source: Topless Robot

Mark Hamill Tweets Final Goodbye To The Joker

He’s been the voice of the Joker since 1992. In Batman: The Animated Series, countless video games and other cartoons, hell even that one live action TV show no one watched, Birds of Prey. After a few times where he cried wolf on quitting the character, it looks like this time his last time might actually be his last time.

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Fans of the DC Animated Universe (other wise known as the Timmverse after producer Bruce Timm) should hear a few familiar voices when Justice League: Doom sees release in early 2012. TV Guide broke the news:

Castle star Nathan Fillion will reprise the role of Green Lantern, which he first played in Green Lantern: Emerald Knights. He’ll be joined by Tim Daly and Kevin Conroy, the longtime voices for Superman and Batman, respectively. Rounding out the cast are several of Conroy’s old costars from Cartoon Network’s 2001-06 Justice League series (known as Justice League Unlimited in later seasons):Smallville’s Michael Rosenbaum as the Flash, Alias alum Carl Lumbly as Martian Manhunter and veteran voice actress Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman. Cyborg, a character not seen on Justice League, joins the group for this movie and will be played by Bumper Robinson (The Game).

Yes! As far as voice talent goes, this is the greatest Justice League yet. Tim Daly has always been great as Superman. Kevin Conroy is and always should be the voice of Batman (take notes, Christian Bale, and stop gargling with cigarette butts and broken glass.) As far as Nathan Fillion as Hal Jordan, well he should have been the Green Lantern in the live action movie, damn it, but let’s let that sleeping dog lie.

Ripped from the pages of Mark Waids JLA, the movie is loosely based on issues #43 to 46, the “Tower of Babel” arc. Ra’s al Ghul steals Batman’s secret files that reveal how to defeat each member of the League. Asses are kicked. Names are taken. The adaption was written by the late Dwayne McDuffie. Those last two words tell me this will be good.

A trailer for Justice League: Doom will premiere at New York Comic Con on Friday, October 14th, and will also be included on the Batman: Year One DVD, on sale Tuesday, October 18th.

Sources: TV Guide and Comic Alliance

Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut.

Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

Do the constant alterations to Star Wars bug the crap out of you? Conan O’Brian finds even more infuriating changes to our beloved saga! (Geeks of Doom)

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One of the many panels I missed at this years Comic-Con (due to being stock in Ballroom 20. Literally. There was gum on my seat and I couldn’t get up) was Mike Judge’s preview of FOX’s upcoming Napoleon Dynamite Animated Series. Let me digress here for a sec. Like the rest of you, I thought the idea for a cartoon was 7 years too late. Plus, nowadays it’s common place to hate on Napoleon Dynamite -mainstream quoting of the film resulted in a cultural backlash. However, a recent trailer shut me the fuck up. Maybe it’s  because the film was basically a live action cartoon anyway, but based off that footage, the cartoon seemingly lives up to, if not exceeds, the writing and humor of the movie. Really!

Anyway, at Comic-Con  FOX showed off a few clips from the series. I missed them then, but these clips are now online for your viewing pleasure and mine.

The series is scheduled to air on FOX Midseason 2012. Check out the four clips and a trailer below and tell us what you think!

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Cartoon Network has aired a new promo trailer for the upcoming Thundercats animated reboot. We also have a 9-minute preview clip from the series.

Considering how much we idolize the original cartoon, word on this reboot pushed a lot of us in the “DO NOT WANT” mind set, while the rest were left feeling cautiously optimistic. For the most part, cartoons today suck cat scrotum (Minus Ben 10, Adventure Time..etc). ThunderCats 2011 was a tough sell. Now, while we haven’t seen a full episode yet, I think the trailers leading up to the July 29th release, along with this new 9 preview have shut us naysers up. Beyond the nostaglia factor, this newly revised series will surely hold the attention of veteran viewers. It looks to be much more mature and interesting than it’s 80’s counterpart. Even the Anime style animation is pretty spiffy, which was something I was iffy about early on.

It all comes down to how the first couple of episode will play out, but considering what we’ve seen thus far, I think we can stroke our chins with satisfaction.

“Thundercats! Hoooo!”

Latest trailer:

9 Minute Preview featuring various cut clips:

Synopsis:

Roaring to life through WBA and Studio4°C’s use of the Japanese animated artistry of anime, ‘ThunderCats’ characters Lion-O, Mumm-Ra, Panthro, Cheetara and others will spring off the screen with realistic cat-like characteristics inconceivable in previous incarnations.

The new ‘ThunderCats’ will appeal to viewers who have loved the characters all their lives as well as young newcomers to the franchise. A sweeping tale combining swords and science and boasting ferocious battles with the highest of stakes, the grand origin story of Prince Lion-O’s ascension to the throne – and of those who would thwart his destiny at any cost – takes on epic dimensions in this sharp new telling. As the forces of good and evil battle each other in the quest for the fabled Stones of Power, Lion-O and his champions learn valuable lessons of loyalty, honor and mortality in every episode.

I can already hear the griping, “What another childhood property being rebooted?!” “That Family Guy dude is bringing us the Flintstones?!!” “Blasphemy!” “Sacrilege!” But I would like you to recall the god-awful, piles of stinky crap, live-action films from 1994 and 2000. If anything, The Flintstones need to do some serious pennance before they wander back in to your good graces. Is Seth MacFarlane the man for the job? I don’t know, but in FOX’s eyes he rakes in mountains of cash and that’s all they need to know.

Originally FOX seemed a little hesitant about handing the reins of the stone age family cartoon over to MacFarlane, but now Deadline has confirmed he will be rebooting The Flintstones “as a TV and film property.” But that’s all we know, hopefully soon we’ll hear an announcement with some more concrete details, maybe even from MacFarlane or his people. But in the meantime, what do you think about a MacFarlane Flintstones cartoon?

I know MacFarlane is mostly associated with the crude and offbeat humor of Family Guy and American Dad, which some may not think is suitable for the family cartoon. But if you watch his shows closely you’ll notice a real appreciation for cartoon and film history. Granted, more often than not those classic toons or movies are mentioned in an off-the-wall, demented fashion, but in order for th0se jokes to be funny there needs to be an understanding of the source material, which MacFarlane has. So I’m hopeful in his reboot. Like I said earlier, The Flintstones need to go off on a better note than Viva Rock Vegas. Really, it’s a shitty, shitty film. The Flintstones deserve better.

source: /Film

 

Nerd Art Stock Pile? There’s a lot of nerd art on the net. Mostly it’s fan-fiction tentacle Pr0n, but hey we’re not complaining. We see so much neato art work on a daily basis, but for whatever reason they don’t make it to the front page of Nerd Bastards. We’re either lazy, or a piece of stand alone artwork isn’t enough to warrant a full post. Mostly we’re lazy. But, who are we to rob you of this net glory? We’re bastards but we’re not assholes. So here’s a roundup of the latest Nerd Art; intended for eye masturbation purposes.

First up, a Photoshopped (hey good Photoshop qualifies as art) look at the superhero identities of the men and women in the Situation Room during the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden.

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God Awful Trailer for Nicktoons ‘Voltron Force’

(Special thanks to Nerd Bastard contributor Veronique Medrano for dropping a deuce on this revived Voltron series. Is nothing from the 80’s sacred?)

Nicktoons has released the first promo trailer for its new series titled Voltron Force which will be released June 16. The intro is nice, and some of the graphics are eye-catching, but what the graphics do not make up for the poor quality of the promo as whole.   Those of you interested in what the heck Voltron Force is well it’s as follows: the show is made of 26 episodes that follow five space explorers who pilot robotic lions that combine to form Voltron. This robotic giant is sworn to defend the Universe, and it is stated that the show will remain faithful to the old one while introducing new original characters.

But to be brutally honest, Nicktoons obviously wasted too much money on the promos graphics, and splattered it all over like a stream of vomit from the Exorcist.  After watching well produced shows like Avatar, Jimmy Neutron, The Fairly Oddparents, Spongebob Squarepants,  and many other Nicktoons productions this seems to fall way short from the quality mark. The mixing of animation styles between the robots and the human is atrocious, and by putting quick clips that flash for a couple seconds TWICE seems really damn annoying and doesn’t help develop interest in the show. To make matters worse they have an incredibly horrendous Voltron Rap called Let’s Voltron on their official site.  Warning to anyone interested in seeing or hearing this song may have the urge to gag! The video for the song has a Grandma randomly bopping down the street to this song…puhlease! Mine would find that music annoying real quick.

This show ultimately gets a pre-rating of: Watch at your own risk!