If you’ve been on the fence about Netflix, maybe this latest news will bring you over to the Netflix “Dark Side.” Netflix will be adding ALL of the Marvel Cartoon series ever aired on television to their Instant Queue. That’s right, hours and hours of Marvel animated fun, and not just the stuff you grew up with, but even the 1960″s classic stuff. The theme songs on those 1960’s shows will rock your NerdBastard socks off! To check any of those great theme songs out early go to Superhero Theme Songs to check them and other classics out.
Your gonna have to wait for those classic 1960’s cartoons though, the release order is basically in reverse chronological order, with the first releases available
The Incredible Hulk (1996-97)
Spider-Man Unlimited (1999-2001)
Iron Man: Extremis – Marvel Knights Animation (2010)
*Note: I only posted this so I could rant about cartoons. Feel free to skip my tirade and watch the promo for Green Lantern: The Animated Series below.
I think for the most part, the cartoons of today fail in comparison to those of the 80’s and 90’s. The animation is better today, but all the shows are way too safe and offer nothing beyond a 3 year old intelligent level. There’s no complexities. Shows now are just a bunch of noise in color and character. The intro theme songs, the voice acting and anime influences all suck in comparison. Lord, how I miss the days of Voltron, G.I. Joe: Real American Heroes, Batman the animated series and so on. I dunno, maybe I’m just biased. Maybe I’m that curmudgeony old bastard who shakes his fist and says “I remember when…”
With that said it’s hard for me to get excited about any upcoming animated shows. It’s all derivative. Same shit, different characters. I’d like to be thrilled for DC and WB’s upcoming Green Lantern: The Animated Series, but it just feels like it’s cut from the same mold as everything else. At least the animation does anyway. Check it out in the 7 second teaser promo trailer:
The show is being produced by Bruce Timm,and itwill be a part of Cartoon Network’s original programming. The series features the voice of Josh Keaton as Hal Jordan. Other characters that have been confirmed included Kilowog, the Guardians of the Universe, Carol Ferris, Salaak, Sayd, Saint Walker, and Zilius Zox. The main antagonists of the show will be the Red Lantern Corps, led by the villain Atrocitus, and the Manhunters. Reading all that, I might be inclined to swat away my initial negative reaction and actually say this looks like it will be a fun series.
The show is set to premiere at the end of 2011 after the movie has been released. The first season of the show will have 26 episodes.
The 90s X-Men animated series this ain’t. Incredible looking animation, dramatic character moments and sweet ass-kicking action. It’s all you’ve ever wanted from a good, super hero cartoon. But this isn’t just a cartoon, it’s anime. Madhouse’s X-Men series’ first three episodes have found their way to Youtube and can be watched with fansubbing here. Beginning with the death of Jean Grey the series then follows Cyclops, Wolverine, Storm, Beast and Professor X to Japan where they investigate the abduction of Hisako Ichiki.
Of the first ten minutes I watched the series exemplifies all the tropes you’d expect from anime, lots of yelling that’s for sure. But the action and drama are intense, I’d expect when this show crosses over and is dubbed for American audiences all of this awesomeness will be edited down. So catch it in all it’s Japanese glory while you can.
Also keep and eye out for anime adaptaions of Wolverine and Iron Man also from Madhouse due to hit G4 this year. Watch the first ten minutes of X-Men below and let us know what you think. Will you be trying to catch the Japanese version online or will you wait for it to make it’s American debut?
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 comes the animation art style of Nerd Bastards resident illustrator Blake Stevenson (he did our logo and some other cool shit). His latest piece (pictured above) addresses the infamous retcon of the Han Shot first scene from ‘A New Hope’. Like his art says “We both know what happened that day”. You can see more of Blakes work on his site jetpackandrollerskates.com. I suggest you check out Naked Joss Whedon in S&M Gear Riding Riding Kevin Smith with Bacon Wings?! Which was inspired from my own twisted mind.
HIT THE JUMP for Ultra Realistic TMNT, Super Hero ABC’s, Mario Pits of Despair, Apple Zombies, Star Wars Angry Birds, Comic Book Hero Jazz Hands and AT-AT Street Art
This beauty of an internet video hails from the only land so perfectly crazy to imagine it, Japan. It’s the highest quality of internet video too, the animation is really damn good and it’s why this absurdity works. If our favorite Autobots are going to dance around to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” at least have them dance well. You’ll want to check this video out, consider it a treat to begin your weekend.
One thing will nag at any true Transformer fan, though. Hot Rod, sorry, Rodimus Prime is the lead dancer and singer. Whaaa? I think we can all agree Optimus Prime is the true leader of the Autobots, dude even came back from the dead to reclaim the Matrix of leadership. Then again, this is from Japan, maybe the Transformers film in which Hot Rod becomes leader is more popular. The video includes other movie favorites, Perceptor and Ultra Magnus. Or Hot Rod could be taking a dive for Optimus. I can’t see the famed Autobot leader shaking his ass like a good pop singer. Note, Hot Rod does. A lot.
We’ve seen countless videos parodying the obvious but unseen truth of Pokemon abuse (hunting of innocent and rare creatures, imprisoning them in tiny balls and making them fight each other on a daily basis), but this latest one from Cracked.com is perhaps the most shocking depiction. You’ll cry.. or maybe smile. Depends what kind of sick bastard you are.
OK, couple things wrong with this video. 1. The Pokeballs break the law of conversion of mass so it doesn’t work realistically. But maybe that’s the point. How would you feel after being crammed into 4×4 inch circle? 2. Ash would never put Pikachu in the Pokeball in the first place! He’s racist that way. For this video to be more “realistic” it should have shown Ash being arrested for animal cruelty and maybe truancy. Fucker never goes to school.
Regardless, poor Pikachu. His limp body and sad dying face being pulled back into the wind will haunt me.
How’s everyone feeling about Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s The Governator, his first entertainment project since returning to private life? For those out of the loop, it’s an upcoming animated series that Arnie and the immortal Stan Lee co-created. The trailer for it just hit the interwebs and I can’t decide if it’s awesome or terrible. It’s pretty much exactly what you’d envision. Arnie makes an announcement that after being a body builder, actor and politician (a mediocre one at best!), he’s gonna live the typical private life. Really though, he becomes a crime fighting vigilante who has Iron Man type suits, a Kaneda like bike from Akira and for some reason teenage minions. Watch the trailer below:
My favorite part: “I won’t be back” About a minute later… “I’m back”.
It looks like this should be one of those low budget TV Funhouse cartoon jokes on SNL, but no, this is a real cartoon aimed at kids. Then again, how can this be bad? Schwarzenegger is in it and it’s called “The Governator”! What more do you want? Perhaps if they do an episode where Conan O’Brian’s ‘The Flaming C’ guest spots. Amazeballs!
In other Governator news, there will be a 3D film as well. Deadline reports:
At a MIPTV press conference this morning, Arnold Schwarzenegger added a 3D feature film to rollout plans for his multi-platform project The Governator. The film is part of a plan that will include an animated TV series, a comic book and Internet programming. The feature film will be ready in early 2013
Ridiculous? Perhaps, but to be fair, he’s had one of the best lives and careers anyone could ask for, so if he wants to be stupid with the rest of his life, why the hell not?
Let’s all say it together: Thunder, Thunder, Thundercats, Ho!
This past weekend at San Francisco’s WonderCon (the hippie pre-cursor to San Diego Comic-Con) saw a screening of footage from Cartoon Networks upcoming revamp of the 80’s classic cartoon Thundercats. In short, some shit happens on Third Earth and the kingdom of cat peoples are under attack. Evil sorta wins, but heir to the Kingdom is teenage Lion-O, who is thrust into being a new leader and not ready for the responsibilities he’s handed. That’s the set-up anyway. Watch it below:
I’m not entirely sure if I have a definitive liking or disliking for it. I think I’m excited for it, but perhaps the fanboy in me is being too critical. Maybe I’m too attached to the original source material to allow myself to appreciate this new version. Of course, in hindsight the original doesn’t exactly hold up. Try re-watching it sometime. It’s so laughably lame. A group of pussy people land on a dark planet that is home to a cranky old bastard named Mum-Ra. All he wanted was for those damn kids to stay off his lawn (and maybe snatch the power of The Eye of Thundera, but you get my point).
Anyway, this new take has an Anime look to it, which I’m not thrilled about. Does everything have to be Anime nowadays? The voice acting is a little rough and the story is a bit different (No Thundera, Lion-O is a teenager, etc…), but all-in-all, it looks and sounds like Thundercats. When Lion-O shouts “Thunder, Thunder, Thundercats, Ho!” I go squeee.
I do think that it’s a bit of a carbon copy of the revamped He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon from back in 2002. It looks the same and the premise mirrors it almost exactly (difference being cat people instead of humans and lead character turning into a muscled strong man ). You know…teenage hero with a power sword and warrior friends that must protect their kingdom. Much like He-Man, it’s obviously intended for the generation of today and the creatives behind it have tried to keep enough nuances of the original to keep us old fans appeased. Cartoon Network needs to learn from their He-man mistakes (it got canned after a season and a half) and give it a good time slot, repeated airings, and good toys that don’t clog the toy store shelf with dozens of the same two characters.
Thundercats has the potential to be great, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
Honestly, is there anyone that’s lookin’ forward to Nickelodeon‘s upcoming makeover of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Granted, we’re all cowabunga and shit for our heroes in a half shell, but this latest incarnation is looking stupider by the day. In the brief clips and promo art we’ve seen, the CG animation looks like those crap GEICO “I made this in 15 minutes” commercials, or that new Garfield television show that nobody watches. Awful. But, promos have been limited and I’ve tried to reserve judgement.
Now some new images have been released and I’m not a happy bastard. In an earlier comment from producer Ciro Nieli, he said the newly revamped turtles will have “more individual attributes” than they did before. I guess that meant elephantitis feet. Lower extremities have monstrous proportions? Maybe it’s more anthropomorphic. Maybe that’s the secret of the Ooze. It’s just another layer on top of another layer of horrible design choices, in my opinion anyway.
Course, we probably shouldn’t give two shits about their toes. We should be more concerned about wrong-footedness in the animation and storytelling. FYI, I totally stole that last comment from our friends at bleedingcool, who are so much more clever than I am.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be premiering on Nickelodeon around the end of the year with 26 half-hour episodes. This will be the first new TMNT series since the last one went off the air in 2009.
This is BEYOND funny. The peeps over at College Humor threw together some amazing cartoon images of what it would be like if some of our favorite cartoon characters from childhood grew up with us and attended college. We get everything from Robot Frats to the some of the character stuffing their faces with the typical College weekend meal, pizza.
So to answer some of your pressing questions….YES Bart Simpson is still a mischievous bastard who does shit like sell drugs on the dl in the public library. Yes, Johnny Bravo is a tool at the gym. And yes, Chucky from Rugrats continued his nerdom from a kid and did not turn into some suave lady mans in College.
Check out all the pics and laugh your ass off as much as I did after the jump!