Saturday Morning Cartoons
After years of focusing on making Friday night the place for action cartoons Cartoon Network is switching things up in an attempt to revitalize their Saturday morning block. Tomorrow morning marks the premiere of their eagerly anticipated DC Nation programming, which will include new episodes of Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice as well as all those fantastic shorts they’ve been teasing. And announced today, the Thundercats will be making their season two return also on Saturday mornings, starting March 24th at 9:30am. The new time slot places them right between Ben 10 and DC Nation.
Here’s some quick blurbs about their first two episodes. Warning, these could be a little spoilery if you haven’t seen all season one,
An epic, all new reimagining of the classic 1980s animated series, ThunderCats tells the story of a hero’s journey to fulfill his ultimate destiny. On Third Earth, the kingdom of Thundera is being threatened by the evil sorcerer Mumm-Ra, and Lion-O, the young heir to the throne, embarks on a great quest to take his rightful place as king. The unlikely champion must work with his faithful comrades Tygra, Cheetara, Panthro, WilyKit, WilyKat, and his loyal pet, Snarf — who join him on his journey — to save their world from darkness.
• Saturday, March 24: “New Alliances” – The Thundercats go on the offensive taking down Mumm-Ra’s lizard army piece by piece. Lion-O appeals to the soldiers to turn against their overlord, but Mumm-Ra won’t see his army crushed so easily. He tasks Slithe with recruiting two new and vicious Generals — Addicus and Kaynar — to retaliate against the cats. Meanwhile, the Robear Berbils make Panthro a new set of robotic arms and soop up the Thundertank.
• Saturday, March 31: “The Trials of Lion-O Pt. 1” – Mumm-Ra’s generals ambush and, while the other cats are captured, Lion-O falls to his death. Thanks to the Spirit Stone, he encounters Jaga in the Astral Plane and is given a second chance at life. If he is able to pass a series of trials that pit him against each of his teammates, he can win back his life and save the other cats. First up are Kit and Kat, followed by Cheetara. But the clock is ticking because Mumm-Ra has the Sword of Omens!
Get that cereal ready, you’ve got even more reasons to wake up early on Saturday mornings!
Source: Comic Book Movie
Today’s kid television programs are never as good as the ones you watched in your childhood. There are few exceptions, Adventure Time is show I’m currently obsessed with and am DVRing like mad, but it can’t compete with the toons I was raised on. Batman, Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; the eighties and nineties were full of such stellar animated goodness wouldn’t it be nice to revisit those years?
Discovery Communications and Hasbro (two companies we nerds have a lot to thank for) have created a new TV channel geared for children and families to watch together. It premiered last October, 10-10-10 to be exact (aren’t they clever). The Hub, available on digital cable and satellite, is a channel bringing a combination of family friendly entertainment. I know what you’re thinking, family friendly? What the hell, we’re nerdy bastards, we specialize in decidedly un-family friendly fare, but give me a chance to explain. While family friendly their programming may be it is also nerdtasticly nostalgic. Not convinced? Let’s talk about some of the gems they’re airing.
Mikey Mason, comedian and song writer has drawn his relationship line in the sand. She doesn’t like Firefly? Hit the yellow bricks baby, don’t let the cargo bay door hit you on the way out, set phasers to dumped, recalibrate your Pipboy to single, consider this your Burn Notice. OK, all that’s fun but in all honesty, a girl like that could screw up the anti-matter mix in my warp core any time she wants to.
Via – Topless Robot
(article by Jeff Sparkman)
In case you need evidence that people were on drugs in the 80s, you’re in luck this May, because that’s when Warner Home Video will release its Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1980s Volume 1 DVD.
Like all drug dealers, they offer you some good stuff–a chance to own episodes of the beloved “Thundarr the Barbarian“–before sticking you with the shit that’s cut with baby powder. You’ll get to enjoy (maybe that’s too strong a word) “The Biskitts,” “The Flintstone Kids,” and “Monchichis.” To be fair, though, you also get to watch the Mr. T cartoon, imaginatively called “Mr. T,” in which in addition to pitying fools and suckas, he also coaches a coed gymnastic team and drives a van. Because that’s not creepy or anything.
If that’s not enough ass-kickery, there’s also “Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos.” Hells yes.
Other shows represented include “The Completely Mental Adventures of Ed Grimley,” “Galtar and the Golden Lance” (no, that’s not a porn title), “Dragon’s Lair,” “The Kwicky Koala Show,” and “Goldie Gold and Action Jack.”
That last one isn’t a porn title, either.
Now keep in mind this is only the first volume. We can only hope the second volume will include more classics like “Pac-Man,” “Rubik the Amazing Cube,” and “Turbo Teen.”
I never noticed how so many cartoons sound like porn.
The set hits shelves on May 4 and lists for $26.98. BYOB.