Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960s/1970s Volume One – DVD Review


Awesome. That’s the best way to describe these two Saturday Morning Cartoon Collections from the 1960s and 1970s. Continue reading “Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960s/1970s Volume One – DVD Review”

Batman: The Brave and the Bold-New Series Impressions!


As with all popular or successful brands and lines, they are hard to kill, and find themselves being revamped nearly every four years or so. Stretching back to the 1920’s, Batman has been perhaps one of the most popular and successful character lines ever created. Flourishing briefly in the 1930s and 40s as a movie serial and then 1960’s as a television show and cartoon, it wasn’t until Tim Burton’s seminal BATMAN in 1989 that the character fully breathed life as a full-fledged character. Since that time there have been five feature films (one of which was actually worthy of the title, and the most recent Dark Knight appropriately titled as it really has nothing to do with Batman….uugghh), as well as least four distinct animated series (again, only one of which could be considered perfect, that being the first one). But enough of this sappy nostalgic wallowing, ON to the FUTURE…or is it BACK….to the…Past..? Continue reading “Batman: The Brave and the Bold-New Series Impressions!”

Schoolhouse Rock! Still Rockin’ in 2008!

Schoolhouse Rock!: Election Collection
Disney DVD
Running Time: 49 minutes (15 shorts)
Release Date: September 23, 2008

So, here we are on the eve of the 2008 presidential election. A couple firsts this time around: first African-American presidential candidate (Barack Obama), and the first female Vice-Presidential candidate (Sarah Palin). Oh, and it’s the first time in 20 years that a Clinton or Bush isn’t on the presidential ticket! What better way Continue reading “Schoolhouse Rock! Still Rockin’ in 2008!”

Holy Lego Cartoon Series, Batman!

Lego Batman

Batman will be hitting the TV again, and I’m not talking about The Batman here. Instead, Traveller’s Tales, developers of all those great Lego games will be handling this. Yes, that’s right, we’re talking about a Lego Batman cartoon series by a video game developer! Awesome!

“We’re looking to do… a Lego Batman series. I think they’re looking at doing a one-off initially,” Rich Earl, producer at TT said. The series will use the game’s engine itself, and the characters will animated fresh from Maya.

Earl claims that this will be quite different, and that’s totally fine by me. Traveller’s Tales earlier announced that they had their minds on a TV cartoon series, but did not mention any specifics. This news confirms that a 20-minute Batman cartoon will be on, and hopefully make its way to its own series!

I hope LucasArts looks at this and decides that a Lego Star Wars TV series will be worth its salt. Hell, from what I can tell, that might even end up better than that battlefest kid’s show The Clone Wars. Well, it’s not that bad, but a Lego Star Wars TV series might end up somewhere. Or not.

Smurfs: The Movie; We’re Serious

The Smurfs Village
Smurfs. Invented in 1958, these creatures have been one of pop culture’s more popular franchises. With their blue skin and classic song, they have conquered the world. And now, in Anno 2008, they will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their existence! One of the biggest highlights of this events is a movie deal that will cause Hollywood to topple over. We’re talking a computer-animated 3D movie here. The horror!Also expect an invasion of female characters (not literally, of course – this isn’t Xena). Hendrik Coysman justifies this in that The Smurfs have always adapted to the current era and theme, and since the 80s, you’ve had women in more positions of power and freedom. The Smurfs will now reflect that!

Other stuff you should expect during these demonic 50th anniversary celebrations: new comic adventures, statuettes, an exhibition at Brussels’ cartoon museum and a set of commemorative stamps.

Oh Gawd.