Welcome, everyone, to the first episode of my new internet show, Cartoon Catastrophes! A show where I do comedic reviews of some of the worst things TV animation has to offer, and just to give you a taste of what’s in store for you, I present you with my first episode, a review of the Battletoads cartoon pilot.
Oh man, look at that comic! Chris‘s coloring is absolutely beautiful on this strip! I love it. Great job, man! *claps*
Also I don’t know if you noticed or not, but I have changed up the designs a bit for this new season of Femmegasm. They may look a little like the old designs, but I assure you, they have all been changed up, even if it’s not completely noticeable at first. Take a look here:
Last, but not least, I will be appearing at AnimeFest on Labor Day Weekend (first weekend of September), so come by and see me if you have the chance. I’ll be there selling all kinds of artsy things! Aphex will also be there and possibly more. So check it out!
Oh, don’t worry, Scootaloo. Ponibooru doesn’t know everything.
Okay, guys. This is my last update until August (to which I promise many June and Shelly strips), so please send me your guest comics at pembrokewkorgi AT gmail DOT com. Thanks!
The first panel of this comic is based on an actual scene from the show and panel 2 is pretty much Applejack asking the question I wanted to ask after said comment. The rest of the comic is a more subtle take on my usual humor, hope you guys enjoy. NOW A TOY REVIEW!
Yes, I broke down and bought some My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic toys, don’t act surprised you knew it was going to happen eventually. Besides this was a set of five completely plastic molded characters and they were on sale, how could I say no? I especially wanted to get full plastic sculpted figures, because I don’t like the typical My Little Pony figures, which have brushable hair that causes them to look almost nothing like the character model in the show. Sculpted plastic with sculpted hair allow the characters to look a lot more like their character designs and thus make them more appealing to me. I have this thing about when I get toys based off a cartoon show or video game I like, I want the toys to look as much like the show’s character designs as possible. This is one of the many reasons I loved the Transformers Animated toyline. With that said, I can’t say these figures follow the character designs all that well either… they just manage to do a better job than the brushable hair pony figures.
Well, where to start, first off the faces on the ponies seem really off to me. In the show their faces are really round, but here they seem more square-ish, this coul be a limitation to the sculpting a 2D character model into a 3D toy, but I still can’t help but think it could’ve been done a little better, a bit nitpicky, especially compared to the rest of the problems.
We’ll start with Princess Celestia, her mold is actually really good in the fact she looks a lot like her in cartoon model, except for one major problem… SHE’S PINK for some reason. Did someone just think there was something wrong with a white princess? Because if Disney has taught me anything, it’s that there’s a lot of white princesses. But yeah, the colors on Celestia are all weird, she’s pink, her mane is off by completely lacking the green tent and replacing it with purple for some reason. She’s also missing the weird neck/harness this she wears in the show. Another weird error is they sculpted the gold shoes she wear, but didn’t bother painting them. So they’re the same color as her fur, which is weird looking. On a cool note you can take her crown off and and on, which can add some unintentional fun.
Twilight Sparkle and Spike are probably the closest to be accurate of the group. Twilight’s hair seems to sculpted fairly accurately, thought it looks like it’s being blown in the wind for some reason and she’s only painted with one of the two color stripes in her hair. Otherwise she looks pretty much like Twilight, so not much to complain about there. Spike also looks incredibly accurate, actually impressively so. Just one issue… he’s standing on all fours for some reason. This is weird because he NEVER does this in the show, he always walks on his hind legs. In fact, being the only character in the show with actual hands has caused him to be useful to the cast in many ways. So seeing him on all fours is a bit odd, otherwise he’s my favorite figure of the bunch.
Applejack and Pinkie Pie are both fairly off, but Applejack is by far the worst of the two. The biggest problem being SHE HAS NO COWBOY HAT! This seems common in most the toys and in the few toys where she does actually have a cowboy hat it’s the absolute wrong color and looks nothing like the one she wears in the show. I imagine having a cowboy hat like the one in the show would probably be difficult since AJ kinda’ wears it on the back of her head. This is what makes her lack of hat on this figure all the more frustrating as having the figure be complete sculpted plastic would’ve made it really easy for them to just sculpt the hat onto the back of her head. It’s just so weird that they wouldn’t have the hat, because she’s RARELY seen without it in the show, so it’s a HUGE part of her character design. To add to the errors, AJ is also missing her freckles and has two ponytails instead of one for some reason. I don’t know this happened and it’s an odd error. Pinkie Pie isn’t quite as errored as AJ, but she’s still pretty off. It’s really only one issue, being that instead of putting her hair all in the middle of her head like in the show, they made it really long and brushed to one side. This kinda’ makes her look like fluttershy with curly hair… and pink. Adding to it, it covers most of the left of her face and kinda’ makes her look like she got an emo haircut. Kinda’ like she’s in between her normal happy self and her rarely seen depressed side. While I’m sure doing it exactly like the show wouldn’t have been possible due to the show’s stylized style, I’m sure it could’ve been done way better than this. This just looks weird.
Overall the figure sets not too bad, especially for the $10 to $20 it goes for, I just wish they could’ve made it more show accurate, but hey, they could’ve been worse and they do make decent and fun little figures to have. I just REALLY wish AJ had her hat and Princess Celestia wasn’t pink. Oh well, what can you do. In the meantime, enjoy the obligatory Blue Grimlock figure.
Oh man, do I love me some Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated. Probably the only cartoon on TV that rivals my Friendship is Magic affection. However the show managed to increase that love ten fold with it’s most recent episode that pretty much made my Hanna Barbara fanboyism go into overdrive. Shit, just look at the picture I posted! If that doesn’t say AWESOME, I don’t know what does.
The episode was a BLAM episode of sorts in the fact it had nothing at all to do with the current storyline and barely even the current show. What happens is Scooby is sick and has a delirious dream that the gang has been kidnapped and he and several other Hanna Barbara sleuth sidekicks have to save them. That’s right, it’s a reference to the many Scooby-Doo clones HB created in the 70s. So you get to see Scooby-Doo teamed up with Jabberjaw, Captain Caveman, Speed Buggy, and to a lesser extent The Funky Phantom for one big over the top mystery of hilarious proportions. If this wasn’t enough to make my not so inner HB fanboy explode in joy, the entire dream sequence (which is 98% of the episode) is drawn in the traditional old school Hanna Barbara art style (Iwao Takamoto would be proud). The episode is glee in a bottle, and I’ve watched it a million times since it aired. I love you Warner Bros.
Now I’d like to leave it there, but there is one major thing I have to talk about within this episode… the replacement voice acting. Fortunately Frank Welker was the voice of Jabberjaw in the original show, and since he is on Mystery Inc as both Freddy and (sadly) Scooby, he’s able to jump back into the role of Jabberjaw with no problem. The problem lies with Speed Buggy, Captain Caveman, and Funky Phantom, who’s original voice actors are dead.
Speed Buggy and Captain Caveman were both originally done by voice acting legend (and most the cast of Looney Tunes), Mel Blanc. Welker takes over as Speed Buggy and does a reasonably good job (though he never said his trademark “Roger Dodger” line), even if he kinda’ flips into his Chopper voice from Wheelie and the Chopper gang most the time (I can’t believe I even remember that show). Jim Cummings takes over for Captain Caveman and also does a reasonably good job, even if it sounds less like Captain Caveman and more like a more talkative version of his Taz voice (ironically another Blanc character Cummings has taken over), nonetheless it works.
Funky Phantom on the other hand was originally voiced by famous Hanna Barbara voice star, Daws Butler. Funky’s voice however was just a recycling of Butler’s Snagglepuss voice, but it’s okay because it actually works for the character (made funnier since Cavey refers to him as “foppish ghost” in the episode). Tom Kenny takes over as Funky Phantom in the episode and does a stupendous job imitating Butler. I mean, he sounds EXACTLY like Butler or at least a LOT closer than I expected. Kenny’s performance impressed me quite a lot in this episode (and he had already done a good job impressing me in Transfomers Animated), so I have to give him a gold star of awesomeness for his great job in the episode.
Everything else is just awesome topped with awesome with a side order of awesome. The episode does a great job of being both a honorable homage and an affection parody without once feeling like it’s insulting the original subject matter. I highly recommend checking it out. It may be a BLAM episode, but it’s the best damn BLAM episode I’ve seen… well… this and the episode of Dragon Ball Z where Goku and Piccollo have to to get their driver’s license… or the episode of Batman Brave and the Bold where Batman crosses over with Scooby-Doo… Man, those were awesome, too. Guess even BLAM episodes can be good sometimes.
Oh Warner… why didn’t you green light this show? I would’ve watched it… even if it was animated badly in Flash. It would have Dick Dastardly… and that might be enough for me.