Hey, everyone, I finally got around to seeing some new cartoons on Hasbro’s new cable channel, The Hub, and I’d figure I’d give my quick impressions on them so far. I will warn that they’re maybe some spoiler-ish stuff, so beware.
Transformers Prime – Well, it’s Transformers related, so my chances of liking are pretty high, and while it’s not where near as good as Transformers Animated, I have to say I still like it quite a bit. I think I’m mostly surprised with how incredibly dark this show is. In the three episodes I’ve seen, I’ve seen an Autobot get killed rather terrifyingly, then be brought back as a zombie only only to be cut to pieces and killed again. Hell, the whole plot revolves around Megatron using the blood of Unicron (dark energon) to bring to life an undead army of robots, which actually makes for some creepy visuals for a kids’ show. It’s also a surprisingly unique plot for a Transformers cartoon, so I like it. Not to mention a serious take on the franchise isn’t a bad idea after Animated’s mostly silly take on it.
I also have to say that so far I’m REALLY digging Ratchet on the show. His disgruntled cranky attitude makes him a fun character in the show. Bulkhead is also amusing and I like the fact they made Arcee into an action girl character rather than just… well… “The chick” character. Not to mention having Peter Cullen and Frank Welker reprising their roles as Optimus Prime and Megatron is beyond bad ass.
I also got to mention that I’m surprisingly digging the character designs on the show. It’s an interesting mash up between all the character designs ever in the Transformers world with some characters leaning more to some designs than other. For example Optimus Prime and Bumblebee are heavily influenced by their Live Action Movie designs, Bulkhead and Starscream seem to lean towards their animated designs, Cliffjumper leans towards his G1 design, and Ratchet seems to lean towards his Marvel Comics design. The best part being they merge all theses design ideas together real well and no one looks remotely out of place. It’s amazing.
Also a lot of people I’ve seen complain about the human characters (especially the kids), personally I didn’t have a problem with them, and with how dark the show is, I kinda’ felt the kids were needed to lighten the load a bit. Not to mention Ernie Hudson is in the show as Agent Fowler, THAT alone is awesome.
There are some negatives in the show, though. All the backgrounds seem to be barren of life outside the characters in the show. The lack of people in the background makes the show feel like it’s in a damn ghost town. I’m also not really digging this show’s take on Screamer, he feels more like generic right hand man, than the lovable traitorous bastard we’re all used to. I’m also not digging Steve Blum’s Screamer voice, but I’m told it gets better after Season 3, so I guess the jury is still our.
Overall I like the show, it’s a bit early to tell, but with how things are going I’d say it’s my fourth to favorite Transformers series at the moment. Meaning I like it better than the Live Action Movies, Robots In Disguise, and the terrible Unicron Triology, but I like Transformers Animated, the original G1 cartoon and Beast Wars way more. Still it’s a fun show and a neat new take on the property. I recommend it.
G.I. Joe: Renegades – I have to say A-Team the Animated Series… I mean G. I. Joe: Renegades was a surprisingly awesome show. As you can guess from my opening comment, this new G.I. Joe cartoon more than slightly steals from classic TV Show, The A-Team, but it’s okay, because it works. It’s an amazingly fresh direction for the series, and I have to say I REALLY like it.
The plot of the show works like this, unlike previous Joe cartoons, nobody is aware that Cobra is this big terrorist organization, and instead Cobra has covered up it’s nefarious doings under the guise of a big charitable business organization. A group of soldiers stumble upon the underground doings of Cobra, and when they go to tell the world, they get their evidence destroyed, framed for murder, and now find themselves running from the law as they try to prove their innocence and stop Cobra once and for all. Like I said, neat new direction.
I really like this show, it’s written well, fun to watch, and is action packed all the way through. Best of all, the characters are all pretty likable and the voice acting is great. I like that they got someone who is actually Russian to play The Baroness and the fact Kevin Michael Richardson is playing Roadblock (I must get a voice clip of his “This ain’t your mama’s Cobra.” line).
The bad parts, I’m not really digging the character designs in this show. Some characters like Lady Jaye and The Baroness look okay, but most everyone else looks kind of wonky to me (like Roadblocks bald head and giant Wolverine level sideburns), I especially don’t like Cobra Commander’s designs. The animation also seems a tad rough in spots, but I think it’s one of those things that will get better as the show progresses.
In short, I like the show. It’s a neat new take on the franchise and despite some negative issues, it’s a hellova lot of fun. Like Transformers Prime, I totally recommend giving it a look see.
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic – Look, before you say anything, KEEP IN MIND I have an eight year old daughter, so I’m going to be watching girls cartoons from time to time. With that being said, I have to say I found this show to be surprising awesome. I’m not kidding, it’s a good My Little Pony show. I think a lot of this has to do with the person in charge of the show, Lauren Faust, who happens to be the wife of Powerpuff Girl and Foster’s Home of Imaginary Friends creaor Craig McCracken (she also worked on his shows). With that said, she puts together a great show.
First off the animation is amazingly good, especially for a show animated in Flash. The character designs are done with a neat stylized art style and are cute and likable. I really like the visual look of the show, but I’m also a bit of a sucker for GOOD stylized art.
Second the characters are incredibly likable and all have unique personalities. I think Spike is my favorite character, but that might just be because he looks like a Bubble Bobble dragon. I do have a weak spot for cartoony looking dragons.
Last the show is well written, funny, and just plain enjoyable. Outside the fact that it’s embarrassing to say I like a show that’s SO not aimed for gender, I really don’t have anything bad to say… well… other than I kinda’ want to punch Rapid Dash in the face for being a selfish bitch, but I guess that’s part of her character trait. In short, id you can get passed the fact it’s a girl show, I highly recommend watching it.
And that’s the new shows I watched. I definitely have to say Transformers Prime is my favorite of the three (that shouldn’t be a surprise), but all three shows are awesome and I recommend checking them all out.
I’ve done some pieces in Deviantart not too long ago, and figured I’d post some of them as an extra update. Here you go.
Well… if there’s any advantage out there to having a show I like get cancelled… it’s picking up toys based on the series for cheap in the clearance isle. BEHOLD MY COLLECTION OF CLEARANCE ISLE MR. MEN STUFFS! I wish they had a better Mr. Grumpy figure, though…
Today’s cartoon is a reference to something that I be no one either knows about or remembers. Simply it’s about the Saturday Supercade Pitfall cartoon. Yes, there was a cartoon based on the Atari 2600 game, Pitfall. Since the cartoon couldn’t JUST have Pitfall Harry in it, they added two characters created for the cartoon. Harry’s neice, Rhonda, and a talking mountain lion named Quick Claw, and man, is Quick Claw the most unintentionally gay cartoon character I’ve ever seen. I mean, I know they were trying to make him into the cowardly comic relief character, but I have a hard time believing that any mountain lion wearing an eye patch can be a full out coward. Add in his skinny body, goofy mannerisms, and the fact his voice sounds like a cross between Snagglepuss and Paul Lynde, and you’ve got one mountain lion that seems like a rather blatant homosexual. Could just be me, but he seems pretty flaming to me.
But don’t take my word for it, I present for your viewing pleasure, an episode of the cartoon itself. Come to your own conclusions and tell me what you think. Click here if your manly enough (the uploader refuses to let me embed it )
Interestingly these two cartoon created characters were made cannon by Activision. You have to save both Rhonda and Quick Claw in Pitfall 2 (the best game on the Atari 2600), you have to save Rhonda in Super Pitfall (one of the worst games on the NES), and Quick Claw appears in the PS2 Pitfall: The Lost Expedition game (which I have never played). Kinda’ neat in a way. Wouldn’t it be weird if more video game companies made parts of the cartoons based on their franchises cannon? It would definitely make Metroid pretty damn awkward.
What can I say, I’m positively in love with the new Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated Show. I honestly think it might be the best take of Scooby-Doo, yet. It definitely seems to get better with every episode, and never ceases to surprise me.
Today’s review is for the new figure I got from Patch Together. It’s an awesome figure of Vaportotem‘s character, Hell, from her Bormals series of artwork. He’s an angry rabbity thing called a Bormal and he hates everything, especially flowers. I tend to have a weakness for angry lagomorphs, don’cha’ think? Eitherway, I’m a big fan of Vap’s work, so getting this figure was a must.
The figure is amazingly well sculpted thanks to Patch Together’s talented artists. This isn’t the first figure I got from them (the first one was Amber from David Willis’ Shortpacked!), but it’s definitely my favorite of the two I’ve gotten. The figure manages to mimic Vap’s design for the figure pretty dead on with amazing detail. The paint job on it is beautifully well done and detailed, and the whole thing is done in a really sturdy resin. I really can’t make any complaints about it as I love the figure. The closest thing I can think of as a complaint is that it comes shipped to you in pieces and you have to have to super glue it together. This is a minor annoyance as the aforementioned Amber statue did not require this. However Patch Together was nice enough to supply you with a free tube of super glue to use, so the complaint is practically null.
Anyways I love this figure more than I can say, and like Blue Grimlock, I want to make it make it my new official Easter decoration. Unfortunately my wife isn’t cool with that idea. She takes holiday decorating very seriously, and doesn’t really dig some of my more warped or silly ideas when it comes to said holiday decorating… unless it’s Halloween. So for now he’s on my desk raging with Blue Grimlock, and to be honest, I have no problem with that.
PS. It’s the 50th Anniversary of my favorite modern stone age family! Dammit, Warner Bros! We need a new Flintstones cartoon!
Dear Lord, people. Look at the lengths I got to make you laugh. I’m a disturbed man… disturbed, disturbed man. Not as disturbed as Pemmy here, who seems to be enjoying this insanity. Seriously, I have nothing else to say. Well, other than I feel sorry for Chris for having to color it, and it’s like The Girl Who Loved Powerglide gone very very wrong… and in reverse. REVERSE KISS PLAYERS! Ugh…
Hopefully the children aren’t watching… THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!! They taste good with chocolate sauce. *slaps self*
Don’t forget everyone, I’ll be at DWEX on Saturday! Check it out if you’re in the area!
Today I go to court to adopt my stepdaughter as my own daughter. Wish me luck.
Chris has started his own webcomic entitled, CALViN Coonidge. So give it a look, it will be updating on Mondays, for the most part.
Welcome everyone to the 200th installment of Femmegasm (or at least the 200th strip drawn by me), I had a speech prepared, but Blue Grimlock ate it. I bought myself this gold watch in honor of this moment. I had a little thing engraved on it. To Robbie, from Robbie with love. *sniff* How thoughtful of me (if you got that reference I will give you some mad props).
*throws watch out the window*
So let’s talk about this comic, Cookie Jar TV is a block of animated childrens programming on CBS and it’s all generally pretty awful (I guess Sabrina The Animated Series is okay… but not for the reason Pembroke likes it). Noonberry And The Super Seven is getting the brunt of my negatively, because it’s a pretty damn stupid show. Sure the cartoons on this block are meant for kids… little kids… reeeeeeeeeeeally little kids. So I’m obviously not the target audience. Regardless I don’t think that excuses it for being boring and stupid as I can actually enjoy young kids shows like The Mr. Men Show and Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!, because they are actually *gasp* entertainingly written despite their target audience. On the bright side, at least the programming is better than most the stuff on Qubo… not that that’s a major accomplishment.
Also Cookie Jar TV has an oddly catchy theme song…
This comic is pretty much a reference to this… thing…
I honestly don’t know where Namco is going with this proposed new Pac-Man cartoon… it’s definitely an interesting take on the Man of Pac, but being someone who’s been obsessed with Pac-Man since I was like 3 or 4, I can’t help but find this show infuriating and confusing. I mean, alien spirits from the Netherworld? Really, Namco? That’s where you want to go with this? Um, well, I hate to correct you on YOUR OWN CONTINUITY, but the creatures in Pac-Man aren’t GHOSTS per se, they are GHOST MONSTERS, ie they are monsters who look like ghosts, but not actual spirits. Thus they don’t possess people or go through walls or any of that business. Also power pellets allow him to travel to the Netherworld?! REALLY?! When the hell did they do that? Well, at least they kinda’ referenced the Hanna Barbara cartoon with the Power Pellet trees, but still…
I also have always thought of Pac-Man as a family man, seeing as he has a wife and kids. So seeing him as a teenager just seems odd to me. Where’s Ms. Pac-Man (No, I don’t acknowledge the theory that it’s just Pac-Man in drag), Baby Pac-Man, and Jr. Pac-Man? Where have they all gone? I guess this is before all that, but still… it’s just weird… Pac-Man’s voice is also… weird. I think I like Marty Ingles as his voice better. I do kinda’ like the weird sci-fi landscape, but it still doesn’t feel like Pac-Man too me.
To just fuel my fire and confusion more is this press release on the show. Blinky, Inky, Pinky, and Clyde are friends of Pac-Man and not enemies?! WTF?! They’ve been trying to chomp his ass since 1980, why are they suddenly friends, ESPECIALLY if this is to happen BEFORE the fucking first game?! Pac-Man’s the only yellow guy?! Um, again I ask WHERE’S MS. PAC-MAN?! WHERE?!?!?! Looking for his parents?! Social Commentary?! WTF NAMCO?!?! WTF?!?! God, and I thought Pac-Man Party looked bad…
PS. Just leave Pac-Man alone, Namco… are you trying to make this his worst birthday ever?
PPS: Just a reminder, everyone. Due date for the guest comics is Thursday!