Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell

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   Watching this for the first time. It’s not bad. It is aimed at a younger audience. I am already digging the fact that the Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. are involved with the show. While I write this, I am also watching the show. At this point I won’t hold my breath for Dum Dum Dugan to make an appearance.

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   The Howling Commandos was one of the best things that Marvel has put out in years. Having said that, it was also a short lived title. So seeing some of them show up in the animated universe is a treat.

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   This direct to video presentation is entertaining enough, but don’t expect anything too deep. It’s fun for what it is. If you like Doctor Strange, the Hulk, the Howling Commandos, and don’t mind simplistic plots, then this show is for you. It really is worth a watch.

Turtle Power (2014)

 pizza-gyoza  This is a wonderful documentary on the full history of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It’s a great, and informative, watch. You can’t beat the rental price of $2.99 either. I was onboard the TMNT train back in 84, when I discovered the 2nd printing of issue number one at my favorite comic book shop, Comics & Comix, in Citrus Heights, California.

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Star Wars Rebels: Imperial Supercommandos

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   This week we get to meet the Mandalorians who work for the Empire. We also get to see more character development for Sabine. Dave Filoni has really honed his storytelling skills and given us an absolutely wonderful third season, so far. I am not someone who get’s caught up in the whole “This isn’t my Star Wars” thing. I can take enjoyment in watching Darth Maul’s machinations just as much as laughing at Hondo’s crazy schemes. From Puffer Pigs to James Earl Jones’ reprisal of Darth Vader, this show is a great escape for my Wife and I. If you haven’t already checked it out, then what are you waiting for?

 Watch it online right now at DisneyXD.com

Higher Res: Marvel’s new Animated Spider-Man

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Spider-Man is getting back to his roots in a new animated TV series.

   "Spider-Man is the biggest action hero in the world. He is an iconic 
character whose duality  makes him both relatable and  aspirational for 
the  Disney  XD  audience,"  says  Marc Buhaj,  senior vice president, 
programming and general manager for Disney XD.     He promises "a fresh 
take on a beloved classic that will engage both new and existing Spidey 
fans with its compelling drama, exciting action and the signature sense 
of comedy."

  More about the next Spider-Man series here:  Exclusive: New ‘Spider-Man’ animated series coming in 2017

Let’s Go, Voltron…

   Voltron: Legendary Defender, was released on June 10th. I cannot recommend this new show enough. I was 15 when Voltron: Defender of the Universe was released in North America from a retooled Beast King: Go Lion. Back then, I enjoyed the show a lot, it wasn’t my favorite but is was fun… until they tried splicing in Armored Fleet Dairugger XV. They quickly re-retooled their show and phased out the “Vehicle Voltron” for the more popular lion version. Clever as it was, they milked the footage for all they could. Coupled with the specialty shops importing Go Lion toys, Matchbox releasing a version then Panosh Place taking a shot at the license, the world seemed to be crazy for Voltron.

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#Animation: The Jonny Quest #Documentary You Never Knew You Needed.

jonny-quest-   I am watching this right now. The beginning is a bit silent, and I am not a fan of the font he uses, but tough it out and be both entertained and educated. Watch as the early days of animation specifically created to be televised unfold before you. I wrote this show off a while ago as just another cartoon mill show, but there is something special about it and I am going to dust off my copies and rewatch them.

   We I first saw Jonny Quest, the  show had been off the air for some time. I would place it around the late 70’s. It was a staple of Sunday viewing for a long time. Religion never played a big part in my life so Sunday morning cartoons were a must for me. It’s where I was exposed to such shows as George of the Jungle, King Kong, The Banana Splits (which was apparently a favorite of mine before I could speak), along with Jonny Quest.

   I cannot recommend this documentary enough. Watch it now and visit the YouTube user’s page (ronvailvideos) and give his work a few more likes 🙂

Animated #SciFi Rewind: Flash Gordon: The Greatest Adventure of All (1979) by Filmation

   This is what Flash Gordon was supposed to be before it was retooled for Saturday mornings in 1979-80. You can see the many parallels that it shares with the classic Sci-Fi Opera of the same time. I like that it is a period piece. Placing it roughly a decade ahead of the original serials of the 1930’s, Nazi Germany is getting assistance from Ming and Flash brings together the many peoples of Mongo to overthrow their oppressor. Take some time and enjoy this feature length jewel of American animation. Leave your thoughts below 🙂

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#Animation #Nostalia: Battle of the Planets, the original #Sentai

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   Being a creature fueled by nostalgia, from time to time I am haunted (in an awesome way) by memories from all of my childhood favorites. This evening I flashed on “Battle of the Planets“. An adaption of Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman, produced by Sandy Frank productions, It follows the adventures of G-Force. In a battle against Spectra, an alien force bent on destroying/taking over the world, five teens work together as a task force in defense of the planet.

   I am more of a fan of the Japanese version of the show now, but that has a place in my heart that will never go away.

190 (So Far) Cartoon Intros of Yesteryear

    Born in 1970, I was exposed to some of the greatest animated shows from all over. From the 30’s to the late 90’s, I watched it all. Even the 2000’s had/have it’s fair share of good shows. Kick back and enjoy the play list. It will be growing.