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Adventure Time – Ghost Princess Review

I’ve been pretty bad at keeping up with the best new cartoons lately. I didn’t even know an Adventure Time comic is being released in February! It will be written by Ryan North of Dinosaur Comics fame. I’ll try my best to pick up a copy of the fist issue even if the pre-order is sold-out! In any case, Adventure Time is one of the best cartoons ever made! Here’s a review of Adventure Time season 3 episode 24, Ghost Princess. Continue Reading

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Napoleon Dynamite – Ligertown

Napoleon Dynamite and his baby ligerI can officially state that the Napoleon Dynamite isn’t very good… I have watched three first episodes of the new Napoleon Dynamite animated series. I have a firm belief that you can not judge a cartoon by its pilot but you can begin to get a glimpse of its future episode by watching at least three episodes. I won’t say that I wasted an hour and a half of my time watching the Napoleon Dynamite cartoon, but I know I could of spent it watching a different animated television series.

In Ligertown, Napoleon kidnaps a baby liger. The fact that this whole episode revolves around one of the jokes of the movie annoyed me. Ligers weren’t that funny is the first place and making them into a real animal just ruins the actual joke. Either way, the Napoleon Dynamite cartoon is unfunny and an uncreative. Will this be the worst cartoon of 2012? We’ll have to wait a year to find out.

Disclaimer: I might not be able to make a better cartoon, but at least I would know if it was bad.

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Voice of Archer, Jon Benjamin Interview

Toonzone were able to snag a round table interview with Jon Benjamin. Jon Benjamin not only does the voice of Sterling Archer, he is also the man behind Ben Katz (Dr. Katz), Coach McGuirk (Home Movies), Bob (Bob’s Burgers), Carl (Family Guy) and a multitude of characters in Aqua Teen Hunger Force and The Venture Brothers. Do not think that was an exhaustive list of all his roles, Jon Benjamin has voiced an enormous number of cartoon characters.

AMY HARRINGTON/POP CULTURE PASSIONISTAS: We wanted to go back to the beginning and find out how you got your part on Archer.

JON BENJAMIN: It’s not a great story. Adam Reed, the creator of Archer, God rest his soul [said jokingly] called me. I think he had heard me do some other work on Adult Swim shows, and he called me to read the part. I don’t know if other people had been asked. I don’t know if I was first choice or like literally last resort. Probably last resort, right? Right?

AMY HARRINGTON/POP CULTURE PASSIONISTAS: Right. Definitely right.

JON BENJAMIN: So, yes, and then I accepted and then it worked out well. But I was tentative because I didn’t think I could pull off a spy. If you knew me, you’d know all the reasons why

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The Amazing World of Gumball – The Wand Preview

If you’ve read my Best Cartoons list, you know that I have placed The Amazing World of Gumball in first place. I’ve been waiting for the first 2012 episode and it is going to air tomorrow night, January 24 2012, at 7:30 PM on Cartoon Network!

In The Wand, Darwin and Gumball try their best to make their dad believe in magic again. Will it work? I’m pretty sure it will because Richard Watterson a.k.a. the dad is pretty childish and immature.

Can’t wait until tomorrow night!

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Napoleon Dynamite Cartoon Review

Napoleon Dynamite Cartoon Cast

I tend to wait to try and watch at least three episodes before judging a cartoon, but I felt like my comments on the new Fox animated series Napoleon Dynamite could not wait. I was initially a fan of the Napoleon Dynamite movie. I enjoyed the characters and most of the humor. I was also a teenager and haven’t watched the movie since.

On January 15, the first two episodes of the Napoleon Dynamite television series aired during Fox’s Animation Domination. I didn’t really enjoy the episodes and without diving too deep into an analysis of each episode, here are some of the reasons why.

Unoriginal Animation

The main thing that shocked me was the unoriginal animation techniques used for the Napoleon Dynamite animated series. I guess it isn’t bad but it is in no way amazing. I found that it was just looked like the standard Fox animated television series. The horribly unfunny Alan Gregory cartoon looked more original than Napoleon Dynamite…

Relation to the Napoleon Dynamite Movie

I’m really glad that the original Napoleon Dynamite cast are voicing their movie characters in the television series. Yet, I wish that the dialogue writers had not tried to shove in so many catch phrases in the movie. One or two would have been just fine, but it seems that almost every scene had to incorporate at least one reference to the original movie. They were funny at the time, but it’s been almost a decade. I want some character development!

Actually, two characters have been changed: Pedro and Kip. Kip is still the same pretentious idiot but he is no longer married. I was disappointed because the animated series could have portrayed him in ‘family’ situations. Pedro talks a lot more. I don’t know if that is a good or bad thing. I rather enjoyed him as a silent type.

Hit or Miss Jokes

The real problem with the new Napoleon Dynamite television series is the lack of really funny jokes. I’m not going to lie, it did make me chuckle but not enough! Apart from the use of reusing the movie catch phrases and funny character traits, the cartoon’s humor is much too similar to other Fox Animation Domination shows. For example, the witty messages on billboards in the background in every school scene reminds me of the Simpsons. The random re-occurring jokes such as the Happy Hands club both looks like a Family Guy gag.

Conclusions

Actually, I guess my main point is that the Napoleon Dynamite cartoon isn’t original. As a teenager, I liked the movie because it was trying something new or at least felt different from other comedies. On the other hand, the cartoon just feels like a plain old Fox cartoon. They mix and match different styles of humor from the Simpsons, Family Guy and King and the Hill. You can even tell that the humor will be similar by looking at the animation and character design! Yet, I did see a slight improvement between the first episode and the second, so I will be watching Napoleon Dynamite episode three when it airs. The teenager inside me is really hoping that this cartoon will become good!

Napoleon Dynamite Animated Series Trailer

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The Incredible Hulk Theme Songs

I really enjoy music in cartoons. I decided to check out all the Incredible Hulk theme music. I’d have to say that the best composers are from the The Marvel Super Heroes cartoon 1966 and The Incredible Hulk 1996. It’s kind of cool that both of these animated television series both came out in years that end with the number six. Anyways, here are all the themes songs from the introductions of the television series dedicated to Bruce Banner and his green alter-ego!

Hulk (1966) Theme Song

Lyrics

Doc Bruce Banner,
Belted by gamma rays,
Turned into the Hulk.

Ain’t he unglamor-ous!

Wreckin’ the town
With the power of a bull,

Ain’t no monster clown
Who is as lovable.

As ever-lovin’ Hulk! HULK!! HULK!!

The Incredible Hulk (1978) Theme Song

The Incredible Hulk (1982) Theme Song

The Incredible Hulk (1996) Theme Song

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Bruce Drinks Decaf

I began to watch The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. It’s really not a bad Hulk cartoon if I could say so myself. I haven’t gotten really far in the series. To tell the truth, I have only watched the first 5 episodes. The fifth episode is a combination of the Avenger micro-series which provides a prologue to The Avengers episode 1.

I had to begin writing this article, because when watching episode 5, Hulk Vs The World, Bruce drinks decaf! I guess it makes sense because caffeine certainly wouldn’t help him stay calm…

Hulk Vs The World Review

I believe this is one of the few episodes that include the Marvel doctor. This is because in episode 2, Dr. Banner agrees to let the Incredible Hulk take over his body. I think it isn’t that big a price to pay since it could be much worse. The Green Goliath could be replaced by the Rulk! I rate this episode 3/5. The problem isn’t that the story isn’t good or the animation is crap. It’s the lack of focus on the Incredible Hulk. In fact, too much focus is put on Hawkeye’s background.

The story takes place while Banner is still on the run. He is trying to learn more about the Shield’s Cube prison. During his investigations, Bruce Banner confronts the Absorbing Man causing him to transform into the Incredible Hulk. Obviously, Shield agents arrive. I always enjoyed Nick Fury and Ross hunting the hulk, but the inclusion of one my least favorite characters happens here… Hawkeye comes in to play. I have never liked Hawkeye because he just seems like a rip-off of the Green Arrow who is much much cooler. The rest of the episode focuses mostly on Hawkeye interactions with Shield agent Black Widow and the hunt to capture the Incredible Hulk.

The best part of the whole episode is Dr. Banner’s transformation scene. I have always loved X-Ray effects in cartoons. I just realized I might be a Hulk fan because my favorite color combination is green and yellow…. In any case, I’m not sure if it this Hulk transformation scene one that is used in the Avenger’s intro. I tend to skip it because the song is really horrible…

Overall, I will be continuing to watch this series and will most likely write a few more posts about the series. I’ll try finishing a few more TV or biography pages A.S.A.P.

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No Bruce Banner in Avengers: X-Sanction!?

Avengers X-sanction Red Hulk

I’m pretty angry right now. Did you know that they are featuring the Red Hulk a.k.a. Thunderbolt Ross instead of Bruce Banner in Avengers: X-Sanction? It’s pretty frustrating. I hope it doesn’t mean more sadness for Bruce Banner / Original Hulk fans.

I’ve already mentioned that I was never a big comic book fan until recently. I became an Savage Hulk fan and Bruce Banner fanatic due to the multiple cartoon series and my grandfather’s love of Marvel. I’ll assume that like me, you did not know what Avengers: X-Sanction is all about until today.

This four-issue miniseries is a prologue to the upcoming Avengers Vs. X-Men series. In the X-Sanction comics, Cable goes back in time and has 24 hours to defeat the Avengers. I am annoyed because this Avengers’ team includes the Rulk rather than my favorite goliath. Why must this group of super heroes die? Cable believes that it will save his daughter’s life and the world as we know it.

In the Avengers: X-Sanction #3, Cable will have to goes toe to toe with the Red Hulk. It will be interesting to see what happens when these two soldiers will fight, but I still wish Cable would be affronting one of Bruce Banner’s Hulk incarnations.

In case you actually are a “Thunderbolt” Ross fan, you will have to wait until February to pick up this Avengers comic. You can always pre-order Avenger: X-Sanction and you will also get a digital copy of the comic with your purchase!

Personally, I just hope that there will be at least some references to Bruce Banner the miniseries or the upcoming battle between the Avengers and the X-Men.