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Want Those Hulk Abs?

Apparently, you can… You just need to buy a tacky Incredible Hulk shirt and you too can have a muscular Hulk body and purple shorts!

I was looking for some Hulk swag to help me spread the Bruce Banner love. I found one really hip Hulk t-shirt but it isn’t the focus on today’s post… What amazed me was the amount of tacky Incredible Hulk shirts available on the web. I used to be a fan of cheesy apparel when I was a teenager. I still have one fake tie sweater and more than a few ‘witty’ threadless shirts in my closet, but this shirt is too much.

Get Swole With The Tackiest Fake Body Shirt Ever!

I doubt it’s impossible get a body like the Hulk with proper training and drug use. Yet, why waste that time when you can get Hulk abs in just one click?

Yes. I did write this whole post just so I use all these bad sales lines. I never said I got over my love of cheesiness.

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Top New Cartoon Series of 2011

It does not seem like 2011 was a great year for new cartoon series. It hasn’t been that bad but two out of four of the best new cartoon series are remakes.

#4 – Secret Mountain Fort Awesome

The Secret Mountain Fort Awesome Fort

#3 – Thundercats

Thundercats 2011 Characters

#2 – Beavis and Butthead

New Beavis and Butthead

#1 – The Amazing World of Gumball

Top New Cartoon of 2011

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Planet Hulk Animated Movie Review

Planet Hulk Animated Movie DVDI received the Planet Hulk animated movie from my grandfather at Christmas. It wasn’t much of a surprise since he is a hardcore fan of the Incredible Hulk comics. To tell the truth, I have never been a big comic book fan. I grew to love the Incredible Hulk series because of the 1996 cartoon series. While writing the biographies of Bruce Banner’s family members, friends and foes, I have just realized that there are many incarnations of the Hulk. As a Dr. Bruce Banner fan, I’m pretty sad to say that the movie does not feature the actual doctor but only an intelligent incarnation of the Green Goliath. On the flip side, it does provide the backstory behind Dr. Banner’s third wife, Caiera.

Planet Hulk Plot Summary

I’ll try to avoid giving you any Planet Hulk movie spoilers. Briefly, the Hulk gets exile from Earth by Iron Man and friends. Bruce Banner is considered a threat to society. He lands on planet Sakaar and is enslaved by the Red King. He becomes a gladiator and must fight. The Green Goliath comes to be seen as the savior of Sakaar. If you want to know more, I suggest you watch Planet Hulk movie.

Planet Hulk Movie Review

The Planet Hulk animated movie is full of action. I loved it. I’ve always been a fan of gladiator settings and that’s exactly the setting of the Planet Hulk film. Another great aspect of this animated Hulk movie is it features all the background stories for Caiera the Oldstrong and the main members of the Warbound (Elloe Kaifi, Hiroim, Korg, and Miek).

I haven’t read the comic but I’m pretty sure they followed the Planet Hulk comic book story line. It was made by Marvel Animation and not some random producer… There are even cameos by some other Marvel characters. I’m not going to ruin this Planet Hulk movie review by telling you who they are. However, I have noticed that the Silver Surfer is absent from the mix. I know he is supposed to be present on Sakaar, because I learnt the Red King had enslaved him while writing about Caiera’s son Skaar.

If I had one negative thing to say about the Planet Hulk film, it would be that the Incredible Hulk’s roars are a bit weak. We’d have to blame Rick D. Wasserman for his mediocre voice acting. Actually, apart from his roar, Wasserman did a pretty good job being the voice of the Hulk in the animated movie. Not only did the cast all perform very well. The animation team did a great work as well.

There are two things that really confused me about the Planet Hulk animated movie. First, how come Bruce Banner never appears? It really annoys because he is one of my favorite Marvel character. Second, why does the Hulk’s blood randomly sprout plants? Is it merely just a plot device in the movie? In any case, these questions may be rooted in the fact that I have not read much comics. I’m working on changing that soon…

Overall, the Planet Hulk animated movie is a great watch. It’s jammed pack with action. You get background stories on all many interesting Marvel characters. The music and voice acting is not bad for a direct-to-video production. The animation was also very well done. Overall, I’m quite satisfied with my experience. I encourage you all to buy Planet Hulk movie and watch it at home.

Read more about Planet Hulk 2010

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Baby Sinclair and Charlene

Dinosaurs is a sitcom produced in part by Jim Henson Television. I mentioned the series in passing when writing about dinosaur television series. I decided I wanted to explore some of these series in depth. I choose Dinosaurs because I have always loved Baby Sinclair and remembered a scene from an episode I hadn’t seen in a while, Charlene’s Flat World.

Baby Sinclair

Even thought the series was produced by Jim Henson Television, almost none of the main characters are Dinosaur puppets. Except for Baby Sinclair, he is actually a puppet manned by no other than Kevin Clash. Kevin Clash is also the man behind another famous puppet, Elmo! Unlike Elmo, Baby Sinclair is part robot. His expressions on his face are not controlled by Kevin Clash’s hand but by a remote control! If you don’t know who Baby Sinclair is, I’m sure you can remember his famous lines, “Not the mama!” and “I’m the baby, gotta to love me!”

Charlene’s Flat World

I figured it’s not nice to just write about Baby Sinclair. I figured i’d give part of the spotlight to Charlene Sinclair. Unlike Lisa Simpson, Charlene isn’t a boring character. My favorite episode, i.e. the only episode I remember from my childhood, is actually centered around her. In Charlene’s Flat World, Charlene’s teacher tells the class to come up with an original idea. Charlene is discouraged but is visited by a muse. It’s interesting that all jokes about creepy rapists went straight over my childhood head. I do not remember Charlene’s bad reactions to the Muse saying, “Count to five and you won’t remember a thing.” What I do remember is that I learnt who first argued that the Earth is round because of Charle’s Flat World. In case you are wondering, it is Copernicus! In any case, in this episode of Dinosaurs, the muse has confused Charlene Sinclair with Copernicus. Charlene Sinclair was supposed to have been inspired to make the best brownies ever made for Baby Sinclair’s birthday. It’s interesting that the plot of Charlene’s Flat World mirrors what happened to Copernicus. She is persecuted for her belied by society. She is able to proove them wrong by walking around the pre historic Earth in 80 days. I’d have to argue that Dinosaurs is a very atheist cartoon. I guess I should write a list of religious and atheist cartoons.

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Pepper Ann – Theme Song & Lyrics

The Pepper Ann theme song and most of the music was written by Pat Irwin. In case you didn’t know, Pat Irwin was an influential musician during the No Wave era. This top cartoon series was created by Sue Rose and aired on Disney’s Saturday Morning block. The first time I herd the Pepper Ann song was in 1997. I think it was the first time I really enjoyed a cartoon about a 12 year old girl. It might be because Hazelnut Middle School was an introduction to American stereotypes. Every character in the show is identified as either a jock, a nerd, an artist, a musician, or a misfit… I wish I could find every episode online but I haven’t been able. I doubt I would have had the time to watch them all.

Pepper Ann Theme Song Lyrics


In case you wanted to practice singing the theme song lyrics with Kendra

Who’s that girl? What’s her name?
Is she cool? Is she lame?
Oh, you’re talkin’ ’bout what’s-her-name – Pepper Ann!

Is she lame? Is she cool?
Is she breakin’ every rule?
Is she anybody’s fool? Pepper Ann!

Pepper Ann, Pepper Ann, marchin’ in her own parade.
Pepper Ann, she’s like one in a million!
Pepper Ann, Pepper Ann, much too cool for seventh grade.
Catch ‘er if you can, Pepper Ann!

Who? Is that that girl from gym class?
No, that’s me. Ewwww . . .
Who is she and why does she have her own song?
Did someone take my lunch?

Pepper Ann, Pepper Ann, marchin’ in her own parade.
Pepper Ann, she’s like one in a million!
Pepper Ann, Pepper Ann, much too cool for seventh grade.
No one’s cooler than Pepper Ann!
She’s her own biggest fan Pepper Ann!
Catch ‘er if you can, Pepper Ann!

Check out the guitar chords!

Pepper Ann Theme Sung in Other Languages

I really like foreign languages and I bet you do to! Practice your translation skills with these theme song videos.

German Theme Music

Chinese Intro

Portuguese Intro

Pepper Ann Intro Characters

Obviously, the first characters you see is Pepper Ann and her reflection. The reflection in the mirror is the 12 year old girl’s conscious. Next, you will the red headed girl’s best friends: Milo Kamalani, a very eccentric, highly dramatic artist; and Nicky Little, a soft-spoken, overachieving aspiring violinist. They greet her at the door when she leavers her house. In the kitchen, you will see her feminist mother, Lydia Pearson. Lydia Pearson is a single-mom and encourages Pepper Ann to be as proudly independent. If you unsure whether that kid in the kitchen is a boy or a girl, it’s Pepper Ann’s tomboyish deep-voiced younger sister, Moose.

Other fellow students at Hazelnut Middle School include rich and spoiled Trinket, German boy Dieter Liederhosen, popular airhead Cissy, gossipy twins Tessa and Vanessa, Nicky’s boyfriend, the RC car-racing “nerd” Stewart Walldinger, and the cool 8th-grader, Craig Bean. The Principal of Hazelnut Middle is Mr. Hickey, a tough disciplinarian with zero tolerance for Pepper Ann’s shenanigans. Wayne Macabre, an annoying radio DJ, and Alice Kane, an uppity snob who refers to her as “P. Ann” don’t really get along with Pepper Ann.

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Origins of the Silver Surfer

Silver Surfer Episode 1


The Silver Surfer Origins


1. Norrin Radd and his people says no to violence.
2. Norrin Radd’s planet is going to be destroyed by Galactus.
3. Galactus goes around destroying planets.
4. Norrin Radd becomes Galactus’ scout to save his planet.
5. Norrin Radd is now the Silver Surfer.
6. Silver Surfer is now a villain.
7. What?

Why would a pacifist scout for planets to destroy. He believes his job will be to scout out planets without intelligent life so that Galactus won’t destroy any civilizations. However, the transference of powers remove Norrin’s memories and his moral convictions. Luckily, during a battle with a weird alien villain, the Surfer’s memories come back slowly.

Silver Surfer Episode 2

Niezsche: “Power is awesome.”

Silver Surfer Episode 3

Ok, I admit that the Silver Surfer animated series is not one of the best cartoons ever made. I don’t even think it could appear in top 100 cartoons list. First, there are only 13 episodes and, if you subtract flashbacks’, you’d¬†probably be left with 9 real Silver Surfer episodes. And second, the 3d animation also does not help this cartoon series shine. I might be biased because I don’t really like sci-fi cartoons. Of course, there is at least one exception, Duck Dodgers. I haven’t watched that cartoon series in ages. In any case, I don’t hate Silver Surfer 1998. I like it because it explains the famous Marvel character’s origins. I can hear the nerds screaming, “It’s all wrong!”

If you ever decide to watch the whole Marvel cartoon series, you will notice that it stops in the middle of a story. That’s because Silver Surfer: The Animated Series was cancelled. Marvel claims that it’s because of budget cuts. I believe them. If you did want to know about how the Surfer ends. There is an actual requiem for the Marvel character but it’s only in comic form for now.

silver surfer requiem

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Spider-Man Spider Wars – Marvel Cartoon

This is a continuation of the Marvel Secret Wars. There isn’t much to say other than Carnage is menacing to destroy the infinite number of dimensions that exist in the Marvel universe.

Spider-Man 1994 Episode 64


I really have to say that it’s really cool to see all the Peter Parker clones. The one without powers is totally lame. I guess they named the episode I Really, Really Hate Clones. This episode deals with Spider-Men from parallel universes, trying to stop Spider-Carnage from destroying after him.I find it pretty cool that Madame Web started to make an appearance in the earlier seasons with challenges. These are the list of the cool Marvel characters that you see in this Ep. 65-64: Ben Reilly, Carnage, Green Goblin and Hobgoblin Kingpin, Smythe, Armored Spider-Man, Impact Webbing, Octo-Spidey and more! It’s pretty much a more focused Secret Wars…

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Spider-Man 1994 Episode 65


This is the final episode of Spider-Man: The Animated Series. Is it me or the Armored Spider-Man is kind of an Iron Man rip-off. I really like how they beat the villain; Uncle Ben finding the Peter Parker inside of Carnage. The ending brought a smile to my face. It’s very cheesy.

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Spider-Man Secret Wars – Marvel Cartoon

I really don’t understand the Marvel Video organizing system. I can never seem to find a link to the next episode of the Spider-Man 1994 cartoon series. It’s extremely annoying so I decided start doing it myself. However, the 6 seasons of Spider-Man: The Animated Series contain 65 individual episodes. Instead of providing a full index of this series, I will periodically post either a few episodes or a particular story-arc that I like.

This week, I am going to share with you the Marvel Secret Wars. In other words, you can now watch Spider-Man 1994 episode 61, 62, and 63 on Best Cartoons Ever. I know that you might be wondering about the legality of posting full episodes of the Spider-Man cartoon. If you didn’t already know, there is a place where you can watch all the top Marvel cartoons for free legally… you can even embed their videos if you want to feature the top cartoons on your website.

Spider-Man (1994) Episode 61


Why didn’t Spider-Man pick Gambit or Rogue? I mean they are the best X-Men ever. Also, those weird worms make me think of that novel/movie Dune. Dune is cool because there is a jet-pack wearing obese villain.

Spider-Man (1994) Episode 62


I got confused when watching this episode because I had only watched Spider-Man 1994 episode 61 recently. I forgot about the whole story about vampires, the Black Cat woman, and Morbius. This is a great time to explain one of the best and worst aspects of Spider-Man: The Animated Series.

Spider-Man (1994) Episode 63


This episode is centered around the Fantastic Four and Doctor Doom. I’ve always placed the Fantastic Four as one of the best Marvel characters. I’d also nominate Gambit< and Rogue as top Marvel characters. I also really like that Doctor Doom has created an idyllic “fascist” society. Actually, I haven’t finished episode 63, so Doctor Doom actually seems like a pretty nice guy so far. He has a peaceful society, fights the other evil doers, and cures the Thing of his “disease.” Never mind, I think just tried to kill all the good guys except the Thing. He also didn’t use the powers he stole from the Beyonder. As usual, the villain went crazy with power.

More Spider Man 1994 episodes coming soon!

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Secret Mountain Fort Awesome Review

Secret Mountain Fort Awesome was produced by Peter Browngardt, a storyboard artist on Chowder. It’s a cartoon series about a group of monsters that live in a mountain. As of November 25 2012, 8 episodes have been aired on Cartoon Network. I didn’t like Secret Mountain Fort Awesome at first. However, I’ve grown to enjoy the cartoon series. As always, I have maintained the most important rule in cartoon judging etiquette: watch at least 3 episodes before you decide you hate an animated series. In any case, I saw that there wasn’t many reviews for Secret Mountain Fort Awesome so I decided to do a short review of the first 3 Secret Mountain Fort Awesome episode.

Secret Mountain Fort Awesome Pilot – Uncle Grandpa


I hadn’t watched the pilot until I began writing this post. It’s amazing. I can’t even begin describing all the elements that make it one of the best cartoons ever. Fun Fact: Character designer Robert Ryan Cory has a great Secret Mountain Fort Awesome Flickr Album.

Secret Mountain Fort Awesome – Teleport-a-Potty

I hated the first episode. It’s full of toilet humor. The cartoon series already features a character named Fart who essential talks from his butt, but this episode went a bit to far. Gweelok, the nerd monster, builds a teleport-a-potty. In other words, a toilet that can travel through time when flushed. Festro, the leader of the monsters, gets the troops trapped in an alternate dimension because he takes a dump. The alternate dimension is a world where humans can not use go to the bathroom because all their toilets have been stolen. I was seriously debating whether I would give this series another chance just because of the story. Luckily, I have some faith in Cartoon network cartoon series to avoid judging a series by its first episode.

Secret Mountain Fort Awesome – Monster Cops

I warmed up to Secret Mountain Fort Awesome because of this episode. The main characters a.k.a. the Disgustoids disguise themselves as cops. For your information, all you need to do to disguise yourself as a cop is have a mustache. I liked this episode mainly because of the pictures. The story line itself isn’t that interesting. I just liked the images of cops with mustaches. Actually, Fart became my favorite character of the series during this episode. He is essentially the good sensitive monster who cares about society. The other monsters are like girls, they just want to have fun.

Secret Mountain Fort Awesome – Secret Mountain Fort Love

The three episode rule always pays off. The plot of this episode is very good. The mountain falls in love with a regular mountain. The Disgustoids except for Fart, being stereotypical boys, hate love. The attempt to ruin Secret Mountain Fort Awesome’s relationship with the natural mountain. The succeed but, as a result, break their home’s heart. This is the type of humor that I like. Of course, the episode is littered with toilet humor and slapstick, but the originality of the plot is what gets me. Seriously, Secret Mountain Fort Awesome is sure to become one of the top new cartoon series of 2011.

Secret Mountain Fort Awesome

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Dave Carter – Psychotown

This is the second part of the interview with the famous Dave Carter. If you did not read the first part, Dave Carter is an Australian stop motion filmmaker. His Psychotown series was featured in the Animation Show 4.

Interview (Part 2)

Philip Tomlinson: Can you tell me a bit more about your animation method?

Dave Carter:Dave Carter The only way I can have fun is when I’m feeling creative. I tend to avoid doing any storyboards because they limit the creative process. It may take me a week to complete a storyboard where I have everything worked out, but that means the creative part of my project is finished. I am left with making the movie. That’s why I try to be semi-spontaneous. I’ll have a rough outline but it’s never on paper, just in my head. For example, it took me 3 and a half months to finish the 3 minute music video for Pomomofo. I didn’t even know how it was going to end. At times, it became quite painful because it would of been so much easier if I had a plan.

Psychotown #5 – Oranges

PT: If you aren’t making storyboards, what is the first phase of your creative process?

DC: I always need to start out making some designs and experimenting with them. I have to test out whether these designs are going to complement the story and the humor of the project. It’s also the scariest part because it is the period where a project might get aborted. I thought I had a miscarriage recently, but it’s okay now.

Psychotown # 2 – Shit Coup

PT: Does this mean you precut all your drawings before making your movie?

DC: Usually, I’ll precut everything, characters first. When making the Psychotown series, I’d precut because I would be doing all these faces, mouths, eyes and stuff. On the other hand, I only had the characters designed when beginning the Pomomofo video clip. I just improvised the rest using all the paper and books available to me. I really wanted to give the clip a stream of consciousness feel.

PT: Do you have any favorite books to cut out from?

DC: Medical Journals, Russian Readers Digests, and Jevoha Witness Pamphlets are my favorite. Unforunately I don’t use them as much as I should. I think I might be passed that phase. I’ve been working on drawing a lot more lately.

PT: I wanted to see more cool backgrounds like in Psychotown…

DC: The backgrounds in Psychotown helped create a claustrophobic setting. The characters are supposed to look like they’re trapped. They are holed-up in their own homes. Right now, I want to focus on the characters rather than decor. A lot of my new works don’t even have backgrounds, because I feel it suits the humor better when your focus is on nothing else but the gags.

Psychotown #6 – Free Association

PT: Why can’t I find any of your newer shorts on line?

DC: There’s actually a lot of my works that aren’t online. It’s not that I don’t want to share it with others. I just find it’s more much satisfying to keep your work offline until you get to present it to a real audience. The reason why I animate is to make people laugh. On the Internet, I don’t get that satisfaction. I can just look at the numbers of views and likes on Youtube. It doesn’t feel as real. Seeing real people laugh gives me motivation to keep working on my projects. The last big show was in 2006 and I haven’t put much up since then. I’m having a public showing of my work in March 2012 and I’ll be putting up some more stuff online afterwards. I know keeping the newer shorts offline might not be a great strategy but, once this show is done, I’ll try to be a bit more consistent on keeping my online fans up to date.

Lick a Dick a Day – Mr Car

PT: Do you have any survival tips for future artists?

DC: I have thousands of tips running through my mind, but I guess the best would be that you need to have a lot of faith in your ideas. It’s essential if you want to overcome the fear of failure and maintain a personal touch to your art. Personally, I create work for my friends because they are like an extension of me. It’s almost like catering to myself because they still have my taste and sensibilities. It’s also easier than having to deal with the million of people out there on Youtube. That’s really how I approach animation; I make works for my friends to laugh at.

Stimpy’s Cartoon Show

PT: Are you inspired by any specific animators?

DC: I try to take inspiration from filmmakers rather than animators. If I consider myself as an animator first and foremost, then I’m going too labour to much on the quality of the work. I already tend to be a perfectionist and I’d like to produce the most works I can. If I had to recommend one movie, it would have to be Lars von Trier’s Breaking the Waves.

You can watch Dave Carter Show on Youtube and be sure to become a fan on Facebook.