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Kwesi Boakye is Darwin & Gumball’s Fish

A friend once stated that voice actors are like teens in movies. They often are older than they appear on your television screen. I don’t know if that simile is truly representative of reality. Yet, I was reminded of an exception when I wrote about a recent Gumball episode that there is at least one notable exception: The Amazing World of Gumball’s cast!

Kwesi Boakye

Kwesi Boakye’s last name is pronounced buuah-chee not buuah-kee. In case you were wondering, his family is from Ghana. Kwesi was born April 6, 1999 in Los Angeles. Therefore, Kwesi is only thirteen years old. He isn’t an actual elementary school kid like Darwin, but he also isn’t an old man. I guess that’s also true about the actors playing teenagers in movies, but anyways… Kwesi Boakye is rise to stardom began with his role as Manny in the Tyler Perry film “I Can Do Bad All By Myself.” Darwin is not the only cartoon character that is voiced by Boakye. The teenager also voices Gossamer on new and horrible The Looney Tunes Show.

Interview With Kwesi Boakye

Are Darwin & Gumball brothers?

Darwin & Gumball are best friends! Darwin is a fish who lives in a fish bowl next to Gumball’s bunk-bed. I have always wondered if there is a link between Darwin’s name and the existence of the Darwin Fish symbol. Unless I get an interview with the creators of the Amazing World of Gumball, I doubt I will ever get an answer.

Either way, I have always been confused by Darwin’s background. Is Darwin Gumball’s brother and a real member of the Watterson family? Even though Darwin’s full name is Darwin Raglan Caspian Ahab Poseidon Nicodemius Watterson lll, the cartoon fish is not Gumball’s brother. Darwin was Gumball’s pet fish until he suddenly grew legs and started to speak. Obviously, the pet fish became an integral part of the Watterson family. Imagine if your dog suddenly became more human and you considered him a family member if you didn’t already!

Amazing World of Gumball Fan Art by Molly Ketty

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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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World War Hulk: X-Men Review

Hulk World War: Hulk X-Men ComicsI decided to pick up a few of the World War Hulk comics after reading that Joe Carnahan wants to do a World War Hulk Movie. I had to choose between the actual World War Hulk books or World War Hulk: X-Men. I picked up the later because I was hoping to get a glimpse of my second favourite Marvel character, Gambit. Sadly, he did not appear in the issue… At least, I wasn’t expecting to see the Green Goliath transform back into Bruce Banner!

In 2007, three issues were released for the X-Men World War Hulk mini-series. The story was written by Christos Gage and drawn by Andera Di Vito. The duo also worked together for Civil War: House of M mini-series in 2005. I really like Di Vito’s drawing style. It’s very cartoonish. Of course, the occasional scene is sometimes a bit sketchy, but overall the art work is amazing. Laura Villari does great work colouring the panels as well!

Storyline

In World War Hulk: X-Men, the Green Goliath seeks out Professor Xavier. The Worldbreaker a.k.a. Green Scar a.k.a. the Hulk wants to know whether Xavier would have voted against his exile from Earth. Yet, the X-Men do not trust the Incredible Hulk. They believe the Green Scar wants to kill Professor Xavier! This means that for three whole comic books, you get to see the Hulk fight almost all the top X-Men! I’m surprise how witty the Incredible Hulk is! I actually chuckled a few times while reading the books.

I really don’t have much negative things to say about the World War Hulk: X-Men mini-series. The art is good, the story is really fun but I guess the ending is a bit disappointing…

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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

Comics Movies

Possible World War Hulk Movie?

In an interview, the director Joe Carnahan hints at his upcoming dream project: a big budget blockbuster based on World War Hulk comic series by Greg Pak. I really hope that the movie surpasses the numerous problems with Hulk (2003). I will be watching the 2008 Hulk movie soon.

Hulk World War Hulk Hard CoverI would love to make a World War Hulk film.. you know that comic where Hulk takes on Charles Xavier, Tony Stark and all of Earth’s heroes and just [obliterates them]? That would be amazing to do! Maybe they’ll let me completely destroy Manhattan [laughs]. I think the character itself is so full of depth…I’m more of a fan of Ang Lee’s Hulk [movie] because it really captured that Jekyll and Hyde feel. I love seeing Hulk be docile and calm when he’s alone but go totally ballistic when anyone messes with him. If I could do it for $20 million, even better.
Joe Carnahan

I haven’t picked up the World War Hulk comics, but I am planing to soon because I really loved the Planet Hulk film. World War Hulk is essentially the follow-up to the Incredible Hulk’s adventures on Sakaar.

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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