Animation Monday: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Preview


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On this Animation Monday, on a Tuesday, I am previewing the new Hasbro Studios show called Transformers: Robots In Disguise that will premiere on Saturday, March 14 at 5 pm Central on Cartoon Network with a one hour premiere.  The series features an all new animation style, and continues the iconic Transformers franchise filled with great humor and lots of adventure.  Here is a preview below!

The series was to be shown on Hub Network, but since that channel is no more, the series moved on over to Cartoon Network.  The new series begins as Bumblebee must step up to be a leader in the years after the Autobots were left in Transformers Prime. Summoned by Optimus Prime to save Earth from a new Decepticon threat, Bumblebee puts his mettle to the test after assembling a rogue team of young Autobot action heroes. Bumblebee must balance his job fighting off evil with being equal parts squad leader and coach to a rascally band that needs constant coaxing to learn how to work together.

After the Saturday night premiere, new episodes will air every Saturday morning at 5:30 am Central.  Yeah, that is way too early in my opinion!  Here is one more sneak peek video, can’t wait for the premiere!

Animation Monday: Archer Season 6 / The Venture Bros. All This and Gargantua-2


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On this Animation Monday, I am talking about two adult cartoons that you should be a watching!  First off, let’s talk about the sixth season of Archer, that premiered in January on FX.  I first wanted to show off this Archer special video with Conan O’Brien, too funny!

So far, we have seen the ISIS named being rolled away and changed forever.  I mean come on, you knew that was coming!  The spy agency has a new office, and he got to encounter things like a Japanese person who thinks WWII is still going on, how Archer is managing his life with a child, trying to get sensitive computer information, trying to kill an assassin while on a mountain, and getting to see the wedding of Edie.

Sure, Archer had some great magic in the first season.  And the show is still ticking along.  I do find the show trying to do the same overall plots over and over again.  Yes, there is plenty of shooting, violence, nudity, and other adult things.  But, I am struggling to find something new with Archer.  I hope as season 6 goes along, we see something that says “this is why I liked Archer in the first place!”  But for now, I am enjoying the spy stuff in season 6, but how long can Archer go, that is made in Georgia?

Let’s also talk about the recent The Venture Bros. Episode that aired on Adult Swim.  In the episode called All This and Gargantua-2, you saw a ton of action, drama, twists and turns, and characters being killed off.  RIP J.J., the Sovereign, and the Venture compound!  In this extra below posted by Adult Swim, you see the bros. and others at the funeral of Jonas Venture Jr.

I thought the storyline and plots were great, and I can’t wait for season 6 to start off.  If you have not caught the one hour special episode yet, you need to check it out below, before it gets taken down off of YouTube.  This is why The Venture Bros. is one of the best cartoons on Cartoon Network / Adult Swim.

If the above video is taken down, you could always spend the $2.99 to watch the episode below!

The Boomerang TV Channel Has Rebranded


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Cartoon Network’s sister channel Boomerang now has a new look, which was about time!  Because I was getting tired of seeing those same old toy bumper ads over and over again.  Which we have seen since the channel launched in 2000.  So, we get to say goodbye to those classic toy bumpers.

And say hello to new colorful, and dynamic bumpers that I am already liking.  I still have doubts about the voiceover, which sounds like a kid.  But I think I will grow on too it.

Along with the classic Warner Bros, Hanna-Barbera, Cartoon Network, and MGM studios cartoons, Boomerang will also be adding in new and original cartoons and family friendly programming to its schedule.  Series made by studios around the world will only air on Boomerang.  Boomerang also has a new logo as well!

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So, where will Boomerang go?  I hope the folks from Turner will get a Boomerang website and social media up and running!  And I also hope the channel will not become a dumping ground for shows from Cartoon Network.  And, I hope you won’t eventually see Adult Swim shows on Boomerang.  I also wonder what acquired shows will air on Boomerang?  Well, I guess we will see, won’t we!  So far, I like the new look!

The Evening Post: Is Over The Garden Wall About Having Faith


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Have you seen Over The Garden Wall on Cartoon Network?  If not, you are missing one of the best cartoons of 2014, and you should not watch this video below!  The YouTube channel PBS Idea Channel talks about Over The Garden Wall, and if the cartoon shows a great exploration into the idea of faith in the face of fear.  So, what can we learn from the brothers Wirt and Greg (as well as Beatrice and their frog) about faith and facing the impossible?  Watch the episode below and find out!

Animation Monday: Over The Garden Wall


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Last week, Cartoon Network premiered their mini-series Over The Garden Wall.  The series was created by Patrick McHale, and the series centers on two brothers who travel across a strange forest in order to find their way home. The show is based on McHale’s animated short film, Tome of the Unknown, which was produced as part of Cartoon Network Studios shorts development program.  For the first ever mini-series on Cartoon Network, I thought they did a great job!  To get things started, enjoy part one below, while it stays up on YouTube.

The show was first pitched in 2006, and it took eight years before it was broadcast on Cartoon Network, I can’t believe it took that long, because I found this mini-series having some great animation, great action, and some good humor spread throughout.  Two brothers named Wirt and Greg becomes lost in a strange wilderness.  And yes, Greg is wearing a teapot upside down on his head.  And Wirt looks like a dwarf from Snow White, it only gets stranger from here!  And why does Greg have a huge amount of candy in his pants?  The brothers are joined by a frog whose name is undetermined and who can communicate only through singing.  There is also a bird named Beatrice who talks, and follows the brothers to try to undo a curse that has affected her whole family.  And there is also the wise, elderly Woodsman, who looks like Abraham Lincoln.

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The mini-series also focuses on a beast who is roaming the forest.  The beast leads lost souls astray until they give up and turn into Edelwood trees.  You don’t want to be turned into the tree!  The first episode, the boys thought they found the beast, but it was only a dog, who liked Greg’s candy.  Other episodes in the series features living pumpkins, a school-house of animals being taught by a human teacher, frogs in human clothing, a cloud city, strange people, teenager love, and near death.  As one of the final episodes reveals, the two brothers almost got hit by a train, fell into a lake, and almost drowned.

One of the final scenes features the brothers in the hospital.  But wait, you see the Woodsman daughter, and Beatrice and her family back as humans.  You think all of this was a dream because the two brothers were knocked out, but you then see the final few minutes, and you see that this was no dream.  Spooky stuff!  Yes, the series is mostly dark, with plenty of horror and scary scenes, but you also see some caring, helping others, and coming out of your shell.  Something all kids watching this should learn.  Yes, the storytelling was weak in spots, but the good animation and music make up for it!

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I thought the entire mini-series was a good mini-series filled with some fairy tale stories, folk stuff, strange stuff, and an overall weird environment I know some people would love living in!  I highly recommend you catch the entire 10 part mini-series, and the entire mini-series should come out on DVD.  Cartoon Network, you need to release this on DVD!  This mini-series is something all kids and adults will enjoy, and I enjoyed it, you will too!

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