Animation Monday: Transformers Robots In Disguise


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This week, let’s talk about the new Hasbro Studios cartoon Transformers: Robots In Disguise.  The cartoon is produced by Hasbro Studios and Darby Pop Productions in the United States, and animated by Polygon Pictures in Japan.  It is a sequel to Transformers: Prime, yet it is absolutely different from the latter series.  The latter series was Transformers: Prime, and there are some big differences between the two cartoons.

For starters, Prime was all CGI computer animated, in this new series, the animation is more like a cross between video game animation and Japanese animation.  The Autobots and their animation is pretty good.  But the animation for the humans almost seems a little video game like.  The animation features a lot more shadows, lines, and details than what you see in other cartoons.  I think the animation in this show is better than the animation you see on Prime.

As for the writing and storylines, they are getting better.  The first episodes featured Bumblebee as a beat cop with Strongarm as a cadet.  They arrest Sideswipe for vandalism, and soon these three along with Fixit and Grimlock are on Earth.  The reason these Autobots are back on Earth, the prison ship Alchemor crashed scattering its Decepticon prisoners across the world, so it will be the job of these Autobots to capture these Decepticon prisoners.

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The Autobots are staying in this junkyard in what looks like Northern Europe.  The town is called Crown City, and you know the Autobots don’t want to be discovered and cause panic with the people.  I think the story writing and plots are okay, but it’s something that I am not dropping everything to watch the latest episode.  The biggest problem is it airs at 5:30 am Central on Saturday mornings.  Not getting up that early!

So far, I find Transformers: Robots In Disguise as an okay animated series.  Producers Jeff Kline and Adam Beechen are doing a good job with this series, it’s just the way too early premiere time on Cartoon Network might be hurting this series.  And with Cartoon Network, you can’t watch the latest episodes unless you or your parents have cable.  So it means some are having to pirate this series.  So, comparing this series to Prime and Rescue Bots.  I think this series is better than Prime, and I find this series as equal to Rescue Bots.

Well, the series is starting to tell some more character development and good animation, I have some high hopes for this series, let’s hope this show will last for a while!

The Evening Post: How Does Steven Universe Expand Our Ideas of Family


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This week on the PBS Idea Channel YouTube channel, let’s talk about family and Steven Universe!  Mike loves Steven Universe!  But what makes it so great? It’s a story of mismatched characters trying to save the world, but maybe there’s more to it than that? Maybe Steven Universe is really about Family, and how it’s impossible to define it… universally. What else, or who else can we call family? Are Fandoms family? Can things be family? Watch the episode to find out!

Animation Monday: The New Inspector Gadget


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Well, we are living in a world where classic cartoons are being rebooted.  If Ducktales can be rebooted for Disney, I guess Inspector Gadget was due for a reboot too.  If you don’t remember the classic Inspector Gadget series, I loved it while I was a kid!  The animation was hand-drawn, and I loved it everytime Penny was put to sleep with that sleeping gas.

So now, the rebooted Inspector Gadget has been put on Netflix.  It was supposed to go to Cartoon Network, but something happened where Netflix got the show instead.  Judging by the trailer below, I just don’t know.

The show is made from DHX Media, and for starters the animation is subpar.  I mean, this looks like a classic computer animation from something you expected back in the 1990’s when the first Toy Story came out.  The storylines are okay, and I enjoy seeing the action with the Claw.  And I liked seeing the new tech, which is an upgrade from the original series.  But, what is turning me off is the animation.

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When you make something, you should put the best work you can into the animation qualities. Yes, I know that mostly all cartoons you see today are computer animation.  But, the computer animation has gotten so good that sometimes you have a hard time telling it’s a computer animation.  In this new Inspector Gadget series, it’s like the animation went back 20 years.  Along with the mouths sometimes not in sync, and the weird head tilts at times.  The CGI computer animation here was lacking.

Other things I thought about the series.  I tought having Tara Strong as the voice of Penny was a good choice.  And I can see this new character named Talon having some kind of date scene thing happening.  Yes, the good person having a crush on the evil person, we have seen this before.  I also like seeing Penny and Brian as partners with Gadget, unlike the first series where Penny and Brain were always behind Gadget.

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But, the one thing that is killing me here is the animation!  If the animation was better, I would have approved!  The storylines are good, but the animation is off the mark!  This is a lesson to all the animators out there!  Focus on your animation work, the people wants good animation.  Not the lame animation we see in the new Inspector Gadget series, the people thank you!

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!