Get Hyped For Gravity Falls With Gravity Falls: Legend of the Gnome Gemulets


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So who enjoyed the return of Gravity Falls?  If you have not watched the latest episode called A Tale of Two Stans, you must!  It tells everything you need to know about Gravity Falls up to this point, it was great!  I wonder what else is coming out judging from their Comic-Con trailer?

So to get stoked about Gravity Falls, Ubisoft has come out with a new game called  Gravity Falls: Legend of the Gnome Gemulets.  Have a look below!

Ubisoft and Disney Interactive announced Gravity Falls: Legend of the Gnome Gemulets, a brand new video game adapted from DisneyXD’s hit animated series, Gravity Falls. Created in collaboration with the show’s creator and executive producer, Alex Hirsch, the game delivers Gravity Falls’ trademark quirky humor in an authentic and interactive way, letting fans play as Dipper and Mabel as they set out to solve mysteries and restore order to Gnome kingdom. Along their journey, players will encounter many more characters from the show and will explore locations including the town of Gravity Falls, the Mystery Shack and more. Hirsch also designed the game’s original key art. Gravity Falls: Legend of the Gnome Gemulets will be available on Nintendo 3DS handheld systems this Fall.

“This partnership between Disney and Ubisoft resulted in a fun and high-quality video game. By collaborating with the show’s creator, Alex Hirsch, the game is an accurate extension of the characters, storyline and trademark humor found in Gravity Falls. We are thrilled to give fans of the show a new, fun and authentic way to interact with their favorite Gravity Falls characters,” says Adam Novickas, VP, Marketing, Brand Management of Ubisoft. “By using the UbiArt engine on the Nintendo 3DS platform, we are able to take Alex’s art and turn it into an excellent interactive experience.”

In Gravity Falls: Legend of the Gnome Gemulets, a crisis has engulfed the Gnome kingdom – and only Dipper and Mabel can save the day. The Pines twins must work together to collect tools and weapons around Gravity Falls as they attempt to solve mysteries and prepare for encounters with paranormal and super creatures. On their perilous journey, they will battle fearsome enemies that block their path and will ultimately restore order to the kingdom.  This is cool stuff!

Phineas And Ferb Ends Tonight While My Little Pony Celebrates 100 Episodes Saturday


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This is a big weekend for animation!  Tonight, Phineas and Ferb ends its amazing run on Disney Channel and DisneyXD.  Tonight’s final episode is called “Last Day of Summer” and it will be like the Groundhog Day movie.  Will the boys finally be busted before school starts the next day?  Enjoy some previews below!

Before you watch, you need to read a great interview from GeekDad’s Matt Blum of the show’s creators.  The final episode of Phineas and Ferb airs at 8 pm Central!  And on Saturday morning, another popular cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic celebrates its 100th episode!  This episode is called “Slice of Life”, and the episode will all be about the background characters.  While the Mane 6 are saving Ponyville, the background characters will be putting on a wedding!  Here are some previews!

The 100th episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic airs at 10:30 am Central on Saturday on Discovery Family.  Look for reviews of both the final Phineas and Ferb episode and the 100th My Little Pony episode on the next Animation Monday!

Digimon Is Coming Back While Phineas And Ferb Is Riding Into The Sunset


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Two of my favorite cartoons, Phineas And Ferb and Digimon, both have some big news this week.  First, let’s talk about the return of Digimon: Digital Monsters!  When I was younger, I loved watching this on FOX Kids.  Since the second season, the show has fallen off.  And I thought the franchise needed to return to its roots of the first two seasons.  Now, a couple of big changes are coming to the new series.  First, the entire voice cast is coming back to voice their characters.  Second, the animation is going to look crisper and cleaner.  And third, this will be a 6 part movie series called Digimon Adventure Tri.

Here is the English trailer.  Not much was revealed in the trailer, but the animation looked awesome!

The 6 part series will start in Japanese theaters on November 21st, 2015.  But as of right now, there is no word about this series coming to America.  I highly doubt you will be seeing this in theaters in America.  Most likely, you will either see this on TV like on Adult Swim, streaming on the internet, or on DVD.  This series is going for an older audience giving the long time fans the story they loved but with a tougher feel.  So you will see more adults enjoying this than the kids.  I guess we will see how mature the story will be.

The series picks up Digimon Adventures story threads exactly where they ended 15 years ago.  And if you remember how it ended, the group got to keep their Digimon on Earth, and the last scene featured the group with their families together, with the kids having a Digimon of their own.  Digimon Adventure Tri will star the series original protagonist, Taichi, who is now a 17 year-old high school student.  Everyone in the first adventure series will be back, but what about Davis, Yolei, and Cody?  I guess we will wait and see what happens.

So I am stoked about this!  Not bad for the 15th anniversary of Digimon!  While Digimon is riding high, another popular series is about to ride into the sunset.  Disney’s Phineas and Ferb is about to end, and it has been an awesome ride!  Phineas and Ferb has been going strong for eight years, but the time has come to retire this classic cartoon.  The final episode called “Last Day of Summer” will feature the summer season coming to a close and it’s Candace’s last chance to bust her brothers.

Yep, her plan fails, but she is presented with an opportunity to redo the day when she sets off Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s Do-Over-Inator, which results in other consequences like rips in the space-time continuum, the shortening of days, and the disappearance of her brothers.  The last episode will air on Friday, June 12 at 8 pm Central on Disney Channel and DisneyXD.  Before the finale, DisneyXD will do the ultimate Phineas and Ferb marathon, airing every episode made beginning on Tuesday, June 9 at 7 pm Central.  That’s 73 hours straight of Phineas and Ferb!

But while Phineas and Ferb is ending, Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh will be working on a new animated series called Mikey Murphy’s Law.  The series will premiere in 2017 and the story introduces Mikey, the fictional great-great-great-great grandson of the Murphy’s Law namesake.  I wonder if this will premiere at the same time the new DuckTales premieres?  Man, from the first episode, it’s been a good ride for Phineas and Ferb!

Animation Monday: Gravity Falls Not What He Seems


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I know, I am a little late on this, but I wanted to really talk about this big episode of Gravity Falls, probably the biggest episode in the entire series!  Last Monday, DisneyXD aired the episode called “Not What He Seems.”  The episode delivered big ratings for the network, with the episode being the #1 series telecast on record in total viewers and the #1 animated series telecast in Kids 2-11/Kids 6-11.  That means plenty of adults watched Gravity Falls, along with the kids.  Let’s get to the review!

The episode begins like any other episode on Gravity Falls, but things take a turn fast!  We see Grunkle Stan down below the Mystery Shack beginning some countdown to open the portal.  Not long after that, government agents takes Stan into custody, and the kids were going to DHR, until they escaped by forcing the car off the road.  The twins are successful in entering the Mystery Shack undetected, and they discover something very bad about Stan.  He did steal those toxic chemicals, and he had plenty of false ID’s and he even faked killing himself, bad!

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The police are unsuccessful in getting Stan to talk, and meanwhile we see the gravity  anomalies that makes everything float in the air that is not tied down.  Stan does get Soos to guard the vending machine to the underground secret room, but the twins knows how to get around him too.  Soon, they discover the secret rooms under the Mystery Shack, and the twins are hurt that Stan has been lying to them.  Stan escapes being in custody thanks to the gravity anomalies, and while the twins discover that the portal could destroy the universe, and they are manual overriding the machine, Stan arrives and tries to tell Mabel and Dipper that he is a real and good person.

The last five minutes were epic!  Somehow, Stan got Mabel to trust him, and not hit that shut off button.  Soon, the clock hits zero, and you think the characters were killed, nope!  Soon, we see another guy come from the portal, and Stan drops a bombshell.  We now know that the mysterious man with a rifle over his back was Stan’s long lost twin brother, and he is the author of those three books, with six fingers, and the episode ends.  Wow!  If you have not seen any episode of Gravity Falls, get started by watching this episode and you will be hooked!

So, it will be a while until the next episode, probably this Summer.  Creator Alex Hirsch loves the fans, and many of them got the secrets correct before it was shown on TV.  Apparently the arrival of the lost twin brother will have big effects on Gravity Falls.  Alex Hirsch says the second half of season two will have the fans “faces melted off by the second half.”  I can’t wait!

Animation Monday: Star Vs. The Forces Of Evil / Penn Zero: Part Time Hero


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On this Animation Monday, on a Tuesday, I wanted to talk about the two newest cartoons on DisneyXD.  Both Star Vs. The Forces Of Evil and Penn Zero: Part Time Hero have premiered, and I thought both cartoons will be lasting for a while!  Let’s first start with Star Vs. The Forces Of Evil.

Star Vs. The Forces Of Evil is created by Daron Nefcy (former storyboard revisionist for Wander Over Yonder and Robot and Monster) and is the second woman to create an animated series for Disney Television Animation, and also the first woman to create a DisneyXD series.  The main character is Star Butterfly, who is a teenage princess from the alternate dimension of Mewni.  She processes this magical wand to fight off evil monsters and the wand will create anything she thinks about.

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So, Star is not ready for the big time.  So Star’s family sends her to the dimension of Earth.  She arrives in the town of Echo Creek to live with the Diaz family.  And you can bet that Star will not be living some normal teenage girl life.  Star along with Marco Diaz, a teenage boy, goes to high school and battles villains throughout the universe and dimensions.  They do this to protect her wand, which is very powerful and falling into the wrong hands is not good!  While battling monsters, Star must master the use of her wand?  So, can she do it, or will she be sent to that bad princess reform school like Pony Head was sent too?

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After seeing the first two episodes, I thought the series has some promise!  Although, I can see where this is going.  Soon, Star and Marco will develop some teenage love interest, and along with the villains being fought, you will see love making in action, am I right?  The storylines were good, and I enjoyed the animation work, but I hope this series will feature mostly Star fighting off villans, while trying to master her wand.  At least that is what I hope will happen!

So, let’s talk about Penn Zero: Part Time Hero now!  The series is created by Jared Bush  and Sam Levine and is about Penn Zero, a normal boy who becomes a part-time hero and a leader of a team who saves the day by fighting villains in other worlds.  Kind of sounds like that Star series!  What this show differs from the Star cartoon is the animation style, which looks more like paper and computer graphics.  And the main character is Penn Zero, whose parents are also heroes.  Must run in the family!

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I have seen a few episodes, including the first one where Penn Zero and friends named  Boone Wiseman and Sashi Kobayashi save Christmas from the gingerbread men taking over the North Pole.  While batting school, Penn has a side job being a part time hero.  He actually gets some advice from his parents.  My advice, choose a different career path!  What I also like is Penn is not afraid to ask for advice from his friends, that comes in handy!

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So, I thought this series had more action and a better storyline.  I also liked the animation qualities, it looked more like you were watching a pop up book in action.  I think the Penn Zero series so far shows more promise for Disney than the Star cartoon series.  But it’s early, and both shows will have a second season.  I know, already getting a second season after premiering, it takes a lot of time to make a cartoon!  I really like seeing DisneyXD going more after animation.  I wish Disney Channel would do more animation than what they are doing now!

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