Animation Monday: Star Wars Rebels

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Over the weekend, the new series Star Wars Rebels premiered on Disney Channel.  The new series is set 14 years after Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and 5 years before Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Rebels takes place during an era when the Galactic Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights while a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking form.  The pilot was an one hour movie titled “Spark of Rebellion”, and so far, I thought this series has a much better feel than Clone Wars, although some of the animation could have been better.

The new series features a motley group of rebels that band together aboard a freighter starship called the Ghost.  At the beginning, we meet Ezra, who likes to steal and take advantage of others to survive.  Some people are comparing Ezra to another Disney character, Aladdin.  And I have to admit, they look very similar!

ezra aladdin

Let’s start with the animation qualities, which I had some trouble with in some places.  The main characters had good animation qualities, the animated action scenes like the shootings, space scenes, and fighting was great.  But some of the side characters were poorly animated!  I especially found the animation of the Wookiees as very poor!  The Wookiee looked like they came straight from Toy Story.  The Wookiees looked like real plastic toys.  I hope the Wookiees are better animated in future episodes.


As for the storyline, I was very impressed with it!  A lot of people have said that Rebels has a more unique Star Wars feel and has a better Star Wars like story arc than Clone Wars.  I have to agree with these people!  I never got bored watching Spark of Rebellion.  Ezra is that person who has given up on society, and has become the bad person to survive.  He has to make a decision that not only changes his life, but the lives of many other people in the Star Wars universe.  Throughout the first episode, he keeps saying “I am not a kid.”  I give the writers some props for developing Ezra in the first episode, I hope we get to see more character development from Ezra in the series.


The main cast is also all misfit characters who don’t fit in the Galactic Empire.  Kind of like me, who thinks a lot differently than many other people here in Alabama, when it comes to politics, and how to turn around a depressed town around.  Kanan is a Jedi survivor who is critical and sometimes grumpy.  Hera really knows how to pilot the Ghost and likes action.  Sabine really likes explosives, as you can see in the pilot.  And Zeb is mostly very critical and left Ezra behind, how cruel!  I will be interested to see these characters develop in the series.

Overall, I felt like Star Wars Rebels was more like the original trilogy we saw back in the 1970’s/1980’s.  I enjoyed the storylines, humor, and the action.  The animators do a really good job with the action scenes, but could improve on the animated characters.  I think we will see the character development and storylines improve throughout season one, I hope.  Disney has already ordered a season two, before the series even premiered!  So, we will be seeing lots more Star Wars Rebels.  New episodes air on Monday nights on DisneyXD.

Learn more about Star Wars Rebels at:

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Animation Monday: The 7D / Wild Kratts

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This week on Animation Monday, on a Tuesday, I am talking about two cartoons that you need to check out, let’s go!

The 7D


The 7D is an American animated television series produced by Disney Television Animation loosely based on the 1937 film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Walt Disney Productions.  Basically, this story is another version from the classic Snow White movie we grew up watching!  The 7D defend the land of Jollywood from the magical villains Grim and Hildy Gloom who attempt to dethrone Queen Delightful and rule Jollywood.  The Glooms attempt to steal magical gems from the 7D mine to aid in their efforts.  Yes, this is a more modern version of the dwarfs, here is the opening!

This series is going to air on DisneyXD, Disney Channel, and even Disney Junior.  And the cartoon has a great voice cast including Billy West, Kelly Osbourne, Whoopi Goldberg, Jay Leno, Leigh-Allyn Baker, Bill Farmer, Dee Bradley Baker, and others.  Some folks have criticized The 7D for not being like the classic Snow White movie.  But so far the ratings have proved the doubters wrong.  The premiere was DisneyXD’s #2 animated original-series premiere on record among Kids 2-11 and Kids 6-11.  So, after watching a few episodes, what do I think?


The show has good animation, and plenty of interesting storylines.  I found the show as something the kids are going to like.  The show was originally developed for the younger Disney Junior audience, but anyone at any age should like this show.  The show was funny, and each character has some fun moments in them.  The storylines don’t go too deep, and I thought some of the writing could improve.  People who worked on classic cartoons like Animaniacs and Tiny Toon Adventures are working on The 7D, and you could see some of the humor from those shows on The 7D!

The show is plenty of silly, harmless fun.  Will I watch every new episode, probably not.  But if there is nothing good on, I might watch The 7D.  Sometimes, you need a goofy cartoon to turn your frown around from a tough or bad day.  And I thought The 7D has plenty of fun that anyone should enjoy!  Disney is trying to bring the dwarfs into the 21st century, and so far I think they are doing a good job!  And I also thought the songs were great as well!  Give The 7D a try, you might find it as a charming show!

Learn more about The 7D at:

Wild Kratts


Wild Kratts is an American/Canadian educational children’s animated series created by Chris Kratt and Martin Kratt. The Kratt Brothers Company and 9 Story Entertainment produce the show, which is presented by PBS in the United States.  The show’s aim is to educate children about biology, zoology, and ecology, and teach kids small ways to make big impacts.  This week, PBS Kids is airing new episodes from Wild Kratts, and I thought the show was animated very well!

The show begins and ends in the real world with Chris and Martin Kratt talking about the animal that will be the focus of that episode, the viewers learn some cool facts about some interesting animals.  Then you enter the cartoon world, where Chris and Martin, along with Aviva, Jimmy, and Koki work as a team to save the animals from various situations, mostly from villains.  The show has some very interesting villains including a fashion designer, a chef, and a robotics inventor.  But not every episode has villains!  Some episodes focus on either the wildlife, its habitat, or its behavior.


Yeah, the storylines are predictable.  The Kratt Brothers wear these Creature Power Suits, and the brothers insert a disc with an animal’s DNA, then the suits transform into that animal from the DNA.  This allows the Kratt’s access to the animal’s abilities.  The team travels the world in the Tortuga, and as a geek, I enjoy seeing all of the tech being used in the cartoon, and if I had kids, I would be glad to see a show that teaches them about animals and how to protect their habitats.  The show always ends with the animals safe, the crew okay, and the villains in trouble, this is a show aimed at little kids!

The best part of Wild Kratts is the animation!  The animators do a wonderful job animating the animals seen on the show.  And the other animation from the human characters to the tech is cool to watch as well.  Other than the great animation, you also learn some stuff, and have a few comedic inserts as well!  I am glad to see PBS Kids airing a show about animals since I am an animal lover at heart.  Wild Kratts is doing pretty well into its third season, and you should check out an episode or two!

Learn more about Wild Kratts at:

Happy Star Wars Day! 2014


In case you have lived under a rock. Today was Star Wars Day!  May be 4th be with you! Star Wars Day has become a celebration of Star Wars and all things George Lucas. Yes, this holiday has gotten bigger each year since it became mainstreamed!  Thanks to Disney, they released the trailer to the upcoming animated show Star Wars: Rebels that will air on DisneyXD later this year.  Enjoy!

Next, you have to see this video from the YouTube channel Action Movie Kid, where the father does some pretty cool animations featuring his son, enjoy their Star Wars Day video!

Next, NASA did a special Star Wars Day video featuring flight engineer Rick Mastracchio delivering a special message from the International Space Station, with a few technical issues along the way.

Next, the YouTube channel 5facts gives all Star Wars fans 30 things they did not know about the franchise, these are some interesting facts!

College Humor gave all of us a parody Star Wars video where they held auditions for the Cantina Band.

And the YouTube channel YouTube Nation actually found someone who has seen Star Wars parodies online, but has not seen the Star Wars movies, really?

This year, more companies celebrated all things Star Wars.  Below are some of my favorite Star Wars Day tweets!

At the end, I hope you enjoyed Star Wars Day, May the force be with you!

Learn more about Star Wars Day at:

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TV Reviews: The Chase; Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host; Japanizi: Going, Going, Gong!

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I am a really big game show junkie, I mean I really love game shows!  I loved watching Game Show Network when they showed classic game shows from back in the day.  Today, many of the game shows on TV are stuff I would never watch.  So for this TV Review post, I am going to review one game show that I really like, one game show that is so-so, and another game show that is really bad and not worth watching.  Let’s go!

The Chase on GSN


I admit, this is one of the original shows on Game Show Network or GSN that I really like!  The show is based off of the British version which has the same name.  In the US version, there are three players instead of four.  And in the US version, Mark Labbett from England is called The Beast.  And boy, he is a beast when it comes to quiz questions!  On the UK version, he has taken down many players and has dashed the hopes and dreams of the contestant’s money hopes.  In the US version, he is feisty as ever and he wants people to lose!

Here’s how this show works.  Three new contestants compete on each episode.  The first contestant is given one minute to answer as many rapid-fire questions as he or she can, with each correct answer adding $5,000 to their bank.  After the minute is up, the contestant competes against the Chaser in order to retain their bank and continue to the Final Chase.

In the Chase, the contestant’s goal is to answer enough questions correctly to move their winnings into the team bank without being caught by the Chaser.  The contestant must answer five questions correctly without being caught to bank the money and continue to the Final Chase.  However, the Chaser offers the contestant two additional options prior to the start of the round.  The contestant can play for a higher amount of money than initially banked, but must instead answer six questions correctly without being caught.  The contestant can also choose to play for a lower amount and only be required to answer four questions correctly without being caught.  The other two contestants also have their chance to compete against The Beast.

From GSN.

From GSN.

In the final chase, the team has two minutes to again answer as many questions as possible.  Each question answered correctly within the time limit adds a space to the gameboard.  After time expires, the Chaser is then given two minutes to catch the team by correctly answering as many questions as the number of spaces shown on the gameboard.  For each correct answer, the Chaser moves one step closer to the team. When the Chaser answers incorrectly or passes, the clock is stopped and the team is asked the same question.  If they get the question correct, they move The Beast back one step.  Regardless of the result, the clock then begins counting down from the position at which it was stopped, and the Chaser continues to answer questions.  If the Chaser runs out of time before catching the team, the team splits the banked money equally.  However, if the Chaser catches the team before time expires, the team leaves with no money.

I find both Mark Labbett and host Brooke Burns as very entertaining.  And this is in my opinion one of the best new game shows to premiere in the USA in a long time!  I think you will enjoy this game show as well!  The Chase airs new episodes on Tuesday nights on GSN.  To learn more go to:

Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host

Trust Me I'm a Game Show Host

This new game comedy show on TBS is something I don’t know really about.  I mean, the only object of this game is to guess who is lying and who is telling the truth.  That’s it!  The show is hosted by D. L. Hughley and Michael Ian Black and they are good at telling lies.  Because the contestants are getting the lies instead of truth.  The contestant earns money when they guess who is telling the truth.  Here’s a clip from the show.

Yep, that is all you need to know about this show.  The contestants hears two possible facts from history.  And these are possible facts that are going to be very weird.  I mean, this is an adult comedy show, you are not expecting boring stuff like things about The Civil War, are you?  It’s good the contestants earn thousands of dollars simply for guessing who is telling the truth.  But would I call this a game show or a comedy show?  I am leaning more on a comedy show because there is hardly any skill necessary to play this game.

Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host airs new episodes on Tuesday nights on TBS.  To learn more go to:

Japanizi: Going, Going, Gong!


Canada always brings us some very interesting TV shows.  Some shows are very good like Falling Skies, Spooksville, R.L. Stine: The Haunting Hour, and others!  But some shows fall flat and are an embarrassment to TV.  Sadly, Japanizi: Going, Going, Gong! is not a good TV show and I thought was painful to watch.

Let’s start with the obvious, you think this show is actually a TV show from Japan with all the Japanese graphics, people, and talking.  But nope, this show is shot in Toronto.   This show is a Japanese physical game show where contestants compete with a teammate against other teams as they tackle obstacles and challenges to test their mental capabilities, strength, endurance, and smarts.  This show is an adaptation of the ABC reality show I Survived A Japanese Game Show, at least that show was actually shot in Japan unlike this show.


The studio-based kids game show makes use of zany costumes, conveyor belts, dizzy chairs, giant fans and velcro walls with themed competitions and more.  It should be a teenager’s ultimate paradise!  All the contestants on this show are from ages 12-16 that live in Canada.  This is what kills it for me, the Japanese language is incorporated with the show, but it is mostly English.  Japanizi: Going, Going, Gong!  is produced by Toronto-based marblemedia, the production company behind the game shows Splatalot and The Adrenaline Project, they have created award-winning children’s programs for television, web and mobile.  And shows like this actually win awards in Canada?

Look, I know this is a kids show, but I thought they did a poor job with this show.  I know kids will basically do anything to get on TV.  And I am sure the kids on this show are having fun.  But I thought marblemedia could have done something better.  For inspiration, I am including a classic clip from the show Double Dare.  Now that was a great kids game show!

Japanizi: Going, Going, Gong! airs new episodes on Disney XD.  Learn more by going to:

Geek Alabama Rewind: Week of 8-3-13

Geek Alabama Rewind

Here is the latest weekly recap for Geek Alabama!  Some of the most popular posts from last week included a contest to win a signed copy of Open by Craig Gross, post talking about The Saw Lady, Natalia Paruz, infographic talking about how wise are we with money, making a no-bake strawberry pie, my review of Disney Fandom, and a post talking about Shea Allen being fired.

Win A Signed Copy of Open by Craig Gross


Want to win a signed copy of Open by Craig Gross?  Click on the link to enter this contest!  So far, no one has entered, so enter right now!

Music Thursdays: The Saw Lady, Natalia Paruz

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This post really impressed Natalia Paruz since she has shared this post often with her social media followers.  Click the link to read this post!

The Evening Post: How Wise Are We With Money

Geek Alabama Evening Post

This infographic was very popular with the readers this week!  This infographic is about the problems with people and money, it’s worth your time to read this!

Guy’s Cuisine: Making A No-Bake Strawberry Pie For Summer 2013


Want to make a pie that involves no baking after the pie shells are baked?  Try this no-bake strawberry pie recipe!

My Review of Disney Fandom on Disney XD


If you are a fan of Disney, Star Wars, or Marvel.  Disney Fandom talked about some of the awesome things coming up!  Click the link to read this post.

The Evening Post: Shea Allen Being Fired

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This week, Alabama made national news once again because a news anchor talked about some bad things on her blog that got her fired.  Yep, this is a lesson to everyone!