Animation Monday: Lack of Action Animation On TV


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There’s a crisis going on in the animation world.  The number of action animated shows being cancelled is alarming.  I mean, I enjoy the comedy animated shows like Phineas and Ferb, My Little Pony: FIM, and Adventure Time.  But I also like to enjoy the action animated shows like Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Young Justice.  Sadly, many animated shows in the action genre have been cancelled.  And that sucks!

Last week, Disney and Lucasfilm announced the cancellation on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the delay of the upcoming series Star Wars: Detours.  Most likely, Disney is never going to make Star Wars: Detours.  The cancellation of The Clone Wars comes at a very bad time!  What is going to happen to Ahsoka Tano?  Lucasfilm Studios have said they are continuing production on new Clone Wars story arcs that promise to be some of the most thrilling adventures ever seen.  And they are advising fans to stay tuned for more information on where fans can soon find this bonus content. (cough: Disney XD)

It’s too bad we will probably never see Star Wars: Detours.  This comedy series co-created by the Robot Chicken team of Seth Green, Matthew Senreich and Todd Grimes was going to be awesome!

Sadly, Star Wars is not the only cancellation.  Many fans are upset that Cartoon Network has cancelled Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice.  Both shows ran their series finale episodes last weekend.  The fans and the creators of these shows have been all over Twitter trying to pressure Cartoon Network to save these shows.  Cartoon Network will premiere Teen Titans Go! and Beware the Batman in April on DC Nation.  You can tell Cartoon Network is wanting to take DC Nation to a more comedy direction.  Also, did you know Cartoon Network is bringing back The Powerpuff Girls?  Here is a screenshot from the new series.

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Over on Disney XD.  Marvel Universe has struggled along with only Ultimate Spider-Man which has done well.  Two new series will premiere this Summer.  Marvel’s Avengers Assemble and Hulk and the Agents S.M.A.S.H. will air sneak peaks in late May.  My hope is these shows will last instead of being cancelled after just one season just like Motorcity and Tron: Uprising.  Sadly, I have noticed that both DC Nation and Marvel Universe have been doing poorly in the ratings.  This is not a good thing for people who love action animation!

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Nickelodeon has The Legend of Korra and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  And The Hub has Transformers: Prime which is on its last season.  Many people have said the lack of action animation is due to the lack of merchandise sales and not due to TV ratings.  I know many cartoons on TV today are tied to the merchandise sales to determine if the show gets another season or is cancelled.  I still think there is a market for action animated shows on TV.  The networks have to give these shows a chance to find an audience.  I hope I get to watch and review more action animated shows on Geek Alabama in the future!

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2012 Year In Review: Geek Alabama’s Top Animation


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2012 has been a great year in the animation department.  I have enjoyed several great cartoons and I thought I would share my top 10 animated shows for 2012!

The Legend of Korra

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This is the only show on Nickelodeon to make the list.  The spin-off from Avatar: The Last Airbender has done very well!  I enjoy the top-notch animation and great storytelling.  Book 2 premieres this spring!

Gravity Falls

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The newest animation on Disney Channel is liked by many people.  This show has some strange mysteries like you might have seen on the classic Scooby-Doo cartoons.  Disney needs to get some new episodes back on the air!

Phineas and Ferb

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This show now entering its fourth season is still doing very well!  The storytelling has always been top-notch and the amount of guest stars appearing is what makes this show great.  Can’t wait for the Marvel crossover airing the summer!

Adventure Time

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Something about this show on Cartoon Network has me hooked.  Adventure Time features some strange characters after a nuclear war in the strange land of Ooo.  I always enjoy the new episodes!

Archer

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This list is not complete without some adult animation.  Archer is coming back for its fourth season January 17th and I can’t wait!  I always love the violent action and the adult action as well!  Some weird things do happen on this show!

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

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Why would I include a girly cartoon in the list?  This cartoon on The Hub has a massive amount of teenager and adult fans!  It’s not about the ponies, it’s about the great storytelling that makes this show a huge hit!

Young Justice

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One of the few action animated shows I enjoy is Young Justice.  The show has a more dark tone but it has a lot of action!  Sadly this show has taken a long break but it will return with new episodes in January on Cartoon Network!

Regular Show

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Something about this show also attracts many fans.  Regular Show features a Blue Jay and a Raccoon going on some interesting adventures!  These adventures are what makes this show work!

Dragons: Riders of Berk

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The spin-off from How to Train Your Dragon is airing on Cartoon Network.  This series is to bridge the gap until How to Train Your Dragon 2 premieres in summer 2014.  Something about dragons is what makes me like this show!

Futurama

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One has to wonder on why FOX cancelled Futurama in the first place.  After the fans got involved Comedy Central picked up this show and it has done well ever since!  I love the storytelling and laughs in this show!

 

Animation Monday: Superhero Blocks


Recently we have been seeing new superhero themed blocks on Cartoon Network and Disney XD.  Cartoon Network started first; their block called DC Nation consists of the shows Green Lantern: the Animated Series and Young Justice.  Green Lantern is a computer animated show that focuses on the adventures of Hal Jordan; the Green Lantern of sector 2814.  The other show is Young Justice; showing the battles of several teenage sidekicks.  Both shows offer lots of action and great story lines.

The shorts on DC Nation tells stories from all kinds of angles.  One short has brought back the Teen Titans.  Also Plastic Man, character stories and behind the scenes information is shown.  I do wish they would show a few more shorts during the block because they are entertaining.  Anyways this block has lots of potential and can be seen by many more people because Disney XD is often only shown on digital cable.

Marvel Universe premiered last weekend on Disney XD.  The shows consist of Ultimate Spider Man and The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.  The new Spider Man series was pretty good.  I liked the Japanese style animation throughout the show.  And the animation was done very well.  The Avengers also has great potential; well because the movie comes out this summer.

The shorts were okay; I liked the behind the scenes shorts like drawing your favorite characters.  But the Marvel mash-up was a little bit childish.  The new question is how many people are going to see this block?  Disney XD is not offered everywhere Cartoon Network is shown.  So the folks at Disney needs to consider airing this block on Disney Channel.  That way more people can see Marvel Universe.

Both superhero blocks are great for all the superhero fans out there.  One has to wonder when Nickelodeon will offer up a similar block?

Animation Monday: The Best of 2011


So here we are at the beginning of 2012.  But as we look back at 2011 there was great animation on TV that everyone enjoyed and came back for more.   So let’s recap some of the best moments of animation in 2011.

Beavis and Butt-Head and ThunderCats Returns to TV

 

Two classic TV cartoon shows made a comeback in 2011.  Beavis and Butt-Head made a return to MTV and never left off with their jokes of society.  ThunderCats came back to Cartoon Network and it looks better than ever.  It revives two series that adults today watched growing up and it gives the young ones today something new to watch that their parents will want to watch as well.

Phineas and Ferb

This show on Disney Channel has been breaking records all year long including having the Phineas and Ferb 2D movie be the most watched TV animated cable movie of 2011.  Phineas and Ferb is great because it encourages everyone to seize the day and the writing and music in the show is awesome as well.

Adventure Time / The Regular Show

 

Both of these shows on Cartoon Network have become hits among the boy and guy crowds.  And they are also having a big adult following as well.  The writing and the weird adventures that both shows go through make these shows interesting to watch.  My brother really loves these shows and I am starting to like them as well.

Star Wars The Clone Wars

This show gives all the geeks and nerds out there something to look forward too since Star Wars is no longer being made.  What is not to love about this show.  It features great computer animation and we get to see all the great stuff that makes Star Wars great.  A great treat to all science fiction fans out there.

Looney Tunes Returns to TV

The Looney Tunes also returned to TV in 2011 but their show is one I have really not liked. The Looney Tunes show is trying to become a weird animation comedy show that in my opinion is not working.  They need to go back to the classic shorts that we all love.

Futurama

The show from the same guy that created The Simpsons has come back from the cancellation bear and has not missed a beat.  It is giving Comedy Central a new business in animation comedy.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

What; why would I put this show in my list.  Because the writing in this show is spot on.  My Little Pony has been a surprise hit for The Hub and is quickly gaining a huge fan base.  Who would have fought a show for girls would be very popular?

Young Justice

The year 2011 has been great for action animation shows.  Young Justice on Cartoon Network has been a great action animation show.  This show is the next chapter from Teen Titans and it has the great action and fight scenes every action show needs.

Jake and the Never Land Pirates

This has been one of the best preschool animation shows of 2011.  And even this show is gaining a adult fan base.  The writing in this show is great and it encourages kids to play along with the show and solve problems.  And the animation is great as well.

Archer and South Park

 

Both of these show kept on going along in 2011 with their extreme adult humor and action that is for adults only.  At least the adults have animation that they can enjoy that is not suitable for kids to watch.

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