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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

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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?

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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: http://disneyxd.disney.com/7d

Wild Kratts

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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.

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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: http://pbskids.org/wildkratts/

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