1) Apparently new episodes of ThunderCats begin airing again this Friday night. That's good. 2) The episode features Berbils, one of most awful parts of the original ThunderCats. That's bad. 3) The new Berbils don't seem nearly as annoying as the old Berbils, and generally the new TC has worked wonders with aspects of the classic cartoon. That's good. 4) Also, Wilykit and Wilkat seem to be meth addicts now. That's just fucking funny. (Via ToyNewsI)
The first season of the series focused for the most part on classic villains and supporting characters from the pages of the Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's comic, going so far as to even adapt some of the original stories that appeared there in print. It made the most out of character favorites J.J. Jameson, Betty Brandt and nearly all of Spidey's best rogues. Even some of the adversaries Spidey faced that were created specifically for the toon were good fun as well. The Fly Brothers (Stan and Lee!), Parafino, the Fifth Avenue Phantom, and the invisible Dr. Noah Boddy (how clever!) were memorable foes in their own right. The second and third seasons... well, things got a little psychedelic as the cartoon came under the guidance of Ralph Bakshi, but overall it was still a heck of a good, web-slinging time. If you're a Spider-fan and haven't watched this classic Marvel cartoon, you owe it to yourself to give it a try; it's currently streaming on both Netflix Instant and Marvel.com. If you don't have time -- like, say, if you have two full-time jobs as a superhero and superhero photographer -- why not check out just the 10 best '67 Spider-Man cartoon episodes here?
There's an obvious downside to this, however -- when everything needs to return to normal at the end of every episode, characters don't grow. The Simpsons has poked fun at its tendency to return to the status quo on numerous occasions (Armin Tamzarian, anyone?). But throughout the show's two-decades-long history, there have also been a few major changes that actually stuck and, in many cases, became important aspects of the characters. Here are the 10 most significant ones. More >>
If you missed last week's episode of Batman: Brave and the Bold like I did, then you missed "Space Safari," a shockingly accurate tribute to the old Hanna Barbera Space Ghost cartoons, and a short where Space Ghost teams up with Batman. It's awesome. You know, the world is going to be a poorer place without Brave and the Bold in it. The fact that they're replacing it with this... thing is grievous insult to already grievous injury. (Via 16bit)
Here's a preview of the opening of the cartoon's first episode. Actually, I'm not going to get into the visual aspect, because I've said my piece on that. But what I will say is that the opening does not get me particularly excited for the Green Lantern series, and I don't think it would have done so if I were a kid, either. First of all, killing a generic alien Green Lantern to establish a threat is pretty much the laziest GL trope their is, and any Lantern who's not human or one of the six accepted alien characters might as well be wearing a red shirt, because their sole purpose is to die. And do the Red Lanterns, who are powered by hate and rage, seem kind of... not-angry to you? Like, they're mildly petulant with each other, and they aren't a fan of Green Lanterns, obviously, but they don't seem particularly mad about anything. Maybe they're just saving their hate for Hal Jordan when he finally shows up. I guess I can understand that.
When I last talked about Transformers Prime, I think I'd finally acknowledged that many of you guys liked it, but it was not for me. And while some of you were content for me to simply stop giving the show shit, many of you have gone one to sing Prime's continued praises leading me, if only slightly, to wonder if the cartoon has genuinely improved since I saw the premiere. Obviously, I don't know the answer, but after watching this very brief but surprisingly interesting season 2 teaser from NYCC, I'm definitely willing to give Prime another chance when it starts back up. I'm still not a fan of the animation, but if this is the kind of craziness that ensues in the show, then yeah, I owe it another chance. (Via Seibertron)
DC finally put out a trailer for their next animated straight-to-DVD movie, Justice League Doom. The good news: Kevin Conroy is voicing Batman and Tim Daly is voicing Superman, like in the DCAU. The bad news... well, the bad news is that apparently the Legion of Doom the league will be fighting is a bit light on the doom. Seriously, Vandal Savage? Bane? Mirror Master? Some card guys (the Royal Flush gang, I guess)? Even if these guys get Batman's secret dossiers on the other superheroes, I still feel like the League should be able to take care of them pretty easily. I mean, I know they're not exactly the Great Lakes Legion of Doom or anything, but come on. If you can't get Lex Luthor, Brainiac or Gorilla Grodd to sign on, there's obviously something wrong with your Legion of Doom. (Via Comics Alliance)
Dr. Smoov returns as Megatron and the Decepticons demonstrate what goes into the ultimate Energon Cube (the ingredients may surprise you!) in the most gangsta way possible. You know, if Hasbro put Smoov in charge of Transformers Prime, they could keep the same pitifully small budget, but it would suddenly be the most awesome cartoon on TV. Just sayin'.
It's been an odd time for DC. While their New 52 experiment has gotten them a lot of non-nerd attention and sales, in the nerd world, the controversies about their females characters (Catwoman rapes Batman! Beloved Teen Titans character Starfire is now an emotionless fuck doll! Voodoo is a stright-up comic interpretation of what it's like to go to a strip club and get a lap dance!) have threatened to overshadow the rest of it. So I find it kind of an odd decision that in the animated Catwoman short, included on the animated Batman: Year One movie DVD (out next week), they would choose to spend part of its short running time making sure Catwoman was 1) in a strip club, 2) on the stripper stage, and 3) with her leather body suit unzipped down to her public mound and her tits hanging out. Look, I love breasts as much as the next guy, and I recognize that Catwoman is beating up gangsters here, but it still seems more than the tiniest bit gratuitous, especially coming off the DCnU issues. I'm genuinely wondering if there's a dictionary somewhere in the DC offices where there's a typo in the definition of the word "empowered" that simply reads "slutty." Because I think DC is seriously confusing the two words.
Yesterday, Lucasfilm announced the return of Darth Maul to the Star Wars universe -- specifically, Clone Wars -- as if it was the culmination of 10 years of fan demand, and not just an incredibly mercenary decision to help promote The Phantom Menace in 3-D. After I mentioned it, Lucas and Cartoon Network released this promo video for the news, which is unintentionally hilarious. Let's see.. the video is overhyped, overwrought, and the resurrected Darth Maul gets literally three seconds of screen time? Yep, that's the most devastatingly accurate Darth Maul promo anyone could possibly make.