AquaMandrill Doesn't Clean Floors

Monday, September 17, 2012 at 9:01 am

When Young Justice and Green Lantern: TAS finally return on September 29th, they won't be alone... and they better watch where they step. The two cartoons will be joined by the Justice League of Animals, including Supermanatee, Wonder Wombat, and AquaMandrill, whose name I can't even type without giggling uncontrollably, in a series of new DC Nation shorts. Honestly, DC, if you just want to cancel everything and give me the Brave and the Bold Aquaman / AquanMandrill Superhero Awesome Hour, I'd be totally fine with that. (Via Comics Alliance)

Seriously, What the @#$% Is Happening with Dark Knight Returns

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 4:13 pm
As we've previously discussed whenever DC/WB releases a new clip from their direct-to-DVD Dark Knight Returns animated adaptation:
1) It looks nothing like Frank Miller's seminal comic; it looks like an episode of Batman: TAS where Batman is wider for some reason.
2) Peter Weller sounds nothing like the extremely displeased Batman of the comic. He sounds like he's been gassed in preparation for oral surgery or something. Or maybe he thinks he's playing Robocop. Either way, he has absolutely no emotion in his voice.

And now there's this:
They're just making up shit now, and when I say "making shit up" I mean "adapting minor scenes from the comics into scenes that are directly ripped off from Batman Begins." Yes, Batman uses some fear gas on a few of Two-Face's thugs in the comic, but there are precisely zero panels of what the thugs see, and now it's somehow transformed a full minute of footage or a movie that's only 76 minutes long. Again, I'm just baffled. Why? Did Bruce Timm lose a bet or something? (Via Comics Alliance)

Wreck-It Ralph Wrecks Himself Before He Checks... Wait...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 3:05 pm

The new trailer for Wreck-It Ralph is here -- a movie which I'm under the impression might not be a Pixar film, just a regular Disney one -- and it's still cute, if not as joy-inducing as the first, probably because we've seen all the videogame cameos already. I have two thoughts, though: 1) While I found the trailer less effective overall, was anyone else kind of weirdly touched by the phrase "for anyone who needs a restart on life"? That hit me right in my nerd emotion gland for some reason. 2) Assuming this movie's primary audience is children, which as a Disney movie I believe it is, what kid is going to have anyone idea who or what the @#$% Q-Bert is? As a older nerd, I appreciate the cameo, but that's got to be a tough sell to kids. "Wait a second. You're telling me that was an old videogame? About an orange ball-thing who can't talk right jumping around on a pyramid? No offense, old person, but your videogames were dumb as shit." And then I have to beat them while telling them about the awesomeness of Pitfall II. I'm expecting problems, is all. (Via First Showing)

The Leader of the Mutants Is Surprisingly Eloquent

Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 9:49 am

Comic Book Resources has a new clip from DC's animated Dark Knight Returns adaptation, and it's looking slightly more Frank Miller-y than that absolutely bizarre picture of the Joker I posted yesterday. Of course, the clip is of the Mutant Leader addressing Gotham City in a recording made almost entirely in shadow, so I suppose it's a little easier to match the original comic when the shot is about 90% black. I think if I had zero other problems with DKR, I'd feel the Mutant Leader's voice doesn't really exude all the menace I'd imagined in my head, but when compared to Peter Weller's incredibly flat Batman voice and the total lack of anything approaching the original art style of the best-selling and beloved comic, I actually have no problem with this clip at all. Yet somehow I doubt DC will elect to use this as a quote on the DVD packaging.

The Legend of Korra -- I Mean, Uh, Dora

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Say what you will about Cartoon Network's Mad cartoon series, but some of the sketches -- at least the ones I've posted on TR -- are actually pretty brilliant, in my opinion. Take, for example, The Legend of Dora video above; it was clearly made by someone who knows her/his Korra, and it's pretty damn hilarious because of it (assuming, you know, you also watched Legend of Korra). The only thing it's missing is the reveal that Amon is actually Swiper, or that the fifth element is actually vocabulary. (Via The Mary Sue)

The Dark Knight Returns Isn't Looking Particularly Dark Knight Returns-y

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 4:07 pm

A new clip for DC's animated version of Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns has popped up, and, boy, uh... well, it sure looks like every other direct-to-DVD DC animated movie ever made. Which I generally don't mind, I like that they're trying to develop a style and a universe and all that, but when you start getting into these seminal works made by creators at the top of their game (and before they went totally insane, in some cases), well... I don't know why they wouldn't want the Dark Knight Returns animation to look like Miller's Dark Knight Returns comic. The backgrounds have nothing of the decaying future Miller packed into them, the characters designs are completely generic, and the only concession to Batman is that he looks slightly thicker than he normally does -- honestly, if it weren't for that one iconic pose of Batman silhouetted against the lightning, I'd have no idea that this was Dark Knight Returns. When you adapt a work that huge, that well-known, every single frame should be screaming "THIS IS FRANK MILLER WAS CRAZY AND BRILLIANT INSTEAD OF JUST CRAZY." Otherwise, why bother? (Via ToyNewsI)

You Do Not Want to @#$% with the Bat Man of Shanghai

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:59 am

There doesn't appear to be a lot of nerd news happening today (or last night), so why not watch the entirety of "The Bat Man of Shanghai" cartoon from the DC Nation block? It's spectacularly animated and includes Batman actually turning into a swarm of bats, which makes zero sense but is completely awesome. Hey, DC, if you want to make yet another esoteric Batman toyline, why not this? I'd buy Bats and Catwoman in a heartbeat. Much thanks to Mr. Penola for the tip.

Clone Wars (Huh!) What Are They Good For (Huh!)

Monday, August 27, 2012 at 11:25 am

Entertainment Weekly says season 5 of the Clone Wars cartoon will take a good look at how the Jedi fell, and why no one cared. From an interview with director Dave Filoni:
"We've got some critical set-up this season to explore why the Sith triumph, why the Empire replaces the Republic, the kind of things that fans have always wondered about regarding this period," Filoni says. "What do people really think of the Jedi? How is it that Palpatine had the Jedi eliminated and the galactic populace seems fine with that? What does it mean when Mace Windu walks in to the Chancellor's office and tries to arrest him? Would the people be for that or against that? Palpatine makes it look like the Jedi launched a coup. How is it that people would accept such an explanation?"
I'm not really seeing that in the new nigh-4-minute trailer above, but I like the idea of it. Darth Sidious fighting the Maul brothers and an Astromech spec ops squad would just be icing on the cake. I know I say this every time, but I really need to start watching this show again. 

This TMNT DVD Set Is Definitely Cowabunga Worthy

Monday, August 27, 2012 at 10:33 am
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I don't say "Cowabunga" much in everyday life -- indeed, I actively try to avoid it -- but if there's a time to say it, it's probably now. The complete original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon will come out in one DVD set, packaged like in a special Party Van case, with 23 discs inside for the low price of $100. Apparently the discs will be exactly the same as the individual season releases, so if you bought those... you're kind of screwed, unless you want to buy it again. Sorry, but it happens to the best of us. The new set doesn't come out until November 13th, so you have a little over two months to decide whether a plastic case shaped vaguely like a cartoon van is worth ponying up another $100. (Via TMNT Party Van)

First Look at the Star Wars TV show (No, the Other One)

Friday, August 24, 2012 at 4:30 pm

The Robot Chicken guys revealed the first look at their CG Star Wars comedy show, oddly titled  Detours. I'll be the first to admit there's a lot of easy jokes here, some of them recycled from the Robot Chicken Star Wars specials, but there's good/new stuff too. Boba Fett making excuses, the matte painting gag, Dexter Jettster telling Leia about Amidala, and Obi-Wan's stand-up career... plus, you can't go wrong with Seth MacFarlane voicing the Emperor (whatever you feel about his other shows, his Emperor is pretty much always fantastic). I have no idea how Han Solo is an adult and Leia is a child, but I'm not particularly worried about it. Honestly, if the show has more scenes of Dexster Jettster explaining to Luke and Leia about how their parents were idiots, I'll be watching regularly.