Posts Tagged ‘Cartoon Network’

It’s 2013. It’s been 2013 for quite a while now. And from upcoming films to comics to television series, we have a lot to look forward to and a lot to discuss in the next 12 months. But before we can completely get into the 2013 groove, we have to reflect on the previous year first. So while this article is several days late, it’s time to share with you all the thoughts and emotions we had on some of bigger events that rocked the worlds of ink-and-paint entertainment back in 2012. Well, the ones that we cared about, anyway. While we have recorded an episode of the ScratchCast for your listening “pleasure”…the audio from the second half was kinda messed up. Wasn’t good at all. And that just gave me more incentive to have a…let’s say transcribed version of it (my thoughts are separate from the “transcribed” version). That said, you can listen to the 20 minutes of the podcast I could salvage and/or click that “Read the rest of this entry” button for a more visual than auditory experience. Also, check out that short blooper reel. It’s fun.

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Well, I think all we animation fans are well-aware of what happened back in late May. Toonami came back to our television screens, once again featuring awesome anime and commentary from a robot. And…it was pretty sweet. The whole internet was ablaze with complete and utter joy, us at the ScratchCast included. This episode, recorded on May 27th, has us showcase our memories of the cartoon tidal wave in its Cartoon Network days, and our hopes for the block in its Adult Swim return. And we have a lot of memories and hopes. From crushes on Wicked Lady to our love of Deadman Wonderland, we spill all our thoughts surrounding everything involving our main man and the Absolution. On a side-note, next episode will be Sunday afternoon instead of Saturday night, for obvious Toonami-related reasons.

P.S. The song at the beginning is Uncaged Czarina, and it serves as our theme song. And so we won’t have to pay $10 every time we use it…Free Royalty Free Music by DanoSongs.com.

P.P.S. Toonami: Adult Swim Edition has been airing for an entire summer. Did you enjoy Deadman Wonderland? Are you enjoying Casshern Sins? What shows do you want to see in the future?  Tell us on Twitter, Facebook, via email, or in the comments below!

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Did you guys notice how last year, I stopped posting podcast episodes around mid-Spring, and didn’t start back up again until late August/early September? And did you guys notice that I pretty much did the same exact thing this year? Weird, ain’t it? Well, I’ll try to make up for it with three days of episodes in a row. Tomorrow’s episode — yes, I’ll be posting an episode tomorrow AND Saturday — will be all about our experiences with Toonami, but today’s episode is a little look at the Marvel and DC Comics animation blocks, back when they first premiered. Well, it ends up being more so a look at the shows we love (Young Justice) and the shows we hate (Ultimate Spider-Man), but…well, the interstitial bits aren’t huge conversation makers like Toonami’s. Not counting DC Nation shorts, which are bloody awesome, and are kinda like backdoor pilots that can be picked up for full series. New Teen Titans is making the jump, and I’m glad about it, even though the show will be a pure comedy with…wait, what? Okay, a little less happy now. In any case, after this week of backlog episodes, we’ll be officially back with FRESH CONTENT. Fresh like clean towels right out of the dryer. Podcasts! Articles! Who the hell knows what else!? See ya tomorrow, and sorry for the episode’s sudden end.

P.S. The song at the beginning is Uncaged Czarina, and it serves as our theme song. And so we won’t have to pay $10 every time we use it…Free Royalty Free Music by DanoSongs.com.

P.P.S. New episodes are returning to both DC Nation and Marvel Universe soon! Are you hyped for new episodes of current shows. And brand-new series like Beware the Batman and Agents of S.M.A.S.H.? Or are you just shaking your head at some of this stuff? Tell us on Twitter, Facebook, via email, or in the comments below! We’re back for the school year, baby!

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This episode was recorded on Thursday night, and we had some…problems with it. Not just the occasional wind tunnel sounds that you’ll hear while listening, or the bizarre echo-filled closing. No, I’m talking about the 30 minutes it took for all of us to get our act together and start the episode. There was arguing and random laughter, Jon got pissed at everyone, and I screamed in anger for the first time in months. Not a good start to an end-of-the-year episode, and our first one at that. But while hastily editing this episode for tonight, I found myself feeling like this 2-hour long episode was very enjoyable. Hell, not only did we have TomatoSurprise, ToonFaithful, and Sketch, but also Mr. Wednesday from Animation Revelation and Thomas Blalock from Twitter. And dammit, despite the rough start, we had some fun doing this episode and every single one in the past: especially the “lost” episode nine of Notaku Diaries.

Thanks for listening to all the insane and stupid crap we put out this year, from Notaku Diaries, to Not Another Old Cartoon Podcast, to those weird WRSP thingys, and finally the ScratchCast. Here’s hoping that we continue to act like fools in the future…as well as improve our quality. See y’all next year!

P.S. The song at the beginning is Uncaged Czarina, and it serves as our theme song. And so we won’t have to pay $10 every time we use it…Free Royalty Free Music by DanoSongs.com.

P.S.S. What were YOUR favorite parts of 2011? Tell us on Twitter, Facebook, via email, or in the comments below!

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I was 18 years old (!) when the original ThunderCats (produced by Rankin-Bass) premiered in 1985. I was filled with joy and expected great action to happen whenever I saw commercials for it. But when I saw the first couple of episodes, I wasn’t impressed as much as I thought I was going to be. There were some redeeming qualities, like the intro (most action series in the mid-1980s had iconically awesome intros), Topcraft and Pacific Animation Corporation’s animation, and a few great episodes, but it was nothing to really write home about. Some of the characters were aggravating, like Snarf constantly talking up a storm, and WilyKat & WilyKit being around (never liked the older versions at all). 130 episodes in and I basically concluded that it was a very cheesy series, and that I could only watch it every now and again just to remember how cheesy it was).

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Click image to see the initial series trailer from April.

I have never watched a complete episode of the original Thundercats series created by Rankin/Bass Productions. Everything I know about the original comes from tales of an annoying thing called Snarf and internet orgasms proclaiming the majesty of the show: I have no first-hand knowledge about the predecessor to the upcoming program. That said, I feel that I’m just as excited as everyone else for this reboot. There is no memories of watching these humanoid cats on Saturday mornings, but I’m still pumped for the July premiere. I don’t know myself the atmosphere of the original show, but I’m still amazed by where they are going with the new one. I’ve never had to deal with the annoying Snarf of the original, but I still somehow breathed a sigh of relief when I discovered he wouldn’t be talking this time around.

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Hi, the name’s Nexonius. You might’ve heard of me when I did a guest article concerning The Hall of Game Awards back in February. Now, you’re gonna hear a lot more from me. Now, on to the subject.

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This is Tex Avery’s Daffy Duck & Bugs Bunny, whose debuts were on April 17, 1937 & July 27, 1940, respectively.

Merrie Melodies (1936-1964)

The Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies opening logos, circa 1959.

Looney Tunes are one of the greatest (if not the greatest) cartoon shorts in animation history. Since April 1930, it serves as a backbone for every single cartoon made after the shorts ended from yesterday and today. Porky Pig. Daffy Duck. Elmer Fudd. Bugs Bunny. Tweety. Sylvester. Yosemite Sam. Marvin the Martian. Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner. Granny. Speedy Gonzales. Tasmanian Devil. These are the well known characters that make up the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies.

The history of Looney Tunes trails back to 1929, when Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising created a Live-Action pilot called Bosko the Talk-Ink Kid, which would feature the first Looney Tunes character created, Bosko. Leon Schlesinger made a deal with Harman and Ising to begin producing shorts with the characters. The iconic name was in place: Looney Tunes.

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