Posts Tagged ‘The Hub’

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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Yeah, I’ll admit it. This episode is extremely late. Like, extremely late. I mean, the cable upfronts took place in late MARCH. And this episode was recorded shortly after. There is absoulety no reason for this episode to be so late, beyond my own laziness. And I apologize for that. But you know what? There’s a bright side! Because this episode being late means we can all sit around and laugh at our reactions to certain bits of news. Who would have though we’d all fall in love with Gravity Falls after giving it the finger? Or that The Legend of Korra would leave all of us in anger about the pacing and the romantic subplot after we constantly praised it? Ah yes, things have changed between then and now. So please; sit back, relax, and enjoy the silly antics of our slightly younger selfs.

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. Has your opinion of any of these shows changed over the past few months as well? Tell us on Twitter, Facebook, via email, or in the comments below!

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Honestly, I thought I would put this out early. Thought wrong and turns out I am lazier than Racattack. Well, either way, here is the first of an experimental new ScratchCast episode, where we talk about news. Recorded on January 22, Ryan, Don, and I talked about recent events; well, recent when we recorded the podcast. Like the debut of the new DC Comics logo that is now 100% official and not a Bleeding Cool rumor. We discuss the fall of SOPA and PIPA, which gives us an excuse and segway to talk about MegaUpload and founder Kim Dotcom’s fleet of cars. We also got Ryan to ramble about Bone, Don East to discuss the economics of My Little Pony DVDs, and Scott Lobdell writing that Axe webcomic thing. And, most importantly, the most important My Little Pony news ever…on January 22.

BTW, music notes: The opening is “Uncaged Czarina” by Dan O’Connor, Free Royalty-Free Music by DanoSongs.com. The ending is the glorious MegaUpload song.

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Not too long ago I stumbled upon an interesting show on The History Channel called Life After People. It used scientific findings to predict what life “after people” would be like for planet earth. Well I don’t have any scientific findings here but I thought I’d apply their gimmick to a post mortem timeline for the late great Toonami block. It’s been over 2 years and much has changed. In fact, so much has changed that a lot of people probably did not even notice everything that has happened since Toonami was taken off the air. Action animation and anime have found new venues and are now more available to viewers than ever before. So without further ado I present to you, life after Toonami.
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Before I get into this, I want to make some things clear:

  1. This list is in no particular order. For the same reason my reviews don’t have a rating system of any kind, I just find it hard to label something as being “this high” on a scale. I always end up regretting my decision later, like I did with my first review back in 2007. So please assume all these shows are equally great in my eyes, but in their own special ways.
  2. I haven’t seen every new animated series out there. If I haven’t watched every domestic animated series that premiered in 2010, then there is no way I could have watched every single new series from Japanese, England, France, etc. That just isn’t happening. This is a list of what I deem to be the best shows I’ve seen this year.

Now let’s begin, shall we?

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I contemplated making a top 5 or top 10 for the year but I felt like I wouldn’t be giving some shows their due if I just did that so rather than make a list I decided to give a micro-review and some personal thoughts on the cartoons of 2010 that I was able to catch. For the record, I did not include any direct sequels such as Ben 10: Ultimate Alien or Total Drama: World Tour. Follow the jump to see what I thought about the new cartoons that premiered in 2010.
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While all things old are made new again when they reach vintage status there is has not been a astonishing amount of remakes of cartoons and franchises from the 1960s and 1970s or years prior other than a few notable exceptions such as Scooby-Doo which is constantly refreshed along with a few other timeless cartoon franchises. You do not often see remakes of action cartoons from the sixties or seventies for instance. The eighties on the hand just keeps coming back. Transformers like Scooby-Doo get more or less constant refreshes but even beyond that several other eighties series seem to keep coming back into style with vintage centered merchandise, DVD releases and modern re-imaginings.
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