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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

C-A-D: Avengers: EMH - 107


The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
Episode 107
Breakout - Part 2

This episode picks up right where we left off with the Avengers in 106. A villain named Graviton is destroying New York and wanting to exact revenge on Nick Fury - the person who made him the way he now is. And as you guessed it, all of the heroes band together to defeat him, even the Hulk. 

This episode was just straight up action. Only this time, I found myself more into it than the previous episodes. Maybe I finally conditioned my brain to just shut off and enjoy the mayhem animated on screen. The only thing that perplexed me a little in this episode was Ant-Man's transformation into Giant Man. How did that happen and why does his costume change when he does that? Maybe I should watch eps 3, 4  and 5. However, now I feel like the series can finally start. 

RATING: 6.5
YOU DECIDE

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

C-A-D: Avengers: EMH - 106


The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
Episode 106
Breakout - Part 1

I got a little out of order and skipped ahead to the sixth episode of the Avengers series. I'll probably go back to the other four a little later.

Thank god I didn't watch this episode first. I think I mentioned this in one of my other reviews, but I hate super villain jail breaks. They spent all that time cleaning the scum off the streets, only to have them break out again. Lame. 

A mass outbreak occurs at all of the super villain prisons and only Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Ant-Man and Wasp can capture them. In order to do that though, they have to band together and become The Avengers... can they do it? Of course they can, Silly! But that doesn't happen until Breakout - Part 2. 

In this episode you get the introduction of a crap load of super villains and also a few other super heroes. Doc Sampson gets his official origin of the series, which is kind of cool. Overall, this episode was a big let down. You get action, action, action and a very thin story. If action is your thing, you will eat this episode up. Even I was pretty captivated by some of the action set-pieces. On a visceral level, this episode kicks ass. But I like my cartoons with more story. Maybe I should just continue watching X-Men TAS

RATING: 6
YOU DECIDE

Monday, September 19, 2011

C-A-D: Thundercats (2011) - 105


Thundercats (2011)
Episode 105
Old Friends

The producers of this new Thundercats series are really hitting a few of these episodes out of the park. I am shocked by how much I'm loving it. And I don't think it's a nostalgic thing either. I think the episodes are genuinely really well made with engaging stories.

Episode 5 picks up where we left off... The Cats have now met up with Panthro and if they are going to continue on their journey they're going to need some thundrillium for the Thundertank. Unfortunately, the closest thundrillium source is being mined by Grune's henchmen - the Lizards. This sets Lion-O and Panthro off on a power-struggle. Panthro thinks Lion-O's plans suck and Lion-O thinks Panthro should listen to his orders now that he is king. If only Claudus was there!

Grune is using a villain from the classic series to mine for the thundrillium - Driller. His re-design is so badass, I'm totally in love with it. After a series of flashbacks of how Grune became evil and a number of battles, the Thundercats succeed in getting some thundrillium.

While the last episode was all heartwarming and touching, this episode succeeds in establishing some great back-story for Grune, Panthro and Claudus's army. It also has some kick-ass fights to boot. I highly recommend this one.

RATING: 9
WATCH IT

Friday, September 16, 2011

C-A-D: Silverhawks - 101


Silverhawks
Episode 101
The Origin Story

Silverhawks is one of those cartoons on DVD I've been putting off watching for a while now. My memory of the cartoon isn't as fresh as my memory of the action figures - some of the coolest action figures from the '80s. Love the metallic finish on them! Unfortunately, my expectations for the pilot episode were a little high on this one. This origin story is exactly how not to do a first episode. The story just sucks balls. 

Set in the year 2839, the pilot begins with Mon-Star escaping from prison and a bionic cop named Stargazer has to assemble a team of Silverhawks to stop Mon-Star from destroying the universe. In all honesty, I kind of fell asleep watching this episode. It bored me to tears. It's unfortunate too because it has one of the coolest intro theme songs around. Anyways, the episode is pretty useless. After Mon-Star escapes and re-domesticates his pet squid, we are introduced to the team: Quicksilver, Steelheart, Steelwill, Col. Bluegrass, and the Copper Kid (a bionic kid from the planet of the mimes). 

I really don't remember many of the episodes so I'm curious to see if the show gets any better after episode one. I hope so considering I paid a lot of money for the DVD set. Although many of the other '80s cartoons were  20-minute commercials, this episode was blatantly obvious as being one too. If you're a fan of the Thundercats, you can't go wrong with Silverhawks. I'm just not sure if I can recommend the first episode. I'll let you decide since this introduces the characters, but is lacking any sort of story. 


RATING: 4.5
YOU DECIDE

C-A-D: Iron Man TAS - 102


Iron Man The Animated Series
Episode 102
Rejoice! I am Ultimo, Thy Deliverer!

Just when you thought Iron Man TAS couldn't get any worse, the producers give us this crap as the second episode of the series. Not quite as bad as the first one, but that's not saying much.

The Mandarin and Modok find and bring to life a gigantic alien Robot named Ultimo. The Madarin uses it to try and destroy one of Stark's factories, but is stopped by Iron Man and the rest of the Force Works. 

Now, I don't know if it's a case of really bad writing here, or just terrible source material. I did some reading up on Ultimo on good ole wikipedia and I discovered that this origin episode for Ultimo is pretty faithful to his original origin in the comics. Unfortunately, It's just like the first episode of Iron Man. The Mandarin has a scheme, he executes it and is thwarted by Iron Man. This ones another dud and I don't think it's going to get any better, at least not for 11 more episodes. 

RATING: 2 
SKIP IT

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

C-A-D: X-Men TAS - 102



X-Men The Animated Series
Episode 102
Night of the Sentinels - Part 2

Just as you might have suspected, part 2 of Night of the Sentinels picks up literally where we last left off in episode 1 - the X-Men in danger. But thank god they're the X-Men and can get out of any sticky situation. After getting into the compound and destroying the files, the X-Men flee to the Blackbird, but are confronted by an onslaught of Sentinels. The X-Men fight the good fight but lose two of their team members in the process. Beast is captured and another (who I will refrain from naming for those who have yet to see it) is killed in battle. They just don't make cartoons like this any more! The writers of the show really set up the series letting the audience know that anyone could die or be captured at any moment. Being a mutant is not fun and is potentially dangerous and this episode clearly shows that. 

Like episode 1, I think this episode has some great one-liners. It's been a number of years since I last watched this episode and I still remember a lot of the dialogue by heart. For instance, when Wolverine yells at one of the Sentinels, "Hey Tin Woodsman! I'm sending you back to Oz... in pieces!" Absolutely brilliant dialogue. With introductions out the way, X-Men the Animated Series was finally ready to begin - hence the reason I give it a slightly higher score. You really feel like the series takes off at the end of this episode. It's hard to compare Part 1 and 2 as they are essentially the same story, but since I'm forced to I'd have to say Part 2 is the better episode. One last thing I'd like to mention... it's very fascinating that the president in this episode is portrayed as a woman. Another very liberal decision on the part of the writers and I commend them for writing it that way. 

RATING: 8
MUST WATCH

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

C-A-D: Thundercats (2011) - 104



Thundercats (2011)
Episode 104
Song of the Petalars

Episode 4 of the new Thundercats series really had the potential of being even worse than episode 3, but came out as one of the best cartoon episodes I have ever seen. 

Still on their journey to destroy Mumm-Ra, but with Slythe's army in hot-pursuit, the Thundercats come across a group of strange little plant creatures called the Petalars living inside a large briar-patch forest. The Petalars want nothing more but to return to their original home. After being swept away by a tornado, the Petalars ended up in the briar-patch and now only the Thundercats can help them find their way home. 

As the Thundercats try to find the Cliff of Winds (the place where the Petalars will float back home), Lion-O befriends Emerick, a small and courageous young Petalar who wants to be just like Lion-O when he grows up. However, as Lion-O gets closer to the boy he soon discovers that the life-span of a Petalar is only as long as a single day. With very little time left and Slythe doing everything and anything to kill the Thundercats, even lighting the briar patch forest on fire, Lion-O only has few hours left with his friend before he dies. 

As you would have probably guessed, Lion-O and the rest of the Thundercats manage to find their passage home, however, it may be too late as Lion-O's friend has come to the end of his life and dies. Although Emerick's life may have been very short, Lion-O realizes that Emerick had a good life and lived life to the fullest. Taking what he has learned, Lion-O decides to fight Slythe's army. Going face to face with Slythe's army of robots, the Thundercats are able to destroy them, but only with the help of someone else - and that someone I will leave up to you to discover because I highly recommend this episode. 

This was probably one of the most touching episodes of a cartoon I have ever seen. The Petalar designs weren't that great, but their story was so heartwarming. I don't think I've ever been that moved by a cartoon before. This cartoon is turning out to be a very mature cartoon that children and adults can both enjoy. 

RATING: 9
WATCH IT


Monday, September 12, 2011

C-A-D: Avengers: EMH - 102


The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
Episode 102
Thor the Mighty

Similar to the series opener, this episode is composed of four 5-minute episodes strewn together. This time, however, I think it works a little better. 

The episode begins with the Wrecking Crew attempting to steal something from Stark Industries. The Mighty Thor steps in and puts a halt to their plan. I was a little confused as to what Thor's deal was in this episode. Has he been on Earth for a few years now? Has he made any friends? Is his origin the same as Kenneth Branagh's movie origin? Anyways, Thor is then beckoned back to Asgard to find it under seige by Frost Giants. With Thor's hammer, Mjolnir, at his side he is able to stop the Frost Giants from destroying the realm eternal. However, we soon discover that his step-brother Loki was behind the assault and his father, Odin, is none-too-pleased. After giving the boy a scolding, Odin banishes him to the Isle of Silence. There, he reminisces of his scheming ways and we learn why the Wrecking Crew were up to no good in the beginning of the episode. And Thor decides he'd rather go live with the people of Earth than be with his own people... which pisses his Dad off quite a bit! 

Although I liked this episode more than the last, I still feel like the show is 85% fighting and 15% story. Again we are introduced to a ridiculous amount of characters and expected to know everything about each of them. Another thing I was confused about was the writers' decision to introduce Thor as if he had been on Earth for a while, but at the same time, not set up any of his backstory. I really know very little about Thor. My knowledge pretty much only extends to Branagh's movie and they approach this episode as if nothing that happened in the movie ever took place. Instead, they kind of do the whole Frost Giant story in a matter of 2-3 minutes - aka one big ass fight. So why did I like it more than the first episode? Well, for one thing, I felt like the episode flowed a lot better. Also, the voice acting in this episode is top notch. Something I forgot to mention in my last review was Iron Man's voice. Why does he sound like a teenager? 

RATING: 6
YOU DECIDE

Friday, September 9, 2011

C-A-D: Thundercats (2011) - 103



Thundercats (2011)
Episode 103
Ramlak Rising


I'll start this mini-review by stating that this was a huge let down from the first two episodes of the new series. Although I liked some of the themes it presented, it just felt like such a filler episode.

This episode picks up right where episode 2 left off. With Thundera destroyed and King Claudus dead, Lion-O, Cheetara and Tigra set out for the Sea of Sands to exact revenge on Mumm-Ra. As they depart, they meet up with Wily Kit and Wily Kat, and Lion-O reluctantly lets them join in on their travels. Once they reach the ocean, they encounter a group of fish-like pirates, who are straight out of an H.P. Lovecraft novella and are looking to kill a creature called the Ramlak - who drank all the water in their ocean (don't ask if you haven't seen it... it's stupid). The Thundercats agree to help them find and kill the creature, while simultaneously the crew wants to eat the Thunderkittens (again, don't ask). As you would have guessed, Lion-O saves the day and kills the Ramlak, releasing all of the water back into the sea (I have no idea how the creature was large enough to hold that much water... I shouldn't have asked).

The best part of the episode is the very end, so I won't ruin it for those of you who still haven't seen it and are curious about it. Although it was cool to see Lion-O cut shit up with his sword, I don't think I can recommend this episode.

RATING: 4
SKIP IT 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

C-A-D: Thundercats (2011) - 101 and 102





Thundercats (2011)

Episode 101 and 102
The Sword of Omens and Ancient Spirits of Evil

Now this is how you make (or in this case, remake) a cartoon! Since I watched this on it's initial broadcast, I'm not going to split up both episodes into separate review days. 

I've always been a huge Thundercats fan. Ever since I first saw the pilot episode of the original series, "Exodus", I was a die-hard fanatic. As a kid I had the Cat's Lair and half of the entire action figure collection. I also had a number of episodes taped on VHS. So when I first heard that they were remaking Thundercats, I had very high expectations. The initial series had such great designs and story, I felt like there was no way to screw it up. Thankfully, they blew my expectations out of the water. The first two episodes of the series are some of the best animated stories I have ever seen. 

The series begins with your standard intros... We meet Lion-O, son of Claudus and brother to Tygra(!). Lion-O gets himself into a little scuffle on the street looking for mysterious ancient Thundera Technology, but thank goodness Cheetara is there to save him. Soon after this event, we are introduced to his father and brother as Grune, a general in Claudus's army, arrives with news that Panthro has died in battle, but he has returned with riches. Claudus holds a ceremony for the fallen Thundercat, but once again Lion-O can't stay out of trouble when he finds a bunch of cats picking on some Reptilian prisoners. After making a pretty good argument, Lion-O convinces his father to release the lizards and thus ends episode 1. 

Episode 2 picks up the next day with an army of Lizards storming Thundera with massive robotic machines - the same ancient tech Lion-O was so curious about in the beginning of the episode. A battle ensues, but not without unveiling a whole slew of possible story threads...

I don't want to reveal too much for those of you who haven't had the chance to see the first episode yet. All I can say is that the show is amazing. I was a big supporter of the 2002 He-Man series, but I have to admit this series is vastly superior in animation and in story. 

Here's some of the things I loved about it...
- Snarf is no longer annoying... just cute.
- The voice acting is great - Tygra's voice is very reminiscent of the original Tygra's voice. Mumm-ra, Lion-O, Cheetara, Wily Kit and Kat, Jaga and Slythe are all spot-on.
- The set up of Grune's character is ingenious.
- The history of the eye of Thundera relating to Mumm-ra should be interesting.
- Wily Kit and Kat being orphan-like thieves is intriguing. 
- The death of a main character is actually shocking.
- Hearing Larry Kenney speak the famous Thundercat oath made me feel like a kid again. 
- Lynx-O cameo!

I can't speak any higher about the series. Can't wait to see where it goes from here!

RATING: 10
WATCH IT

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

C-A-D: Iron Man TAS - 101


Iron Man The Animated Series
Episode 101
And The Sea Shall Give Up It's Dead

I wanted to review Iron Man - the Complete 1994 Animated Series DVD set back when it was first released, but I just couldn't bring myself to watch it over a weekend...more or less even watch it. The first season is just terrible. So I thought, why not do it now and spread it over a few weeks or maybe even months. It's really just season one that is nearly unwatchable. Alright, so now that I've pumped all of you up for what's in store, let's dig in. 

The pilot episode of Iron Man is so undeniably lame. Similar to a lot of the cartoons of the '80s, the basic premise of each Iron Man episode is as follows: Mandarin comes up with some crazy-ass scheme and Iron Man stops it. That's about it. And just like that, this episode begins with the Mandarin turning a group of Russian Sailors into an army of radioactive zombies. We are introduced to the man in red and yellow and his team of super heroes - Force Works (War Machine, Spider Woman, Century and Scarlet Witch). From there we are also introduced to the Mandarin's super villains; Dreadknight, Modok, Whirlwind, Blizzard, Backlash (aka Whiplash), and Hypnotia. Once all the main characters are introduced they get on with the episode and defeat the evil horde of zombie sailors. 

It's a real shame the production company didn't use the same template as X-Men the Animated Series and just go full force with a kick ass story. The first episode and really the whole first season is such a wasted opportunity. I think the recent Iron Man movie clearly shows that Iron Man can be a really cool and interesting character. Unfortunately, he is not in this cartoon adaptation. The only cool thing about this first episode is seeing all of those Force Works characters animated and come to life. Unfortunately, we don't find out a blasted thing about any of them. They are really just there as eye candy. This is definitely an episode I highly recommend you skip. 

RATING: 1.5
SKIP IT

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

C-A-D: Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes 101


The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
Episode 101
Iron Man is Born!

Since I've been wanting to watch the new Avengers cartoon for some time now, I thought one of the first remakes I would jump into would be this show. I use remake lightly because the show isn't technically a remake. It's more of a new interpretation on characters from '90s Marvel cartoons. Now to begin with, I was a little confused as to which episode would be considered the first episode of the series. It may or may not have had an impact on the way I have rated this episode and may rate upcoming episodes. My understanding is that Disney XD aired mini-episodes prior to the series officially launching on October 20th. But then once the series began, each of those 5-minute mini-episodes were spun into self contained episodes. Confused yet? I am. Anyways, the point I'm trying to make is that I've decided to begin watching the series with the 5-minute episode arcs.

Iron Man is Born! starts off with a pretty cool action sequence of Iron Man taking on some Hydra robots in what appears to be New York City. As Iron Man fights the good fight, S.H.I.E.L.D. steps in to help, but are they on Iron Man's side? The episode ends with the Grim Reaper infiltrating one of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s prisons (the Vault). After breaking out Baron Strucker and hitting the road, Nick Fury's men just barely capture them... of course in the process Nick Fury gets a bit of a makeover in the hair department.

I really felt this episode was just a mishmash of action scenes. Now, like I mentioned, this could just be a problem of being four 5-minute episodes strewn together. I think my biggest problem with this episode is that it just lacks any interesting story. Sure there is the mystery as to why Stark's technology was used in Hydra robots, but that's about it. In addition to that, we meet a whole smattering of characters and never really get to know who they are. Sure, I know who they are... I've seen the movies, read some of the comics and even have the Marvel Encyclopedia, but what about all those kids out there? I'm guessing they are approaching this series expecting that the viewers would have seen the Iron Man movie and should know his back-story and supporting cast. However, Modok makes a quick appearance, but for no reason at all. I guess it was kind of a cool cameo, but let's hope by the time he makes it into the series as a full-fledged villain he has an actually story.

If you're a fan of action, and only action, you will probably get a kick of this episode. None of the other Avengers make an appearance, but I really think that is a good thing. As it is there are too many characters in this episode. I'm hoping the series picks up after this one.

RATING: 5
YOU DECIDE

Monday, September 5, 2011

C-A-D: X-Men TAS - 101


X-Men The Animated Series 
Episode 101
Night of the Sentinels - Part 1

To kick off the latest feature on cartoonandhorror.com I've decided to pick one of my favourite '90s cartoons - X-Men The Animated Series. I've seen the entire series at least two times in my life, so this series will be the most memorable. I just hope the nostalgia of the show doesn't influence my adult opinions of each episode.

The episode begins with a relatively unknown (for me at least) mutant named Jubilee being hunted by a pack of Sentinels (still to this day I don't see Jubilee gracing too many comic covers). Luckily she is saved by a group of mutants known as the X-Men. Storm, Rogue and Gambit save Jubilee from the Sentinels and take her to the X-Mansion for safety. After meeting part of the team, we are introduced to the rest - Wolverine, Beast, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Professor X and an extremely obscure character named Morph. We discover, along with the X-Men, that the group running the Mutant Registration Program is using Sentinels to hunt down mutants to terminate them. Pretty heavy shit for a young kid watching the show back in the early '90s. The X-Men discover the secret base of the organization and decide to go infiltrate them to destroy their mutant files. The episode ends with a cliff-hanger just as the X-Men are about to get attacked by a group of soldiers.

Overall, this couldn't be a more perfect pilot episode. It introduces the characters effortlessly and develops their ticks and character traits in such little time - only 24 minutes. The episode has a few silly lines of dialogue, but makes up for it with some of the most memorable one-liners I've ever seen in a show to date. The voice actors are perfect in their roles and really capture the characters personality. Another thing that makes this episode and show so brilliant is that each episode sets up so many stories that are explored in later episodes. Although the animation design of the show may be a little dated, I still think it has more life than 95% of the cartoons you see on TV today. That includes all of the new Marvel and DC cartoons currently on the air.

Even for just being part 1 of an entire story, I have to give this pilot big props as it still holds up to this day and begins an interesting a adult themed story-line that continues for the rest of the series.

RATING: 7

Sunday, September 4, 2011

CARTOON-A-DAY

I'm going to be starting up a new feature to guarantee that there will be more consistent content on cartoonandhorror.com. Since there is an over-abundance of horror movie websites dedicated to reviews, I've decided to focus the new feature on cartoons.

I've been collecting 80s and 90s cartoons on DVD for years now and I have a bunch that haven't even been opened yet. I thought the perfect way to get through the DVDs would be to watch a cartoon every day (during the week) and post a short review, rating and determine whether you should spend the time watching that particular episode.

Every episode I review will be rated out of 10. If an episode gets a score of 1 - 4, I will recommend you SKIP the episode. If an episode gets a score of 4.5 - 6.5, I'll let YOU DECIDE whether you want to watch it or not, based on the episode synopsis. If an episode gets a score of 7 - 10, it's a WATCH or MUST WATCH. Since some shows have over 100 episodes, this will let the casual cartoon fan weed through the shit episodes. Shows like Masters of the Universe and Thundercats have a plethora of crappy episodes. Every time I go to watch one of my cartoon DVDs I never know which episode to put on. I sometimes don't want to start at the beginning, but I have no idea what episode to watch.

When I first started this website, I really wanted to review every single cartoon show on DVD. However, as I started to really get into this whole blogging thing, I realized I just didn't have the time to sit down and watch an entire season of a cartoon show in one sitting. Doing one episode of a cartoon show a day will allow me to jump back and forth between different shows (while going in episode order) and also get through my collection of cartoon DVDs.

Another thing I should mention, while most of the cartoons I review will be from the 80s and 90s, you will also see a few remakes from the 2000s scattered throughout the reviews. In order for a show to be qualified as a remake, it has to have had an original show produced in the 80s or 90s. For example, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (200x), TMNT (200x), Thundercats (2011) cartoon, and if I'm up for it, one of the new Transformers or GI Joe cartoons. In addition to these cartoons, Marvel and DC cartoons with the same characters qualify as well. Shows like The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (The characters appeared in both Iron Man: The Animated Series and Avengers: United They Stand) and X-Men Evolution both qualify. I'm only making this part of the rule because I'm dying to watch some of the new Marvel and DC TV shows, so you're just going to have to put up with it.

September will act kind of as a test to see if I can actually squeeze the time in to review an episode every week day. The month of October will be dedicated to reviewing a horror movie every day (per week).

If this works out alright, I'll pick this feature back up in November.

Let the cartoon watching begin!

Friday, September 2, 2011

FAN EXPO/FESTIVAL OF FEAR 2011 - Part 3: The Loot

At this year's Fan Expo I went a little more crazy than I normally do and spent a tiny bit over $100 on posters.  Which is actually pretty good considering some of the gems I got. Usually I come away with 1 or 2 posters, but this year, I really hit the jackpot. I was able to cross off a few from my wishlist. Anyways, besides the posters, I also got 4 trade paperbacks. Here are the pics...

The Changeling (US Theatrical Poster)

From Beyond  (US Theatrical Poster)

House (Thai Poster)

House II (Thai Poster)

House 3 - aka. Horror House & The Horror Show (German Poster)

Scrooged (UK Poster)

Society (US VHS Poster - I think)

All of the posters have been added to my poster collection, which you can check out here


This was a free poster. I don't really get why the transformers look like LEGO characters, but at least it makes me smile. 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

FAN EXPO 2011 - Part 2: More Photos

Today's post concludes the pictures portion of my Fan Expo/Festival of Fear 2011 write-up.

DAY 3

Danielle Harris Q&A (Video to follow)

Doug Bradley Q&A (Video to follow)

Ghostbusters helping Ghostbusters

Lance Vs. Lance (Video to follow)


Twisted T's!

Best. Line-up. Ever. (Click on image to enlarge)

More great T's

DAY 4

My camera battery mysteriously ran out of power on the last day so I am seriously lacking in the pictures department.

Guillermo del Toro getting swarmed

 Robert Englund Q&A (Video to follow)