Showing posts with label cartoons. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cartoons. Show all posts
September 20, 2012

DVD Review - Tiny Toon Adventures:How I Spent My Vacation

Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation
Directors: Rich Arons, Ken Boyer
Voice Cast: Charles Adler, Tress Macneille, Joe Alaskey, and many more
Studio: Warner Home Video
Release Date: August 21, 2012
Running Time: 80 minutes
Rated: NR

Everyday after school, I believe it was 4:30, I would watch the Tiny Toon Adventures that aired from 1990-1992 (original series episodes), and continued to air in reruns for several years. In March 1992, Warner Home video released the direct-to-video Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation, which some critics considered it to be odd because it was the first animated movie in the United States to be released straight to VHS and Laserdisc. The movie was a smash success selling over one million copies. The movie later aired as a four-part episode on Fox Kids.

In the movie, the Acme Looniversity school year is over and Buster & Babs Bunny (no relation) and the gang are excited to start their summer vacation. Buster and Babs start out by having a water gun fight, but then things turn ugly when they accidentally flood Acme Acres. They end up floating down the river, leading them down south to a riverboat, where they barely escape with their fur.
September 19, 2012

30th Anniversary Commemorative Collection of He-Man® and the Masters of the Universe® DVD Set is Coming Out Just in Time for Christmas!

If you were born in the 1980s like me, then you'll probably remember watching the animated series called He-Man and the Masters of the Universe that was based on the line of action figures created by Mattel. I owned several of the toys and I remember watching the television series.

Mill Creek Entertainment is celebrating the 30th anniversary by releasing a limited,  ultimate He-Man DVD collection for its fans this December, which is just in time for Christmas at the price tag of $99.98 SPR. The set will include three of the television series on 22 discs!

Included in the The 30th Anniversary Commemorative Collection will be:

September 15, 2012

DVD Review - The Garfield Show: Holiday Extravaganza

The Garfield Show: Holiday Extravaganza
Studio: Dargaud
Release Date: September 4, 2012
Running Time: 72 minutes 
Rated: NR

I grew up watching Garfield & Friends and of course the CBS Garfield prime time specials. It took me awhile to get use to The Garfield Show, in which I am starting to like. The Holiday Extravaganza came out of nowhere. I never heard about the DVD being released until I came across it in the store. Since I am a die-hard Garfield fan, I eagerly bought it.

The episodes on this disc are:

The Haunted House - John is out of idea for a new comic book, so he spends the weekend at Mr. Barker's new mansion, which is haunted by a ghost cat!

Which Witch - The annoying twins Druscilla and Minerva are visiting John and Garfield plans on getting rid of them by sending them to a witch's house.
August 18, 2012

DVD Review - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 10: The Complete Final Season!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Season 10: The Complete Final Season!
Studio: LionsGate
Release Date: August 14, 2012
Running Time: Approx. 176 minutes
Bonuses: Exclusive Artist Interviews, 2 Bonus Episodes: "Once Upon a Time Machine" and "Planet of the Turtleoids"

I grew up watching the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series and the live movies. I stumbled upon Season 4 back in 2007 at a Walmart store and of course I had to buy it. I later ordered the previous seasons which were never released in sets; instead they were released in six volumes.

I patiently wait for every new season to be released. When season 5 was released back in August 2007, I, like many other fans, was disappointed that two episodes were left out of the set. I was disappointed again in the next four season releases as they didn't have the missing episodes either.
June 9, 2012

Kid Konnection: Goosebumps Halls of Horrors, & The Garfield Show

Every Saturday, Booking Mama hosts a feature called Kid Konnection -- a regular weekend feature about anything related to children's books.

Goosebumps: Halls of Horrors: The Five Masks of Dr. Screem
Written by: R.L. Stine
Published by: Scholactic
ISBN: 978-0-545-28936-8
Pub Date: July 1, 2011

I guess I am considered a first generation Goosebumps fan as I remember my mother bringing home the first book in the series for me to read back in the early 90s. Since then I have continued to collect them and other R.L. Stine books. A new Goosebumps series is going to start in the fall and I have four unread books on my desk. Naturally, I decided to take a break in between book reviews and picked up book three in the Hall of Horrors series.

The series has an introduction by The Story-Keeper from Horrorland, in which a kid is telling him a true scary story. Monica Anderson is looking forward to going trick-or-treating with her friends, but she has taken her annoying karate-chopping brother, Peter, with her. Things are going great until Peter bothers her friends and the friends go their separate ways. Monica puts her foot down, telling him they are going home, but Peter runs ahead of her toward another street.

She catches up to him and agrees to go trick-or-treating at one more house - a creepy old house. They are greeted by a woman, Bella, who invites them inside as she has been expecting them. They are the ones that are going to help her. How does Bella know this?
May 29, 2012

DVD Review - The Secret World of Arrietty

    The Secret World of Arrietty is a 2010 animated Japanese film based on the award winning novel The Borrowers by Mary Norton. It was directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and produced by Studio Ghibli. After a successful run in Japan, and winning the Animation of the Year Award at the 34 Japan Academy Price, it was released in the Untied States by Walt Disney Pictures in early 2012. Disney’s release had an American dub with the voices of Bridgit Mendler, David Henrie, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler and Carol Burnett.

    A boy named Shawn is sent to live with his great aunt Jessica’s, the same house his mother had grew up in. Shawn’s parents are busy with work and don’t have the time to take care him. He is going to have  heart in a few weeks and needs to rest. His mother told him about the little people who live in the walls, of course Shawn thinks it was just a story, but he was wrong.
May 18, 2012

Witches of OZ, Unico, More Dark Shadows, and Follow Friday

I have been sick (again) for most of the week, I am just now starting to get over the strep throat.

I happened to catch a few minutes of a movie/mini-series The Witches of OZ on an Encore channel last week. I not a fan of retold Syfy Channel quality movies, despite its campiest something about caught my intention. The movie wasn't going to be reaired anytime soon, but I happened to find at for fewer than ten dollars at my local Wal-mart. I will be giving my take on the movie soon, so be keeping an eye on the upcoming post.

May 15, 2012

DVD Review - Gadget Boy's Adventure in History: Stopping Evil Across Time

Gadget Boy's Adventure in History came in a DVD giveaway package I won a few months ago. I remember watching the original Inspector Gadget back in the 80s and I loved the silly concept. In this spinoff that aired for two seasons from 1995-1998, Gadget Boy is a child with the personality like Inspector Gadget, and also has many gadgets and an extendable arms and legs. Gadget Boy is aided by Agent Heather, similar to Penny on the original series. There is no Brain here, but instead there is robotic dog named G-9. And there is no Dr. Claw, but instead the villain is Spydra, who wears a pink mask and has six arms. Along with Spydra are her minion twin brothers Mulch and Hummus, and her pet vulture Boris.

May 9, 2012

DVD Review - The Best of Where On Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?

    I received The Best of Where On Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? in a DVD giveaway package I won from a blog several weeks ago. The show aired in 1994 and ended in 1998. I vaguely recall the series ever airing as I was a thirteen-year-old and I was more into horror movies at the time. The series is based on the popular pc/video game and the PBS kid’s game show; both titled Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?. Thanks to Cookie Jar (Mill Creek Entertainment) this cartoon and others are now available on DVD.

    The show takes place in a virtual reality where a 'live' kid known as “The Player” is playing the game as two sibling characters Zack and Ivy, who are both ACME detectives. Carmen Sandiego is the main thief along with her V.I.L.E gang, who in each episode steals an artifact and travels the world to through off the authorities. This is where Zack and Ivy come in as they must find the clues Carmen leaves behind and figure out her next move. Of course at the end of every episode, the kids recover the artifact and Carmen gets away.
April 28, 2012

DVD Review - Heathcliff: King of the Beasts

 Last month I entered a DVD giveaway on a blog just for a chance to win the Heathcliff: King of the Beasts. Luckily, I won the contest and I have been spending my free time watching new and old cartoons. Even though I was only a three-year-old when Heathcliff originally aired back in 1984, I vaguely remember the show, but for some odd reason I do remember the catch theme song.

Heathcliff is based on the comic strip by the late George Gately. Prior to the 1984, Heathcliff appeared in the 1980 series Heathcliff and the Dingbats, which last two years and 25 episodes. When Heathcliff returned to TV in 1984, it followed a similar format with each episode having two 11 segments, followed by a short ending segment with Heathcliff giving good pet advise to kids. The old Dingbats segment was replaced with The Catillac Cats, which was created by Jean Chalopin, Bruno Bianchi.

April 19, 2012

Geeky Cartoon Shirts, Gilmore Girls, Ghost Protocol, More Books, and Follow Friday

I am officially a cartoon geek as I bought three shirts last week, which were Thundercats (On clearance for $2.), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ($3), and a Grumpy shirt (paid full price at $8). I also bought Dungeons & Dragons: The Animated Series: Beginnings for $2.50, The Last Unicorn for $5, and Silver Hawks Volume One for $15, which are a few more examples of me being a cartoon geek. I just happened to go to the city over the weekend, which is rare for me. At Target I found a pair of Homer Simpson sleep pants for under six dollars. While I was there I bought Gilmore Girls Seasons 1 & 2 for only twenty dollars. I have no idea why I like this show. I never watched it while it was originally on, but I stumbled upon it early one morning and liked it. I also went to a much bigger Walmart, where I bought Elixir by Hilary Duff for $5.97. I didn't even know that she had written a book. Has anyone else read it or even heard of it?

DVD Review - Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors Volume 1

Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors Volume 1 is another DVD that I won in a recent giveaway. I didn't recognize the name or the cover art. It wasn't until I played the first episode that I finally, more like vaguely, remembered the show, as I was a four-year-old when it aired on television. Actually, I don't recall much about the show, but I do the toys, which were released by Mattel before the show was created. Mattel needed a way to explain the strange looking silver vehicles and the even stranger looking organic/machine vehicles, thus Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors was created. Talented writes such as Larry DiTillio, Barbara Hambly and J. Michael Straczynski, creator of Babylon 5, wrote most the episodes.

Here is the series main plot: Audric, a botanist, was experimenting with biotechnology, and developed a crop that could grow in any environment.  A burst of radiation from a solar flare mutated one of his crops, transforming it an evil creature called Saw Boss. The other plants transformed as well and were called the Monster Minds. Audric created a magic root to destroy Saw Boss, but time was not on his side as his laboratory is being attacked. He splits the magical root in half and gives the other half of it to his faithful servant, Oon. He commands Oon to take the root to his son, Jayce, and serve under his command.

Oon (a magically animated suit of armor servant) finds Jacye along with Gillian (a wizard/scientist), and Flora, who was created from a flower by Audric. With the help of a Han Solo ripoff character, Herc Stormsailor - a pilot and  mercenary, they become known as the Lightning League. They use their ground vehicles to battle the Monster Minds vehicles, that are grown from vines. The Lightning League travels to planet to planet by the Pride of the Skies II, Herc's space barge, as Jayce searches for his missing father.

April 18, 2012

DVD Review - Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century ...on the Case

I recently won a bundle of DVDs from a blog giveaway. One of those DVDs was Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century ...on the Case, featuring the first 10 episodes from the short lived 1999-2001 series. Honestly, I have never heard of the cartoon series before. The nifty cover art caught my attention, so I decided to give the series a try. I suppose this series was released to tie in with the recent Sherlock Holmes film franchise.

The episodes in this release are:

  1. The Fall and Rise of  Sherlock Holmes
  2. The Crime Machine
  3. The Hounds of Baskervilles
  4. The Resident Patient
  5. The Scales of Justice
  6. The Five Orange Pips
  7. The Adventures of the Beryl Board
  8. The Adventures of the Empty House
  9. The Secret Safe
  10. The Adventure of the Mazarin Chip 
April 12, 2012

Cartoon Heaven, Coffee Talk, a Few Books, and Follow Friday

I thought it would be neat to have a message forum on my blog for other bloggers to post their review, giveaway, etc links. So, this week I created a new page called Coffee Talk. Feel free to post a message on there. Thanks!

I had entered a giveaway on Nelson Clan Blog and actually won, which is the first for me. What were my prizes - 10 DVDs. They are the following: The Best of Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?; Sherlock Holmes in The 22nd Century ...on the Case; Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors Volume 1; The Best of C.O.P.S. Volume 2; Gadget Boy Adventures in History; Stopping Evil Across Time; Heathcliff: King of Beasts; Heathcliff Season One Volume One; Archie's Weird Mysteries; I Know: Animals; Letters & Sounds Volume One and Volume Two. I'm a cartoon fan, especially of the 80s, so I am really excited about winning this. I may give the two latter DVDs to my little cousins.

DVD Review - The Best of Archie's Weird Mysteries

I recently won a giveaway that including several cartoon DVDS and as soon as I ripped open the box I saw the cool cover of The Best of Archie's Weird Mysteries, which is a homage to the 50's and 60's B-movie posters. I recall watching the Archie Show when I was kid, but I was unaware of this incarnation. After doing an online search, I learned that the series lasted only one season, 1999-2000, with 40 episodes.

In this release from Cookie Jar Entertainment consists of ten episodes: 

  1. Attack of the Killer Spuds
  2. Me! Me! Me!
  3. Driven to Distraction
  4. Attack of the 50-foot Veronica
  5. Invisible Archie
  6. The Haunting of Riverdale
  7. Cure of the Mummy
  8. Fleas Release Me
  9. Mega-Mall of Horrors
  10. The Jughead Incident

April 7, 2012

DVD Review - The Littles: The Complete Collection

 I have very fond memories of The Littles television show based on John Peterson’s beloved children books, and I was excited to watch the complete collection from Mill Creek Entertainment. All 29 episodes are on three DVDs. Honestly, I thought the series had more episodes. The show first aired in 1983 and lasted for three short seasons. In 1985, the Littles hit the big screen (but only showed in matinees) in the prequel Here Come the Littles. In 1986, they returned for the final outing in the made-for-television movie Liberty & the Littles.

    The Littles are only a few inches tall and have a mouse like ears and a tails. The main Littles were Tom and Lucy (brother and sister), their cousin Dinky, and Grandpa Little. Occasionally their parents appeared in a few episodes. They all live in the Bigg house, where a young boy, Henry Bigg, is the only one that knows of the existence.

    Of course, every cartoon needs a villain, and in the Littles, it is a crazy doctor who wants to prove that the Littles are real. With the help of Henry, the Littles always managed to out wit the mad doctor.
March 23, 2012

A New Design, More Books, The Littles, The Muppets, and Follow Friday

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I actually bought the Muppets on DVD this week. I haven't been a Muppet film in probably twenty years. I recall watching a few of the movies and The Muppet Babies cartoon series, but I have lost touch with these cute characters. I remember seeing this movie advertise at the theater last year and I thought it would be horrible due to the fact that Jason Segel is in it. Surprisingly, I wasn't annoyed with his character, even though it is unbelievable that Amy Adams' character actually liked him. All the Muppet characters are back, but some of them could have had more screen time, like Fozzie Bear - who didn't have much to do. The movie is cute for kids with enough humor for adults to enjoy it as well.

Last night I watched The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo with Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara. I haven't read the books, even though I do have them on Kindle, and I haven't seen the Swedish films either. I was shockingly surprised at the brutal violence in the film, and this is coming for someone who is fan of Spartacus on Starz. The movie is well-acted, beautifully filmed, and the dark mystery keeps you watching till the very end.

I also watched Bag of Bones on DVD which is based on a novel by Stephen King. I bought the book years ago on the bargain shelf at Barnes & Nobles. I read it quickly and loved it. When the miniseries aired back in December, I had other things going on and I didn't get a chance to watch it. Bag of Bones is good, but several things have been changed and left out from the book. I love ghost stories, so I naturally love it despite of it's flaws.

I received The Little: The Complete Collection in the mail on Monday. The short-lived series is based on John Peterson's children books and aired when I was two years old back in 1983. The series only had 29 episodes, one prequel feature film, and one TV Movie. The show aired in reruns for several years after it ended. I'm glad that I found it on DVD and under ten dollars. I've only had a chance to watch a few episodes, but they are just as I remember them. It would be nice to see The Littles have a comeback like the Thundercats did last year.

August 19, 2011

Ramblings, Hops, Paul, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

PaulI woke up early this morning with the Tooth Fairy sitting on my headboard laughing while the Chest Cold Fairy put a marvelous spell on me. I apologize to anyone I may have rudely ran into while shopping for cold medicine. When I'm sick, I'm very cranky, and the only thing I wanted to do was to get what I needed and get out, but instead I ran into handfuls of adults on cellphones, teens texting, and others running around with their heads cut off. What is this a full moon? Despite my grumpiness, I was more respectable than any of them.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Season 9My plans to write my paranormal short story came to a halt when I got stuck with a dilemma, write in first person or third person. I made the decision to put the story a side for a few days. I'm not a morning writer, but because of a few sleepless nights, I was up at the crack of dawn fully awake. I turned on the computer and began typing away. The result: two new short stories for children. I may have to change my habits and write for a few hours in the morning.

Cum LaudeI watched Paul on DVD a few nights ago, and I laughed so hard, I thought the neighbors would call the police. I enjoyed Shawn of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, but I like Paul the best out the Simon Pegg/NickFrost dynamic duo. I also bought the long awaited 9th season of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. If you don't know me, you should know I love old cartoons from when I was kid. I've watched three episodes out of the eight, and I don't remember them at all. The episodes aired back in 1995, in which I was in the 8th grade and watching cartoons wasn't on my radar.

In the mail Cum Laude by Cecily von Ziegesar; and Sarah 'n' Dippity by Gerald R. Stanek and illustrated by Joyce Huntington Stanek. I bought The Harvest of Grace by Cindy Woodsmall, and Bad Moon Rising by Sherrilyn Kenyon last weekend.

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My answer: I would be a mysterious, struggling writer. I'm investigating the disappearance of my favorite author and mentor, which leads me into the dark world of demons and other creatures of the night.

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My answer: The Stand by Stephen King


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