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‘Big City Greens’ Star Marieve Herington on Writing Her First Episode

‘Big City Greens’ Star Marieve Herington on Writing Her First Episode

September 12, 2020

Tonight, a brand new episode of Disney Channel's animated series Big City Greens premieres at 8PM ET/PT, and it's special for a couple of reasons. First, it continues the second season of the Annie and Emmy-nominated series from co-creators and showrunners Chris and Shane Houghton, and second, guest cast members Lorraine Toussaint (Orange Is the New Black) and Colton Dunn (Superstore) return as Rashida and Russell Remington, with Danny Trejo (Machete) back as Vasquez. But even more importantly, this episodes gives one of the cast members a chance to show off their writing skills!

If you're new to Big City Greens, the series follows the offbeat adventures of 10-year-old Cricket Green, whose natural curiosity and enthusiasm lead him and his family – older sister Tilly, father Bill and Gramma Alice – on epic journeys and into the hearts of his new neighbors. In the new episode's first segment tonight, titled "Present Tense," Cricket struggles to get the best birthday present for his best friend, Remy. Marieve Herington (awards-nominated voice of Tilly Green) co-wrote this particular episode with her husband, which is a first for her on this series.

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Ep. 285: ‘Defenders of the Earth’ Review

Ep. 285: ‘Defenders of the Earth’ Review

September 5, 2020

If you want to see a bunch of powerful comic book superheroes team up to fend off extraterrestrial threats to our home planet, there's no better place to look than Marvel's Avengers Defenders of the Earth! This 1986 animated series from King Features, with development by Marvel and production from a trio of overseas studios including Toei Animation, united the bigger-than-life heroes of King Features Syndicate. Flash Gordon, Phantom, Mandrake the Magician, and Lothar joined forces to defend Earth (hence the name) from the villainous intents of Ming the Merciless. Helping to fight back for the fate of their planet were the second generation of heroes, including Rick Gordon, Jedda Walker, the adopted son Kshin and his space-alien pet Zuffy, and Lothar "L.J." Junior.

While these characters might not be the first that come to mind when thinking about comic book superheroes, they're definitely classics for a reason. We're coming up on their 100th anniversary -- a pretty monumental task for any character, really -- so what better way to celebrate than by watching Defenders of the Earth? Unfortunately, some of the backwards tropes -- racist, misogynist, every other -ist -- is part of the package here. Is it bad enough to dip, or just enough to force us into tough conversations? Tune in to find out! (And big thanks to @MrJake for the listener recommendation!)

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Ep. 284: ‘Glitch Techs’ Season 2 Review

Ep. 284: ‘Glitch Techs’ Season 2 Review

August 29, 2020

Glitch Techs Season 2 arrived on Netflix just last week. This new batch of 10 half-hour episodes continues the adventures of glitch-hunters Miko and Five and their all-star team of Hinobi technicians. New relationships will be explored, new insight into families and friends will be revealed, and tons of pop culture and video game Easter eggs will be scattered all over the place, virtual and IRL. But how does Season 2 compare to the fantastic first season released earlier this year?

As gamers from a certain generation, there's a lot to love about Glitch Techs. But you don't need to get all the references (we certainly didn't) to enjoy this beautifully animated, wonderfully acted, smartly written, and brilliantly executed animated series. Right now, we're at the end of the current selection of episodes originally ordered into production by Nickelodeon before the show went to Netflix, but there is so much more story to tell, mythology to explore, and mysteries to solve. Glitch Techs deserves at least one more season to continue their story, so be sure to tune in ASAP to make some noise for this fantastic series!

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Ep. 283: ‘Hoops’ Review: Is Netflix’s Animated Series the Worst New Show of 2020?

Ep. 283: ‘Hoops’ Review: Is Netflix’s Animated Series the Worst New Show of 2020?

August 22, 2020

It's rare that we absolutely shred a cartoon on our weekly animation podcast, but it's also (thankfully) rare that shows like Hoops make it all the way to a finished, widely distributed production. I guess that's the price we play for today's ubiquitous streaming services; little to no standards and practices allows artists to deliver some cutting-edge animation you wouldn't normally get on network, cable, or premium TV, but it also lacks a quality filter. That's where we come in.

From Ben Hoffman and featuring the voice talent of Jake Johnson, Hoops centers on a foul-mouthed high school basketball coach who hates everyone around him but manages to hate himself even more. If you're thinking that this could be a BoJack-like series or an animated take on Eastbound & Down, don't; aim much, much lower. While Hoops might -- I say again might -- have been edgy and boundary-pushing back in the late 1990s, its swings at being offensive just for the sake of being offensive miss 100% of the time in the comedy department. Shows like Family Guy, South Park, and their ilk proved that you could be offensive and still be funny; Hoops proves that that's easier said than done. To find out how this show misses the mark in all sorts of ways, you'll have to listen in (but definitely definitely do not watch this thing on Netflix.)

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Ep. 281: ‘Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles’ Review

Ep. 281: ‘Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles’ Review

August 15, 2020

This week's cartoon review comes courtesy of a Listener Recommendation, so we're legally obligated to check out Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles. With 44 episodes -- 4 of which are clip shows -- this 1999-2000 series tells the story of Rico's Roughnecks, a squad of space-based troops carrying out orders in defense of Earth. It continues the tales laid out in Robert Heinlein's book as well as Paul Verhoeven's '97 movie that started a fan-favorite franchise. But does Roughnecks live up to that pedigree?

The computer generated-animated series definitely shows its age 20 years later. CG looks great when it comes to bugs and alien worlds but it's an absolute abomination when it comes to human faces, hair, expressions, and even lip sync. It's a mess. It quite honestly should be thrown back into the Uncanny Valley from whence it came. But is it worthy of being dipped? You'll have to tune in to find out!

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Ep. 282: ‘Wizards’ Review | Saturday Mourning Cartoons

Ep. 282: ‘Wizards’ Review | Saturday Mourning Cartoons

August 8, 2020

DreamWorks delivers more Tales of Arcadia animated action in Wizards, the closing chapter of Guillermo del Toro & Co's excellent, action-packed, fantasy franchise. (Except it's not really the closing chapter; there's a movie coming out in 2021 that aims to resolve everything the 10-episode Netflix season didn't quite tie off with a bow.) But how exactly does the magic-focused series stack up when compared with fellow Tales, 3Below and Trollhunters?

Listen in as we walk through the Good, the Bad, and the LOL of Wizards in the latest episode of our long-running animation-focused podcast. Be sure to let us know where you think Wizards ranks in the Tales of Arcadia and what you're hoping to see in next year's movie!

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Laura Bailey on ‘Starfinder’ & Voicing a Character Alongside Amazon’s Alexa

Laura Bailey on ‘Starfinder’ & Voicing a Character Alongside Amazon’s Alexa

August 4, 2020

Laura Bailey, co-star of the recent hit video game 'The Last of Us: Part II', will star in the upcoming release of Amazon's 'Starfinder', an Alexa-assisted RPG based on Paizo's popular tabletop game. 

 

We chatted with Bailey about her unique experience recording the branching story paths for 'Starfinder', just what sort of story arc her character follows, and what she hopes that players discover about her character and others. Plus, she talks about getting to record with Nathan Fillion once again and checks in on the status of the 'Critical Role' animated series. All that and more follows, so listen in! 

 

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Ep. 280: ‘Gundam Build Fighters’ Review | Saturday Mourning Cartoons

Ep. 280: ‘Gundam Build Fighters’ Review | Saturday Mourning Cartoons

August 1, 2020

Get out your nippers, files, and X-Acto knives, it's time for Gunpla! We're digging into a listener recommendation and checking out Gundam Build Fighters, an anime series in the vast and varied Gundam universe that puts the focus on fans of the giant mobile suits and their small-scale plastic model kits. While this may be a kid-friendly version of the Gundam story that focuses on model-building and battling instead of space-based warfare and using orbiting colonies as a weapon of mass destruction, don't let that fool you; there's plenty of action to be found once the Gundams get going. But is it worth a watch? We're joined by Charlie Visconage to find out!

 

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Ep. 279: ‘The Mummy’ Animated Series on Peacock TV; Is It Worth Your Time?

Ep. 279: ‘The Mummy’ Animated Series on Peacock TV; Is It Worth Your Time?

July 25, 2020

Did you know The Mummy franchise had itself an animated series? We didn't either. The launch of Peacock TV brought that little nugget to our attention, so we decided to give it a watch to see how it holds up nearly 20 years later. You can watch both seasons of the series here for free, or you can watch this Season 1 sum-up "movie" The Mummy: Quest for the Lost Scrolls to get caught up on the adventure like we did. Then again, maybe you should just skip this entry in the Universal monster movie franchise altogether. You'll have to listen along with our latest podcast episode to see if the series is even worth your time.

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Ep. 278: ‘Basilisk: The Kouga Ninja Scrolls’ Review | Saturday Mourning Cartoons

Ep. 278: ‘Basilisk: The Kouga Ninja Scrolls’ Review | Saturday Mourning Cartoons

July 18, 2020

This week on Saturday Mourning Cartoons, we're fielding a long-standing Listener Request courtesy of Charles from Michigan. What's Charles want us to watch? Basilisk: The Kouga Ninja Scrolls, not to be confused with the follow-up anime Basilisk: The Ouka Ninja Scrolls or even the similarly titled but earlier gateway anime standout Ninja Scroll. You've got to keep your ninja clans and scrolls straight, people.

In this 2005 Gonzo-animated adaptation of Fûtarô Yamada's iconic works, the heirs to the Kouga and Iga ninja clans -- Gennosuke and Oboro -- hope that the unsteady truce between their tribes would last. But much like the Romeo and Juliet story this tale takes inspiration from, fate denies the lovers and thrusts their people into war after centuries of peace. The terms are set on two scrolls: One, bearing a list of Kouga warriors, and another that holds a Iga fighters. The names found on these scrolls can only be crossed out in blood... but will Basilisk be worth watching once it's all said and done? Listen in to find out!

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