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Matt Mercer on His ‘Critical Role’ D&D Book ‘Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount’

Matt Mercer on His ‘Critical Role’ D&D Book ‘Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount’

March 25, 2020

We chatted with veteran voice actor and D&D Dungeon Master Matt Mercer about all things 'Critical Role', the long-running, live-action, livestreaming RPG featured on Twitch. Mercer recently had the opportunity to bring his newly created world to life through the Wizards of the Coast publication 'Explorer's Guide to Wildemount', a 304-page campaign guide that lets gamers everywhere join in to create their own unique adventures. We geeked out about all things D&D, Dunamancy, and the Mighty Nein!

Mercer also brought us up to speed on the team's production process behind the scenes, from how the coronavirus has affected their timeline to an update on their upcoming animated adaptation, 'Critical Role: Legend of Vox Machina.' Listen in for all that and much more!

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Ep. 269: ‘Ozzy & Drix’ Review

Ep. 269: ‘Ozzy & Drix’ Review

March 21, 2020

In these strange times of coronavirus COVID-19, the Saturday Mourning Cartoons team has turned to a pair of animated pathogen-fighting heroes, 'Ozzy & Drix'! But just who are the title characters?

Warner Bros.’ animated movie ‘Osmosis Jones’ came out in 2001 from the Farrelly Bros, and featured a live-action Bill Murray, with Chris Rock voicing the title character and David Hyde Pierce voicing Drix; Laurence Fishburne played the big bad in Thrax. Then, in 2002, ‘Ozzy & Drix’ arrived from Warner Bros. Animation on Kids WB (and later Cartoon Network) with Phil LaMarr and Jeff Bennett now voicing the title roles.

How does it hold up? Listen along to find out!

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Ep. 268: ‘Valley of the Dinosaurs’ Review

Ep. 268: ‘Valley of the Dinosaurs’ Review

March 14, 2020

Need a break from coronavirus craziness? Then take a trip with the Saturday Mourning Cartoons team as we head back in time to the prehistoric era to visit the 'Valley of the Dinosaurs'! This Hanna-Barbera cartoon is but the latest in our long line of dinosaur-themed animated series (though there are probably still many more out there for us to tackle). It also has a curious tie into the popular live-action series Land of the Lost: Not only do the cartoon and the TV show have an almost identical premise in common, they both premiered on the exact same day (but two different networks) back in 1974. Does it hold up today? You'll have to listen in to find out for sure, but 'Valley of the Dinosaurs' did deliver a surprisingly solid action-adventure story, which is a rare find these days.

 

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Ep. 267: Castlevania Season 3 Review with Special Guest Evan Valentine

Ep. 267: Castlevania Season 3 Review with Special Guest Evan Valentine

March 6, 2020

Saturday Mourning Cartoons host Dave Trumbore is joined by special guest and comicbook.com writer Evan Valentine to talk about all things 'Castlevania' Season 3. We get heavy into spoiler territory in this one, so make sure you're all caught up on the series so far before listening in!

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Evan Valentine

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#Castlevania Season 3 Interview with Warren Ellis, Kevin Kolde

#Castlevania Season 3 Interview with Warren Ellis, Kevin Kolde

March 5, 2020

In the latest Saturday Mourning Cartoons interview, we sit down with writer/EP Warren Ellis and EP Kevin Kolde to talk 'Castlevania' Season 3, now streaming on Netflix. Fair warning: We do get into spoilers on this chat!

Ellis and Kolde talked about the events of Season 3 and how they follow in the wake of Dracula's death and the power vacuum left behind. We also discuss the newcomers like Saint Germain, Lenore, The Captain, and Miranda, among others. Plus, we get into the inspiration for the creation of the insane and impressive sequence in the Infinite Corridor. All that and a whole lot more, so listen in!

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Ep. 266: #GlitchTechs Review

Ep. 266: #GlitchTechs Review

February 29, 2020

If you're nostalgic for classic video games and iconic cartoons, or just want to watch a fun new action-packed animated series, check out Glitch Techs ASAP. Co-created by Eric Robles (Fanboy) and Dan Milano (Greg the Bunny), and produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studios for Netflix last year. Glitch Techs centers on two teenagers--Miko and High Five--whose job at a game store acts as a front for their real work: hunting down glitched video game monsters who have broken out into the real world. All nine episodes are streaming on Netflix now if you want to add it to your watchlist or jump right to the good stuff.

The diverse and talented voice cast includes Sandeep Parikh as Haneesh, Luke Youngblood as Mitch, Monica Ray as Miko, Ricardo Hurtado as High Five, Zehra Fazal as Zahra, Josh Sussman as Bergy, Eric Lopez as Papi and Scott Kreamer as Phil, with Milano voicing BITT. Additional voice actors include Grey Griffin, Jessica DiCicco, Hynden Walch, Kate Higgins, and Kari Wahlgren. The animation hails from Top Draw Animation, with assistance by Maven Animation Studios in South Korea. And it was such a great new addition to the medium that we decided to review it for our animation-focused podcast, Saturday Mourning Cartoons.

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Ep. 265: ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Season 7, Episode 1 Review

Ep. 265: ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Season 7, Episode 1 Review

February 22, 2020

Star Wars: The Clone Wars is back on Disney+! We're reviewing Season 7 premiere of Dave Filoni's hit animated series for the Saturday Mourning Cartoons podcast, along with special guest and regular Collider contributor, Rafael Motamayor! (Be sure to follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/RafaelMotamayor)

Star Wars: The Clone Wars has been around for more than the last 15+ years, starting with Genndy Tartakovsky‘s exploration of the title period in the Star Wars timeline, up through Filoni‘s fan-favorite take on the material, which includes the unfinished versions of episodes that were put on pause back in 2013; those episodes were then screened at a fan convention and on StarWars.com itself in 2015. But now, fans can see the finished version of "The Bad Batch" and more as they arrive on Disney+, and that's exactly what we're reviewing today!

Note: On this episode (which was recorded before the following information was released by Disney), we speculate as to what the remaining episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars may be. Here's what we actually know now:

Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Episode 705 – “Gone with a Trace”

Ahsoka befriends a pilot but must hide her Jedi past while trying to stop a dangerous droid.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Episode 706 – “Deal No Deal”

Trace makes a rash decision after learning what they are transporting is for the Pyke Syndicate.

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Ep. 264: #SonicTheHedgehog Review

Ep. 264: #SonicTheHedgehog Review

February 15, 2020

The Saturday Mourning Cartoons team reviews Sonic the Hedgehog this weekend. No, not the new CG/live-action hybrid movie, the 1993 animated series. No, not *that* one either, the other one. The one that's surprisingly dark and sees Sonic, Tails, and the gang as a band of rebellious freedom fighters battling back against the evil ways of Dr. Robotnik. Yeah, that's the one. How does it hold up? Listen in to find out! 

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‘A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon’ Directors on Aardman’s Latest Adventure

‘A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon’ Directors on Aardman’s Latest Adventure

February 8, 2020

In the latest Saturday Mourning Cartoons interview, we chat with Will Becher and Richard Phelan, the directors of Aardman Animation's 'A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon.' The duo talked about their experience in the animation industry and how it led them to direct this franchise's space-faring sequel, which is absolutely packed full of Easter eggs and nods to classic sci-fi titles. They also revealed how the creation of Lu-La came about, her early designs that didn't make the final cut, the challenge of designing a spaceship in stop-motion animation, and how the cast communicated the story without any spoken dialogue. Plus, they tease what's up next for Aardman, including more of Shaun the Sheep and 'Chicken Run 2.'

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Ep. 263: #Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts Review

Ep. 263: #Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts Review

February 1, 2020

The Saturday Mourning Cartoons team--Sean Paul Ellis and Dave Trumbore--dive into the delightful world of Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts for a fun Saturday-morning review. The series follows a young girl named Kipo (Karen Fukuhara) who emerges from her life underground only to be thrust into an adventure on the surface of a fantastical post-apocalyptic Earth. She joins a ragtag group of survivors as they embark on a journey through a vibrant wonderland where everything that’s trying to kill them also happens to be downright adorable.

Hailing from creator and executive producer Radford Sechrist (How to Train Your Dragon 2) and executive produced and developed for television by Bill Wolkoff (The Man Who Fell To Earth), Kipo (or KatAoW, if you prefer) began its weird, wild, and wonderful life as a web comic written and drawn by Sechrist. Fast forward a few years, factor in a writers room that included Sechrist, Wolkoff, and Joanna Lewis and Kristine Songco (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic); art direction by Angela Sung (The Legend of Korra); incredible animation work from Studio Mir; and out-of-this-world tunes from music supervisor Kier Lehman (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Insecure) and composer Daniel Rojas (Downsizing), and you have the latest Netflix animated sensation from DreamWorks. 

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