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‘Amphibia’ Creator Matt Braly on Season 2 and Anne’s Missing Shoe

‘Amphibia’ Creator Matt Braly on Season 2 and Anne’s Missing Shoe

July 8, 2020

Amphibia fans by and large want to know one thing above all:

Will Anne Boonchuy ever find her missing shoe?

I recently spoke with the show's creator and executive producer Matt Braly about that very fact, along with all things Amphibia ahead of the series' Season 2 premiere, Saturday, July 11th (8:20 p.m. EDT/PDT), on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW. We chatted about how fan reactions from Season 1 led to some interesting changes as Braly and his creative team shaped Season 2 and beyond; Season 3 of Amphibia has already been ordered, after all. We also talked about how the ongoing pandemic forced the team to stay flexible in order to bring more episodes to fans around the world as quickly as possible, all while maintaining the high standards we've come to know and love from Disney and Amphibia. Plus, while Season 2 will feature some absolutely incredible multi-part episodes that further explore the fantasy world, it'll also include some unexpected guest stars, like the one-and-only Kermit the Frog. All that and more can be found in our interview listed above!

As a refresher for Amphibia, when Season 2 picks up, Anne and the Plantars are on a quest to unlock the mysteries of the music box as they leave the cozy confines of Wartwood for the distant city of Newtopia. On their journey, they will visit exotic new locations, uncover hidden secrets and experience unexpected reunions as they continue to search for a way to get Anne home. The new season will include an homage to Disney's hit Gravity Falls, featuring guest voices from the series' creator/executive producer Alex Hirsch.
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Ep. 277: ‘Solar Opposites’ Review | Saturday Mourning Cartoons

Ep. 277: ‘Solar Opposites’ Review | Saturday Mourning Cartoons

July 4, 2020

Hulu's original animated series Solar Opposites has quickly become a hit for the streaming platform. From the creators behind Rick and Morty, this animated sitcom focuses on a family of aliens who crashland on Earth with the intention of terraforming it. But when they start to understand what makes humans special and unique, they might just learn to love the backward bipedal terrestrials.

Probably not though. What'll probably happen is either the shrunken humans trapped in the Wall will revolt and find a way to take vengeance against their alien captor, or the Pupa will achieve its ultimate purpose and destroy the Earth as we know it. Maybe both will happen. Maybe neither. All we know is, we hope that Justin Roiland and Mike McMahan have an endgame in mind so that Solar Opposites doesn't try to milk its genuinely funny premise until the inevitable heat death of the universe. Listen in and see if you agree!

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Ep. 276: ‘Sym-Bionic Titan’ Review | Saturday Mourning Cartoons

Ep. 276: ‘Sym-Bionic Titan’ Review | Saturday Mourning Cartoons

June 27, 2020

You've probably heard of Samurai Jack and Dexter's Laboratory, and if you're a Genndy Tartakovsky fan, you know all about Star Wars: Clone Wars, Primal and Hotel Transylvania, too. But there's a good chance you might have missed out on his 2010 animated Cartoon network series Sym-Bionic Titan.

The 20-episodes, one-season series (which is streaming on Netflix now) follows three young alien beings -- Lance, Ilana, and Octus -- who have the ability to combine to form a giant robotic warrior. But when they're not battling giant kaiju, they must attempt to blend into suburbia, all while protecting their new adopted home from the same beings that threatened to destroy their home world. We gave this one a revisit 10 years later thanks to a listener recommendation (Thanks, Jesse!), but was it good enough to avoid The Dip? Tune in to find out!

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‘Kipo’ Showrunners on Season 3 and Portraying Gay Characters in Healthy Relationships

‘Kipo’ Showrunners on Season 3 and Portraying Gay Characters in Healthy Relationships

June 20, 2020

We love Netflix's DreamWorks Animation series Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts. We sang its praises when it debuted this January, were happy to see that Season 2 continued to develop its colorful characters and make progressive strides forward in its story, and even talked about that more in our video review. Now, it's my pleasure to get a chance to talk to co-creators/showrunners Bill Wolkoff and Rad Sechrist once again to dig into all things Kipo a little more. Some spoilers follow.

This time around, Wolkoff and Sechrist were able to talk about including an openly gay character in their animated series and how exactly that decision came about. The spotlight on healthy relationships of all kinds was further explored in Season 2, which they also comment on in our discussion. Plus, if you had questions about what separates a jaguar from a mega-jaguar, you're in the right place. So while Netflix has yet to officially order Season 3 of Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts, Wolkoff and Sechrist tease what might happen in the next batch of episodes.

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Ep. 275: ‘Kipo’ Season 2 Review | Saturday Mourning Cartoons

Ep. 275: ‘Kipo’ Season 2 Review | Saturday Mourning Cartoons

June 13, 2020

 

Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts should honestly be on the Top 10 TV Shows on Netflix every day, but especially this weekend. Season 2 of Radford Sechrist and Bill Wolkoff's excellent animated series from Dreamworks Animation just arrived on the streaming service yesterday with a batch of 10 all-new episodes. They continue the story of the title character and her bigger-than-life friends in a colorful, magical, and musical post-apocalyptic world. I already sang the praises of Kipo Season 2 in my written review for Collider, but we dig into it a little bit more in our latest video review here.

Following the Season 1 finale, all is not well on the surface. With the burrow people under Scarlemagne’s mind control and her father his prisoner, Kipo must quickly learn to master her newly-discovered mute abilities in order to save them. As she and her friends split up on a dangerous rescue mission, Kipo’s journey of self-discovery unearths mysteries of the past that change everything she thought she knew. See how it all plays out on Netflix now!

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Ep. 274: ‘Ulysses 31′ Review | Saturday Mourning Cartoons

Ep. 274: ‘Ulysses 31′ Review | Saturday Mourning Cartoons

June 6, 2020

We're going Greek -- Ancient Greek, that is -- in this week's nostalgic cartoon review with Ulysses 31. This early 80s animated series aims to retell Homer's epic poem "The Odyssey" set in the far-flung outer space of the 31st century. It's one part Saturday morning cartoon, one part classic literature, and 100% good, old-fashioned animated insanity. Shout-out to our longtime fan, friend, and regular contributor Bobby Anthem for recommending this one!

Ulysses 31, a French-Japanese production that hails from DIC Audiovisuel and TMS Entertainment, sees the 31st century Ulysses and his crew attempting to find their way home to Earth after Zeus cursed them for destroying a gigantic robot cyclops. If that logline doesn't get you interested in this series, I don't know what will. But you'll have to tune in to see how this series holds up!

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#SeisManos Actor Vic Chao on Voicing Chiu, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Ben 10 and More

#SeisManos Actor Vic Chao on Voicing Chiu, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Ben 10 and More

May 30, 2020

We here on the Saturday Mourning Cartoons team are getting in on the Saturday-morning fun that the Powerhouse Animation cast and crew is having with Seis Manos. Their weekly watch parties go behind the scenes of the epic, action-packed, original animated Netflix series -- one of the best of 2019 -- to offer up trivia, bonus content, and all sorts of insider info from the actors, animators, and creative talent that brought the Mexicanime to life. One of the major players in the Seis Manos story is Vic Chao, who brings a remarkable performance, balanced between gentleness and strength, to the character and mentor figure Chiu.

We had a chance to chat with Vic Chao ahead of this today's new watch party, which was pretty well-timed considering today's pair of episodes are rather important to Chiu's mythology. Chao spoke at length about his experiences on Seis Manos, including his audition for Castlevania that ultimately led to the role of Chiu. Additionally, Chao shared his reaction to his character's fate and confirmed that you might just hear his voice coming out of more than one character's mouth. And speaking of other characters, we touched briefly on Chaos's role as Tseng in the new Final Fantasy VII Remake and his super-secret role on an upcoming Ben 10 storyline.

Of course, we also spared some time to talk about life in the age of the ongoing pandemic, at which point Chao encouraged our listeners to donate to your local or national food banks and diaper banks, if you are able to do so. Find out more info at the links, and read on to listen along with Chao!

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#SeisManos Creators on How the Show Made Castlevania Possible

#SeisManos Creators on How the Show Made Castlevania Possible

May 30, 2020

 

Later today, the Powerhouse Animation cast and crew will be holding another watch-party for their epic, action-packed Mexicanime series Seis Manos. The Saturday Mourning Cartoons team wanted to get in on the Saturday-morning fun, so not only will we be re-watching the Viz Media series on Netflix again (and again and again), we're also bringing you a bit of bonus coverage for it! The creative team behind the kung fu / grindhouse / Blaxploitation mash-up series will take to social media once again to offer episode commentary to fans as they watch, along with never-before-seen content from behind the scenes, intriguing trivia, and more on the show's mythology and lore. And we were lucky enough to sit down with co-creators Brad Graeber and Alvaro Rodriguez, and co-executive producer / writer Daniel Dominguez to get even more insight on Seis Manos.

To our surprise, the team revealed that it was Powerhouse's early creation of a fight-focused sizzle reel for Seis Manos that helped them seal the deal to be the animation studio for Castlevania. And it was the success of Castlevania that gave Powerhouse the clout to go ahead with their first original production, Seis Manos. That's just one of the many examples of the fates aligning for the studio in their attempt to bring this incredibly rich, diverse, and uniquely compelling story to folks around the world. Graeber, Rodriguez, and Dominguez were also quick to thank their fanbase who have shown support online, at cons, and through sharing Seis Manos with their friends and followers. We even get a tease for potential sequel seasons and a tip or two on what to do to make sure we get to see more Seis Manos in the future.

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Rob Paulsen on the #Animaniacs Reboot and Surviving Cancer

Rob Paulsen on the #Animaniacs Reboot and Surviving Cancer

May 23, 2020

There's a good chance you'll know Rob Paulsen's voice when you hear it. Be it Raphael in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series or Donatello in the 2012 version, the iconic Warner Bros. mascot Yakko Warner from Animaniacs or the hit character Pinky from the super successful spin-off series Pinky and the Brain, Carl Wheezer from Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, or one of any of his nearly 1,300 roles, Paulsen has been honing his voice-acting craft for 40 years and continues to go strong today. His iconic characters from Animaniacs are due for another go-round this fall with Steven Spielberg's reboot of the series on Hulu, but Paulsen has plenty of other reasons to celebrate.

I had a chance to chat with Paulsen as part of our ongoing Saturday Mourning Cartoons interview series. We talked about the upcoming new series and what it was like to reunite with the returning cast and crew, along with newcomers to the title, plus the musical roadshow Animaniacs in Concert. We also chatted about his battle with throat cancer and his position as the 2020 spokesperson for the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance's Oral Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Program. All of those stories and more are also available to read at your leisure in Paulsen's recently published memoir, "Voice Lessons: How a Couple of Ninja Turtles, Pinky, and an Animaniac Saved My Life." Be sure to check out those links for more on the advocacy program and Paulsen's publication, and follow along with Paulsen himself on Twitter, Instagram, and at his podcast, Talkin' Toons.

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‘She-Ra’ Season 5 Spoilers Discussion with Noelle Stevenson

‘She-Ra’ Season 5 Spoilers Discussion with Noelle Stevenson

May 16, 2020

If you haven't caught up with the latest (and final) season of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power on Netflix, you might want to do so before listening to our latest chat with showrunner Noelle Stevenson. We recently brought you a Season 5 interview with Stevenson to tease the adventures of Adora & co. in this final batch of episodes, along with high praise for star Keston John as the many voices of The Horde. But now, in our continuing series of interviews through our animation-focused podcast Saturday Mourning Cartoons, we chat with Stevenson one last time to break down spoilers from the excellent and emotionally satisfying Season 5.

In this all-too-brief conversation, Stevenson talked about the very special tattoo that she and members of the crew got as a memento of their time on the show and what it means within the lore of She-Ra. We also discussed the many complicated relationships between the characters, be they parent-child dynamics, teacher-student pairings, or romantic entanglements. There's a lot of emotional payoff at the end of She-Ra, something that all five seasons have been building towards, but the crowning achievement of all of this strife and drama is the final resolution for CatrAdora, which plays out beautifully in the finale. Stevenson addresses all of that and more, so we invite you to listen and read along!

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