Episode 39 – Animalympics

This week’s selection is a listener suggestion. It was 1980…A simpler time… Disco was still going, and the US was boycotting the Soviet Union’s hosting of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow…Wait, what does that have to do with a made for TV animated film? Well as it turns out, quite a lot. Our US listeners probably have never seen this (we know we hadn’t). But together, let’s see if we missed out or if we dodged a bullet.

Highlights: Billy Crystal, Gilda Radner, Harry Shearer, Roger Allers, Bill Kroyer, Brad Bird, Steven Lisberger, Tron, The Lion King, Ferngully: The Last Rainforest, The Simpsons, Gene Wilder, Saturday Night Live, The Brave Little Toaster, Teen Wolf

Links:

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animalympics
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078780/
Full Length Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWgahqKGEJQ

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Episode 38 – The Black Cauldron

The Black Cauldron, an often forgotten (and some would say underappreciated) animated feature film, is one of Disney animation’s black sheep. It was Dark, a little gritty, was not favored by critics or audiences at the time and it didn’t get a home video release for more than a decade after it premiered. But how about now? It’s been more than 30 years since it’s release. Was it really too scary for kids? Let’s find out together!

Highlights: The Chronicles of Prydain, Disney, Ron Miller, Roy Disney, Michael Eisner, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Tim Burton, Roger Ebert, Tron, Ghostbusters, Ondes Martenot, George W. Bush, Robin Williams, Tarzan, Nigel Hawthorne, John Hurt, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Phil Fondacaro, Mary Poppins, H.R. Pufnstuf, Step by Step, John Huston, The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen, Chinatown, Rankin & Bass, Gandalf, The Hobbit

Links:

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Black_Cauldron_(film)
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088814/
Theatrical Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuaqybKPa04
Roger Ebert’s Review: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-black-cauldron-1985
Original Soundtrack by Elmer Bernstein: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ul-r59aeT90

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Episode 37 – Samurai Jack

This under appreciated but critically acclaimed/award winning series has finally returned to the small screen after a 13 year hiatus! How can a show with such minimal dialogue be any good? Take a listen and find out!

Highlights: David Carradine, Kung Fu, Genndy Tartakovsky, Dexter’s laboratory, Star Wars: Clone Wars, The Powerpuff Girls, The Avengers, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Ren & Stimpy Show, The Simpsons, Animaniacs, The Beatles, Will.i.am, The Black Eyed Peas, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Phil LaMarr, Jack, Green Lantern, Futurama, Madtv, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Mako Iwamatsu, Aku, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Iroh, Johnny Quest

Links:

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samurai_Jack
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0278238/
Show Intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e51hgWIsY4M
Great example of a fight scene from Kung-Fu: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5z1ziP2lY3A
Phil Lamarr super-cut: https://youtu.be/A4hLJIEijE8
Real Adventures of Johnny Quest intro: https://youtu.be/A4hLJIEijE8
Star Wars Clone Wars Mace Windu ep: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cF3ocZu4cZo

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Episode 36 – Centurions

We once claimed Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors was one of the most Toyetic kids shows ever made. The Centurions now needs to be added to that pile. But it has to be better than Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors though, right? Let’s find out together!

Highlights: Jack Kirby and Gil Kane, X-Men, Iron Fist, Green Lantern, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Gargoyles, Batman: The Animated Series, The Real Ghostbusters, Godzilla, The Punisher, Kenner Toys, Star Wars, Easy Bake Oven, Sunrise Animation, POTUS, Pat Fraley, TMNT, Krang, Roger Corman, Neil Ross, An American Tail, Spiderman, Poison Ivy, Voltron, TaleSpin, Rory Williams, Doctor Who, John Rhys-Davies

Links:

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Centurions_%28TV_series%29
IMDB: http://imdb.com/title/tt0236893
Show Intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70a7xsxO97E
John Rhys-Davies: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raiders_of_the_Lost_Ark#Filming
Neil Ross interview: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fqy1Wut-roY

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Episode 35 – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers The Movie

During the height of Power Rangers Mania, someone decided to make a big budget Power Rangers Movie. Why? Because money, that’s why. But is it any good? Well, no. But how bad could it really be? After all, this is the “film” that gave us Ivan Ooze! Join our descent into madness as we discuss our thoughts on the first foray into film for the Power Rangers franchise!

Highlights: Roger Ebert, Rotten Tomatoes, Paul Freeman, Mariska Hargitay, Haim Saban, Shuki Levy, Toei, Jason David Frank, Amy Jo Johnson, David Yost, Karan Ashley, Johnny Yong Bosch, Steve Cardenas, Bulk, Skull, Rita Repulsa, Goldar, Zordon, Lord Zedd, Bryan Cranston

Links:

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mighty_Morphin_Power_Rangers:_The_Movie
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113820/
Theatrical Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fi0-E1U_uYE
Roger Ebert Review: http://www.rogerebert.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19950630/REVIEWS/506300304/1023

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Episode 34 – Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors

What happens when a talented voice acting cast, talented writers, music producers, and animation houses get together to produce one of the most Toyetic children’s animated shows ever? Take a listen and find out as we see if one of the best cartoon intros leads to one of the best animated shows…or not.

Highlights: Haim Saban and Shuki Levy, J. Michael Straczynsk, Mattel, Toyetic, Care Bears, Nelvana, Dan Hennessey, Inspector Gadget, Len Carlson, Ganon, Ernie Anderson, America’s Funniest Home Videos, Paul Thomas Anderson, Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, Academy Awards, Sunrise, G.I. Joe, Transformers

Links:

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jayce_and_the_Wheeled_Warriors
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0217941/
Show Intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9K0SzFIf4A
Toy Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXl_wX9hJkc
Care Bears Intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgQW4wigdDk

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Episode 33 – Batman TAS part 2

This week our guest returns to wrap up our talks on Batman as we each pick a different episode to discuss. Listen as we get philosophical on Life, Death, & Batman!

Highlights: Batman, Joker, Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Adam West, Michael Ansara, David Warner, Melissa Gilbert, Clive Revill,René Auberjonois, Kate Mulgrew, Malcolm McDowell, Bruce Timm, Eric Redomski, Danny Elfman

Links:

Wikipedia:https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman:_The_Animated_Series
IMDB:http://m.imdb.com/title/tt0103359/
Show Intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAG_7Ky4FY4

Episode list orders:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Batman:_The_Animated_Series_episodes
http://batman.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_Batman:_The_Animated_Series_Episodes
http://www.legionsofgotham.org/TOONSbtasEPSs1.html
http://m.imdb.com/title/tt0103359/episodes/?season=1

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Episode 32 – Batman TAS part 1

Batman: The Animated Series is considered to be one of the best animated shows ever produced. From the writing to the art style, to the voice acting, this show is truly a 90’s animated staple for both the nostalgic, and the new comer. This week we’re also joined by a guest as we dive into our childhoods to bring you our coverage on this animated masterpiece. We all know this show is good, we won’t even try to hide that. But how good is it really after more than 20 years?

Highlights: Batman, Joker, Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Adam West, Michael Ansara, David Warner, Melissa Gilbert, Clive Revill,René Auberjonois, Kate Mulgrew, Malcolm McDowell, Bruce Timm, Eric Redomski, Danny Elfman

Links:
Wikipedia:https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman:_The_Animated_Series
IMDB:http://m.imdb.com/title/tt0103359/
Show Intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAG_7Ky4FY4
Episode list orders:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Batman:_The_Animated_Series_episodes
http://batman.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_Batman:_The_Animated_Series_Episodes
http://www.legionsofgotham.org/TOONSbtasEPSs1.html
http://m.imdb.com/title/tt0103359/episodes/?season=1
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Episode 31 – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers part 2

If you thought we were done with the Power Rangers after hearing our initial opinions on it, you’d be wrong! Yes, we have more episodes to cover, and some very memorable kaiju. But we also have some very interesting behind the scenes info to discuss. Take a listen and dive down the rabbit hole with us as we finish up our coverage of this classic Television series.

Highlights: Red Ranger, Blue Ranger, Black Ranger, Yellow Ranger, Pink Ranger, Zordon,  Alpha 5, Zordon, Rita Repulsa, Bryan Cranston, Austin St John, David Yost, Walter Jones , Thuy Trang, Amy Jo Johnson, Jason David Frank, Haim Saban, Shuki Levy

Links:

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mighty_Morphin_Power_Rangers
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106064/
Fandom Wiki: http://powerrangers.wikia.com/wiki/Mighty_Morphin_Power_Rangers
Perfect Body with Amy Jo Johnson: https://youtu.be/4QE4qOOEdVM
Power Rangers Putties sfx: https://youtu.be/-_zXJ9BQZLU
meet the Putties parody: https://youtu.be/FzwlQsGvadI

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Episode 30 – Might Morphin Power Rangers part 1

Go Go Power Rangers! Mighty Morphin Power Rangers! it’s been 24 years since The Power Rangers debuted and changed the face of children’s Television forever. We decided that with the new movie fast approaching from Lionsgate, it would be a great time to revisit a franchise we haven’t touched since it originally aired. Settle in and get nostalgic as we see if our nostalgia glass will hold true.

Highlights: Red Ranger, Blue Ranger, Black Ranger, Yellow Ranger, Pink Ranger, Zordon,  Alpha 5, Zordon, Rita Repulsa, Bryan Cranston, Austin St John, David Yost, Walter Jones , Thuy Trang, Amy Jo Johnson, Jason David Frank, Haim Saban, Shuki Levy

Links:

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mighty_Morphin_Power_Rangers
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106064/
Fandom Wiki: http://powerrangers.wikia.com/wiki/Mighty_Morphin_Power_Rangers
Perfect Body with Amy Jo Johnson: https://youtu.be/4QE4qOOEdVM
Power Rangers Putties sfx: https://youtu.be/-_zXJ9BQZLU
meet the Putties parody: https://youtu.be/FzwlQsGvadI

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