Tuesday, April 16, 2013

First Impressions: Max Steel

Between My Little Pony, Transformers Prime and G.I. Joe, these past few years has seen a lot in the way of toy pushing reboots, and with them joins Mattel owned Max Steel.

Max Steel was a line of action figures produced in 1999, and accompanied by a CGI series that lasted for 3 seasons. This was not a series I followed closely, only catching glimpses of reruns while trying to watch reruns of Roughnecks: StarShip Trooper Chronicle, so there will be no comparisons to that series in this overview. Max Steel was then succeeded by a series direct to DVD movies and mini clips on Cartoon Network, scattered all the way up until 2011.

This new series is a full on reboot of the Max Steel line, changing origins, names and other elements of the series. And well. I like it.

New Category: First Impressions

It's been far too long since I've posted here, so while I work on my animation project for this, I'm going to start something I had intended to start ages ago, First Impressions.

First Impressions is just that, first impressions of new cartoons based on the first 5 episodes of the series. I find that in a new series, going by the very first episode will often not provide enough information on the direction of the show, and I tend to find that on average after the first 5 episodes you can get a feel for the show and I can determine whether or not I want to watch it. Now that isn't to say all cartoons can be judged solely on their first 5 episodes, some series such as Venture Brothers, need a full season to properly mature and find their place, but for the purpose of the articles I will just write what I got out of the first 5 episodes of the series.

I want to try to do this with as many upcoming new series as I can, in the time I am provided with. This will cover also, both 2D animated and CGI series. Hopefully that should be enough to keep this place active until I can finally get my animated reviews rolling.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

New year, goal for more

Alright, so I've been a bit bad about keeping up with this. So lets get things going again! New year, shooting for one review a month.

Also, I'm considering adding a new set of written reviews here. Since I can only do a full review of a completed cartoon series and there are so many new series coming out all the time, I might start doing a 'first impressions' synopsis.

My quandary is mostly about, do I write this after the very first episode, or should I wait anywhere from 2-5 episodes in before writing up something. Once I have a number, I'll stick with it for all series, just to remain consistent.

Though to wrap it up, best new cartoons of 2010?

Generator Rex
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Transformers: Prime
Sym-Bionic Titan

Also I haven't seen Young Justice yet! I know I know I'm a terrible cartoon fan for that!

And as a random bit of cartoon geekery, Deviant art pages for Lauren Faust and Craig McCracken <3

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Once Upon a Forest


Type: Movie

Rank: Amusing

Summary: A cute family movie from 1993, this was one of the ones I fondly remembered when growing up. The cast is a set of woodland creatures that have to go on a journey to find a plant needed to save their sick friend. A sweet film with a typical coming of age tale and overtones of responsibility lessons.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths


Type: Movie

Rank: Great

Summary: This is one of the many new Direct to DVD animated movies being done for the DC Universe. Likely inspired by the Crisis on Infinite Earths concept, the story is about an alternate earth where the bad guys are good guys and vice verse.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Spectacular Spider-Man

Type: Series

Rank: Phenomenal

Summary: This series was another take on the Spider-Man mythos, calling from the range of source material and melding it together. Unlike the 1990's cartoon, this series was to take place at the beginning of Spidy's career, back to the days when he was a teenager.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Introduction

Oh boy, a review blog, like that hasn't been done before.

But here I am doing it anyway. This is a little spot for me to express my love for all things that are animated. For years, Cartoons have always been my very favorite form of media, to the point that Live Action shows have a very difficult time holding my interest.

Too often, especially in the States, cartoons as a whole are regarded as a medium for children. The medium itself is rarely treated with any form of respect, especially in the states, and stories used in it that could have been good are often dumbed down. To make matters worse, any form of cartoon made for 'adults' is most often filled with the same empty jokes, but with some swearing and sex thrown. This needs to change.

My aim of this blog is to talk about and showcase cartoons I think that are great and maybe those that are not so great as well as touch on the matters regarding it as an art form. I'm not an 'angry reviewer' so most my articles will be positive in nature, but not without their criticism if it calls for it. But who knows, some series might cause me to have the occasional bee in my bonnet. I also plan on going over different aspects of animation and art style as well as character design aspects, as I will be referencing those factors a lot in my reviews.

I do hope to change the general public's notion of cartoons as a story telling platform, but I think that may be hoping for a bit too much.