Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Classic Review: My Little Pony: The Movie (1986)

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With My Little Pony: The Movie hitting theaters next month, I thought it would be a good time to review the other movie with that title. My Little Pony first debuted as a toy from Hasbro called My Pretty Pony in 1981, followed by the first My Little Pony line in 1983. In 1984, Hasbro released a TV special based on the toys that was simply titled My Little Pony when it first aired before being retitled Rescue at Midnight Castle later on, followed by another special titled Escape from Catrina in 1985.

In 1986, Hasbro brought My Little Pony to the big screen before debuting a TV series that same year. It didn't do well at the box office, but it does seem to have at least gained a following with fans of My Little Pony G1.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Welcome to the Wayne

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Welcome to the Wayne started out as a series of digital shorts on Nick.com in 2014. I only just saw them last year, but I quite them and have been looking forward to the series since. It was announced for this year, but for a while, I wasn't sure if it was still coming this year because I hadn't heard much about it, but I was glad to find out it was.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes

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OK K.O.! started out as a pilot Cartoon Network released in 2013, followed by a series of online shorts in 2016. It was created by Ian Jones-Quarty, who was previously known for his work on Adventure Time and Secret Mountain Fort Awesome, and has since worked on Steven Universe. I don't think I liked the pilot and shorts as much as others seemed to, but I liked them nonetheless and was glad when I heard it was picked up to full series.

It doesn't premiere on TV until August 1, but the first 6 episodes were released on the Cartoon Network website, app, and On Demand on June 13. As of this writing, none of them require a cable log in on the app or website (though I don't know if it's geoblocked outside the U.S.).

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Billy Dilley's Super-Duper Subterranean Summer

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I wasn't sure what to expect from Billy Dilley. It did have my attention because it was created by Aaron Springer (who's known for his work on SpongeBob) and the writing staff has SpongeBob alumni on it. When the previews started being released, it didn't exactly get the most positive reaction, but I still went into it with an open mind.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Samurai Jack Season 5

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Before I begin, I know I don't normally include spoilers in these reviews, but I'm not sure how to fully explain my thoughts on this without going into spoilers, so I'm going to make an exception here. I won't start with the spoilers yet, but I'll let you all know when I do.

When it was announced that a new season of Samurai Jack with Genndy Tartakovsky's involvement was coming to Adult Swim, I wasn't as excited as others were. I was happy for Genndy and those that wanted it, but at the time, I wasn't really into Samurai Jack. I tried it once before and didn't think it was bad, but it couldn't really hold my attention. Then this past January, Adult Swim started airing reruns, so I tried it again and this time, I got into it. I've still only seen a handful of episodes from the first 4 seasons, but now I was definitely looking forward to season 5.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Bunsen is a Beast!

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There was once a time I considered Butch Hartman one of the best creators in the animation industry. But I don't think his work is that good anymore. I thought the older Fairly OddParents episodes and Danny Phantom were both great, but I find modern Fairly OddParents to be awful, and I liked T.U.F.F. Puppy at first, but it wasn't long before I feel that got bad as well. Because of his track record in recent years, I honestly didn't have much hope for his next show, Bunsen is a Beast!. But I still gave it a shot. So is this Butch getting better again? Or is it another example of how his work isn't good anymore?

Monday, March 13, 2017

Hanazuki: Full of Treasures

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On January 12, Hasbro debuted their first digital series, Hanazuki: Full of Treasures. It was first created in 2005 by Dutch art director Niko Stumpo and partner Hanneke Metselaar. They started selling their own creations and one product that took off was Hanazuki. Hasbro later purchased the rights to their company. For more on the history of Hanazuki, a blogger named Dandelion Sprout did a good job writing about it.

As for the series, it has Dave Polsky, who's known for his work on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, serving as co-executive producer and story editor. I wasn't really sure what to expect from it, but I was willing to give it a shot. Was it any good?