Saturday, October 31, 2009

Marvel Zombies Theme Songs

Happy Halloween everyone! Here is something spooky for your goody bag! Ivan Guerrero has remade the Captain America, Mighty Thor and Fantastic Four theme songs from the sixties to fit into the world of Marvel Zombies!

Here is what he says on his youtube channel:

I am a big fan of the Marvel Zombies books and the covers done by artist Arthur Suydam. In creating this fan art/trailer, I wanted to capture the same irreverent-retro concept used for the covers and somehow extend it to animation. The 1960s Marvel Cartoons presented the perfect canvass... and I found the perfect clips on youtube.

Check out his youtube channel for other goodies such as movie trailers of modern films 'premade' as if they were from the 50s!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Weekend Round-Up - October 30 - November 1

Here is a list of new superhero cartoons debuting this weekend in the US:

Saturday, October 31, 2009
Cartoon Network, 8:30am (ET/PT)
The Marvel Super Hero Squad Show - Deadly is the Black Widow's Bite!

A new heroine named the Black Widow joins the team and shows the boys she can kick butt even better than them.

Please note:
  • Spectacular Spider-Man returns this Wednesday, November 4, with the new episode Subtext
  • Batman: the Brave and the Bold will be preempted this week due to special programming.
  • Iron Man: Armored Adventures will return soon with new episodes.
  • Wolverine and the X-Men will return soon with new episodes.

  • Here is a list of new superhero cartoons debuting this weekend in the Canada:

    Sunday, November 1, 2009
    Teletoon, 8:30am (ET/PT)
    The Marvel Super Hero Squad Show - From the Atom... It Rises!

    A mysterious new villain, Scorpio, allies himself with Doom.

    Please Note:
  • Iron Man: Armored Adventures will return soon with new episodes.
  • Thursday, October 29, 2009

    Mayhem of the Music Meister!

    Season: 1
    Episode Number: 24
    Season Episode Number: 24
    Production Number: 125
    Airdate: September 22, 2009

    Writer: Michael Jelenic
    Lyrics: Michael Jelenic, James Tucker
    Music: Michael McCuiston, Lolita Ritmanis and Kristopher Carter
    Director: Ben Jones

    Voices: Diedrich Bader (Batman), Jeff Bennett (Batman's Singing Voice), John DiMaggio (Aquaman, Gorilla Grodd), James Arnold Taylor (Green Arrow), Grey DeLisle (Black Canary), Dee Bradley Baker (Clock King), Kevin Michael Richardson (Black Manta), Tom Kenny (Babyface), Neil Patrick Harris (Music Meister).

    Plot: The Music Meister uses his power to control people with his singing voice in an attempt to take over the world.

    Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Never in all my days of watching superhero cartoons did I ever think that I would see a musical episode, and I especially wouldn't have thought it to be good! But Mayhem of the Music Meister has to be one of the best produced episodes of the series.

    This episode pushes everyone involved into doing something that they are not used to doing: The music composers and script writers have created several magnificent musical numbers that fit very well with the show's soundtrack that we are already familiar with; The voice actors all provide not only the spoken dialogue, but the singing voices as well (with the exception of Jeff Bennett who provides Batman's singing voice); And the animators, who have become experts in battle scenes and lots of action, now get a chance to animate choreographed dance numbers and dancing gorillas.

    All this, and there's a story in there too! Let's break this episode down by musical number. The first song of the episode, I'm the Music Meister, introduces us to the titular villain, voiced by the amazing Neil Patrick Harris, and gives us just enough backstory to justify why everyone is singing and dancing. It seems that the Music Meister's powers manifested at puberty, just like the X-Men. The clever lyrics explain that there is actually a point in every singing and dancing rather than having them break out in song simply because it's a musical. This is my favourite piece in the episode.

    Drives Us Bats is Batman's first major encounter with the Music Meister and is a clever song that basically explains the premise of Brave and the Bold and also brings in dozens of villain cameos as they all sing about how they don't like Batman. Throughout this number, the Music Meister changes costumes a number of times, into various outfits from other musicals such as Amadeus and The Music Man.

    Next up is the Black Canary ballad, If Only, which is hilarious if you think about the juxtaposition of the tender song with the violent battle taking place in the background. The song also provides us with a bit of character development for Black Canary as she sings about her feelings for the Bat, something we got a tiny hint of in Night of the Huntress.

    It seems that in all modern Broadway musicals, there must be a heavy metal song, and Death Trap is that song. Black Canary and Batman are tied up and the song plays on the classic superhero cliché of a villain trapping the hero in an elaborate death trap and then leaving the room assuming that everything will go as planned. Not my favourite of the episode, but still not a bad song.

    The climax of the episode is The World is Mine and is one of the best songs we hear. The magnitude of the Meister's plan is almost bigger than most of the devious plots in this show as he actually manages to control the entire planet! But Batman saves the singing! Batman had retains his composed character up until this point, not allowing himself to stoop to the goofy level of the episode, as he usually does in every episode, but he finally steps into the spotlight in order to bring the Music Meister down.

    The final number is a reprise of If Only in which we see Black Canary and Green Arrow share a beautiful duet, which is only fitting seeing as they are married in the comics.

    I can't tell you enough how much I loved this episode. It was a truly brave and bold step for the producers to take, but I think this single episode raises the bar for any future superhero animated series! I hope to see more episodes of Batman: the Brave and the Bold that are up to this caliber.

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    Tuesday, October 27, 2009

    Music Meister Soundtrack Now on Sale!

    If you enjoyed Mayhem of the Music Meister as much as I did, you will probably want to pick up this special soundtrack of music from the all-singing episode which is now available to own!

    Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Mayhem of the Music Meister! – Soundtrack from the Animated Television Show includes all seven songs by composers Michael McCuistion, Lolita Ritmanis and Kristopher Carter and lyrics by Michael Jelenic and James Tucker that are featured in the episode, plus the show's theme song!

    The album is available for download on iTunes, Amazon and other digital download outlets. If you would like a hard copy of the album, you can purchase that exclusively through

    Sunday, October 25, 2009

    To Err is Superhuman!

    Season: 1
    Episode Number: 4
    Season Episode Number: 4
    Production Number: 104
    Airdate: September 14, 2009

    Writer: Jim Krieg
    Director: Michael R. Gerard

    Voices: Antony Del Rio (Reptil), Travis Willingham (Hulk, Piledriver), Mikey Kelley (Silver Surfer), Tom Kenny (Iron Man, Captain America, M.O.D.O.K.), Dave Boat (Thor), Steve Blum (Wolverine, Abomination), Alimi Ballard (Falcon, Thunderball), Charlie Adler (Doctor Doom, Wrecker), Roger Rose (Bulldozer), Adrian Pasdar (Hawkeye).

    Plot: The Squad accepts a new member, Reptil, who is young and brash and thinks he doesn't need any training thanks to his awesome super powers. But going up against the Wrecking Crew proves more challenging than he thought!

    Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Joining the ranks of Firestar, H.E.R.B.I.E and X-23, is another hero created specifically for a cartoon series: Reptil, a young Latin American hero who can take on the form of any dinosaur he calls out thanks to a magical amulet he wears around his neck.

    The purpose of Reptil seems clear: His Latin American roots add that extra cultural diversity to the team, a shout out to a large portion of the show's viewers, and his age reaches out to the actual target demographic. Plus, little boys love dinosaurs! It is a recipe for success, isn't it?

    Reptil's dino powers look great in animation, but I have to question the writer's knowledge of dinosaurs. I'm pretty sure I learned in Jurassic Park that the T-Rex has terrible eye sight and that if you stay completely still they won't see you. In this episode, Reptil changes his head into a T-Rex head so that he can see better.

    Anyway, let's talk about the actual episode. To Err is Superhuman delivers a strong story that follows the same "Doom-sends-minions-to-gather-fractals" plotline.

    While introducing a new character who has to overcome his insecurities about playing with the big boys, the episode also features a Wolverine storyarc when he is paired with the young, immature new teammate. Their relationship is realized when they work together to bring down the wrecking crew in an ice skating scene similar to that one in Batman & Robin (although the cheese factor works in this show).

    This episode's guest star is Hawkeye, voiced by Heroes star Adrian Pasdar. Unlike the guest stars in previous episodes, Hawkeye doesn't really serve a purpose, except to constantly insult the other teammates. He joins the fight at the end of the episode but could easily be removed and no one would be the wiser. My hope is that he would be written a better role, should he be in a future episode.

    All in all, this is another fun episode. Despite the numerous characters in every episode, the writers have a good idea who they are focusing on and are simply using the villains as thugs and foils for the heroes. This shallow treatment of the villains wouldn't work for Batman: the Animated Series where they rely on the colourful villains to make the show interesting, but it sure works fine for The Super Hero Squad Show!

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    Friday, October 23, 2009

    Weekend Round-Up - October 23-26

    Here is a list of new superhero cartoons debuting this weekend in the US:

    Friday, October 23, 2009
    Nicktoons, 7:00pm (ET/PT)
    Iron Man: Armored Adventures - Designed Only For Chaos

    The Living Laser is dying, and Tony Stark is trying to save his life. But fate has other plans… the Ghost has been hired by AIM to 'steal' the Laser. AIM needs him to be a power source for their greatest creation, and when Iron Man arrives to rescue the Laser, he's too late… the Mental Organism Designed Only for Conquest is online. Not even Iron Man can withstand MODOC’s mental power, and now his fate rests in the hands of the Living Laser… but will the Laser choose to save Tony Stark? Or destroy Iron Man?

    Friday, October 23, 2009
    Cartoon Network, 8:30pm (ET/PT)
    Batman: The Brave and the Bold - Mayhem of the Music Meister!

    Batman and Black Canary are pitted against Music Meister, who is able to exert powerful mind control through song. When he hijacks a communications satellite, the entire world becomes subject to his musical bidding.

    Saturday, October 24, 2009
    Cartoon Network, 8:30am (ET/PT)
    The Marvel Super Hero Squad Show - If This Be My Thanos!

    It's a super-team team-up as the Squad helps out the Fantastic Four with an ambush from the alien Skrulls and Super-Skrull. Meanwhile, Dr. Doom is making a devious deal with a mysterious cosmic villain named Thanos. As the battle rages in the Baxter Building and outer space, our heroes find that both threats are connected and they may have to make a deal of their own to save the Earth!

    Please note:
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man will be preempted this week due to special Halloween programming, but will return on Wednesday, November 4.
  • Wolverine and the X-Men will return soon with new episodes.

  • Here is a list of new superhero cartoons debuting this weekend in the Canada:

    Please Note:
  • The Super Hero Squad Show has been preempted this week due to special Halloween programming and will return next week.
  • Iron Man: Armored Adventures will return soon with new episodes.
  • Thursday, October 22, 2009

    Is Batman an Airhead?

    As with every kids television program, there is always a mass marketing campaign to help promote the show (and the show helps promote the product). Everything under the sun has had a cartoon slapped on it at one time or another.

    The silly pop culture website Review the World has reviewed a new line of Batman: The Brave and the Bold Airheads. Read the article. These guys are a hoot!

    Tuesday, October 20, 2009

    Plastic Man and Iron Man arrive on DVD!

    Don't forget to pick up Plastic Man, The Complete Collection and Iron Man: Armored Adventures, Volume One on DVD today! If you are strapped for cash, I would suggest only picking up Plastic Man and wait for the inevitable Iron Man box set.

    Also if you are a Blu-ray owner, TV Shows on DVD reports that the Blu-ray version of Iron Man: Armored Adventures, Volume One, which was canceled a few months ago, will be available as a Best Buy exclusive!

    Monday, October 19, 2009

    The Super Hero Squad Show Title Cards

    The title card for each episode of Super Hero Squad includes an homage to a classic Marvel comic book cover. Each SHS parody cover also includes a number which helps indicate episode order.

    1: And Lo... A Pilot Shall Come!
    Fantastic Four #1, 1961

    2: This Silver! This Surfer!
    Fantastic Four #50, 1966

    3: Hulk Talk Smack!
    Incredible Hulk #1, 1962

    4: To Err is Superhuman!
    Mighty Thor #148, 1968

    5: Enter: Dormammu!
    Strange Tales #122, 1964

    6: A Brat Walks Among Us!
    Power Man and Iron Fist #50, 1978

    7: Oh, Brother!
    Avengers #1, 1963

    8: From the Atom... It Rises!
    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1, 1968

    9: Night in the Sanctorum!
    Strange Tales #150, 1966

    10: This Forest Green!
    Tales to Astonish #35, 1962

    11: O, Captain, My Captain!
    Giant-Size X-Men #1, 1975

    12: If This Be My Thanos!
    Fantastic Four #18, 1963

    13: Deadly is the Black Widow's Bite!
    Tales of Suspense #53, 1964

    14: Tremble at the Might of... M.O.D.O.K.!
    Avengers #118, 1973

    15: Mental Organism Designed Only for Kissing!
    Avengers #7, 1964

    16: Invader from the Dark Dimension!
    Defenders #2, 1972

    17: Tales of Suspense!
    Tales of Suspense #39, 1963

    18: Stranger from a Savage Land!
    X-Men #10, 1965

    19: Mysterious Mayhem at Mutant High!
    X-Men, Volume 2 #1, 1991
    Click the original cover to see the entire gatefold on which the parody was based.

    20: Election of Evil!
    Iron Man #128, 1979

    21: Hexed, Vexed and Perplexed!
    X-Men #1, 1963

    22: The Ice Melt Cometh!
    X-Men #18, 1966

    23: Wrath of the Red Skull!
    Captain America #100, 1968

    24: Mother of Doom!
    Avengers #187, 1979

    25: Last Exit Before Doomsday!
    Fantastic Four #49, 1966

    26: This Al Dente Earth!
    Fantastic Four #243, 1982

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