Childhood Rebooted


Today it was announced that 3 classic 80’s cartoons would be rebooted for the 21st century: Inspector Gadget, Danger Mouse, and Ducktales.

Both Inspector Gadget and Danger Mouse will premiere on Netflix with the prior debuting in a few weeks on March 27th with brand new CGI-animation (click here for a short sneak peek) and the latter debuting in Spring 2016. British comedian Stephen Fry will voice Colonel K on Danger Mouse.

As for Ducktales, Disney XD will be relaunching the series in 2017 allowing a whole new generation of children to “WooHoo!” along side their parents.

In the meantime, let’s enjoy the classic opening themes for each respective show.

Top 5 Most Anticipated New Shows of Fall 2014

1. The Flash (CW, Tuesday October 7, 8 p.m.) – I had the opportunity to catch an early screening of the pilot episode and The Flash definitely lived up to the expectations. Set in the same television universe as Arrow, The Flash certainly feels grounded in that reality while maintaining its own tone and idiosyncrasies. Grant Gustin is admirable as the titular character/Barry Allen but the real casting highlight for me is Tom Cavanagh as Dr. Harrison Wells. I’ve been a fan of Mr. Cavanagh since NBC’s Ed and am looking forward to what he’ll bring in the coming weeks.




2. A to Z (NBC, Thursday October 2, 9:30 p.m.) – Seemingly the heir apparent to How I Met Your Mother (even going as far to include narration from another iconic 90’s parent – Katey Sagal), this show stars The Mother herself Cristin Milioti, and Ben Feldman previously of Mad Men. Of all the new rom-com shows debuting this Fall season, A to Z appeared to be the most promising based on preview trailers alone. And luckily after viewing an advanced online stream of the pilot, I was able to confirm those assumptions. Milioti and Feldman have an undeniable charm and chemistry as Andrew and Zelda. My hope is that the writers will be able to sustain a consistent engaging narrative while further developing supporting characters like Stu, Stephanie, Lydia, Lora, and Dinesh into individuals we can invest in as well.




3. Black-ish (ABC, Wednesday September 24, 9:30 p.m.) – Some of my favorite shows growing up were family comedies primarily starring minority actors. Family Matters, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and The Cosby Show were all programs that engaged me in a socially-conscious way and as pure entertainment. Over the years, however, there has been a sharp decline in programs predominantly starring diverse lead actors on all networks. Fortunately, ABC has remedied that this coming season and is coming out with 3 new comedies focusing on Mexican-American families (Cristela), Asian-American families (Fresh off the Boat), and African-American families (Black-ish). The story of Black-ish is described as “A family man (Anthony Anderson as Andre ‘Dre’ Johnson) struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle-class neighborhood.” And on one of the preview clips we see Andre’s son discussing his desire to convert to Judaism in order to throw a bar mitzvah. Black-ish also stars Tracee Ellis Ross as Andre’s wife Rainbow and Laurence Fishburne as “Pops”. With a great time slot following Modern Family, a loveable cast, and a take on the family comedy looking at the ever-evolving meaning of being a minority in America, here’s hoping Black-ish can connect with all audiences like The Cosby Show did 30 years ago.



4. Gotham (FOX, Monday September 22, 8 p.m.) – I wasn’t sure what to expect from this show when it was first announced. Christopher Nolan’s trilogy recently finished and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is a short couple of years away. And despite The Dark Knight being one of my favorite super heroes ever, I’m a bit fatigued with Bruce Wayne and his alter ego. Still, serving as an origin not only for how James Gordon would become the Commissioner we know but also for the various villains Batman would one day combat, there is certainly a lot of fascinating material to be covered. Moreover, as a self-professed fan of The O.C., my interest was certainly piqued when Ben McKenzie was announced as Gordon (although Donal Logue signing on to be Harvey Bullock is my favorite casting choice). And as clips were released and reports began coming in about every episode in the first season featuring a character that could potentially become The Joker, Gotham eventually became a must see show.



5. Star Wars: Rebels – (DISNEY CHANNEL, Friday October 3, 9 p.m.) – It’s a new dawn for the Star Wars universe. With the previous established Star Wars Expanded Universe now no longer canon and new shows/books/films coming, we find ourselves in a period of civil war endless story possibilities. One of the new stories that will be told revolves around a “crew of the starship Ghost — cowboy Jedi Kanan, ace pilot Hera, street-smart teenager Ezra, the muscle Zeb, warrior firebrand Sabine, and cantankerous old astromech droid Chopper” set 14 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith and 5 years before A New Hope. Now one of the reasons I’m really excited for this show is that the animation style is inspired by Ralph McQuarrie original Star Wars concept art. That sets the animation apart from the previous (and unjustly canceled) Star Wars: The Clone Wars series that was on Cartoon Network. Nevertheless, the style and tone of Star Wars: Rebels is a welcome one.




Also recommended:

Foo Fighters Sonic Highways (HBO, Friday October 17, 11 p.m.)

Nostalgic Nibble: I Just Can’t Wait To Be King

During a chat with a friend today, I was brought back in time to an animated Disney movie called The Lion King. Very much a classic for people in my generation. Who can forget Hakuna Matata, or even Can You Feel the Love Tonight. But the first song that popped into my head during this flashback was none other than … I Just Can’t Wait To Be King. Hearing that high pitched youthful voice brings joy to my ears, and the comfort of hope, dreams, wishful thinking run rampant in my thoughts. If you wanna sing along with me for a few minutes, here is a link to the song with lyrics.

Don’t you just love nostalgia? I know I do. I think one of the core traits of being a geek is being nostalgic and holding onto what once was just for a small window of time. Not because one is afraid of moving forward in life, but because one appreciates where one has been, the sentiment of what no longer is, and the tradition of commemorating that which cannot be recreated.

After listening to I Just Can’t Wait To Be King a few times, I realized that I was on YouTube and that there HAD to be something comical I might be able to find with this song. I expected it, anxiously awaited the treasure I was about to find, and was quite content in results of the search. =)

Below, I give you … I Just Can’t Stop Facebooking. I was very curious to see how this would go, and the choice of lyrics aren’t too creative, but there’s something about the dubbed voices that make this video quite hilarious. On a side note: Did you know that Rowan Atkinson (aka Mr. Bean) was the voice of Zazu (the hornbill in this scene)? Enjoy! We socialize without meeting…Oh I just can’t stop facebooking…

Now that was just a teaser. I also found this gem. It’s a cover of I Just Can’t Wait To Be King by a group called Thugs and Bubbles. Yes. You read that right. They are already funny aren’t they. Be prepared to hear a charming voice, a hilarious drummer that reminds me of Animal from the Muppets, a jammin’ geeky guitarist, and a quite dorky guy doing something that I don’t know how to describe in the background.

Now that you’ve watched it, did you not find the drummer hilarious?! I mean come on. His facial expressions are awesome! And then you have some hype man in the background just being creepily entertaining. Is it just me or does the guitarist look like one of the guys from 98 Degrees? Haha. On top of the hilarity, the singer actually sings well. He is a little Bieber-esque, sorry to say. Not only is it entertaining to watch, but it is pleasing to hear. This group looks like so much fun to just chill and hangout with. I’m so glad I found this video.

And now I leave you with a Lion King Acapella Medley to quench your cravings for Lion King nostalgia. I adore acapella. Enjoy this acapella compilation by the University of Wisconsin MadHatters (check out their site here).

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RIP Robert Sherman

In honor of Robert Sherman, famed songwriter for many classic films, I give you “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” Sherman also wrote “It’s A Small World,” and was credited as lyricist and composer for films such as “Charlotte’s Web” and “Snoopy Come Home.” He died at the age of 86 this past Monday, in London.

Side Note: Mary Poppins is my favorite Disney movie, which is why I choose this song.

Has it really been 10 years?

As I’m unwinding from today’s activities, I wander on to youtube and decide to look at some Kingdom Hearts videos.  Then it hits me.  It’s been ten years since the first Kingdom Hearts game.  TEN years.  Holy shit, where did the time go?

I can still remember reading about the game’s concept.  Final Fantasy + Disney = KINGDOM HEARTS.  I honestly thought that wasn’t gonna work.  Boy, was I wrong.  The game was beyond successful in combining the two franchises into a wonderful, magical story.  To say that I was inspired by the franchise would be an understatement.  The game showcases some pretty thought-provoking psychological and emotional themes (the squaresoft side of the equation), along with the fun and cheerful environments that Disney is known for.

I won’t give away any of the plot, as I’m typically known for doing in real life.  Wait, I was supposed to do my intro…I’m going to bed.