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?

Monday, February 20, 2017

The Lion Guard

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A movie I've always liked is The Lion King. It's been a while since I've seen The Lion King 2 that I'm not going to make an opinion on it, but I also liked The Lion King 1 1/2. I also enjoyed the first Lion King based TV series, Timon & Pumbaa (even though I only saw some episodes when Disney Junior aired in in 2012). When The Lion Guard was first announced, I was initially going to pass on it since it was a Disney Junior show. Nothing against Disney Junior, but I kind of outgrew it back when it was Playhouse Disney. Though I haven't heard much bad things about their shows (I actually gave Sofia the First a favorable review once, though I'm honestly only interested enough to watch sometimes).

Then in summer 2015, I saw a preview that I actually thought pretty good. Suddenly, it became the first upcoming preschool show I was interested in in years (unless you count The 7D before it was announced for Disney XD instead). I saw the TV movie that started the series, then fell behind for a while due to laziness. But I'm caught up now. So is this show as good as the preview made it look?

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Milo Murphy's Law

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Milo Murphy's Law is a new show from Phineas and Ferb creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh. There was a time when I was really into Phineas and Ferb, and I still like it, so I was definitely interested in checking this out. Initially, I planned to review this in November, but then some other stuff got my attention, so I pushed this back in order to make sure I'd have something for every month. At the time, I thought that might be beneficial because I thought I'd get more episodes to work with, but there hasn't been any new episodes since. But I think I still got enough to work with.

Monday, December 19, 2016


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On December 9, Nick debuted their first original animated TV movie, Albert. Created by brothers Will and Aaron Eisenberg, it was originally pitched as a feature film, but Nick ordered it as a TV movie instead. I know I've said before that Sanjay and Craig and Breadwinners have left me a little less than optimistic for new animated content from Nick, but Harvey Beaks (despite Nicks's treatment of it) and The Loud House have helped. Albert was at least a success ratings-wise, with the premiere bringing in 2,403,000 viewers. But did the quality reflect these ratings?

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Mighty Magiswords

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In September, Cartoon Network debuted a show called Mighty Magiswords. Created by Kyle A. Carrozza, it started out as a series of short's on Cartoon Network's website. I've been aware of the shorts or a while now, but haven't seen any of them (and still haven't, I'll get to it eventually), so this was all new to me. Leading up to it's premiere though, I could tell that this was something people were interested in. So did this live up to the hype?

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Classic Review: Ruby Gloom

Consider this my Halloween review (even though I've never done any actual seasonal reviews of any sort in the past). Ruby Gloom aired on YTV in Canada from 2006-08. However, it never aired in the U.S. Yet, from what I've seen, it still gained fans and even merchandise (apparently, it started out like that in 2002). Yet, it managed to go under my radar until the beginning of the month, when a friend I have on the ToonZone forums started using a picture of Ruby on her bike from the theme song as his avatar. Turns out, it's on Netflix (only the first season, though), so I decided to watch some episodes. Have I been missing out on something?