I got some sad news to share with you that’s been buzzing around on Twitter. According to GateWorld.net, Canadian voice actor Kirby Morrow recently passed away. He was the age of 47 up until his passing.
So far there is no details on the cause of the death, but I will try to keep everyone up to date what’s going on. His His brother Casey spoke on social media and mentioned how Kirby was a blessing and he worked hard to make everyone happy in his work. To those who don’t know what he was known for, he voiced iconic characters like Miroku in Inuyasha, Cyclops in X-Men Evolution and Goku in the Ocean Dub of Dragon Ball Z (starting episode 160).
Anyone remember watching Samurai Jack on Cartoon Network and Adult Swim? After a long time waiting for the show’s grand finale, Adult Swim and Warner Bros finally released a complete Blu-Ray collection of Samurai Jack. In case you didn’t want to collect the individual DVDs, you can get all five seasons in Blu-Ray. I bought my copy this month from Walmart for about $50. In this post, I want to talk about what I got from this Blu-Ray collection.
First, the collection is not what it seems in pictures online. It is in a box set, but the DVD cases are in a slipcase in which you easily remove. In this picture above, it looks like a typical box set, but if you see it first hand, the entire box is just a slipcase. In front of the box, we have the show’s antagonist Aku and on the side, we have Samurai Jack with a shiny metallic material on the eyes. It’s actually pretty creative as his eyes shine and his entire body is dark in contrast. The back of the box has the collection’s features and the list of seasons. Seasons 1-4 has 13 episodes and season 5 has 10 episodes.
When you open the case, you have five the cases and a metal art print. The art print has the iconic battle between Jack and Aku in the first appearance. The cases on seasons 1-5 is also really cool as it highlights iconic moments and themes in show. We have moments like Jack facing Aku, or Jack fighting the shadow ninja robot. Despite Jack not wielding his sword with his beard appearance in this season 5 cover, the picture you see shows that season 5 got darker and violent and it highlights the content difference than the past seasons.
It’s also funny how the fourth season has a misspelling. Instead of saying fourth season, it says fourtt season.
That’s the end of the unboxing. If you have the money to spend for this action packed, cartoon, you should get it. If not, look for the individual DVDs to save money.
With the end of the Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Nickelodeon is going to be busy with other projects.
SpongeBob’s Patrick Star spinoff
It looks like we’re getting another spinoff series focusing in the world of SpongeBob SquarePants. It has been announced through sources that the next character that’s getting their own series is SpongeBob’s pink starfish best friend Patrick Star. In an article from Deadline, the show will be called The Patrick Star Show and it will have veteran voice actor Bill Fagerbakke reprising the role of Patrick. This spinofff series will be inspired by comedy talk shows such as The Larry Sanders Show and Comedy Bang! Bang!. The show will be about Patrick and his family hosting a talk show and interacting with new characters and even familiar characters from show.
This is the third spinoff announcement from the SpongeBob franchise. It is been confirmed that there will be a prequel series focusing on SpongeBob and his friends as children at a summer camp called Kamp Koral. Another SpongeBob character will get a spinoff and it will be about SpongeBob’s grumpy best friend Squidward Tentacles.
Ren and Stimpy Reboot announcement
This well-known cartoon is famous from its crude humor in the 90s, but it is also infamous due to the creator’s actions. Ren and Stimpy is one of the staples of the classic Nickelodeon 90’s cartoons. It has been announced by Rolling Stones that this cartoon has been greenlit for a revival by Comedy Central. ViacomCBS, owner of Nickelodeon and Comedy Central, stated that they will provide a new creative team for the Nickelodeon Animation Studios that will be different from the classic. It is also been announced that this show will not profit the creator John Kricfalusi. Reason why is because John was accused for sexual conduct.
“We are excited to reinvent this iconic franchise with a new creative team and our partners at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio,” ViacomCBS Entertainment and Youth Group president Chris McCarthy said. “Ren and Stimpy joins our rapidly expanding roster of adult animation including South Park, Beavis and Butt-Head and Clone High as we continue to reimagine our treasure chest of beloved IP for new generations.”
This Ren and Stimpy reboot will be joining other IPs such as the reboot Beavis and Butt-Head and Daria spinoff Jodie. Ren and Stimpy got its popularity in Nick along with other classic shows such as Rugrats, Hey Arnold and Doug. In 2003, John Kricfalusi created a series of short adult themed episodes of Ren and Stimpy called Ren and Stimpy “Adult Party Cartoon” at the Spike TV channel. Unfortunately, the short show only aired 3 out of the 6 episodes and it was viewed very poorly by fans. In 2018, in investigation, John was accused by sexual harassment and assault on two underaged girls. John will not be receiving any credit or money from the reboot of Ren and Stimpy.
In regards to movies, it looks like Nickelodeon will be releasing a movie in your own home instead of theaters. In case you didn’t know, the upcoming third movie SpongeBob SquarePants: Sponge on the Run will be delayed for 2021 on VOD (Video On Demand). It will be getting early digital release on CBS access, before it comes out on early 2021. It’s also been revealed by the Variety that the streaming service Netflix has obtained the rights to the movie “Sponge On The Run”.
Welcome gamers! I bring you good news if you are a fan of cartoons and video games. If you enjoyed SpongeBob SquarePants Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated, I hope you are ready to play as Cartoon Network’s samurai. Revealed at the IGN Twitter, the upcoming game Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time is expected to be released on August 21st, 2020 for PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC (Steam and Epic Games). This game is being developed by Soleil Ltd. who also worked on the anime game Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker.
There is a reason why you should not mess with the classics. According to Bounding into Comics, the new Looney Tunes Cartoons, a show that is exclusive to the subscription service HBO Max, will not be giving the cartoon character Elmer Fudd his iconic gun; also revealed in the news HypeBeast, cartoon character Yosemite Sam’s guns will also be removed from this new cartoon. Peter Browngardt, the show’s director of Looney Tunes Cartoons commented on the removal of guns:
“We’re not doing guns. But can do cartoony violence — TNT, the Acme stuff. All that was kind of grandfathered in.
It is believed that Browngardt chose this decision due to the response of gun violence and school shootings in the recent years.
“We’re going through this wave of anti-bullying, everybody needs to be friends, everybody needs to get along. Looney Tunes is pretty much the antithesis of that. It’s two characters in conflict, sometimes getting pretty violent.”
With Netflix working on the upcoming Cowboy Bebop live action series, expect some changes. Series writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach commented in a interview that the live-action series will not be a “one-to-one adaptation.” He mentioned that each episode won’t heavily be based on the anime where each episode was focused on the bounty, but fans can rest assure that we will still get the character plot between Spike, Julia and Vicious. Knowing how well the anime is and how fans appreciate it, Grillo-Marxuach makes a comment about adaptating this anime and mentions “We ain’t playing Bebop, Bebop is playing us”:
“We ain’t playing Bebop, Bebop is playing us. You can’t look at Cowboy Bebop and say, ‘Well, it’s just a take-off point. We’re going to give them different hair and different clothing, and we’re gonna call it something different. And it’s just sort of gonna be a loose thing. If you’re doing Cowboy Bebop, you’re doing Cowboy Bebop. You know? It’s kind of like doing Star Wars.”
He also mentions that mature content from the anime will be toned down in the live action version such as Faye’s clothing and Spike’s tobacco use. For Faye, he mentioned he wants “real women” to wear her clothes.
Bounding into Comics
Hello gamers, I got some news that might surprise you. This news came out unexpectedly, but I hope you are hyped because it involves our favorite cartoon samurai warrior. The Cartoon Network/Adult Swim cartoon Samurai Jack is back and this time it will be a video game. This new video game is called Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time and it is made by Adult Swim Games and developer Soleil Games. According to IGN, the game will take place before the final battle with Aku and Jack must travel through different timelines and defeat him. The game script is being done by the series writer Darrick Bachman and 3D art style will emulate the show creator’s style. Soleil Games is a small Japanese Developer company made by former employees who worked on Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden. The gameplay will be a 3D hack and slash and allow players to use many melee and ranged weapons. The game will be released in summer for PS4, XB1, Switch and PC.
According to IGN, series creator Genndy Tartakovsky and series head writer Darrick Bachman will reveal more details at PAX East for Adult Swim Games’ panel on February 28th.
Looks like Disney+ won’t be the only heavy hitter on the online streaming service. It’s been announce on Wednesday that Netflix will be teaming up with Nickelodeon in order to produce original existing projects such as specials and TV shows. This is all started when many signed up to the Disney+ streaming service. According to Netflix vice president of original animation Melissa Cobb, she stated in a press conference that with Nickelodeon already having existing characters from many shows, they want to expand and “reimagine” the stories and characters from their series.
“Nickelodeon has generated scores of characters that kids love, and we look forward to telling wholly original stories that re-imagine and expand on the worlds they inhabit,” said Melissa Cobb.
Already announced, there is already plans of a SpongeBob SquarePants spinoff focusing on SpongeBob’s friends. The character that is planning to get the spotlight is SpongeBob’s neighbor, Squidward Tentacles. With TV specials and movies like Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling and Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus, Netlfix is hoping to do more specials with existing shows. They also want to do one focusing on the cartoon Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninjas. There is also plans of SpongeBob prequel series which will have up to 13 episodes.
When Zim reappears to begin the next phase of his evil alien plan to conquer Earth, his nemesis Dib Membrane sets out to unmask him once and for all.
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If you didn’t know, Netflix has released two classic Nickelodeon movies and specials of the cartoons Invader Zim and Rocko’s Modern Life. We have the movie Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus and the special Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling. These two classics are back and are only available in Netflix. However, from sources I read, they were originally going to be on TV.
In a interview from ComicBook.com, Invader Zim creator Jhonen Vasquez tells them why did they choose Netflix instead of broadcasting the movie on TV. Here is what what he had to say:
“We had already finished production. Netflix really had no hand in the creation of the thing. Nickelodeon was the intended destination for it, but then there was a lot of changeover that happened in the last couple of months of production at Nickelodeon, just suddenly everyone that was supportive was no longer present. And I think we just rolled to the finish line in this junky machine that I think really only crossed the finish line out of sheer neglect by the end of it.”
Overall from this statement, Vasquez briefly stated that they were done making the movie and wanted to release it to the public. Unfortunately, the team he knew from Nickelodeon wasn’t there and the new team didn’t give them permission to put to on TV. Instead, thanks to Netflix platform, they were able to easily stream it for others. How do you feel about this news? Get ready for more movies plan such as Rise for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Loud House.