coming soon extravaganza

Well, it’s time again for another roundup of what’s coming soon. Everything I’m interested in, at least. :) This time it’s going to be an odd mix, because there’s really a lot of different stuff coming out across the board.

October 3rd: The Little Mermaid and Harvey Toons
Under the sea, la la la la, let’s see a sea witch get stabbed in the chest with a rusty ship, la la la la!

I actually completely ruined this movie for me by watching it 7 times straight one day a long time ago. I was bored. Anyway, apparently the first time it was released they didn’t do a good anamorphic transfer (whatever that means, I’m not a videophile to say the least) and it didn’t have many extras (a common Disney crime, tightwads) so here’s your chance to own it again.

I just found out about Harvey Toons: The Complete Collection today. I’m a huge fan of Casper, Wendy, Little Devil and all the other Harvey cartoon characters. They are really great stuff with some original, fun stories. I have no idea what’s gonna be on here, but it’s from Sony Wonder and they always do a good job of putting their discs together, so I’m sure it won’t be disappointing.

October 24th: The Addams Family and Justice League Unlimited
After a long wait by fans, myself not included, the Addams Family finally hits the shelves for the first time ever on DVD. Gosh, that sounded eerily like a marketing blurb.

This is one of those shows that I always liked watching, but I never got a chance to see it. I’m not sure why. I remember catching snippets of it but I doubt I’ve ever seen a complete episode. Either way, it’s not the boring watered down Munsters family, so I’m sure it’ll be great.

Justice League: Unlimited is another show which I’ve never even seen any episodes at all. Actually, I didn’t even know it existed til the release hit my radar. If it’s even half as good as the new Justice League cartoons, then I’m all over that.

Apparently the big difference between the two is that Unlimited shuffles the main heroes around a bit. I wonder if we’ll have an appearance by Zan and Jayna.

Also, season two of Batman Beyond comes out on the same day, so you can get your cartoon on.

November 14th: Adventures of the Gummi Bears

Gummi Bears! Bouncing here and there and everywhere. We are the Gummi Bears! :D

Oh, man this is one of my favorite shows evah. I’m really excited for this one to come out. This was during the time when Disney was still putting out what was now refer to as quality animation and storytelling. It’s a rare concept today coming from them, I know.

The stories of the history of the Gummis always interested me, and that they had all these hidden underground tunnels and lairs was just so freaking cool. Plus you throw in the fact that the timeline was in a medieval setting with other magical creatures and beasts, it’s just a cool show all around.

Duck Tales, Season Two hits the shelves the same day too. Apparently this one has the pilot episode. Sweet. :)

November 21st: Star Trek: The Animated Series

Wheeee! Let’s hear it for *another* TV show that I’ve never seen, but I’m dying to get it just because of everything Ive heard about it! Besides, how can you pass up that cool looking case?

Yes, it’s true. At least 50% of the TV shows I have on DVD, I’ve never even seen. It adds a lot of originality to my life. Great stuff. Really though, I have heard a lot about this cartoon, and I vaguely remember seeing one once, and just being blown away by the fact that there even was a Star Trek cartoon. I never liked the original series at all, but for some reason I had the odd idea that these would somehow appeal to me. Who knows? We’ll see. What I’d really like to do is get my hand on some of the comics. Now that would be sweet.

Well, that’s enough for this time. That’s actually only a little over half of what’s on my upcoming wish list, but I’ll save the rest for later when they’re closer to coming out. There is still some great stuff on the horizon. Good times to be had by all. :)

‘the incredible hulk’ and other extreme ownage

It’s time for another DVD release update. Well, at least of the ones that I’m interested in. :)

Season one of The Incredible Hulk came out today, and I’m soooo excited to get my copy. I actually went to Wal-Mart last night after midnight (I kid you not) to mull around and see if they had stocked it yet. None of their new tags had anything that looked like it, so I left. I guess I’ll have to go to Best Buy or Circuit City and pay their ridiculous high prices. But, no price is too high to have the blessing of the kind green monster in your own home.

This series release is actually very exciting for a number of reasons. For one, I have always loved this show from the moment I saw it. It’s actually a good series of human interest stories as David Banner spends his life wandering and helping people on the way. But when people tick him off, watch out buddy, cuz the Hulk mysteriously appears and gives the bad guys the smackdown of a lifetime. His wardrobe cost must be enormous, with the way he rips all his pants and shirts.

The second cool thing about this one is that Universal finally did the right thing and released a full season set. Before, they released a smattering of DVDs just to annoy us real collectors, and did stuff like “The Best of” and “The Death of” the Incredible Hulk. Now you can enjoy everything including the great pilot episode.

Next week, and I already wrote about these, Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain are coming.

In August, there are two more classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons coming to DVD. This time, Magilla Gorilla and Hong Kong Phooey. I’ve never seen any Magilla Gorilla cartoons, but I do remember Hong Kong Phooey really well. That show was freaking hilarious. Also, I love how Warner Bros. is releasing all this classic animation on DVD. Personally, I’m holding out for The Hair Bear Bunch and Captain Caveman.

Then in September, Voltron is finally coming to DVD! Yay! If you don’t remember, this was the classic kids cartoon where they had those five warbots and they would all join together to create Voltron, who would kick some serious booty. Good times. Teen Titans, season two is also coming. I actually just ripped season one the other day and started watching it … in fact, it’s been one of the ones I’ve been testing my whole variable-framerate encoding on … and let me say, it is a great show. The animation style is just like the other super-hero ones (Batman, Superman, Justice League, etc.), but they have taken a few liberties in style. It took me a while to get used to but now I really like it. Great stuff.

After that, in the sometime future, there are still some good releases lined up. Coming sometime soon is Star Trek: The Animated Series. Now, I’ve never seen one episode of this, but I’m sure going to get me a copy anyway. I’m sure it can’t be all that bad, especially as I’ve noted how it seems to be a real collector’s item to own over the years. Plus, you gotta check out the cool box art it’s gonna have.

The last one that I’m waiting for with baited breath is Dungeons & Dragons. I *loved* this show as a kid. It was cool, it was magical, and the kids kicked even more booty. It was a lot of fun. I just found out yesterday that the entire season is already on sale in the UK, so if you’re really up for converting stuff from another DVD region, hop on over to

Oh, and how could I forgot? The new Star Wars DVDs come out in September as well, these are the ones that are the original screen version. I’m excited for that one, I really don’t like the new changes much.

That’s it for now … stay tuned to find out how you too can stay broke this month and many more to come by buying … pretty much every DVD you ever wanted. :)

the legend of why was this ever so popular

Boy, and I thought I had a lot of free time working on strange projects. Well, I still do, but this is equally cool — someone has created a timeline of all the Legends of Zelda projects. It’s actually an interesting read. At least the first page is, I didn’t make it past that.

It does bring back memories though. I remember going to my friend’s house when I was in 6th grade I think it was and he had the gold Legend of Zelda Nintendo cartridge, and I would watch him play. Then I would have a turn, and I’d quickly demonstrate how my hand-eye coordination skills are equal to that of your average garden slug. Naturally I blame it all on my parents who wouldn’t let us have any gaming consoles, and stunted my mutant thumb skillz for life.

That never stopped me from trying to dominate some games though. My favorite was always Super Mario Bros. 3. At least with that little squirrel costume I had a flying chance because I could soar over everything that was trying to pelt me with fireballs from its mouth. That was a great game.

Then, do you remember the Super Mario Bros. TV show? I must admit, in full honesty, I’m tempted to buy the entire series on DVD. I used to watch that show religously — whether it was to learn more of the eternal struggle between Mario, Luigi and Poomba (or whatever those green scepter-wielding turtle-dragon things are called) or just to maybe somehow pick up some mutant thumb trick moves that would miraculously carry over from the cartoon into real life.

My favorite part of the show was that every Friday they would have a Legend of Zelda cartoon. By this time, Dungeons and Dragons had been off the air for a few years (which, btw, should be on DVD sometime this year), so this was the only under budget fantasy-themed show on for kids at the time. I remember I really enjoyed it. So much, in fact, that I recently bought the entire series of them on DVD.

Watching it now, I’m starting to realize that maybe some memories from my childhood probably aren’t too reliable. Especially when it comes to my definitions of “delightfully entertaining.” Granted, it’s not that bad. It’s good for someone who is probably six or under, which is why I wouldn’t miss it for anything in the world at the tender age of eleven.

I will give you fair warning though — don’t watch the credits. There’s this awful theme dance (I kid you not) where they “do the Mario,” a dance which is surprisingly simple consisting of just swinging your arms side to side, and then moving your legs back and forth. I guess Mario’s been too busy jumping over man-eating vines to really get in shape to come up with some decent dance moves. Here’s to another childhood classic that I can’t talk about in public.

possibly the coolest cartoon show ever

Justice League is really starting to grow on me. Each story is better than the last. First of all, I absolutely love their animation style.  There are very few Warner Bros cartoons series that let me down at all. I loved their stuff as a kid, and I’m still lapping it up.

I saw one of the coolest cartoon episodes I’ve ever seen. It was “Legends”, a two-parter on disc 3 of season one. A few of the Justice League characters go to an alternate dimension, and find themselves in the world of comic book heroes of the 40s. It was hilarious, great writing, and good action. A whole lot of fun. I hope season two is just as good. :)