I love the Gremlins movies. The wonder and horror of the first film was a part of the ratings change in 1984 (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom helped as well). That lead into the amazing sequel- that PARODIES the first! Gremlins 2- The New Batch was the perfect follow up to a movie that Joe Dante didn’t want to copy- so he made fun of it instead. That’s why Gremlins 2- The New Batch is still held as one of the best sequels in history. Move ahead almost three decades, and we have had rumblings about a new Gremlins remake/prequel/sequel/re-imagining have been rumored for a few years now. But last week, the HBO Max media platform announced that we are getting a animated prequel series- Gremlins- Secrets of the Mogwai. We have a synopsis from the Amblin website-
Set in 1920s Shanghai, the series will tell the story of how 10-year-old Sam Wing (future shop owner Mr. Wing in the 1984 movie) met the young Mogwai called Gizmo. Along with a teenage street thief named Elle, Sam and Gizmo take a perilous journey through the Chinese countryside, encountering, and sometimes battling, colorful monsters and spirits from Chinese folklore. On their quest to return Gizmo to his family and uncover a legendary treasure, they are pursued by a power-hungry industrialist and his growing army of evil Gremlins.
Gremlins Secrets of the Mogwai is produced by Amblin Television in association with Warner Bros. Animation. The series is being written by Tze Chun and executive produced by Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey (The Americans, and the Animaniacs and Amazing Stories revivals) and Sam Register (the upcoming Animaniacs revival) with Chun and Brendan Hay serving as co-executive producers. Dan Krall will serve as supervising producer. The series will premiere on HBO Max in 2021.
I have mixed feelings about this. I wanted to see a Gremlins animated show back in the 80’s- you know, a Hanna–Barbera or Filmation 1/2 hour series that was relevant to the source material of the time. I like the prequel aspect- but it sounds like it will have some environmental tones in it- I hope it isn’t too preachy, and will give us a look at the Gremlins mythos we haven’t seen yet, but give us the action and scares the movies gave us. Perhaps giving us a lead in to a new film. Animation should be great- Warner Bros. Animation has given us some of the best cartoons and animated feature films over the last 30 years.
So- what do you think? Are you up for a Gremlins animated series? Or do you think too much time has gone by to care about the Gremlins stories to be relevant today? We will keep and eye on this project and post more info as it is released. Let me know what you think in the comments!
My Life as a Teenage Robot went under my radar when it premiered in 2003, in fact it wasn’t until much later that I even knew it existed thanks to Nickelodeon’s so called retirement home for its cartoons shows NickToons Network. That is due to the fact that unlike other cartoons on Nickelodeon at the time Teenage Robot didn’t really have the popularity of shows like Spongebob Squarepants or Fairly Odd Parents. Which I feel is a little undeserved because it had a unique art style and characters, even if the set up itself was a little cliché.
For those who have never seen it My Life as a Teenage Robot the basic premise is this: X-J9, or Jenny as she likes to be called, was created by her “mother”, a scientist named Nora Wakeman to defend the world against evil aliens and mutant monsters that attack the world and almost a daily basis. However being a teenage robot Jenny wants nothing else than to be a “normal” teenage girl. She gets that chance after meeting her neighbors Brad and his younger brother Tuck who befriended Jenny and convince her mother to let her live her dream. From then on the show is all about Jenny trying to live a “normal” teenage life while still defending the Earth from villainous foes.
The show was created by Rob Renzetti, who has worked on other cartoons shows like Dexter’s Lab, Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack, My Little Pony Friendship is Magic, and Gravity Falls. The show has an amazing voice cast including Janice Kawaye as Jenny, Eartha Kitt as the villainous Vexxus, Quinton Flynn as Sheldon, and Billy West as the Vice Principal as well as various other characters in the show. Teenage Robot was both critically praised and nominated for a bunch of awards including a Prime-time Emmy Award and several Annie Awards. Unfortunately as stated before it just didn’t get the popularity that shows like Spongebob and Fairly Oddparents had and was cancelled before the third season aired which led to it only being shown on NickToons Network.
I feel that this is a shame because Teenage Robot has that same feel as shows like Dexter’s Lab or Powerpuff Girls but had its own identity especially in the design department as most of the show took inspiration from the Art Deco designs that were popular in the 30’s. I believe another shortcoming is that fact that people get to hung up on details and can’t just enjoy it. We don’t ask why Bugs Bunny wears gloves and walks and talks or how Dexter can have an enormous Lab under his house that would cost over a billion dollars to create, we just accept it and enjoy it because it’s a cartoon and not real. While it fun to question things sometimes I feel people can just over analyze things which makes things less enjoyable. Overall I feel Teenage Robot is fun and and hilarious even causing me to pause the show to laugh at some of Its jokes. Teenage Robot is also very self aware as it makes fun of it’s own silliness at times. For example there is a scene where Jenny is sunbathing and my first thought was why is she sunbathing she’s a robot if anything her metal body would just get super hot and probably burn everything around her. No sooner did I think this then it actually happened on screen causing me to laugh. Even though Teenage Robot is a comedy It also has cool fight scenes and weapon designs. I would also be remiss in my duties if I didn’t mention the awesome theme song too, definitely one of my top ten favorite cartoon show theme songs. I would highly recommend the show to anyone like myself that loves cartoons shows. Just remember that like most of the classic cartoons this show just requires you to turn off your brain and just enjoy.
The Arcade Archives Network is proud to present The Pokémon Rewind Podcast. Join Ubernerd527 and Friends as they travel with Ash Ketchum and Pikachu through the Pokémon anime. We are currently in the Orange Island story arc and today we will be talking about the episode entitled “Snack Attack”.
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Cartoon Connoisseur Theater is back! This Episode Ubernerd is joined by Danny the UltraSonic Player and they talk about saying goodbye to Gravity Falls, and the future of television animation. We will be talking about upcoming shows like the new Powerpuff Girls, Ducktales, Milo Murphy’s Law, Big Hero 6, and Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker’s Adventures.
The Cartoon Connoisseur Theater Podcast is proud to present a new segment: Pokemon Rewind! We will be going through the story arcs of the Pokemon Anime episode by episode. Our supplemental episode staring Ubernerd and Danny the UltraSonic Player goes over what to expect from the up coming podcast. So grab your favorite Pokemon and get ready to set off on an adventure! As always please don’t forget to leave what you thought, on Twitter @talesftgamegrid, or on Facebook at facebook.com/talesfromthegamegrid. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Cartoon Connoisseur Theater Podcast on iTunes! https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/arcade-archives!-cartoon-connoisseur/id981144166?mt=2
Editorial note: in the podcast Ubernerd says that the next podcast will start in January this is incorrect the first episode will air on December 5th. Sorry, just couldn’t wait to bring all the Pokemon goodness to you!
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So volume 3 of RWBY has begun at Rooster Teeth and I am so excited about this new season that I decided to do a solo mini cast going over each episode as they air. This time we are looking at episode 2 of Volume 3 titled “New Challengers…” Please be aware I will be going over EVERYTHING in the episode so if you don’t want it spoiled then don’t listen to this until after you’ve watched the episode. As always please don’t forget to leave what you thought about the episode below, on Twitter @talesftgamegrid, or on Facebook at facebook.com/talesfromthegamegrid. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Cartoon Connoisseur Theater Podcast on iTunes!
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This episode we bid a fond farewell to Phineas and Ferd and we talk about the newly announced Tangled animated series. What do you think about the topics we spoke about? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or tweet at us @talesftgamegrid