Monday, February 19, 2018

Daytime Heroes: He-Man in The Taking of Grayskull (1983)

Take a trip with us to Eternia, and join He-Man on another adventure.

Castle Grayskull has been taking from its moorings and sent to another dimension by Skeletor, who hopes to finally uncover the Castle's secrets for his own gains. As if that'll ever happen. Plus, Orko worries that everyone's forgotten his birthday. Well, you know how that trope plays out. Here's "The Taking of Grayskull":

Rating: B.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Toon Sports: Laff-a-Lympics in Switzerland (1977)

As this year's Winter Olympics in South Korea nears the halfway point, it's time to take a look at an episode of Laff-a-Lympics. Not only is Don Messick the voice of Scooby-Doo, he doubles as the show's announcer. This installment takes Scooby and frends (as well as enemies) to Switzerland and Japan.

The open is from the 2 hour version, instead of the 1/2-hour syndicated version, in case anyone wonders.

Rating: B-.

Toon Legends: Spider-Man meets Miss Trubble (1967)

A book shop owner wants to write a column on Greek mythology for the Daily Bugle, but is repeatedly rebuffed by J. Jonah Jameson. However, Miss Trubble is using figures from Greek myth to steal some artifacts. Well, at least that's the plan, except for the intervention of Spider-Man.....!

Here's "Here Comes Trubble":

Should've seen that ending coming, since it's a variant on a standard plot used elsewhere.....

Rating: B.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

From Comics to Toons: The Fantastic Four vs. Klaw (1967)

Ulysses Klaue, aka "Klaw", can be seen in "Black Panther", now in theatres. But let's go back 51 years to when he menaced the Fantastic Four......

Adding the plural to the episode title was a bit of a misnomer. Standard fare.

Rating: B.

Animated World of DC Comics: Appointment in Crime Alley (1992)

The producers of Batman: The Animated Series not only made great use of the Dark Knight's legendary rogues gallery, but also created some new villains. While Harley Quinn ultimately crossed over into DC Comics, the villain of our next piece, "Appointment in Crime Alley", didn't.

Roland Daggett was this show's answer to the post-Crisis on Infinite Earths reboot of Lex Luthor, posited as a wealthy businessman who was secretly involved in a number of shady dealings. Here, Daggett decides to use arson for hire to justify the gentrification of a section of Gotham City, with no regard for the people in the area, particularly Dr. Leslie Tompkins (Diana Muldaur), who happens to be close friends with a certain millionaire.....

Comics veteran Gerry Conway has also done some live-action television writing (i.e. Law & Order, The Father Dowling Mysteries), and is still active today.

Rating: A+.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Saturday Morning's Greatest Hits: Time To Change (1972)

It's been talked about previously that Filmation simply reused old animation from The Archie Show for The Brady Kids. It's easy to tell, although there's one extra kid to account for (Cindy). They even recycled some footage of Hot Dog, using the Bradys' made-for-TV pet, Mop Top (on The Brady Bunch, they also had a dog, Tiger).

From the series premiere, the first half of "Jungle Bungle", here's "Time to Change":

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Looney TV: Mel Blanc, The Man of 1,000 Voices (2007)

Included on a volume of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection DVD series is a hour-plus long biography on the life & career of the man most closely associated with the Looney Tunes franchise, the incomparable Mel Blanc. Maurice LaMarche narrates.

Mel Blanc, The Man of 1,000 Voices is a delightful insight into an American icon. Yes, it focuses mostly on his Looney Tunes work (after all, it's a WB release), but it is also a celebration and appreciation of a fabulous talent who made us laugh for nearly 50 years. Not sure if it's been released by itself, but if it isn't, it should be.

Rating: A+.