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Looking back on.. Ted Duology

When the movie Ted came out I wasn’t interested in it since I’m not a big fan of Seth MacFarlane and it felt like a low brow comedy. It wasn’t until a few years later when I was recommended the movie by someone I didn’t expect to and was told it was not what I expected that I finally decided to check it out one day and that one day finally came so let’s take a look back at the Ted movie Duology and see if it’s worthy of being a franchise.

ted collection duology

Now I can’t say the movie isn’t something I didn’t expect but it did do the things I thought it would be doing a lot better. The humor even if childish does get a few laughs and overall I enjoyed watching them, I can’t say they were amazing by any means but there are plenty of things that I liked.
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The problem with… Pokemon I choose You! Movie 20

The 20th Pokemon movie to celebrate 20 the past two decades of the anime by adapting the first episode in movie form. Except they decided to add new Pokemon, change the cast and not really adapt much. People had mixed opinions but I decided to go watch it despite mixed reviews as it was very tempting. It was a limited release yet 10 minutes from my house, nostalgic to watch a Pokemon on the big screen which I haven’t since Pokemon 2000, and a free card like back in the day, and Ash’s Pikachu card for god’s sake, this wasn’t any normal card. Not to mention Movie Ash Hat Pikachu code which they didn’t even make it compatible with all Gen VII games.

pokemon 20 pikachu ash's card

So how was the movie? I had heard bad stuff but also some good stuff but in the end I agree with it being crap. So let’s take a look at the problems the movie has as well as some solutions at the end. The dub was awful, the music was horrible including the season 1 theme ugh, the animation actually seemed inferior as well.
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Looking back on.. Villainous Shorts

Coming from flash animated webisodes, some which have now been lost to time, Villanos was able to get a shot at making some shorts or miniseries for Cartoon Network Mexico’s app and so we got ten different episodes around a minute or so. These became rather popular and renamed Villainous for other markets, while the original name would be translated as just “Villains”.

villainous characters

I started seeing a lot of these characters so I was tempted to check them out and so I did including the webisodes. The webisodes for the most part look like your normal flash cartoons that you’ve come to expect from the internet, the main thing going for them is the character designs as most of the humor falls flat.
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Looking back on.. Tales from the Cryptkeeper

Horror Comics by EC got a live action anthology show on HBO with Tales from the Crypt where many of the stories from the comics where adapted, While not for kids, the cryptkeeper was so iconic and charismatic that just like Jason Vorhees and Freddy Krueger, he became a pop culture figure that kids loved and so it got an animated adaptation for kids. How did the transition go?

cryptkeeper tales dvd

Tales from the Cryptkeeper was clearly a spin-off that might even be in continuity since the theme song is basically the same and the voice actor of the cryptkeeper is also kept from the HBO show. Unlike the stories in the adult show this one featured more stories with classic horror monsters and fairly tame stories that only have a spooky visuals and characters but being more of an adventure story
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Looking back on.. Mighty Max

Polly Pocket playsets had become a hit so it was decided to make a boys version that instead of houses and whatnot would feature things “boys” would like such as monsters, aliens and dinosaurs; and so Mighty Max was born. It was a successful toyline in the UK so it eventually got a cartoon. The original character was changed as well as his backstory to better fit what a cartoon was supposed to be, while the huge sales of the toyline didn’t exactly translate into huge ratings it did well enough to get a two season 40 episode run so let’s take a look back at it..

mighty max cast

The story from the playsets was changed as mentioned and while I was not a big fan of the change I could live with it. The re-design of Max with the baggy shirt totally fit the 90s and made him look cooler. I wasn’t a big fan of making him the chosen one since the original idea of him just stumbling into worlds for no reason and having to escape was more appealing but oh well, we still got some of that anyway. We also got two companions with VirgiL and Norman who give him someone to interact with and were fun, they weren’t in all episodes as Max’s Mother and his friends Bea and Felix also guest in a few episodes.
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The Addams Family Values movie duology

It’s October Friday the 13th so it’s too good of a day to not talk about something spooky and what better way than to talk about the Addams Family which have mostly become forgotten since their last big boom when their two films had in the 90s. The family seems to have been forgotten by pop culture for the most part when in the 90s it seemed like they were here to stay and successfully made the jump from old tv show to a movie franchise.

addams family cast

Both films actually do an excellent job portraying the quirky family on the big screen in a way that you don’t normally see, not only does it pay respect to the source material but it actually enhances it and makes it its own thing. All the characters seem to have been born to play those roles and are the definitive versions of those characters. The humor is very well balanced and strangely dark for such a mainstream movie
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Looking back on.. Big Bad Beetleborgs / Metallix

After Power Rangers became a huge hit Saban thought that if anyone was going to be making rip-off shows it might as well be him, and that’s how Ameritoku shows like VR Troopers, Masked Rider and Big Bad Beetleborgs came to be. Based on the Tokusatsu Metal Heroes shows Juukou B-Fighter and B-Fighter Kabuto we got what might’ve been the most creative of the Saban shows in that era.

beetleborgs comics

As a kid the Beetleborgs seemed like an awful show, I detested the idea of kids becoming heroes and saw it as a cheap Power Rangers rip off. It wasn’t until many years later when I became a fan of tokusatsu that I decided to check it out since it seemed to be generally well liked. It took me a bit to get into it but I was totally able to digg it. It’s a cheesier take when compared to Saban’s other shows but it knows this and plays with its silliness and camp.
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