The Friday the 13th and NIghtmare on Elm Street franchises are so intertwined by fans even if joined mostly because of the Easter eggs done only for fan service that you can’t have one without the other similar to Aliens vS Predator franchise. Both franchises died in the 90s only to come back int he 00’s for one final hoorah with Friday VS Jason which actually got a pretty banging soundtrack that could’ve fared much worse.
Well I’ve been following this show closely for a year before it came out since the show seemed to have fallen off the radar without any news but finally we have a new Magic School Bus cartoon with Rides Again and it’s actually very different from the originally announced Magic School Bus 360 that was supposed to be in CG featuring new kids. I was extremely disappointed when I saw the trailer, but after watching all of the episodes that encompass the first season, how is it really?
The art-style is awful, makes me feel like I’m watching an expensive flash cartoon or a Dora show, in fact it feels like a those cheap revivals shows had in the 90s from older properties. I really wish they had gone with CG since the King Kong CG Netflix show they had while a bit boring had awesome CG. The show does look nice and clean at least but the character designs are so uninspiring and generic, I literally can’t tell any of the kids apart besides Arnold, and not because he is the exception but it’s easy to tell him apart because of his glasses, he also gets the most focus in the entire show.
They tried to bring He-Man into more modern times when they made the show Skeleton Warriors, which mixed magic alongside technology in a neo-mythological world. Created mostly to sell toys the idea was pretty damn cool but sadly it was never able to take off. Whether you enjoyed the cartoon or the toys let’s look back on the animated series.
Narrated by an awesome for the time CG Skull that gave us a brief rundown before and after in a rather creepy yet wise voice totally set the mood for each episode before it even began. The show has a bit of a dark premise where the bad guys take over and in this case because of the Lightstar crystal they become skeletons that can regenerate and it’s up to the ex-Royal family to make things right.
Continue reading Looking back on.. Skeleton Warriors
Bucky O’Hare and the Toad Wars also called the Toad Menace in other regions was a cartoon that was supposed to ride the success of TMNT but was never able to caught on for n reasons. But whether it was because of the NES video game or the discounted toys I’m sure many of us have memories of Bucky O’Hare so how was the short lived animated show that we got from the cult comic?
After watching it I was surprised by how fun it was and different from anything like most Ninja Turtle clone shows we used to get at that time. It’s definitely inspired by sci-fi shows and movies like Star Wars instead of really being just another anthropomorphic animal show. IF I had to call it anything I’d say it’s as close to a Star Fox animated show as we’ll ever get as they both share a similar universe and the main characters closely resemble the Star Fox cast.
As I mentioned last time, I became a big fan of the Olsen Twins thanks to their show Two of a Kind. I was also sad to see it go but shortly after it ended I got to see some commercials for this new show called So little time. It’s as if the gods of mythology had heard my cries. The show seemed to feature the same type of zanyness from Two of a Kind, the show’s name was So little time.
The show like the previous one also features Mary Kate and Ashley living their lives as growing teens, this time however they’re a little bit older which gave the potential to do more stuff. The premise was different yet similar enough to two of a kind. You still had divorced parents but this time both are alive, and fashion designers.. Hmm so they’re actually rich in this show and live in Malibu California which I guess gives an interesting setting.
Mary-Kate is now named Riley and is the tomboy again and Ashley is Chloe the girly girl, but those personalities aren’t as pronounced as in Two of a Kind and both Riley and Chloe are pretty much the same because of it, it really helped define each twin sister better instead of both kind of blending together. They also lack the personality they used to have. I do like their names though even if they aren’t named after their real names.
The supporting cast is mostly ok, none of them are really memorable and even have more annoying personalities than anything else but you end up liking them enough to tolerate them, not much more than that though. So you are left with a less interesting version of the Olsen Twins also with a less interesting supporting cast. The plot of the episodes also doesn’t help as they’re nothing too great either to make up for the lack of interesting characters.
The show also seemed to skew a little bit younger than Two of a Kind which felt more of a coming of age series and seeing the Olsen Twins grow up while here we mostly just have a generic comedy and the humor is usually more slapstick and not as funny. Instead of a spiritual sequel it felt more of a soulless sequel. Maybe that’s the reason it lasted even less.
The Olsen Twins were a marketing juggernaut though as you can see even with this show also failing the book series made enough stories to continue even after the show was long gone. Hopefully those stories are much better than this one. While a disappointment, I can say I still enjoyed it and if you’re not too picky you can have some fun with it and it’s early 00s aesthetics that it has.
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One summer after school I found this show called Two of a Kind which had the Olsen Twins who while a little older than me they were basically actresses I saw grow up on screen like I was and I checked and episode out even if I wasn’t the target demographic. I found that I I really enjoyed it and became a guilty pleasure for me,I decided to re-watch it and see how well it had held up, so let’s take a quick look back.
We have to remember that the Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen were really hot during this time as they hit it off after the success of Full House and made plenty of successful TV and direct to video movies. Them having their own show seems only logical as America could not get enough of the Olsen Twins. I can’t say I was a huge fan and only know of all this because I would watch the commercials so unsure how I ended up watching Two of a Kind but I guess I was just an avid watcher of the Fox Family / ABC Family channel.
Continue reading Looking back on.. Olsen Twin’s Two of a Kind
The Adventures of Pete and Pete was a staple for Nickelodeon in the early 90s which I guess most of us watched day after day and enjoyed. The show isn’t that long and I can’t find any information on why it was cancelled but there’s just something special about the show that stays in your mind. I loved it as a kid but looking back on it now was it really any good?
Before it was ever a show it started off as a series of shorts that are about a minute long with two specials being about 5 minutes. It’s actually somewhat hard to find these shorts and I was only able to watch about half of them. They really do feel like in the show even if only a minute long. Everyone from the show is much younger and Ellen is actually featured alongside Pete and Pete in the intro. Many of the things from the TV show like origins of stuff are actually from these shorts so its weird they didn’t keep airing them or bundled them as a special. You can also see some dialog and ideas that later became full episodes.
Continue reading Looking back on.. The Adventures of Pete and Pete