The Toxic Crusaders were set to be the next Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and even got top treatment in the toy department on behalf of Playmates. While it may seem odd to adapt an animated show from The Toxic Avenger which was not kid friendly, it had been done before. The show failed to catch on though but did it deserve to be TMNT’s rival?
The show feels like a typical 90s superhero cartoon with a lot of snark of what it actually is and that works wonders since it’s constantly reminding you the concept of the show is beyond stupid and that somehow makes it watchable. There is plenty of self awareness almost as if it were the Toxic Avenger parodying 90s cartoons and it works really well.
I didn’t expect it to like it so much, I thought it’d just be your typical 90s TMNT rip-off and that nostalgia for the 90s would be its only redeemable part. Sadly the tongue in cheek format of the show starts to wear off as the show goes on and it ends up becoming a generic early 90s superhero cartoon. That’s not necessarily a bad thing if you like that, in fact that’s fully what I expected to get when I decided to watch it but that’s not for everyone.
The first few episodes were collected and edited together as a “movie” which if you’re a fan of the Toxic Avenger films might be the best way to experience the show without committing to watching the whole series. I did not watch the movie version but those first few episodes really were the strongest and had the most “troma” influence out of the show. but really if you dwelled this far for info then 13 episodes isn’t really that bad to watch it all.
The show pretty much adapted the first film for the most part and it could’ve easily referenced the other two movies by having Toxie got to Japan and it could’ve featured Apocalypse Inc. even if not the actual Devil was the leader. Dr. Killemoff is decent for the most part. But many ideas like his tromatons were used from the movies.
Oddly enough the idea of having a team of hideously deformed mutants of superhuman size and strength was eventually done in the fourth movie, sadly they created all new mutants instead of some original designs we had in this show. The movie does feature a cameo of animated Toxie in it at least. The mutants had fairly gruesome origins, Junkyard was a hobo who fused with a stray dog, Headbanger was originally two different people Blender and Fender who fused in an experiment gone wrong. No zone and Major disaster didn’t have as great origins but they all can’t be winners.
If the show had been a success I’m not sure if the second season would’ve fared better and improved or if it would just keep on doing average plots like they had done. But at the very least we got to see a twisted econ friendly version of the Toxic Avenger in his own cartoon along with his Toxic Crusaders.
When I watch a something I like to watch everything ever made for it which can cause problems many times and it did when I watched Wakfu and became a fan of it. I researched and saw that there was another animated show in the Wakfu universe called Dofus aux trésors de Kérubim and even a movie Dofus Book I: Julith.
It was a bit hard to find any info on it and if you asked fans of Wakfu they would dismiss the show as it being bad and not worth watching besides the first two episodes and the movie. But is it really that bad of a show? I had to watch it for the above reasons anywho so were the general opinions of the show correct?
Continue reading Looking back on.. Dofus: The Treasures of Kerubim & Dofus Book I: Julith
I grew up with my Toxic Crusaders toys and always wanted to check out the source material which was The Toxic Avenger but since I’m not usually a fan of this type of b-movies, though I do enjoy one from time to time. I got in the mood to watch them and checked all four films out to see what they were all about. So let’s enter Tromaville and see what the Toxic Avenger franchise has to offer.
The Toxic Avenger
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When Wakfu came out it quickly became a cult hit and it had a small but excited fan base that shared it around and recommended it. Hailed as the revival of French animation I was curious to check it out but put off that it was based on a video game that I had no intention of ever playing. So how exactly is Wakfu? Is it actually any good? Well let’s take a look at the first two seasons that started the franchise.
Wakfu is one of those rare treats that come out of nowhere and deliver. What we have here is a very polished show with not only beautiful animation but an extremely interesting world and a large memorable cast of characters. The show does constant world building which if you are familiar with other Wakfu media you’ll be able to dwell deeper into other aspects of the Wakfu world. I was amazed by how unique and fun this world is and just want to see more of it.
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What happens when you take the Power Rangers formula but instead of using one show for footage of monster battles, you take two unrelated shows? What you get is VR Troopers. With all the craze around Virtual Reality now, why not take a look at a show that was inspired by the 90s Virtual Reality craze from that time. This is no Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad when it comes to tech references but here is a review and random observations of VR Troopers.
I never saw really saw VR Troopers as a kid besides an episode or two and with no nostalgia, so it made it kinda hard to watch. I’m not sure if the show does get better or if it somehow grew on me even though it was bad because I don’t think season two is necessarily better; A lot of the Space Sheriff Shaider stuff in season two I did not enjoy. Season 1’s problem is at times the plot was hard to understand, you knew the basic plot but besides that it just seemed like random fight footage was thrown everywhere that made no sense. As a kid I just dismissed it as PR rip off but I can see why some people have fond memories of it now. Continue reading Looking back on VR Troopers
Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad was an Ameritoku show released to cash-in on the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers craze. It used footage from Denkou Choujin Gridman and just like Power Rangers took out the Japanese actors and replaced them with American ones. But was this rip-off show any good?
The show deals with viruses entering electronic devices and causing trouble because the evil Kilokahn wants to control not only the digital but the real world. He uses a hacker to make virus programs to attack important infrastructure in the real world. To save the world you have the cast of Saved by the Bell, or at least somewhat similar who find a way to get into the digital world and fight these monsters with a program called Gridman that grants Sam superpowers. So you have Saved by the bell style plots with giant monster fights inside electronics along the ride. Continue reading Looking back on.. Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad
Mokèlé-mbèmbé the Cryptoid Loch Ness Monster from Africa that is supposed to exist is not that famous but has always made my imagination run wild. I was able to find two movies that dealt with this creature from the Congo that were released nearly 30 years apart but not quite like a clean release gap like with Dinosaur Island. So let’s take a quick look at them and see if they’re worth your time if you want some dinosaur movie action.
The Dinosaur Project
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