The Merrie Melodies short Super-Rabbit was released theatrically in 1943 during the same period as the Fleischer / Famous Superman shorts. The rabbit of tomorrow clearly paid homage to the popular Ubermensch of the day. Aided by super power granting (and possibly Popeye inspired) carrots, Super-Rabbit fought for the rights of Texan rabbits - even donning a mild mannered disguise to assist in his mission. By the end, this got quite sentimental with Bugs honoring "true heroes" fighting in WWII. This really is a choice homage to the Man of Steel and his values of truth, justice, and the American Way.
23 May 2013
22 May 2013
The wacky Superboy series ran for four seasons from 1988-1992 and over the course of those four years it went through two Superboys and two titles, being renamed The Adventures of Superboy in the third year. While the series was still popular after its fourth season, it ran into rights issues leading to its ultimate early demise. And as goofy and random as the stories sometimes were, the show had a certain charm and light-heartedness that was endearing... if you could get past the extremely poor production values and bad writing.
After that mega run of Plastic Man zane, I thought it might be fun to go on a bit of a lengthy detour through nostalgia land. After today's lesser known gem, I plan to spent the next couple of weeks traveling through the land of the Brothers Warner and their many parodies and homages to the characters of DC comics which will take us from 1943 up until the 90's or so. I will leave some of the most recent Warners episodes fro later. But before I get carried away, lets take a look at this quick homage from the 1976 movie, The Pink Panther Strikes Again.
21 May 2013
Although it had its moments, for the most part Plastic Man is not a series I would eagerly revisit. I realize the show set out to be ridiculous and often succeeded, but that didn't automatically make it good. Don't get me wrong, there were elements of the show that I enjoyed such as the villains, Plastic Man's super powers and even the character of Penny, but the 20+ minute running time was asking a lot and resulted in the stories often being stretched too thin. The 10 minutes episodes were often just as solid if not more so than the longer ones because the main difference was that they cut out about 10 minutes of slow paced globetrotting chases.
20 May 2013
Mother of Maui, this was it, the final episode of the series. And leaping luau, there was a demonic gargoyle with a surprisingly gentlemanly voice. This played a lot like an episode of Scooby Doo with a haunted house, secret passages, and even an unmasking - though I think I prefer Daphne to Penny and I would gladly trade Hula for Shaggy. I may be going easy on this episode by saying I didn't hate it, but I really didn't like it. It just felt off. It really was like watching a Scooby homage rather than an original show. Not a great note to end on, but hey, at least I survived another series. Up next, another Plastic man series. Maybe its time for a little detour first...-----
Episode Count: 0372
Series Count: (35 of 35)
18 May 2013
This was the Titans version of a Sesame Street style "kidz" show. Although it was not the most successful effort from the shorts series, it was fun seeing a ton of cameos including one by the ever coy Wonder Girl.
17 May 2013
Greta Grim's crime costume essentially turned her into Inspector Gadget, almost a match for Plastic Man. She actually wanted Plas to try to stop her so she could advertise and sell her costumes after successful getaways. This was another action packed adventure with a much better pace than a lot of the previous adventures. Based on an alternate credit sequence for the final three episodes on the DVD, I am guessing these last episodes were part of a later development cycle which wisely upped the action and the plastic-antics for the better.
Episode Count: 0371
Series Count: (34 of 35)