31 December 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - Craft (Rocket)

Looks like fun. Maybe I will have to swing by the store on the way home, either that or invite Wonder Woman over for craft time.

29 December 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - Vibe: Enter Extreme-O Part One

Vibe had a spectacularly 90's feel epitomized by the title card. Was it fun watching Vibe dance? Sure, am I hoping for a ton of these shorts or a "spin"-off series. I don't think so. The indication of To Be Continued hints that maybe this is a two and done proposition.

28 December 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - De-Coder (Evil Spirit)

First off, sweet bikes. Second, I am kinda surprised that talk of evil spirits was allowed on the airwaves back then. Maybe that's why it had to be coded.

27 December 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - The Ghost

You know those three ghosts that hitch a ride with you in the Disneyland Haunted Mansion ride? Well, I think they were in this episode as members of the Ghoul Jury led by Judge, Jury, and Gentleman, Jim.

26 December 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - The New Adventures of the Wonder Twins: Be Kind, Rewind

This final in the series of parodies was pretty classic, not only for taking a jab at the Weekend at Bernie's series, but for having the get together we always wanted: the Wonder Twins meeting Wendy and Marvin at the video store. I suppose the Twins incestuous tendencies are a little  understandable considering they were named after literary lovers TarZAN and Jane(a).

25 December 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - Stowaways

 Remember kids, never stowaway. You may think it will "be a gas," but the Wonder Twins may not be there to save you from the natural consequences of your actions. I suppose another lesson may be not to take a small boat out in rough water without stowaways because they actually saved the sea captains life. And even though the adventure was at sea, the twins went for the perfect run of eagle - water bucket for their final solo outing... that is until Jayna busted out her flying fish routine. Of course, a flying fish is more practical than say.. a bird for flying.

Episode Count: 0290
Series Count: (58 of 60)

24 December 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - Safety (Seat Belts)

Emcee Superman was a hit at the party, but it was his after party reminder to buckle up that will land him the next gig.

22 December 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - MAD Presents That's What Super Friends Are For

Yes, by now I feel that the MAD presents shorts are coming too frequently. At least the shorts selected have been among MAD's best, but I hope its a few weeks before another one gets picked. Another problem I had with this particular short is that nearly half the running time was trimmed from the original short for the DC Nation airing. In the original, before the song began Batman was ordering Plastic Man to get him a drink and he couldn't even remember his name. The context makes the song a bit funnier.

21 December 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - The Protector

 In the name of protecting the seas, a villain calling himself the Shark (though that's Captain Shark to his crew) was up to no good. Now I can't tell if the Shark was wearing a skintight full body suit or if all he was wearing was underwear, gloves, and a cape, though it appears as though the later was the case. In the end, the Shark, Captain of the S.S. Shark, was captured by sharks. Oh the irony.

Episode Count: 0289
Series Count: (57 of 60)

20 December 2012

Most Anticipated Superhero Shows of 2013

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2012 was perhaps the greatest year yet for superheroes. Marvel's the Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises were the two biggest movies of the year, each surpassing a billion dollars in worldwide box office receipts. Spider-Man was successfully relaunched and even C-listers Judge Dredd and Ghost Rider were given  the chance (though they were not successful) to relaunch potential film franchises. The found footage film Chronicle was another bright spot in the genre paving the way for the success of lower budget films. DC churned out three more animated films with Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 proving that the film line hasn't yet run out of tricks. So can 2013 top this past year? Perhaps not financially, but there are a ton of projects worth getting excited about. Let's countdown the most anticipated new superhero shows of 2013...

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - Health (Fitness)

Introducing Aqua-perv.

19 December 2012

First Look at Young Justice's Mongul

A new trailer for Young Justice Invasion has revealed the return of  Red Volcano and the debut of Mongul. Catch it while its hot.

Green Lantern Animated Series - Season 1.5 Preview!

Green Lantern returns on January 5th and here is a new tease of what to expect, including the return of Atrocitus and a greedy Hal

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - Time Rescue

If a time machine lost someone in the future, I would probably not "rush" to their rescue. But this episode still ended up being pretty amazing with its own version of a Mos Eisley-like future cantina full of scum, villainy,  bizarre voices, and little guys that looked like Orko. A totally idiotic story, yes, but still a fun one to watch.

18 December 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - Magic (Untearable Napkin)

Wet or not, I am pretty sure I could rip a napkin.

17 December 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - De-Coder (Sunshine)

I would have guessed the decoder clue would have been either "magnet" or "planet" but after 14 episodes, they finally decided on a clue that had nothing to do with the preceding episode. Maybe those other words were deemed too hard.

15 December 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - New Teen Titans: Blackfire's Babysitter

On its own, the short is fine. The Happy Mother's Day message at the end is laugh inducingly ironic. But for fans of the Teen Titans animated series, this was a real treat. Blackfire only appeared in a pair of episodes, but sort of disappeared with no real resolution. She was last seen trying to force Starfire into marrying the very same alien Glgrdsklechhh who fathered her children. Even though I was not a huge Blackfire fan this tie back to the series was much appreciated and enjoyed.

14 December 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - Will the World Collide?

In answer to the title that should surely make all Jeopardy fans happy, the answer is "No."

13 December 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - The Runaways

After decorating a float for Metropolis Day, the Twins rescues some teen runaways from a super creepy guy who offered to "put them up for the night." Luckily the dude just wanted some robbery accomplices. Luckily the old trusty giraffe slide made for a great escape. 

12 December 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - Safety (Safety Equipment)

Once again, Aquaman emerged from a conveniently located swimming pool in order to deliver his lesson. Where he got his own set of catcher's pads, I know not.

11 December 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - The Marsh Monster

Watching this episode I felt like I was watching either Scooby Doo or an animated version of the Clue movie. I kept waiting for the Marsh Monster to "do it" with a Scooby Snack it the study. Seriously, we has secret passages, a haunted mansion, and mask removals. Zoinks!

10 December 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - Health (Eye Care)

Aquaman used his super ability to make a little girl cry.

08 December 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - Animal Man: City

The inclusion of Darkseid was a nice treat and I enjoyed Animal Man's hummingbird impersonation, but this one was just otherwise okay. I just didn't find it that funny watching a poor guy get chewed out out seconds before his demise at the clutches of a parademon.

07 December 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - Cable Car Rescue

 If your cable car ever gets stuck, I wouldn't recommend attempting to fix it yourself by climbing hand over hand down the cable. Maybe that should have been the subject of one of the safety spots. Taking Atom along seemed really pointless at first, but that was before I realized he could apparently fly and carry a full grown man while in tiny form. He also had super "atomic speed,"  sonar confusing "atomic vibration," and seemed to spray pixie dust. Why not just let him turn into a parachute if you are giving out powers or let him stop time? Strangely, his size changing power never really came into play.

Episode Count: 0284
Series Count: (52 of 60)

06 December 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - Craft (Piggy Bank)

Not one of the best crafts unless you want a stinky and crappy looking pig wasting space in your house. Sorry Aquaman, that's not "recycling," its still trash.

05 December 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - De-Coder (Mummy)

At least this decoder was a bit challenging. Synonym for quiet or nickname for mother (mum) + not you but rhymes with she (me). And while I am pretty sure this puzzle was still solvable by anyone, I have to stop and wonder once again, what's the point. Yeah, there was a mummy in the last episode. So what?

04 December 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - The Mummy of Nazca

"With the strength of a thousand daddies," the Mummy proved more than a match for form of a gorilla but not for the combined force of the Super Friends.Well, actually, they never really stopped the mummy, in the end he rode a rocket ship back to his home planet... really.

03 December 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - Dangerous Prank

You know what would be a good prank? Dressing up like Bigfoot and scaring your friend on a ski slope. Just remember that costume is due back by 5:00. In other words, this was another stinker.

Episode Count: 0282
Series Count: (50 of 60)

01 December 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - Animal Man: Beach

This has to be my favorite Animal Man short so far. Not only did it include Black Manta, one of my all time favorite DC villains, but it was also very funny as it depicted AM's devastation at having failed to save a sand castle for a crab. Buddy Baker's fish style entrance was also classic. It may have only run for 30 seconds, but this was another flawless effort.

30 November 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - Safety (Construction Sites)

Remember kids, its an unsafe world out there. Don't play in construction zone, at least not without a hard hat.

29 November 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - Frozen Peril

The creature from the black lagoon reject, dubbed Sculpin had the dastardly idea to freeze all of the world's oceans in order to transport water to the deserts. What a fiend, trying to solve world famine without asking permission from the Super Friends.

28 November 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - Health (Dressing for Rain)

 Thanks for the tissue Superman, how 'bout a lift?

27 November 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - Tibetan Raiders

This is one of the worst of the series. After a plane split in half Lost-style over the Himalayas, some racist Sherpa stereotypes stole the planes tail section. Why? Because it was there I guess. Luckily Flash brought a shovel along to super-speed dig out the plane from an avalanche. And that was a wrap on this bomb.

Episode Count: 0280
Series Count: (48 of 60)

26 November 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - Magic (The Disappearing Glass)

Another decent diversion from Aquaman. If you attempt the trick, just watch out for where that dropping glass lands.

24 November 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - MAD Presents Teen Titanic

I thought there were a couple of really hilarious lines in this one; Raven on the ship's bow and Aqualad's trick were both classic. I also got a kick out of Robin sketching Beast Boy. Perhaps the MAD to non MAD ratio of shorts is beginning to get out of whack, but so far I haven't minded the reuse of the shorts since they have been reasonably funny. 

23 November 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - De-Coder (Shrink)

Shivering - ivering + rink. That Robin sure is a genius... then again he wouldn't be shivering if he wore more than panties when he went skiing.

22 November 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - The Tiny World of Terror

The Super Friends voluntarily submitted to shrinking in order to more efficiently find the involuntarily shrunk scientists.  Not sure that was such a good idea, but I guess it all worked out in the end. Why they didn't just call in the Atom? or stay big and use their eyes? or at least keep one friend big to guard the machine? I am pretty sure Aquaman could have handled that frog a lot easier if he wasn't the size of a bug. That goes the same for the near lethal encounters with wasps and spiders.

21 November 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - Prejudice

In this very special edition of the Super Friends, it was form of a geyser to the rescue. I actually do respect the show for making a decent message about racism without going way over the top. Kudos.

Episode Count: 0278
Series Count: (46 of 60)

20 November 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - Safety (Poison Plants)

After Wonder Woman warned the boys not to eat the weeds from their yard they invited her to stay for dinner. She just laughed it off. I would have said, "I think I will pass on the yard salad."

19 November 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - The Man-Beasts of Xra

 Including man-beasts is always a plus even if Xra is a person not a planet. 

Spotlight on Huntress - Update

Next week, Huntress will smash her way onto Arrow and some fresh images have hit the web.

Before she was a heroine, Huntress was the name of a DC supervillain, but the first heroic Huntress made her debut in 1977 in All Star Comics #69. Helena Wayne, daughter of Bruce Wayne and Catwoman would bear the name until Helena Rosa Bertinelli was introduced in 1989. The modern version would not be Batman's daughter but would fill in as Batgirl and as a member of the Birds of Prey.

17 November 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - Super Best Friends Forever: Grounded

Since the first two Super Best Friends Forever shorts focused on Wonder Girl and Batgirl, the third time around was Supergirl's turn to shine. The spunky Kara Zor-El took the chance to give cousin Kal a super wedgie when he tried to enforce her grounding. Even if it didn't hit the high bar of the Batgirl episode, this was another cute short keeping SBFF at the top of the pack.

16 November 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - Health (Tanning)

Hi kids, mind if I watch you tan? Oh, and no mention that tanning may lead to cancer.

15 November 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - The Day of the Rats

Black Vulcan was actually pretty cool especially when he opted for pants. Sadly this one was another time that an exterminator would probably do just as well as a team of superheroes.
Episode Count: 0276
Series Count: (44 of 60)

14 November 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - Magic (The Mysterious Egg Trick)

This was a terrible trick that required an accomplice to palm the egg into the purse. At least Robin got to be the lead for once with Bats playing backup.

13 November 2012

Onscreen History of Electro

The interweb has revealed the likely identify of the villain in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to be the electrifying Electro. Electro first zapped his way into Spidey's life in 1964's Amazing Spider-Man #9 and has been a mainstay in Spider-Man media ever since. As a founding member of the Sinister Six, Electro is one of the better members who has yet to make his live action debut.

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - De-Coder (Laser Beam)

Lay + sir + beam. Yes, there was a laser beam in the last episode.

12 November 2012

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - The Lionmen

This one certainly started strong with the Orange Lantern looking Lion-X of the Lionmen and his cadre of alien companions including the return of a Swamp Things look-alike. They wanted to slice and divide Earth like an orange.

10 November 2012

Watch Mumbo's Return in Leaked Teen Titans Short

Remember how DC Nation was unceremoniously removed from Cartoon Network a month ago? Well a morsel of good news is upon us as the CN Youtube channel has posted the delayed New Teen Titans: Titanimal Kingdom short featuring the return of Mumbo. This sequel to Bunny Raven is available now:

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - New Teen Titans: Turn Back the Clock

After a lackluster short in Stream of Consciences, the New Teen Titans were back in top form. Turn Back the Clock not only brought back a fan favorite villain in Mad Mod, but jam packed the brief 1-minute running time with delicious eye candy. As time waves passed, the modern team was redesigned for the 90's, 80's, 70's, and 60's with the short concluding with the Titans of the future (here for more pics).