08 June 2013

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - New Teen Titans: Bad Day

THE BIG 5-0! Its tough to believe that there have already been so many of these little nuggets and at this point, a third of the shorts belong to the New Teen Titans. Overall, the shorts have been a success and this one is an example of why the New Teen Titans shorts have been some of the most enjoyable. While Slade may be the most memorable Teen Titans animated villain, Trigon was a force to be reckoned with in his epic 4th season arc. Even if its for just a few seconds, its great to see him again and realize he was not forgotten. And doing what TT does best, the short takes one of the most potentially deadly villains of all time and gives him a comedic portrayal. Father of the year, he ain't.

07 June 2013

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - The Abominable Snow Sport

 Its pretty hypocritical for Plastic Man to lecture the "local hero" about cheating in the snow sport competition when he has no problem turning into a submarine or sailboat to finish a race. This was a pretty horrible and pointless episode but on the positive side there was an abominable snow man - so at this rate, it may end up being the series best.
Episode Count: 0374
Series Count: (2 of 13)

06 June 2013

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - Presenting Baby Plas

Strangely, Presenting Baby Plas is the first episode of the Plastic Family  set (as opposed to the Baby Plas episodes) and I have decided to cover the family episodes first. Within the first minute, Baby Plas was indeed presented... as an annoying little nose picker. Also unsurprising was that Plas and Penny were terrible parents who couldn't keep track of their baby. This episode had a much lighter tone than even the previous Plastic Man series. Rather than a crime caper, Plas saved Baby Plas from an evil circus ringleader looking to exploit the baby for his show. Hilarity did not ensue.

05 June 2013

Super History of Superman: Superman: The Animated Series (1996-2000)

After the Dark Knight's legendary treatment in Batman: The Animated Series, it was The Man of Steel's turn to wow the new generation of animated superhero fans. Expectations for the series was certainly high given the acclaim the Caped Crusader had rightfully earned. And while Superman's animated adventures did not quite rise to the heights of the former series, this animated series was wonderful and one of Superman's greatest treatments to date. As far as I am concerned, Superman: The Animated Series is the definitive Superman series in animation or live action. It's the truest take on the Superman that exists in my own imagination.

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - Plastic Family and Baby Plas

After the first year of The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show, the Ruby-Spears production company decided to introduce two additional sets of Plastic Man themed cartoons to the line-up including Plastic Family and Baby Plas. Without ever having seen either, I am not really sure of the difference between these two series other than to say the Plastic Family segments ran about 7 minutes and the Baby Plas about 4 minutes.

04 June 2013

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - Superior Duck

Faster than a speeding building, Superior Duck himself, the Duck of Tomorrow was an homage to the Man of Steel. This 1996 Looney Tunes episode spent the bulk of its 7 minute running time parodying the locomotive, bullet, building Superman schtick with a couple of chuckles. Several other Looney Tuners appeared including Marvin, Tweetie, Taz, and the Roadrunner, but the best cameo of the episode was the appearance by the one and only (though slightly cranky) Superman. While not as good as the classic Stupor Duck, this is still worth checking out.

03 June 2013

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - Two Mice and a Baby

A few months after the 1996 debut of Superman: The Animated Series, the family El got a feature in the Pinky and the Brain series (a spin-off from Animaniacs) tribute to the Baby of Steel in the episode, Two Mice and a Baby. In his latest scheme to take over the world, Brain hoped to raise the infant Kal-El toward his nefarious ends. Pinky and the Brain were a bigger appeal here than Superbaby, since basically all he did was goo, ga, and poop.