May 1, 2012

I still like cartoons.

Well, I guess I should say animation, now that I'm all grown up. *chuckle*
But, the point is, I really do still like to watch animated shows and movies. Part of it's is a fascination with the process of hand-drawn animation and the magic that it creates. Part of it's the memory of watching Saturday morning cartoons as a kid, or going to the movies to see the latest Disney feature. Whatever the reason, I still like it.

Now there's a new cartoon-connoisseur in the house (Maddy), and I get to introduce her to the fun, the wonder and the excitement of 'toons. She, of course, has a HUGE Disney collection already, and now the new Disney Junior Channel let's us share some of those great (and not so great) '90s Disney Television Animation shows.

Recently Maddy discovered Disney's "Tarzan," one of the few Disney features I kind of dismissed, forgotten about. But, after hearing the songs on Pandora, Maddy really wanted to see it. So we downloaded it from iTunes and sat down to watch it on Mommy's iPad. Since then we've watched it about six times!

And ya know what? It's a pretty darn good movie! The animation is fluid, dynamic and not overly stylized. There's plenty of action, humor, genuine emotional content, good characters and good voice work too. So, thank you Maddy for bringing "Tarzan" back our house!

I saw over on LA Filmcutter a post about the new Tron: Legacy show debuting on Disney XD. I think David B. and I both have high hopes for this project. I loved the original "Tron" and think "Tron: Legacy" was terrific, so a whole series set on the Grid? Yes, please!

I like the look and feel of the animation. The neon glows, the grid effects, the slow-mo acrobatics from the movie, it all seems to mesh pretty well. PLUS, they have that awesome "Tron: Legacy" soundtrack to key off of as well. Fingers are crossed!

I need to thank Ryan for this last one since he knew I was a fan of "Avatar: The Last Airbender."
I was sorry that show only lasted three seasons, I felt it could have gone on for about three more, it was well thought out, well written and beautifully animated.

But now, those wonderful folks over at Nickelodeon are bringing bending back! Premiering on April 14th, "The Legend of Korra" continues the Last Airbender legacy with a story set 70 years after the death of Avatar Ang. Sadly it's only planned for two seasons (right now), but I'll take it!

The series focuses on Korra, a teenage girl from the Southern Water Tribe and the current incarnation of the Avatar, who, according to the president of Nickelodeon, is "hotheaded, independent, and ready to take on the world". She has already mastered the arts of waterbending, earthbending, and firebending but has yet to master airbending, which she must learn from Tenzin—the youngest child of Aang and Katara. The character was partly inspired by Avatar Kyoshi of the original series, who the creators say was well-liked among fans.
To avoid repetition of Aang's adventures, the show is set in a single place called Republic City, a metropolis inhabited by benders and non-benders of all nations and founded by Aang and Zuko after the 100-year war in the original series. The city's police force practices the art of metalbending—a subset of earthbending—and is led by the daughter of Toph Beifong, who discovered the art in Avatar: The Last Airbender. The city's most popular sport is called pro-bending, which involves a team of benders aiming to knock another team of benders out of an arena using each's own bending skill. 
The conflict of the first season centers upon a group of anti-benders, called the Equalists, who use chi-blocking to subdue their enemies. [via Wikipedia]

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