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Thundercats: The Complete Season 2 (Part Two)

Edward D. Wood Jr. is often cited as the worst filmmaker ever to commit his vision to celluloid, and pictures like Plan 9 from Outer Space and Glen or Glenda are so insanely bad that it is difficult not to watch them with a morbid fascination. These and other films are so stunningly awful they […]

"The Cult of Cartman": Preach It, Brother!

After reading Scott Summers’ review of The Cult of Cartman: Revelations, which contains some of the best episodes from the past few years, I felt compelled to write a riposte in defense of South Park. But first a quick qualification: I know the review is concerned with the Cult of Cartman set but this should […]

Thundercats: The Complete Season 2 (Part One)

The New Thundercats For years, season 2 of Thundercats has been something of a holy grail for UK fans. While US viewers got to see all 130 episodes of the show in its original 1985-6 run and then in re-runs on Cartoon Network, here in the UK the show simply finished somewhere around the end […]

Spongebob's Atlantic Squarepants

Ever since he became a so-called “pop culture phenomenon”, I’ve had trouble placing SpongeBob Squarepants. So I’m going to begin my review of this DVD-release of the feature-length episode, Atlantis Squarepants, with a question: Who is SpongeBob‘s target audience? Is it, like its spiritual predecessors Ren & Stimpy and Rocko’s Modern Life, a show for […]

The Classic Caballeros Collection: Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros

It was 1942. After the unprecedented success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves in 1937, Disney had put out three further feature-length films: Pinocchio, Fantasia and Dumbo. Although these films garnered critical acclaim at the time – and went on to become all time classics of animation – they struggled to break even at […]

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 6: Cowadunga

As I’ve said before, revisiting the sacred cows of one’s childhood can lead to mixed feelings. For me, in the case of Thundercats, it was worth it. Yes, that show has its undoubted flaws, but I can forgive them; it has just enough virtues, and I’ve enough warm, fuzzy feelings, to smooth over the cracks. […]

"South Park: Imaginationland": ... Than Are Dreamt of in Your Philosophy

South Park is a rare breed of television show for more than one reason. It manages to savagely satirise both the Left and the Right while still occupying a politically avowed position. It’s an animation show that is plainly only for adults. It still maintains the capacity to shock, no matter how outrageous it becomes. […]

"The Chronological Donald, Volume 3": Another Side of Donald Duck

The Chronological Donald, Volume Three, part of the Walt Disney Treasures seventh wave, rounds up the Donald shorts made between 1947 and 1950, featuring twenty-nine in total, right from where volume two left off. There are two DVDs, which, as is customary for a Treasures release, come in a nice silver tin box complete with […]

"Disneyland: Stories, Secrets and Magic" Is Another Disney Treasure

Disney continues to roll out its impressive Treasures collection, now in its seventh wave, with this two-disc set about the vision, planning, building and opening of Disneyland in 1955. As with all of the Disney Treasures sets, Disneyland: Stories, Secrets and Magic is very stylishly presented, coming in a silver double-DVD case that is itself […]

"The Aristocats": Making Money the Old Old-Fashioned Way---Inheriting It

In hindsight, 1970 was a strange time for Disney. The great man himself had died in 1966 during the making of The Jungle Book. The films that followed (Robin Hood in 1973 and The Rescuers in 1977) have long been considered second-string releases and, fairly or not, are less well loved and fondly remembered than […]

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