Author Archive

Thundercats: The Complete Season 2 (Part Two)

by JerryvonKrameron October 21, 2008
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!

by JerryvonKrameron October 20, 2008
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)

by JerryvonKrameron September 19, 2008
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

by JerryvonKrameron August 22, 2008
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

by JerryvonKrameron May 6, 2008
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

by JerryvonKrameron April 22, 2008
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

by JerryvonKrameron April 6, 2008
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

by JerryvonKrameron March 14, 2008
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

by JerryvonKrameron February 18, 2008
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

by JerryvonKrameron February 8, 2008
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 […]