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Old 08-17-17, 06:19 AM
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I started watching Schoolhouse Rock last night. I'm really enjoying these songs, and it takes me back to my childhood, when I would watch Saturday Morning Cartoons.
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I've been interested in Pokemon lately, so when I was browsing Hulu, I started watching Pokemon Diamond And Pearl. I enjoyed the first episode, and liked how the first episode focused on a new character, while keeping Ash till the end. The only thing I noticed was the new voices for Ash and Professor Oak. But I'm sure it won't take long to get used to them.
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I started watching Schoolhouse Rock last night. I'm really enjoying these songs, and it takes me back to my childhood, when I would watch Saturday Morning Cartoons.
Those are classic. I didn't watch it much, but those songs tend to stick with you!
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Those are classic. I didn't watch it much, but those songs tend to stick with you!
I didn't realize at the time that there was really good talent involved too. "Figure 8" is sung by one of my favorite jazz musicians, Blossom Dearie, and a few years back I went to a private-residence concert by another jazzer, Bob Dorough, who wrote "Three Is a Magic Number" and wrote and directed a bunch of episodes.
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I've been interested in Pokemon lately, so when I was browsing Hulu, I started watching Pokemon Diamond And Pearl. I enjoyed the first episode, and liked how the first episode focused on a new character, while keeping Ash till the end. The only thing I noticed was the new voices for Ash and Professor Oak. But I'm sure it won't take long to get used to them.
I remember when they changed the voices, hardcore longtime fans (like me and my daughter) were furious. My daughter and I actually met four of the original voice cast and did a joint interview with the actress who plays Ash (hence my attachment to the character, ahem). So we had some investment in that cast. But, alas, I got used to the new voices and have watched the show pretty steadily for nearly 20 years now. (My daughter's interest flagged as she reached adulthood. My inner child, however, never loses interest in this show or Power Rangers.)

New episodes of Pokémon Sun & Moon appear on Disney XD on the weekends. It's not my favorite season, but some episodes are better than others. I really liked the two previous seasons, XY and XYZ, and devoted a blog entry to them.
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Old 08-17-17, 07:03 PM
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I didn't realize at the time that there was really good talent involved too. "Figure 8" is sung by one of my favorite jazz musicians, Blossom Dearie, and a few years back I went to a private-residence concert by another jazzer, Bob Dorough, who wrote "Three Is a Magic Number" and wrote and directed a bunch of episodes.
I find that when the people who make the cartoon/kid's show give it respect, they end up with a much better product. While I didn't realize that they hired real talent for the songs, I'm not too surprised since it holds up so well and is so well loved.

A little off topic, but since I'm the host, I'm going to forgive myself. Anyway, I just found out today that there is going to be a movie called, "Goodbye, Christopher Robin" that is based on A.A. Milne. It's coming out this fall and I'm very excited to see it.
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My 6 year old granddaughter announced yesterday that she *really* likes "Pixie and Dixie," likes "Yogi Bear," and doesn't care for "Huckleberry Hound" - at all. We're watching "The Huckleberry Hound Show" DVDs and I have to skip the toons with Huck. I don't quite get it as, to me, those don't seem that different from the other 2 segments. Oh well...

I've not yet told her I have the "Yogi Bear Show" set. I'm going to break that one to her once we've made it through all the episodes of Huckleberry Hound, which could be this evening. We've been watching several episodes a day since Monday and only have 8 or so left. Since we're skipping the Huck ones it's going much faster than normal.
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A little off topic, but since I'm the host, I'm going to forgive myself. Anyway, I just found out today that there is going to be a movie called, "Goodbye, Christopher Robin" that is based on A.A. Milne. It's coming out this fall and I'm very excited to see it.
I recently heard about that and am totally in. The interesting thing is that Disney also has a movie in development called Christopher Robin starring Ewan McGregor. These things often happen in pairs.
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Old 08-18-17, 03:58 PM
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My 6 year old granddaughter announced yesterday that she *really* likes "Pixie and Dixie," likes "Yogi Bear," and doesn't care for "Huckleberry Hound" - at all. We're watching "The Huckleberry Hound Show" DVDs and I have to skip the toons with Huck. I don't quite get it as, to me, those don't seem that different from the other 2 segments. Oh well...

I've not yet told her I have the "Yogi Bear Show" set. I'm going to break that one to her once we've made it through all the episodes of Huckleberry Hound, which could be this evening. We've been watching several episodes a day since Monday and only have 8 or so left. Since we're skipping the Huck ones it's going much faster than normal.
I watched a documentary on Hanna-Barbera a few years ago and it included a song sequence from a Yogi Bear movie (HEY THERE IT'S YOGI BEAR, 1964, I believe) that was absolutely beautiful and I was so angry that I hadn't known about it sooner and been able to actually watch the actual movie when it aired on TV. (Now I have to pay $2.99 to watch it on Amazon Prime.)
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Old 08-18-17, 08:20 PM
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I recently heard about that and am totally in. The interesting thing is that Disney also has a movie in development called Christopher Robin starring Ewan McGregor. These things often happen in pairs.
Huh, I'll have to keep my eye out for the Disney one. I hadn't heard of it before now, so thank you! I'm a big Winnie the Pooh fan, well, Eeyore at least and enjoy the older cartoons. The newer tv show was a bit weird for me, though.

I also enjoy the Russian shorts (I found them on Youtube) that qualify for at least one of the check list items. Winnie has a very unique voice.
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For those of you with a Roku, another channel you may want to download is this one. It lets you watch the public domain films on Archive.org. There are tons of animated films. The only negative is on the opening screen they ask for bitcoin as a donation but it is NOT required to use the channel.
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Old 08-19-17, 05:33 PM
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I just saw that Warner Archive is releasing a 5 disc dvd set of all the black & white Porky Pig cartoons, 101 shorts, for $48 on Sept. 19th. This is an important release, by any animation fan's standards.

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Old 08-19-17, 10:05 PM
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I just finished a good documentary on dinosaur movies, called Dinosaurs vs Apes: Dinosaur Movies, on Amazon Prime. It covered all of the dinosaur movies from the past, starting with the first cartoon dinosaurs. A large portion of the movie was dedicated to stop motion, with particular focus on both Willis O'Brien, and Ray Harryhausen. One line was kind of comical. In talking about the remake of One Million Years BC, one of the hosts made the comment that if cavemen looked like Raquel Welch, we've regressed.
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Old 08-20-17, 04:10 PM
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Just finished watching Kung Fu Panda 3 and really recommend it if you haven't seen it. It's really cute and made me laugh throughout it. Doesn't happen often when sequels can hold up to the original, and while I wouldn't say this one is better than the first, I'd say it's almost as good.
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Just watched Tower on Netflix twice! My wife walked in about 2/3s of the way through, so we finished it and then started it over. It was excellent! If you get a chance to watch it, it's worth it. A great look at a very tragic event in US history. A very interesting use of animation in a documentary.
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I didn't feel like doing anything on Saturday (heat wave in NYC, plus tiredness from physical therapy for a shoulder problem), so I stayed in and watched nine anime episodes--one on On Demand, two on Disney XD, and six on DVD.

So far I've watched nothing but anime for this challenge, a function of hundreds of anime series DVDs around the house and several series I want to watch on Amazon Prime and Adult Swim On Demand. It's the path of least resistance. I tried watching a Donald Duck cartoon on one of the Disney Treasures sets and I just couldn't stick with it. Unlike Warner Bros. cartoons, Disney cartoons just aren't funny.

I've most enjoyed "Sailor Stars" (1996), the fifth and last season of the original 1990s run of "Sailor Moon." It never played on U.S. TV nor has it ever been available here on disc. Way too kinky for a kiddie show. In it, the Sailor Soldiers (all eight of them--and I believe there's a Sailor Saturn we haven't seen yet) must contend with the Sailor Starlights, sexy female alien fighters who come to earth and moonlight as The Three Lights, three males in an idol singer boy band (pictured below). They all fight sexy alien villainesses who turn prominent figures in the girls' lives into demonic versions of themselves. It's pretty wild, to say the least. I'm up to ep. #24. I watched the first 8 eps. for the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Challenge in July.



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I watched a documentary on Hanna-Barbera a few years ago and it included a song sequence from a Yogi Bear movie (HEY THERE IT'S YOGI BEAR, 1964, I believe) that was absolutely beautiful and I was so angry that I hadn't known about it sooner and been able to actually watch the actual movie when it aired on TV. (Now I have to pay $2.99 to watch it on Amazon Prime.)
My granddaughter liking the show and me not owning this movie coupled with my general completist mentality caused me to order a copy. I hope it's not the usual lame post-series film attempt. I generally don't care for post-series "telefilms" so I don't hold out much hope this will be watchable but the few reviews I've found are positive so...
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I watched the first episode of Dragon Ball Super earlier today when I found the show on Crunchyroll. It could be for a number of reasons, but it didn't actually do anything for me. Which seems odd, as I enjoyed Dragon Ball Z. It could be I just wasn't in the mood for Dragon Ball after all, or maybe the show just takes a while to get going. Or it is even possible that it just isn't as good as Dragon Ball Z. It seemed to completely ignore the events of Dragon Ball GT, as when it signed on it only referenced the final attack by Majin Buu.
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I broke the 50 hour mark today. I'd say I've had a tremendous challenge so far, thanks again this year to DC Superhero movies. Unfortunately, I have now seen almost all of the DC and Marvel animation movies so I will have to find something new next year. Of course, my obsession is finishing the checklists so that I see a wide variety and it hasn't disappointed. I still have a few checkoffs to do but I can take it slower from here on out.
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I haven't counted my hours, but I hit the 100 title mark today. It was a combination of shorts, half hour cartoons, hour long shows and movies.
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I haven't counted my hours, but I hit the 100 title mark today. It was a combination of shorts, half hour cartoons, hour long shows and movies.
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I broke the 50 hour mark today. I'd say I've had a tremendous challenge so far, thanks again this year to DC Superhero movies. Unfortunately, I have now seen almost all of the DC and Marvel animation movies so I will have to find something new next year. Of course, my obsession is finishing the checklists so that I see a wide variety and it hasn't disappointed. I still have a few checkoffs to do but I can take it slower from here on out.
Wow, your both going strong this month! I hope there have been more good watches than bad in there!

Didn't have a lot of time yesterday to watch, so put on Steamboat Willie. It always amazes me how that short turned into such a huge corporation! Don't forget, it started with a mouse!
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Considering the fact that I only had one bad watch so far, and that may even have been due to not being in the mood for that show, I'm pleased.

One of the presents I got for my birthday was a DVD with four Pokemon movies on it. I just opened it up today and watched the first movie on the disc, Pokemon Heroes: The Movie. I've only seen a few Pokemon movies before, so this was a new watch, and I enjoyed it very much. It even had a moving scene that brought a tear to my eye.
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The scene was when Latios sacrificed himself to save the town.
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Considering the fact that I only had one bad watch so far, and that may even have been due to not being in the mood for that show, I'm pleased.

One of the presents I got for my birthday was a DVD with four Pokemon movies on it. I just opened it up today and watched the first movie on the disc, Pokemon Heroes: The Movie. I've only seen a few Pokemon movies before, so this was a new watch, and I enjoyed it very much. It even had a moving scene that brought a tear to my eye.
Spoiler:
The scene was when Latios sacrificed himself to save the town.
I love the Pokémon movies. I used to review them for Animerica Magazine, but when that publication went under, I shifted to reviewing them for IMDB and my blog.

A recent one, GENESECT AND THE LEGEND AWAKENED, brought the crew to Manhattan and much of the action takes place in a highly fanciful version of Central Park:

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I haven't counted my hours, but I hit the 100 title mark today. It was a combination of shorts, half hour cartoons, hour long shows and movies.
I hit the 100 entry mark today too. I finished up a rewatch of Elfen Lied on blu-ray which was the first time watching it in over a decade. It was still good, but old me didn't like it as much as 20s me since it definitely has some over-the-top exploitation elements in a not good way.
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About to watch something that I'm pretty sure no one else here will ever watch, a DVD from a comic book sketchbook about character design and such. Hadn't really planned on watching it yet, but stumbled upon it and figured might as well do it this month.
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