The Final Words of Thorin Oakenshield

   Of all the animated specials in the 70's, The Hobbit has to be one of my favorite. It severely oversimplifies the book, but it is a genuine work of art and one that I've been enjoying since it was released by Rankin:Bass in 1977. It was this animated special that introduced me to J.R.R.… Continue reading The Final Words of Thorin Oakenshield

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It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

   As an aficionado of animation, or cartoon nerd if you must, this classic is is one of my all time favorites. I cannot believe that it is 52 years old this year. Yep, in 1966 the world was treated to this tale of Horror. OK, it's not horrific, but it does tell an incredible… Continue reading It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

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Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest

   I thought this was just going to be a simple re-dressing of the current Avengers series, and in essence it is, but it seems like they retooled the entire format of the show to spotlight the Black Panther. Black Panther was one of the highest grossing films of the year, so it stands to… Continue reading Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest

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Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1994)

   While the 1994 animated Spider-Man isn't my favorite version of the character, it really encapsulated what it is to be Peter Parker. The stories were solid, even though the designs were simplified for a lower budget animated show. I fired the first episode up this morning and was moved by how well it served… Continue reading Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1994)