Q: Outside of the opening credits to Batman: The Animated Series, what's the most effective opening to an 80s/90s "kids" show? --@chudleycannons
A: You know, Chudley, I like that you went as far as putting the quotation marks around "kids" as though being a 31-year-old who gets up every morning to watch an episode of Jem and the Holograms over a cup of coffee is something that is perfectly normal for my demographic. But there's no shame in my game, friend, so let's talk a little about cartoons and how they open.
There are, of course, more to kids' shows than just cartoons, but if we expanded out into live-action shows, it would just be me spending the next 1500 words trying to figure out why Zordon needed "teenagers with attitude" to fight against a moon-witch, and why that "attitude" mostly turned out to be "helpful and responsible." Besides, I like cartoons. Or at least, I used to. I saw five minutes of Johnny Test yesterday and now I don't know if I like anything.
With just a month between Nickelodeon's first and second Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles seasons, fans haven't exactly been starved as they await the CG animated show's return later this fall. Still, it's been nice to see all-new stories during the interim from IDW. This week's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Animated Adventures #3 by David Tipton, Scott Tipton and artist Dario Dario Brizuela continues to fill the month-long cartoon void with a comics tale involving multiple flavors of brains.
A new launch trailer from Activision and Red Fly Studios offers up a pretty good idea of the fully realized gameplay -- Arkham Asylum-style fighting with four player co-op, lots of weapon-based moves, and one really giant, two-headed mouser. Since it's not a direct tie-in to Nickelodeon's current CG series (or IDW's ongoing comic, for that matter), it bears a distinct visual style to boot. Check it out after the jump.
With all of the fan apprehension over Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman's upcoming 2014 CGI/live action hybrid Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie starring a bunch of dudes wearing inflatable shells with motion capture sensors glued to them and Megan Fox, it's nice to be reminded of the surprisingly rewatchable 1990 film based on Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird's comic book. Thanks to Cinefix's "homemade" (yeah, it's way too good to be made by amateurs, but still) version of the original TMNT movie's trailer, we can all go another afternoon without worrying about a movie where the Party Wagon might transform into a robot that pees on people or whatever. You can get a load of CineFix's handiwork, along with a comparison to the original and a featurette on how they accomplished their various homemade-ish feats after the jump.
It's all been leading up to this. After a season spent unlocking the mysteries of the extradimensional Kraang menace, Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael must rally to thwart the brainy mutagen manufacturers' invasion of New York City. Airing August 8 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hourlong season one finale, "Showdown" will see the Turtles and their allies infiltrate The Kraang's Techno-Cosmic Research Institute HQ in a bid to shut down their portal to Dimension X. Will the band of pizza-loving brothers be able to save the day against an army of brainy bad guys and their nearly-indestructable technology? See what you think by checking out CA's exclusive first-look trailer provided by Nickelodeon, after the jump.
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