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Disney’s New Ducktales, Early Impressions

8 Oct

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Even after watching five episodes of Disney’s new Ducktales (2017), the character designs in this reboot of Carl Barks product will take some time to get used to. They are not as cute as his designs and with the much beloved cartoon from the late 80’s / early 90’s. The duck family are fine, but the Bugle Boys, I’m sorry but they just too pug-like. My other issue is in replacing the voice of Launchpad McQuack. Terry McGovern is the one and only. Nobody can replace him and the jovial candor he imbued into the character.

McGovern wished the new cast all the best, but he did begin by saying to press, “I am heartsick.”

When news first broke about this remake, I was hesitant. Yes, I wanted to see new adventures. At the same time, I wondered who has the vocal talent needed to succeed in being the next Scrooge McDuck? I grew up admiring Alan Young. This actor provided decades of quality entertainment over the 70 years of being in this entertainment industry. He is the definitive Scrooge, and when he passed away in 2016, I wondered if he ever expressed his opinion on this revival. I’m sure that if he was still alive and saw the finished product, he would give his seal of approval to David Tennant. This natural talent burst into the pop culture scene with Doctor Who and since then, his enthusiasm can be seen in many a product. I particularly loved his work as Fujitoid in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and he’s the perfect choice to continue the Scrooge McDuck legacy.

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The Fun Continues with The Freemaker Adventures. Will There Be A Season Three?

30 Sep

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By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

The team behind making LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures has not only kept to the true spirit of but also added to the mythos of both franchises. The writing is exceptional because it includes jocular nods to the dialogue from the original films and how can anyone not like this construction set? I would not be surprised if Rowan, the lead character, starts appearing in the LEGO Universe video game (if he has not already). Like the new films by Disney/Lucasfilm, this troubled part of a galaxy far, far away shows how other people is affected by an Empire intent on ruling through tyranny.

The video release is coming and my hopes is to see it appear on shelves before the next film in December. The timing will also be right because this month was when season one became available for purchase.

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Don’t Get too Giddy for Guardians of the Galaxy on Disney XD Just Yet

5 Sep

guardians-of-the-galaxy-animated-series-promo-lets-blow-stuff-upBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

The biggest question anyone will have for Marvel / Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy animated series is will it re-create the magic of the movie? In the first couple of minutes the answer, not really. It has the feel of a Marvel Animated Universe product instead of a James Gunn directed film. While there are moments in direct reference to what made the film great, like when Peter Quill aka Starlord turns on his Walkman to listen to “Hooked on a Feeling,” this motley crew has very few issues to iron out between themselves after the events from the film. After a tidy new reintroduction of the main cast, the title card comes on. This series is not a direct continuation of the movie because a few reveals say too much about Quill’s possible future.

In a statement to Empire magazine, Director James Gunn stated that Quill will not be the son of J’son of Spartex.

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The Guardians of the Galaxy Gets Animated for 2015!

10 Oct

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Guardians of the GalaxyThe writing was on the wall six months ago, ever since the cartoon, Avengers Assemble brought on “Guardians and the Space Knights” last April and Ultimate Spider-Man going into space with “The Guardians of the Galaxy” a month after. Although these animations did not feature the voice cast of the movie, die-hard fans who knew what was coming had to wonder. Once when the live-action film’s success was affirmed, Spidey saw the “Return of the Guardians of the Galaxy” with affirmation made today that a cartoon series is in the works and it will debut next year on Disney XD.

The success of the film is what truly cemented this go-ahead. The question of whether or not the film’s stars will lend a voice is iffy at best, but it would be a boon to fans if Marvel Entertainment can reach an agreement with the performers. Since Jay Baruchel is pivotal to the success of both the How to Train Your Dragon films and Dragons, the spin-off TV series, hopefully the producers will see fit to allow both the toon and live action product blend in.

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