The Best All Time Longest Running Cartoons to Self-Isolate With

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By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

The Simpsons and South Park notwithstanding, it’s tough to top either as both have been on air for 30+ years now! With most parts of the world in its fifth or sixth week of self-isolating, eventually just I want to do is wish next year is here already! But seriously, if I’m going to be a couch potato, I thankfully have a huge library of television shows–animated and 80’s era shows–to tide my time with. Yes, we can go out for walks around the neighbourhood for a breath of fresh air, but for those people serious in not wanting to be exposed to the virus, it’s better to learn a new hobby to keep the mind and body sharp!

As an animation enthusiast, I’ve seen a lot of cartoon franchises evolve. As new teams gets involved, something is bound to change. I’ll rage about Thundercats Roar later; I’m still trying to decide if I like it.  As new producers try to make something new for today’s viewing audiences, it’s hard to say if they are in touch with kids of today. Perhaps the better question is to ask, are they wanting to remind us of once was then reinvent the premise? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the best example of how these heroes in a half shell has changed. Well, that’s mostly in how April O’Neil looks than the turtles. These teens will never grow up!

My criteria are series lasting for more than but not equal to five seasons. There’s plenty to choose from and instead of a top ten, I’m opting for a top five.

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[Trailer] Crowdfunding Ocassus – A New War on Earth

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By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Hints of what was to be a fan video predating the alien invasion in Macross (Proyecto Valkiria) can still be detected in Cesar Turturro’s Ocassus. This director and executive producer’s original idea to make a fan film was shot down by the Zentraedi forces over at Harmony Gold and in re-imaging his idea, he’s come up with a better story that mixes in traces of District 9 in a war-torn world with Pacific Rim in an epic fight within an action-packed feature-length film which includes a theory that these giants once walked amongst us long ago. Ancient Alien theory is always cool, and perhaps these creatures were once the Nephilim of lore.

This project is seeking crowdfunding to finish the movie. This film is at a halfway point of being done. Ideas need to be expanded upon and the hope is to bring in some added names to give it the recognition this movie deserves. The hope is to have this made for release by the Summer of 2017.

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Macross Delta to see Japanese Blu-ray release!

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

MacrossDeltaPromoThere wasn’t any time wasted it seems to get Macross Delta (マクロスΔ) out the door for home release. During today’s broadcast of Delta‘s first episode, which differed from the preview episode shown in Japan on New Year’s Eve, this episode was extended and had texture touch-ups added to the animation. A date of July 22 was dropped during episode 1 for the Macross Delta series release on Blu-ray and DVD. The company handling the Blu-ray distribution will most likely be Bandai Visual. No other information is available at this time.

One has to hand it to the people behind the marketing of Delta, so far it has worked in Delta‘s favour. And it was because of that marketing that Macross Delta‘s broadcast of April 3rd is also the 8 year anniversary of the original broadcast of Macross Frontier. It is most likely Delta will not see North American release due to rights owned by Harmony Gold USA. Hopefully the company releasing it in Japan will have the foresight to add English subtitles to get around this obstacle. Credit where credit is due, Carl Macek and Harmony Gold USA established Robotech and introduced generations of people to Macross and even gave them their first taste of Japanese animation but Macross has continued where Robotech as a licence has shown little activity over the years animation wise. Robotech we thank you but let’s face it, Macross is here to stay.

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