Tag Archives: Reboot

What Cartoon Should Disney Revitalise Next?

25 Jun

Disney PlusDisney is close to running out of their own properties to reboot. With Ducktales and Rescue Rangers being in the forefront, what’s left isn’t much. Not everyone is even aware the chipmunk’s ‘continuing’ Park Life adventures is up to season two. This toon has been out for a while, even before the release of the live-action CGI film. And regarding the zinger at the end of the Rescue Rangers film, and all I have to say is, “Yes, please!”

As for Uncle Scrooge and family, it’s possible to see their adventures continue as feature films. Perhaps we can see them embark on adventures where there’ll be more crossovers. As for Cape Suzette; I’d welcome seeing how Kit is handling the family business beyond the one episode featured. The kids have all grown up, and I don’t recall if that episode said where Baloo von Bruinwald and Rebecca Cunningham went.

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This New Rescue Rangers Dares To Be More Than Meta

24 May

Chip n Dale Rescue Rangers Teaser posterStreaming on Disney Plus
Spoiler Alert

The Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers film can be called a reboot, but I think it’s a continuation. It establishes a broader universe, where many animated characters (from the past 35 years‌) live alongside humans, and they’re mostly movie and television performers rather than real life versions of the cartoon persona.

This ‌meta work knows there’ll be hard critics, and those who grew up watching the classic 90s series will wonder if this release means an all new beginning for the titular pair. To truly hate it is tough. The writing team of Dan Gregor and Doug Mand knew they’d be facing a lot of flak if it did not honour why these rodents are best friends.

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Does Anyone Really Want a Highlander Reboot?

23 May

Highlander (1986) Movie Review from Eye for FilmBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

There can only be one Highlander movie, and that’s the original. This film’s cult appeal lies in the music and how immorality can be a curse. The finer points which included Ancient Celtic beliefs on taking and owning an opponent’s severed head were probably added later. To do so means possessing their power. “The Gathering” these Immortals felt the calling to was not limited to one culture. Whoever survived to become the last gained knowledge to help advance humanity. But they must feel the pain of everyone who died by their blade and face their ghosts. If they survived this trial known as “The Quickening,” then the winner becomes mortal with the powers of ESP.

I’m rather worried that the reboot of this franchise will not live up to everything the original offered. The sad fact is that studio executives wanted to crank out this product as cheaply as possible and hire talents considered hot properties back then. Nothing has changed over the years.

Attempts to reboot the series have had its hurdles. While the original producers seem to be okay with it, not everyone in the fandom community is, myself included.

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YTV’s June 4th, ReBoot with The Guardian Code Reviewed

2 Jun

null15By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Had ReBoot: The Guardian Code been titled anything else, this television program would not have been so derided. This series is available to most fans to see on Netflix worldwide. In Canada, YTV has exclusive rights and no firewall can stop crackers to use a VPN service to see the series online. It will soon broadcast on June 4th for those living north of the 49th who do not as technically savvy.

By not making this new chapter part of a much-beloved part of animation history would give this product a better chance for love. Also, the fact this series borrowed a lot from Code Lyoko did not help. This series did not do justice to those who loved ReBoot, the original series, like myself. Nothing is followed up on. A few real-world details connecting the past to modern day are offered, but nothing is said to explain how computer programmers know about the Guardians. This backstory is the only reason I’m going to continue watching.

Some decades have obviously passed. The location of Mainframe is revealed to be located in the basement of a school, and this fact strikes me as odd. I do not expect such a computer system which is home to Bob, Dot and Enzo to exist there. Perhaps the system they discovered is a backup server; the real one is lurking in some forgotten hallway at Electronic Arts Burnaby.

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Is the Time Right for a Disney’s Gargoyles Reboot?

3 Apr

nullBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

The past few years have shown fond properties remade for a new generation. Duck Tales was one which started broadcasting last year. Now into its second season, Ben10 is going strong. Over the long weekend, ReBoot started streaming on Netflix (USA & other regions other than Canada). Coming later this year is yet another iteration of Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Also on the list is Invader Zim, Muppet Babies and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

In a random conversation with fellow older geeks, one pal suggested TailSpin ought to be next. I feel not every show from Disney Afternoon can make that comeback. If Darkwing Duck can appear in Duck Tales, could a spin-off be coming? My show was Rescue Rangers and it was the reason why I never got any homework done (until much later in the day). Gargoyles was also part, and the team behind crafting this fantastic series did a wonderful job. Not only did it tug at many literary allusions but it also pulled from various mythologies to craft a world that was steeped in folklore. Some were in plain sight, watching the ongoing trials of man, and others preferred to remain in secrecy.

Released over the holiday weekend is a fan trailer recreating a few moments from the opening sequence of Gargoyles. This CGI treatment shows the technology is here to bring this show to the next level. Some shots are from New York City proper, and others are digital. The blend worked very well. However, to nail the perfect voice-over is hard; I kept on wanting to hear Keith David’s voice instead of this poor man’s version. This product is a fan film. I had to disengage some filters. This tease ultimately worked. I pulled out my DVDs and started watching the series again .

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