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GI Joe Public Service Announcements

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In 1970 the Federal Communications Commission, acting under the direction of Congress, adopted new regulations regarding children’s programming. This was primarily done in reaction to Mattel’s “Hot Wheels” cartoon of 1969, which was met with stern opposition by various parental busybody organizations. These regulations effectively had three goals (1) Remove death and violence from all cartoons, (2) Cartoons can not be used as long-form commercials for toys, and (3) any cartoons produced after 1970 had to include educational content.

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RANDOM WANKERY: How does a Pokeball work?

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Pokemon is Science Fiction, just deal with it. It’s set in a parallel world, it’s got time travel, they’ve got limited teleportation, human cloning, and limited anti-gravity. It just is. Granted, it’s inconsistent, SF-lite, but it *is* SF. Moving on:

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There Will Come Soft Rains

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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 12/10/09

"There Will Come Soft Rains" is a short story by Ray Bradbury, first published in 1950 as a standalone, and later compiled into "The Martian Chronicles" as a kind of "Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch" story that's kind of achingly plaintive and sad.

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EPISODE REVIEW: TRANSFORMERS PRIME: Scrapheap

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Wow what a familiar but, satisfying episode. Since I’ll be reviewing Transformer: Prime more than likely I compare it to Beast Wars( best transformers incarnation) and Michael Bays Transformers(worst transformers incarnation). So lets hop to it shall we!!!!!!

    The Recap
    

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MOVIE REVIEW: "Superman/Shazam! The Return of Black Adam" (2010)

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The title of this DVD is misleading because instead of primarily being a Superman-Shazam teamup, it's actually a collection of four DC showcase animated shorts about Captain Marvel, The Spectre, Green Arrow, and Jonah Hex. These mini-features show 2nd-tier DC characters in their own adventures, an interesting idea that DC will hopefully show us more of.

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The Legend Of Korra

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"Avatar: The Last Airbender" is my kids' all-time favorite cartoon, and it's actually one of mine as well. A solidly-defined 'novel for television' (To use the Straczynskian argot) with a definite beginning, middle, and end, the show managed to engage kids and adults alike. The animation was beautiful, as well.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Futurama: “In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela” (Season 6, Episode 1)

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Futurama is back, baby! Yeah! Returned from the dead a second time! Back and better than ever! Well, tawdrier than ever, anyway. That’s something, right? But who cares, it’s back! Back! Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack! Yeah!

I completely forgot about it.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Generator Rex: “Frostbite” (Season 1, Episode 6)

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I think this is my new favorite cartoon. There’s just a lot to like here. The voice acting is good, the music is generally above average, Six is cool, and there’s just a really neat visual style that has a signature different from any other Warners show on the air.

We start out with the normal teaser dustup with an evo, but *not* our normal voiceover from Rex explaining the premise of the show. Doc Holiday warns Rex that he’s overloaded with Nanites, and can’t take any more on, but he does it anyway, and basically metal bits start growing out of him as he collapses in pain.

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