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Author: Marc Morrell

I am a Big Fan of all types of animation. Like a lot of things, the cream always rises to the top. My favorites have included Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Rebels, anything Pixar, Phineas and Ferb, Voltron Legendary Defender, and the DC/WB Animated Films. I have a lot of Old School favorites as well, such as Star Blazers, Voltron, Looney Toons, Tom & Jerry, and Scooby Doo.

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #18: Woody Woodpecker

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #18: Woody Woodpecker

Being one of the oldest cartoons on this list, there were many versions of Woody Woodpecker. In the beginning (1940), Woody was completely insane, as if he had been made from the Daffy Duck mold. He also looked too thin, his beak was long, his feet were large, his face was goofy, and his feathers were the dull Technicolors. Over the years, he was drawn slightly different each time, and he matured into a smart, clever bird, with an almost pleasant personality.

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #19: G.I. Joe

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #19: G.I. Joe

You just couldn’t get more patriotic in a cartoon than in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. The principles of fighting for freedom, never giving up, and always being there to defend our country really resonated with kids in the 80’s. It didn’t hurt that no characters ever seemed to get hurt amongst all that action. To top it off, at the end of every episode, there was a PSA which taught a special lesson related to that episode, finishing with the words, “Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.”

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #20: Underdog

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #20: Underdog

Underdog was certainly a formidable hero. Similar to Superman in many respects, he had a reporter girlfriend (Sweet Polly Purebred) and an alter ego (Shoeshine Boy), and he changed into his costume (U on the chest with a cape) in a Phone Booth. He always spoke in rhymes, which made it easy for kids to quote him all the time. His most famous quote is “There’s No Need to Fear, Underdog is Here.”

20 Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs of All Toon Time

20 Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs of All Toon Time

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Yes! That’s right cartoon theme song fans! From the beginning of Toons on TV, we have scoured the memory banks of every database to find any known conceivable mention of an animated TV show that was made for kids… and which has a video that has NOT been removed from YouTube. So, this list will NOT include any adult-oriented cartoons like Family Guy, The Simpsons, Beavis and Butthead, or the like. This list is also only for those cartoons that had at least a 1-season run as a series on TV. Yeah – no movie themes here.

Voltron Force: Flash Form Go! Review

Voltron force: Flash Form Go!

I’d like to start this week’s review by saying you can thank my son for last Thursday’s Episode (Voltron Force: Episode 8: FlashForm Go!). Obviously, he didn’t write it. And he didn’t do any of the animation… or the voices…or the music…or…you get the picture. But the idea for it came from him and thousands of other Voltron fans out there (including me:from old Voltron), who have all been wondering the same thing. Since it seems to take awhile for Voltron to form the 5 lions into one large hero, what would happen if they were attacked by an enemy in the middle of putting Voltron together? This episode answers that and it also puts this series on the next level. We’ll talk about what this means for Voltron fans, from the old series to the new one, after we see what happened to the Voltron Force and the inhabitants of the Planet Arus on a typical day on the farm.

Voltron Force: Lion Riders Return Review

Voltron Force: Lion Riders Return Review

Voltron Force takes a road trip to Planet Ariel to complete a Goodwill Mission to spread the message to everyone that Voltron is back and is fighting against Sky Marshall Wade’s oppression within the Galaxy Alliance. The seventh episode of the new Voltron Force series (Voltron Force : Lion Riders Return) has taken the Lion Team somewhere where they can spread the word about Voltron. This is an important step, to be sure. It appears as though we can see a direction for future episodes of Voltron Force, in which we will learn more about Voltron’s ancient origins and how Vince is connected, as well as seeing Voltron in the public eye, as a Defender of the Universe against the likes of Sky Marshall Wade and King Lotor. Let’s find out how well this trip to Ariel went for our brave crusaders.

Nickelodeon’s Voltron Force: Hunkyard Review

Nickelodeon's Voltron Force: Hunkyard Review

Did you ever think, there’s just not enough Hunk in your life? Well, this episode (Voltron Force: Episode 6: Hunkyard) satisfies your Hunk craving. From the old Voltron series of the 80’s to today’s Voltron Force, it seems as though Hunk never got a whole lot of attention. That’s all changed. After this episode, it appears as though Hunk may be the one member of the original 5 that the Cadets trust the most. How does he achieve this status? By taking the cadets to the Hunkyard; a region of Planet Arus where scrap machines go to die.

Voltron Force: Joyride of Doom Interactive Review

Voltron Force: Joyride of Doom Interactive Review

The Producers of Voltron Force promised us that Joyride of Doom would be a game-changer in the Voltron Force Series. They weren’t kidding! If you were thinking this is your old Voltron, and/or just rehashed as Voltron Force, you were sadly mistaken about a great many things. Back in 1984, were you able to simultaneously watch Voltron and send tweets back and forth with the Producers of the show, getting instant information about what you were watching? No! Back in 1984, could you have had complete access to the same episode you watched, less than 12 hours later, either on the web or downloaded to iTunes? No! Back in 1984, could you spend the whole week in between episodes debating with people all over the world about whether King Lotor will ever get over his obsession with Allura, because you are connecting with people through Facebook, Twitter, a thousand blog sites, and most importantly, ToonBarn? No! This whole interactive experience is a game-changer, not to mention the Toys, Video Games, Conventions, and other good stuff that is coming with this franchise. DON’T CALL IT A TV SHOW! It’s much more than that. Take a look here at reasons why

Voltron Force: the Voltron Formula Still Works

Voltron Force: the Voltron Formula Still Works

After my 8-year-old son and I finished watching NickToons’ Voltron Force (Episode 4: Coran, Coran) on Thursday, he said something to me that was very profound about the show, and true of a lot of shows in general. ┬áHe concluded that there is a distinct formula in these shows that is simple, yet effective. (1.) The Evil Villain starts the show by hatching a diabolical plan to put an end to our hero. (2.) Our hero spends most of the show in turmoil, fighting insurmountable odds at every turn, as the Evil Villain continues to have the upper hand. (3.) Just as the Evil Villain appears to strike the final blow, our hero, through the use of teamwork, special skills or powers, and clever thinking, defeats the Evil Villain’s plan, but not permanently keeping the Evil Villain from doing more harm in the future. (4.) Our hero has triumphed over the Evil Villain, and our hero feels he has learned something and become better from the experience, but remains vigilant, knowing there will be more conflicts yet to come. So does this formula hold up over time? And will it work in tonight’s episode?

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