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Community Spoofs G.I. Joe

NBC’s hit comedy sitcom will once again use the medium of animation in order to spoof another franchise, this time around it’s the classic 1980s animated action series G.I. Joe. The episode is scheduled to air on April 3 at 8 PM, but was already presented during a PaleyFet panel dedicated to the show last Wednesday, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

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NYCC Interview: Chris Wofford talks about AcidFree Gallery Limited Edition Prints

Chris Wofford from AcidFree Gallery and the Sold Out Glow-in-the-Dark Voltron Print by Todd Slater

ToonBarn’s Marc Morrell was on the New York Comic Con Show Floor to talk to Chris Wofford, CEO of AcidFree Gallery, makers of Limited Edition Licensed Prints from franchises such as Transformers, G.I. Joe and Voltron.

AcidFree Gallery's Transformers Foil Prints by Tim Doyle

Chris was also one of the panelists at the Voltron 30th Anniversary Preview Panel because there will be a special 30th Anniversary Voltron Print coming out in January from AcidFree Gallery.

RetroCon Recap and Neil Ross Interview

RetroCon Recap and Neil Ross Interview

RetroCon! While the name tells you that it is a convention about everything “retro”, it is really a celebration of a time when there were some really cool things for people to get excited about. That time, in the 70’s and 80’s, when cartoons were still hand made, in 2 dimensions, and voice actors were not well known, like they are today.

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RetroCon, now in its second year, is a one-day convention, which took place on Saturday, September 14, 2013, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. After last year’s successful debut, they moved it to a Saturday, added a Preview Dinner on Friday Night for pre-registered ticket buyers, and topped it off with a special screening of the 80’s classic movie, Back to the Future, at the Regal Theater in Oaks, PA. Special guests included veteran voice actor, Neil Ross (see our interview below), Don Fullilove, who played Mayor Goldie Wilson in the first two Back to the Future movies, G.I. Joe writer – Larry Hama, Angry Video Game Nerd – James Rolfe, Cinevore Studio’s Michael Licisyn & Matt Conant (Living in 8 bits, Nerd vs Geek), and The Nostalgia Critic – Doug Walker. This year’s RetroCon also included 3 panels, a Costume Contest for both kids and adults, and prizes that were raffled off every hour.

G.I. Joe Beats the Croods in the Box Office

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DreamWorks’ The Croods originally gave the studio a chance to get out of the rut that it’s been stuck in since the Rise of the Guardians’ poor box office performance, with the Caveman-themed feature managing to climb to the top, but Paramount’s action-packed movie loosely based on the hit Hasbro action figures, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, proved to be strong enough to knock the CG flick off the top spot, as it made an estimated $51.7 million at the US box office over the weekend.

NYCC Interview: Actor Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr has contributed so much as an actor to the animation industry that he should have a statue of each of his characters erected in a Phil LaMarr Hall of Fame Gallery. This Hall of Fame would take up the space of 50 football fields, at least. That’s how much acting and voice acting work Phil LaMarr has done. Here is a bucket list of the characters you MUST SEE, if you want to call yourself a Philophile:

G.I. Joe: Renegades Season 1 Vol 1 DVD Comes Out This June

G.I. Joe: Renegades Season 1 Vol 1 DVD Comes Out This June

On June 5, 2012, Shout! Factory will release the first 13 episodes of the popular Hasbro animated series in a collectible 2-DVD set. The DVD set will retail for the MSRP of $19.93. Aside from the 5+ hours of action-packed G.I. Joe: Renegades action, the first product run of the DVD will also include a Movie Cash offer that gives people a chance to see the upcoming major motion picture G.I. Joe: Retaliation starring Bruce Willis and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

G.I. Joe: Series Two DVD scheduled for 2012

G.I. Joe: Series Two DVD Scheduled for 2012

As one of the most popular cartoon titles (and toy figures) back in the 80s, G.I. Joe holds a special place in our pop culture. The recent live action adaptation and cartoon remake, has given the current generation a chance to enjoy the franchise again, but there is something great about the original series that no modern remake can ever match, and that’s not nostalgia speaking.

The Ultimate Weapon is M.A.S.K. The Complete Original Series

The Ultimate Weapon is M.A.S.K. The Complete Original Series

That’s right, it’s a flying car. As far as I’m concerned, this shouldn’t be an animation at this point – it’s 2011, where’s my real-life flying car! At least I know the folks behind M.A.S.K. understood where I’m coming from! Thankfully, the folks at Hasbro and Shout! Factory do, as well, as they’ve teamed together to release M.A.S.K. The Complete Original Series on DVD. Not only is the series chock full of really cool adventures and some great animation, there’s a high number of scenes with flying cars. Don’t believe me? Check out the screen gallery right here, and see for yourself!

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