Bizarre TMNT Crossover Mixes the 1987 and 2003 Worlds

Posted 11 years ago by Television


I’ve never paid much attention to the more recent TV incarnations of my beloved Turtles (mainly because I don’t watch TV, give me season sets and I would check it out), but this is just too good to pass up. Following a TMNT Top Ten Countdown in September, 4Kids Entertainment is releasing a straight-to-DVD. It looks like it’s actually a crossover between the classic ’87 Turtles and the 2003 (an onward) Turtles.


The video shows Bebop and Rocksteady, robotic Foot Soldiers, and even the classic Turtles themselves rubbing shoulders with the new class. I’m sure this will be some wacky time travel plot, but the fact that it’s going to be feature length is pretty awesome. On the 4Kids site, if you click the image below you’re taken to a “top secret” MP3 file of a very bad 80s Shredder impression. I can’t tell if Rocksteady’s voice is the same or another bad impression, but I guess we’ll find out in the months to come. The suspense is killing me!

Found via Topless Robot

Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960s and 1970s Vol. 1 Review

Posted 11 years ago by Television


Even though I wasn’t born until the 80s, I grew up watching plenty of Saturday Morning Cartoons from the 60s and 70s. In the age of DVD season sets, it’s easy to forget the appeal of sitting down with a bowl of cereal and watching a huge variety of cartoons back-to-back. Well, Warner Bros. has us covered with Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960s Vol. 1 and Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1970s Vol. 1, which are going to be available on May 26th.

Warner Bros. has been putting out some great DVD sets (the Superman box), and it sounds like they have a ton more coming soon. Be sure to check out the official site to find out what else is available.

They were kind enough to send me review copies, so read on for the full review.

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SMC Rewind: Under the Umbrella Tree

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The 90s had more than its fair share of puppet shows on TV, from Eureka’s Castle, to Allegra’s Window, and Today’s Special (Ok, so that was the 80s, but close enough). One show that I always find myself trying to remember is Under the Umbrella Tree.

Under the Umbrella Tree followed the adventures of Holly Higgins, Iggy Iguana, Jacob Bluejay, Gloria Gopher, Louis Bird, and Mitzi the Dog. There’s no main premise, just a bunch of puppets living under a huge indoor umbrella tree. It originally aired on CBC in Canada, but if you’re like me, you caught it in syndication on the Disney Channel.

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10 Retro Shows I want on DVD

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The World of David the Gnome

I fondly remember watching David the Gnome on Nickelodeon all the time. My memories of watching Nick in the 90s makes me think of Grandma’s house, peanut butter sandwiches, Sprite, and Tom Bosley. I’m not one to watch episodes on YouTube, so I would love to have some DVDs of this show. It gets bonus points for such and awesome theme song!


Salute Your Shorts

When it comes to the live action kids shows of the 90s, I think Salute Your Shorts was the absolute best. The characters and stories were cool, it wasn’t trying to be profound at all, and it was just fun. Donkeylips , Ug Lee, Telly, Sponge, Budnick, they were all great. Pinsky is of course in the band Rilo Kiley now with the girl from The Wizard, a double dose of nostalgia. There have been plenty of bootleg DVDs around, but I want the real thing.



I love hearing about my wife’s nostalgia, and Histeria! was definitely her favorite cartoon. It was a great show from the 90s WB era, and the cool thing was that it actually was a little educational. Maybe with Animaniacs, Tiny Toons, Pinky and the Brain, and Freekazoid on DVD now, there’ll be a chance.

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Heathcliff – Rebel Without a Claws

Posted 11 years ago by Television

Part of the fun of enjoying nostalgia is finding out whether stuff you once liked are “rewatchable” or not. Its great when you end up enjoying things more than you did the first time around, like Alf and Fraggle Rock for me. It’s not so great when it turns out like this.


I knew that 80s and 90s television animation was pretty horrible from a quality point of view, but I did not remember them being this bad. Everything from the writing to the sound effects and music is absolutely terrible. But, I will admit I was laughing pretty hard at how bad it was, so I guess in a way that makes it good?? Maybe?


Not so much. Heathcliff isn’t a very likable character, even though he’s voiced by Mel Blanc. And, this episode revolves around Tracer, an evil looking creature that Heathcliff says is a kitten. I think he looks more like a rabbit on meth, or maybe a Chupacabra.

I was going to further discuss this episode, but April Fools! I’m not, because I already had to watch it once, and I don’t want to watch it again. But don’t fret, you can see it in all its glory below.

What shows have you tried rewatching lately? Were you disappointed or delighted?