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Yeah they do, though the frequency that I'm seeing the human faces of Robin Williams, Rick Moranis and Denis Leary on a network that still has "Cartoon" in its logo is troubling. Someone needs to go down to Atlanta to reaquaint the execs to what that word means.

Still, starting back on Monday of this week they've been airing previews of shows that they are going to officially debut next year. Tonight's preview was of "Robot Boy", which seems to be artistically similar to Nick's "My Life as a Teenage Robot", not to mention sharing the Pinocchio plot device of a robot trying to fit in with real human boys that was the crutch of "Teenage Robot" as well as to the short-lived "Whatever Happened to Robot Jones". Actually, to judge it artistically, I'd suggest it follows in the style set by Powerpuff Girls and a bit of the old Astroboy in the designs, and it isn't as clean as the 30s-40s homages as "Teenage Robot". But it seems to be more of an action show than "Teenage Robot". ("Robot Jones" was more of love letter to the 1980s, which probably doomed it to cancellation since I doubt most viewers of the network were even alive in the 80s. Heck, I don't remember much of the 80s.) "Teenage Robot" is more focused on Jenny attempts to fit in with the human high-schoolers, a theme that resonates with the demographic Nick attracts. "Robot Boy", at least from the first ep, focuses more on the battling of other robots, as there even seems to be a major villian who I assume will appear every week. Though this show feels slower, though it may be just the crew trying to get a feel for the show.

Still, it is interesting how certain story themes will wind up being used by several different people in their shows. Look at the similarities to "Juniper Lee", "Danny Phantom", and "Jake Long". (We all know how I feel about Danny, but I admit the show is nowhere near as tooth-grinding as Jake Long frequently is.)

Now tomorrow, Cartoon Network will yet again treat its mission statement as tissue paper as the network will go the Toon Disney route and preview "Power Rangers"... I mean "Zixx: Level Two" (level 2 already?)!

I'll be disappointed if I discover that they cancelled Teen Titans and possibly Justice League for that.


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Dec. 29th, 2005 04:42 am (UTC)
Well, the Teen Titans and possible Justice League cancellations probably have more to do with the big shake-ups that are currently happening in DC Comics. They've never really been part of continuity, but still... if you're going to kill off a character it seems weird to have him still showing up on your cartoon show.
Dec. 29th, 2005 05:13 am (UTC)
Cartoon Crisis
Actually, from everything I've heard from Dwayne McDuffie and Bruce Timm about JLU , they get plenty of freedom to ignore comics continuity (not that I actually know them -- they occassionally posts on boards and lists I read.) To quote McDuffie from a email he sent to TVBarn, "Actually, several members of the Justice League Unlimited cast are dead in the comics, we don't care." their conflicts seem more from not stepping on the toes of other TV shows (such as the Bat-Embargo). Likewise, in regards to the TV embargo, the odds against TT has increased, since Robin was sent to "The Batman" and Cyborg is going to be guest-starring on "Smallville"; he is to be played by "The Amazing Jett Jackson". Anyway, in the case of JLU, I always suspect Cartoon Network abandoned it shortly after becoming Unlimited. Promotion for it was practically nil and they slowly reduced the number of reairings to just the two new episodes once a week at 10pm Saturdays on Toonami, before placing it on hiatus in favor of various anime.

PS: Is it just me, or is "Infinite Crisis" playing out as an extended debate among the writers over whether or not the direction DC went with comics in the 90s was a mistake?
Dec. 29th, 2005 01:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Cartoon Crisis
Cyborg on Smallville? That's really fucked up.

And don't get me started on "Infinite Crisis". Not to say I don't like it, but I could talk about it for paragraph after paragraph.
Dec. 30th, 2005 11:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Cartoon Crisis
With Infinite Crisis, I've broken my boycott of DC's big event comics (as pretty much every comic in their shared superhero universe has been since Identity Crisis has been foisted upon us last year). At least with this last series, there seems to be sort of a dialog going on, at least amongst the writers, if not between them and the fans. Unlike what has happened where they've been wallowing in "So, the drama". (Yeah, too much Kim Possible.) Frankly, I wouldn't have discovered it had it not been dad asking for the series as it comes out (as he is much more a follower of the sequencial arts than I am). However, I haven't picked up #3 yet (can't find it).
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