Friday, March 27, 2015

Saturday Morning's Greatest Hits: Heartbreaker & I Need A Lover (1980)

From American Bandstand comes a double dose of Pat Benatar.

First up is Pat's debut hit, "Heartbreaker". After an interview conducted by host Dick Clark, Pat and the band return to cover "I Need a Lover", which was a hit for John Cougar (Mellencamp) a year earlier.

Toon Legends: Mighty Mouse in The Mysterious Package (1960)

"The Mysterious Package" was one of the first shorts Ralph Bakshi worked on for Terrytoons. Mighty Mouse heads off to outer space to rescue some kidnapped children, and finds an intriguing surprise. Not only is Tom Morrison the voice of Mighty Mouse, but he does all the voices.

Rating: A.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Animated World of DC Comics: The Great Kryptonite Caper (1968)

Superboy (Bob Hastings) puts his dual ID as Clark Kent at risk when Lana Lang uncovers a piece of green rock that has a damaging effect on the Boy of Steel in both of his identities, a side effect of "The Great Kryptonite Caper".

Sorry, Lana, but kryptonite is not meant to be jewelry, a fact that Lex Luthor would discover to his sorrow as well, several years later in the comics.

Rating: B+.

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: The Thing meets Bigfoot (1979)

While folks are still trying to verify the existence of Bigfoot, the concept of such a creature would seem to be in the public domain, such that just about anyone could use him in a story.

Hanna-Barbera's 1st attempt had Bigfoot meeting The Thing in this 1979 short.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't some of the instrumental music sound like it was recycled from Super Friends over on ABC? It would've been even better if the Yancy Street Gang, used here as a reincarnation of the Bronto Bunch from Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm 8 years earlier, had stayed out of this story.

Rating: C.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Saturtainment: Foofur (1986)

Foofur spent 2 seasons on NBC, and was the last of three series Hanna-Barbera co-produced with SEPP (Smurfs & Snorks being the others).

Foofur (Frank Welker) has inherited his owner's home, but the executor, a greedy Mrs. Escrow, wants to sell the estate. Adding to the complication is the fact that Foofur engineered the escape of a few furry friends from the animal shelter, and has them stored at the house. Mrs. Escrow and her dog, Pepe, try to expose Foofur's operation, but of course you know it won't work. If this part of the equation sounds familiar, well, it might be derivative of another H-B series airing around the same time, the original Pound Puppies over on ABC.

Never saw the show, so I can't rate it, but we'll leave you with the open:

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: Wonder Wheels and the Studio Steal (1977)

Wonder Wheels roars back into action to chase down a couple of crooks after a million dollars that a small-time filmmaker is using in his latest movie. Sometimes, realism isn't as real as it should be, in "Wonder Wheels and the Studio Steal":

With today's technology, maybe it's time for Wonder Wheels to make a return. What say you?

Rating: B.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Animated World of DC Comics: Superman-Batman: Apocalypse (2010)

You see the title of this movie. "Superman-Batman: Apocalypse". You think, "oh, they're going to fight each other". You wish.

The title is misleading, and that is just the start of the problems. The movie is actually a vehicle to reintroduce Supergirl (Summer Glau) to the DCAU. Based on a comic book story drawn by Michael Turner and written by Jeph "Ear" Loeb, who these days works for Marvel, Kara Zor-El draws the attention of Darkseid (Andre Braugher), who needs a new captain for his elite guard, the Furies. I'm not on board with Granny Goodness having more of a masculine voice (in this case, Edward Asner, reprising from Superman: The Animated Series). Like, wasn't Roseanne Barr available?

Superman (Tim Daly) has his work cut out for him. Not only does he have to teach Kara Earth culture, he also has to deal with his closest JLA allies, Batman (Kevin Conroy) and Wonder Woman (Susan Eisenberg), the latter of whom decides that Kara should train on Themyscira. That doesn't end well. Kara winds up on Apokolips and is brainwashed by Darkseid.

In all, the movie is just tiresome. I didn't read the original story, and it's just as well.

Anyway, in this clip, Superman formally introduces the Amazons to Supergirl:

Yeah, I skipped to the ending, which, again, is just as well.

Rating: D+.