If you grew up in the ’80s, you know one of the great shows was Jem and the Holograms. Last year, we heard rumblings of a live action movie. Most people were excited but some remained skeptical.
The full length trailer released last night, and it did not go without notice that Universal seems to be taking a different direction from the beloved cartoon with this movie. They’ve modernized and changed the main storyline; my guess is this was done so a new generation can relate to it, since YouTube didn’t exist in the ’80s.
The annual four-day event will be held this year from October 8 – 11, 2015 at the Javits Center in New York City.
John Rhys Davies (Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark and Lord of the Rings) and Jewel Staite (Firefly) are among those confirmed in attendance as celebrity guests, and, of course, they will joined by plenty of comic spotlight guests! The list of guests is sure to get longer as the months progress. After all, it is only May!
While NYCC is not quite as popular or massive as San Diego Comic Con, tickets are still sure to sell out equally as fast for the event.
Last month GeekGirl World watched and reviewedWhite Armour, an edgy Star Wars fan film by James Isacsson and Corie Mills, for Fan Film Friday. Recently, Isacsson (one of the producers and directors) talked with us about the project, the future, and all things Star Wars. Enjoy, and May the 4th be with you!
Geek Girl World: White Armour already has 19,000 views on YouTube! Congratulations! However, for those who haven’t seen it yet, how would you describe the film?
James Isacsson: Generation Kill meets Starship Troopers meets Star Wars. See the side of the Empires Imperial Troops that no one ever told you about.
GGW: We heard that fans and supporters helped bring White Armour to life via Kickstarter. Can you tell us a little bit about your crowd-funding experience?
JI: We operated our Kickstarter for 2 months and had approx 83 backers help fund the film. We spent a lot of our time spreading the word about our film and we funded it 180% over our goal.
GGW: White Armour had a very modern soundtrack. Why did you choose the music that you did? Any favorite songs from the film?
JI: We could not afford to pay composers to write music for our film so we enlisted the help of artists who offered us to use their music for free. We also wanted to do something different compared to all the other fam films we have watched online lately. 1 fav track would be “Fett’s Vette” by MC Chris.
GGW: One of the greatest things about White Armour was the authentic Star Wars wardrobe. Can you describe your relationship with the 501st?
JI: We are in the 501st legion; however, it is to be noted this film is not officially branded as 501st paraphernalia/material. We wanted to include our friends in our film as they showed great interest in the production so that’s what we did!
GGW: Any challenges or interesting stories occur while filming?
JI: We had some last minute location changes from our permit owners which made filming extremely challenging, half the the film was shot in about 3 hours which included setting up equipment, costumes, practical effects etc. The most challenging part of filming was the locations.
GGW: White Armour ends with a very horrifying and suspenseful cliffhanger. Without spoilers, can you give us an idea of what’s to come? When can viewers expect to see the sequel?
JI: We are working on a sequel for 2016 which takes heavy inspiration from the book Death Troopers. That’s all we can say at the moment.
GGW: Are you working on any other projects that you’d like to talk about?
JI: We are working on White Armour II – Death Troopers.
GGW: It’s an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan. Anything in particular that you’re geeking out over? (The new trailer? A comic? A show?) Tell us about it!
JI: Currently reading some EU books and loving them. Also collecting the new Marvel series of Star Wars comics which are great! Enjoying the new fan films that are coming out slowly and helping other people out promote their films now ours is done.
GGW: If you had to describe why you love Star Wars in 10 words or less, what would you say?
JI: There hasn’t been a better story told!
Since 1992, Kevin Conroy’s name has been synonymous with Batman. He has played this iconic role more times than any other actor and has been innovative within the role being the first to voice Batman and Bruce Wayne using separate, distinctive tones. Most fans would agree that when they hear Batman’s voice in their head, it is the voice of Kevin Conroy.
I had the pleasure of sitting down with him at Wizard World Las Vegas this last weekend to learn a little more about this incredible man.
GeekGirl World: How was it to voice Thomas Wayne in Batman vs Robin rather than Batman?
Kevin Conroy: Well, when I do Thomas Wayne, I just um, I sorta age the voice down and it goes into a much more gravely place. I try to get into the wizened, older world of someone who’s lived longer you know, so it’s kinda a head you get into, too, as well as a different voice.
GGW: Were you a fan of Batman before being cast in the animated series?
KC: Oh, yeah! But my only exposure to it had been the Adam West series in the ‘6os and early ’70s which was really kinda campy and more comedic, so it was nothing like what they were going to do with the show. Although I was familiar with the history behind it, I really didn’t understand the Dark Knight series, the dark knight aspect of it.
GGW: Other than yourself, who do you feel has played the best Batman thus far?
KC: Well, I do think the Christian Bale Batman, those films are the closest to the Frank Miller, Dark Knight stuff. Although some people have issues with his voice, I think that the portrayal of Bruce Wayne is the most interesting in those.
GGW: Have you seen the new Superman v Batman trailer?
KC: No, I haven’t had the opportunity to see it yet.
GGW: How about the newly released picture of The Joker for Suicide Squad that was released yesterday? I can show you here.
KC: Oh wow! That’s what’s so interesting about Joker, is that depending on the actor that does it, they find a whole new style about him, you know. When Mark Hamill voiced it, I thought no one would ever be as good as Mark, ever! You know, he just nailed it! But then Heath Ledger came along and did this brilliant, brilliant interpretation of him. So, this guy looks like he will be really interesting, each actor bring such a different take on it, he’s such a flexible character that you can read so much into him. There’s so many different ways of going into that madness.
Kevin Conroy is set to voice Batman yet again in the upcoming Arkham Knight video game. He stated that it is going to be amazing, promised we would all love it, and it will blow our minds! Which is why it is taking so long to be released. I also wanted to give a huge Thank you! to Wizard World and their staff for the opportunity to talk with this living legend.
In 2013, GeekGirl World debuted a feature known as Fan Film Friday (or FFF). Though the segment only included 5 episodes, it celebrated the passion behind fan-made short films that were inspired by all things geeky and wonderful, from Batman to Wolverine. Flash forward to present day! We are going to re-share the old Fan Film Friday videos each week, and new episodes will start up April 10, 2015. If you would like us to review your favorite fan film or perhaps submit a project of your own for consideration, please contact Nicole in the comments section.
An old video does not mean same ol’, same ol’. I want to offer some fresh perspective and fun facts about these oldies but goodies. Though I didn’t mention it in my video, there were a few reasons I made Face Behind the Clown the first FFF. I have been a long-time fan of Batman, but was kind of burned out on all the Dark Knight movies that were coming out at the time, and I didn’t want the Caped Crusader to be the central focus of my review. Additionally, FBtC features my stud muffin boyfriend, Josh Quevedo, in the role of Jonathan Crane. Some thought it was cruel and insensitive that I showed him no mercy in my review, but at least no one can accuse me of being biased or showing favoritism. Sorry, love! Finally, I was present during filming. That scene where the Joker stares out a window at the rain outside? Actually took place in a garage with a hose and a piece of plastic, and I was drenched by take 65397! Brr. Anyway, it was fun to review, and was the start of Fan Film Fridays!
The new concept art for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” was one of the buzziest reveals during this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The monster film isn’t hitting theaters until May of 2015, leaving many fans shifting in their seats with anticipation. And unless you want to pull a Steve Rogers and freeze yourself in some ice until May, you’re going to have to tough it up and wait.
But fear not, Marvel fans! You can satisfy your Avengers cravings with “Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United”.
The occasionally volatile team of Captain America and Iron Man have united in this animated adventure to take down the Red Skull and his trigger man, Taskmaster. Together Captain America and Iron Man attempt to stop them from unleashing a Hydra army, essentially doing what these heroes know best: saving the world.
Voice actors Adrian Pasdar and Roger Craig reprise their roles as Iron Man and Captain America, and Clancy Brown enters the Marvel universe as Taskmaster.
“Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United” is available today through Digital HD, On-Demand and Disney Movies.
Will you be catching the film? Let us know in the comments!
If Transformers means little more to you than your old, childhood Hasbro toys and Shia LeBouf yelling “Optimus!” into an orange sunset, you might be surprised to know that “Transformers: Prime” is a successful, Emmy-winning, computer-animated show that aired on the Hub. Moreover, you might not know that this week the drama continued on the small screen in the feature-length, 90-minute film, “Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising.” Is it more than meets the eye, or a cash grab in disguise?
The story follows our transforming heroes, the Autobots, as they attempt to restore their home planet of Cybertron. Meanwhile, super baddy/agent of chaos/destroyer of planets, Unicron, has all but possessed former oppressor Megatron— using his corporeal body to do evil far worse than even he could imagine. To defeat Unicron, the Autobots must team up with their former foes, the Decepticons and the beastly Predacons.
Predacons Rising actually had quite a lot to offer. Fans of the Transformers franchise will be pleased to hear that Peter Cullen reprised his role as the voice of the wise and noble Autobot leader, Optimus Prime. Children, specifically, will be amused with the dramatic fight sequences that incorporate slow motion and first person points of view. One particularly amazing scene to look out for includes the ZOMBIE-CONS, un-dead Predacons who have arisen from their graves. Meanwhile, an older audience can appreciate the themes of good vs. evil vs. REALLY evil. As Megatron muses, “Who to root for? The lines have certainly blurred.”
The Blue-Ray + DVD Combo Pack is unfortunately quite light on special features, only including a look behind the scenes of Predacons Rising. However, the spotlight on the animation team, Polygon Pictures, was quite enjoyable and added a real-life element to the robotic and sometimes bland world of Transformers.
Over all, I would recommend Predacons Rising to fans of Transformers and children. As someone who hasn’t watched the Prime series, it was easy to follow. Unfortunately, I wasn’t terribly invested in the story line. While there were enough cool fight scenes and dramatic quotes to hold my attention, it was fairly forgettable. Much like the toys of my youth and the Michael Bay popcorn flicks that filled my summers, Predacons Rising is an adequate way to spend a rainy afternoon, but that’s about it. I give this one a 6/10.
Confession: my knowledge of Robot Chicken is dwarfed in comparison to my adoration of DC comics. (Hey, you try bring a poor kid with no cable! It’s like living in a cave! I didn’t even get wifi until last year! But I digress…) My point is, while I was only vaguely aware of Robot Chicken’s cult following, I had never seen an episode of the Emmy-winning show. Still, I was really excited to see how some of my favorite comic book characters would be portrayed in this Adult Swim and DC Comics collaboration that originally aired in 2012 but hit stores July 9, 2013.
The result was 22-minutes of stop-animation madness— but in the very best way! The story focuses on the misadventures of the Justice League of America (JLA, holla!), which is comprised of some of DC’s most beloved heroes, such as Superman and Batman. And Aquaman, I guess. Not surprisingly, the King of the Seven Seas doesn’t feel well-appreciated, and things get dicey when he goes to meet up with a clan of evil villains, headed by Lex Luthor!
Through out the special, there are hilarious spotlights on ridiculous characters that (sadly) really exist in the DC universe. There are also some running jokes that had me laughing every single time— they never got old! Quite possibly, the scene-stealer of the whole show was when the dudes in tights decide to flirt with babes at the bar… in costume. It’s so awkward and obscene, but still delightfully amazing.
The two hours of special features on the Blu-Ray definitely make owning this Blu-Ray worth it. There are a lot of fun segments that include the folks “behind the scenes,” such as “RCDC’s Aquaman Origin Story” (where you’ll hear hilariously conflicting stories about who was the brains behind the project) and “5.2 Questions” with the director and producers. I appreciated that you could tell the cast and crew were all super fans of the DC universe, but weren’t afraid to make fun of it, in the same way that only *you* can make fun of your little brother. The entire gang was amazing, including splendid direction from Seth Green (I love you Oz!) and fun voice talent from Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, and Alex Borstein, among others.
Overall, I had a lot of fun watching “Robot Chicken: DC Comics Special,” and would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the show, loves comics, or just wants a good laugh! However, a warning to the faint of heart or children— this special definitely pushes boundaries and might not be appropriate to sensitive or younger audiences… but it’s all in good fun! While, it might not be for everyone, it was definitely a hit with me. “Robot Chicken: DC Comics Special” gets an 8 out of 10!
Enter the GeekGirl World Giveaway to win a free copy of the The Aquabats! Super Show! Season One! DVD! All you have to do is leave a comment on this article identifying one of the Aquabats’ song lyrics I use in my review. A winner will be selected at random on May 28, 2013. Good luck!
In each episode, the Aquabats, led by the M.C. Bat Commander (Christian Jacobs), find themselves pit against a new, colorful, and bizarre rival, one that is often 1/2 classic movie monster, 1/2 a child’s sugar-induced day dream. Some seek vengeance, like Man Ant, an abandoned ant in a suit, hell-bent on ruining picnics. Other baddies are simply misunderstood, like “Tweaky Bird Thing,” a confused and cranky mutant chicken. Alas, many, like Space Monster M, just want to destroy the planet! Thank goodness the Aquabats are around to save the day, often to the sweet upstrokes of a musical beat, and sometimes with a “Learning and Growing” moment that teaches a cute lesson.
Amusingly, the “episodes” even feature hilarious and over-the-top faux commercials made by the fictional company Gloopy. Fans who have seen the Aquabats perform live might remember the commercial for “Handi Gel,” an all around yucky lotion/gel that comes in a leaky bag— perfect for moisturizing while on the B-Ball court. Handi Gel and the other bizarre products featured during the “commercial breaks” are one of my favorite parts of the show. They are completely weird and I love it. It’s not unusual for the Aquabats to find “A CARTOON” airing on a teeny tiny television screen in the middle of an adventure. Naturally, they stop everything they’re doing and watch! Meanwhile, the audience is transported to an anime-styled cartoon featuring the Aquabats in separate journeys across space. Some of the strangest hijinks occur when the Aquabats are in animation-form. The random, odd-ball fun is completely enjoyable and endearing.
Combining corniness, camp, mischief, and magic, the show manages to amuse children and fun-loving adults alike. Rudies skanked for joy when they discovered Netflix had made the show available to customers earlier this year. However, if you’d like to check out super rad Bonus Features like Blooper Reels, commentary on the un-aired pilot, and behind the scenes shenanigans, you’ll have to pick up the The Aquabats! Super Show! Season One! DVD when it hits stores May 21, 2013. The second season will begin airing on June 1, 2013 on the Hub, so stay tuned to your Idiot Box, kiddos! After 13 episodes of sheer delight, it’s very easy for me to give The Aquabats! Super Show! Season One! a solid 8/10.
Chris Voigt, has already created a buzz on YouTube with his animations on his own channel SexuaLobster. Now, he’s teamed up with Machinima’sHappy Hour channel to bring us Space Adventure Legend Quest, a series about a space crew who find new and creative ways to pass the time while traveling through the infinite abyss. The first episode already has over 100,000 views. With Episode 2 premiering today, I got the opportunity to chat with Chris about animation, and just exactly what we are in for with this new series.
Ari – When did you start sketching/drawing comics?
Chris – As soon as I could clutch a crayon in my talons.
Ari – What animation style and/or creators have had the most influence on your work in either traditional comics or animation?
Chris – The artist who has had the most influence on me is easily Akira Toriyama, the creator of Dragonball Z. When I first started animating, my style was embarrassingly similar to Toriyama’s. But, I grew out of it.
Ari – How did you get interested in Flash animation?
Chris – I was studying “Multimedia”, whatever that means, and it was one of the programs I was introduced to. I’d tried making cartoons previously with scanned drawings, but it was a frustratingly slow process.
Ari – Are you completely self-taught and what books would you recommend to others interested in animation?
Chris – No, I have a Bachelor degree in Animation. I don’t think I had the right mindset to study animation outside the framework of a course and get very far. I had to be forced to learn things that in retrospect I’m glad I know. For example, life drawing. I hate doing it, but it really improved my drawing. If you want to be good at animation, even as a hobby, go to life drawing classes. Like many animators, I think that the best book to start you off is The Animator’s Survival Kit by Richard Williams. Also, Burne Hogarth’s anatomy books really helped me.
Ari – Do you prefer working in the digital medium and/or what are your favorite tools to use for artwork?
Chris – Actually, I almost never draw on paper now. I probably should do it often, but after 10 hours of animation I never feel like it. I find the Flash brush tool is adequate for sketching though.
Ari – How would you classify your brand of comedy?
Chris – Absurdism, I guess. I collaborate with other writers for my non-SALQ films, most often with my friend Peter, so I think what unifies my films is the animation rather than the writing, which I think is pretty diverse.
Ari – What is the idea behind Space Adventure Legend Quest? (Kind of reminded me a little of Sea Lab 2021 on Adult Swim, but in space. LOL)
Chris – Those early Adult Swim shows showed me that you could make an engaging show that is worth watching with only a limited number of poses. I mean, I knew it was possible to make a show with about 5 drawings, but I’d never sat through more than 5 minutes of the Flintstones or Scooby-Doo if you know what I mean. I don’t usually use this technique for my films, so it was fun to try it out with SALQ. Plot wise, it is set in the distant future when Earth is no longer habitable, and a colony ship with the last surviving humans are searching for a new planet to live on, but the guy in charge has different priorities.
Ari – Can you give us a brief character breakdown of the main cast on Space Adventure Legend Quest?
Chris – No. Just kidding. Captain Drake is egotistical, chauvinistic, reckless and vain. He likes soaking in hot water and is bitter his singing career never took off. The Lieutenant is intelligent and competent, and cares passionately about the mission. The Sergeant isolates himself physically and mentally from the rest of the crew and wanders around in a tracksuit. The Cadet is easy going but not very forceful and likes the Captain a little bit too much.
Ari – The Lieutenant is not only the voice of reason, but comes off as a strong character, what was the inspiration behind her?
Chris – I wanted to have a strong female character who is not defined by her relationship to males in the show, but given that she is the only female character I’m not certain if I’ve succeeded as she generally reacts to them. In episode 5 the Captain puts a soft porn calendar on the wall and she burns it. I thought it was ok because she wasn’t accepting casual sexism in the workplace but when my girlfriend saw it she said I was making her act like a stereotypical angry feminist. I guess I have a lot to learn about portraying a strong woman who isn’t cliché.
Ari – What kind of fine oil does Captain Drake use on his mustache, and has he ever thought about waxing?
Chris – Aah, I’m glad you asked. The Captain has a limited supply of rare, highly illegal walrus grease. Wax is good for special occasions and wax parties but it is too rigid and unbending for everyday moustache activities.
Ari – What’s next after Space Adventure Legend Quest, and will you continue doing animations under SexuaLobster?
Chris – Actually, I regret starting animating under the name SexuaLobster. When I registered my YouTube account in 2006 I had no idea it would become a place where so much of my energy would go towards. I probably should have picked a more appropriate name. I’ve got a pilot show called Ragemelon – Plump and Juicy coming out on the Happy Hour channel on Monday. I also have a music video called “Rectal Computer” that will go up on my channel sometime in the next week.