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Dave the Barbarian was great.

 

Also, I just realized that I have access to a Netflix account, so I'm gonna finish up Futurama and go through Wakfu. It's really nice so far. I may just like listening to French being spoken, though. Also Evangelyne and Amalia.

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I saw Big Hero 6 last evening. It was gorgeous and a lot better than I expected, and I was already excited.

 

The short at the beginning was great too.

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I've never liked Teen Titans Go. I don't find it funny, there is no reason why the main characters had to be the Teen Titans, they don't get their characters right at all, and until the show is cancelled there can never be a legit reboot of the original.

 

Trigger warning: Pointless whining

 

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I just watched an episode of Teen Titans Go that was legitimately sexist. It was the "Girls vs Boys" episode that a lot of cartoons do when they run out of ideas. Like all "Girls vs Boys" episodes, they turn the male characters into douchebag strawmen for no reasons besides the story needing them to be douchebags. Then the girls go to beat them in some contest, and the moral of the story is that men are inferior to women in every way possible. They actually say that, not exaggerating.
 
Just imagine the outrage if they swapped the genders. Did they get Misandry Mermaid to write that episode or something?
 
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Teen Titans Go is 95% terrible, there is a rare episode or two where they manage to be funny, but mostly is about the Titans acting like full retards and trying to fix stuff they did.

 

What is sad about most today's toons, is that they see Adventure Time and Regular Show 'randomness' and decide that if they turn that to 11, they will be better shows. And on the other side, we have Disney and Nickelodeon with yet fucking another teen sitcom because everyone LOVES these

 

I remember when we had these:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXHeuRMc6ak

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The only Teen Titans Go episode I like is the one where Robin takes off his mask and everyone falls in love with his sexy face.

 

:pinkiegasm:

 

Me and my dad just watched one episode. He said it was the most retarded thing and asked why the hel they did this to the show, the older was much better.

 

Big Hero 6 is not out in the UK until late January. Good God, it's like they want me to pirate it...

 

Will be out here on Christmas, I dont get why, the dub was already done weeks ago.

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The only Teen Titans Go episode I like is the one where Robin takes off his mask and everyone falls in love with his sexy face.

 

:pinkiegasm:

 

Me and my dad just watched one episode. He said it was the most retarded thing and asked why the hel they did this to the show, the older was much better.

 

Dude, you've read my fanfics. You know what makes me laugh.

 

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So, Sonic Boom. Watched the first episode of that. GENERAL THOOOOOUGHTS

 

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Opening in media res with an action scene is a good move, reminiscent of the first scene in Sonic X and the best one it would have for about half a season. That said, it's not as good. It looks better, but Sonic X had a better setup (huge Robotnik base being infiltrated as opposed to Sonic and Robotnik having a little tussle in a canyon with one robot) and also had the better soundtrack. Sets up the show well enough, but it's underwhelming.

 

The general plot is that Tails gets injured and so Sonic decides to hire a new sidekick. Let's ignore the fact that Tails is perfectly fine within a short period of time, and the fact that the two of them are the best of friends and that Sonic would never do something so drastic in such a cold fashion (he literally just says "you're fired" and walks out the door) and just look at the plot objectively. It's lame and it's been done before. The idea that Robotnik wants to take part is pretty funny, but loses the charm after a little while. And then it's just Tails and Robotnik having a race. At least Sonic X opened with a huge action sequence, an enormous anomaly in time and space, and a race that exceeds the speed of sound. Basically, in that first episode, things happened. In this, it does not feel like things happened.

 

The writing is... haphazard. Sometimes it's alright, and does the job well - there's one joke about Robotnik being tsundere for Sonic that had me laughing pretty hard - but sometimes the thick smear of jokes clearly intended for children is spread. Thick. Some of the lines were bringing out the groans, particularly when Amy is doing her "trying too hard to impress Sonic" thing, and some didn't even make sense. The security camera joke took a while to register to me as an actual joke (there wasn't really a punchline, it was just an out-of-place fourth wall gag.) There was another joke about a parking ticket which... I don't... what?

 

The animation is both good and bad. Good in that the visual quality is strong, the new designs are memorable (and arguably dumb, like MACHO KNUCKLES, but at least memorable and distinct in some regard) and it handles the 3D issues of shading and lighting without anything glaring or feeling out of place. It also brings some good moments when things are moving, such as the "surfboard" race where it pulls a lot of good camera shots. However, the storyboard artist needs to be fired. For any scene where things are quiet or slow, only the simplest of animations or facial expressions are used. They actually do sort of look like puppets in a few places. There's one scene on an ice lake (in the middle of a jungle...?) where every facial expression, every reaction, and every mood made by the voice acting is out of place - Sonic looks angry as he sadly says something, he looks cheerful as he says something suggesting he's frightened, and Tails looks pleased about something he should be annoyed about. It's so distracting. And while it may just be on my end (Youtube videos aren't always the genuine thing) I believe the lip syncing is a rush job and there were times when it seemed to be lagging behind. Oh, and it uses speed lines quite often, which is -10 points in animation bingo for your background artist being too lazy. And finally, there's some fire particle effects in here which are laughably bad. On the whole, looks promising, but pretty much isn't.

 

Characterization is also hit and miss, but probably the best thing it does. Sonic and Tails are fine - it's hard to mess up "cocky teenager" and "geeky younger bro". Knuckles is simple but cool in a funny way, just how lax he is with his posture and his tone of voice. Much more fun to watch than the hyper-aggro-angsty Knuckles from Sonic X. Amy is, well, I honestly don't know. She actually does have some proper personality besides "fangirl" this time, with this snappy way of moving and this enthusiasm and energy to her, but it's also quite overbearing and annoying at times. I'm going to make a tentative thumbs up, on the basis that it's at least better than "I HOPE SONIC LOVES ME" all the time. And Robotnik is hammy and conniving and just fills up the screen whenever he appears. He's pretty fun to watch, especially when he's feeling particularly villainous and turning up the volume.

 

The resolution is reached in about three lines of dialogue and one nice musical cue. Shallow. The moral is something about friendship or whatever. It's rushed, it's dumbed down, and you've heard it a million times before anyway.

 

Voice acting quickfire!

Sonic is alright. Does fine, but sounds unusually old and deep. There's one part that really sucks though - Sonic is drowning and he says "I can't swim" in the most pedestrian, average, not-fucking-drowning-to-death way possible. Flatter than Mr. Game & Watch. Probably more down to direction than the actor himself, though.

Tails is spot on. May be irritating to some, but he's young and enthusiastic.

Robotnik is on the ball as always. His voice always makes me grin. EVIL HAAAAAAAM.

Knuckles and Amy are also okay. Knuckles in particular was pretty good, Amy is either great or awful depending on your tastes.

Orbot is good. Cubot is not. There's a Grounder and Scratch thing going on there, though it's not that bad. They're not in here for long, anyway.

One side character was voiced like Droopy, which was actually kind of funny, but then he appears too often, and it gets old fast.

 

On the whole, it's... pretty mediocre. There's good elements, but there's some obvious parts where the team was lazy and phoned things in. The dialogue is cheesy and most of the jokes not involving Robotnik fall flat, the art style is good but not supported with strong enough animation, the voice acting is poor on the whole with only Robotnik as a standout performance, and the plot is your simple Saturday Morning Cartoon bollocks. The only real thing it brings to the table is superior characterization - Robotnik is hammy and entertaining, Knuckles is more likeable in his two lines of dialogue than he ever was in Sonic X, and Amy is annoying but actually has a personality now. That and some neat designs. But really, that's about it. Probably better than Sonic X on a technical level, but not by a wide margin (and even then, that's only counting the first season of Sonic X - its third season surpasses this.)

 

TL,DR: It's not very good. Nice ideas, poor execution, sticky fingerprints of dumbing down for kids all over the place.

 

EDIT: Episode 2 is about Robotnik crashing with Sonic at his house and being a bad roommate. What the fuck. I guess this one is crossed off the list. Maybe I'll go back to anime or something.

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