Tom and Jerry: The Chuck Jones Collection

Review by KC Carlson There are a lot of good reasons to recommend Tom and Jerry: The Chuck Jones Collection, the new two-disc collection from Warner Bros. The first is right there in the title — it’s all of Chuck Jones’ Tom and Jerry cartoons, whether as a producer, director, writer, or various combinations of all three. There are 34 cartoons in all. In fact, except for two notable non-T&J omissions, this set represents all of MGM’s theatrical cartoon releases […]

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960s Volume 1

Review by KC Carlson In preparation for watching this excellent idea for a cartoon set, I made sure I went to bed the night before wearing my footie pajamas (the ones with the penguins), got up really really early, trudged downstairs with my blanket and pillow in the dark to spread out on the floor in front of the TV, made myself a big bowl of cereal (Rats! No Fruit Loops or Cocoa Krispies!) — making sure to bring the […]

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Schoolhouse Rock! Earth

Schoolhouse Rock! Earth features 11 new songs and one classic about the environment. Contents * “Report From the North Pole” Panda bears sing about melting icecaps, and a “cub” reporter (get it?) visits other animals threatened by climate change in a non-musical section. * “The Little Things We Do” Mr. Morton and Pearl return with their son Norton and cat Orton (sigh) to demonstrate how small changes can help reduce energy consumption and global warming. It’s a nice picture of […]

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The Zeta Project Season 1

Review by KC Carlson Former killer robot and spunky gal-pal make good! The Zeta Project is one of the lesser-known WB Animation/DC Comics projects. Lead character Zeta was spun off from a second season episode of Batman Beyond. The series first aired on Kids’ WB beginning in 2001 and ran — sporadically — for two seasons. It initially struggled to find an audience, but since then it has become a worldwide cult classic. As introduced in the Batman Beyond episode […]

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Catching Up on Leverage

The problem, for me, with good stuff is that I put it off until I have time to enjoy it. (Mediocre stuff, that’s easy to buzz through without having to pay full attention.) Soon, I’m several weeks/issues/episodes behind. On the plus side, that means I can give myself a mini-marathon. That’s how I found myself watching four episodes of Leverage and looking forward to more. The Stork Job A couple is trying to adopt a baby in Serbia, only to […]

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The All-New Super Friends Hour: Season One, Volume 2

Review by KC Carlson I pretty much stand alone from my comic book peers in their love for Super Friends. Me, I don’t really get it. Perhaps it’s because I’m a few years older than most of my comic friends. When these episodes of The All-New Super Friends Hour first aired in 1977, I was a junior in college and had pretty much stopped watching all TV (except for SNL and SCTV) since 1975. I had wrapped up my Saturday […]

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Swingtown

I really liked Swingtown. I’m not particularly nostalgic for the 70s, especially not the chemically created clothing fabrics, but I enjoyed the characters and their interactions, and for a show that included wife-swapping, the messages were surprisingly positive. But before I get to those, the basics: Swingtown ran from June through September 2008 on CBS. It featured three couples in the summer of 1976: The Millers, played by Molly Parker and Jack Davenport. They married young, just out of high […]

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Leverage

So, did you check out Leverage on Sunday night? The second episode, “The Homecoming Job”, airs tonight at 10 PM on TNT with this description: “Leverage Consulting & Associates opens for business as the crew reunites to help a reservist who’s been wounded in Iraq by private military contractors.” The mercenaries are refusing to pay for his medical care, so the team gets involved. I was pleasantly surprised by it, enjoying it enough to keep watching. Timothy Hutton does a […]

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