Tools of the Imagination – Return of the King

The Return of the King directed by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin, written by Romeo Muller, music by Maury Laws, released 1980, available on DVD by Warner Brothers Cartoon violence by the same people who brought you Christmas! (Image thanks to Nighthawk News) Finishing up our tour of the pre-Jackson Lord of the Rings series,Continue reading “Tools of the Imagination – Return of the King”

Tools of the Imagination – Transformers the Movie

Transformers the Movie directed by Nelson Shin, written by Ron Friedman, released by De Laurentiis Entertainment in August 1986 The Unsung Masterpiece (image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons) With the domination of the box office by Transformers Age of Extinction – as well as the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Transformers toy line – it seemed aContinue reading “Tools of the Imagination – Transformers the Movie”

Tools of the Imagination – Transformers

Transformers produced by Hasbro and Sunbow Productions, originally aired September 1984 to November of 1987, available on DVD and Blu-ray More Than…The Sum Of Its Parts (image thanks to tvtropes.org) Transformers is a fascinating case-study on art, economics, fandom, and merchandising. Few other franchises, save maybe Star Wars, have faced the same artistic scrutiny asContinue reading “Tools of the Imagination – Transformers”

Tools of the Imagination – M.A.S.K.

M.A.S.K. produced by DIC Enterprises, originally aired from September 1985 to November 1986, available on DVD and YouTube GI Joe meets Transformers…what could possibly go wrong? M.A.S.K. is a classic cartoon from the 1980s cartoon boom that is more fondly remembered than actually enjoyed.  Many of the episodes are recalled with the rose-colored glasses ofContinue reading “Tools of the Imagination – M.A.S.K.”

Tools of the Imagination – Gargoyles

Gargoyles produced by Walt Disney Television Animation, originally aired from October 1994 to February 1997, previously available on Youtube (but seems to have been taken down) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles meets Batman the Animated Series Gargoyles was a remarkable show that is the product of a time and a place in not only the cultureContinue reading “Tools of the Imagination – Gargoyles”