February 28, 2015

SMF NEWSBREAK

ITEM! DUCKTALES SCHEDULED TO RETURN IN 2017



Mark Buhaj, head of programming and general manager of Disney XD, announced that the channel will be creating a new animated series based on the 1987-90 series DuckTales. You can read the full story here.

DuckTales followed the adventures of uber-wealthy Scrooge McDuck, his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, and crackpot pilot Launchpad McQuack as they went around the world looking for rare treasures and battled criminal forces looking to steal Scrooge's.

ITEM! FIRST JEM MOVIE STILL RELEASED


While not much is given, a still of Jem and the Holograms rocking on stage has been released from the upcoming movie. You can see the full story here.

Jem is scheduled for release in October and is based on the Hasbro toy line and animated series of the same name. The series will be covered in full right here on SMF this September as part of Toy Toons Month.

ITEM! NETFLIX REVIVING INSPECTOR GADGET AND DANGER MOUSE


Netflix will begin a journey into animated programming with several titles slated to released on the streaming service over the next two years. Of note is a new CGI revival of Inspector Gadget in March, and Danger Mouse due out sometime in 2016. You can read the full story here.

Inspector Gadget followed a bumbling cyborg secret agent as he fought against the forces of MAD and, by sheer luck and the help of his niece and her dog, stopped them at every turn. Inspector Gadget will be featured on SMF in August as part of Law & Disorder Month.

Danger Mouse was an anthropomorphic mouse super spy in a parody of the spy genre.

ITEM! NEW DRAGON BALL Z FAN-FILM IN THE WORKS

Non-profit group Robot Underdog released their first trailer for their Indigogo-funded production of Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope. You can read the full story here or check out and make a donation to the production here.

Dragon Ball Z is a sequel anime series adapted from a 519-chapter manga depicting warriors who defend the Earth from a variety of threats, both from the planet and from beyond.

ITEM! WHY DOES SMF SEEM TO BE COMING UP IN THE AFTERNOONS?

To my loyal readers and friends out there, your blogmaster would like to clear up that you aren't going insane, and entries have been going up late for a while. That's due to a number of circumstances beyond my control that prevent me from finishing them in a timely fashion. I'm hoping to catch up and get ahead of myself soon to get us back on a regular posting schedule. But, fret not! While they may be late, updates will still arrive as planned. Stay tuned!

FILLMORE!



 FILLMORE!
(ABC, Toon Disney, September 14, 2002-January 30, 2004)

Walt Disney Television Animation



MAIN CAST:
Orlando Brown – Cornelius C. Fillmore, various
Tara Strong – Ingrid Third, Ariella Third, various
Horatio Sanz – Horatio Vallejo
Lauren Tom – Karen Tehama, various
Danny Tamberelli – Joseph Anza
Kyle Sullivan - Danny O'Farrell, Everett Konquist, Ken Himmelman, various
Wendie Malick – Principal Dawn S. Folsom
Jeff Probst – Vice Principal Raycliff
Don LaFontaine - Announcer



            Crime doesn’t pay. Especially in middle school.


Fillmore and Ingrid on the case.

            In the hallowed halls of X Middle School, the students were protected by the Safety Patrol. Run by Junior Commissioner Horatio Vallejo (Horatio Sanz), the Safety Patrol was responsible for maintaining law and order within the school and ensuring the perpetrators are properly punished. Their primary officers were Cornelius C. Fillmore (Orlando Brown) and his partner Ingrid Third (Tara Strong). Fillmore was originally a delinquent until he was busted by officer Wayne Ligget (Lukas Behnken) and given the choice of serving permanent detention or helping him on a case, which led to Fillmore joining the Safety Patrol. Ingrid, also a former delinquent, was transferred in from a reform school in Nepal after a stinkbomb and piƱata incident, and partnered up with Fillmore after he cleared her name in a case. Together, they took on some of the shadiest members of the student body—often resulting in property damage that would cause Vallejo to lose his top.


Vallejo tries to keep his operation running smoothly.

            Created by Scott M.Gimple, the series was a spoof of 1970s police dramas. While firmly set in the world of a middle school, the crimes perpetrated were meant to echo and emulate major crimes in the larger outside world while keeping them age appropriate for the viewing audience. In response, the Safety Patrol acted as if they were the actual police dealing with these crimes. Some of their cases involved stolen scooters, counterfeit baseball cards, vigilante-like retaliation against bullies, smuggling tartar sauce, illegal frog races, stolen cash-like tokens, and stink bomb incidents.  And much like the police dramas it emulates, Fillmore would do whatever it took to bring his suspects to justice, often causing plenty of collateral damage along the way.


Danny and Karen inspect a crime scene.


            Other characters included Safety Patrol crime scene investigator Karen Tehama (Lauren Tom) and her partner Joseph Anza (Danny Tamberelli) who was trained as a bodyguard; the Safety Patrol’s crime scene photographer Danny O’Farrell (Kyle Sullivan), who served as the series’ primary source of comic relief with his eccentric antics; the school’s Principal Dawn S. Folsom (Wendie Malick), who served as the archetypical image-conscious mayor who was constantly concerned with image; and Vice Principal Raycliff (Jeff Probst), who doesn’t say much but is quick with school facts. All of the characters’ last names were taken from various San Francisco streets.



Joseph takes a witness' statement.

            The series debuted on ABC on September 14, 2002 as part of its ABC Kids programming block. It was the final series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation for ABC as they had begun exclusively making content for The Disney Channel. The series’ theme song was written and performed by Ookla the Mok, while announcing for the series was provided by Don LaFontaine, who was notable as the voice of many movie trailers. After two seasons, the series was ultimately cancelled due to low ratings and was removed from the ABC line-up before it finished its second season. In 2003, Toon Disney began airing reruns of the series and eventually played the final five new episodes that January. Despite its short run, the show had developed a strong cult following.



EPISODE GUIDE:
Season 1:
“To Mar a Stall” (9/14/02) – Fillmore and Ingrid go to Randall, a tagger in solitary detention, for leads on the tagger “STAINLESS” currently defacing the bathroom renovation project.

“Test of the Tested” (9/21/02) – Someone dressed as the school’s mascot steals the S.A.T.T.Y. 9 tests and Fillmore and Ingrid have only 48 hours to recover them before they have to be retaken.

“A Wurm in Our Midst” (9/28/02) – Tony Clementina eagerly accepts credit for the theft of library books while Ingrid is led to new clues on an old case that points to Fillmore.

“Cry, The Beloved Mascot” (10/5/02) – Psychic Alistair Greystone holds the only leads to finding the school’s kidnapped mascot.

“Red Robins Don’t Fly” (10/12/02) – Fillmore learns the outgoing leader of the Red Robins was an undercover Safety Patrol agent and Ingrid is in danger of becoming her replacement.

“Next Stop, Armageddon” (11/2/02) – Fillmore and Ingrid are given convention duty as the train convention is sabotaged and ruined.

“Nappers Never Sleep” (11/9/02) – A reporter is coming to do a story on Duappy, the longest-living virtual pet, when it ends up stolen.

“Ingrid Third, Public Enemy #1” (11/16/02) – Flashback: Fillmore’s partner moves away and Ingrid comes to school, becoming a suspect in a giant stink bomb explosion.

“A Cold Day at X” (11/23/02) – A blizzard and a teacher’s cold leaves Fillmore alone to defend a math final exam from desperate thieves.

“Masterstroke of Malevolence” (2/15/03) – A museum field trip turns into a crime scene when someone defaces a famous painting.

“Two Wheels, Full Throttle, No Breaks” (2/22/03) – Derek Minna starts Boys And Girls Against Scooter Theft who are determined to stop the thefts and replace the Safety Patrol.

“Of Slain Kings on Checkered Fields” (5/10/03) – Someone is out to get Checkmatey, a rapper and the school’s best chess player, before he can participate in the chess tournament.

“A Forgotten Yesterday” (5/17/03) – Fillmore teams-up with his former criminal partner to track down a stolen case of computer disks.

Season 2:
“The Currency of Doubt” (9/20/03) – Tina and Toby’s smoit stash goes missing, leading Fillmore to discover Toby’s massive gambling debts.

“The Shreds Fell Like Snowflakes” (9/27/03) – “The Shredder” is going around shredding people’s projects, and with Vallejo’s second term coming up he’s determined to stop it.

“Foes Don’t Forgive” (10/4/03) – Reformed thug Linus Santiago performs a magic trick making Dewey Hubbie’s robotic dog disappear—and he can’t bring it back.

“South of Friendship, North of Honor” (10/11/03) – Fillmore visits his old partner at his new school and learns that something is rotten with their Safety Patrol.

“Immune to All But Justice” (10/18/03) – Counterfeit baseball cards turn up at the same time the Canadian ambassador visits the school.

“The Nineteenth Hole is a Shallow Grave” (11/1/03) – A past mini-golf incident haunts Fillmore as he goes undercover to unearth shading dealings plaguing professional golfers.

“Links in a Chain of Honor” (11/8/03) – Rookie officer Peter Chestnut has a family legacy to live up to in Safety Patrol, and seems to do so by closing his first case—or does he?

“The Unseen Reflection” (11/15/03) – Terri and Torrey work on projects to audition to be in the next book of a popular series, but each one ends up sabotaged.

“Codename: Electric Haircut” (1/2/04) – A girl disappears from the school entirely while a computer virus is released that can cause major reputation damage to popular students.

“Play On, Maestro, Play On” (1/9/04) – Gaming mastermind “The Maestro” will stop at nothing to get the hot new game system The Ultrabox.

“This Saviour, a Snitch” (1/30/04) – Fillmore is framed for the destruction of Folsom’s statue made out of macaroni.

“A Dark Score Evened” (1/16/04) – Fillmore finds himself having to protect bullies when they begin to be bullied.

“Field Trip of the Just” (1/23/04) – Fillmore is sent after Eric Orben, the prime suspect in the poisoning of the Science Department’s tarantula mascot.