July 31, 2023



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Best known as the creator of the Pee-wee Herman character, around which he built Pee-wee’s Playhouse and portrayed him on three episodes of Sesame Street. He also played Mr. Herodotus in Hercules: The Animated Series, Dennis in the Teacher’s Pet film, Sir Malachi in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012), and Couch Dracula in Pickle and Peanut.

July 29, 2023



(Nicktoons, January 23-November 29, 2009)
Noxxon Entertainment Inc., Toonz Entertainment, First Serve International, Liberation Entertainment, EVA Finance GmbH, Marvel Entertainment


Steve BlumWolverine/Logan, Vanisher/Telford Porter, Vindaloo/Venkat Katregadda, Berzerker/Ray Carter, Fever Pitch, various
Susan DalianStorm/Ororo Munroe, Dr. Kavita Rao
Jennifer HaleJean Grey, Boom Boom/Tabitha Smith
Danielle JudovitsShadowcat/Kitty Pryde, Tildie Soames
Tom KaneMagneto/Erik Lehnsherr, Professor Truett Hudson
Yuri LowenthalIceman/Bobby Drake
Nolan NorthCyclops/Scott Summers, Colossus/Piotr Rasputin, Pyro/St. John Allerdyce, Berzerker
Liam O’BrienAngel/Archangel/Warren Worthington III, Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner, Nitro/Robert Hunter
Roger Craig SmithForge, Hellion/Julian Keller, Kamal el Alaqui
Fred TatascioreBeast/Dr. Henry “Hank” McCoy, Hulk, Blockbuster/Michael Baer, Juggernaut/Cain Marko, Harpoon/Kodiak Noatak
Kieren van den BlinkRogue/Anna Marie
Kari WahlgrenEmma Frost, Magma/Amara Juliana Olivians Aquilla, Dr. Sybil Zane, Kristie Nord
Jim WardProfessor Charles Xavier, Rover the Sentinel, Warren Worthington II, Dr. Abraham Cornelius, Sentinels


            Wolverine and the X-Men was the third animated series based on the X-Men family of comics by Marvel Comics. It was the first and only production by Toonz First Serve, a partnership between Toonz Animation and First Serve International to secure enough funding to approach Marvel about doing the series. Developed by Craig Kyle and Greg Johnson, the series focused on the X-Men disbanding after an explosion at the X-Mansion seemingly killed Professor Xavier (Jim Ward) and Jean Grey (Jennifer Hale). However, within a year, Wolverine (Steve Blum) decides the team needs to reform in order to deal with government-sponsored mutant cops called the Mutant Response Division, the mutant-hunting robot Sentinels (Ward), Senator Rober Kelly’s (Richard Doyle) Mutant Registration Act, Magneto (Tom Kane) trying to incite a race war from his new island kingdom of Genosha, the Brotherhood of Mutants causing chaos, and prevent a dystopian future (based on Days of Future Past) that Xavier found himself in from occurring. With Xavier found to be in a coma, Cyclops (Nolan North) despondent over Jean’s death, and Storm (Susan Dalian) in Africa, Wolverine takes the uncomfortably unfamiliar role of leader as he recruits his X-Men.

Wolverine leads Nightcrawler, Iceman, Storm, Cyclops, Emma Frost, Beast, Angel and Shadowcat.

            The show began life as a Wolverine solo series until it evolved into its final form. The stories and character designs took greater inspiration from the comics of the past decade, as well as cues from the 20th Century Fox live-action film series about to release its 4th entry, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. While Wolverine and his team—comprised of Cyclops, Storm, Beast (Fred Tatasciore), Iceman (Yuri Lowenthal), Shadowcat (Danielle Judovits), Forge (Roger Craig Smith), Emma Frost (Kari Wahlgren) Angel (Liam O’Brien) and eventually Nightcrawler (also O’Brien) and Rogue (Kieren van den Blink)—dealt with troubles in the present, Xavier was trying to survive the future with his allies—Bishop (Kevin Michael Richardson), Berzerker (Blum), Domino (Gwendoline Yeo), Hellion, Kamal (both Smith), Marrow (Tara Strong), Polaris (Liza del Mundo), Vanisher (Blum), and a reprogrammed Sentinel named Rover (Ward)—while searching for clues to send back to his past to try and prevent it from occurring.

Magneto always ready to make trouble with the likes of Domino, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Blob, Mystique, Toad and Avalanche.

            Wolverine and the X-Men debuted on Nicktoons on January 23, 2009, airing its first two episodes back-to-back before rerunning on Nickelodeon two days later. Before it even aired, development had begun on the second season, with associate producer and writer Joshua Fine stepping into the supervising producer role exited by Kyle when went to go work on the first Thor film. Plans were in place to continue on from the new terrible future the series ended on based on the Age of Apocalypse storyline, as well as lead into potential crossovers with The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (which Fine was also heading up) and The Spectacular Spider-Man. New character designs were shown off at Comic Con 2009 and things reportedly got as deep as a full season bible and the first eight episodes being written. Unfortunately, work came to a grinding halt when Toonz First was unable to secure the full funding they would need. The idea of Marvel funding it themselves was floated, but as new owner Disney sought to starve Fox of any new adaptable content over their refusal to give up the licenses they acquired during Marvel’s more precarious financial situation, it was promptly nixed and the show was allowed to just end. A decade later, that situation would resolve itself as Disney acquired Fox, allowing Wolverine and the X-Men to be featured on the streaming service Disney+. Could it lead to a revival like X-Men: The Animated Series’ with X-Men ’97? Time will tell.

July 22, 2023


Howdy, folks! Just thought I'd update you all on why updates seem sparse this month. Unfortunately, life has happened between work, health and family issues. Work is progressing--slowly. I don't have a timetable on when we'll get back on track, but do continue to follow our socials on Twitter, Facebook and Spoutible for new Saturday morning-based comics, new episodes on Saturday morning, various Saturday morning related news, and--hopefully sooner than later--updates to the site.

Thanks for your patience!

--Your blogmaster.

July 21, 2023



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The legendary singer made two appearances on Sesame Street.

July 08, 2023


 We're at the halfway point as we reach the shows turning


 Seems like only yesterday, but nope--these shows are turning


 Our 3rd week of anniversary celebrations leads us into


(Disney XD, May 26, 2013-February 24, 2019)
Marvel Animation



Adrian PasdarIron Man/Tony Stark (season 1-3), Bruto the Strongman/Bruce Olafsen
Mick Wingert – Iron Man/Tony Stark (season 4-5), Doctor Faustus/Johann Fennhoff
Roger Craig SmithCaptain America/Steve Rogers, Torgo, Great Gambonnos, Grim Reaper/Eric Williams, J.O.E.Y., Radioactive Man/Dr. Chen Lu, Nightmare, Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes, Orka
Travis WillinghamThor, Bulldozer/Henry Camp, Brok, Trickshot/Buck Chisholm, Growing Man, Executioner/Skurge
Laura BaileyBlack Widow/Natasha Romanoff, Gamora (2nd appearance), Darkstar/Laynia Petrovna
Fred TatascioreHulk/Bruce Banner, Thunderball/Dr. Eliot Franklin, Volstagg, Ringmaster/Maynard Tiboldt, Crimson Dynamo/Anton Vanko, Nightmare Ultron, Black Bolt/Blackagar Boltagon, Crossbones/Brock Rumlow
Troy BakerHawkeye/Clint Barton, Loki, Doombot, Red Guardian/Alexei Shostakov, Whiplash/Mark Scarlotti, Kraven the Hunter/Sergei Kravinoff
Bumper RobinsonFalcon/Sam Wilson, Human Cannonball/Jack Pulver



            It took 36 years for Marvel ComicsAvengers to get their own animated series, with the short-lived Avengers: United They Stand. It only took another decade for them to get not one, but TWO more shows. The first began development in 2008 as a pitch for a solo Hulk series—his fourth, counting The Marvel Super Heroes shorts and the live-action CBS series—but was decided to expand the focus to the entire team. Developed by Ciro Nieli, Joshua Fine and Christopher Yost, The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes took heavy inspiration from the comics run by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby—going so far as to emulate the original line-up of Iron Man (Eric Loomis), Giant-Man (Wally Wingert), Hulk (Fred Tatasciore), Thor (Rick D. Wasserman) and Wasp (Colleen O’Shaughnessey), initially—while also blending in later stories and elements of the burgeoning Marvel Cinematic Universe. The series debuted on Disney XD on September 22, 2010, and then joined the channel’s Marvel Universe programming block alongside new series Ultimate Spider-Man in 2012.

Earth's Mightiest Heroes (top) vs. Avengers Assemble.

            After two seasons, Marvel decided to cancel EMH in favor of a retooled show that would bring things closer to the MCU’s depiction in The Avengers film. Avengers Assemble was developed by Man of Action, who were given control over the final 12 episodes of EMH, and featured the film-inspired line-up of Captain America (Roger Craig Smith), Iron Man (Adrian Pasdar & Mick Wingert), Thor (Travis Willingham), Black Widow (Laura Bailey), Hawkeye (Troy Baker) and Hulk (Tatasciore), with newcomer Falcon (Bumper Robinson) serving as the entry point for the audience.

Thunderbolts? Assemble did it first.

            Avengers Assemble debuted on Disney XD on May 26, 2013, airing as part of the Marvel Universe block. It was joined by and shared a continuity with Ultimate Spider-Man (as well as its replacement, Marvel’s Spider-Man, when the former was cancelled), Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. and Guardians of the Galaxy. It ran for 5 seasons, with seasons 3-5 receiving the subtitles Ultron Revolution, Secret Wars and Black Panther’s Quest, respectively (a trend all of Marvel Animation’s shows would follow after reaching a 3rd season). Assemble would feature crossovers with its fellow shows, as well as a variety of characters from across the Marvel universe (excluding the X-Men, although some of their villains did appear). While starting out from the MCU, the quicker production schedule of an animated series vs. a feature film slate meant that Assemble often introduced characters before the MCU did; such as Falcon, who wouldn’t debut until Captain America: The Winter Soldier the next year, and characters the MCU yet couldn’t, such as the Fantastic Four (whose rights were tied up over at 20th Century Fox until Disney bought them in 2019).

Bring on the bad guys! Two established MCU villains, two future ones, and one not yet seen.

            All of the Marvel Universe programs were cancelled in 2019 due to internal restructuring at Marvel. Marvel Television, under which Marvel Animation operated, was a separate division from Marvel Studios, which handled the films. It was decided to fold Television into Studios under the stewardship of studio head Kevin Feige, who became the Chief Creative Officer of Marvel as a whole. Television’s output was either outright cancelled or allowed to wrap-up as Marvel Studios began looking into developing MCU-connected content for Disney’s new streaming platform, Disney+, and the Animation division was extremely pared down in favor of the all-new Marvel Studios Animation. Assemble would continue to be rerun on Disney XD and was made available to stream on Disney+ alongside EMH.

July 01, 2023



(CBS, October 2, 1959-June 19, 1964)
Cayuga Productions Inc., CBS Productions


Rod Serling – Narrator


The Twilight Zone was an anthology series created, produced and written by Rod Serling that delivered morality lessons and delved into modern day issues with often fantastical and science-fiction elements to make the messages more palatable to the average viewer. Serling had gained prominence in American television during the 1950s, but dealt with the constant aggravation of his stories being altered on the whims of the networks and their sponsors. He figured that robots, aliens and the supernatural might significantly remove things from reality and give him more leeway to present thought-provoking controversial ideas. In 1957, he wrote the pitch pilot “The Time Element”, depicting a man sent back to 1941 Honolulu who tried to warn everyone about the eminent attack on Pearl Harbor unsuccessfully, but it was ultimately rejected and shelved. Bert Granet rediscovered it a year later and produced it as an episode of Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, and its success allowed Serling an opportunity to do his series.

The Twilight Zone debuted on CBS on October 2, 1959, running for 5 seasons. While reviewers praised the series, it initially struggled in the ratings with audiences until close to the end of the first season. Serling wrote or co-wrote 92 of the show’s 156 episodes and served as the narrator, delivering monologues that set up the moment when the story’s characters “entered the Twilight Zone” and the story’s moral at the end. While he appeared in promos for the series, it wouldn’t be until the second season that he would appear on screen to deliver those monologues. Additional writers included Charles Beaumont (until complications from a developing brain disease reduced his involvement), Richard Matheson, George Clayton Johnson, Montgomery Pittman, Earl Hamner Jr., Reginald Rose, Jerry Sohl, John Tomerlin (both of whom ghostwrote for Beaumont), and Richard De Roy. Bernard Hermann composed the series’ theme for the first season, but was replaced from the second season on by Marius Constant’s more-familiar composition. As it was an anthology series, it had no permanent characters and a rotating roster of actors; some well-known at the time, and others just beginning their careers. Several actors would make return appearances in various episodes as other characters, including William Shatner, Burgess Meredith, William Windom, Jack Klugman and Martin Landau, with Robert McCord having appeared in the most.

Difficulties in finding a sponsor for the 4th season resulted in the show being replaced by Fair Exchange, although it was ultimately renewed as a mid-season replacement for the replacement. To fill that timeslot, CBS demanded the series be expanded to an hour-long format, which didn’t sit well with Serling and the production crew. Serling’s involvement as an executive producer was reduced this season, and his monologues were filmed against a gray background back-to-back during his infrequent trips to Los Angeles. “The” was also dropped from the title. The 5th season returned to the half-hour format, but was plagued by a number of unpopular decisions by new producer William Froug; such as shelving a script for “The Doll” which was later made an episode of Amazing Stories (and won a Writer’s Guild Award nomination) and alienating Johnson by having De Roy rewrite and dilute his screenplay for what would become “Ninety Years Without Slumbering”. CBS head Jim Aubrey ultimately decided to cancel the series, having disliked it since his instatement during the 2nd season as it was an expensive series to produce and using the season’s middling ratings as further justification. Serling, severely burnt out by this time, sold CBS his 40% share of the series and left it behind until returning in 1969 with the similar series Night Gallery on NBC.

The Twilight Zone was nominated for 4 Primetime Emmy Awards, winning 2, and continued to be broadcast in syndicated reruns, initially less the episodes “Sounds and Silences”, “Miniature” and “A Short Drink From a Certain Fountain” due to copyright lawsuits, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” which was a French short film whose airing as part of the series as a limited-time agreement, and “The Encounter” due to racial overtones. Notably, the series airs on Syfy regularly in late-night slots and as part of marathons for New Year’s and the 4th of July, although they’re usually altered to allow for more commercials. Three revivals have been attempted—one in 1985 lasting two seasons, one in 2002 lasting one, and one in 2019 which concluded after two—as well as an infamous film version in 1983 that resulted in the deaths of actor Vic Morrow and two children, and a 1994 made-for-television film comprised of two stories found by Serling’s widow, Carol.


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