Daily Cartoon: Animaniacs S01E30 “Draculee Draculaa/PhrankenRunt”

Welcome to a fresh new week of Halloween episode recaps! Last week featured some terrific viewing and, hopefully, this week will produce more of the same.

We’ve recapped Animaniacs on this site before, but today we’ll go back and watch their Season 1 Halloween themed episode. This was always a show that I liked a lot when I was younger even though a lot of the jokes went over my head at the time, but when looking back now, have a greater appreciation for how smart the writing was. There’s a lot in here that makes you wonder how they were able to slip certain lines past the censors and get them into a kids show. It’s terrific.

That’s what I’m looking for today. To be entertained and to find something that I know I sure as shit didn’t understand when I was 12, but an older, wiser me thinks is gangbusters. Hit me with it! Continue reading

Daily Cartoon: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles S05E17 “Monsters Among Us”

Welcome to another Halloween episode review as we finally (I think) conclude what has become an epic spooky-season Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles saga.

What I thought was just your run of the mill seasonal installment has turned into a four day time-traveling spectacular with the Turtles making stops in ancient Egypt, middle ages Transylvania, 1800s Germany and now…well we don’t know where they end up going today just yet, but I cannot wait to find out.

The demon villain, Savanti Romero, has assembled his crew of a mummy, werewolf, Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster in his attempt to further his objective of overtaking present day New York City with his gaggle of zombies and monsters. It’s an uphill battle, but the Turtles – aided by their time-traveling pal Renet – never say day, never give up and always give 110%!

So here we are: the thrilling conclusion to a Halloween gone sideways! Continue reading

Daily Cartoon: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles S05E16 “The Frankenstein Experiment”

Welcome back to another Halloween cartoon recap which also happens to be another episode of Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles because this show has absolutely bamboozled me and now has me on Part 3 of an epic Halloween saga!

I definitely wasn’t planning on writing about three episodes of this show, but I was hooked from the jump and – when the story continued into the next episode – had no choice but to keep going.

So here we are on Day 3 of TMNT and I’m pretty excited about it. When we left off, the Turtles had failed in their attempt to stop Savanti Romero from adding Dracula to his growing army of monsters and also lost one of their brothers as Raphael was bitten by the vampire and has turned heel. Savanti moves further into the future to locate his next recruit and when the Turtles and their time-traveling friend Renet catch up, they find themselves in Germany outside Dr. Frankenstein’s castle.

What a dramatic turn of events! Savanti already can claim a Mummy (the Egyptian Pharaoh), Dracula and a werewolf (the traveler from yesterday’s installment) so maybe after Frankenstein we can get a run-in by the Creature from the Black Lagoon and really make this a Monster Mash!

We’re all caught up so it’s time to sign into Hulu and hit play! Continue reading

Daily Cartoon: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles S05E15 “The Crypt of Dracula”

Welcome back to another Halloween cartoon episode recap and – unexpectedly – we are picking up right where we left off yesterday. Since I was completely unaware that the yesterday’s installment was a multi-episode engagement, we’re going to come right back and see what more Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has to give us.

Truth be told, by the end of yesterday’s episode, I was totally into it and didn’t even realize we were coming up to the end so when it cut to credits I was all sorts of aghast. I made the decision right then and there that we were just going to bring this back to see what happened next.

When we left off, the Turtles along with their time-traveling friend, Renet, took a big L at the hands of Savanti Romero (another time traveler, but an evil one who is building an army by jumping time periods). Savanti escapes an ancient Egyptian tomb with the no-longer-buried Pharaoh and opens a portal to the Middle Ages to continue building his army. The Turtles had hoped to stop that before Savanti even got started to bring back peace and normalcy to their current-day New York which has been overrun with a curse perpetrated by Savanti that’s turning normal civilians into zombie vampires on Halloween of all days.

If that wasn’t bad enough, Renet’s scepter – which is what allows our heroes to travel through time – is at a dangerously low power level and cannot be recharged until they get back…to the future (yesssssssss). They’re already taking a chance at being stuck forever by following Savanti into the Middle Ages, but what choice do they have? Savanti Romero must be stopped.

Which bring us to today… Continue reading

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The Drak Pack

In this week’s episode, the TV I selected for Gomez to watch was a little-known series from the early 80s called “The Drak Pack”. It was based around three teenagers (Drak, Frankie and Howler) who were the descendents of Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolf Man. The whole premise is that they’re regular teens until a situation with their arch nemesis, the villainous Dr. Dred, arises and then they transform (or “Drak Whack”…yeah, I have no idea why they call it that, but, ya know…) into monsters to put an end to Dred’s shenanigans.

We spoke about it on this week’s podcast and – for some reference – have included a couple of episodes here if you’re interested to check it out.

The series was limited to 16 episodes and most of them can be found in pretty good quality on YouTube from the same user. It’s not the best thing you’ll ever watch, but if you’re a fan of the monsters characters, it’s a new interpretation to check out.

❤ Joe

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Ep. 17: Universal Monsters & The Monster Squad

Welcome back! Episode 17 was a lot of fun as we talk about old Universal Monster movies (Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Wolf Man & Creature From The Black Lagoon) and then follow it up with The Monster Squad. It’s a fun look at some of the most iconic characters ever and we’ll think you’ll really enjoy this one!