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Ep. 56: The Disney Afternoon

It’s a new week and, with that, comes a new episode! With the unveiling of the new DuckTales series, your double main men talk about the debut episode and then hop in the DeLorean to revisit the old Disney Afternoon that we all grew up watching after school in the 90s. So pop in those earbuds and listen, subscribe, review and share with friends on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Overcast, Podbean of wherever you get your favorite shows!

https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/car-joemez/e/51152861?autoplay=true

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Episode 54: Sequels

Who likes good news? Everyone? Well, good news, everyone! A brand new episode is upon you and we’re talking about all of the things! New Oreo flavors! Funko Pop figures! The sports! And our favorite sequels! It’s action packed! You may own an entire seat, but you’ll only need the edge of it!

https://www.podbean.com/media/player/viufz-6def02?from=yiiadmin

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Ep. 48: “Guardians Of the Galaxy Vol. 2”

Happy Mother’s Day! We’ve got a special treat for the most important women in your lives today as we present our latest episode! We’re talking Marvel’s latest flick, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 as well as catching up on all the stuff you’ve come to expect from us! Enjoy! 

https://soundcloud.com/user-160796689/episode-48-guardians-of-the-galaxy 

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Daily Cartoon! Voltron: Legendary Defender: S.1,E.1: “The Rise of Voltron”

Welcome back to your daily cartoon on Car JoeMez! Before we get started, remember to check out the weekly podcast The Car JoeMez Podcast on iTunesSoundcloud and other outlets where podcasts are gotten. Remember to like, subscribe and leave some positive reviews to help us build that listener base so we can keep doing fun little things like cartoon reviews and other projects. Like karate in the garage.

Now that the business is out of the way, we’re doing something a bit different today. Still a cartoon, but a much more modern one that what we’ve been watching. Last year, Netflix revived the Voltron franchise with a brand new series produced by DreamWorks. Voltron: Defender of the Universe was a huge deal when I was a kid. I remember having toys and RC robots, but when I think back, I don’t remember much of the actual show.

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I do, however, remember being an angst-filled teen when Mighty Morphin Power Rangers came out and I was the douche yelling to anybody who would listen that it was just a Voltron rip-off. I was the kind of teen that would probably boo John Cena because I thought it was cool. Spoiler: it’s not cool and John Cena is the best.

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I have legitimately never seen an episode of this new incarnation so this will be a brand new viewing through fair and balanced eyes. I’m actually looking forward to this. All episodes seem to be the normal 22-23 minutes except for the premiere which has a run time of 68 minutes. What that means is that this review will probably get a little lengthy. And seeing as how most of my reviews run around 1,200 words for a 22 minute episode, this has every possibility to get out of control. But if I’m going to watch a show I’ve never seen, why not start at the beginning and seeing if it’s worth continuing.

Now that we’ve burned over 300 words just introducing this, let’s get to the cartoon!

Voltron: Legendary Defender: S.1, E.1: “The Rise of Voltron”

Originally Released: June 10, 2016

Three space explorers are on an expedition to one of Pluto’s moons trying to find evidence of intergalactic life when they are attacked and captured by the evil Galra empire. The three are referred to as “primitive scientists” and are thrown into the Galra’s prisons.

We cut to one year later where three students (Lance, Hunk and Pidge) at Galaxy Garrison – a school to train space pilots and engineers – completely bomb a simulator rescue mission. Lance, the pilot, is reprimanded and told that he’s only in the class because a better pilot was kicked out of the program which opened a spot for him.

After curfew, Lance decides to build some team camaraderie by sneaking out with Hunk and Pidge. Pidge, however, is found outside with some fancy computer equipment scanning the airwaves trying to find messages and information having to do with the lost space exploration crew from a year ago.

While they’re out there, an alien spacecraft comes hurtling down and crashes. The school’s security immediately cordons it off and it turns out that the person on board is Shiro, one of the lost explorers. He is talking about alien invasions and that they’re in great danger, but everybody just thinks he’s crazy.

The three kids are trying to figure out a way to run down and rescue Shiro who is apparently a famous explorer when another kid is shown causing a distraction and sneaking in to do the same. This turns out to be Keith who Lance considers his rival and is the pilot who dropped out of the Garrison that opened a spot for Lance.

Together, the four kids rescue Shiro and escape. Shiro struggles to remember the details of the past year, but Keith fills him in on some energy source he’s been studying. The word “Voltron”keeps coming up in Shiro’s head and Pidge’s research and they all agree that it’s a weapon they need to find before the Galra does.

This is a good time to take a Zack Morris timeout.

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OK, so Shiro is this renown space guy and, basically, he gets kidnapped by four kids and he’s all just, “Whoa, thanks for saving my bacon back there”??? If I was Shiro, I’d be like, “Where the fuck are your parents?” or “Why aren’t you in school?” or even better, “Where the white women at?”

But whatever. Nobody cares about what I would do.

OK. Time in.

They new fivesome goes to a cave that Keith’s been finding at the heart of the energy source he’s been tracking.There’s carvings of lions on all the walls, but when Lance presses his hand against them, they activate. A tunnel opens that drags the group to the bowels of the cave and it’s there that they find their first lion.

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The blue lion basically goes on auto pilot and heads into space where it is immediately met by an alien ship. The same alien ship that captured Shiro a year ago. The aliens chase the lion until a mysterious wormhole opens and takes the lion in then closes before the aliens can continue following.

The lion leads them to planet Altea which nobody knows of and touches down at a castle. The cautiously scan the castle until finding a control room where they are met by Princes Allura and Coran, her royal adviser, who have been in suspended animation for 10,000 years. Allura tells the story of how her father, King Alfor and his kingdom, was overtaken by Emperor Zarkon and the Galra. To keep the power of Voltron out of Zarkon’s hands, Alfor had hidden the five lions that form Voltron all around the solar system.

OK, despite some early convenience and silliness, I’m fucking with this now.

The group immediately concludes that Zarkon will come know that he knows the blue lion has been unearthed. Allura says that the lion picks its pilot. Kind of like how the wand picks the wizard in Harry Potter. Despite not having met any of the rest of the lions, Allura basically assigns a lion to each of our new heroes. Lance keeps the blue, Pidge gets green, Hunk yellow, Keith red and Shiro the leader will get black. The group splits and goes hunting for the other lions since Allura had what amounts to lion lo-jack installed in her brain by her father before he was killed.

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To save time, the crew finds the green and yellow lions easy enough, but the red lion is being held on a Galra ship. Obviously, our gang heads to said ship to free the red lion, but things become more complex when Pidge reveals that his father and brother were also on the expedition with Shiro a year ago and could still be held captive on the ship.

Keith is able to take control of the red lion while Shiro and Pidge free whatever prisoners they can find, but no sign of Pidge’s father or brother. This seems like something that will play out for a while. On the bright side, gaining control of the red lion now allows them to gain access to the black lion which is held locked in Princess Allura’s castle until all of the other lions could be found.

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With control of all the lions, our palladins try to form Voltron to thwart the attacks on Altea by the Galra. There’s just one problem: they have no fucking idea how to do so. Just when it looks as if their inexperience will cost them everything, Shiro gives an inspirational speech and the lions take control to form the ultimate weapon: Voltron, defender of the universe.

With the power of Voltron unleashed, the palladins are able to destroy the Galra and send them packing. While a great victory, this is just the beginning of a great war to be had. Many more action-packed adventures are to come.

Final Thoughts:

I’m often critical of newer style animation because I think it looks too computer-generated, but this show walks a nice line with its smooth animation and coloring. The overall look and feel of this production were terrific and I was happy to see that.

As for the story, I’m really, really impressed. OK sure, near the beginning when they’re setting things up, some meetings or moments are just too convenient, but they don’t bog down or draw anything away from where we’re going. It’s silly, it happens and we move on and forget about it.

By the time we meet Princess Allura on Altea, I was completely invested in the show and – while I took for granted that they’d eventually form Voltron and win the day – still had a feeling of tenseness as things were looking bleak for our heroes.

All in all, I absolutely loved this debut episode for the updated series and will definitely be watching the rest of it as my busy, busy schedule allows. Like I said earlier, this is a Netflix series and there’s actually two seasons available now for your viewing enjoyment.

If you were a fan of the original, I see no reason that you wouldn’t be into this re-make and if you’ve got youngsters who are unfamiliar with the previous iterations or maybe even are unfamiliar yourself, this was a definite score for a first episode. Go check it out and have some fun like I did.

❤ Joe

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Ep.28: “Star Wars – Rogue One”

A brand new episode is up for you to listen to as you wind down your holiday traditions! We do a little bit more of Christmas and talk about some personal traditions the two of us have and then hit you with our thoughts on the new Star Wars flick, Rogue One which, if you haven’t heard, is in theaters now. Make sure to listen, subscribe, review and share with friends. We’re on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher and Google Play. Enjoy the show and merry Christmas.

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A Muppet Family Christmas

By now, we all know how I feel about Christmas. It’s not my favorite. Or even close. But I do engage in a personal tradition of watching the Christmas stuff I do enjoy on Christmas Eve. So today, faithful readers, I bring you into my living room.

Although now living in Florida makes it hard to really get into the Christmas season with it being over 80 degrees today, it’s good to have some traditions and this is one of mine.

For years now, I’ve watch two TV Christmas specials every year on Christmas Eve. The first of which is “A Muppet Family Christmas”. So we’re going to dive into that and, of course, I’ll share some links so you too can join in the fun!

“A Muppet Family Christmas”: Original Air Date: 12/16/1987

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Plot:

We open with our favorite Muppets all driving to Fozzie’s mom’s house on the farm to surprise her for Christmas. They’re all singing along to “We Need A Little Christmas” and having a rollicking good time when Kermit the Frog suggests they should have called ahead and let Mrs. Bear know that they would be coming.

Fozzie proclaims that it’s not necessary because his mom loves surprises and he knows, for a fact, that she’s got the house all decorated and is just a tinge on the sad side with having to spend Christmas alone.

We cut to Mrs. Bear who is hardly feeling lonely. In fact, she’s packed up and ready to head out to catch a flight to Malibu to spend Christmas in paradise catching some rays. It’s then that we’re introduced to Doc and his dog, Sprocket. They’ve rented Mrs. Bear’s farmhouse for the holiday to spend a relaxing, quiet Christmas away from the bustle of city life. Mrs. Bear was wayyyyyyy ahead of the Air B&B trend. Doc and Sprocket head upstairs to put their stuff away and while they’re up there…

SUHPRISE!

Fozzie and friends barge into the house effectively ruining Mrs. Bear’s plans for Malibu in addition to Doc’s wish of a nice, quiet Christmas. They house starts filling with freaks and weirdos who slip upon their entrance because of an icy patch right outside the door.

Doc, obviously, is not happy about this seeing as how he paid good American greenback to rent the house for his desired tame holiday, but Mrs. Bear basically dusts him off with the shrug emoji. Nobody is happy. Except the Muppets because they’re assholes.

The phone rings and it’s Miss Piggy calling that she’s tied up in a last-minute photo shoot and will arrive to the farmhouse to join them all whenever she can. Great. More Muppets. Doc is not happy. In walks the Swedish Chef because – well someone has to prepare the holiday turkey after all. He takes a huge bump off the icy patch and then heads to the kitchen to prepare his office.

We get another song, this one started by Kermit and his nephew Robin who sing “Jingle Bells” before Dr. Teeth and Electric Mayhem kick out the jams of “Jingle Bell Rock” totally bringing this party to 11. We also get the first appearance of my double main man, Zoot killing it on the saxophone. He’s terrific.

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Rowlf the Dog shows up. He chased a truck the entire way and, boy, is he exhausted! Get it?! Truck? Exhaust! HAHAHAHAHA! He sees a piano and immediately jumps on and starts playing “Sleigh Ride” even though the piano is a bit out of tune. It’s all good, though, because Rowlf loves out of tune pianos. We get some singing, of the song, but Fozzie makes a new friend as the snowman he was building comes to life and begins singing with him. The Snowman is so legit, that he even starts telling jokes and BAM – a new comedy duo is born.

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We get another Miss Piggy update and she’s still behind because she’s got last minute shopping to do. Just like a woman. Never on time. Pssssssssh. Meanwhile, the Swedish Chef is looking for the turkey but is attempting to cook Sprocket the dog because the Turkey told the Chef that the dog was the turkey when – in fact, the turkey’s the turkey.

Scooter sets up a projector because he’s been snooping around Mrs. Bear’s attic like a real deal piece of shit and found a home movie of the Muppets’ first Christmas together. He turns it on and we’re treated to basically Muppet Babies singing “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”. Floyd kills it when a baby Miss Piggy comes on the screen and he says, “It’s Miss Hamhock! When she was just a little sausage roll!” Incredible stuff here. Animal ends the movie by busting through the screen effectively ending everybody’s good time. Even Doc enjoyed the movie as he seems to be warming up to the Muppets.

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Gonzo and the Turkey are about to throw down over the love of Camilla the chicken when Kermit hears carolers. Everybody runs to the door to find the gang from Sesame Street heading to the house singing “Deck The Halls”. Worlds colliding! This shit is great!

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They all head into the house with everybody taking turns slipping on the icy patch. Doc realizes he’s going to have to give up his bed at this point and heads off to build some bunk beds in the broom closet to try to accommodate all these freaks.

Swedish Chef is trying to get the turkey in the pan, but he turns the tables. If the Chef thinks he’s a good-looking bird, he’s got an even better one. He then points Swedish Chef in the direction of Big Bird and the Chef spontaneously orgasms at first sight. The TV comes through with a breaking story and Muppet Newsman informs us that we’ll be getting the worst blizzard in like a billion years. everybody needs to stay inside, but Kermit is nervous AF because Miss Piggy is out there.

Janice decides to surprise everybody with a plate of Christmas cookies, but she’s immediately ambushed by Cookie Monster who attempts to eat all of them but lets pieces and chunks go to waste all over the floor because he eats like a gavone. Janice is absolutely horrified. I met a girl once in a bar who reminded me of Janice. That’s not a compliment. When you see that kind of mouth in person, it becomes all you can see about her. She may have been the sweetest girl ever. I don’t know because I was so focused on her mouth that I didn’t pay attention to a word she said. Needless to say, it didn’t work out.

Ernie calls for everybody to gather around so they can begin their performance of “‘Twas The Night Before Christmas”. Bert is horrified that Ernie booked the monsters as reindeer and the Two-Headed Monster as Santa. Even Sam The Eagle is offended when he sees this as he chimes in with an “Is nothing sacred?”

Doc comes running in from collecting firewood and the storm is has picked up considerably. Things are getting dangerous when the phone rings and we get our next Miss Piggy update. She’s gonna try to grab a cab to get up there. Kermit tells her to wait out the storm, but she refuses because she’s Miss Piggy and never faces repercussions for her actions.

Fozzie takes this opportunity to introduce Kermit to his Snowman comedy partner. They don’t even begin their act when they start getting heckled by Statler and Waldorf who have suddenly appeared out of nowhere and effectively shred Fozzie and the Snowman. Big Bird joins Swedish Chef in the kitchen and he begins measuring the bird for the pan, but they get to talking and Swedish Chef begins to long for home in Sweden and appreciates Big Bird’s understanding and decides to spare a life. I guess nobody gets to eat tonight.

Doc sees how nervous Kermit is and offers to head out and look for Miss Piggy. Kermit asks why he’d do that and Doc tells him because they’re friends now. Friends do good for friends, friend. He heads out the door in a blizzard and Robin the tadpole calls to his uncle in the cellar because he found a Fraggle Hole. They walk into Fraggle Rock and encounter a whole group of Fraggles. We find out they’re currently celebrating their own version of Christmas and they sing a song about trading a pebble for joy before the frogs head back to real life.

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They head upstairs and hear a commotion. It’s Miss Piggy pulling up to the farmhouse in a dog-pulled sled being guided by Doc who is in full uniform because Piggy is prepared for situations like that. Everybody sings, “There’s No Place Like Home For The Holidays” before heading back inside where Miss Piggy takes a Curt Hennig-like bump off the icy patch.

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Now, with everybody finally gathered, they all sing Christmas carols and enjoy the company of friends both old and new. The Fraggles hear all the singing and come up from Fraggle Rock to join in. It is officially Henson-Mania made even more so when Jim Henson himself is shown washing dishes in the kitchen and peeking through to watch the house full of his creations having a good time with the smile of a proud father. It. Is. Perfect.

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Final Thoughts:

I love this special. It’s my favorite Muppet-related thing ever and I very much enjoy the Muppets. The combination of the Muppets, Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock coming together is amazing.

There’s a video on YouTube that is a direct recording from a live broadcast from WTVD which is an ABC affiliate in the Raleigh Durham area of North Carolina. It’s complete with commercials and I go out of my way to watch that specific one every year. I don’t know…sure, usually I go nuts about commercials with everything I watch now, but there’s something about seeing nearly 30 year-old commercials in between something as originally presented. To make it easy on you, I’ve included the link so you can watch for yourself.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do and maybe include it in your own traditions going forward. Merry Christmas.

❤ Joe

 

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Episode 27: Love Actually & Christmas Movies!

Hey! Episode 27 is here! This week we spend our time talking about LOVE ACTUALLY and other Christmas favorites as well as discuss our hero, John Cena’s failed episode of SNL and more talk about eating shrimp! It’s good. Listen, subscribe and review on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher and Google Play!