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Animation Update: Justice League Unlimited Season 2 | Justice League (Secret Origins) | Star Wars: The Clone Wars My Reviews 02 MAY 2012

Because I don’t have all the time in the world to spend on blogging, here are some thoughts on a couple of animated features I recently watched, instead of my usual review efforts. Sorry about that, but priorities, priorities! :P

Justice League Unlimited Season 2 (2005)

Now widening the net to include all manner of DC heroes, both primary and secondary, the second season of the fantastic Justice League Unlimited franchise moves on from Project Cadmus, which dominated much of the first season, and instead provides a overarching plot that sees Gorilla Grodd and his sinister Secrety Society now tangling with the various members of the Justice League as the standalone episode format eventually dovetails into a brilliant extended finale.

If you are a long term follower of the DC comic book universe then you’ll definitely get a kick out of this season, meeting a lot of fringe characters not normally afforded screen time, and as a whole, season 2 of Justice League Unlimited really does make for an enjoyable, animated super hero watch.

It comes with the perfect mix of drama, action and comedy, looks great with its slick, simple but stylized animation, and is voiced by an incredible collection of talented people, all mixed in with a great soundtrack.

If you are a comic book fan then there is simply no way that you won’t enjoy seeing this.

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justice_League_Unlimited

Justice League (Secret Origins) (2002)

This DVD collects the first three episodes of the stellar original Justice League run, stitching them up into a single movie experience. It’s a great League origin story with compelling drama, likeable characters, a touch of humor, and of course great super hero action.

The simple but effective (and stylish) DCAU animation style works well for this show and combined with some fantastic voice talent and musical scoring, this really is a fun outing if you enjoy your animated super hero fare!

Certainly a classic and well worth the watch.

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justice_League_%28TV_series%29

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)

I’m not a Star Wars fan, so luckily for me, I can walk into this animated movie experience without expecting too much. Frankly, it is an enjoyable tale of how Anakin gets saddled with an unwanted, brash student and who are then thrust into a difficult situation as they seek to rescue the kidnapped child of their foe – before time runs out.

If you can ignore the stupid (childish) lines that the poor droids often get saddled with and the sometimes stilted dialog between the Jedi, Star Wars: The Clone Wars is an enjoyable watch with plenty of action, a decent amount of drama, and the occasional giggle or two (though not from the forced humor which is driven through the droids. Didn’t really understand the need for that).

Visually the stylized CG is a treat, and of course aurally the movie is just as strong, with some great performances from the various voice actors involved. As you can expect, the musical score is also as strong as ever for something involved in the Star Wars universe, and so in summary, Star Wars: The Clone Wars is an enjoyable movie lead-in to animated series shown on Cartoon Network.

But like I said, I can walk into this movie without expectations, and thus ended up enjoying it. Real Star Wars fans apparently pan it. I can only guess that they’re sore from having their beloved franchise stretched even further from its original roots!

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars:_Clone_Wars_%28film%29

Justice League Unlimited: Grand Finale Animation 14 DEC 2008

SupermanOMG! I have thoroughly enjoyed watching through the entire Justice League Unlimited series, but man oh man, writer Dwayne McDuffie had to go and wait right until the final episode, the final couple of minutes to serve up the greatest, coolest, most awesomeness of Superman dialogue/scenes ever – one so utterly cool that it will leave anyone with a smidgen of fanboy within them lying curled up and quivering with pleasure after viewing it! (Just ask Chantelle – I immediately woke her up off the couch so that she too could enjoy this bit of animated awesomeness!)

I don’t want to give away too many details in case you have never witnessed the scene before, but if you can, check out episode 39 (Season 3 episode 13). Make sure that you do. Seriously.

I don’t really even like Superman, but after this one specific scene you have no choice but to RESPECT the Man of Steel! :)

Justice League Unlimited My Reviews 16 MAY 2008

JLUAmerica’s greatest superheroes ever – organised into a single league with one singular goal – stopping crime and terror across the world! Justice League Unlimited teams up DC Comics’ most memorable superheroes under the guidance of the heavy hitters Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and the Martian Manhunter to present a single front against crime and acts of terror across the globe. From super-powered villains from outer space to ordinary human criminals to unstoppable natural disasters, these heroes are responsible for saving very world as we know it.

Justice League Unlimited is a 39 episode long American animated television show that is a direct sequel to the successful Justice League series and is yet another successful entry in DC Comics’ ever expanding, distinctly styled, Animated universe that began so very long ago with the award winning Batman: The Animated Series. Its selling point is the simply humungous cast of featured DC Comics’ heroes, varied enough to satisfy even the hardest of comic book fans as well as its slick animation and solid one-shot stories.

As I mentioned before, the primary heavy hitters of Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and Batman are always present, appearing in basically every single episode, with the Martian Manhunter organising things above from the Justice League space station situated in Earth’s orbit. What makes Justice League interesting though is that the writers are able to draw upon nearly any DC comic book hero (both past and present) that they can think of and that makes for some interesting and diverse stories to be told.

The first season is made up entirely of one-shot episodes as is the tradition in the DC Animated Universe, which is a bit of a pity because it makes the series a little disjointed and feeling a little without purpose. However, the fact that such a wide variety of stories and characters are used throughout the run is a major saving grace. As it is, a team of established DC Animated universe writers are featured and each and every single episode is as strongly written as the next. There is a wide variety of themes and topics explored and with each heroic victory you can’t help but smile and enjoy the ride. Thankfully though a tighter sense of continuity is introduced into the second season and although the stories continue their one-shot format, they do have ramifications for the next episode which gives the second season a far tighter feeling that the first.

Visually, Justice League Unlimited follows the exact same over-simplified, stylised artwork that the original Batman: The Animated Series employed and it is this distinct look that pulls the entire DC Animated universe together. It is simple, a little flat and rather kiddy-like, but it is fantastically effective and great to look at. Of course, with today’s advances in technology, the colouring is as vibrant and fantastic as ever (even if the show leans towards a more flat colouring scheme) and the use of the occasional special effect for the super-powers every now and then is a nice visual touch too. A bit of simplistic CG is employed for the various space stations and aircraft in the show, but this little trick is never over-utilised and therefore doesn’t interfere too badly with the series’ overall design.

Of course, being an animated series means that the show relies heavily on the voice talent used and in this regard Justice League Unlimited certainly does not let one down. All the usual DC Animated universe suspects are present and accounted for, making for a nice tie in with the other shows in the DC universe. Kevin Conroy once again voices Batman, a character with whom his name has now become synonymous with, the established Phil LaMarr handles his Green Lantern duties once more, the voice of Wonder Woman since 2001, Susan Eisenberg, is back, George Newbern reprises his role of Superman and Smallville’s very own Lex Luthor, Michael Rosenbaum handles the duties on Wally West, better known as the flash.

Actually that is quite a nice little touch because the show’s producers manage to surprise you by throwing in an established actor more than once, and during the series’ run you will come across the talents of actors like Jerry O’Connell, Tom Sizemore, Ron Perlman, Dakota Fanning, Michael Ironside, Robert Englund, John Rhys-Davies, Rob Zombie, Eric Roberts and Mark Hamill just to name a few!

Throughout the series the voicing cast does a terrific job and you’ll be hard-pressed to ever find fault with any voice used, always an important element in an animated feature. Of course, it is not just the voices that are important and Justice League Unlimited features quite a few great orchestral arrangements, including its very own (although a little cheesy) victory/hero theme music that gets painfully played at each and every battle turning point.

To sum it all up, if you are a comic book lover, in particular of the DC Comic Book universe, then you are going to love Justice League Unlimited as every fanboy should. To see almost every major and minor character, both hero and villain, ever produced up there on the silver screen is a delight indeed and I will have to admit having tons of fun trying to identify all those characters I’ve encountered in their print form before – and Googling those that I haven’t!

The stories are all well written and the fluid, stylish animation is a treat to behold and honestly, this level of quality in a children’s show is truly amazing and a wonderful indication of what children’s entertainment should be. It is a show that your boys (and maybe girls too) will love and you will probably get as big a kick as them when you sit down to watch it for the first time. Enjoy!

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