February 28th – March 1st, the Long Beach Comic Expo was held, and one of the panels focused on G.I. Joe animation in the 80s. The panel featured many of the voice actors who brought our favorite characters to light, and the entire panel is now online.
It’s in full HD and over an hour long, and you’ll feel like you were right in the room. Check it out below, and thanks to Skinny on Twitter for the heads up.
Over the weekend, an exciting opportunity for fans in the LA area emerged when it was announced that the Egyptian, a theater in Los Angeles, was going to be showing G.I. Joe: The Move and Transformers: The Movie as an animated double feature. Along with the films themselves, many of the creative team would be in attendance as well, featuring voice actors, writers, and directors.
Several folks from the online community were in attendance including Diana from the G.I. Joe Discussion Group on Facebook, who was spreading the Duke love and handing out JoeDeclassified postcards to passer by’s. Comic expert and YoJoe.com veteran Josh was there as well. From all reports, it was a fantastic time, with this being only the second time in history that G.I. Joe: The Movie was seen in a theater. It was a unique opportunity to see these two films surrounded by the folks responsible for them, and also share some G.I. Joe and Transformers love with fellow fans.
Diana has posted several images and a video from the event, so please check out some of those below. Over on Facebook, Sunbow writer Flint Dille is also calling upon folks to push for a sequel to this event, so throw some support his way, too. Looks like a fun time was had by all!
If you’re in the Los Angeles area, don’t miss what’s possibly your only opportunity to see G.I. Joe: The Movie in an actual movie theater!
The Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles is hosting a special Sunbow Animation Celebration event this Saturday on March 7th with theatrical presentations of both G.I. Joe: The Movie and Transformers: The Movie. Voice actors and creative talent behind both films will be in attendance, including Michael Bell (the voice of Duke), Bill Ratner (the voice of Flint), and many others.
Doors open at 6:30pm and there will be some exciting events in the lobby before the show for G.I. Joe and Transformers fans alike.
We are painfully aware that we’re not recording quite as often as we did in the past, but we’re trying to make every one of them count!
For Episode 94 we excitedly welcomed back two long time friends of What’s on Joe Mind, Bill Ratner (the voice of Flint) and Arune Singh (Executive Director of Television Communications, Marvel Entertainment) to have some very different discussions.
Mr. Ratner provides awesome detail about G.I. Joe history, while also breaking down his exciting new endeavor at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Meanwhile, Arune celebrates Transformers return to movie screens this summer (and the debut of the IDW comic book) with a spirited discussion about how a G.I. Joe/Transformers team up could work.
As always, check out the latest episode on Podbean, or through the embedded player below. Show notes after the jump!
Throughout the lifecycle of the G.I. Joe: Battleground collectible game, they’ve pulled many storylines from the Sunbow era, and they are doing it again this time around. Using the events of arguably the highlight of the Sunbow series, “The Traitor”, the next Battleground event is live, and looks like a whole lot of fun.
After many costly defeats at the hands of the Joes, the Crimson Twins approach a worry-stricken Joe hero with a proposition he can’t refuse. This slippery slope culminates in G.I.JOE being lured to a deep-sea platform with an explosive surprise! The Joe leadership is dealt a terrible blow, but things go from bad to worse as Cobra launches an all-out attack to free their newest, most promising, most traitorous lieutenant! Can the fight for freedom survive the Snake in the Sea Grass? Find out in this week’s exciting Capture event, starting today!
Check out the screen caps below. I am loving the Crimson Twins, and really dig how they used the PoC Dusty to be a Cobra version of the character. Pretty sweet.
Many folks have been wondering just how closely Hasbro and Dan Harmon worked together on last week’s “G.I. Jeff” episode of Community, and the answer, apparently is “very closely”. During an interview with IGN, Dan Harmon revealed that he had Hasbro’s permission to go down this road, and Ad Week just posted a short comment from Hasbro’s Mike Vogel, who reiterated that they worked together, and that Hasbro was quite happy with the end result.
Check out the full article on Ad Week, and make sure to check out the G.I. Jeff episode on Hulu.com!
Over the past several weeks we’ve been inundated with news and reports about the NBC sitcom Community doing a special “G.I. Jeff” animated episode in the spirit of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.
Well, I’d say anyone who saw the episode last night would take it one step further… it wasn’t just “in the spirit”, it was designed to essentially BE a G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero episode. Obviously the folks at Community had to get permission from Hasbro to run with this to the degree that they did (check out a great IGN interview with Dan Harmon for some of those tidbits).
For a more detailed review, click the Continue Reading link below.
Yeah, it looks like a masterpiece. I’m actually pretty stunned at how accurately they are allowed to portray some of these Sunbow items… we have full blown Rattlers, Skystrikers, HISS Tanks, and even Snake Eyes cruising on a RAM motorcycle! This is craziness, but only in the best possible way.
Entertainment Weekly has provided the first tidbits of information about the upcoming G.I. Jeff episode of Community, and it’s looking pretty awesome.
According to executive producer Chris McKenna “We do a typical G.I. Joe opening where G.I. Joe is battling Cobra, then something very un-G.I. Joe and something very Community happens, and it becomes this inciting incident that gets our characters in hot water in the G.I. Joe realm.”
McKenna was quite complimentary, saying “[G.I. Joe] was something from our childhood that was very important to us and we had fond memories of it, and we thought it would be a cool way to do another animated episode,”
Some screen shots were shown as well, which I’ve mirrored below. A pretty neat tribute. Check out the EW article right here.