Anyone who has watched an animated series from the 80s and 90s has likely watched something Larry Houston had a hand in. An exceedingly prolific storyboard artist, director, and all around animation legend, Houston was directly involved in much of the Sunbow product, and most famously was the storyboard director for quite possibly the greatest three minutes in animated G.I. Joe history, the opening to 1987’s G.I. Joe: The Movie.
Mike and I sat down and talked all about his work on G.I. Joe as well as other landmark animated series of the time and he was a fantastic interview.
If you haven’t caught up on your G.I. Joe media recently, this is a great chance to grab some DVD’s and back up to date. G.I. Joe: Resolute, G.I. Joe: Renegades, DiC, and Sunbow are all on sale. Check out some of the links below!
We’ve heard the news… Vimeo and Hasbro have reached an agreement to post all of the G.I. Joe animation online, and IT HAS BEGUN.
Starting immediately, the entirety of the Sunbow classic animated series will be online for your viewing pleasure, able to be purchased by episode, or by entire series. Check out the trailer below, and get ready to relive your youth!
Well, this explains Hasbro’s content’s disappearance from Netflix. According to Deadline, Hasbro is partnering with Vimeo to bring their content back to an online video platform after their deal with Netflix was not extended.
Beginning with Jem and the Holograms, Hasbro animated series from all era’s will be added to Vimeo to enhance their pay service. Episodes will be $2.99 to buy, .99 to rent, or entire series will be available for $40.00.
There will be 13 series altogether, including My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, G.I. Joe, Transformers: Rescue Bots, Transformers: Prime, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, G.I. Joe: Renegades, Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters, Littlest Pet Shop, Pound Puppies, The Adventures of Chuck & Friends and B-Daman Crossfire.
What do folks think is a pay-per-series deal better, or would you rather subscribe to a monthly service to get access to this content?
Regardless of the reasons, I’m glad stuff like G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero and G.I. Joe: Renegades will be accessible to new viewers again.
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!