What’s on Joe Mind Episode 94 brings Bill Ratner and Arune Singh back to the mike

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!

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G.I. Joe: Battleground Event “Snakes in the Sea Grass” is now live!

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.

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Hasbro’s Mike Vogel comments about last week’s Community episode

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!

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Community’s G.I. Jeff – Was it worth the hype? A GeneralsJoes Review

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).

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TV Spot posted for Community’s “G.I. Jeff” masterpiece

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.

Check it out on the NBC Youtube page below:

First real details revealed of Community “G.I. Jeff” episode

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.

Michael Bell doing an AMA on Reddit RIGHT NOW

If you ever had any burning questions to ask Michael Bell, NOW IS THE TIME.  He is doing an AMA on Reddit to support a project his daughter is working on.

You can check out the Reddit AMA right here, and even if you don’t have any questions for him, considering passing along a “thanks” to the original voice of Duke by supporting his daughter Ashley’s project on Indigogo.

So far the thread has already been very insightful!  The full details are below:

I am turning to you to help support my daughter, actress Ashley Bell ( The Last Exorcism, Love and Air Sex, and the just released Sparks), get her documentary Love and Bananas off and running. She went to Cambodia last year to film a short on the rescue of 2 abused captive elephants from a logging camp, and their subsequent release to the Cambodian Wildlife Sanctuary. Once there, she realized a full documentary was needed to present the plight of captive wild elephants as well as the disappearing rain forest, and wildlife in that region. Hence her campaign to raise funds to complete her documentary. I am prepared to answer all of your questions honestly and with I hope some wit.

Here is Ashleys indigogo website, please help us!

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/love-bananas–2/x/5355369

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NBC’s Community set to air “G.I. Jeff” themed animated episode

The word has been out there for a little while that NBC comedy show Community would be airing an episode based on “G.I. Jeff”, which has some obvious ties to our favorite Real American Hero.

The Community Twitter account even posted an image of G.I. Jeff, which is animated in nature and bears a striking resemblance to a certain First Sergeant.

But wait… it gets better!  According to the Twitter account of Mary MacDonald Lewis, her, Bill Ratner, and Michael Bell all play roles in this animated episode!  They are, of course, the voices of Lady Jaye, Flint, and Duke from the Sunbow series.

No air date has been listed yet, but it certainly sounds like Joe fans are going to want to tune in for this one!

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More guests added to 2014 G.I. Joe Convention

Next year’s G.I. Joe Convention in Dallas, Texas is turning into a treasure trove of voice talent as the G.I. Joe Collectors Club added two more guests to their already impressive roster this year.

According to GIJoeCon.com, both Morgan Lofting (Sunbow’s The Baroness) and Michael Richard Dobson (Cobra Commander from Valor Vs. Venom and Spy Troops) will be making an appearance at the Convention next year. They will join Michael Bell (Sunbow’s Duke) and BJ Ward (Sunbow’s Scarlett) for voice talent, as well as former G.I. Joe marketing whiz Kirk Bozigian and Marvel Comics writer Larry Hama.

Keep watching GIJoeCon.com for the latest information on next year’s Convention!