Monday, September 11, 2006

Animated LSH news 56: roundup

Back from vacation with a zillion emails and RSS feeds to read. Twelve days and counting until the animated show's debut on Sept. 23rd (10 a.m. EDT)! The KidsWB! site has a new Legion page up for the show, with a new commercial, but no games or downloads yet.

Here are some recent articles:

  • Comics Continuum has their San Diego Con interview with Yuri Lowenthal, the voice of the young Superman.
    Here's what I love about this incarnation of Superman: he's not at all the leader. He's not Mr. Confident. He's actually pretty lost on many different levels. He's at the point in his life where he knows he's got these powers but is still kind of unclear about his role in the world and his mighty destiny.

    But I think it's in part his youth and inexperience that make him a little more flexible and understanding and curious about the new world/time. I mean, suddenly it's the 31st Century! And it's a strange place for him to be, a world/time where they have museums dedicated to the man he will become, celebrating heroic things he has yet to do. It's kind of intimidating. He's existing at once in the past, the present and the future. Okay, so it's actually VERY intimidating for him.

    Obviously the show's going to air on Kids' WB!, so it has to work for a younger set, but the writing is still as sharp as anything on either of those other shows. And there'll be a lot of references for the hardcore comic book and Legion fans that'll go right over some of the younger viewers' heads. I like to think that the show will leave no one behind. That's the challenge and I think everyone's risen to it. And by everyone, I mean the whole damn team putting this show together.

  • Broadcasting & Cable Magazine describes KidsWB!'s new lineup.
    The 2006-07 children’s programming slate, debuting Sept.23, will feature four new and four returning programs. It includes reintroducing a new generation to iconic characters such as DC Comics Superman, and other favorites like Shaggy and Scooby Doo, and Tom and Jerry under the Legion of Super Heroes banner.

    That's right, Shaggy, Scooby, Tom, and Jerry are all Legionnaires!

  • Animation Insider got the attributions right. Here's the latest press release description:
    Legion of Super Heroes: Kids’ WB! is proud to present a new series inspired by the DC Comics legend and developed especially as the anchor series for its programming block by Warner Bros. Animation. One thousand years from now, Superman, the legendary Man of Steel, will inspire a group of emerging super heroes from the 31st century to band together to defend the rights of all free worlds and uphold the laws of the newly formed United Planets. That is, if they don't kill each other first. "Legion of Super Heroes" is an animated series starring a young Superman that combines humor with high-stakes, grand-scale super heroics to create the ultimate sci-fi, super hero, wish-fulfillment fantasy for kids of all ages. Each episode pits Superman and the Legion against otherworldly threats and adversaries who challenge the team on both super heroic and emotional levels, engaging the audience in the characters' interpersonal dramas as much as their intergalactic ones. The series is executive produced by Sander Schwartz, and produced by Linda Steiner and James Tucker for Warner Bros. Animation.

  • The Seattle Times has a roundup of the fall slate of kids' TV shows. Their description:
    "Legion of Super Heroes," 10 a.m. Teen superheroes travel back in time to recruit Superman for their 31st-century fight against evil. They go too far and end up with Superboy.

  • briefly discusses each of the shows:
    Some old classics are getting face-lifts. Tom and Jerry and Shaggy and Scooby-Doo star in Tom and Jerry Tales and Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue, respectively. In Legion of Super Heroes, Superman inspires heroes of the 31st century to form a super group.

  • Комикс Блог (Comics Blog) has something on the show, but I think it's in Bulgarian (it doesn't translate properly from Russian).

  • Jimmy's Juke Joint updates us with news that episode 52 (no pun intended) of Comic News Insider has a podcast with an interview with Yuri "voice of Superman" Lowenthal.

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