New Episodes of Rugrats In CG Coming To Paramount Plus

Rugrats Reboot Trailer
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Another day, another new streaming service.

The latest platform to debut is Paramount Plus, which lands March 4th and is actually just CBS All Access rebranded and will be home to a bucket-load of movies and TV shows from Paramount Pictures and a variety of networks, including BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, and Nickelodeon.

There have already been a handful of movies announced that will eventually land on the platform, including A Quiet Place 2, Mission: Impossible 7, and No Time to Die, and yesterday news broke about an exciting new revival that 90s kids are sure to be excited about.

Rugrats!

That’s right, the beloved animated series featuring Tommy, Chuckie, Angelica, Susie, Phil, and Lil is coming to Paramount Plus as soon as this spring, and it will feature the entire original cast! This time in CG instead of 2D because it’s 30 years since its 1991 debut and times have changed.

“Rugrats is one of the most iconic cartoons recognized by fans around the globe, and this original version is one we are taking great care and pride in creating for a brand-new audience,” said Ramsey Naito, President, Nickelodeon Animation. “Having the voice cast behind these special characters come together is one of the essential pieces to making the show recognizable and we can’t wait to watch this talented group bring them to life again.”

Neither can we!

Check out a clip from the new series:

Animators Create Recap of “The Mandalorian” Without Ever Watching It

Mando Recap by Animators
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The Mandalorian” is the most important thing to happen to Star Wars since the prequels (which opened the door to more Star Wars content). It took an unsettled IP and showed that there was still a lot of life in it and that new Star Wars movies and shows could be really good. And it energized a ton of Star Wars fans who were never satisfied with the prequel or sequel trilogies.

The show’s massive success was instrumental to Disney+’s rollout and opened the door to the 1,000 new Star Wars shows we’re getting. On top of that, it seemed like Baby Yoda was everywhere after the first season, from toys to drinks and anywhere in between. It felt like everyone had seen the show.

But most people, despite it being a hit, still had not! Two of those people felt like they knew enough about it though, just from hearing all the constant internet chatter about the show and its favorite little character, to recap it. So the two, award-winning animators Lindsay and Alex Small-Butera made an animated short recapping the Mandalorian, only based on tweets from their friends.

And honestly, they nail a good chunk of it.

@smallbuanimationWhat I think the Mandolorian is About ##mandolorian ##themandolorian ##StarWars ##babyyoda ##grogu ##animation ##funny ##cute ##parody ##fyp♬ original sound – Smallbu Animation

The duo who have co-created web series and worked for Disney, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network, get a LOT of it right. And it’s fun to see someone take a guess at the show’s plot without seeing a single episode. The video got nearly a million views on Tik Tok and hundreds of thousands on Twitter, so it’s safe to say plenty of people enjoyed the recap, and they should continue to recap other Star Wars properties (and any popular shows) they’ve missed out on.

Bandit’s Best Dad Moments in ‘Bluey’

Bandit's Best Dad Moments
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The hit Australian kid’s show ‘Bluey’ released back in 2018 to critical and commercial acclaim.  Since its debut on Disney+ last January though, ‘Bluey’ has really taken the world by storm.   It’s easily one of the best kids shows you and your family can watch, and mine can’t get enough of it.  I think it’s also essential viewing for dads everywhere.

I know it might sound a little ridiculous that I’m using an animated children’s program as an example of quality TV binging for dads to check out, but I’m serious.  Most shows play off the dad as clueless and irresponsible.  Bluey’s Bandit on the other hand is such a well-written character and a refreshing change from the stereotypical TV fathers (except for Goofy) we’ve come to expect, that you can’t help but love him.  He’s silly, playful, imaginative, caring, and even makes mistakes.  He’s also one hell of a dancer.

The Best Dad (Bandit) Moments in ‘Bluey’

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Here’s a list of some of my favorite Bandit moments.  They’re just so relatable, they always make me smile.

It’s a Bushwee

Ah yes, the “bushwee”.  If your kid has to go to the bathroom, you know there’s no way in telling them they have to wait.  In the case of the episode “Takeaway”, things escalate very quickly.  While waiting for their spring rolls, Bingo has to go to the bathroom.  Like any kid, Bingo cannot wait and Bandit handles this like any dad would, by running to the nearest bush.  The eternal bushwee begins and chaos ensues as crows get into the spilled Chinese food, Bluey needs to figure out how to stop the water from flooding the world, and Bingo takes the time during all of this to ask her father if everything is made up of atoms.  It’s true, when a kid has to go to the bathroom it really can feel as chaotic as this.

Playing Make-Believe

Most of the episodes feature Bandit and the kids playing make-believe in some way.  Whether he’s dressed up as a baby, acting like a disobedient emu, or pretending to be a robot, Bandit does it well and could run a masterclass on the subject.  I think what’s so great about how he plays with his kids, is he lets them make the rules.  When Bluey & Bingo are pretending to work for Bandit at home, Bluey says that she is now the boss and quickly draws some random squiggly lines on a piece of paper and hands it to her father.  Bandit takes a quick look and instead of just dismissing her writing as gibberish, agrees and says it looks like it’s all in order.  He’s committed to his child’s imagination, and I admire that.  He even takes it one step further when his new “boss” asks him to clean the windows with his butt.  Now that’s dedication.

Teaching His Kids the Importance of Never Giving Up

‘Bluey’ is full of episodes that teach life lessons, but “Bike” is especially heartwarming.  Children are stubborn when it comes to learning new things.  Having taught both my kids how to ride their bikes, I can definitely vouch for anyone that it’s a tough but satisfying experience.  In the case of Bluey, she’s having trouble riding her bike, so she gets frustrated and sits down with her dad.  Bandit asks her to watch how it’s not just her and others are struggling to overcome their own challenges.  They cheer their friends on and it shows that even the littlest of triumphs (like putting on a backpack) can still mean a lot.  Bluey decides to get on her bike and try again.  Nice work dad.

Dads Can Be at Home Too

Too often is the stereotypical ideal family life brought up that the mom should be at home and the dad goes to work.  Even the idea of a dad being at home with his kids while their significant other goes out is often referred to as “babysitting”.  That’s not true or how every family operates and ‘Bluey’ understands that.  The show puts the spotlight on the dads that take care of chores and watch the kids.  Everything is equal in Bluey’s house and Bandit is a dad that can handle it.  Whether his wife is going out for the evening to a baby shower or off to work for the day, it’s not a big deal that dad is at home with the little ones, and that’s something I can appreciate.

“Oh man, is there some game where I just lie really still on a comfy bed or something?”

Bandit said it best.  Even though he loves his kids and shows a lot of patience, he still sighs when he’s asked to play certain games with them.  This screams parenthood and is a recurring theme that was established within the very first episode when Bluey & Bingo find the “magic” Xylophone.  When this specific Xylophone is used, it can freeze Bandit in place and he’s less than thrilled that they’ve discovered it again.  Parenting requires a ton of energy, and ‘Bluey’ doesn’t sugarcoat that.  It understands the struggle and any time the parents pout and moan at the idea of doing something that the kids want to do, it never ceases to make me chuckle.  If the game involves me laying down and not moving, wonderful.  It usually doesn’t, but maybe our kids should be more thoughtful about this sort of thing.

What Bandit moments are your favorite?  These are the few that I think showcase just how fantastic the writing team is behind ‘Bluey’.  It would have been so easy to just create another “dad” character, but ‘Bluey’ creator Joe Brumm has shown Bandit some real dedication and care, making him a major part of the show.  Bandit is so great, that he has even inspired me to approach everything that my kids do with a level of patience and excitement.  I mean… I’m not so sure I’d handle my take-out being eaten by crows as well as he does, but that’s a work in progress.

Watch Charlie Brown Meet Snoopy for the First Time in New Apple+ Trailer

Charlie Snoopy
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It’s one of the most iconic friendships in TV history, and now we have our first look at how it all began. The trailer for AppleTV+’s “Snoopy Show” shows us the very first meeting between Charlie Brown and Snoopy. All it takes is a treat to win over the tiny pup’s affection, and then the two jump right into adventure.

Charlie Brown walks into a barn and finds a sad, black and white puppy on top of a hay bale. He pulls out a treat, and unlike the football trick his therapist will pull on him endlessly later, he doesn’t snatch it away at the last second. He instead starts a beautiful friendship with everyone’s favorite puppy slash WWI pilot.

“We’re going to be best friends,” he says to Snoop.

The Snoopy Show is based on the legendary comic strip from Charles Schulz and features Snoopy on his endless adventures with Charlie, Woodstock, and the rest of the Peanuts gang. Each episode features three seven-minute cartoons and we’ll see Snoopy in all of his classic characters, including the WWI Flying Ace battling the Red Baron, Joe Cool, the infamous arm wrestler, and more.

The show hits the streaming service on February 5th.

Raya Rules in Disney’s New Trailer For “Raya and the Last Dragon”

Raya Trailer
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Disney dropped the latest trailer for “Raya and the Last Dragon” and it is truly terrific. While the first look at it didn’t give much away, this trailer gives a much deeper look at what the movie is and why it’s shaping up to be one of the more hotly anticipated releases from Disney.

The trailer has Raya, voiced by Kelly Marie Tran of Star Wars sequel fame (or infamy, depending on where you fall on The Last Jedi), putting together a team to help save humanity, partly by finding the titular last dragon. And it looks outstanding.

It’s got everything you could want, including a CON BABY, which is the type of scheming, conniving toddler parents can probably relate to. And Raya finally finds the elusive Sisu, voiced by Awkwafina.

“I’m gonna be real with you. I’m not, like, the best dragon,” Sisu tells Raya after they meet. “Have you ever done like a group project but there’s like that one kid who didn’t pitch in as much but still ends up with the same grade?”

Another key part of the trailer involves the interaction between Raya and her dad, voiced by Daniel Dae Kim. The cast also includes Gemma Chan and Sandra Oh.

The trailer is full of action and even shines through with some humor and personality, which bodes well for the March 5 release in theaters and on Disney+. It’s got some really strong Moana/Frozen vibes, so it’ll be one your kids lock into for sure.

Kevin Smith Thinks HBO Max May Revive Batman: The Animated Series

Batman: The Animated Series Returns
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Say what you want about DC’s handling of Superman, the Justice League, and their movies in general, they’ve never once wavered from their commitment to Batman. Barely a year goes by without Batman making news one way or another, and this year is no different.

There’s a new movie in the works with a new take on the character, a new cut of Justice League fans are hoping fixes the last version, the return of several former actors reprising their roles in the eventual Flash flick, a new comic series featuring a black Batman, a new HBO Max show set in his universe and now a new cartoon as well, picking up where the beloved Batman: The Animated Series left off.

On their Fatman Beyond podcast, legendary geek/director and the man behind the He-Man revival recently set the batcorners of the internet aflame when he discussed a rumor the HBO Max is developing a follow-up to the legendary Batman animated show from the 90s.

“The rumor is that HBO Max is looking at making a Batman: The Animated Series sequel, that they want to continue that forward,” Bernardin said before his co-host began gushing.

“I’m not involved, but I too have heard this and I’ve heard this from very reliable people,” Smith said. “When I heard it I freaked out, and I heard this…I would say a month before you just said it. I think that’s real, I don’t think that’s a rumor, I wouldn’t say ‘Set your watch to it,’ but it’s an idea whose time is not only coming, I think it came, and it’s smoking a cigarette. I think that’s gonna happen. How fucking amazing would that be because you can just literally pick up and keep going. It’s not like, oh we gotta explain why everyone’s older, it’s fucking animation man so you can go right back to those amazing fucking stories.”

Batman: The Animated Series originally ran from 1992-1995 and features what some fans consider to be the definitive versions of both Batman (as voiced by Kevin Conroy) and The Joker (voiced by Mark Hamill). The cartoon also introduced Harley Quinn, who has since skyrocketed to become one of DC’s most popular characters (and who has her own show on HBO Max).

The rumor that a new version of Batman: TAS might be coming has fans rejoicing for yet another take on the Dark Knight. Check out Smith and Bernadin’s glee at discussing the rumors:

 

I Know I’m Late To the Party, but Yeah, ‘Bluey’ Really Is Awesome

Introduction to Bluey
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Up until a month ago, the only things I had heard about regarding ‘Bluey’ came exclusively from one of my dads’ groups on Facebook.  The subject of ‘Bluey’ wouldn’t pop-up often, but when it did, the comments section would explode.  The guys would go off and discuss the details of their favorite episodes and how their kids would go to bed and they’d just sit there and watch ‘Bluey’ by themselves or with their significant other.  I was completely out of the loop.  The only kids show I had ever watched the odd time without my children was “The Amazing World of Gumball”, so I was curious.  What was the big deal with ‘Bluey’?

My wife and I have three kids.  Our youngest (who is 10 months) is constantly on the move and trying to pull things off of tables.  He will only find the time to sit down and give us a bit of solace if we watch ‘The Wiggles’ with him.  This was fine… for a while.  After roughly three days of “Fruit Salad, Yummy Yummy”, I had reached my breaking point. I was going to breakdown and curl up into the fetal position if I had to watch the other three Wiggles try to wake up Lachy with the power of singing for the 800th time.  Luckily, as fate would have it, ‘Bluey’ popped up during a conversation and I was told that I should check it out.  I didn’t hesitate.

For those who haven’t watched it, ‘Bluey’ is about, well, Bluey!  She’s an Australian puppy who gets up to all sorts of mischief with her sister Bingo, her dad Bandit, and her mom Chilli.  Each episode is around 7 minutes in length, which means you’ll fly through them fairly quickly.

I’m not quite sure what it is about this show that keeps my youngest son so entranced.  It might be the catchy theme song or the bright and colorful animation that pops off the screen.  He might not understand what’s going on but who cares, he loves it.  What I personally love about ‘Bluey’ though, is how it normalizes dads being at home.  Bandit is the one playing all sorts of games with his two daughters while mom heads out for some time to herself.  As a dad who spent time at home with his kids even before the pandemic, I love this kind of thing.  He shares the dishes and laundry duties with Chilli as well.   The show casts aside the tired stereotypes of mom doing the housework and dad going to work.

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The other thing I enjoy about the show is Bandit & Chilli usually let out a reluctant sigh whenever Bluey & Bingo ask them to play.  As a parent, I’m sure we can all agree we’ve done this at some point.  I love playing with my kids, but if I can just sit back and let them do their thing while I catch my breath, even better.  Bandit & Chilli’s attitude is a refreshing change for a children’s show.  Of course, they still end up saying yes to playing with their kids, but it’s a realistic take on parenthood that always makes me laugh.  I never realized I’d have so much in common with a couple of animated dogs. Everything is equal in Bluey’s household, but it’s usually Bandit who’s the one getting up to all sorts of hilarious shenanigans.  Whether he’s playing make-believe or working for his kids, he’s always having fun with them.  One of my favorites is an episode where Bandit pretends he’s a magical crane game.  If the girls do chores around the house, they earn “Dollar Bucks” (money) to spend on the crane game.  It seems fun at first, but each time the kids pay to play, Bandit drops the toy “they” latched onto back into the toy pile so he can get his kids to do extra chores around the house.  It’s so genius I might have to try it sometime.

While there’s plenty of humor adults will enjoy, there are certain episodes that even my 11 and 8-year-olds enjoy watching it.  The flossing grandma’s episode is a big hit in our household.

‘Bluey’ has its funny moments, but it also pulls at your heartstrings.  One episode called ‘Copycat’ deals with death and how a child might cope with it.  It sounds harsh, but it’s handled extremely well.  Most kids’ programs shy away from this topic, so I commend ‘Bluey’ for actually having the guts to write an episode around this touchy subject.

All 52 episodes of ‘Bluey’ Season 1 are currently streaming on Disney+  (a season 2 is apparently releasing this July), so if you’ve been on the fence about checking it out, give it a shot.  I think you and your kids will be pleasantly surprised.  I’m also pretty sure that if you do, your family will start referring to money as “Dollar Bucks”.

I know I’m late to the party, but yeah, ‘Bluey’ really is as awesome as everyone says it is.

Parents Rejoice as PBS Finally Cancels Caillou

Caillou is Cancelled
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There are a million petty annoyances in the world of parenthood. Maybe you hate bubbles or play-doh, maybe you want to skip bathtime or dinner time, maybe you never want to change another diaper or clean another bottle.

Every parent has different peeves, there are a lot of kids shows, some of them are questionable, but there is at least one thing we can all agree on: Caillou sucks.

The bald-headed Canadian toddler is reviled by parents one and all for whining his way through his PBS cartoon and annoying everyone in his path. Even worse, children are sponges, and by watching Caillou, many of them learn to mimic his voice and tone, and suddenly what should be a harmless children’s TV show inadvertently (?) breeds generations of whiny kids.

Well, rejoice, moms and dads, for Caillou’s reign of terror is finally coming to an end! PBS just announced that they are canceling the show and sparing us the sound of his voice!

The network even offered parents some suggestions for breaking the news to their kids:

Parents, meanwhile, are ecstatic. After 20 years on the airwaves, Caillou is finally getting booted, and I for one welcome whomever will replace him. Short of Barney coming back and bringing his theme song with him, I can’t think of another children’s character who could be worse.

Unfortunately, something worse is bound to spring up. Children’s TV shows are relentless, and they will not stop, ever, until you are dead. Or they get canceled.

Today is a good day.

Disney Animation Announces Buzz Lightyear Prequel, Moana and More

Buzz Lightyear Movie
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In perhaps the biggest Pixar news from the massive Disney Star Wars and Marvel news-bomb Thursday was a new Toy Story movie…kind of. We’ll stay in the Toy Story universe with “Lightyear”, which is a prequel and a look at the ORIGINAL Buzz Lightyear.

Sure, there was a TON of Star Wars and Marvel news, but for fans of kids movies and animation, there was plenty of excitement. And “Lightyear” had fans “Buzzing” online (I am so sorry for that pun).

Let’s pause here to say THIS ISN’T ABOUT THE TOY BUZZ LIGHTYEAR. Some fans were mad that Buzz wasn’t being voiced by Tim Allen, who has voiced the character in all the Toy Story movies. Apparently, this film examines the character the toy is based on. And this Lightyear will be voiced by Captain America himself, Chris Evans.

 

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Evans said working with Pixar is a “dream come true” and that’s he’s been a massive fan since the beginning. Evans said he couldn’t stop smiling during the pitch meeting and paid proper tribute to Tim Allen and his character. He also said the movie is going to be REALLY special and that the Pixar team “really knows what they’re doing over there.”

It sounds cool!

Along with Lightyear, we got a TON of other Pixar News, including a new CARS series, so we’ll get more Lighting McQueen and Mater journeys. Disney+ also has a Zootoopia Plus series coming, “Baymax”, which will follow the robot from “Big Hero 6”, and “Tiana” based on the heroine from “The Princess and the Frog.”

Also, another beloved Disney movie will be getting its own series, as Disney+ teased a “Moana” series in 2023.

Hayden Is Back as Vader and all the Other Star Wars Bombshells Disney Dropped

Star Wars Roundup
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Disney dropped a metric ton of Star Wars and Marvel news Thursday, but among some of the coolest developments is news that Darth Vader is back, and so is the man who controversially played him. Hayden Christensen will be reprising his role as Vader in the Obi-Wan Kenobi miniseries for Disney+, with production on the show starting soon.

Capitalizing on the breakout success of The Mandalorian, Disney+ announced a whole new slate of shows that will debut on the streaming service, including 10 new Star Wars shows and 10 new Marvel shows.

 

We’ll be getting our first glimpse of Vader since the stunning finale of Rogue One, and Christensen’s first time back in the suit since Revenge of the Sith. Star Wars fans are PSYCHED over this news, which you would not have expected 20 years ago. However, having Vader, the most iconic Star Wars character, back in a limited series is exciting, and McGregor’s Kenobi was great already, so expectations are high for this show, which is set 10 years after their last meeting.

“It was such an incredible journey playing Anakin Skywalker,” Christensen said in a press release. “Of course, Anakin and Obi-Wan weren’t on the greatest of terms when we last saw them… It will be interesting to see what an amazing director like Deborah Chow has in store for us all. I’m excited to work with Ewan again. It feels good to be back.”

And that was far from all the Star Wars news. Among other announcements, we will have TWO spin-offs from The Mandalorian, including one that has a lot of hardcore Star Wars fans excited, as the people behind Mando (Favreau and Filoni) are teaming up again to bring an “Ahsoka” series, starring Rosario Dawson as Star Wars Clone Wars and Rebels fan-favorite Ahsoka Tano. She played Tano in one episode (so far?) of The Mandalorian.

We will ALSO have a new Star Wars movie from Wonder Woman Patty Jenkins, as Star Wars Rogue Squadron hits theaters in two years. Taika Waititi is also creating a Star Wars movie that is expected to be unlike any we’ve seen yet.

Along with these new expansions into the galaxy far, far, away, we’re also getting to see some more characters we’ve grown to love. A Lando prequel series is bringing Donald Glover back to the role that was the best part of the “Solo: A Star Wars Story” movie. We’re getting the highly anticipated Andor series featuring the spy from “Rogue One”.

ON TOP OF THAT, we’re getting some animated shows, one starring C-3PO and R2-D2, and “Bad Batch”, which we already have a sneak peak of and it LOOKS AMAZING.

Finally, Star Wars is going waaay back with “The Acolyte”, which is a mystery thriller set in the High Republic era, which has yet to be explored in Star Wars canon. It’s a mystery thriller that will take viewers ‘into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark-side powers in the final days of the High Republic era.”

While Christensen as Vader in Kenobi is filming soon and will probably be among the first of the new Star Wars shows, there are a lot of really talented filmmakers working on an incredible slate of shows, taking the exploration far beyond the Skywalker Saga.

Disney+ Will Be Debuting 10 New Star Wars Shows and 10 New Marvel Shows

The Mandalorian
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Get ready for a lot more exploration of the galaxy far, far away. Disney announced a MASSIVE new slate of content on their investor call Thursday, including the news that Disney+ will be debuting 10 (!) new Star Wars series over the next few years.

This is the way.

Disney also announced they will be debuting 10 (!) new Marvel series on Disney Plus over the next couple of years as well. It’s all part of how media companies are re-imaging streaming and how they cultivate subscribers. This massive commitment to new streaming content is on the heels of the tremendous success of Disney’s “The Mandalorian”, now wrapping up its second season.

The movies are going online, and more specifically, to streaming services. This move is slated to make Disney+ a much more attractive option, as they are looking to double down (and more) on what’s worked for the platform. There will also be 15 new other series (a combo of live-action, animated, and Pixar stuff).

No specific details were unveiled for what the 10 shows will be, but we know a handful of Marvel shows that are slated to debut soon, as well as the Star Wars Obi-Wan miniseries with Ewan McGregor and a Cassian Andor “Rogue One” prequel series.

We are going to get a LOT of new Star Wars streaming content, and if it’s half as good as “The Mandalorian”, this could mark a new focus for the future of the Star Wars universe (let’s face it, Mando was much better than any of the new movies).

The Disney+ Chairman of Media and Entertainment said on the call that “With these Disney+ originals, along with theatrical releases and library titles, we will be adding something new to the service every week.”

Huge news for fans of The Mandalorian, Star Wars, Marvel, and people with kids who were already roped into committing to the new streaming platform.

Tom and Jerry Get Animated in New Live-Action Movie

Trailer for new Tom & Jerry
(YouTube/Warner Brothers Pictures)

When I was a kid, Tom and Jerry were huge.

The cartoon cat and mouse, or mouse and cat (I still don’t know!), were a staple of Saturday morning cartoons. The pair of enemies, constantly trying to outwit, outlast, and outthink each other, were as famous as cartoons get. So famous that they inspired the show-within-a-show of the most famous cartoon of the past 30 years.

The Simpsons‘ insanely homicidal Itchy and Scratchy were a direct commentary on the violence in those Tom and Jerry cartoons. And nowadays you’d be hard-pressed to find a little kid, or even a college student, who knows who they are.

But that may be about to change. There’s a new Tom and Jerry movie coming out, and sure, the mix of animation and live-action (it worked for Space Jam) makes it look like a Paula Abdul video, but Rob Delaney and Michael Pena are in it, and he’s funny! Maybe it will be good! Regardless, maybe our kids will like it!

The plot revolves around Tom (the cat) and Jerry (the mouse) moving to the big city, where Jerry moves into a hotel and the hotel hires Tom to exterminate him. Lizzo is on the soundtrack.

Enjoy:

Disney+ Debuts New Trailer for Classic X-Men Cartoon Along With All Five Seasons

X-Men Animated Series New Trailer Disney+
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Since the 2008 release of Iron Man, Marvel Studios has dominated box offices with 23 game-changing movies and counting. Before there was Robert Downey Jr.’s badass Iron Man or Chadwick Boseman’s unforgettable Black Panther, there was Fox Kids Network’s classic animated series.

Saturday mornings were already the absolute best time to be a kid, plopping down in front of the TV with a bowl of Sugar-O’s and the whole weekend ahead of you. From 1992-1997, it was also a time to get lost in the Marvel universe with the X-Men animated series. For five glorious years and 76 unforgettable episodes, the series cemented X-Men in our hearts forever.

For those lucky and committed enough to own the series on DVD, you’ve been able to enjoy perhaps the best version of X-Men ever created uninterrupted. For the rest of us, there’s been no (respectable) way to watch the nostalgic series, save for the episodes we watched so many times we could essentially watch them on-demand if we closed our eyes. That is, until now.

Disney+ is quickly making a name for itself as the streaming service that brings us back to simpler times. Though you can stream some incredible original content like The Mandalorian, Disney+ is also the home of nostalgia. You can watch classics like the 1973 Schoolhouse Rock series, the 1987 version of DuckTales, the OG Mighty Ducks, and now, the X-Men animated series.

All five action-packed seasons are available on Disney+ now, and to celebrate, Disney released a more modern version of the show’s trailer. The new trailer still contains the same wonderfully grainy animation, but the brand new transitions and added graphics give the whole thing a more contemporary vibe.

As if being able to watch the quintessential Marvel series isn’t enough good news, rumors are circulating that Disney+ may take things one step further and continue the series where it left off. I know we’ve come a long way since the 90s in terms of animation, but if the rumors turn out to be true, hopefully, they can find a way to make sure the character’s lips absolutely don’t match up with the dialogue. Something about the puppet vibe really adds to the 90s ambiance.