We all remember Invader Zim, the show about the little green alien from the planet Irk who just wants to conquer the world. It was a big hit on Nickelodeon for its gross out humor, Dark almost totalitarian settings as well as some of the funniest voice acting you’ll ever hear in an animated show… We’re not here to talk about that. This week’s cartoon of the week is about a little show known as The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy.
The show was created by Maxwell Atoms, and started as somewhat of a Double feature called Grim and Evil in 2000, but in 2003 Grim and Evil split into their own separate shows one being the Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy.
The show was about two kids Billy and Mandy who made a bet with the Grim Reaper that if they could beat him at limbo (Because you know the Grim Reaper is obviously Jamaican) he’d be their best friend forever. The kids win and Grim is now forced to be their best friend forever and they go on many wacky adventures, and by wacky I mean life threatening.
The main characters of the show are of course Billy, Mandy, and Grim. Billy is the retard of the group, I mean good god I’ve never seen a more stupid children’s cartoon character, he once took an IQ test in one of the episodes and I swear to god they said he had an IQ of -5. Not only is he retarded but he’s a force of nature when it comes to destruction, this one character causes property damage on scale that would make even the most hardened EDF soldier blush with envy. However, this makes Billy is one of the most entertaining cartoon characters of all time, and to top it all off he’s voiced by Richard Horvitz of all people! Then you have Mandy a blonde haired pink dress wearing demon from the lowest pit of hell. Mandy is one of those controlling, cynical, manipulative characters usually reserved for the bad guy in cartoons. she loves to be in control and loves to torture others; in fact she loves it so much I’m willing to bet she drowns bunnies in her spare time. This makes her one of the most interesting characters in the show, it’s quite a spectacle to see how she’ll get what she wants, and how far she will go to get it sometimes I think she surpasses Eric Cartman levels of manipulation and that’s quite a feat. She’s feared by all, especially her parents who are even terrified to make eye contact, let alone talk to their daughter. Last but not least you have the Grim Reaper, also known as Grim (I see what you did there). This is one of the more interesting incarnations of the Grim Reaper I’ve seen put to an animated show. First of all he speaks with a Jamaican accent, which is kind of weird. Grim started the show as this, well cynical kind of person he hated his life because he lost his freedom to an idiot and a controlling demon girl. He would take any opportunity he could to get him out of his contract, usually by trying to have the kids killed in some supernatural way. However as the show went on Grim eventually began to accept his lot in life, as in he stopped trying to actively kill them and just ended up praying that the situation they were in would kill them (spoiler: They never die).
Like any good cartoon the main characters steal the show; however some of the recurring characters get their own episodes that are focused mostly on them. One of the most common side characters was Irwin, a weeny (for all you non-90s kids that basically mean wimp) who really does nothing but cries and wets himself, and for some ungodly reason is obsessed with Mandy. Billy’s dad: Harold, who seems to constantly be between jobs and is just as stupid as Billy… well maybe a little less stupid given he can seem to hold a job for at least a week, He’s also voiced by Richard Horvitz. Billy’s mom Gladys whose one of the craziest characters in the show given that she always looks like she’s ready to blow. Then you have Hoss Delgado personally one of my favorite recurring characters, he’s a supernatural bounty hunter who some manages to get himself involved in the exploits of Billy, Mandy and Grim. Why is so cool, well he has a mechanical arm that can turn into anything he needs, in other words He’s somewhat Ash Williams from Evil Dead and that’s just awesome! While there are a lot more recurring characters these are the just the ones I found to be the funniest and the most prevalent within the series.
Trying to describe this show is actually very hard to do given that so much goes on within it and the episodes always seem to have a different situation. One episode Billy might be helping a giant alien creature suck out brains from the citizens of Endsville. Then in another the goddess of chaos Eris is trying to give everyone in town Huggy Bears in order to control them. The show has no flowing narrative, and I think that’s why the show is still so strong even today. The show knows it’s a cartoon; they will actively acknowledge this and take full advantage of the fact. Since they acknowledge this, the show has a lot of clever 4th wall jokes, especially in the later seasons which just make the show funnier to watch. The one thing that made the show so fun to watch was just the setup of the show and its characters. Everything in the show comes together and almost all of the jokes work and none feel out of place. Every joke was designed with the character delivering them in mind. For Example most of Billy’s jokes were either gross or slapstick humor which is always fun. While Grim and Mandy’s had intelligent humor, or fourth wall jokes. Then you mix that all in with the whole supernatural aspect of the show. This allows for a lot of interactions with supernatural beings, like cthulhu, Thor and the Asgardians, and of course a black Dracula, you have a recipe of hilarity. Combine all this with the clever writing, the supernatural settings, and the awesome set ups and you have one hell of a show.
One last thing that makes the show unique is the music; it seems to change a lot throughout an episode. One moment the music will be somewhat whimsical, the next it will have a paranormal tone, other times the music stops and favors the sound effects to set the tone. However the best music in the show came from the episode: Little Rock of Horrors, and the TV Movie: Big Boogie Adventure. The opening theme in the movie, and the song throughout the episode were created by the artist Voltaire. His music in both of these episodes is just hilarious to listen to and have a catchy beat and lyrics. The most ironic thing about this is, Voltaire is mostly known for the two songs; Brains, and Land of the Dead which were the two songs featured in the show. They fit so well in the show given the supernatural atmosphere and setting.
So is the show worth watching today? Yes, this show is still as funny as it was when it first came out about 12 years ago. The jokes are still as clever, the characters are still entertaining as when they were introduced, and overall the show has somehow remained fresh despite the time that has past. Not only had that but the show won an Emmy so you know it’s good! They even had a TV movie, and it’s personally one of my favorite cartoon movies of all time! If you’ve never seen the show before you should definitely give it a watch, and if you have it’s a great show to go back to and watch again you know for the lols or whatever you kids are saying these days.
This is the first episode to feature Voltaire’s music
The TV movie: The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy: Big Boogie Adventure
Welcome back to the PDLM-podcast! Today one of our favorite familiar faces (see what I did there) Chad Rocco from Thatguywiththeglasses.com joins us again for his third appearance.
This week’s action packed podcast includes awesome conversations about:
- The death of Super Heroes and how most of the time they suck
- Ghost Rider pissing flames…again
- What goes on inside of Thatguywiththeglasses.com
- We also check out the canceled Alien Cartoon http://www.alienscollection.com/operationaliens.html
- The Hostel Movie play set
- And of course a certain season finale
Our ending theme this week is everyone’s favorite song from Mr. Viklund: Street Fighter 3 Third Strike Online Edtition: Jazzy NYC ’99 Extended Remix
During the 1990s Marvel comics created a lot of cartoons based on their popular characters. Some of them like Spider-man and X-men turned out alright. Others such as the Silver Surfer and Iron Man were huge flops. Today we’re going to look at one of Marvel’s more popular heroes and cartoons, the jolly green Giant of Marvel; The Incredible Hulk.
The story of the incredible hulk followed the basic story of the original comics. Bruce Banner was accidently exposed to gamma radiation while trying to save a kid named Rick Jones. Now whenever Bruce gets stressed or angry he becomes the green beast known as the Hulk. Now it’s Bruce’s mission to cure himself of the hulk, while avoiding both the army, and the super villain known as the leader.
The characters of the show are the same characters from the comic, so they really shouldn’t require much of an introduction. General Ross, General of the U.S army hell bent on killing/capturing the Hulk. Betty Ross: General Ross’ Daughter and Bruce’s lover, and one of the very few people who can calm the hulk down. Rick Jones Bruce’s best friend whom he saved from the accident that turned him into the incredible Hulk. Finally, you have Doc Samson a researcher in gamma radiation who along with Betty is trying to find a way to cure Bruce of the Hulk. The Leader; a gamma mutated human with a vast intellect determined to absorb the Hulk’s strength into his body. Then you Have the Gray Gargoyle the leader’s reluctant minion whose only purpose is to find a way back to normal. These are just the core characters of the show, but if I were to list them all off we’d be here all day.
Now if any of you know anything about the Hulk (which I’m going to assume you don’t), he’s been portrayed in a different light with each incarnation. Sometimes he’s portrayed as a force of nature that destroys everything in sight. While other times, he’s portrayed as wanting to be left alone, and won’t attack unless someone else does. What makes this series Hulk interesting is that he acts like a giant green child, and given the Hulk’s character that makes a lot of sense. The cartoon portrays the Hulk as this giant beast who doesn’t want to hurt innocent bystanders, but won’t think twice about attacking the military of the Leader’s minions. The reason for this is the military and the leader is both actively looking for the Hulk in order to either use him or kill him. Then like a child the Hulk throws a tantrum and begins to destroy those that want to hurt him. Outside of battle, you can really see the Hulk’s childlike nature when he’s well looking at nature. You see a much more calm and fascinated look on his face as he observes the world around him. Personally I think this makes great character development for a character whose vocabulary is two words (HULK SMASH!). Although this childlike nature can be somewhat disturbing, given that Betty is the person who usually calms the Hulk down. When she calms him down she sounds like a motherly figure, keep in mind this is the woman who both Bruce and Hulk want to screw. One thing that didn’t change from the original comic was the Hulk’s hatred of Bruce Banner, showing the Hulk and Banner as two different entities rather than one being.
With the idea of the Hulk, you’d think that the show was pretty dark, right? Well in this case you’re right, and you’re wrong. The first season of the show was pretty grim, you have a tortured scientist who just wants to live a normal life with the person he loves and cure himself of the monster inside of him. Well both the military and the leader have other plans. In most episodes, Banner is seen being so close to finding the cure for his Bi-polarism, but then either the experiment goes wrong and creates another Super Villain for the Hulk to fight or the military/leader breaks down the door (most time literally) and then experiment is destroyed. In other words, Bruce is always on the run both from the military and himself. He’s a tortured soul who only wishes to find peace and live his life, instead winds up suffering from Jekyll and Hyde syndrome while being chased. Hell in one episode they came very close to curing Banner I won’t spoil the ending, but I will just say that this one episode is proof that Banner doesn’t have a snow ball’s chance in hell to live a normal life. This is the first season of the show where sunshine and rainbows don’t exist (to be fair in most of marvel’s heroes you’re not likely to final any).
Then you have the second season, this one is real let down. Unlike Iron Man and the Fantastic four, where the studio tries to improve everything about the show, The Incredible Hulk became a joke. Most of the tragedy was gone; the amazing cliff hanger from season one ended up wasted, oh and the show is now called the incredible Hulk and She-Hulk. Betty Ross disappeared, General Ross was hospitalized, Rick Jones kind of faded away, oh and the gray Gargoyle once a tragic deformed human became comic relief. The military stopped chasing the Hulk, that what you get for voting democratic. However, The most confusing thing was the inclusion of She-Hulk I mean yeah she had her origin story in season one and was used for two episodes but why bring her back all she did was act like a giant green slut in those two episodes. So yeah with these “Improvements” the show fell out of grace with fans and this led to the shows cancellation.
While the show did have its ups and downs, almost one thing that always kept the show fun was the crossover episodes. The first season of the show had some pretty awesome crossovers one was with Iron-man and War Machine helping the Hulk beat back the military. Another involved Dr. Doom and his manipulation of the hulk in order to save his cousin Jennifer, who would become She-Hulk. However, the one crossover that I don’t think anyone saw coming was the crossover episode involving the Ghost Rider. That’s right Marvel’s own rider from hell appeared in a children’s cartoon Hell fire, chain and the Terrifying Penance Stare. This was one of the highest points in season one only to be rivaled by the season one finale. It was really cool to see Ghost Rider do what he does best, Condemn that dammed. Ok while he obviously didn’t send anyone to hell it was still pretty cool to see him in action. While you obviously can’t top that there were some other Crossovers with heroes like Thor, and Dr. Strange but those weren’t nearly as cool.
So would I recommend this show? Yes, but I would only really recommend season 1. The show was one of the darker super hero shows at the time and really showed the tragedy of literally living with a monster inside you. Mix that in with some amazing action scenes and surprisingly complex characters and you really get one hell of a show. Oh and one little fun fact, the Gray Gargoyle, is voiced by Mark Hamill… Go figure.
Those were from season one, here’s season 2
Well it looks like Google is messing with CSS magic again. This obvious homage to Starcraft’s Zerg race- where you’d be bum rushed by a seemingly unstoppable onslaught of enemies. But in this case your webpage is attacked by letters! Defeat is pretty much inevitable and if you are the 6 people with a Google+ account you can upload your score and marvel at the time you’ve wasted.
While checking my email, I was surprised to see that Crysis 3 is coming out next year…But that didn’t surprise me. It turns out that in Crysis 3 you play as Prophet, the guy who killed himself at the beginning of Crysis 2. Now before I go into detail on the shiny, new features that have been already featured on more prominent gaming outlets, I first just wanna throw out the possibility of a prequel (mid-quel?) or the early signs of what I like to call “Plot Hole Syndrome.”
Anyways, yes, Crysis 3 is coming! I loved Crysis 1 and if you have a computer that’s up to snuff, I suggest you play that version instead of the rather bleh Xbox port; but I thought Crysis 2 was the most boring game I played in 2011. Hopefully Crytek has taken note of the tremendous PC gamer outcry, or bitching, rather so we don’t see Crysis 3 more as a console-first platform.
Instead of giving you guys the source, I thought it would be easier and a little more informative to just give you the press release. It basically tells you the setting and the awesome pre-order bonuses! Because pre-order bonuses are totally not ruining the industry
Here it is:
Fight in the New York ‘Liberty Dome’, Exploit Seven Natural Wonders and Wield Advanced Alien Weaponry in the Ultimate Sandbox Shooter
Pre-order the Crysis 3 Hunter Edition for Early Access to the New Crysis 3 Signature Bow and XP Boost in Multiplayer*
REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– The hunted becomes the hunter! Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) and award-winning developer Crytek GmbH, today announced Crysis® 3, the premier sandbox shooter experience of 2013. Powered by Crytek’s proprietary CryENGINE®, Crysis 3 advances the state of the art with unparalleled visuals and dynamic shooter gameplay. Players take on the role of ‘Prophet’ as he returns to New York, only to discover that the city has been encased in a Nanodome created by the corrupt Cell Corporation. The New York City Liberty Dome is a veritable urban rainforest teeming with overgrown trees, dense swamplands and raging rivers. Within the Liberty Dome, seven distinct and treacherous environments become known as the Seven Wonders. This dangerous new world demands advanced weapons and tactics. Prophet will utilize a lethal composite bow, an enhanced Nanosuit and devastating alien tech to become the deadliest hunter on the planet.
“Crysis 3 is a thrilling mix of sandbox gameplay, advanced combat and hi-tech human and alien weaponry that shooter fans will love,” said Cevat Yerli, Chief Executive Officer of Crytek. “Leveraging the latest CryENGINE technology, we’re able to deliver seven unique themes that offer stunning and visually loaded gameplay experiences. We cannot wait until people get their hands on the game.”
Set in 2047, Prophet is on a revenge mission after uncovering the truth behind Cell Corporation’s motives for building the quarantined Nanodomes. The citizens were told that the giant citywide structures were resurrected to protect the population and to cleanse these metropolises of the remnants of Ceph forces. In reality, the Nanodomes are CELL’s covert attempt at a land and technology grab in their quest for global domination. With Alien Ceph lurking around every corner and human enemies on the attack, nobody is safe in the path of vengeance. Everyone is a target in Prophet’s quest for retribution.
Crytek also announced that players who are ready to start the hunt can pre-order the Crysis® 3 Hunter Edition* today. The Crysis 3 Hunter Edition gives players the tools to become the ultimate hunter in multiplayer with early access to the new signature bow and its attachments, plus the Hunter Nanosuit module which adds additional power and functionality to the super-suit. Gamers who pre-order now will also have a head start when playing online with a bonus XP boost up to level 5, a unique bow skin and three exclusive dog tags to hunt in style**. The Crysis 3 Hunter Edition is available on Origin.com and other participating retailers for $59.99.
In addition to receiving the Crysis 3 Hunter Edition, select retailers are offering gamers that pre-order Crysis 3 the following early multiplayer unlocks:
- Stalker Pack — Includes the base game, all Hunter Edition content and the following early multiplayer unlocks: for players who like to stalk their prey from the shadows the Stalker Pack provides early multiplayer access to the deadly semi-auto Jackal shotgun. This powerful, close-range shotgun comes with a unique silencer attachment, custom weapon skin and two exclusive themed in-game dog tags.
- Overkill Pack — Includes the base game, all Hunter Edition content and the following early multiplayer unlocks: the Overkill Pack features early multiplayer access to the Typhoon assault weapon and skin. Spewing 500 rounds a second, the Typhoon gives players the ability to go guns blazing to take back the Liberty Dome. Also included are two exclusive Overkill themed in-game dog tags.
- Predator Pack — Includes the base game, all the Hunter Edition content and the following early multiplayer unlocks: the Predator Pack delivers early multiplayer access to the Feline submachine gun and exclusive camo. With an extremely fast rate of fire and a 60 round magazine the Feline is highly effective and deadly, at short range.
Oh, boy remember when rumors were circulating about Star Wars Battlefront 3 being made by Spark Unlimited (aka the devs behind Turning Point and Legendary)? Well it turns out they are making Lost Planet 3. Whoop! Kinda leaked. I won’t say much, but I had an extreme dislike for Lost Planet 2 and Thomas has an extreme dislike for Spark Unlimited. So I’d imagine this would make for an interesting Co-Op experience.
And here’s the second leaked RE 6 trailer for your viewing amusement.
But as of now people, like me, who are level 145 in the game cannot play it due to some bug. Thankfully Overkill will have a fix sometime tomorrow. But the ever-so delayed Patch 6 has arrived and brings a fucking ton of free content to the table before the DLC launches. Here’s are most of the new features/fixes they added:
NEW SWAT TACTICS on all levels
NEW and improved blood, gundfire and explosion effects.
NEW damage from explosions.
NEW DIFFICULTY For the PAYDAY fans that think the action is the juice, we now introduce a new difficulty setting called OVERKILL 145+. It can only be played if you have reached level 145 and opens up the possibility for new achievements as well as the OVERKILL 145+ leaderboards.
NEW RANDOM EVENTS on all the heists on ALL DIFFICULTIES, will surprise and challenge you like never before.
Also some extra love on:
FIRST WORLD BANK: New OVERKILL 145+ events
STREET: New OVERKILL 145+ events
PANIC ROOM: New OVERKILL 145+ events
GREEN BRIDGE: New OVERKILL 145+ events
DIAMOND HEIST: New OVERKILL 145+ events
SLAUGHTERHOUSE: New OVERKILL 145+ events
NEW ACHIEVEMENTS The patch includes eight new achievements for Steam.
FOUR MORE YEARS: Awarded for reaching reputation level 145. Along with the achievement, players are also rewarded with the presidential mask set!
BANK ON ME: Awarded for beating FIRST WORLD BANK on the OVERKILL 145+ difficulty setting.
HILLS STREET BLUES: Awarded for beating HEAT STREET on the OVERKILL 145+ difficulty setting.
BRUSH WITH DEATH: Awarded for beating PANIC ROOM on the OVERKILL 145+ difficulty setting.
BEAT THE SHIELD: Awarded for beating GREEN BRIDGE on the OVERKILL 145+ difficulty setting.
BAD CODE: Awarded for beating DIAMOND HEIST on the OVERKILL 145+ difficulty setting.
LOTS OF PIGS, BUT NO PIGS: Awarded for beating SLAUGHTERHOUSE on the
OVERKILL 145+ difficulty setting.
YOU ARE GOLDEN! Awarded for beating all six original heists on the OVERKILL 145+ difficulty setting. Along with the achievement, players are also rewarded with the golden 145+ mask. Overkill salutes you!
Players who reach reputation level 145 (and get the FOUR MORE YEARS achievement) are awarded with the presidential mask set.
Players who beat all heists on the new OVERKILL 145+ difficulty setting (and get the YOU ARE GOLDEN! achievement) are awarded with the golden 145+ mask – the most fashionable way to show others that you are a true career criminal!
NEW OPTION (PC ONLY) By popular demand, players can now set their FOV (field of view) ranging from 60 to 100. Simply go to the Advanced Graphics Menu to make the change.
HALL OF FAME (PC ONLY) 200 dedicated career criminals are in for a surprise! As a token of appreciation to our community, 200 of the most dedicated PC players have gotten their nick names immortalized in the PC version of the game. Where could your name be hiding?
WORLDWIDE SUCCESS RATE Payday players can now view statistics on how large a percentage of players in the world have completed the different heists on all difficulties. Access this information in the Select Heist Menu.
NEW CHARACTER ANIMATIONS The law enforcers can now move like never before! Expect the unexpected! Also, the party goers in DIAMOND HEIST have new dance moves.
HUD UPDATE Players can now see the name of the character they are currently playing in the portrait window while in-game.
NEW MUSIC The DJ at the party in DIAMOND HEIST has a nice playlist.
NEW MOUSE settings. You can now set your mouse sensetivity for aimed and non aimed mode. This is also a on/off feature.
Improved network code.
Added a fix for those who experience lag after a successful heist.
Collision fixes on all levels.
Added a fix for AI movement in DIAMOND HEIST.
Added a fix for the glitch where the enemy could not see you in SLAUGHTERHOUSE.
Added a fix for LOD (level of detail) steps on several heists.
Added a fix for the big red diamond abuse in DIAMOND HEIST.
Added a fix for crashes when leaving multiplayer.
Added fixes for several rare crashes.
Added a fix for the Cloaker who would not attack players.
Added a fix for the Cloaker who would do range attacks on players.
Added a fix for brightness control which previously didn’t always work properly.
Added a fix for snipers that would shoot through the building walls in PANIC ROOM.
Added a fix for the Taser, who now has a longer interval before he starts to tase again after being interrupted.
The shotguns now have new – more realistic – reload animations, in which the weapon isn’t cocked unless it’s needed.
Graphical updates on some heists. New events have caused us to make certain graphical improvements, changing the layout of several environments.
Souce: Payday Forums