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ComicMix Six: Television for the next generation of fandom

Luana Haygen

Luana is an animated movie and superhero enthusiast with an eye for detail. She has been drawing and creating fashions since she was a child. She has been routinely helping here at ComicMix since 2009.

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  1. Russ Rogers says:

    The Backyardigans is still on the Nick Jr. schedule, but maybe it's out of regular production. There have been episodes about Secret Agents and Superheroes too!"Fineas and Pherb" on the Disney Channel is a good show. Nice music and there is a subplot in each episode where Perry the pet platypus foils the plans of the Mad Scientist Dr. Doofenshmirtz. The brains that write this have been dipped in the same candy coating as most ComicMix readers. The gags play off of classic comic book themes.The Mighty "B" features Amy Pohler, recent alumni of Saturday Night Live. The show revolves around a wacky "Girl Scout." The satire can be strong. But this occasionally degenerates into Ren and Stimpy or Spongebob-type gross out humor in it. There's a place for gross out humor. But not with very small children. It scares them."The Wonder Pets" also has a Superhero aesthetic. But it's a bit too cutesy for my tastes.

    • mike weber says:

      Second the vote for "Phineas and Ferb". My granddaughters were here the past week, and three-year-old Maggie insists on watching Disney Channel – much of which makes me want to give myself a lobotomy with a blunt spoon (and yes, i am looking at you, "Higglytown Heroes"…).But "Phineas and Ferb" is just a delight on so many levels.It hits a lot of the same tropes as "Kim Possible" … but a lot more, too. ("Mom! Phineas and Ferb are making a title sequence!")

      • Russ Rogers says:

        I agree, Higglytown Heroes is awful. Once you get past the They Might Be Giants title theme, the music is bland pablum. It's not sincere. I would say the same for the Doodlebops and Yo Gabba Gabba. I can't watch 'em. I can't control my gag reflex."Phineas and Ferb" (I got my "PH" and "F" mixed up before) is a highlight of the current Disney Channel line-up. I wonder how well "Phineas and Ferb" would transfer to a comic book format! You wouldn't get the original song each episode normally contains. But most of the other gags and bits would work.

        • mike weber says:

          In this world where mediocre-to-bad cartoons are getting mediocre-to-ghodawful movie adaptatons (and yes, i am looking at you, "Speed Racer"), i'd say "Phieas and Ferb" is ripe for a feature-length treatment (as long as the creators do it).As a Disney XD TV movie, if nothing else

          • Russ Rogers says:

            The Powerpuff Girls Movie killed the Powerpuff Girls. The Recess Movie spelled the end of Recess. (That might not be literally true, but it feels that way to me. Feature movies generally doom the show. The Simpsons is the exception.) I can wait seven to ten years for a Phineas and Ferb Movie. Besides, I really like that Phineas and Ferb packs two over the top plots and a song into just eleven minutes. I have trouble imagining how that would get dragged out for 88 minutes.

    • Jonathan (the other says:

      Two superhero episodes of Backyardigans that I can recall – "The Key to the World", in which Weather Woman (Uniqua) and Captain Hammer (Austin) have to save the Key to the World, possession of which would let the villains run everything, from Dr. Shrinky (Tyrone, with scrubs and a black domino) and Yuckyman (Pablo); and "Super Snap!", in which mild-mannered newspaper photographer Tasha, aka the speedster Super Snap, saves the city from a giant robot that yells "Cheese!" a lot, with the help of Bug Girl (Uniqua) and Captain Bubble (Tyrone).My autistic daughter is a huge fan, so I think I've seen about all the episodes… :-)

  2. Bill Spangler says:

    I can't resist the temptation to add here that one of the driving forces behind DRAGON TALES was Tim Eldred, a writer/artist with a very solid background in comics. In addition to a number of solo projects, he and I worked on some ROBOTECH comics together, and he wrote and drew the terrific graphic novel GREASE MONKEY, which Tor published in 2006. Check it out, if you can.

  3. Rick Taylor says:

    Kim Possible ROCKS!

  4. Brian Alvey says:

    We love The Backyardigans and I know Russ does too. Great music. We have their CDs in the car for the kids.We've been following them since they first appeared in 2004. My wife even blogged about them on Blogging Baby (now AOL's ParentDish).Also fans of Super Why and Kim Possible.So basically all of the odd numbered entries above. ;-)

  5. destiny says:

    my brother loves you shows he aways wanted you and his only 1 in a half