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Songster Creates “Perfect PokeRap” With All 812 Pokemon Names

Remember the rap song at the end of the Pokemon cartoon that listed all 150 characters? Other versions have come and gone, but at last we have a PokeRap with EVERY. SINGLE. POKEMON. EVER.

Polygon Video Producer Brian David Gilbert debuted his “Perfect PokeRap” during a panel at PAX East 2019. Gilbert kicked things off with a bit of a comedy routine and explanation of the process to make this masterpiece, and while it is a long video, it’s worth the watch. It’s been years since an updated version of the PokeRap was made, and I am glad someone took it into their own hands to get the job done. This is what true vigilante justice looks like.

Check out the video below, with the rap starting around 24 minutes in:

RIP Terry the Tangela

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Check Out The First Trailer For “Playmobil: The Movie”

If you are a fan of Playmobil toys like we are, you have to check out the official trailer for the upcoming animated feature, “Playmobil: The Movie”. It’s got everything you would want in a movie about these iconic toys, and more – an all-star voice cast, fun storyline, and a very angry chicken.

You can watch the trailer below:

We saw some of the toys that Playmobil will be offering tied to this movie during NY Toy Fair 2019, and all we can say is that Robototron will be the breakout star of the film!

Here is the official synopsis of the film: When her younger brother Charlie (Gabriel Bateman) unexpectedly disappears into the magical, animated universe of PLAYMOBIL, unprepared Marla (Anya Taylor-Joy) must go on a quest of a lifetime to bring him home.

As she sets off on a fantastic journey across stunning new worlds, Marla teams up with some unlikely and heroic new friends – the smooth-talking food truck driver Del (Jim Gaffigan), the dashing and charismatic secret agent Rex Dasher (Daniel Radcliffe), a wholehearted misfit robot, an extravagant fairy-godmother (Meghan Trainor) and many more. Through their vibrant adventure, Marla and Charlie realize that no matter how life plays out, you can achieve anything when you believe in yourself!

Featuring the voices of Anya- Taylor Joy, Jim Gaffigan, Gabriel Bateman, Adam Lambert, Kenan Thompson, Meghan Trainor and Daniel Radcliffe.

“Playmobil: The Movie” arrives in UK theaters on August 9th. No US release date has been announced yet.

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Steven Universe Soundtrack Volume 2 Releases Tomorrow – Here Are All The Songs!

Let me drive my van into your heart! Cartoon Network just announced the details for the second volume of their Steven Universe soundtrack, as well as an unexpected surprise.

The story was broken by Den of Geek, who got the exclusive scoop on the track list and cover of the album. Not only is CN releasing this soundtrack, but they are also releasing a karaoke album called “Steven Universe: Karaoke” which has instrumental versions of 11 songs.

Check out the song list for Volume 2 below:

1: The Working Dead

2: Sadie Killer and the Suspects

3: G-G-G-Ghost

4: The Distant Shore

5: Ruby Rider

6: Let’s Only Think About Love

7: Familiar

8: Escapism

9: Let Me Ska My Van Into Your Heart

10: We Are The Crystal Gems (Change Your Mind Version)

11: Change Your Mind

12: Love Like You (Reprise)

Ultimately, the soundtrack is less than half of what volume one had on it. However, it does perfectly conclude the end of this massive arc for Steven, as this covers all the songs since the first soundtrack was released.

Here is the track listing for the karaoke album:

1: We Are The Crystal Gems: Main Title (Instrumental Version)

2: Do It For Her (Instrumental Version)

3: Stronger Than You (Instrumental Version)

4: We Are The Crystal Gems: Full Theme (Instrumental Version)

5: It’s Over Isn’t It (Instrumental Version)

6: Here Comes A Thought (Instrumental Version)

7: Love Like You: End Credits (Instrumental Version)

8: That Distant Shore (Instrumental Version)

9: Familiar (Instrumental Version)

10: Escapism (Instrumental Version)

11: We Are The Crystal Gems: Change Your Mind Version (Instrumental Version)

This also coincides with the release of the complete “Steven Universe Season 2” DVD set, which comes out on April 16 (took them long enough)!

Steven UniverseVolume 2 Soundtrack will be available Friday, April 12 for digital download and streaming. 

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Just Another Boring Day In first Teaser Trailer for New “Addams Family” Movie

The new Addams Family animated film is coming out later this fall from MGM, and we now have our first look at the macabre brood in action. Things are looking rather “tedious” according to Wednesday, but if that is what she thinks is dull, I am afraid to find out what excites her!

Check out the teaser trailer below:

The full plot of the movie remains to be dug up, but so far, things are looking very Addams from what we have seen. Most likely, this will be about how odd they are compared to “Normal people”, and some new neighbors next door will have to learn to love and accept them.

The all-star voice cast for this movie includes Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Bette Midler and Allison Janney.

The Addams Family hits theaters this Halloween.

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First Full Trailer For “Toy Story 4” Is Here, And Bo Peep Is Back!

When I first heard that there would be a fourth Toy Story movie, I yawned and blew it off. We already saw the end of the story for Buzz, Woody, and everyone else when the trilogy concluded in 2010. Nine years later, we have another movie, and it seemed like a shameless money grab. Based on the latest trailer that finally reveals more details to the story, this movie is starting to look good.

In “Toy Story 4”, a new toy is introduced – Forky – who Bonnie made in school. Forky is not so into being a toy, and tries to escape, which leads Woody to hunt him down. Far away from home, the two end up discovering the location of lost toy Bo Peep, who is quite happy living away from kids with other childhood mementos that went missing. From there, Buzz leads the others to search for Woody and Forky, and who knows what hijinx will ensue. It looks like it will be a funny and heart-warming story that we come to expect from a “Toy Story” film, but don’t take my word for it.

Check out the new trailer below:

Here is the official synopsis from Disney:

Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called “Forky” to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy.

Directed by Josh Cooley (“Riley’s First Date?”) and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Inside Out,” “Up”) and Mark Nielsen (associate producer “Inside Out”), Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” ventures to U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019.

We only have a few more months to go until the release of this movie, and after seeing this trailer, I am finally excited to see where this adventure leads them.

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Watch the entire 90’s “Mega Man” Cartoon Show For FREE

Growing up in the 1990s was a great time for cartoons. You could enjoy all the hits from the ’80’s along with all the new shows from the times. Saturday mornings were the best mornings, while Sundays were usually solid but not quite as good. However, it was those days, as well as weekday early morning syndicated shows before school started that really stuck with us.

One show that a lot of folks remember today was the Mega Man cartoon from Ruby-Spears. Also made by Ashi Productions and Ocean Productions (with Capcom of course), this cartoon was pretty cheesy, even for its era. The theme song will get stuck in your head, but I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not. Still, it was a fun show and if you are a Mega Man mega fan, you should be watching this!

Check out the series premiere video below to get you started:

The first episode of Mega Man sees Dr. Wily attack New York’s Kennedy Airport and Mega Man is crushed by a falling object, leaving him in need of repair. While Mega Man is being fixed, Dr. Light reveals his past history working with Dr. Wily and how it led to the events that happened that day.

From there, Dr. Wily builds his evil robots and we are off to the races!

It ran from 1994 to 1995 in syndication in the US. The show only lasted 23 episodes, but it does include some references to Mega Man X, the more current game of the time.

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After Epic Season Finale, “Steven Universe” Is Just Getting Started

“Steven Universe” is a favorite here at Nerd News Today, and that season finale from a few months ago still has us rocked. It could have been a series finale the way it wrapped up, but thankfully it won’t be. Many things came to a close but there are certainly some new loose threads hanging around, and that means the show is now free to take a deeper examination of the titular protagonist.

On a recent episode of Cartoon Network’s official Steven Universe podcast, series creator Rebecca Sugar and former co-executive producer Ian Jones-Quartey discussed how the season finale “Change Your Mind” is really a new starting point for Steven Universe as a character:

The thing about Steven Universe is that it’s a coming of age story and this is something that he had to figure out in order to start making decisions for himself. Throughout the show, it’s actually been very difficult to write Steven because he puts others in front of himself and his motivations are so tied in with what he thinks other people want—what he thinks his mother would have wanted, what he thinks the Gems want, and who he’s supposed to be.

This is where we finally break that all down. He can’t be distracted by any sort of “supposed to.” It doesn’t exist for him and he doesn’t have to be what other people want or expect him to be.

Jones-Quartey added:

I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that this specific arc of Steven’s, like “Change Your Mind” definitely makes a definitive statement on Steven and who he is and what he thinks he is and how he feels about it. Moving forward, everything’s going to be different.

No new details were revealed about what to expect from the next season or when it will air. At least we only have less than a year to wait for the Steven Universe movie, which is also still shrouded in mystery.

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Marvel Comics’ “What If” Being Adapted To TV Series

One of the most interested adaptations of a Marvel Comics series will be coming to streaming platforms soon, and it’s an unexpected addition. Marvel Comics’ “What If” series is in the works to join Disney’s digital TV platform, and we could not be more excited about that news!

This scoop came from Slashfilm, who had this info corroborated by three unnamed sources.

The new animated show will be overseen by Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios, but the stories will not be canon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, just like the original comics.  

It’s also not confirmed if the show will use any storylines from the comics for inspiration, except for Issue #47, which explored what would happen if Loki got Mjolnir instead of Thor.

“What If” comics began in 1977 and continue to this day in various forms. While the long-running series has been cancelled for a long time, it has seen resurgences sporadically over the past fifteen years.

Last month it was revealed that Jeph Loeb would be overseeing new Marvel series on the Hulu streaming service, including Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K., Marvel’s Hit-Monkey, Marvel’s Tigra & Dazzler Show, Marvel’s Howard the Duck,  and a crossover special Marvel’s The Offenders with a list of very talented writers and producers including Kevin Smith, Patton Oswalt, Chelsea Handler, Erica Rivinoja, Dave Willis, and more.

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“Batman VS TMNT” Gets A Trailer

Awhile back, we learned of a cartooncrossover between The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and (who knew) Batman. Today, we have our first look at the movie, and all we can say is WOW.

Entertainment Weekly got the scoop on this one, giving us a video that gives us goosebumps every time we watch it.

And here is a bootleg trailer from Youtube that is easier to watch (until the official one is uploaded to that site):

Not only are we getting the ninja turtles and batman together, but we are also getting Batgirl and Damian, plus their rogues gallery of – to name a few – Ras Al Ghul, Harley Quinn, Bane, Me Freeze, Penguin, and The Joker. On top of that, OH HAI SHREDDER!

By the way, the cast for this movie is just as INSANE as this crossover!

Emmy winner Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace) leads the voice cast behind the Turtles as Raphael, accompanied by Saturday Night Live‘s Kyle Mooney as Michelangelo, Grace & Frankie‘s Baron Vaughn as Donatello, and The Woody Woodpecker Show‘s Eric Bauza as Leonardo.

John DiMaggio (Adventure Time) voices Mr. Freeze, Tara Strong (Teen Titans Go!) voices both Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) voices Penguin, Carlos Alazraqui (Reno 911!) voices Bane, Cas Anvar (The Expanse) voices Ra’s al Ghul, Keith Ferguson (Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends) voices Baxter Stockman and Two-Face, Andrew Kishino (The Lion Guard) voices Shredder, and Meskimen voices another character with Scarecrow.

“Batman VS Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” will be released through Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack this spring.

The film will have its world premiere at WonderCon Anaheim 2019 on March 31, 2019.

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“DC Super Hero Girls” Cartoon Is Back With An All New Look

It’s been awhile, and it left many fans scratching their heads about its disappearance, but “DC Super Hero Girls” is finally back – and with an all new look.

Cartoon Network just dropped a new trailer today for the return of this animated series, and it looks like a vast improvement over the previous incarnation.

Check out the new trailer below:

Joining the team is Batgirl, Supergirl, Bumblebee, Jessica Cruz AKA Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and Zatanna.

The new incarnation of the series features a new animation style and is developed for television by My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic creator Lauren Faust.

The all-star voice cast includes Grey Griffin as Wonder Woman, Tara Strong as Batgirl, Nicole Sullivan as Supergirl, Kari Wahlgren as Zatanna, Myrna Velasco as Green Lantern and Kimberly Brooks as Bumblebee.

The series was officially announced by Cartoon Network this past May.

Watch the all-new series on Cartoon Network starting March 8.

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