The Little Mermaid 2 is about to be 18?!

On September 19th, 2000, Disney released The Little Mermaid 2.

That means that that later this month, the mermaid who began the Disney Renaissance on November 17, 1989… her daughter who was voiced by Tara Strong… that movie will be old enough to vote for The mid-term elections!

All of this is to say… *sigh* we are getting older.

Country singer Chely Wright recorded a new cover of Part of Your World for the US release’s credits, but some parts of the world received a cover from Ann Marie Boskovich

Expect more posts about The Little Mermaid as well as The Little Mermaid 2 in the upcoming weeks.

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Our shows lived on…

ghostbusters_ver10Lately, the trend has been bring back this or that show or movie that was popular, but do this or that to it. 1980’s Ghostbusters got an all female group, 1990’s Power Rangers had their casts become even more diverse and extreme, and the  2000’s Teen Titans became chibi’s and extremely dumbed down. Each one of those, probably should not have happened.

When the Ghostbusters reboot was not doing well, and they blamed men for trolling on the internet, and not on the fact that the movie was mediocre and missed recapturing how the original movies felt, Paul Feig went on record saying that he would never re-boot another classic property.

Ranger meme2When Jason David Frank of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers talked about how the new movie did not do well, he said that they should have made a movie with the original cast, because that was the only time people were really cheering in the audience.

But then there was Teen Titans Go, which has a movie out now, and despite not hitting the tone of the original show… has fans? I don’t get it, but Cartoon Network sure does show it enough… so I guess someone is watching?

In the next wave of reboot nostalgia bait, we have: Thundercats, She-Ra, and Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Each has set off their original fans, as they complain about it while others are arguing how stupid they are for it. ThunderCats? Don’t call it Cal-arts cause lots of other people use it who didn’t go! She-Ra? You man babies are mad cause she doesn’t have big breasts! Buffy??? Well… now that one is where a lot of people are actually just going ‘Umm… No? Please!?’

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buffyseason12The problem with Rebooting Buffy The Vampire Slayer… is the fact that that show was very progressive for a 90’s/00’s show… and well… it lived on through it’s comics to this very day. Black Slayer? Kindra, who was awesome. Lesbians? Two… but one fell into the bury our gays trope. Gay guy? Andrew was fabulous! Sexy men? Every darn season. wait… that doesn’t count as progressive? Huh.

Buffy has never left the public’s eye really since the cancellation of it’s sister show Angel in 2004. Sarah Michelle Gellar, visually, is Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

Buffy_The_Vampire_Slayer_MovieCertain shows can be softly rebooted, such as Star Wars where they can include old cast members in the original’s world… where they just… well… keep dying every movie. Buffy is one of those given the mythos.

Heck, I’d even allow an entire ret-con of Buffy’s entire show, and have this new slayer be after the 1992’s original Buffy The Vampire Slayer movie! That’s right… they are rebooting a reboot!

Just have her be a new slayer that just shows up because the last couple of slayers have passed away…

Thundercats_the_return_4bGetting back onto the major subject at hand is… ThunderCats continued on past the original show just like Buffy did. There were comics… a lot of them. Lion-O even fought Superman… but who hasn’t? Seriously… he’s sort of a bad person.

There was a soft re-boot of the show in 2011 which failed to get a second season due to poor toy sales.

Voltron similarly had a CGI continuation of the original show, than a bad reboot, but then AN AMAZING REBOOT on Netflix!

Gargoyles had a bad 3rd season thus was canceled, but came back as a short lived comic and now Jordan Peel wants to reboot it, which makes Disney uneasy.

reboot 1Reboot was… soft rebooted? It was just terrible though, and is more of a Code Lyoko reboot under the guise of being a reboot of the original 90’s show, as it threw just way too much of it out, and what was left in was just neutered and did not answer any of the questions that the cliff hanger at the end of the show asked.

deadpoolWhile not a reboot but an adaptation all the same, Deadpool did extremely well considering that it was not in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When asked why that was, Kevin Feige said this:

We’ve always said if there’s any ‘secret’ it’s respect the source material, understand the source material and then, any adaptation you make from the source material should be done only to enhance whatever the original pure spirit of the source material was.

Power Rangers has an amazing comic book out right now, and it is not really a re-telling of the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, but an alternate universe of it. When Kyle Higgins and his fellow writers were interviewed recently at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 by IGN, Kyle said:

… my approach was to not write Power Rangers as it existed, or as I remember it existing, but to write it as I remember it making me feel.

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So what lessons can we learn from Paul Feig, Jason David Frank, Kevin Feige, and Kyle Higgins?

Adapting a classic property is hard to do, and may not be worth doing. People want what made them excited for the original property, as that magic is what will capture a new audience as well. No matter what, you have to respect what was, even if you are going to change it.

 

Sukesha-Ray’s Flounder

I’m just back from A-Kon 29, and while there will be an update about that, I decided to focus on my mermaid commission. It’s Flounder still, but this time around I had artist Sukesha-Ray draw her.
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She is, first off beautiful, and so is her version of Flounder. She kind of made this one her own though a little bit, which is fine, but I personally prefer her with a mohawk. Anyways, what does everyone think of her? You can comment here or on my Deviant art page for her.

Happy Mer-Monday everyone!

Gargoyles Funko Pop?

HudsonI searched Gargoyles on reddit on a whim after watching Star Trek Deep Space Nine’s episode and… THEY ARE MAKING GARGOYLES FUNKO POPS! WTF?! Apparently, you can even pre-order him?

My body really wasn’t ready for this! What if we get everyone? I want my Waifu’s Gargoyle Elisa Maza and human Demona! Oh, and David Xanatos in his Steal Clan armor would be pretty sweet.

*sigh* I really miss Disney’s Gargoyles.

until then… here is a cool cover of the theme song to Gargoyles?

Mer-blahg Monday

Happy MerMonday everyone. I know I’m not the greatest artist around, but I like to try ya know? Here’s another part of Flounder’s origin, as well as the original sketch I made to see where it started from.

The original idea, you see, is that Ursula is so full of herself that she feels like she has outdone herself with how cute Flounder turned out, so maybe she is getting a little too handsy with her newly minted mermaid.

Scan_0023*sigh* I’m a little down today, because right after making this drawing, I checked my reddit post I did in a Dead Rising board over my brony version of Dead Rising, and yeah… well… people did not really like it, and someone made sure to spell it out that it was just poorly drawn.

20180420_netsenshi_ariel_flounderBefore that, a friend said that she thought that the Kittyhawk commission was weird to her because Flounder was definitely a dude. At least me and her were able to come to the conclusion that Flounder, in general, is weird… considering that he is not actually a flounder, or any other real fish.

Huh. Maybe that’s the next piece of art. Flounder coming out to his parents that he is a mermaid, only for them to tell him he is adopted.

Maybe I’m just in a bad head-space because I went to this ceremony thing where a brick was dedicated to my Grandfather for his service in the marines during WWII. Lost it when they started playing taps.

So next month is MerMay, right? I’m going to figure out the rules and try to draw some mermaids next month… so look forward to that, I guess.

Behold Ariel and Flounder

The colors of love? Red vs. Blue: Make love not war? What should be the title for this one?

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This one is based off of a scene NOT in the movie, that I was mandala effected into believing was from the movie or at least the show. What’s funny is… this image below is not the full image!ariel and flounder

The original is this scene where Sebastion is being the best wingman ever for Flounder… and doing like… some underwater mistletoe so his best friend has to smooch him? The original scene is actually a little less tame than the one done by Kittyhawk, I think, except for the fact that they are both adults.

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The colored versions of my Flounder and Ariel can be found over on Kittyhawk’s sketchbook here: http://montrose.is/sketching/201804202303.html

Happy Mer-Monday err… Feminine Friday!