Posts tagged "Bruce Timm"
Cartoon Nostalgia, Cartoon Revolution, Part 4: Cold War Moral Clarity and post-Cold War Moral Ambivalence

Cartoon Nostalgia, Cartoon Revolution, Part 4: Cold War Moral Clarity and post-Cold War Moral Ambivalence

We come now to the end of the beginning, the final installment in Jeremiah Lawson aka Wenatchee the Hatchet’s four-part Cartoon Nostalgia series. If you’ve been paying attention, you may have noticed that Jeremiah is building an argument, setting the stage to explore some very ripe territory. But more on that soon. For now, sit back and watch a (jedi) master at work:

When critics decry 1980s pop culture for its cartoonish characters and cartoonish conflicts, it is not without reason. This was the decade, after all, when President Reagan referred explicitly to the Soviet Union as the “Evil Empire”. Within…

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Superman: An American Icon At War With (And For) His Legacy, Part 5

Superman: An American Icon At War With (And For) His Legacy, Part 5

Holy (Alpha and) Omega Beams, Batman! The final installment of our five-part series on the moral and philosophical underpinnings of Superman: The Animated Series, written by our resident animation expert Jeremiah Lawson aka Wenatchee the Hatchet, is here! We hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have. This series is dedicated to the memory of Dwayne McDuffie.

Part 5: Darkseid and The Dark Side of Superman

While Jack Kirby’s New Gods were not originally created with any connection to Superman, over time Kirby’s evil god Darkseid became a recurring foil for the Man of Steel. Ruling from the wasteland planet of Apokolips,…

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Superman: An American Icon At War With (And For) His Legacy, Part 4

Superman: An American Icon At War With (And For) His Legacy, Part 4

Up in the sky, look – it’s part four of our five-part Superman series! Written by Jeremiah Lawson aka Wenatchee the Hatchet, you can find the other parts of the series here, here, and here, respectively. And again, we’re dedicating these posts to the memory of Superman/DCAU whiz Dwayne McDuffie:

Part 4: Brainiac as Kryptonian Sin

A legacy has both the power to heal and to harm. While Superman loves what he knows of his home world Krypton, we also know that, ironically, his great weakness is the most tangible piece of his home world, the substance known as Kryptonite. This fascinating…

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Superman: An American Icon At War With (And For) His Legacy, Part 3

Superman: An American Icon At War With (And For) His Legacy, Part 3

…In which our hero, with the help of trusted guide Jeremiah Lawson aka Wenatchee the Hatchet, takes a long hard look at his heritage and, consequently, his identity. Click here for Part One, and here for Part Two. Again, this series is dedicated to the memory of Dwayne McDuffie:

Part 3:  A Hero With A Dual Legacy

It is to executive producers Paul Dini and Bruce Timm’s credit that throughout their work on Superman: The Animated Series they followed a narrative path in which we see clearly that Superman’s ultimate battle is not with supervillains and corrupt business tycoons but with any/all…

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Superman: An American Icon At War With (And For) His Own Legacies, Pt 1

Superman: An American Icon At War With (And For) His Own Legacies, Pt 1

We are very excited to kick off the first of several series from Mbird’s animation expert Jeremiah Lawson aka Wenatchee the Hatchet exploring the philosophical and theological underpinnings of the DC Animated Universe (DCAU). For those of you who are animation-averse, the DCAU, also known as the Timm-verse (after wunder-producer Bruce Timm) is widely considered a highwater mark of recent American animation, and with good reason – the storytelling and character development is incredibly sharp, and the concepts being explored surprisingly (and refreshingly) deep. The A/V Club published a great primer recently. Without any further ado:

 

Part One: The First…

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