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Jason Muriithi Kiama
December 4, 1997
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I am a male Kikuyu who grew up watching DSTV and loving it, just like my mum. At a later childhood I began to appreciate entertainment media. My top 4 favourite entertainment companies are: 1. Disney 2. Warner 3. Nickelodeon 4. DreamWorks.
Current Residence: Kenya Favorite genre of music: Soundtrack Operating System: Windows 11 MP3 player of choice: Smartphone Skin of choice: Dark Favorite cartoon character: N/A Personal Quote: "You are never bored when you got imagination."
Favorite visual artistDerrick J. Wyatt, Brian Kesinger, Jae Lee, Tom BancroftFavorite moviesTransformers 1986, Star Wars series, Dark Knight Trilogy, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Deadpool Movies, Mad Max Fury RoadFavorite TV showsTransformers (G1, Animated, Prime, Beast Wars & Machines), G.I. Joe (RAH, Renegades, Resolute), Star Wars (Clone Wars, Rebels), Supa StrikasFavorite bands / musical artistsLinkin Park, Imagine Dragons, Fall Out Boy, Eminem, Steve Jablonsky, Hans Zimmer, JT Music, Dan Bull, Natzure, The Living TombstoneFavorite gamesTransformers WFC, FOC, Battlefield 1, Overwatch, Call of DutyFavorite gaming platformX-BOX 360, PCTools of the TradePhotoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, 3D Max, MS Word, MS PowerpointOther InterestsGirl stuff, Old Cartoons and Movies, Steampunk, Politics, Firearms, Militia, Ecology
I recently made a playlist on YouTube. I binged through the whole list from 15:50:55HRS to midnight straight (8 hours 9 minutes 5 seconds). It started with Optimus Prime...
...and ended with Optimus Prime.
Within it contained videos discussing the following:
The fate of Action Cartoons The fate of the DCEU! The fate of the Transformers franchise as whole
This was a playlist that I constructed to help me purge some memories and feelings from the past. I find it kinda therapeutic. But to fully engage in the new half of the year I need to get this off my chest.
My history with animation and Transformers
When I was a kid, I loved animated TV shows and movies. I was never really into anything Disney related outside of their animated movies, even their shitty sequels. But they did have few animated TV shows. Back when Saturday morning cartoons were a thing. Such as:
Brandy and Whiskers
The latter three of which were introduced to me when Disney Channel became a thing. With Kim Possible being introduced to me on DVD. But since I was a baby from 1997 Kenya , I never got the chance to watch the Disney Afternoon specials. So I took what I got from early 2000's Disney Animation. But like I said Disney was not my first choice for animated content on TV. Like most kids from the 90's my first Nick was either Nickelodeon or the more obvious choice Cartoon Network. Now for all those of you who are not aware, correct me if I am wrong but, Nickelodeon was practically the king of the 90's syndicated animation. Their library of animation was, at the time, unparalleled.Just to name a few:
Fairly Odd Parents (While it was still good)
Rocko's Modern Life
The Wild Thornberrys
As Told My Ginger
Aaahh! Real monsters
My Life as a Teenage Robot
Danny Phantom (DO NOT REBOOT!)
But, again I was born in 1997 in Kenya. The East African bundle was cheap. So my country's broadcasting TV services could only afford Cartoon Network at the time. And so my love for animation begun.
When I watch Cartoon Network and its sister channel, Boomerang I was immediately hit with a wave of animation. Tons of animated properties with different genres, animation styles, art styles (their is a difference), tones and eras. You may see that some of theses cartoons have similar art styles, but that is how each era differentiates each other and I love it.
Vintage 30's to 40's classics (Popeye)
Retro 50's to 60's hits (Looney Tunes, Tom and Jerry, Hanna Barbara, Tex Avery)
Nostalgic 70's to 80's thrill rides (Re-imagined Hanna Barbara classics, Kid versions of Flintstones and Tom and Jerry)
Late 90's and 2000's mix of slap stick comedies and straight forward action (Dexter's Lab, Cow and Chicken, Powerpuff girls, I am Weasel, Kids Next Door, Megas XLR (remember that) and Ben 10 just to name a few)
Some Canadian hand me offs(Atomic Betty)
And some Anime (Bakugan)
So, yeah, Cartoon Network pretty much dethroned fellow animation titan, Nickelodeon! Even before every other animation channel arrived to East Africa, Cartoon Network was my go to channel for all things animation. My country eventually afforded Nickelodeon, Nick Jr and Disney Channel and their eventual sister channels Disney Jr. and Disney XD. Some where between Cartoon Network and the rest of the channels there are was a South African channel called K.T.V. And I had a vast library of other late 80's, 90's early 2000's animated IPs that are either shared with the other networks or not airing on said networks:
Biker Mice From Mars
G.I. Joe: Sigma Six
Oban: Star Racer
Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!
TMNT (Both the 80's and 2003 series)
The original Transformers series (80's)
And as the years went by there was yet another network, Kids CO. Not a really big or popular channel but it did introduce to some shows Like:
Rainbow Brite (Original)
And even though I enjoyed the vast variety of animation at my disposal, Cartoon Network had the most variety. Nickelodeon was about creativity, Disney was about quality but Cartoon Network was all about quantity. Seriously, I bet that That The Amazing World of Gumball was inspired by my favourite era in Cartoon Network's history: TOON CITY! that ran from 2004 - 2007.
It was like the Marvel Cinematic Universes of Cartoons. A 3-Dimensional world that imitates the real world but enhanced with the Hyper-reality of different cartoon characters from vastly different shows. There weren't just crossovers within shows, which made me cringe at the time, the in-between show bumpers that have the characters just chilling out living in the city like average people would even though they are cartoon characters. Kinda like the MCU. As much as I love me some action like every early 2000's boy I also live the subtle moments in between the action so that I and the rest of the audience could breath and enjoy the characters just acting like characters and not just one note, goofy punching bags.
Part of the reason why this era was so popular with me was because of how it reminded me of my first introduction to animated characters interacting real life people...
NOT Who Framed Roger Rabbit? IT was Looney Tunes Back in Action on VHS. AND NOT TRANSFORMERS, yet. More on that topic later.
Speaking of which there were TV specials that had kids in a dance club interacting with cartoon characters. These specials kinda bled over to the CN REAL era(My Spy Family anyone?). The begging of the end.
So yeah after this era of awesomeness came to a close as the production behind Cartoon Network's shows got wrapped up, cancelled and later down Cartoon Network's lifeline (sigh) rebooted. I tuned in to the other networks as they showed signs of strength in the wake of Cartoon Network's downfall. Or at-least Disney XD did.
Both and Nickelodeon were going thought similar problems in front of and behind the screen.
From Cartoon Network to Transformers to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Extended Universe
So by now you are probably asking, what does any of this has to do with Transformers? Well, unlike the previous section of this journal, let me keep this brief. Remember when I listed Megas XLR? This is one of my favourite action shows off all time. As a fan of the Disney/PixarCars franchise, even the second movie, this show was pretty much right up my alley and It was everything I loved about the early 2000's era. It was action packed, funny, restraint, fast paced, had great musical score, interesting art style, decent animation interesting lore. It had everything I love about the plot heavy shows of today...minus the action, pacing, art style and musical score. This kind of mentality is what made my an unsuspecting target of Micheal Bay and Paramount. In 2007 my mum bought me the Transformers 2007 on DVD. We watched the first movie together. The movie had remained me of, not just Megas XLR, but also the idea of cartoon characters interacting with real life people and the Cars franchise. And After the movie ended I wanted my older cousin to trace the Autobot Logo. That one act got my into drawing more than I ever did before. I was an immediate fan of the Transformers movies and transformers in general. I got the DVDS with behind the scenes features, toys, merchandise, drew fanart in school and watched the animated versions of the Transformers. I watched Transformers 3 with my dad in theatres, I watched Transformers 4 as my first solo theatres experience. Every-time I broke my Optimus, I begged my mum to by me another one. I frustrated her at how expensive those toys were. Still I went on to become a fan of Transformers. And the production team behind it. DreamWorks:
Kung Fu Panda
How To Train Your Dragons
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movies
The G.I. Joe Movies
The first Iron Man movie (because machines) and The Incredible Hulk movie (before Disney bought Marvel).
...and Hasbro's other property that was not G.I. Joe, My Little Pony. Which I never really noticed until I saw Rainbow Dash in Transformers 4, when I saw the Dazzlings Music Video which introduced me to Equestria Girls, and when I saw the sad fan art that got me to cry at college.
So yeah, Transformers introduced me to:
My Little Pony
The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Transformers in General
So where did it all go wrong?
2017 the Year of Betrayal
In 2014, when I was in High School, Secondary High School for all those who were under the same British education system, people just made fun of me being a Transformers fan. They were constantly stating over and over again 'Transformers sucks, Transformers sucks,Transformers sucks!'. It screwed me up like hell. To the point where I basically distanced myself from everyone else. I was also gone through that whole angsty teenager phase. #relateable I was ashamed to call myself a fan of Transformers and entertainment in general around my fellow students. After I graduated from High school, by skipping a few classes, I felt relieved as I went to my local college. There was little to now bullying, insulting, or angst. For the first time ever, I felt free. This college was focused on only Art and Technology. These two years were the best school years of school that I have ever had, next to my years in Primary School. During those tow years I was exposed to online critics like the people on Channel Awesome, Chris Stuckmann, Andre Meadows and the rest. Then in 2017 the year of colour and 80's nostalgia, I went to Dubai for higher education. It my first hands on experience being on my own in a foreign continent in a desert environment. Which made it the perfect atmosphere for watching movies like:
And I after a while it really hit me, HARD! I for the first time HATED WATCHING THIS MOVIE. After years of support, years of defending this franchise, years of going against the naysayers and years of praising this franchise like the second coming of Christ, years of loving this franchise, I finally admitted it. They were right, all of them, this franchise made me look a Twilight fan, ironic given my female cousins watched the movies and my mum read the 50 Shades books. Maybe they grew out of it, as for me I broke out of it and I saw the light: TRANSFORMERS SUCKS. At least that is how people perceive the franchise by the movies alone. Just like how much more compliment Disney/Marvel are with their movie franchise as compared to the Warner Bros./DCEU, more on those two later. So yeah I hated this movie and hate grew to my hatred for the rest of the Transformers live action franchise in general. DAMN IT, PARAMOUNT!
After that I treid to get back in Hasbro's good grace with the MLP Movie (2017). Even thought I enjoyed this movie as my first 2D theatrical experience, I wouldn't mind this movie if only Fluttershy, my second favourite character next to Twilight Sparkle, were given more to do. She didn't even use her power over animals to help out. On her own she was nopony. My greatest fear for this franchise, ever since college came to life and I tried to use this movies energy to mask my fear. But after the glitter cleared from my eyes, my head got a little clearer. This movie was solely for the fans (lame ass excuse for the DCEU movies) of the show not for the general audience. That was the same case with the first animated Transformers and G.I. Joe movies. Fans of the show will love it, more than ever that this is not Equestria Girls movie for once. But unlike Lego Batman, general audiences will get lost in them. This isn't the case with Infinity War. Film critic review movie that were supposed to stand on their own and not need to do any homework to watch the movie, unless said movie in part of a film franchise. Infinity War only need critics to watch the past 18 movies. And that's what could saved this movie. Make the 2017 film so that you can introduce the characters ala Guardians of the Galaxy, and then have them go on the adventure in the following year. It certainly worked for every other animated movie realised in theatres that aren't made my Hasbro. The MLP movie we got in 2017 required the critics to watch Seven Seasons worth of character arcs and world building. Some of which were not present in Fluttershy's character. Since the executives from All spark Studios, you know? The same people who brought us the Jem and the Holograms (2015)? Interference with the writing team just to sell toys first, story later. I just want to make this abundantly clear so that Hasbro stops fucking up their female orientated franchises. So yeah, the movie kinda left a sour taste in my mouth. I kinda lost interest in watching the rest of the main show after this mistreatment of a beloved character. I was more pissed off by here being more useless than Phasma in both Star Wars movies more pissed of than Transformers 5 getting Onslaught all WRONG!. I mean come on Mantis was more useful in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 than Fluttershy was in MLP Movie and both films were released the same year! I am just gonna continue watching Equestria Girls. (because boner).
At least it was a 2D animated theatrical movie. Same will be said for the upcoming Teen Titans GO! to the movies.
Get back to work on 2D movies Disney!
Shout outs to these two You Tubers for agreeing with me on Fluttershy's treatment in the movie:
Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. did not give a crap
Not only was Cartoon Network:
Rely to heavily on Teen Titans GO!
Not give any of the over shows room to breathe
Reboot Powerpuff Girls and Ben 10
Become the shrivelled up shell of its former self, just like Channel Awesome did in 2018, same for Nickelodeon
BUT THEY DIDN'T EVEN HAVE A BIG ENOUGH EVEN ANIMATED EVENT TO CELEBRATE THEIR 25th ANNIVERSARY! I stayed up for 12 hours watching live streamed Star Wars 40th anniversary celebration. And even then there was more payoff in the form of The Last Jedi than I did with how Cartoon Network.
The channel that got me to animation suddenly loosing its grip on the competition. Just like how Marvel is dominating DC in the movie landscape, Disney pretty much annihilated CN in terms of management. Again, correct me if I am wrong. Speaking of Marvel and DC. After the heart stomp that was Transformers 5, I needed to fall back on another franchise that I was interested in for 10 Years. Which redulted in a movie that finally represented my culture (Black Panther) and the ultimate payoff of a ten year legacy done right (INFINITY WAR). Also, just like The Last Knight, Justice League was a cinematic disappointment. The behind the scene drama, the articles, the Amazonian costume change (sorry ladies the Dora Milaje knocked it out of the park) and the CGI Superman moustache that I witnessed at face value without reading anything going into the theatres. The movie wasn't that bad. It was just Avengers...Age of Ultron...diet. Thor Ragnarok was the perfect example of how to revitalised a franchise Justice League was an example of how to do it awfully. Even show runner, Butch Hartman hated it and every other DCEU movie except for Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman was a good version of the character for what Snyder had set in the DCEU. But she can be a better Wonder Woman if Zack Snyder was not involved in the DCEU at all. I guess people over-hyped this movie because:
It was about time Wonder Woman got her movie
It is the first female lead movie that doesn't suck tits
It is the first DCEU movie that did not suck
But as Wonder Woman saved the DCEU, around the same year DCEU pretty much betrayed me, the fans and the good comic book movie streak of 2017 with a Frankenstein's monster mess that is Justice League 2017. I wanted to enjoy Batman v Superman after enjoying Man of Steel. But given its Last Jedi level fall out that bled into Justice League...(no puns) just like how Jedi pretty much bled into Solo: A Star Wars Story. With both Solo and Justice Leageue being the lowest grossing movies in their respective franchises, Warner Bros. couldn't even get me excited for the first live actionJustice League Movie. If Suicide Squad, a much more enjoyable but poorly made movie Now, didn't make you loose your faith tin the DCEU, than Justice League will. Now, more than even the Justice League plays second fiddle to the Avengers. What could ave saved this movie was to have it released in the same year as Infinity War. At least then Justice League would not look like a bigger loser making less money than the third Thor movie and the first Black Panther movie. The movie felt like rushed college homework and less like a major motion picture project and I should know! I rather re watch Thor: the Dark World. Even if it is kinda forgettable, I can at least feel like one man is behind the movie. I know the best movies are the movie you can remember and re watch but for me with this movie. I deeply liked the story in this movie and Ragnarok gave me a higher appreciation for how much Asgard we has gotten before it went all Krypton on us. When I watched the Dark Knight I wished I could forget this movie and re-watch it with a fresh mind. It seems like I got my wish, not with The Dark Knight but with The Dark World. But I would hold out for watching any MCU movie prior to Infinity War until I see Avengers 4 and the second MCU Spider-man movie. So yeah, the movie forgetability results in is re-watchability. I know you all MCU movie you all hate and I get it. As for me, even when the MCU is going through tough times, they can still get a pass from critic and make bank. Something that Justice League, JUSTICE LEAGUE could not. So yeah, Dark World over Justice League and definitely over THE LAST FUCKING KNIGHT!
Comic book movies post 2017 in a nutshell
A comic book movie making more money than the Avengers! Hallelujah.
A comic book movie making more money than the Justice League! Surprise, surprise...
As much I loved 2017, I was rather disappointed in how Warner Bros./DC Films, Cartoon Network and Hasbro pretty much made me wanna turn over to Disney Animation/Marvel/Pixar/and Star Wars (The Dark Side). If this is how die hard fans of G.I. Joe and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles felt after the movies then I feel sorry that I supported these movies and looking back at them I can defiantly say both those movie franchises sucked. Even when compared to the animated G.I. Joe and TMNT shows and G.I. Joe and TMNT comics, the few I read. Cartoon Network betrayed me but I still watch their shows. They haven't completely lost my trust just yet not with a slew of new shows (not reboots) up and coming. Better hurry it up Cartoon Network, Disney and Nickelodeon are gonna bury you alive if you do not adjust for the times. I still have hope in your name. And even though Nickelodeon got rid of their CEO who made shitty ass decisions that led nick to the same downfall that Cartoon Network had succumbed to, their animation line up is just...just...minuscule compared to the competition. It was Just Spongebob and Loud House. That's its. I just hope that Nickelodeon picks up a majority of their animated shorts and green-light them in order to at least compete with Cartoon Network. And like I said I will watch Equestria Girls and whatever Machinima is crapping out with Transformers:
Combiner Wars (Entertaining, decent and even kinda dark, ominious and action packed)
Titans Returns (The Dark Knight Rises of these three chapters where the series has started to loose it touch with me. The Fallen looks like a discount 80's Marvel comics character.)
Power of the Primes (This series low point where I might as well finish this story and get it over with)
As for the movies, GOD! I will give the Bumblebee movie a shot and if it actually good. I will support it as my first live action movie review of a Non Micheal Bay, Travis Knight Transformers movie. But since the writer of Shut In (2016) and Unforgettable (2017) is attached to this movie, if it sucks I WILL SPOIL THE HELL OUT IF! The only was Hasbro can bring me back if with a good G.I. Joe movie because that was the first Hasbro brand I fell in love with after watching the Sigma 6 anime. Unlike My Little Pony which was introduced to me through Transformers, M.A.S.K. with reminded me of Transformers and Transformers that reminded me of Megas XLR, G.I. Joe I fell in love with because it reminded me of nothing. It was great in its hay and Hasbro need to realise that and get it back into the public eye. I went to comic con twice, and there was nothing mention the Joes nor Cobra. Nothing! And as for the DCEU. Yeah even if they release the Aquaman trailer I am still not gonna go see it in theatres. Nor any other DC live action movie in general. Not after the fallout that was Justice League. Even if the new movies (Shazam and WW84) turn out good, I can not support a cinematic franchise that has as much of an overarching plot as the POWERPUFF GIRLS REBOOT! To quote Eric Rodriguez (Blockbuster Buster) in his Suicide Sqaud: 'I'm Done with DC. Stick to Marvel.'
So yeah. I am continuing watching Cartoon Network, giving Bumblebee (2018) a shot and dodging DC the live action movies. Sorry this journal was so long, I wanted to get a lot of my chest before the new half of the year begins.
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