This week in the world of cartoons, the Decepticons take a cue from the Galactic Empire and begin cloning armies to fight the Autobots, Finn and Jake give up on their vocal cords, one of the regulars on Regular Show is in health trouble, and we take an advanced look at a new Disney/Marvel release.
TMNT is off until next week, while Ultimate Spider-Man and Gravity Falls continue their unusual hiatus. As always - minor spoilers ahead!
Transformers: Prime – "Project Predacon"
It's time for a new Decepticon baddie! Shockwave clones prehistoric predacons in this episode to create a new weapon for the Decepticon arsenal. The clip gives a great look at ancient Cybertron.
Adventure Time – "Shh!"
Finn and Jake take the day off from talking, communicating only by holding up poster boards - sort of like the video for Bob Dylan's Subterranean Homesick Blues. This stresses the heck out of BMO, as some bikini babes are on the way today.
Regular Show – "Skips' Stress"
Skips has to do something about his level of anxiety - the goliath is called upon to do everything at the park and is unable to say no to anyone. The above clip includes a really nice depiction of the way anxiety and fear can creep into one's thoughts.
Teen Titans Go! – "Dude Relax"
Robin's a bit high strung, but heck, anyone who spends that much time around Bruce Wayne would be. During an unusually low crime period, the Titans attempt to teach the young ward how to relax.
Cyborg joins in with a shock collar for some operant conditioning and hilarity ensues. Definitely one of the better episodes so far.
Teen Titans Go! – "Laundry Day"
If the Teen Titans lived at my house, this episode would be entitled "Thursday Night". The Titans have just faced off in a grimy battle against a monster made of slime, and no one wants to do the mundane-yet-gross task of cleaning their uniforms.
Robin suggests a series of contests, leading to a nice little montage. There's a great Ghostbusters nugget in the above clip, so check it out.
Big Hero 6
In case you missed this sneak peek as it made the rounds last week, here's quick look at the first Disney/Marvel animated feature-length film! If you're not familiar with Big Hero 6, the team is a late 1990s comic book creation by Steven Seagle and Duncan Rouleau that appeared in Alpha Flight Vol. 2 #17 before getting their own limited series.
Rouleau and Seagle are charter members of Man of Action Studios, the creators of Ben 10/Generator Rex and the minds behind several episodes of Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Avengers, Ultimate Spider-Man, and the upcoming Avengers Assemble. That's quite the pedigree.
The sneak preview video doesn't have a lot of action; it is more of a high quality test of concept. The film is slated for a November 2014 release, and if the movie is half as pretty as this clip, Big Hero 6 will be worth every second of the wait.
Top image courtesy of Hasbro and The Hub. Big Hero 6 #1 image courtesy of Marvel Comics. Adventure Time and Regular Show air Monday nights on Cartoon Network. Transformers: Prime airs on The Hub. Teen Titans Go! airs Tuesday nights and Saturdays on Cartoon Network.