Thursday, May 25, 2017

Pro Wrestling Cartoons

After much thought,I've decided to talk a little bit about Wrestling Cartoons.I'm not talking about Shows with Wrestling episodes,I'm talking about Cartoons with a Wrestling theme.

So far,I only know of 5 Wrestling Cartoons:3 WWE based,2 non-WWE based. And each range from Terrible to Mediocre.

Another note about this topic is that I'm Only gonna be talking about Wrestling Cartoons that are American. So no Anime. Anywhoo,let's talk about these 5 shows (in order of creation)

Hulk Hogan's Rock 'N' Wrestling: During the 1st Wrestling Boom in the 1980's,WWE teamed up with DiC to create a Saturday Morning Cartoon based on their Superstars at the time. This cartoon starred Hulk Hogan and his allies doing various activities thought the world. Meanwhile,"Rowdy" Roddy Piper and his gang of "Heels" do all that they can to sabotage Hogan and co. In the end,Piper and his gang are foiled and everything turns out alright.

Hogan's team consists of: Wendi Richter,"Captain" Lou Albano,Tito Santana,Hillbilly Jim,The Junkyard Dog,"Superfly" Jimmy Snuka,and Andre the Giant. While Piper's Heels consist of: Fabulous Moolah,Mr.Fuji,Nikolai Volkoff,The Iron Sheik,and Big John Studd.

While the art style is decent and the theme song is beyond epic,the plots and dialogue are just terrible. Definatly stay away from this one folkes. Anywhoo,movin' on.

Mucha Lucha (and mucha lucha gigante): Mucha Lucha was as a Saturday Morning Cartoon that aired on KidsWB in the early 2000's.

The show is set in a fictional Mexican town centered on Lucha Libre (nearly everyone in the town has a mask and costume and a signature move). It's about the adventures of three Luchadores in training (Rikochet,Buena Girl,and the Flea). The 3 kids go to school at The World-Renowned The International School of Lucha,where they teach Lucha Libre.

This cartoon had it's fun parts,but all and all,this show is,at it's core,mediocre. Next Up...

Nicelodeon's El Tigre: A Lucha Libre inspired Superhero show that aired on the Nick Networks during the Mid 2000's.

It's Set in the fictional crime-ridden Mexican metropolis of Miracle City, El Tigre follows the adventures of Manny Rivera, a regular 13-year-old boy with superpowers trying to choose between good or evil.

Manny's father is a superhero known as White Pantera, and wants Manny to grow up to be a hero. Manny's Grandpapi,on the other hand,is a supervillain known as Puma Loco,who wants Manny to be a villain.

Here's sonething interesting: Before the final episodes,Nickelodeon held an on-line poll asking it's viewers to choose Manny's final fate: Hero? or Villian? The voters chose Hero. Fan input is always a great thing,too bad Disney never does this.

Despite being mostly a Superhero show,El Tigre is heavily influenced by Lucha Libre. And it's because of this,that I consider El Tigre a Wrestling Cartoon.

Anyway,this show is mediocre at best. Avoid it of don't,it's up to you. Moving on.

WWE Slam City: It's about various WWE Superstars doing various odd-jobs,due to them being fired by their new Boss,The Finisher. Fired Superstars include: Santino Marella,CM Punk,Daniel Bryan,John Cena,Alberto Del Rio,Kane,"Stone Cold" Steve Austin,The Undertaker,The Rock,Randy Orton,Big Show,The Miz,Brock Lesnar,Sheamus,Mark Henry,Rey Mysterio,Dolph Ziggler,and Damian Sandow.

The characters on this show are Super Deformed and the plots are very cartoonish. Definatly for young kids. WWE Slam City isn't a very good show. And finally we have...

Camp WWE: A short series about WWE Superstars,as children,at Summer Camp. Unlike the other Wrestling shows on this list,Camp WWE is for the 21 and older crowd. This show is trash. While the animation is top notch,the writing is god awful. I don't know which show is worse: Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling or this crap.

WWE also did animated crossovers with Scooby-Doo,The Flintstones,and the Jetsons. These movies were all mediocre.

Funnily enough,despite the 2nd Wrestling Boom in the Late 90's,neither the WWE or the WCW,recieved an animated series during that time. Strange,huh? In fact,there has Never been a WCW animated series.

Speaking of wrestling cartoons,I came up with the idea for an MVW animated series. As well as an idea for an all-cgi animated wrestling show,based on WWEs cartoon era. Details coming soon.

Let's wrap this up with a Fun Fact. In Japan,there are many Anime based on Pro-Wrestling (the most recognized being Kinnikuman). Pro-Wrestling Anime is in abundance,due to Pro-Wrestling itself being considered a normal sport in that country. I'm sure Jason would love to talk more about these Animes,as I hear that his favorite wrestler,Jushin Thunder Liger,has roots in Anime.

Well,that's it for now. See Ya,Space Cowboy.

1 comment:

RekkaDragonJay said...

Well, there is this anime called Tiger Mask W, which is the continuing story of the legend of Tiger Mask. Just like the original, W has fictional versions of the wrestlers of New Japan Pro Wrestling, including Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kazuchika Okada, Togi Makabe and Tetsuya Naito. When I can, I will check it out. Sounds awesome.