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(Note: this is my first blog and top 10 list posted on this site. Constructive Criticism is accepted, but please refrain from using negative comments. Thank you.)
It has come to my attention that the 2000's was, and continues to be, a time for bringing back old familiar series and updating them to fit in today. Several classic franchises have been updated over time, some for the best and some for the worst. With the upcoming ThunderCats reboot on its way, I felt that I should list some of my favorite series reboots/ reimaginings in the 2000's.
First, I want to establish some criteria for my list. The series on this list are not connected to any previous continuity, meaning that they are contained within their own universe. Also, these series are not remakes, but take elements from past series and applies them in different ways. That being said let us go through this list.
10. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002)
While I never watched the original series, I can say that this newer series was a welcome change in my opinion. I really liked how the redesigned characters carried elements from their 80's counterparts yet updated them inorder to make them stand out. The biggest example of this is Prince Adam/ He-man, because they actually LOOK and act different instead of looking the same just changing clothes. I also enjoyed the blend of technology and magic and how both elements were used in the series. Also, the action is pretty good, especially seeing all of the characters using their special power and abilities. I really do not understand why no one talks about this series that much, but it is probably due to poor marketing. Overall, if you have not seen this series and like fantasy and sci-fi, then I suggest giving it a look.
9. G.I. Joe : Renegades
This is one of the few recent series on my list, but deserves to be on it. This series has a good premise, with the Joe's on the run for being framed for a crime they did not commit while also trying to bring down Cobra, who is a global industry in this universe. I like the role reversal in this series, and how the Joe's slowly gain others to fight for their cause. I also like how the origins of the characters are different from any previous G.I. Joe series. The show has a very mature nature and the action is very entertaining. The only reason this is so low on my list is because I only watch the show when ever I have the chance. This show currently airs on the Hub, but if you don't have that channel then try finding episodes online.
8. X-men: Evolution
While recreating a franchise based around highschool tends to make fans groan, I feel that x-men evolution is an exception. This series is basically a reimagined origin of the X-men but in modern time. While most of the team comprises of teenage versions of familiar characters, I feel that they used it to a good affect especailly having mutation being a metaphor for puberty and the changes we go through. I like how this series takes familiar story lines from the comics and 90's animated series, such as asteroid M and Apocalypse, and recreate them. The only down side to this series is that sometimes the typical highschool aspects get in the way, but overall it is a good series. You can watch this series on Disney XD or on Marvel's Youtube channel.
7. Wolverine and the X-men
While I said I like X-men Evolution, I kinda like this x-men series more. Unlike X-men Evolution, were they slowly build the team, this series starts off with the x-men broken up after an accident were Professor X and Jean Grey go missing and they have to come back together to save the world. I really liked the idea of reforming the team and learning to work together again. I also liked the two story lines occuring in the present and future going on simultaniously. Finally, I like how the mystery behind the accident that started the series slowly unravels. Unfortunately, this series only had 1 season, which is a shame because I was interested in seeing what would happen in season 2. Wolverine and the X-men is availabe on dvd and airs on the Nicktoons network.
6. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Yes, I know and laugh all you want, but this series is surprisingly good. Instead of going the completely girly route like its 80's predacessor, this series decides to just make a good animated series that appeals to both genders and all ages ( and I'm a dude). This show has actual likable characters, instead of girly sterotypes. This show also has some really funny scenes while also having some action surprisingly. Also, the songs in this show are great and very catchy, to the point that I find myself thinking about them whenever. Finally, this show has really good animation, especailly for a show that is done in Flash animation. My one complaint with this show is that it has a morale of the day at the end of each episode. If you still think I'm crazy, than I dare you to watch one episode and see if you don't get sucked into this show. This series currently airs on The Hub and is easily available online thanks to fans.
5. The Batman
While everyone, including me, will always regard "Batman: the Animated Series" as one of the best cartoons of all time, I feel that The Batman deserves recognition as well. Like Batman Begins, this series is about a younger Bruce Wayne becoming the caped crusader and fighting his typical rogues gallery (The Joker, Penguin, Catwoman, etc.). Now what I like about this series is that when it started, Batman is still considered a vigilante and also has to face the problem of not only his villians but the police as well. I also liked some of the redesigns for the characters, as they borrowed from previous incarnations yet were still unique. My one complaint with this show is that as it progressed I felt that the quality fell after season 3, but that's my personal opinion. It's not B:TAS, but it shouldn't be, and shuld be watched on its own merrits. The Batman used to air reruns on Cartoon Network's Boomerang channel, but I don't know if it is still currently showing, otherwise try online.
4. Batman: The Brave and the Bold
While I did like "The Batman", I put this one much higher because of what a surprise it was. While most of us were hoping for a Batman series along the lines of "The Dark Knight", many of us were dissapointed when this was annoucned. However after watching it, I can gladly say that this show is great. The style mimics a classic Batman but with a modern twist. The show is basically Batman teams up with "... insert hero here..." and saves the day. One of the reasons why I like this show is the team ups, because the heros range from the recogizable to the obscure, introducing me to heros I have never heard of. While it can be campy at times, it can also be quite dark as well. Plus, the amounts of Batman references in this series is just awesome. While it's not the series we wanted, it's just great fun to watch. This series currently airs on Cartoon Network on Fridays, so try catching it if you can.
3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003)
While I'm not the biggest TMNT fan out there, I can say that this show was really good. It was a really great update to a classic franchise, that almost lasted as long as the original series did. This series was basically a middle ground between the Mirage Comics' Turtles and the 80's Turtles as it had the more mature nature of the comics, while still appealing to kids like the 80's Turtles. This series even borrows from the live action movies as well. I liked the way they updated the characters while still being recognizable for the most part. My one complaint about this series is that I think it lasted too long, at least longer than it should have. However, I can look over that partially becasue that they actually had a crossover movie with the old school turltes in "Turtles Forever", which was awesome (probably the best thing 4Kids ever produced). I highly suggest this series to any TMNT fans. Most episodes are available online on several Youtube accounts so feel free to view them.
2. Transformers Animated
As a Transformers fan since Beast Wars, I can say that this is one of the favorite Transformers series of all time. What makes this series one of my favorites is how much they changed, yet how close they stayed to the Transformers mythos. This series has some of the best TF characters on both sides, since G1 and Beast Wars, as they are all unique and memorable. Plus the amounts of fanservice (the non-perverted variety) in this show will make any fan's head explode. While initially met with discomfort, the art style slowly grows on you. The only bad thing I can say about this show is that I don't think that it will appeal to those not familiar with the franchise. And like many on this list, the series got cancelled after seaon 3 but it was probably for the best before the series became bad. Over all, if your fan like me or a casual cartoon watcher, then check this out. TF: Animated seasons 1 and 2 are availabe on dvd and on Youtube.
1. Spectacular Spider-Man
For any Spiderman fan out their, this is the series for you. This series is basically a combination of all the previous Spiderman series all rolled up into a nice package. It contains elements from the canon comics, the Ultimate comics, and even the original movie series. The redesigns in this series isn't to extreme, but it works for this series. The characters in this show, besides Spidey himself, are all great in their roles especially the villians. The action in this show is (sorry if i sound cheesy) "Spectacular", basically taking que's from the movies. But besides the action and story, what makes this show stick out to me is the banter Spider-man has with his villians as they are just entertaining to listen to. Unfortunately, like many shows on this list, it was cut down before its time only lasting 2 season. If you haven't seen this show, then what are you waiting for, watch it now! Season 1 and 2 are available on dvd and oline.
That's my 10 ten list for the best re-booted cartoon series. Remember, all of this is based on my opinion alone, so sorry if you do not agree with my choices. If you feel I'm missing anything, you have some suggestion for me, or you want to post your own favorites then feel free to leave a comment.