With lights flashing and siren blaring we race into action, chasing another Friday edition of Weekly Artist Spotlight! Today we feature the musical antics of Fredrik Larsson aka FreddeGredde; who you could accuse of having split personalities, but he puts them to good use in his one-man/multi-man shows he’s produced on YouTube displaying his impressive talents. Finishing up we take a look at the new and improved Thundercats from Cartoon Network studios, and give it our critique.
While surfing the YouTube waves, we came across this young man who helped spark the pleasant memories of cartoons from childhoods past and saw that he had a genuine talent to be recognized.
From his website:
Fredrik (FreddeGredde) Larsson is a 25 year old Swedish musician, who quietly started making videos of himself playing different instruments at home. Unexpectedly, his videos turned into a huge success, and currently he’s the most popular Swedish musician on YouTube, having more than 100,000 subscribers and 20,000,000 views.
He’s currently working on his debut album “Thirteen Eight“, which is composed entirely by himself. The songs are very diverse, ranging from soft piano ballads to 15 minute prog epics, so there’s something for everyone on it! He’s playing all the instruments by himself, except for drums, played by David (Joeyjunior15) Schlein.
Has Cartoon Network run out of ideas for original shows? We’re not sure but it is keeping up with most of HollyWood in remaking old series and movies in to modern-day edgy storylines that the 30-40 year-olds who grew up on 80’s toons will like. Over the years Cartoon Network has been making a shift in programming that appeals to slightly more mature audiences, yet is still watchable by kids as young as pre-teen. So with the launch of ThunderCats 2011, we see yet another 80’s icon brought back from the film vault and given the modern spit-polishing it probably needed.
For those old or young enough to remember the original ThunderCats, it featured a cast of Anthropomorphic cats, mostly human looking aside from their feline features, with names such as Lion-O and Cheetara; who battled the evil lizard people and their demonic leader Mum-Ra. With the group’s sidekick and cheerleader “Snarf”, who is probably the dialog coach for the Pokemon shows, they traveled the planet doing right and stopping the bad guys at every turn in their quest to restore the kingdom of Thundera.
Fast forward to 2011, and we see the modern adaptation of the series. The story wasn’t changed so radically that it would offend old-school fans, and it has much to our delight, excellent writing, animation, and voice acting so far. The show’s creators took a somewhat typical 80’s silly storyline and have fashioned it into an inspiring fantasy drama, that can and is, highly recommended to anyone. We wont spoil the story for those who haven’t seen it, but in comparison the new ThunderCats is darker, edgier and just plain fun for all ages. Although that seems to be the trend, taking the old and silly and making it dark, brooding, and dramatic. ThunderCats impresses greatly with a very dramatic, yet heartwarming storyline that helps teach the younger generation some good morals.
But for those who disliked the character of Snarf from the 80’s version, and thought he was about as much fun as steel knives on a chalkboard. Snarf returns as a cuter and thankfully quieter cat in the modern edition. ThunderCats features the voice talents of: Will Friedle, Robin Atkin Downes, Matthew Mercer, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kevin Michael Richardson, Dee Bradley Baker, and Corey Burton.
For now, we’re giving this 5 out of 5 stars.