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In the space of a year and a half, I covered the entirety of Gravity Falls’ television run. It’s been fun sharing what I loved about my favorite show, and it brought in some loyal readers who have stuck around since. Once my Patreon was up and running, I promised that I would review another series the day I reached my goal of making $100.

Today is not that day. I don’t know when it will come, but I know there are better places that extra bit of money could go to right now than in my pocket. So after much deliberation, I’ve decided to return to series reviews – but with a catch.

Much like the first time, what I review will be up to your vote. Some are shows I recommended the first time around being trotted back out for your consideration, and some are newcomers given a chance to prove themselves. Which one will come out on top is anybody’s guess.

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“It’s probably going to be Avatar. That’s the one everyone knows and loves the most.”

As for the twist, I’m reinstating Charity Bonus Votes: For every donation of $5 or more to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, you get an extra vote. Every little bit means the world right now, so even if you can’t give anything at the moment, please spread the word.

And the nominees are –

disenchantment

When Disenchantment, Matt Groening’s newest show was announced, fans were ecstatic. There would be fewer restrictions due to it being on Netflix, and it looked like it would do to fantasy tropes what Futurama did to sci-fi. When the series premiered, however, it was met with lukewarm response. Does it deserve the mediocre reputation it has, or is there something magical beneath the surface?

If Disenchantment is chosen, I will post a review of each episode every other week.

 

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A short-lived musical ABC series that I’m glad to say is becoming something of a cult-classic, Galavant flips the fantasy musical genre on its head with a heaping dose of fun and self-awareness, an all-star cast of cameos and character actors, and with songs written by none other than the legendary Alan Menken of Disney fame.

If Galavant is chosen, I will post a review of each episode every other week, ending with a list of my favorite songs and episodes.

It’s surprising what cartoons can unexpectedly take the world by storm. The most recent incarnation of the My Little Pony franchise has become a phenomenon if not for proving that 22-minute toy commercials can be well-written stories with engaging characters in a fully developed world, then for proving that it can appeal to all ages and genders beyond the target demographic.

If My Little Pony:Friendship is Magic is chosen, I will review every episode AND the Equestria Girls spinoff movies AND the theatrical My Little Pony movie every other week.

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You all knew this was coming. Widely agreed to be one of the greatest animated series ever made, Avatar: The Last Airbender combines excellent animation, stirring themes, and some of the most complex characters you’ll find on any show to make an original and exciting masterpiece.

If Avatar: The Last Airbender is chosen, I will post a review of each episode every other week. (Not a fan of Legend of Korra, so that’s off the table for now. Sorry.)

 

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I confess I was a latecomer to Cartoon Network’s Emmy-winning miniseries Over The Garden Wall, but it won me over with its old world charm and witty touches. It’s an unusual combination of all things antiquated ranging from folk art to 1930’s cartoons which makes something entirely new and beautifully timeless. Headed by an all-star cast and with traditional animation that could be mistaken for a feature film, Over The Garden Wall is a mysterious, wonderful, frightening journey into the unknown.

If Over The Garden Wall is chosen, I will post a review of each episode every other week.

 

tangled-series

Tangled is one of my favorite Disney movies to come out in the past decade, but were they able to continue the story in a fun engaging way even though the film ended with happily ever after? This series wouldn’t be up for consideration if it didn’t.

If Tangled The Series, aka Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure is chosen, I will post a review of each episode every other week.

 

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Though met with skepticism on its announcement, Disney proved that THIS is how you reboot a beloved series. 2017’s DuckTales takes the adventures of Scrooge McDuck and his family one step further by not only having Donald and other members of the Duck clan join in, but by building suspense and mystery around their intertwined pasts and breathing new life to the show’s immense rogue’s gallery. Woo-hoo indeed.

If DuckTales is chosen, I will post a review of each episode every other week.

 

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It took me forever to track it down, but track it down I did. Picking up from where Shelly Duvall’s Faeire Tale Theater left off, this animated anthology from HBO takes classic fairy tales and gives them a cultural spin, as well as voices from many actors, comedians and singers. Also it’s created by Bruce W. Smith, the man behind The Proud Family, Dr. Facilier from The Princess And The Frog…and the director of Bebe’s Kids, but I won’t hold that against him.

If Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child is chosen, I will post a review of each episode and its specials every other week.

 

Hey Arnold is one of the cornerstones of 90’s Nickelodeon. A slice of life series surrounding a football headed kid growing up in the city surrounded by his larger-than-life friends, neighbors and family – and one messed up bully with a crush. Both hilarious and surprisingly introspective and heartwarming, it’s a Nicktoon that’s earned its praise.

If Hey Arnold is chosen, I’ll post a review of each episode every other week, culminating in reviews of “Hey Arnold: The Movie” and the long-awaited series finale, “The Jungle Movie”.

 

legend of the three caballeros

The Three Caballeros is a cult classic among Disney fans like myself, so you can imagine the shock and joy we felt when it was discovered that Disney was producing a series surrounding Donald, Panchito and Jose’s fantastical new exploits. I wrote an entire post about it already lamenting over Disney holding out on releasing it stateside despite the fact the first season was already out in several countries at the time. Thankfully it’s included as part of the Disney+ streaming service, and I’m ready to give this show some much-needed exposure.

If Legend of the Three Caballeros is chosen, I’ll post a review of each episode every other week.

 

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Though works like Sailor Moon, Pokemon and Cardcaptor Sakura served as my gateway to the world of anime, I’ve had very little incentive to watch more – until I was introduced to Little Witch Academia through a friend’s parody dub video. The highest compliment I can give it is if Hayao Miyazaki did his version of Harry Potter. The animation is gorgeous, the characters are layered, and there’s a spectacular amount of worldbuilding and lore. The balance between comic school madcaps and intense emotional highs and lows leaves me in awe at the end of every episode. And another thing that got me hooked? This series was picked up after a few online shorts produced by independent animation studio Studio Trigger amassed in popularity. Such is the power of incredible talent given a great platform.

If Little Witch Academia is chosen, I will review the original pilot shorts and post a review of each episode every other week.

 

faerie tale theatre

To this day, my most popular post has inexplicably been my top 10 favorite Faerie Tale Theatre episodes. That show had WAY more of a cult following than I anticipated, but I can understand why. Classic fairy tales interpreted by some of the greatest directors and actors of all time and dipped in some 80’s cheese? Sounds like a nostalgic good time. Why not keep the ball rolling and look at all 26 spectacular retellings?

If Faerie Tale Theater is chosen, I’ll post a review of each episode every other week.

 


Vote by leaving your pick in the comments or emailing me at upontheshelfshow@gmail.com. Remember, every donation of $5 or more to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, gives you an extra vote! If you decide to make a donation, send me a copy of the receipt through email. The deadline for voting and donations will be May 1st, and I’ll announce the winner the following day.

Thanks, keep washing those hands, and Happy Voting!