Monday 30 October 2023

My Little Pony N Friends: Storyboards for 13 episodes, model sheets and more

Thanks to yanchagraffiti, the Sunbow Marvel Archive now hosts a large collection of storyboards and other material from My Little Pony N Friends.  

All of the material was formerly owned and mostly drawn by artist Wendell Washer, who sadly passed away in 2022.  Here is what is available so far:

  • 4012 Rescue At Midnight Castle: Sunbow press pack, 2x partial Act II storyboard, full Act III storyboard
  • 185 page model sheet pack, broken down into Attitudes, Turnarounds, Mouth Guides and Construction Model sections.
  • 01 Ghost Of Paradise Estate, Part 1: full storyboard
  • 22 The Return Of Tambelon, Part 4: full storyboard
  • 23 Baby, It's Cold Outside, Part 1: storyboard samples
  • 29 Would-Be Dragonslayer: partial storyboard
  • 38-47 The End Of Flutter Valley: Part 2 song sequence, Part 3 full storyboard, Part 4 full storyboard, Part 9 full storyboard
  • 54 Quest Of The Princess Ponies, Part 1: full storyboard
  • 58-59 Somnambula: Part 1 full storyboard, Part 2 partial storyboard and sketches
  • 61 The Prince And The Ponies: full storyboard
View them all in PDF form at My Little Pony N Friends or in viewing gallery form at the Storyboard viewing gallery index

As a taster, the Witches from the Volcano of Gloom are cooking a Dark and Dirty tune below:

Thursday 26 October 2023

New page: D&D, Young Astronauts, Pandamonium

New page at the Sunbow Marvel Archive, combining Marvel's early network endeavours of Pandamonium, Dungeons & Dragons and The Young Astronauts at the following link.

Marvel Network Shows 1982-1986

The standalone D&D page will remain for a time, but will no longer be accessible from the main banner.

(VIDEO) The Young Astronauts: Wendy Hampton auditions

With thanks to yanchagraffiti for providing the files, linked below are auditions for the character of Wendy Hampton, on the Marvel Productions' series The Young Astronauts.

These are specific excerpts from an hour-long reel.

Susan Blu

Nancy Cartwright

Jeannie Elias

Monday 23 October 2023

(VIDEO) Transformers dialogue recording audio: The Revenge Of Bruticus

Thanks to the winner of a recent audio reel auction, who has supplied digital files, I can now present the full dialogue recording audio for Transformers episode The Revenge Of Bruticus.

54 minutes in total, the recording is effectively split in half, with one group of actors doing pickup sessions, and then the main ensemble from beginning to end.

For those wanting to follow along with the available written material, links are provided below
0:00 Bruticus 
3:08 Kickback and Shrapnel 
05:00 Tracks
05:45 Walla (people screaming in terror) 
06:40 Inferno 
07:07 Shrapnel, Kickback and Ramjet (underground parking lot) 
07:53 Walla (refugees), Woman on rooftop (Morgan Lofting) 
09:21 Bruticus (final fight) 
11:01 Insecticon voracious eating 
13:35 Red Alert 
13:57 Ensemble recording (start to finish)
54:13 End

(VIDEO) The Young Astronauts: full episode dialogue and series narrator auditions

With thanks to yanchagraffiti, the Sunbow Marvel Archive presents audio from Marvel Productions ill-fated series The Young Astronauts.

First is the full episode dialogue from MP 800-04 Ghost Ship.  Main session recorded 10th October 1985.  Pickup audio for Rick and Wendy Hampton recorded 3rd December 1985

(Thanks to Townsend Coleman for cast info)

Commander Hampton: ?
Rick Hampton: Townsend Coleman
Wendy Hampton: Nancy Cartwright
Mikey Hampton: Stephen Dorff
Retro: ?
Mr. Flynn: Charlie Adler
Sam Turrell: James Avery
The Starseeker: ?

(If anyone can help with identifying the remaining voice cast, please get in touch)

Video runtime: 21:22

Next are the auditions for series narrator, with takes from the following actors:

Peter Cullen
Irv Immerman
Larry Marshall (3 takes)
Ed Gilbert
Aron Kincaid
Ron Gans
Bill Ratner
Norman Alden
Chris Stevens
Danny Dark
Gene Moss
Jack Angel
Bernard Erhardt
John Stevenson (2 takes)
Ron Feinberg
Joe Leahy

Video runtime: 13:38

Friday 13 October 2023

Page index

Marvel Superheroes - 1981-1989. Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends, The Incredible Hulk, Pryde Of The X-Men

Dungeons & Dragons - 1983-1985

G.I Joe: A Real American Hero, Part 1 - 1983-1985  

G.I Joe: A Real American Hero, Part 2 - 1986-1992.  

The Transformers, Part 1 - 1984-1985

The Transformers: The Movie

The Transformers, Part 2 - 1986-1990

The Marvel Muppet Connection - 1984-1991.  Muppet Babies, Little Muppet Monsters, Fraggle Rock

My Little Pony N' Friends - 1984-1986.  My Little Pony, Potato Head Kids, The Glo Friends, Moondreamers.

Sunbow Syndication - 1985-1987.  Robotix, Bigfoot And The Muscle Machines, Inhumanoids, Visionaries, Air Raiders.

Jem - 1985-1988

Defenders Of The Earth - 1985-1986

Marvel's New World - 1988-1996.  Robocop, Rude Dog And The Dweebs, Little Shop, Time Challengers, Siegfried And Roy, Biker Mice From Mars

Sunbow Round Two - 1991-1996.  Bucky O'Hare, Conan The Adventurer, Conan And The Young Warriors, The Tick

Unproduced projects


Toyfair Catalogues

Storyboard viewing gallery

Briefing/reference binder galleries

Other companies

Thursday 5 October 2023

The Young Astronauts: more information

Thanks to dialogue audio reels being sold on ebay, there is now more information on Marvel Productions ill-fated 1985/86 animated series The Young Astronauts.

First up is a full show reel for episode MP 800-04 Ghost Ship, recorded during November 1985 and re-recorded with revised dialogue the following month. The reel confirms Townsend Coleman and Nancy Cartwright among the main voice cast.

The next reel contains auditions for the series narrator.  Recorded at Wally Burr Studios, the actors confirmed to have read for the role are

  • Peter Cullen
  • Erv Immerman
  • Larry Marshall
  • Ed Gilbert
  • Aron Kincaid
  • Ron Gans
  • Bill Ratner
  • Norm Alden
  • Chris Stevens
  • Danny Dark

If any more reels that can shed light on this series become available, they will be showcased here.