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Archie's Weird Mysteries

Started by Musical_Necromancer, June 29, 2016, 09:59:33 PM

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Musical_Necromancer

Back on the old forums we used to have this topic about archie's weird mysteries and all of it's episodes

I'm making another one because it deserves it as the last cartoon centered around the riverdale gang and probably the most interesting one as it was the first foray into An Exclusively Supernatural Focused Archie Series(this was long before Afterlife With Archie Became A Thing)

it didn't help that it aired on a network unknown to Most (PAX...which is now known as ION Television and now only dabbles in Reruns of shows made famous by other networks)

DeCarlo Rules

I was just reading a TALES OF RIVERDALE DIGEST the other day, and it had a reprint of AWM #3, "A Mighty Weird Crusade", which featured Archie along with the Mighty Crusaders. There was a followup to that story in AWM #14, "The Return of the Mighty Crusaders", but I can't seem to find a copy of that issue anywhere.'

I was wondering if anyone knows of a digest that reprinted that story.

daren

Sorry I never heard of it.


Quote from: Musical_Necromancer on June 29, 2016, 09:59:33 PM
Back on the old forums we used to have this topic about archie's weird mysteries and all of it's episodes

I'm making another one because it deserves it as the last cartoon centered around the riverdale gang and probably the most interesting one as it was the first foray into An Exclusively Supernatural Focused Archie Series(this was long before Afterlife With Archie Became A Thing)

it didn't help that it aired on a network unknown to Most (PAX...which is now known as ION Television and now only dabbles in Reruns of shows made famous by other networks)




I never watched all of it and what I saw I don't remember now, any best episodes that stick out?

invisifan

I can't say that any really stuck out from the pack as it were, but that said they pack as a whole was way above average for that sort of cartoon/and era ...

DeCarlo Rules

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Quote from: invisifan on June 30, 2016, 01:27:15 PM
I can't say that any really stuck out from the pack as it were, but that said they pack as a whole was way above average for that sort of cartoon/and era ...

For 1999?  Compared to say, Batman Beyond, or Powerpuff Girls, or Spongebob Squarepants, or Family Guy, or Futurama, or Mickey MouseWorks, or what then?

Well, it was certainly better than Sabrina the Animated Series, I guess... :P


Captain Jetpack

I have the DVD & it was pure Riverdale, 100%.

And fun.
Pie is my favorite Vitamin.

60sBettyandReggie

I remember I was changing channels one day, when all of a sudden I came across Archie's Weird Mysteries. I couldn't believe I was seeing the gang on TV! They were airing Attack of the Killer Spuds. I liked it right away, too bad it didn't last long. This was back in '99 when I was still in high school.
I like how it always ended with "....in a little town called Riverdale".
I was also excited when I found out the local library had the DVDs. I checked them out, probably 3 years ago. I should really check them out again!

daren

Okay I'm checking it out again on youtube, if I like it I'll buy the dvd if it's still in print.

DeCarlo Rules

#8
Whoa. Back when I was scooping up practically everything Archie-related in sight, I saw the complete DVD set on Amazon and it was really cheap, so I went for it, figuring might as well scoop it up now before it goes out-of-stock. Now I know why it was so cheap. The price was pretty reflective of the content, so no bargain here after all. I finally watched one of the episodes today and I was just left scratching my head. Was this show REALLY made in 1999? Because if I knew nothing else about it and was forced to take a wild guess just based on the animation, I'd have guessed it was from 10 or 20 years earlier. I'd have been basing that guess on what I'd compare as Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends-level of quality of animation, writing, and voice-acting, not to mention (non-)faithfulness to the comic book characters (actually, that might be insulting to Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends). Animation quality is bargain-basement, and characterization and acting basically non-existent here. (And I thought the Filmation voice work was pretty bad... this makes it look pretty good by comparison.)

That forced me to wonder why nobody yet has done a straight adaptation of Archie that really even attempts to evoke the spirit of the comic books. The Filmation cartoon was undoubtedly closest, but not very, at that. For some reason characters and stories whose most common plots divide into the two main categories of "teenage dating dilemmas" and "high school hijinks" aren't seen much in television animation, even in the Filmation cartoon, which came closest otherwise.

I mean, why is anyone even interested in doing an Archie adaptation for television if what they really want to write is just these situations and plots that aren't the slightest bit Archie Comics-like in nature?

At least the comic book adaptation of the show managed somehow to try to veer it back slightly more towards what passes for normal in Archie Comics, Seriously, the TV cartoon and the comic book version seem like two different animals, despite having a similar premise.

PTF

I actually think AWM is pretty well animated. Especially for that 1999. And I liked it. I think if you're an Archie or Veronica fan, you're probably happy because they get the most focus out of everyone.

And when I read the comics, I always read them using these voices.

DeCarlo Rules

#10
Depends on what your standards of comparison are. The percentage of better quality animated shows increased substantially throughout the 1990s (some of which I mentioned in an earlier post). I'm sure there were worse animated shows than AWM (like Sabrina), but I sure wasn't watching those either. AWM maybe compares to something like the 1980s TMNT cartoon. Meanwhile around this time WB animation was doing shows like Batman Beyond and Justice League, and Nickelodeon was doing Spongebob Squarepants and The Fairly Oddparents, and just a few years earlier they had Ren & Stimpy. I'm pretty sure AWM wound up on PAX because they were lowballing a bid, and none of the other networks were willing to touch it. I just checked out an episode of "The New Archies" (from 1987) and AWM isn't much better than that. And why do all these shows (including the Archie old time radio show) always want to give Veronica a southern accent? Yeah, maybe in the 1940s it wasn't too well established, but it's been decades since they more or less settled on the Lodges having moved to Riverdale when Veronica was little.

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