"Nature's Guard, Anti-Terrorist Strike Force", is the new, highly marketable, cross media tie in, Cartoon Series featuring animals that have guns and stuff. Oh, and they fight terrorists too!
I was at the 'Official Launch' at Comics2002 in Bristol. And, to be honest, this is just going to be another Saturday morning cartoon. To quote the marketing droid who gave a long speil, "We will be keeping the violence toned down, so as to include in our marketing appeal the smaller children. But we want also want to appeal to teenagers and parents!". So, expect the worst.
I am holding the press/marketing release for the tie-in comic book. I'll quote some of it to give you a feel: "In their bleakest hour a force will rise and carry the torch of freedom, and they shall be known as... NATURE'S GUARD".
The sample art is just as Gung-Ho as the text. Its like someone said 'Do Rambo, but with Cute Furry Animals!'. The background story has an "Evil Empire"; this evil empire funds terrorist groups to disrupt "Nature's Senate". (Can we say Axis of Evil? I knew you could!)
So, we get "Nature's Guard", an elite team to go kick some terrorist butt. And also, according to the aforementioned Marketing Droid, "Educating Children to the Ecological and Social problems of the Issue", but mostly just kicking butt.
You can probably guess by now that I am not impressed. (But, hey, if you know me, you know how much it takes to impress me.) All I can say is if you liked Thundercats, you might like this.
The cartoon series is being produced by LegendsWorks, the comic book by Warpton Comics. Major sales point and fandom connection - will feature the voices of Warwick Davis and Jeremy Bulloch of Star Wars fame.
ps. The bad guys are spiders. Natch.