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DreamWorksTV YouTube Channel
Jul 12th, 2014

DreamWorks Animation has launched a DreamWorksTV YouTube channel aimed at kids ages 6-12. Here’s the trailer: The selling point is that instead of repurposing existing material, DreamWorks will be “creating original content that is completely native to the digital platform”, such as having Shrek, Puss in Boots, and Kung Fu Panda contribute vlogs (video blogs). […]

Netflix Imports Knights of Sidonia Anime Series
Jun 29th, 2014

The manga Knights of Sidonia is being translated and published by Vertical here in the US. There’s also an anime series, and it will be available to watch here next month. Netflix has announced that Knights of Sidonia will be their first original anime series, debuting July 4 for streaming. There’s mecha and invading aliens […]

Second Half of Beware the Batman Now Available to Pre-Order
Jun 26th, 2014

Beware the Batman, the Cartoon Network CGI animated show that Warner will be burning off next month, has already had half its season collected on Blu-ray as a Warner Archive exclusive. Looks like they’re following a similar plan with the rest of the show. Beware the Batman: Dark Justice will collect Season 1, Part 2 […]

Real-Life Wacky Racers
Jun 26th, 2014

Do you remember the Wacky Races cartoon show? If not, here’s the opening, that shows all the various drivers and their odd concept cars. Now, check out this ad for the Peugeot 208, with real-life versions of a lot of the same vehicles. We didn’t get the lumberjack and the beaver or the hillbilly and […]

Sailor Moon Crystal Debuts July 5 on Hulu
Jun 25th, 2014

Viz Media has released a trailer for the upcoming simulcast debut of Sailor Moon Crystal. Actually, they’ve released two. Here’s the first: The second emphasizes the background music: Both are making it clear to me that I’m not the target audience, since I found myself laughing at the exaggerated tentacle hair and cringing at all […]

Fox ADHD Airing Future Batmen Parody Cartoon
Jun 21st, 2014

I didn’t realize that Fox has a late-night animation block called Animation Domination High-Def (which allows them to bill it as ADHD). It airs Saturdays at 11 PM Eastern time. They’re the ones that are showing the cartoon adaptation of the comic Axe Cop. ADHD also airs content online — and after this month, for […]

The Lego Movie
Jun 14th, 2014

I’d been looking forward to seeing The Lego Movie, since I expected it to be fun and funny, based on this trailer. Plus, it has silly Batman! I got the humor I was looking for, but I was surprised to find that the movie is aimed more directly at kids than I expected. It’s available […]

The Congress Animates Robin Wright in a Future Movie World
May 31st, 2014

The Congress is a intriguing-looking movie directed by Ari Folman coming from Drafthouse Films. It’ll be in theaters on August 29 but available first digitally on July 24. It stars Robin Wright, playing a version of herself as an aging actress who’s scanned to create a digital likeness. At some point, there’s also a good […]

Disney Premieres New Cars Cartoon on Disney Movies Anywhere
May 29th, 2014

Disney Movies Anywhere, the company’s UltraViolet alternative for digital movie access, is now expanding into original promotional content. Right now, those with DMA accounts can view a new six-minute Pixar Cars cartoon, “Radiator Springs 500 1/2″. In it, the many denizens of the car-inhabited town are celebrating its founding. They plan a leisurely drive to […]

JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time Now Widely Available
May 20th, 2014

JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time was a Target-only exclusive beginning in January. Now, the original-to-DVD animated movie will have an official wide release today, May 20. There’s no difference between the two versions, except it now may be easier to find. JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time is a short cartoon […]

Viz Licenses Sailor Moon Anime to Start Hulu Run Monday
May 18th, 2014

It was brought home to me at TCAF that Sailor Moon was responsible for an entire generation of comic artists. Young women, particularly, were strongly influenced by the foundational magical girl series, first launched as a manga in 1992. Thus, there was much rejoicing when Viz announced this weekend that they have licensed the Sailor […]

Toy Story of Terror! Coming to Home Video
May 17th, 2014

The Toy Story of Terror! Halloween special that aired last October will be coming to home video on August 19. It’s the story of what happens when the beloved movie characters take a road trip. During a stop at a roadside motel, one of the toys goes missing. To pad out the 30-minute show, there […]

Son of Batman (Blu-ray Review)
May 17th, 2014

Son of Batman simplifies the graphic novel written by Grant Morrison into a typical fight movie. Son of Batman We start with Ra’s al Ghul and Talia’s compound being invaded by ninjas on behalf of Deathstroke. That means the movie opens with seven minutes of fighting between groups I don’t care about. The main plot […]

Filmation Adventures of Batman Due on DVD in June
May 17th, 2014

The 1968 Filmation Adventures of Batman cartoon series will be available on a two-disc DVD set on June 3 at a suggested retail price of $19.97 US. These cartoons were first shown as part of The Batman/Superman Hour. There are a total of 34 shorts included, with the following breakdown provided by Warner Bros. Home […]

Batman: Assault on Arkham Release Date, Extras Announced
May 8th, 2014

Batman: Assault on Arkham When I wrote about Batman: Assault on Arkham last week, there wasn’t a lot of information available beyond the trailer. Now, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released that Batman: Assault on Arkham Will be available August 12. Takes place between the Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman: Arkham Asylum video games. Has […]

Batman: Assault on Arkham Next DCU Animated Movie — Trailer, Orders Now Available
May 2nd, 2014

Batman: Assault on Arkham Based on the “world of Arkham Asylum” [the video game], the next original DCU animated movie will be Batman: Assault on Arkham. DC Entertainment has posted the following trailer to YouTube. It’s also available on Son of Batman, out next Tuesday. Harley Quinn (Hynden Walch) features prominently, of course, as do […]

Beware the Batman Episodes Being Burned Off on Late Saturday Nights
Apr 24th, 2014

According to ICv2, Cartoon Network will be airing 15 not-yet-aired episodes of Beware the Batman at 3 AM on Saturday mornings, beginning in late July. (The previously shown episodes will run first, starting May 10.) That suggests to me (and everyone else) that they’ve completely given up on the show, which debuted last summer. Eleven […]

Son of Batman Premieres Tonight at WonderCon; Video and Images for Those of Us Not There
Apr 18th, 2014

Son of Batman The next original DCU animated movie, Son of Batman, will be available for home video purchase on May 6, but attendees of this weekend’s California show WonderCon will be able to see the film tonight, followed by a panel discussion with stars Jason O’Mara (Batman), Sean Maher (Nightwing), Xander Berkeley (Langstrom), Stuart […]

Stan Lee’s Mighty 7: Beginnings
Apr 13th, 2014

Out this coming Tuesday is an odd little animated movie, Stan Lee’s Mighty 7: Beginnings. It opens with a cartoon Stan Lee (voiced by The Man himself) driving his convertible (one-handed!) down a windy mountain road at night as he tells us he’s known for the legendary superheroes he’s created. He’s been hired by Archie […]

Clarence, Cartoon Network’s Newest Series, Debuts Tomorrow Night
Apr 13th, 2014

I don’t get modern cartoons, I’m afraid. I was sent a screener for Clarence — a new Cartoon Network animated series that launches tomorrow, April 12, at 7 PM ET / 6 PM CT — and the whole time watching it, I didn’t see much that would bring me back. First, there are the designs. […]

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