Secret Animated JLA Movie Has LSH Characters
Jan 18th, 2014

Out Tuesday, January 21, is a “secret” release of a new animated DC movie. According to World’s Finest, JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time is a Target-exclusive DVD-only cartoon feature, running not even an hour (roughly 52 minutes). As they explain, Dubbed a “stealth release,” wherein a home entertainment product is given no promotion and limited […]

Pixar Not Nominated for Animated Oscar This Year
Jan 18th, 2014

I found this Twitter thread informative for pointing out that Pixar’s Monsters University wasn’t nominated for the Animated Feature Film Academy Award this year. The nominees were Disney’s Frozen, Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises, DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods (a caveman picture that got mixed reviews), Universal/Illumination’s Despicable Me 2 (liked mostly for the little yellow […]

Powerpuff Girls Special Has Guest Ringo Starr
Jan 18th, 2014

I haven’t tried the return of the Powerpuff Girls yet — just too much to watch and fond enough memories of the original not to risk them — but I should make a special effort for this upcoming episode. The “Dance Pantsed” Special airs Monday, January 20, at 7:30 PM ET/PT, 6:30 PM Central. The […]

Wolverine vs. Sabretooth: The Marvel Knights Animation Motion Comic
Jan 13th, 2014

Out tomorrow is the latest Marvel Knights motion comic release from Shout! Factory, Wolverine vs. Sabretooth. Wolverine vs. Sabretooth I tried to watch it, I did. But I don’t like Jeph Loeb’s writing. I didn’t like the prehistoric werewolf opening or watching bloody scenes of disembowelment while the narrator, Wolverine, says things to himself like […]

The Wind Rises English Voice Cast Announced
Jan 10th, 2014

The Wind Rises, reportedly the last movie Hayao Miyazaki will direct, will be in theaters starting February 21. The plot description is as follows: In The Wind Rises, Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted and unable to be a pilot, he becomes one of […]

Scooby-Doo Wrestling Story Has March Release Date
Jan 5th, 2014

Scooby-Doo! Wrestlemania Mystery The Scooby-Doo original animated direct-to-video movie announced back in August 2012 now has a release date — March 25. Scooby-Doo! Wrestlemania Mystery has a list price of $24.98 (for Blu-ray, DVD, and UltraViolet), an extra “Behind the Scenes with Scooby-Doo! and the WWE Gang”, and the following plot description: When Shaggy and […]

Toronto Residents Get Studio Ghibli Film Festival
Dec 5th, 2013

Starting later this month, TIFF Cinematheque (an offshoot of the Toronto International Film Festival) will be presenting Spirited Away: The Films of Studio Ghibli, a retrospective featuring 18 movies from the influential Japanese studio. From December 13 to January 3, the exhibited films range from the best-known (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke) to […]

Trailer Available for The Wind Rises, Miyazaki’s Last Film
Dec 2nd, 2013

The great animation director Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo) has announced that his last film before retirement will be The Wind Rises, historical fiction based on the biography of a designer of aircraft used in World War II. The movie, which ran in Japan this past summer, will be released in the U.S. on […]

Batman: The Brave and the Bold Season One on Blu-ray
Dec 1st, 2013

Warner Archive has just released its first Blu-ray animation package, and it’s Batman: The Brave and the Bold Season One. I’m thrilled, since this gave me a wonderful excuse to rewatch my favorite superhero cartoon. The set has all 26 episodes of the first season on two Blu-ray discs. KC’s already reviewed the show, when […]

Space Stars: The Complete Series
Dec 1st, 2013

Space Stars: The Complete Series is one of those wonderful discoveries that I had no idea existed until Warner Archive brought it to my attention. Space Stars: The Complete Series Space Stars was an anthology/team-up animated series that originally ran in an hour timeslot from 1981-1982. There are a total of 11 episodes on three […]

Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United
Nov 27th, 2013

Out on Tuesday, December 3, is a new original-to-home-video Marvel animated movie, Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United. It runs an hour and 12 minutes and is recommended only for kids, who won’t have any expectations beyond seeing superheroes bash on each other. Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United The whole thing looks cheap. Some […]

PBS Airs Animated Family Special on Thanksgiving
Nov 26th, 2013

Beginning Thanksgiving night, PBS will air Listening Is an Act of Love, a new TV special (the first in cartoon form!) from StoryCorps, an organization that asks “everyday people to share their conversations with family and friends”. The animation was done by the Rauch Brothers, Mike and Tim (designer on The Wonder Pets!, a favorite […]

Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United Releasing in December
Nov 10th, 2013

Remember that original animated movie, Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United, that Marvel was planning to release in April? It’s now due out on December 3. Starring Adrian Pasdar (Heroes) as Iron Man and Fred Tatasciore (Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.) as Hulk, this CGI cartoon seems to be focused on the superheroics instead […]

Next Marvel Knights Motion Comic Wolverine Vs. Sabretooth
Nov 3rd, 2013

Wolverine Vs. Sabretooth Following Ultimate Wolverine Vs. Hulk, the next Marvel Knights animated (motion comic) DVD release will feature another Wolverine battle. Wolverine Vs. Sabretooth is due out January 14, 2014 from Shout! Factory. I don’t even remember hearing about this comic, but it seems that it’s written by Jeph Loeb (now out in Hollywood […]

Justice League: War First New 52 DCU Animated Movie
Nov 2nd, 2013

The next original DC universe animated movie will be Justice League: War, arriving as a Blu-ray combo pack (cover shown here), DVD, and on digital download on February 4, 2014. Amazon currently has the list price as $24.98, with the DVD version at $19.98. This is the first “new 52″ story to be animated, telling […]

Warner Archive Cartoons on Sale Through Monday
Oct 26th, 2013

Warner Archive has put a number of their made-on-demand cartoon DVD packages on sale this weekend. And check out this amazing graphic they made to promote it! Visit the sale to save 20-30% off the sets, which takes a $29.95 list price down to $20.97 (at 30% off).

Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel
Oct 19th, 2013

I was curious about this Disney/Marvel crossover for the wrong reason. I thought I’d enjoy seeing the Marvel heroes teaming up, but it turns out to be Phineas and Ferb who were more entertaining. Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel The Marvel appearances feel mechanical and rote, as though someone had been forced into cross-selling, but […]

A Visual History of Superman in Two Minutes
Oct 14th, 2013

Entertainment Weekly has posted this two-minute history of Superman, based around his most famous visuals, done by Bruce Timm and Man of Steel director Zack Snyder. Of course, the commenters aren’t happy. They don’t like Jimmy Olsen getting more of a cameo than Lois Lane. They don’t like how Dean Cain wasn’t included at all, […]

Batman: Dark Knight Returns Parts 1 and 2 Now Available in Single Package With New Extras
Oct 8th, 2013

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Deluxe Edition Warner Bros. Home Entertainment today released the Deluxe Edition of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (an original animated movie previously available as Part 1 (released September 2012) and Part 2 (January of this year)). As you’d expect, to tempt viewers into double-dipping, there’s more than just a “seamless […]

Neon Alley Celebrates Anniversary With Catch Up Feature
Oct 6th, 2013

Neon Alley, Viz Media’s pay animation channel that is available through game consoles and the web, is celebrating its one-year anniversary by adding a requested feature. In addition to “Watch Live” English-dubbed anime programming, they’ve added a web-based “Catch Up” option (which sounds similar to On Demand cable programming). Shows will be available on Catch […]

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