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Beware the Batman Gets a Premiere Date
Jun 19th, 2013

Beware the Batman, announced this past spring and planned for a year before that, has gotten a premiere date and time on the Cartoon Network: Saturday, July 13, at 10 AM. The network states: this action-packed detective thriller deftly redefines what we have come to know as a “Batman show”. Featuring cutting-edge CGI visuals to match […]

Robot Chicken DC Comics Special Out July 9
Jun 17th, 2013

Robot Chicken DC Comics Special The Robot Chicken DC Comics Special comes to DVD (suggested retail $14.98) and Blu-ray ($19.98) on July 9. It’s only 23 minutes of stop-motion comedy, but they’re promising more than two hours of bonus content, including deleted scenes, outtakes, and commentaries. I haven’t watched Robot Chicken before, but I love […]

Manga Out Loud Returns One Last Time to Discuss Time of Eve
Jun 11th, 2013

For those of you who’ve missed us, Ed and I reunited for a special one-off episode of the Manga Out Loud podcast. We were joined by science fiction author Tim Maughan to discuss the anime Time of EVE. (Ed promised to do this as a way of promoting the currently-running Kickstarter to get the movie […]

Teen Titans Go! Gets a Second Season
Jun 11th, 2013

Hey, maybe humor and superheroes DO go together! Since Teen Titans Go! “is the #1 program (excluding movies) on Tuesday on all TV among kids 2-11, 6-11, & 9-14 and boys 2-11, 6-11, & 9-14″, Cartoon Network has picked up a second season. (The first season seems to have been seven episodes, each having two […]

Monsters University Clips
May 31st, 2013

Disney has released three new clips from Monsters University, the Pixar movie sequel that opens in three weeks on June 21. My favorite was this one, which shows Nathan Fillion’s obnoxious frat boy character Johnny Worthington (of Roar Omega Roar) recruiting Sulley (John Goodman) while brushing aside Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal). Fillion does smarmy voices […]

Next Marvel Motion Comic Wolverine: Origin
May 20th, 2013

This is an obvious prediction to anyone who’s been paying attention, since the Marvel Knights Animation motion comic releases from Shout! Factory tend to follow the path of the Marvel movies, and The Wolverine is due in theaters July 26. Wolverine: Origin The next motion comic DVD will be available on July 9, adapting the […]

Lego Batman: The Movie
May 19th, 2013

Lego Batman: The Movie DC Super Heroes Unite Out on Tuesday is Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite, a long title for a short (71 minutes) computer-animated original movie. It’s awfully cute, though. This film caused lots of giggling at our house, part just from the weirdness of seeing these characters as […]

Ralph Bakshi’s Heavy Traffic Coming to Blu-ray
May 17th, 2013

Heavy Traffic Shout! Factory is putting Heavy Traffic on Blu-ray on July 16. This animated film was Ralph Bakshi’s second feature, after Fritz the Cat. It doesn’t stray far, being the story of a New York cartoonist who lives with his parents while drawing images of the city. Based on reviews, the movie is worth […]

Planes Promo Video Highlights Soundtrack Music
May 17th, 2013

To increase enthusiasm for Planes, opening August 9, Disney has released the following video highlighting the music by composer Mark Mancina. I love the classic sound of Americana and wide-open spaces, but I’m a little concerned by how plastic-y the vehicles look. At some points, they appear pasted onto the backgrounds, not integrated. I guess […]

Disney’s Planes Has Preview Screening at Wisconsin Air Show
May 14th, 2013

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, billing itself as “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration”, will be held in Wisconsin July 29 – August 4. Previously “The Experimental Aircraft Association’s Fly-In Convention”, the event attracts over 500,000 aviation enthusiasts and 10,000 airplanes. Which makes it the perfect event at which to hold a special preview screening of the new […]

Big Hero 6 Movie, Based on Marvel Characters, Scheduled by Disney
May 13th, 2013

The 2014 animated feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios will be Big Hero 6, based on two Marvel miniseries. The “action comedy adventure” is due out November 7, 2014, and will be the first Disney cartoon adaptation of Marvel characters. It will be CG-animated and feature “comic-book style action”. Based on this short first look, […]

Superman: Unbound
May 5th, 2013

If, like Greg Rucka, you’re concerned about a Superman who’s not suitable for kids, you’ll want to stay away from this new original animated movie. Superman: Unbound is only an hour fifteen minutes, but within the first eight, it’s well lived up to its PG-13 rating (for “sequences of violence and action, and a rude […]

Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox Due July 30
May 5th, 2013

The next original DC animated movie will be Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, released on July 30 and now available for order. It’s based on the story in which the Flash wakes up in an alternate universe without his powers. Here’s the description: When time travel allows a past wrong to be righted for Flash […]

Animation for Science! World’s Smallest Movie Is a Cartoon
May 1st, 2013

The official (per Guinness World Records) world’s smallest stop-motion movie is this one, created by a research group at IBM by moving atoms under a really powerful microscope. “A Boy and His Atom” uses stop-motion animation to show a figure dancing, jumping, and playing ball. It’s rudimentary, jerky, and looks like it was made with […]

What Happened to the Disney Princesses After Happily Ever After? This Song Answers
Mar 17th, 2013

I am so thrilled that our laws allow reuse for parody, because then you get wonderful creations like this reworking of classic Disney theme songs to comment on what might have happened after the “happily ever after”, by Jon “Paint” Cozart (via Mark Evanier). Really impressive technically, too, with the multi-tracking.

Mulan / Mulan II
Mar 10th, 2013

Mulan comes out on Tuesday on Blu-ray, accompanied by its sequel, Mulan II. I welcomed the chance to see the movie. I hadn’t seen it before, and the idea of a young woman going undercover as a soldier seemed like an intriguing change from the usual Disney princess. Mulan Mulan The animation wasn’t as attractive […]

Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Mar 9th, 2013

Next Tuesday, Who Framed Roger Rabbit comes to Blu-ray in a 25th Anniversary edition that ports the classic animation/noir mash-up to the latest digital technology, newly restored. It’s still a revolutionary film, entertaining to see so many classic cartoon characters from different studios in one movie. Who Framed Roger Rabbit Bob Hoskins was perfect casting, […]

Wreck-It Ralph (Blu-ray Review)
Mar 3rd, 2013

Wreck-It Ralph comes to home video on Tuesday, March 5. I enjoyed the film when I saw it in the theater, and I enjoyed it even more at home. Now that I knew the twists and surprises, I could concentrate on the detail that makes the video game world so entertaining. (I previously posted the […]

Cartoon Network Cancels Young Justice, Green Lantern; Launches Teen Titans Go!, Beware the Batman
Mar 3rd, 2013

Cartoon Network released its 2013 schedule plans, and the cartoon shows Young Justice and Green Lantern weren’t on it. The latter, in particular, was a second chance at trying to make the property a franchise after the failure of the big-budget movie. ICv2 has more speculation about what this means, saying “it brings up the […]

Disney’s Planes to Star Dane Cook
Mar 3rd, 2013

On the Wreck-It Ralph home video release is a trailer for the upcoming Planes. This Disney animated movie is a quasi-sequel to Cars, although it won’t be made by Pixar. Instead, it’s being produced by DisneyToon Studios (which usually works on the direct-to-video sequels). It’s being promoed as “inspired by the world of Cars“. Originally […]

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