Superman: Unbound Extras, Voices, and Images
Feb 24th, 2013

We have some new images from Superman: Unbound, starring Matt Bomer (Superman), Molly Quinn (Supergirl), and Stana Katic (Lois Lane). I like how expressive the characters look. Newly announced voices include Frances Conroy as Ma Kent, Wade Williams as Perry White, Diedrich Bader as Steve Lombard, and Stephen Root as Zor-El. I think I’m going […]

Wreck-It Ralph Design Clips
Feb 24th, 2013

I hope to be reviewing the Blu-ray release of Wreck-It Ralph, out March 5, but in the meantime, here’s a preview clip of some behind-the-scenes material about the movie’s design inspirations and making models for “Sugar Rush” out of real candy: This one talks about how hard it is for animators to “go back” to […]

Beasts of Burden Movie a Possibility
Feb 21st, 2013

CartoonBrew has the news that Reel FX has announced they are developing a CG-animated film based on Beasts of Burden, the way cool animal comic by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson. Director is planned to be Shane Acker, who directed 9, and the film will be written by Darren Lemke (Shrek Forever After). No official […]

Wreck-It Ralph Deleted Scenes Show E-Z Livin’ Game
Feb 18th, 2013

To promote the release of Wreck-It Ralph on home video — oddly, it can be bought digitally now while the DVD isn’t out for two more weeks — Disney has released these two behind-the-scenes clips in very sketchy draft form. The first features Ralph learning about a lifestyle video game called “X-Treme E-Z Livin’ 2″ […]

Iron Man: Rise of Technovore Release Date, Art Released
Feb 10th, 2013

Iron Man: Rise of Technovore Iron Man: Rise of Technovore, a new direct-to-video animated film from Marvel Entertainment and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, will be available on Blu-ray (list price $30.99) and DVD (list price $26.99) on April 16. Both formats include an UltraViolet copy and two featurettes, described as ““Tale of Technovore”, exploring the […]

Trailer Released for Superman: Unbound, Next DC Animated Movie
Feb 1st, 2013

Superman: Unbound, the next original DC animated movie, is due out later this year (and was promoted on the just-out Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2). The trailer is now available, showing Supergirl’s fear of Brainiac based on what he did to her home planet. Brief thoughts: Matthew Bomer has a nice authority as […]

Marvel Knights Motion Comics to Continue With Inhumans
Jan 31st, 2013

I had thought that the Marvel Knights Animation motion comic series from Shout! Factory might be wrapping up after the four-volume Joss Whedon Astonishing X-Men releases. I was wrong. Shout! Factory has just announced that Inhumans, based on the (out of print) comic by Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee with the same cover, will be […]

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2
Jan 27th, 2013

Out Tuesday is Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2, the conclusion of the movie series that began with Part 1 last fall. Commissioner Gordon is being replaced by Ellen Yindel, who declares Batman’s actions illegal and demands his arrest. Meanwhile, Superman has been sent by the government to rein Bruce in, as Batman tries […]

The Rabbi’s Cat
Jan 20th, 2013

The Rabbi’s Cat, which did not get nominated for the Best Animated Feature Oscar this year (since all the slots were taken by bigger-budget, non-foreign cartoons), will be out on Blu-ray later this spring. It’s also playing a few selected theaters in the U.S. starting this month. In the meantime, I got a chance to […]

Jan 6th, 2013

From the opening logo — Burton’s right, the Disney Cinderella castle is spooky when done in black-and-white with thunder behind it — I could tell this was a Tim Burton film. It’s almost Spielberg-ian in its love of young filmmaking creativity and twisted suburbanism. In fact, with its old-fashioned pacing and references, it may be […]

Disney Announces Wreck-It Ralph Available Digitally a Month Before Disc Releases
Jan 4th, 2013

It always makes me nervous when a studio, particularly Disney, starts preferring one format to another, because that usually means customer choice is going to be affected down the road. They did it with DVD and Blu-ray, staggering releases for Bolt and Snow White to bring out the Blu-ray first. Now, with the announcement of […]

Warner Archive’s New Christmas Discs: Hanna-Barbera and Rankin/Bass Specials
Dec 21st, 2012

For Christmas, Warner Archive has released two new animation collections, and they’re both on sale right now! Hanna-Barbera Christmas Classics Collection The Hanna-Barbera Christmas Classics Collection has three cartoons, each about twenty-four minutes long: A Christmas Story (1971), The Town Santa Forgot (1993), and Casper’s First Christmas (1979). In A Christmas Story, Timmy’s letter to […]

Lou Scheimer: Creating the Filmation Generation
Dec 20th, 2012

Review by KC Carlson Although not as well known as other animation studios like Disney or Warner Brothers or even their contemporaries Hanna-Barbera, Filmation produced a huge number of hit shows and cult classics during the time they were in business, from 1963 to 1989. TwoMorrows’ new book, Lou Scheimer: Creating the Filmation Generation, tells […]

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 Date and Details Announced
Dec 17th, 2012

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 The second half of the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns animated feature set has been given a release date of January 29, 2013. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 is rated PG-13 and concludes the story based on Frank Miller’s classic graphic novel. It’s available as a […]

The Rabbi’s Cat Aims for Animated Oscar
Dec 8th, 2012

The Rabbi’s Cat, an animated adaptation of Joann Sfar’s graphic novel about a talking feline and Jewish life in 1930s Algeria, is being pitched for the Best Animated Feature Oscar. It’s now screening in NY, opens next week in LA, and launches nationwide (with subtitles) in January. Sfar co-wrote and co-directed the film. Here’s the […]

Dumb Ways to Die Adorably Morbid PSA
Nov 29th, 2012

Metro Trains Melbourne in Australia has created this amazing cute and disturbingly morbid public service announcement called “Dumb Ways to Die”. After a couple of non-related song verses, there’s some advice on what not to do around their metropolitan trains. I love the little dancing bean-shaped corpses! They’ve also posted the various characters as GIFs […]

Watch the Fleischer Superman Cartoons Online
Nov 22nd, 2012

Warner released the Fleischer Superman cartoons from the early 1940s on DVD three years ago. Now, they’ve put these restored versions online on YouTube — Cartoon Brew has the links, if you want the full list. Here’s the first one: They have some great, distinctive animation, and they’re lots of fun to watch.

I Know That Voice Documentary Trailer
Nov 16th, 2012

I don’t know exactly when this documentary will be coming out — sometime next year, and I’m told they’re submitting to Sundance now — but I want to see it! I Know That Voice looks at the craft of voiceover, including cartoons and video games, with some well-known participants, including Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), Kevin […]

Why Do People Like Adventure Time?
Nov 15th, 2012

I don’t get Adventure Time, the ever-more-popular Cartoon Network animated series that just launched its fifth season on Monday. Then I watched this PBS “Idea Channel” video that talks about its emotional depth, use of history, and evocation of romantic nostalgia. Neat overview. They’ve also done episodes on bronies and the definition of masculinity and […]

Brave on Blu-ray
Nov 12th, 2012

Out tomorrow on Blu-ray is the newest Pixar movie, featuring the newest Disney princess: Brave. The story of Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald), a spirited young woman who has trouble negotiating the path from childhood to adulthood, is an historical fantasy. Brave Her mother (Emma Thompson) wants her to become a lady, which means selecting […]

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