On TV, the Howling Commandos Are Now Monsters
Oct 3rd, 2013

I’m old enough that when I hear “Howling Commandos”, I think of Sgt. Fury’s WWII soldiers. However, for Halloween, Marvel Entertainment appears to have confused them with DC’s Creature Commandos. Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man Halloween Special airs Saturday, October 5 at 9 PM Eastern/8 PM Central on the Disney Channel. It features Spidey teaming up with […]

DreamWorks Dragons: Defenders of Berk Back for Second Season
Sep 29th, 2013

I still haven’t seen the original movie, How to Train Your Dragon, but I got a chance to check out the first two episodes of the second season of the spinoff TV show DreamWorks Dragons: Defenders of Berk. (The first season was titled DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk, so responsibilities have been amped up. If […]

Batman: The Brave and the Bold Coming to Blu-ray Through Warner Archive
Sep 28th, 2013

Coming in November, Warner Archive will be releasing Batman: The Brave and the Bold, my favorite superhero cartoon, on Blu-ray. The first collection will include the 26 episodes of season one, previously released on two DVD volumes. This is Warner Archive’s first animated Blu-ray release. Batman: The Brave and the Bold was a wonderful, fun […]

Looney Tunes Airing on Boomerang Cable Channel Starting Next Month
Sep 28th, 2013

You’d think Warner would air Looney Tunes cartoons on Boomerang, its 24-hour animation channel dedicated to classic cartoons, but apparently, they haven’t run there since May 2007. That’s changing, though, starting October 5. Looney Tunes will be running in a one-hour block on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 7 AM Eastern. (So, that’s two hours […]

Mini-Hulks in Tomorrow’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.
Sep 21st, 2013

Marvel has provided the following clip from tomorrow’s episode of Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., which airs on Disney XD Sunday at 11 AM Eastern / 10 AM Central. The premise is described as follows: The Hulks go out for a round of mini-golf to celebrate A-Bomb’s birthday only to find themselves face […]

Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels / Help! It’s the Hair Bear Bunch!
Sep 20th, 2013

Review by KC Carlson It’s interesting (at least to me) that the Warner Archive chose to release Help! It’s the Hair Bear Bunch! and Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels at about the same time earlier this year. The former was the series where I decided to stop watching Saturday morning cartoons (except for the […]

Ranma 1/2 Returns With New Omnibus Editions, Blu-rays
Sep 15th, 2013

The previous print edition Rumiko Takahashi’s classic martial arts manga Ranma 1/2 is coming back to North America with new promotional pushes and editions. The story is described as a “legendary martial arts-action-adventure-comedy manga”; they forgot “gender-bending romance”. It revolves around Ranma, a teenager training to become a great martial artist. After he encounters a […]

Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk
Sep 9th, 2013

As I previously wrote, Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk converts the six-issue comic miniseries by Damon Lindelof and Leinil Francis Yu to six 10-minute-ish “motion comic” chapters. It goes on sale tomorrow, September 10. Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk The level of animation is lighter than I remembered from previous releases. For example, lips are made to […]

Total Drama All-Stars Premieres September 10
Sep 7th, 2013

I’m not familiar with the Total Drama cartoon, although it shouldn’t surprise me that, with SO many “reality” competition shows on TV, there’s an animated parody version. Now, just like the “real” shows do, favorite characters from past seasons are being reunited to compete again in Total Drama All-Stars, debuting on Cartoon Network September 10 […]

Uncle Grandpa Debuts September 2 on Cartoon Network
Aug 25th, 2013

I don’t get the show, but I love the promotion. Inside this colorful cube box was an honest-to-goodness propeller beanie. (Unfortunately, it was just a smidge too small for KC.) And so, as Cartoon Network wanted, I’m telling you that their new show Uncle Grandpa, created by Pete Browngardt, will launch September 2 at 8 […]

Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Debuts Tomorrow
Aug 10th, 2013

Marvel is launching a new animated series tomorrow. Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. teams up five big behemoths: Hulk, She-Hulk, Red Hulk, A-Bomb, and Skaar. As the promo text says, What does S.M.A.S.H. stand for? They’re Hulks — whatever they want! My guess? It’s meant to evoke Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the live-action TV show […]

Upcoming Pixar Releases: The Good Dinosaur, Inside Out, Finding Dory, Toy Story of TERROR!
Aug 10th, 2013

News out of the D23 Expo, Disney’s fan convention, about upcoming Pixar releases: The Good Dinosaur explores what might have happened if dinosaurs never became extinct because the Earth was never hit by a giant “cataclysmic” asteroid. Arlo (voiced by Lucas Neff, Raising Hope), a 70-foot-tall teenage Apatosaurus, adopts a young human named Spot during […]

Get a Horse! to Run With Frozen in November
Aug 10th, 2013

“Get a Horse!” is an odd hybrid, a new cartoon featuring Walt Disney himself as the voice of Mickey Mouse. It’s hand-drawn in the old-school, black-and-white style (as shown here), evoking company history and nostalgia, but there are computer-generated and 3-D elements as well. The plot involves Peg-Leg Pete interrupting Mickey and Minnie during a […]

Marvel Motion Comics Continue Wolverine Focus
Aug 4th, 2013

After the release of Wolverine: Origin last month, Shout! Factory has announced the next Marvel Knights motion comic DVD release will be Ultimate Wolverine Vs. Hulk, due out September 10. Another Wolverine title makes sense, given this summer’s The Wolverine movie release. Ultimate Wolverine Vs. Hulk I hadn’t thought about Ultimate Wolverine Vs. Hulk since […]

Nathan Fillion on Playing Green Lantern in Flashpoint Paradox, Being Fannish
Aug 3rd, 2013

One of the neat things about the release of Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox was getting to see the Electronic Press Kit clips Warner sent out. For instance, here’s a set of Nathan Fillion talking about fandom. In this one, he compares his three times voicing Green Lantern. (Prior to this, he played the character […]

Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
Aug 3rd, 2013

I’m not sure what to say about an animated superhero film that starts with the Serenity Prayer followed by the murder of Barry Allen’s mother (Grey DeLisle). There’s an early establishment of the theme, “if only I’d run a little faster”, as Barry’s driving force, unhelpful as it is. (There’s no point in anyone’s life […]

Planes Fly-In Screening
Aug 3rd, 2013

This is an excellent picture of the Planes preview that took place at the aviation show EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. It looks like the airplanes have come to watch their friends. For the rest of us, the movie comes out next weekend.

Neon Alley Expands to Computer Access
Aug 2nd, 2013

As of last month, you no longer need a PlayStation or an Xbox to access Neon Alley, Viz’s direct-distribution anime channel. Now, you can access the programming from Mac and PC computers (Microsoft Silverlight required), although you still have to pay $6.99 a month. There is a one-week free trial, if you want to test […]

Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox Video Clips, Premiere Today
Jul 19th, 2013

Now that we’re a little more than a week away from the release of Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (on July 30), video clips have been made available. First, there’s the trailer, explaining the premise of the Flash-centered story: Next, Cyborg (Michael B. Jordan) introduces his allies to Batman (Kevin McKidd; the character wisecracks a […]

Marine Boy, Early Anime, Now Available on Warner Archive
Jul 19th, 2013

One of the earliest Japanese cartoons to come to the US, Marine Boy is now available from Warner Archive in a three-disc, 26-episode first season set. It was produced beginning in 1965 and aimed at the English-speaking syndication market. (I recall seeing this in the mid 1970s in England and then wanting to pretend to […]

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