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Jul 18 2014 10:00am

Summer 2014 Anime Preview: In the Name of the Moon!

Sailor Moon Crystal

As summer reaches its sweltering peak, what better reason to stay indoors with the A/C on than a new season of foreign cartoons? With a packed schedule of both new and returning shows, the summer season is looking rather suspiciously good. Fans will be pleased at the return of Space Dandy to both Japanese and American televisions, as well as new seasons of Sword Art Online (with guns!), Free! (with mermaids!), Kuroshitsuji (with circuses!) ...and perhaps not so pleased with the return of Sengoku Basara (with uglier character designs!). For the binge-watchers, sci-fi series Knights of Sidonia is now available in full on Netflix. And as if that weren’t enough, there’s a whole roster of new shows, ranging from the rose-strewn Sailor Moon reboot to the moody and mysterious Terror in Resonance. With simulcasts mere moments away, there’s no reason to wait. Here are six of the best new summer shows that are available to watch right now.

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Jul 3 2014 11:05am

Want to See Frozen as a 2D, Hand-Drawn Animated Film?

Frozen concept art 2D hand-drawn film Disney no more 2D 3D

Back in 2013, Disney’s chief executive Bob Iger said that the company had no plans to make any more 2D animated movies. Those of us who grew up on The Lion King, Aladdin, and other hand-drawn classics were gutted, because as much as the current 3D offerings retain the same wit and infectious songs, the animation style leaves something to be desired. (Except for Wreck-It Ralph, but that worked since it was set in a video game.)

But we can always live on in fantasy, through pieces like this Frozen concept art that lets us reimagine the runaway hit as a Disney film of yesteryear.

[Feast your eyes]

Jun 12 2014 9:50am

Legend of Korra: Book Three Trailer Revealed

Avatar Legend of Korra The Last Airbender Book Three Change Trailer Nickelodeon Bumi

Nickelodeon has released the official trailer for The Legend of Korra: Book 3. This third season is entitled “Change,” and the trailer delivers on that one-word promise. If this short video is anything to go on, season three will take the action out of Republic City and beyond the Water Tribes to focus on an event that we’ve been waiting for ever since the Fire Nation attacked.

[See the full trailer below the cut—potential spoilers, for those not caught up!]

Apr 25 2014 10:00am

Spring 2014 Anime Preview: Now With More Robots

As meager rays of sunshine struggle to warm lands blasted by endless winter, the spring anime season has come upon us, sporting a full complement of new shows to warm our frozen hearts. From the youthful mecha adventures of Captain Earth to fantasy light novel adaptations, and from the unique creative vision of Ping Pong to other fantasy light novel adaptions, spring is bursting with brand new anime—plus the return of some well-loved favorites. With simulcasts a click away, there’s no reason to wait. Here are five of the best new shows of spring that are available to watch right away.

[Read on for new cartoons]

Apr 11 2014 11:00am

Batman Gets A Fab New Short For His 75th B-Day From Bruce Timm!

Batman: Strange Days

Batman: The Animated Series co-creator Bruce Timm has created an animated short for the caped crusader on the event of his 75th birthday. We're getting all teary over here.

[Check it out!]

Feb 12 2014 3:00pm

Holy No-Face-Time Batman! The Caped Crusader’s 5 Best Voice-Over Actors

Lego Batman Will Arnett

With The Lego Movie winning over critics and families alike, one little detail seems to be a tiny bit overlooked: Will Arnett is voicing Batman! And while the decidedly comedic take on Gotham City’s silent defender works super-well for his LEGO incarnation, Batman has had a ton of other talented folks not just beneath the cowl, but behind a microphone, too. If you think about it, since the guy hides behind a mask, voicing Batman might be the most legit way for an actor to truly explore the character. Sure, we’re all familiar with Christian Bale’s “bat-growl” and its various parodies, but what about some of the Caped Crusader’s other voice actors?

Here are five of the best.

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Jan 30 2014 11:00am

Joy, Sorrow, Regret, and Reassurance: The Singular Beauty of The Last Unicorn

The Last Unicorn

Peter S. Beagle’s The Last Unicorn, while sometimes categorized as YA, is generally hailed as a story for all ages. As much as I love the book, I didn’t read it until I was in college, so my initial introduction into Beagle’s world (like many fans my age, I suspect) came courtesy of the 1982 Rankin/Bass animated movie of the same name.

While I can’t speak to the experience of reading the novel as a child, I certainly believe that a story as beautifully crafted and enduring as this one will resonate with readers of various ages and experience. I’d argue that the movie also has plenty to recommend it to adult fantasy fans, and is far more advanced in its themes than the vast majority of animated children’s entertainment. And while it stays very true to the book in many ways, the film manages to foreground certain elements of the original story that give it a very powerful, very unique appeal for children. Don’t get me wrong: it’s kind of a strange film, but therein lies its magic. It speaks to younger viewers in a manner that very few films ever do.

[“They passed down all the roads long ago, and the Red Bull ran close behind them and covered their footprints…”]

Jan 23 2014 11:00am

Winter Anime Preview: Dandy Guys in Space, Bureaucrats in Hell

The winter anime season is upon us, and I’m sorry to say it, but it’s looking pretty grim. Like a polar vortex of mediocrity, winter has brought down a flurry of bland mecha, unfunny comedies, and half-hearted light novel adaptations. But all is not lost—in addition to continuing series from fall and the return of Silver Spoon, there are a few new cartoons that look like they can get us through this harsh winter. From the heavily anticipated Space Dandy to surprises like Noragami and the weird Hozuki no Reitetsu, new anime is a click away. Here are some of the best shows of the winter season that are available to watch right now.

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Jan 3 2014 2:00pm

Learn to Animate Cannibal Babies with Terry Gilliam!

Terry Gilliam animation tutorial

The working dynamics of Monty Python were fascinating. While Cleese, Chapman, Palin, Jones, and Idle split into teams to write together and workshop each other, Terry Gilliam was squirreled away in his attic flat working alone on animation, providing most of the voices and sound effects for the interstitial cartoons that defined the visual look of the troupe. His descriptions of the process are predictably quirky, but now we’ve found a video that will guide you through your own cutout animation! Click through, and unlock your inner mob hedgehog.

[British accents and squishing sounds optional.]

Dec 22 2013 2:00pm

“Nicholas Was...” by Neil Gaiman, Set in Motion

Nicholas Was Neil Gaiman 39 degrees north

Motion graphics studio 39 Degrees North needed a topic for their 2010 Christmas card, so they turned to Neil Gaiman’s poem, “Nicholas Was...” from his collection, Smoke & Mirrors. What resulted was a minute and half Christmas nightmare.

You can read the poem on Neil Gaiman’s website, and watch the video below:


Dec 21 2013 10:00am

Saturday Morning Cartoons: The Christmas Edition

R. O. Blechman CBS spot: Christmas with all the charm you would expect from Mr. Blechman. (1:03 minutes)

The Legend of the Turning Stone: A creepy Christmas tale. (6:38 minutes)

Frosty the Snowman: Oddly manic and sweet. From UPA, as so many good animated shorts are. (2:41 minutes)

[Watch Them All!]

Dec 16 2013 1:45pm

Disney’s Next Animated Feature is Moana, A Mythical Sea Voyage

Disney, Moana art

Disney's latest venture is set for release in 2018, titled Moana. Said to be the adventures of the eponymous character, Moana is a chief's only daughter from a long line of navigators. Her adventure will take place on the high seas in the South Pacific, set 2000 years ago, and will likely have mythic underpinnings.

It is being directed by John Musker and Ron Clement (Aladdin, The Princess and the Frog), and is said to have the same animation style as the praised animated short, Paperman. Are you excited for this one, or skeptical until you see more?

News via io9.

Dec 7 2013 11:00am

Saturday Morning Cartoons: “Imago” and “Leo’s Song”

Imago: An orphaned boy dreams of his father. If this doesn’t make you both smile and get teary-eyed, then you have no heart. Equally beautiful for its storytelling and drawing, sentimental in the best possible way. (11:38 minutes)

Leo’s Song: “When a geometric visitor from another planet becomes your new roommate and shares with you the tragic state of its home world, you drop your guitar and see what you can do.” This will make you feel happy all day long. (2;46 minutes)

[Watch both!]

Dec 2 2013 1:00pm

Big Broadway Numbers and Sensible Morals: Disney’s Frozen

Before I discuss Frozen, I feel it only fair to start this review with a disclaimer: Hello, my name is Leah Withers and I am a Disney Fan Girl. Yes, yes, I am one of those. Those 20-something people that re-watch The Rescuers Down Under on a Saturday night, totally sober, and live tweet commentary to absolutely no one. One of those people who falls gleefully down the Tumblr rabbit holes of Disney fanart (ermahgerd have you guys seen Pocket Princesses??) and who may or may not have a dedicated Disney board on her Pinterest… So hop on board good folks, see me after the jump, and let the squeeing commence!

[Mild spoilers ahead!]

Nov 23 2013 11:00am

Saturday Morning Cartoons: “Tir Nan Og” and “Syrinx”

Tir Nan Og: A little sad and a lot sweet.  (3:59 minutes)

Syrinx: Pan and Syrinx, a ballet in charcoal. (2:55 minutes)

[Watch Both!]

Nov 20 2013 12:00pm

Frozen Breaks the Ice: The Decline, Fall, and Rebirth of the Disney Musical

In the 1980s, Disney’s imagination was growing stale. During the era of Walt himself, classics such as Cinderella, Pinocchio, and Peter Pan had made Disney the most respected animation company in the world. But its newer movies—titles such as The Great Mouse Detective and Oliver and Company—seemed to lack the timeless magic of those earlier ones. The company’s theme parks, though profitable, relied heavily on aging characters. And while Disney was still a brand to be reckoned with, it needed to do some serious wishing-upon-a-star when it came to new content.

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Nov 20 2013 11:00am

These Are the Continuing Voyages: 5 Reasons Why Star Trek: The Animated Series Was Awesome

Star Trek: The Animated Series

It weighed on my heart to hear that Lou Scheimer, founder of Filmation Studios, had died this past October. Like a lot of Gen X’ers I grew up part of the Filmation Generation, in thrall to a studio whose output (along with that of Hanna-Barbera) shaped the landscape of my every Saturday morning: Fat Albert, The Adventures of Batman, The New Adventures of Flash Gordon, and yeah, even He-Man, were all required viewing for me.

[And of course, Star Trek: The Animated Series]

Nov 16 2013 11:00am

Saturday Morning Cartoons: “Flutter” and “Walls”

Flutter: Two high school students: the boy runs and runs while the girl paints...and runs. It’s pure energy and expression. (6:52 minutes)

Walls: Claustrophobia, isolation, and observation. (8:10 minutes)

[Watch Both]

Nov 9 2013 11:00am

Saturday Morning Cartoons: “Rabbit” and “Herr Bar”

Rabbit: Dick and Jane turn very dark in this surreal cautionary tale. (8:41 minutes)

Herr Bar: Trippy, sensual, and experiential—body parts as landscape. (3:08 minutes)

[Watch Both!]

Nov 8 2013 11:30am

Disney’s Most Magnificent Bastards

Maleficent dragon Sleeping Beauty

Villains in animated films tend to have a bit of an edge in the whole Magnificent Bastards department. All the best villainous actors of stage and screen do a fair amount of scene chewing (I’m looking at you, Tim Curry), but animated villains can take things to a whole other level. Disney villains in particular have a way of worming their way into our hearts, thanks in no small part to campy theatrics, quippy dialog, and the occasional musical number. And they often have the sartorial chops to carry it off courtesy of some fantastic design work.

But in order to truly rise to the ranks of magnificent bastardry, a villain needs substance—some motivation or believable character flaw an audience can connect with. We don’t have to actively root for the bastards (though sometimes we do), but we do need to understand their point of view. I mean, we may love to hate Cruella de Vil, but it’s hard to actually sympathize with her end game of acquiring a puppy-coat. So which Disney villains make the grade?

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