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Thu
Nov 13 2014 1:30pm

This LEGO Version of Matt Smith’s Doctor Who Regeneration is a Silent, Existential Experience

Doctor Who, LEGO regeneration, Eleven Twelve Doctor

Okay, not exactly? But kind of? This LEGO animated version (fanmade, not from the company itself) of the Eleventh Doctor’s swan song has no dialogue, but what it lacks in sound it makes up for in interpretive mime. You’ll just have to see for yourself.

[Take a look]

Thu
Nov 6 2014 1:00pm

How Sleeping Beauty is Accidentally the Most Feminist Animated Movie Disney Ever Made

Sleeping Beauty

So I know what you’re thinking: Seriously, Leigh? Sleeping Beauty is feminist? The classic Disney film made in 1959, i.e. in possibly the least feminist-friendly decade of the entire twentieth century? The quintessential Disney Princess Movie? The one where the titular character is basically a Barbie doll knockoff who does nothing the whole film but sing wistfully about Finding Her Man, before becoming the ultimate passive Damsel in Distress, and other than that has maybe ten actual lines of dialogue? That Sleeping Beauty?

To which I say: Yep, that’s the one.

[But I wanted it blue]

Tue
Oct 21 2014 9:00am

Fall 2014 Anime Preview: Symbiotic Alien Hands Don’t Make Good Pets

Time rolls on and it’s fall once again. You could go out and enjoy the changing leaves, or carve a jack-o-lantern, or try to block out all the inexplicably pumpkin spice-flavored products that spontaneously appear at this time of year like snails on the sidewalk after a rainy night. Or you could avoid the whole mess and watch a brand new roster of Japanese cartoons.

After bidding a fond farewell to an exceptionally good summer season (I miss you already, Nozaki-kun), we’ve got quite an eclectic fall. Highly anticipated adaptions of Parasyte, Your Lie in April, and Fate/stay night debut, and so far manage to not suck. Rage of Bahamut stomps onto the scene with CG dragons and a rooftop chase on horseback. If you fancy a bit of time travel, Tomino’s Gundam Reconguista in G will take you straight back to 1979; or if you’re looking for a more recent nostalgia, The Seven Deadly Sins and Akatsuki no Yona both recall nineties favorites. And let’s not forget sequels: For those looking for their cyberpunk fix, Psycho-Pass returns with a new cast and a new writer. For lovers of robots and fun, Gundam Build Fighters Try delivers both just as effortlessly as the first season. For the sports crowd, Yowamushi Pedal is back and feels like it never left, while Log Horizon returns for the RPG fans. And for those who like good anime, the always lovely Mushishi returns for its final season.

With simulcasts a click away, there’s no need to wait—here are five of the best new anime premiering this fall that you can watch right now.

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Tue
Sep 30 2014 3:30pm

Laika’s The Boxtrolls Will Knock Your Box Off

The Boxtrolls

The latest film from the brilliant minds and hands at animation studio Laika (Coraline, ParaNorman), The Boxtrolls comes to the big screen laden with quite a set of expectations. With Pixar now apparently passé (what, no one liked Cars 2?), animation fans seem to have pinned their collective hopes and dreams on Portland-based Laika as the shiny new face of original storytelling in animated features. Frankly, that’s a lot of weight for one little film to bear, and in the face of mixed early reviews, I’ll admit that I braced myself for crushing disappointment as I walked into the theater this weekend.

Well good news, boys and girls, your hopes and dreams are safe with Laika for one day more: The Boxtrolls is charming, inventive, and beautifully realized in gorgeous stop-motion animation.

[Read more]

Thu
Sep 25 2014 12:30pm

These Fan-Made Buffy Credits Are the Animated Series We Wish We’d Gotten

Buffy the Vampire Slayer animated series fan opening credits

Remember how Joss Whedon tried for years to make an animated Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff happen, and no one was biting? The test footage was even eventually leaked online, to tepid interest, and we sort of understood why it never made it off the ground.

Well, we just came across fan-made opening credits for a Buffy animated series, and they’re wonderful.

[Get ready to start rocking out to Nerf Herder’s theme...]

Fri
Jul 18 2014 9:00am

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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Thu
Jul 3 2014 10:05am

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]

Thu
Jun 12 2014 8:50am

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!]

Fri
Apr 25 2014 9:00am

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]

Fri
Apr 11 2014 10:00am

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!]

Wed
Feb 12 2014 2:00pm

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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Thu
Jan 30 2014 10:00am

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…”]

Thu
Jan 23 2014 10:00am

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.

[Read on for more shows from the winter season...]

Fri
Jan 3 2014 1:00pm

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.]

Sun
Dec 22 2013 1:00pm

“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:

[Watch]

Sat
Dec 21 2013 9:00am

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!]

Mon
Dec 16 2013 12:45pm

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.

Sat
Dec 7 2013 10:00am

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!]

Mon
Dec 2 2013 12:00pm

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!]

Sat
Nov 23 2013 10:00am

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!]