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GKids Adds Studio Ghibli’s “The Tale of Princess Kaguya”

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison March 12, 2014
GKids Films has announced today that it will release Studio Ghibli’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya in North America “later this year”. The film, first released theatrically in Japan in November 2013, was the first theatrical work by director Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Only Yesterday, Little Norse Prince Valiant) since My Neighbors the […]

Review: “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” Probably Won’t Stand the Test of Time

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison March 10, 2014
DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman marks the studio’s first attempt at updating the now 50+ year old material of The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show, drawing on the variety program’s “Peabody’s Improbable History” segments where a young boy and his adoptive parent, an exceedingly intellectual talking dog, travel back in time and interact with notable […]

“One Piece Film Z” to be Released in English in 2014

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison March 5, 2014
The Australian distributor Madman Entertainment has confirmed on its official twitter account that it plans to publish a bilingual release for Toei Animation’s One Piece Film Z on home video in July 2014.  Madman Entertainment typically releases its anime titles with both an English dub and the Japanese audio track with English subtitles. This revelation […]

Review: “The Wind Rises” – Miyazaki’s Solemn Tribute to Invention

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison March 3, 2014
Reasonable people can disagree about whether Hayao Miyazaki’s retirement from directing feature films will stick, but I think it is impossible to walk away from The Wind Rises without a lasting impression that it was created and directed as though it were this auteur’s final project. This film of exquisite beauty is ostensibly a biopic […]

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Liveblogging Animation at the 2014 Oscars

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison March 2, 2014
The award ceremony for the 86th annual Academy Awards has begun, and a liveblog for all things animation-related will be happening right here. As always the academy will be offering golden statues for the best animated film of 2013, as well as the best animated short. Let’s review our nominees below. Best Animated Feature Film […]

Madhouse CEO Speaks Out On “Ninja Scroll” Sequel

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison February 28, 2014
The official website of the Japanese animation studio Madhouse has posted an English statement from CEO Hiroyuki Okada about the status of a planned sequel for its 1993 action film Ninja Scroll that first came to light in 2012. In the statement Okada reveals that Ninja Scroll director, screenwriter and character designer Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Lensman, Wicked City, Demon […]

Review: “Adventure Time Season 3” Blu-ray Reaches New Heights

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison February 26, 2014
If it is possible for a cartoon as consistently excellent as Adventure Time to have a best season, I believe the third can make a strong claim to the title. Once again, 26 eleven-minute episodes have been gathered together on a single Blu-ray disc and as ever, whimsical and fun adventure is never in short […]

Nominations for 2014 Golden Globe Awards Announced

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison December 12, 2013
Nominations for the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards have been announced by the The Hollywood Foreign Press Association. This year Globe rules limited the nominees for Best Animated Feature Film to three, with the following movies making the cut: Walt Disney Pictures’ Frozen, The Croods from DreamWorks Animation, and Despicable Me 2 from Illumination Entertainment.  […]

Disney’s “Frozen” Takes #1 at Box Office in 2nd Week, Sets Post-Thanksgiving Record

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison December 9, 2013
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen saw continued success during its second week at the box office, grossing a total of $31.6 million to seize first place from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and its $27 million gross. The film has now earned a total of $134.3 million domestically in the United States and an estimated worldwide […]