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Review: "Wizards" Proves Itself Experimental to a Fault

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison April 1, 2013
Perhaps the most impressive thing about Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards is that it was ever created in the first place. The director once described it as “my homage to Tolkien in the American idiom” and a “fantasy for American kids,” yet ultimately Bakshi’s 1978 take on The Lord of the Rings would represent his best attempt […]
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Review: "The Croods" Isn't as Evolved as It Could Be

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison March 25, 2013
If titles were always entirely accurate, The Croods would be called Grug and Eep. At heart it’s not truly about the adventures and welfare of the titular stone age family, but rather the tale of a strained relationship between a father and his teenage daughter who yearns to break free of her family’s constraining lifestyle. […]

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Gainax Revives Its "Blue Uru" Film Project

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison March 21, 2013
The Japanese animation studio Gainax has announced that it is restarting work on its Blue Uru film project. Blue Uru is intended to be a sequel to Gainax’s first theatrical film, the 1987 sci-fi drama Royal Space Force – The Wings of Honnêamise. Work on the film first began in 1992, but it was suspended the following […]
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New Official Trailer For DreamWorks' "Turbo"

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison March 21, 2013
A new theatrical trailer has been created for DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming comedy Turbo, which will be released in U.S. theaters on July 19th, 2013. Conceived and directed by David Soren, Turbo tells the story of a garden snail that adores IndyCar racing and gets a chance to fulfill his dreams of becoming a great racer […]

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Review: "Rise of the Guardians" Delivers for Kids

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison March 20, 2013
Taking inspiration from William Joyce’s Guardians of Childhood book series, Rise of the Guardians delivers an unusual reinterpretation of the fantastical icons of childhood legend for an imperfect but enjoyable adventure. The conceit of Guardians is that not only do these figures of myth all exist, they know each other and some of them are […]
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Review: "Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Apocalypse Saga": Deserved Endings

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison March 5, 2013
The so-called “Apocalypse Saga” of Revolutionary Girl Utena proves itself a welcome progression on the “Black Rose Saga” from Nozomi Entertainment’s second DVD set and a return the essence of the first story arc. Here the narrative reorients its focus on Utena’s relationship with Anthy, and most episodes methodically carry the plot forward in increasingly […]

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Four-part "Ghost in the Shell: Arise" Anime Project Unveiled

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison February 13, 2013
During an hour-long presentation in Tokyo on Tuesday, the first footage and details were revealed for Production I.G.’s new anime project for the cyberpunk classic Ghost in the Shell. The event, which was simulcasted globally online through Youtube and translated by English interpreters, included Production I.G. co-founder Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, director Kazuchika Kise and scriptwriter Tow […]
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"The Legend of Korra" Gets May 21, 2013 Release Date for Book 1 on Home Video; Art Book on July 24

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison February 7, 2013
Updated listings on Amazon.com today now indicate a May 21st, 2013 release date for the first season of Nickelodeon’s action adventure series The Legend of Korra, the network’s sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender. Although the complete official details for “Book 1: Air” are not yet announced, a blog post in December from Bryan Konietzko […]

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Tezuka Productions Goes Forward With Second "Buddha" Anime Film

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison January 31, 2013
During a press conference on January 25th, Tezuka Productions President Takayuki Matsutani announced that the second part of the Buddha film trilogy would enter production this year. The films are inspired by Osamu Tezuka’s Buddha manga, which mixed supernatural elements with historical fact to depict the young Prince Siddhartha’s personal journey to ultimately become  Gautama Buddha and founder of […]
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Disney Showcases Oscar-nominated Short "Paperman" Online

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison January 31, 2013
Walt Disney Animation Studios has uploaded director John Kahrs’ animated short Paperman onto Youtube. The short is noted for utilizing a new technology called “Meander” that Disney created in-house, which renders the characters and backgrounds digitally and layers hand-drawn art over those shapes to create 2D animation with a unique appearance of depth. Paperman was […]