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"Gnomeo and Juliet" Mildly Entertains

Gnomeo and Juliet is ostensibly based on Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy, but don’t expect more from this G-rated tale of warring lawn ornaments than some borrowed names and the basic framework. Out in the suburbs, two neighboring lawns feud just as their grouchy elderly neighbors do. (Yes, their last names are Montague and Capulet). Among […]

"Waking Sleeping Beauty": A Candid History of Disney's Renaissance

The documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty offers an focused inside look at the history of Walt Disney Animation Studios between 1984 and 1994, up until The Lion King hit theaters to tremendous success. The film is produced by veteran producer Don Hahn (who also directed) and one-time Disney executive Peter Schneider, both of whom played very […]

"Fantasia": Animation Fantastique

The Walt Disney quote on the packaging is truth in advertising: Fantasia is timeless. Seventy years after its debut in 1940, no production has brought animation and truly great music together in such a perfect synthesis. Fantasia was an experimental project of the best sort, an earnest attempt by Walt Disney and his company to […]

"Megamind": Mind Over Mediocrity

An altogether enjoyable family film, Dreamworks Animation’s Megamind is a self-aware and affectionate parody of superheroics rather than a deconstruction and a satire in the way that Shrek lampooned fairy tale tropes. When a galactic cataclysm strikes a distant solar system, two planets in the vicinity send a single child away to Earth. One ends […]

"Mobile Suit Gundam 00: A wakening of the Trailblazer" A Stunning, Audacious Finale

Mobile Suit Gundam 00: A wakening of the Trailblazer is the first and last sequel to a television series that arguably didn’t need one. To be sure, it ended in a manner that left fans with questions to speculate over, but it also concluded the story built up over the series’ fifty episodes. Lead protagonist […]

NYCC2010: The DCU First Look Panel

On Friday night the IGN theater at the Javits Center was packed full for the DC Universe First Look panel, which proved to be a great show for the fans in attendance. Gary Miereanu of Warner Home Animation played host at the podium throughout the panel for executive producer Bruce Timm and Superman/Shazam: The Return […]

Fall 2010 Anime Preview

Autumn has arrived and October is here, and that means a large new crop of Japanese animation coming out on the other side of the Pacific as many longer Spring 2010 series and shorter Summer series come to an end. Once again I am joined by Nick Hobbs (you may remember him as Lelouch!), and […]

"Dragon Ball Season Five" Grows Up But Doesn't Get Old

If there is one part of the original Dragon Ball series that a fan who got started on Dragon Ball Z or Dragon Ball Z Kai should watch, it would be this fifth and final season. The majority of it is occupied by the last and best tournament arc of the original series; it introduces […]

Otakon2010: Of Unicorns and Gundam Unicorn

Although final days at conventions are only half days and can be less substantial than the first two days in my experience, my Sunday at Otakon 2010 was fully occupied by two satisfying events. Longtime readers may recall the tribute I paid to what I consider one of the finest Rankin-Bass productions and a marvelous […]

Otakon2010: Bandai Entertainment Announces Two New Titles, K-On Casting

At their “Bandai After Dark” panel at Otakon, Bandai Entertainment announced the licensing of two new anime titles for home video release. The first was The Girl Who Leapt Through Space (a.k.a. Sora Kake Girl), a sci-fi action series starring three girls who are mecha pilots in a future where humanity has emigrated to space […]

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