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Review: “Mia and the Migoo” Is Miyazaki Minus the Magic

by Maxie Zeuson October 18, 2012
With its child heroine, its fantastical plot, and its strong environmental message, Mia and the Migoo will immediately remind viewers of the work of Hayao Miyazaki (whose name even appears to be referenced in the title character). Alas, this animated French film resembles Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest and other ecologically-minded Hollywood animated fare more […]

Review: “Tom & Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse” Robs from the Past and Gives Nothing in Return

by Maxie Zeuson October 8, 2012
At least the title gets it right: Tom & Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse is at least as much about the famous outlaw of Sherwood Forest as it is about the famous cat and mouse duo. So it gets points for truth in advertising. The rest is mostly muddle. Plot-wise, this seventy-minute DVD […]


Review: The Dog Days of Summer Strike with “The Accidental Pup Star” and “Angry Beavers” Season Three, Part Two

by Maxie Zeuson August 24, 2012
Wait, dogs can talk and sing? That’s the reaction of a Girl Scout in “The Accidental Pup Star,” a Pound Puppies episode debuting on the Hub this Saturday, August 25. It was also my reaction, since I don’t remember that little fact being mentioned in any the episodes on Pound Puppies: Homeward Pound. It might […]

Norman Alden, RIP

by Maxie Zeuson July 30, 2012
Character actor Norman Alden, who voiced Aquaman on the iconic 1970s SuperFriends series, has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 87. Alden, whose IMDb page lists 237 titles to his credit, performed mostly in a series of one-time appearances in live-action TV shows. He made his debut in 1957 and worked steadily for […]


“Dark Knight Rises” Continues to Top Box Office Charts

by Maxie Zeuson July 30, 2012
Ice Age: Continental Drift grossed $13.3 million over the weekend, giving the animated title the second spot on the box office charts and cumulative gross of $114.8 million, Box Office Mojo reports. The Dark Knight Rises took the top spot with a gross of $64.1 million. Brave sank to seventh place, being bumped by freshman […]

Review: “Hey Arnold” Season 2 Part 2: Diary of a Wimpish Kid

by Maxie Zeuson July 30, 2012
Hey Arnold Season 2, Part 2, released just last week, collects ten more episodes of the classic Nickelodeon series. Whatever else one might say about the show, it is remarkably consistent in both tone and quality. The merits of any of the show’s particular compilation sets depend upon the episodes collected. Hey Arnold is a […]


“Monsters Inc. 3D” Moving to December Release

by Maxie Zeuson July 25, 2012
The Walt Disney Company is moving the release date of Monsters Inc. 3D to take advantage of the Christmas holiday season, reports. The Pixar film was originally scheduled to go into release on January 18, 2013, but the studio has shifted the date to December 19, 2012.

Sherman Hemsley: 1938-2012

by Maxie Zeuson July 25, 2012
The Hollywood Reporter reports that actor Sherman Hemsley passed away on Tuesday at his home in El Paso, Texas. He was 74. Hemsley was best known to TV audiences as George Jefferson, first seen as the next door neighbor of Archie Bunker on the classic 70s sit-com All in the Family. He would continue to […]


More Details on New Miyazaki Movie

by Maxie Zeuson July 23, 2012
According to Animation Magazine, Hayao Miyazaki’s new movie will be based on the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of the iconic Zero fighter plane, among other military aircraft. The magazine cites tweets by animators Osamu Kobayashi and Takashi Hashimoto. The new film is expected to be released in late 2013.

DreamWorks Buying Classic Media for $155 Million

by Maxie Zeuson July 23, 2012
DreamWorks Animation will buy Classic Media for $155 million, the companies announced today. Under the deal, DreamWorks will purchase the owner of such intellectual property as Casper the Friendly Ghost, Veggie Tales, and George of the Jungle in cash from the private equity firm of GTCR. The animation studio will finance the deal from cash […]