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"Pumpkin Scissors" Volume 1: Explosive Fun Any Way You Cut It

What’s in a name? It’s a question any regular anime viewer must have pondered at one point or another. Call them innovative, colorful, or bizarre, but there’s no denying that those who name anime series and characters march to the beat of their own possibly extraterrestrial drummer. This leads to such ludicrously contrived names as […]

"The New Adventures of He-Man Volume 1": Fighting Mutant Slime in a Future Time

The G.I. Joe and He-Man franchises have a lot in common. Both launched new toy lines in 1982, TV series in 1983, and feature films in 1987. Both are today fondly remembered 80s pop culture icons, and both, reportedly, are due for feature film revivals. And each one has a black sheep in the family: […]

"The Legend of Prince Valiant" Vol. 2: Dub This a Classic

The other day I heard a radio talk show guest singing the praises of the morally fortified adventures of the Hardy Boys. Oops, there goes half the audience. You know that Nancy Drew movie that neither you and nor anyone else saw this summer? The Hardy Boys were a lot like that, only four-legged and […]

"Gumby Essentials": Return of the Lean, Green, Mirth Machine

I remember watching Gumby’s eternally syndicated adventures in the afternoons during summer vacation, and soon became a lifelong fan of the unique textural appeal of Claymation. Yet I hadn’t seen the series in more than a decade due to its recent absence from TV. Thankfully that drought has been brought to an end by the […]

Joe Clokey Finds Gumby Essential

Anyone born before 1990 is almost surely familiar with the fantastic claymation adventures of Gumby and his equine pal Pokey. In recent years however the malleable green guy has had a somewhat lower profile. Last year he bounced back into the spotlight with a new comic series, and just recently the Gumby Essentials collection was […]

"Doctor Strange": Marvel's DTV Supreme

Except, possibly, for Forbush Man, Marvel could scarcely have come up with a more unlikely candidate for the DTV movie treatment than Doctor Strange. Strange is probably the biggest Marvel name I know next to nothing about, owing largely to the fact that he rarely appeared in crossovers in the series I read. Add that […]

"Zipang" Vol. 5: Marty McFly in the Navy

As a huge World War II history buff, I’m easily entertained by anything remotely related to it, such as my all-time favorite anime Space Battleship Yamato. Since I already know about most of the war’s actual events, I find “what if?” scenarios especially involving. As a kid I was entranced by the 1980 Kirk Douglas […]

Pierre De Celles on Animating Sonic the Hedgehog and Other Tales

Pierre De Celles has been working in animation production since the early 1970s. An accomplished jack of all trades, he’s done everything from layouts to storyboarding to animating to voice acting to directing. Among the many well known properties he has worked on are Smurfs, The Care Bears Movie, Spiral Zone, Slimer! and the Real […]

"Hellsing Ultimate" Vol. 1: This DVD Runneth Over... With Blood

It seems odd that while the best-known Japanese films stateside have recently been horror tales like Ringu and Ju-On, horror titles remain confined to a fairly small part of the anime market. Perhaps it’s a question of reaching the right audience. I suppose the average Saw fan doesn’t have much anime in his/her diet. Or […]

"Chevalier D'Eon" Vol. 2: The First Cut's Still the Deepest

Perhaps what I like best about the Star Wars movies is that they take place in a living, breathing universe full of intriguing detail every way you look. One suspects that fascinating characters and subplots lurk in the corners of the frame, and hopes that with each new chapter more of them will be brought […]

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