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Animation Abroad – DreamEast Pictures’ Valt The Wonder Deer

by Joshua Baileyon August 14, 2017
I’ve written about several Chinese animated programs in these articles, but DreamEast Pictures’ Valt The Wonder Deer stood out to me because it was largely made in the United States. The studio, founded in 2014 by SkyOcean Group, was dedicated to creating content for a worldwide audience and to help facilitate an understanding of Chinese […]

Animation Abroad – Dazzling Star’s Beijing Opera Cats

by Joshua Baileyon May 17, 2017
The Chinese animation industry has been growing rapidly in the past decade, with a number of quality animated movies and television programs being released each year. One show that I’ve had my eye on for a while now is Beijing Opera Cats, which premiered in 2015 and was created by Dazzling Star Animation. I first […]

Animation Abroad – Motion Pictures’ Pumpkin Reports

by Joshua Baileyon April 14, 2017
With the recent announcement of Invader ZIM‘s return as a television movie, I couldn’t help but ponder how neglected the alien invader sub-genre has been in animated programs. It’s such a fun premise: an alien invader comes to earth, infiltrates society and tries to take over the world while defending themselves from humans who saw […]

Animation Abroad – Giggle Garage’s Origanimals

by Joshua Baileyon February 23, 2017
There are a great many preschool cartoons in existence, which is why it is important for new ones to stand out.  Origanimals, by Giggle Garage Animations in Malaysia, certainly succeeded in standing out.  Its visual style charmed me back when I first came across it last year; I adored the way that the characters and […]

Animation Abroad – Rainbow Cat & Blue Rabbit

by Joshua Baileyon February 17, 2017
It has four seasons, a theatrical movie and a number of spin-off cartoons, yet chances are, you’ve never even heard of it. Its dramatic themes briefly got it banned in its home country of China, with scenes depicting numerous bloody wounds, on-screen deaths and even torture. 虹猫蓝兔, which translates to Rainbow Cat & Blue Rabbit, […]

Animation Abroad – Glue Studios’ Rimba Racer

by Joshua Baileyon February 7, 2017
It’s often easy for even the most avid fan of animation to overlook a great deal of what the world has to offer. We may live in the age of digital distribution, but most animated programs that are created never get the chance to be seen by audiences outside of their home countries. It is […]

The Amazing World Of Gumball – “The Void” Recap

by Joshua Baileyon September 17, 2014
While watching the cheerleading team struggle to perform their routine, Darwin and Gumball begin to think that something is missing. When Mr. Small warns them that not all is right in the world and that things are disappearing, they figure out that one of their classmates has vanished and set out on a quest to […]
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The Amazing World Of Gumball – “The Fraud” Recap

by Joshua Baileyon September 17, 2014
When the boys discover that Principal Brown faked his diploma, he becomes paranoid that the two of them are going to reveal his secret and goes out of his way to try to keep them quiet. While I do appreciate how the show is trying to give all of the characters a large role in […]

The Amazing World Of Gumball – “The Vacation” Recap

by Joshua Baileyon August 19, 2014
The Wattersons’ vacation goes awry when it seems as if a scary story is coming true. This was a fantastic episode. It had ample amounts of humor and tension which made it delightful to watch. I’ve complained several times in the past that episodes of the show tend to fly by too quickly, but this […]

The Amazing World Of Gumball – “The Gripes” Recap

by Joshua Baileyon August 5, 2014
Gumball’s bad mood causes the entire town to think he and Darwin are deserving of charity. This was an interesting episode. I didn’t quite like it as much as other episodes, as I found the “complaining” voices to be a bit grating and felt that the “B” plot was more enjoyable than the “A” plot, […]