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Revisiting Childhood: "Scamper the Penguin"

Once in a while, it’s nice to revisit shows and movies you watched as a young child, if nothing else to see what easily entertained you back then.  For me, one of these movies from my early childhood was Scamper the Penguin, a 1988 animated film released in North America under the Feature Films For Families […]

Cool Stuff: Your Choice!

This short is a creation of Japanese director Koji Yamamura, an independent filmmaker who most notably received an Oscar nomination for his animated short Mt. Head in 2003. As the message at the beginning announces, the inspiration for the film came from an unusual source; it was “…the result of a series of children’s animation […]

Cool Stuff: Fester Fish

What would happen if you took some 1930′s cartoon conventions, Tex Avery-style sight gags and married it with total debauchery? Your result would be Aaron Long’s Fester Fish. In the short, Fester’s Nephew, Fester is annoyed that babysitting his nephew conflicts with the hot date he has lined up.  According to Aaron, Fester was modeled after […]

Cool Stuff: Grendizer Returns

A creation of Go Nagai and a cousin of sorts to the famous Mazinger Z, UFO Robot Grendizer was one of many super robot cartoons produced in Japan during the 1970s. The story followed the adventures of Prince Duke Fleed, who flees to Earth with the titular robot after an invasion of his home planet […]

Did You Know This Was Anime? - Amazing Zorro

Japanese animation commonly adapts domestic creations, such as its horde of manga. However, as we have previously observed with Grimm’s Fairy Tale Classics, it has also been willing and able to adapt ideas from all over the world. Another such example is the famous swashbuckling hero Zorro, who received one of his many adaptations in […]

Cool Stuff: Azureus Rising

Azureus Rising is a slick sci-fi short from Black Sun Entertainment. It was created as proof of concept test for a feature film trilogy. The story arc of which will follow, Azureus, who becomes a freedom fighter after escaping death and experiencing a life-altering journey. This short is an action sequence. In it, the hero […]

Publish (Online) or Perish: The Bullet Manga and Comics Have To Bite (Or Else.)

Recently, an alliance of Japanese and American manga publishers announced a crackdown on various manga scanlation sites. This news itself comes hot on the heels of some shocking revelations about said piracy sites. First off, some of them are so popular as to place in the top 1000 googled sites on the internet. Even more […]

Geneon Anime Worth Rescuing - Part 2

Today, we continue our overview of some quality Geneon anime currently in limbo that, with any luck, might be picked up for distribution in the coming weeks and months. Read on and give voice to your own opinions! 5. Space Pirate Captain Herlock – The Endless Odyssey: Outside Legend Before this oddly-titled OVA series came […]

Cool Stuff: Work

Work follows young Aaron as he decides to get a job at a corporation so that he might be able to afford moon shoes. The short was created by Michael Rianda as his third year film at CalArts.  I watched this short and said, “Yes. That’s exactly how I feel inside my head.” I loved the […]

Cool Stuff: Dragon Ball Z In Nine Minutes

This collaborative AMV is an oldie by now, but the “Doomrider” project is still very good more than five years later. Full details about the video and the people who made it can be found here. Squeezing the events of 291 episodes into nine minutes is a formidable task; but the excellent editing hits the […]

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