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Cool Stuff: Après la Pluie

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If you haven’t seen this short yet, you’re in for a treat. Après la Pluie teaches us the dangers of fishing with bananas. This short was created by the team of  Charles-André Lefebvre, Manuel Tanon-Tchi, Louis Tardivier, Sébastien Vovau and Emmanuelle Walker as their final project as students of Gobelins. Enjoy! Après la Pluie ©2008Gobelins from Emmanuelle […]

Cool Stuff: Alma

When I was 4 years old, I saw the Twilight Zone episode, Living Doll and it screwed with my tiny, little noggin’. I kid you not when I say it scared the hell out of me. My grandmother had bought me “life-size” doll earlier. After viewing that show I stopped playing with it (just to […]

Cool Stuff: The Nature of Battle

Here’s a short from Emily Carr University of Art and Design graduate, Nat Dart. So far as environmental propaganda goes, this one was fairly enjoyable. It uses well-thought out shots, shadows and muted colors to convey the stark, war torn landscape. Biplanes fly overhead. The music lulls you into a relaxed state and then yanks you […]

Cartoon Universe: Introduction

We all live in a cartoon universe. Think about it – animation is almost omnipresent in our daily lives.  One of the nation’s largest media companies is, at its heart, an animation studio.  Japan’s image is now associated with its certain kind of animation.  And America’s most recognizable and admired man is not the president, […]

SKU Overload - or- Reissuing In A Downward Spiral

Have you noticed on the shelves of your local Best Buy or Fry’s multiple versions of the same anime? I have, and I’ve noticed the same duplication on online listings too, and well, it’s beginning to strike me as excessive for a lot of reasons. Now, reissues have their place when something has sold out […]

Remembering Roy E. Disney

Were it not for Roy E. Disney, the course of animation history would have been almost completely different. The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin would likely not have been made, at least not with the class and verve that made them classics. Had Roy Disney not intervened, Pixar might have been preparing to […]

Anime in the Coming Decade

Moe Won’t Die, But It Can Kill Moe is a trend in anime towards the use of underage, often barely-clad heroines with no unique character traits. One of the biggest anime of 2009, maybe even of the decade in Japan if we’re talking merchandise and media sales, was a little slice-of-life show by the name of K-ON. […]

Toons of the 2000s: Outro and Special Thanks

Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. Sadly, our journey back through the 2000s has come to an end. Thank you for joining us in our review of the decade in animation. We had a blast. We hope you did too and that you’ll be with us when we do this again in another […]

Toons of the 2000s: Next Decade Speculation

Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. One of the most challenging tasks to take on during a decade of undeniable and sometimes drastic change is to predict what happens next. Will broadcast television die? Is Blu-ray to become the dominant format? What direction will anime take if the industry continues on its […]

Toons of the 2000s: Top 25 Animated Television Series Countdown #5-1

You are reading #5-1 of the Top 25 Animated Television Series Countdown.  25-21 | 20-16 | 15-11 | 10-6 | 5-1 | Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro.   5. THE VENTURE BROS. Dates: 2004-present (pilot aired 2003) Adult Swim (Cartoon Network) 47+ episodes Created by Jackson Publick (Christopher McCulloch) Starring: James Urbaniak, Patrick Warburton, Michael Sinterniklaas, Christopher McCulloch, Doc Hammer Synopsis The misadventures […]

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