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Review: "A Cat in Paris": This Cat Is Where It's At

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The opening scenes of A Cat in Paris follow a cat burglar named Nico on a jewel heist, depicting his movements with a sinuous grace that could only be achieved through hand-drawn animation. Nico practically flows through the hole he cuts in a window, and seemingly turns his joints to jelly to avoid security cameras […]

Review: "One Piece" DVD Collection No. 8: Cloud Nine

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The serial sea-faring adventures of Captain Luffy and friends continue in One Piece Collection No. 8. Picking up from where Collection No. 7 left off, Luffy continues his heated battle with the God of Skypiea, Eneru. Eneru, having deemed the people of Skypiea unworthy, has set out to use his ‘Ark Maxim’ to amplify his […]

Review: "Strike Witches 2": More of the Same

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Hype is a funny thing.  Ever since Strike Witches debuted, all I heard from some anime fans was how it was nothing but creepy loli bait and an example of everything wrong with modern anime.  A big portion of the criticism was that the girls don’t wear pants or skirts, instead having a formal military […]

Review: "Pound Puppies" Charms; "Dinosaur Train" Strives; "Scooter the Penguin" Belly Flops

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The Hub’s My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic has gotten a lot of attention for Lauren Faust’s initial push to make sure the show was watchable beyond its target demographic of little girls. While I don’t want to take away from any of that show’s well-earned success, the shame is that more of the Hub’s […]

Review: In "King of Thorn," Even the Apocalypse Wants to Be Green

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What would you do if the world was coming to an end and you were given a way out? Or you thought you had a way out? King of Thorn tosses you straight into that world. Yes, apocalyptic-themed sci-fi is all the rage these days, but King of Thorn isn’t just another “2012” blow ‘em […]

Review: "Arthur Christmas": Jingle-Jangle All the Way

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Aardman Animation’s Arthur Christmas isn’t a bad film by any stretch of the imagination. It’s got spunk and wit and pizzazz and a holiday-inflected theme suitable to the season. It looks nice and it moves well. But it’s a slapdash movie, and it has all the subtlety of a carillon banging out “Jingle Bells” at […]

Review: "Brave" Blu-ray: Not Top Tier Pixar

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It was only a matter of time. Pixar had been on a hot streak for well over a decade, and for me personally, that streak (sadly) ended with the admittedly well-directed and action-packed, but soulless and suspension-of-disbelief stretching Cars 2. Now we have Brave, which is an improvement over Cars 2, but doesn’t reach the […]

Review: "Pixar Short Films Collection Vol. 2" - More Little Gifts from Planet Pixar

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Way back in 2007, when I reviewed the Pixar Short Films Collection Vol. 1, our own staffer Duke asked: “Does Pixar even have enough short films for a second volume? Or will that second volume come out in 2011?” Duke, wherever you are, you were only off by a year. The second collection of Pixar […]

Review: "Littlest Pet Shop" Stumbles Early, But Recovers Nicely

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My honest advice for viewers of the Hub’s newest show, Littlest Pet Shop, is to jump straight to episode 2 and get what you need about the first episode from the pre-credits recap segment. The show is fine, the characters are adorable, and like every other show on the Hub, The Littlest Pet Shop doesn’t […]

Review: "Rosario & Vampire" Seasons 1 and 2 (UK Editions): No Sparkle, But Plenty of (Panty) Flash

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It’s that time again. Time for a Japanese studio to license a series with light harem aspects and make it the focus. After failing his high school entry exams, Tsukune Aono is seemingly saved when his father happens into possession of an entry pack for the mysterious Yokai Academy, a private boarding school. Tsukune quickly […]

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