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Review: “Twinkle Toes” Movie Has Little Flash, Less Substance

by Ed Liuon August 1, 2012
I can’t say I was optimistic on hearing that Skechers shoes were going to be expanding their animated TV ads into feature-length direct-to-video movies. I’m not reflexively against merchandise-based cartoons, but shoes just don’t seem to spark the imagination in the same way that dolls, action figures, or even board games can. Consequently, it’s not […]

First “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns” Part 1 DTV Movie Trailer Released; Coming to DVD/Blu-ray on Sept 25, 2012

by Ed Liuon July 31, 2012
MTV’s Geek weblog is hosting the first trailer for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Pt. 1, the latest direct-to-video animated feature from DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation which promises to adapt Frank Miller’s seminal 1980’s graphic novel of Batman’s final conflicts: UPDATED August 2, 2012: Warner Bros. Animation has made the full trailer available: […]

PR: “Tom & Jerry: Tricks and Treats” Available on DVD on September 4, 2012

by Ed Liuon July 31, 2012
IT’S CHILLS AND THRILLS THIS HALLOWEEN WITH EVERYONE’S FAVORITE ANIMATED CAT AND MOUSE DUO IN TOM & JERRY: TRICKS AND TREATS AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO  Collection Features 20 High-Spirited Animated Cartoons Plus Two Bonus Cartoons BURBANK, CA (July 30, 2012) – Get set for a ghoulishly good time with that tussling twosome, Tom […]

SDCC2012: Panel Report for Racebending.com: Creating Spaces for Diverse Characters and Representations

by Eileen Cruzon July 30, 2012
Racebending, just in case you’re unfamiliar with the term, is the act of casting a live-action actor of a different ethnicity or race than the character he or she is portraying. The act itself has been prevalent in media for many years, though the specific instance that gave life to the term was the live-action movie of Avatar: […]

Norman Alden, RIP

by on July 30, 2012
Character actor Norman Alden, who voiced Aquaman on the iconic 1970s SuperFriends series, has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 87. Alden, whose IMDb page lists 237 titles to his credit, performed mostly in a series of one-time appearances in live-action TV shows. He made his debut in 1957 and worked steadily for […]

“Dark Knight Rises” Continues to Top Box Office Charts

by on July 30, 2012
Ice Age: Continental Drift grossed $13.3 million over the weekend, giving the animated title the second spot on the box office charts and cumulative gross of $114.8 million, Box Office Mojo reports. The Dark Knight Rises took the top spot with a gross of $64.1 million. Brave sank to seventh place, being bumped by freshman […]

Otakon2012: PR: FUNimation Entertainment Announces Multiple Acquisitions at Otakon

by Grant Whiteon July 28, 2012
FUNimation Entertainment Announces Multiple Acquisitions at Otakon Flower Mound, TX -July 28, 2012- FUNimation Entertainment announced today at Otakon that it has acquired the streaming, broadcast, home entertainment, video on demand and pay-per-view and DTO/DTR rights to the complete anime OAV series, Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar. This spin-off series takes place roughly 15 years […]

Otakon 2012: FUNimation Announces Acquisitions: “One Piece”, “Yamato Resurrection”, “Akira”

by Weathermanon July 28, 2012
During its industry panel at Otakon 2012 Saturday afternoon, FUNimation announced acquisitions for many different anime titles. Firstly, FUNimation picked up Tenchi Muyo: War on Geminar. They also plan to release the television anime Tenchi Universe and Tenchi in Tokyo in the near future. Home video rights were also announced for three anime digitally distributed […]

SDCC2012: A Roundtable Interview with “ParaNorman” Star Kodi Smit-McPhee

by Christopher Glennonon July 28, 2012
Kodi Smit-McPhee stars in ParaNorman as the titular Norman Babcock. He has received Critics’ Choice Movie Award nominations for Best Young Actor for his roles in Let Me In and The Road and an AFI Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in Matching Jack. He has won the AFI Award for Young Actor and a […]

SDCC2012: A Roundtable Interview with “ParaNorman” Writer/Director Chris Butler, Director Sam Fell, and Producer/Lead Animator Travis Knight

by Christopher Glennonon July 27, 2012
Chris Butler, who did storyboard and design work on The Tale of Despereaux and Corpse Bride, received an Annie Award nomination for his previous work at LAIKA as head of story and storyboard supervisor on Coraline. He makes his directorial debut in ParaNorman, which he also wrote. Sam Fell wrote and directed Flushed Away, which […]