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Toons of the 2000s: The End of DCAU – A Retrospective

by on November 16, 2009
 Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro.   It begins under a full moon. Gotham is enjoying a rare, crime-free night. The cops in their patrol zeppelin are alone with the clouds and their boredom. Then, from nowhere, a swift, shadowy creature soars through the sky. “You see that?” one of the cops cries. Yes, we do. […]

Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Animated Features

by on November 13, 2009
 Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro.    This has been a great decade for animated features. Mainstream acceptance of animation has greatly expanded, with a majority of films that would have been ignored in the 70s and 80s getting wide theatrical releases and heavy commercial and critical attention. A lot of this attention […]

Tim Burton, Bruce Timm, Jeffrey Katzenberg to Win 2009 Winsor McCay Awards

by Ed Liuon November 11, 2009
ASIFA-Hollywood has announced that Tim Burton, Bruce Timm, and Jeffrey Katzenberg have been named the winners of the 2009 Winsor McCay Awards, granted in recognition for career contributions to the field of animation. The recipients will receive their trophies at the 2010 Annie Awards scheduled for February 6, 2010. The full press release follows: Annie […]

"Ruby Spears Superman": Lost in the Phantom Zone

by on November 11, 2009
Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman! Before he died; before he went electric blue; before he was Commander Kal-El of New Krypton; before television focused on his marriage to Lois Lane, his friendship with Lex Luthor, and his burgeoning place in the ever-expanding animated DC Universe: Before any […]

"Saturday Morning Cartoons: The 1970s Vol. 2": The Nightmare Continues

by on November 4, 2009
I recently confessed to being a child of the 1970s, which in animation terms is like confessing to having grown up on a Nevada A-bomb test site. If you want to extend the analogy, that would make the sale and distribution of Saturday Morning Cartoons: The 1970s, Vol. 2 roughly equivalent to the sale and […]

Plastic Man: The Complete Collection. Not Quite "Complete," but Chockfull of Fun

by on November 3, 2009
“He can spring! He can stretch! He can fly! He can bounce! He can change his shape! And… he can even dance!” That booming introduction from Michael Rye effectively introduces the stretchy star of the Plastic Man: The Complete Collection DVD set. For the uninitiated, The Plastic Man Comedy-Adventure Show was a 1979 Ruby Spears […]

"Marvel Super Hero Squad Show" Guest Stars Black Widow on Oct. 31, 2009

by Ed Liuon October 31, 2009
On Saturday, October 31, 2009, at 8:30 AM, the Marvel Super Hero Squad Show will host the lovely but lethal super-spy the Black Widow, voiced by Lena Headey (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and 300). Several screenshots have been released as well. Click on any of the screenshots below to view full size: The full […]

Briefly: 1st China Cartoon & Animation Art Expo in Beijing; NPR on "Brave & the Bold"

by Ed Liuon October 29, 2009
* The 1st China Cartoon and Animation Art Exhibition opened in Beijing on Monday. The exhibition showcases the advancement of Chinese animation in the past 60 years. [CCTV English] * National Public Radio has posted an extended appreciation of the “Mayhem of the Music Meister” episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

Why “Epilogue” Honors Terry McGinnis

by Todd DuBoison October 26, 2009
Epilogue just might be one of the best remembered episodes of Justice League Unlimited, if not the DC Animated Universe itself. For DC animation fans, it hardly needs introduction. In terms of chronology it currently stands as the last DCAU episode, and it ended it where it began: with Batman. Rather than the usual action […]

"Tokyo Majin" Complete Series: Strong Start, Weak Finish

by Ed Liuon October 22, 2009
I am a dyed-in-the-wool New York Knicks fan, even though I don’t follow the team religiously, and this means that I have had to get used to the team’s singular talent for blowing a lead. In recent years, you could depend on them to take a 20-point lead at the half and blow it by […]