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Review: "Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal" - The Empire Strikes Back

by Grant Whiteon June 19, 2015
My review of the series premiere of Star Wars Rebels, Disney’s first major Star Wars production since purchasing Lucasfilm, was generally positive but with misgivings. I was hopeful the show would eventually strike the same tone as its older sibling Star Wars: The Clone Wars, especially as it was being created by effectively the same […]

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Review: "Inside Out" - Right-Side Up and Best Foot Forward

by Ed Liuon June 19, 2015
In his book Creativity, Inc., Ed Catmull describes a “Braintrust” meeting discussing a challenging scene in Inside Out, when Brad Bird told director Pete Docter, “You’re trying to do a triple back flip in a gale force wind, and you’re mad at yourself for not sticking the landing. Like, it’s amazing you’re alive!” Inside Out […]
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"Pig Goat Banana Cricket" Premieres on Nickelodeon on July 18, 2015

by Ed Liuon June 18, 2015
“That’s my favorite!” – Pig “Totally Goatally!” – Goat “Sweet Mama’s Monkeys!” – Banana “It’s time to save the day, with science!” – Cricket FOUR BEST FRIENDS EMBARK ON ABSURD ADVENTURES IN NICKELODEON’S NEXT HIGH-ENERGY, ORIGINAL SERIES PIG GOAT BANANA CRICKET SATURDAY, JULY 18, AT 10:30A.M. (ET/PT) Irreverent Comedy Showcases a Rich, Layered World from […]

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Review: "Spirited Away": Miyazaki's Encouragement To Children

by Neo Yion June 17, 2015
Life couldn’t get any worse for ten-year-old Chihiro. Her family is moving to a new home, meaning she had to leave her friends and old life behind. In an attempt to reach their destination faster, her parents take a detour that leads them into what they assume to be a theme park. The two unwittingly […]

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Six New Amazon Studios Kids Pilots Debut on June 26, 2015, in the US, UK, and Germany

by Ed Liuon June 17, 2015
Six New Kids Pilots will Debut June 26 on Amazon in the US, UK and Germany Six new kids pilots will be available, including preschool project The Adventures of Knickerbock Teetertop, and animated shows for ages six to 11 Lost In Oz, Lily the Unicorn, and Bear in Underwear, as well as live-action shows A […]
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GKIDS to Release "Extraordinary Tales" on October 30, 2015

by Ed Liuon June 17, 2015
GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS FOR EXTRAORDINARY TALES AT ANNECY INTERNATIONAL ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES OCTOBER 30, 2015 RELEASE DATE IN THEATERS AND ON VIDEO-ON-DEMAND PLATFORMS New York, NY – June 16, 2015 – GKIDS, a distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, announced its acquisition of North American rights to EXTRAORDINARY […]