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Cool Stuff: Gaiking CG Teaser Trailer

This is an early pilot for a movie adaptation of Toei Animation’s Gaiking cartoon. It was produced by Jules Urbach, a developer of Light Stage. Light Stage uses advanced “scanning technology”; it is a powerful production tool that has notably been used for the Oscar-winning special effects in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and […]

"Iron Man": If You Love the Movies, You'll Moderately Enjoy the Cartoon Series

Although Iron Man’s popularity has gotten a boost from the recent movies starring Robert Downey Jr., he has always been one of the big guns in the Marvel Comics stable. Rather than drape himself in brightly colored spandex, Iron Man dons high tech armor equipped with an array of different powers, making him one of […]

Top 5 Martial Arts Fights of Animation

Hit with emotional content! Below, we’ve selected our picks for the Top 5 Animated Martial Arts Fights. Our main standard for judgment was that these fights had to work as both “Animation” and “Martial Arts.” It wasn’t enough for a bout to be well-choreographed and well-animated if it could have been done as well or […]

"X-Men Volume 5" Is It Bad the Best Episode Doesn't Even Star the X-Men?

The final battles of the X-Men are at hand. Mojo returns, the Phalanx Covent arrives, and the graduation day at Xavier’s School rolls around. In the real world, though, the final battles of X-Men are definitely not at hand. Volume 5 of the series’s DVD release mashes together random episodes and arcs, but no real […]

"Hong Kong Phooey": Kanine Kung-Fu

Rummaging through the 1970s for good Saturday morning cartoons is like rummaging through a plague-rat-infested garbage heap for old Twinkies: Even if you don’t get bitten and infected by something disgusting; even if you don’t come out needing a tetanus shot; and even if you actually find what you’re looking for, well … The thing […]

Cool Stuff: Red Dragon

Today’s Cool Stuff was created by Mike Kelly and features what I like to call 100% unadulterated awesomeness. It’s a flipbook animation of a fight sequence featuring Bruce Lee titled, Red Dragon. The animation, which was was not rotoscoped, is nice and fluid. His Bruce Lee moves like Bruce Lee. The key poses are dynamic. The choices of shots clearly […]

Cool Stuff: Kung Fu Bunny

I bring you a series of adorable shorts which mix live-action stop-motion and flash animation, called Kung Fu Bunny. The over-arching story involves an animator antagonizing his silent-but-deadly animated rabbit creation for a portion of the short and then paying for it by the end. They were created by Chinese independent animator and an instructor […]

Cool Stuff: Wing Chun Mechanical Arms

This quick bit of animation was created by Anthony McGrath and put online in 2008. In it, mechanical arms practice a martial art form against a wooden dummy. McGrath mentions Digital Domain’s mechanical legs advertisement (VFX Breakdown, Final) as a source of inspiration, along with a passion for both animation and Wing Chun. The piece was modelled, textured and animated in Maya. […]

CN Orders More "Ben 10," "Generator Rex"

Cartoon Network has ordered 32 more episodes of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien and 20 more episodes of Generator Rex, Animation Magazine reports. The orders come after both series debuted to strong ratings, placing as the top-rated programs for boys 6-11 and 9-14 in their time slots.

Cartoon Intro Cavalcade: Hong Kong Phooey

There are a select few cartoon theme songs that have entered the public zeitgeist: tunes that are easily recalled even by people who have not seen the original cartoon.  Many of them originate from cartoons or characters that everyone knows: the Flintstones, the Jetsons, Spider-Man, Speed Racer.  But one rather curious Hanna-Barbera effort from the […]

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