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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 […]

Top 5 Martial Artists of Animation

There have been many martial artists in animation. Some of these characters are the perfect embodiment of stealth and cunning, others wield remarkable power, and still others are remarkably skilled and look spectacularly awesome on the screen. As tough as it is to choose, the following is a list of five particularly impressive animated martial […]

"Invader Zim" Season One: Aliens Uber Alles

From the Department of Be Thankful for What You Can Get: Nickelodeon has recently begun offering two made-to-order “season sets” of Invader Zim through Amazon and one of its own related websites. If you already own the DVDs put out by Media Blasters/Anime Works several years ago you can safely ignore these new sets. They […]

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