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"xxxHOLIC" Vols. 4, 5 and 6: It's Scary How Lame This Series Turned Out to Be

I long ago stopped hoping that xxxHOLIC would turn into an honest-to-goodness supernatural-themed spook show. That, as it happens, is a benefit to being a congenital pessimist: one is so rarely surprised when everything just goes to crap. It would have pleased me no end if the final three volumes of the series had upended […]

"Celebrate with Kai-lan:" Dora in Chinese, Minus Some of the Formula

Dora the Explorer is a genuine phenomenon among the kid-vid set, and its runaway success virtually guaranteed imitators and spin-offs. The first of Nickelodeon’s spin-offs, Go Diego Go!, kept Dora’s bilingual English-Spanish vocabulary, but moved the setting from a fairy-tale world to real-world jungles, deserts, and other wild environments. The second spin-off, Ni Hao, Kai-lan, […]

New "Batman: Brave and Bold" Interviews with Tom Kenny and Diedrich Bader

The World’s Finest Online has interviewed voice actor Tom Kenny on his role as Plastic Man on Batman: The Brave and the Bold, as well as his other roles as the Penguin in The Batman, Superman’s robot servant in Superman Doomsday, and a bright yellow sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea. Meanwhile, […]

"Tokyo Majin" Part 1 Boxed Set: Teenage Magic Monster Killers

The idea of high school teenagers becoming superheroes to save the world isn’t exactly new. Spider-Man, the X-Men, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer have mined this territory for years, and even characters like the Scooby Doo gang and Kim Possible have used it for laughs along with the action. The parallels between struggling through that […]

PR: "Wolverine and the X-Men" Premiering January 23, 2009, on Nicktoons Network

Wolverine and X-Men Join Forces to Prevent World Destruction In New Animated Series Wolverine and the X-Men Premiering Jan. 23 on Nicktoons Network NEW YORK, Jan. 5, 2008 – Nicktoons Network, the fastest growing kids’ network, introduces Wolverine and the X-Men, the new action-packed animated series based on Marvel’s ever popular Super Heroes. Produced by […]

"Transformers Animated" Season Two: Still Kicking Skid Plate, but Slipping Gears

The premiere to Transformers Animated was one of the most pleasant surprises of 2008—a fast, fun, and fascinating bit of lightweight fluff that updated the venerable robot toys for a new generation of kids. The first 13-episodes of the show kept up the pace, slipping only a bit with a few weaker plots and characters. […]

Official "Coraline" Movie Website Goes Live; New Behind-the-Scenes Videos

The official website for the movie Coraline has gone live, allowing visitors to visit Coraline’s bedroom, catch a show at the Mouse Circus, and see what you would look like in Coraline’s world in the Other Mother’s Workshop. There are also lots of behind-the-scenes videos and downloadable content secreted around the site. Laika Animation Studios […]

"Coraline" Exhibit at Cartoon Art Museum; Figure Images Released

The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco will be hosting an exhibition of original art from the movie Coraline, courtesy of Laika Animation Studios. The exhibition will include “drawings, storyboards, puppets, sets, costumes and more” from the movie. The movie opens on February 6, 2009. Elsewhere, Neil Gaiman has posted several images of Coraline figures […]

"Le Chevalier d'Eon" Complete Boxed Set: Revenge Best Served by a Cross-Dressing Spy

If you’re looking to wander a bit off the beaten path, you won’t be able to go much further than Le Chevalier d’Eon. In fact, this series is so far off the beaten path, you might need to pack a tent and a sleeping bag. What else can you say about a series that’s a […]

"Waltz with Bashir" Interview/Feature Round-up

Several press outlets have profiled Waltz with Bashir, the animated documentary film about Israel’s 1982 Lebanon war, and its director Ari Folman. The L.A. Weekly interviews Folman, who explains why he gets frustrated when people compare his film to Richard Linklater’s Waking Life, how the movie was received in Israel on its debut, and how […]

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