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"Tying Your Own Shoes" Wins Golden Dove Award at Leipzig Festival

The National Film Board of Canada’s animated documentary “Tying Your Own Shoes” has won the Golden Dove Award at the 52nd International Leipzig Film Festival for Documentary and Animated Film. The film by Shira Avni lets four artists with Down Syndrome provide their own unique perspectives on their work. A trailer for the film, along […]

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

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

“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 […]

"Saturday Morning Cartoons: The 1960s, Vol. 2": Frustratingly Uneven

The second volume of the high concept Saturday Morning Cartoons: The 1960s is out, and like the first volume it has its ups and downs, both in the cartoon selection itself and the presentation. Volume 2 provides more Looney Tunes than Vol. 1 did, which of course pleases me as a LT fan. True, some […]

"The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack" Vol. 1: It Got The Weird Infusion, Mateys!

When I reviewed the series premiere of The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, I declared that it really needed a weirdness infusion. The pilot episode was pleasant enough, but not as funny as I was hoping for. I would invoke the cliché of being careful what you wish for, but in this case, I don’t see […]

"G.I. Joe: Resolute" & "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" on DVD on Nov 3, 2009 (UPDATED)

Paramount Home Entertainment has announced that G.I. Joe: Resolute and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra will be coming to home video on November 3, 2009. G.I. Joe: Resolute returns the Real American Heroes to animation in a grittier, more realistic version written by Warren Ellis and directed by Joaquim Dos Santos. The DVD will […]

"Peanuts" 1970s Collection: Mush from the Wimp

I’m a child of the 1970s—excuse me a moment while go apply some of Grandpa Simpson’s Old-Timey Medicinal Lineament to my arthritic joints—and the Peanuts specials were a staple of the holidays. (Keep in mind, this was back when you only had five or six channels tops, so a special was a special.) The great […]

New Video Clips and Art from "Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure"

Disney has released several new video clips from Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, the new direct-to-video CGI animated movie starring the icon of Disney’s Fairies line and famed sidekick to Peter Pan. There are a total of six clips available, from the movie itself and several of the bonus features on the DVD and […]

The Latest "Yo Gabba Gabba!", "Backyardigans," and "Kai-lan" DVDs from Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon has just released three more DVDs of their popular pre-school programming. The results won’t surprise anybody keeping track of Nick’s pre-school programming (or my reviews of them): Yo Gabba Gabba! is awesome, The Backyardigans is a surprisingly fun pleasure, and Ni Hao, Kai-lan is a pleasant variation on Dora the Explorer. YO GABBA GABBA! […]

"Astro Boy": Spam in a Can

Mark my words: The day is not long distant when some boorish entrepreneur has the bright idea of making a CG-animated adaptation of Princess Mononoke or Spirited Away or some other Miyazaki classic. Maybe no one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public, but neither did anyone ever lose a bet by […]

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