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"Danny Phantom" Season 2, Part 1: Only a Ghost of a Chance

by on April 11, 2012
I wish I liked Danny Phantom. That isn’t just the pious desire of a reviewer who wishes well of every show or movie dropped onto his platter. I remember trying to watch this show when it was new to Nickelodeon. I didn’t seek it out, but I’d always stop and watch–without any great enthusiasm, I’ll […]

"Sekirei: Pure Engagement": Less Impure, Less Engaging

by on April 10, 2012
There’s something different about Sekirei: Pure Engagement, the second DVD release from the Sekirei franchise. The first season, you may recall, was a bouncy fan-service show that also had an actual plot with actual characters, and that tried to use its fan-service in evocative or funny ways. It seemed to be trying to be classy […]

"Pound Puppies": Cute Enough to Eat All Up

by on April 5, 2012
Pound Puppies is another one of Hasbro/The Hub’s relaunches of a classic toyetic title from the 1980s, right alongside its phenomenally successful My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. The show suggests two things. First, that its stablemate’s great success is no accident: someone, somewhere, seems to be doing a very good job ensuring that these […]

"The Adventures of Tintin": More Tin Than Gold

by on April 4, 2012
And unfortunately, that’s where my admiration ends. The film sloppily combines the plot of three of the most famous stories from the comic (“The Crab with the Golden Claws,” “The Secret of the Unicorn,” and “Red Rackham’s Treasure”). These stories were originally published over a four-year period with one other, different story coming in between […]

"Ultimate Spider-Man": Novel New Take on the Web-Slinger

by Ed Liuon March 31, 2012
While Spectacular Spider-Man hewed extremely closely to the stories and characterization in Stan and Steve’s original comics, Ultimate Spider-Man is far more willing to play with the formula in sensible ways, straying pretty far even from the newer comic book series from which it takes its title. Fury’s offer to Spider-Man makes perfect sense and […]

"Hey Arnold": The Urban Jungle Gym

by on March 27, 2012
Hey Arnold! is one of those “classic” Nickelodeon series that I never watched when it was on the air. It’s from what I dismissed as the network’s “goody-goody” era: when it seemed to take its mandate as a “kid network” seriously and (after the Ren and Stimpy debacle) shied away from genuinely cartoony material, favoring […]

PR: New Tinker Bell Disney Fairies Movie "Secret of the Wings" Coming to DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D on Oct 23, 2012

by Ed Liuon March 25, 2012
WALT DISNEY PICTURES ANNOUNCES A SPECTACULAR ALL-NEW TINKER BELL DISNEY FAIRIES MOVIE   SECRET OF THE WINGS EXCITING WINTER ADVENTURE TAKES TINKER BELL ON AN EPIC JOURNEY AND REVEALS A SECRET… THAT CHANGES HER LIFE FOREVER!   Featuring a stunning voice cast including Anjelica Huston, Timothy Dalton, Lucy Liu, Raven-Symoné, Megan Hilty, Pamela Adlon, Matt […]

"Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention" Blu-ray is Cracking Good Science Fun

by Ed Liuon March 23, 2012
The bad news about Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention from an animation fan’s perspective is that Aardman’s famous stop-motion duo don’t get all that much screen time in each of the six 30-minute episodes of the series. The good news is that their gags and asides are as funny and entertaining as they ever […]

"Adventure Time: It Came From the Nightosphere" DVD: Still Strange, Still Surreal, Still Spectacular

by Ed Liuon March 19, 2012
Adventure Time: It Came From the Nightosphere is the second Adventure Time DVD, bringing another 16 11-minute stories from the show to home video. While any Adventure Time at all is welcome on general principle and there are a number of gems to be found on this volume, I find I still have mixed feelings […]