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Bat-Coaster Coming To Six Flags-Texas In San Antonio

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Get on the Bat-Phone and start calling your friends and tell them about the new Batman-themed rollercoaster coming to the Six Flags-Texas theme park in San Antonio – this is no Joker! Officially, the Caped Crusader Coaster will be called “Batman: The Ride” and will feature six free-fly flips, two 90-degree drops and a 120-foot […]

DreamWorks Animation, Studio Mir Strike TV Cartoon Coproduction Deal

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DreamWorks Animation has reached a deal with the South Korean animation studio Studio Mir to produce as many as four animated series for television over the next four years, according to the Seoul-based English language newspaper The Korea Herald. Founded in 2011 by Jae Myung Yoo, an animation director for Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender, […]

Hayao Miyazaki To Be Recipient Of Honorary Academy Award

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Celebrated Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki will be one of four recipients of an honorary Academy Award when the award show is aired next year. Miyazaki is a three-time nominee for the Oscar – winning in 2002 for “Spirited Away” and nominated for “Howl’s Moving Castle” [2006] and “The Wind Rises” [2013]. Joining Miyazaki as honorary […]

Warner Bros Acme Feature Film Moving Forward

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In what has to be categorized as possibly the best news of the week for cartoon fans, Warner Bros has indicated they will be moving forward with their planned “Acme” feature film project by announcing the hiring of writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz [“X-Men: First Class”] for the project. Although the film will not […]

Mary Poppins Turns 50

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The original release date of “Mary Poppins” was August 27, 1964 – if you were lucky enough to be at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles and had a ticket to the star-studded event – but for the rest of the country, its nationwide release came a couple days later and the film went on […]

Katana Gets New Identity On Arrow

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Due to a “scheduling conflict”, Devin Aoki – the actress who played Katana in the Season Three opener for “Arrow” – has been replaced by Rila Fukushima [“The Wolverine”] for the recurring role. Fukushima will appear during Oliver Queen’s numerous flashbacks as Tatsu Yamashiro/Katana – a Japanese martial arts expert who is also one of […]

Review: "Robotics;Notes Part Two" - Hitting the Right Notes

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WARNING: Spoilers for the first volume of Robotics;Notes are sprinkled in this review. The problems with adapting visual novels to animation are plentiful. You need to satisfy a built-in audience who have their preferred routes in mind, along with any potentially preferred romantic partners for the lead character. You need to distill important plot elements that […]

Hello Kitty Is Actually Kitty White

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Hello Kitty was created by Sanrio in Japan in 1974, not as a cat, but rather, as a little girl/cartoon character named Kitty White. According to University of Hawai’i anthropologist Christine Yano, who will curate the Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles next month, Kitty White is […]

Big Hero 6's Hiro And Baymax Added to Disney Infinity Toy Box 2.0

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Hiro Hamada and Baymax from Disney’s “Big Hero 6″ movie will be included in the Disney Infinity Toy Box 2.0 video game [available on all major gaming systems] scheduled to be launched in November 2014…

Sundance Animated Shorts Coming To Theaters

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Some of the best animated shorts of the 2014 Sundance Festival will be coming to theaters later this year. The 95-minute conglomeration of the eight animated shorts – four from the 2014 festival and four from previous festivals – includes this year’s best animated short winner “Yearbook”, as well as 2012 Philadelphia Best Animated Short […]

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