"Looney Tunes Golden Collection" Vol. 4: I Tawt I Taw a Great Batch of Cartoons!

by Dr. Daedaluson November 27, 2006
There’s a day each year that I look forward to. No, it’s not Christmas, nor my birthday, nor New Year’s, nor any of those other holidays. It’s the release of the annual Looney Tunes Golden Collection, which has been a yearly tradition since 2003. Being that Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies are some of my […]

"Ninja Nonsense" Vol. 3: Pulling Out all the Stops

by Dr. Daedaluson November 25, 2006
Color me flat out impressed. While the previous volumes of Ninja Nonsense were fun but admittedly fairly hit-or-miss, you’ll only get hits here. I laughed very frequently as the comedy meter has been cranked to max. As with the first two volumes, we get six episodes. Part of why I love this show is that, […]

"Skyland": Beautiful Clichés With a Glint of Potential

by Ed Liuon November 17, 2006
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: two teenage siblings discover that they have the power between them to end the tyranny of their totalitarian overlords, who… OK, that didn’t take long. Welcome to Skyland, a new series created by Alexandre de la Patellière, Matthieu Delaporte, and Emmanuel Gorinstein and debuting on the Nicktoons […]

"Cars" on DVD: Built for Comfort, Not for Speed

by Ed Liuon November 9, 2006
Pixar has a lot to live up to. This would be true if their only contributions to film were technological, considering the many breakthroughs they made in the field of computer animation. However, when one considers an unbroken streak of critical and box-office successes, a series of disappointing CGI-animated movies from other studios, and the […]

"Cars" DVD Provides Great Flick But Is Light On Extras

by Alex Weitzmanon November 9, 2006
Conventional wisdom would be that the film comes first and the DVD second in the review. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I’m going to switch it up. That way, I don’t have to blunt the criticisms of the DVD with retroactive apologetic tone nor end it on a downer note at all. (Our fellow […]

Simpsons Season 8: My Diagnosis: A Great Season… CAUSED BY BAD BABYSITTING!

by Dr. Daedaluson November 6, 2006
You may recall from the The Simpsons Season 7 review a few months ago that one of the reasons I liked seasons 7 and 8 so much was because the showrunners, Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein, as well as the talented writers and directors at the time, were able to make all the characters real. […]

"SD Gundam Force": These Defenders Don’t Come Up Short

by Grant Whiteon November 4, 2006
Gundam is an odd beast. On the one side you have the artists, the Tominos and Imagawas, the guys more concerned with telling a worthwhile, enjoyable and memorable story. On the other you have the executives, the guys who couldn’t give a fudge about character development when it’s taking screentime from new model kits they […]

"Flushed Away" May Be Typical, But Does Typical Well

by Alex Weitzmanon November 2, 2006
What is it you expect from a film? The trailers of any given movie will lead you to expect something. The history of the company producing the film will lead you to expect something. There are plenty of folks who have no sense of expectations when they go to see a film, but let’s face […]

Saving the World (of TV Animation): The “Avatar the Last Airbender” Complete Book 1 Collection

by Ed Liuon October 28, 2006
Water, Earth, Fire and Air are the four elements that the title character of Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender must master as part of his quest to save the world. Similarly, the show’s success lies in its mastery of four different elements: Setting, Story, Characterization, and Technique. The first season, recently released on DVD, proves […]

The Existential Angst of "Hello Kitty: Stump Village" Vol. 1

by Ed Liuon October 25, 2006
It could have been a recipe for disaster. In 2005, Sanrio began work on a new cartoon for their top-licensed character, the charming but aloof Hello Kitty. Following the current trend of “re-imagining” classic series, the producers chose to abandon all the prior continuity of her earlier animated incarnations, opting instead for a 3-D stop-motion […]