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Review: "Big Hero 6" Blu-ray - I Am Very Satisfied With My Care

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Superheroes continue to be big business at the box office, even as the stories are beginning to get repetitive and threadbare. Disney’s Big Hero 6 is the first animated feature based on a Marvel Comics property, although admittedly an obscure one. If it is somewhat lacking in originality, it more than compensates with an enormous […]

Review: "Jumanji" Season 1 - It's a Jungle Out There

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Every so often, there’s a complaint from animation fans that American animation is limited to just two genres: superhero shows and comedies. While it’s not entirely accurate, those are undoubtedly the dominant styles. So it’s nice to see a show like Jumanji, which is more adventure and fantasy-based, even if it’s not the most perfect […]

Review: "Gladiators of Rome" Needs More Training

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“So why do you need a personal trainer for? You wanna beat somebody up, get the girl, and live happily ever after? One of those deals?” That fourth wall-shattering, imperfectly written line really exists in Gladiators of Rome, and it aptly symbolizes the simplicity and indifference to internal logic that characterizes the rote zero-to-hero story […]

Review: "Watership Down" Criterion Collection Blu-ray Gets a Carrot

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There are some films which you enjoy while you’re watching, and immediately forget about once they’re over. Then there are films like Watership Down which stay in your consciousness for a while afterwards. What sets a movie like this apart from others? On the surface, Watership Down is a relatively simple tale: a group of […]

Review: The 2015 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts

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For the past 10 years, ShortsHD has made all the short films nominated for the Academy Awards available for viewing across the country just before, and sometimes after, the Oscar broadcast via local small theaters for the general public to watch and enjoy. I myself only discovered the joys of watching their releases a few […]

Review: "A Certain Magical Index" Season One - Overstuffed

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A Certain Magical Index is a true phenomenon in Japan, having spawned multiple spinoffs (one of which, a manga called A Certain Scientific Railgun, has gotten a two-season anime adaptation in its own right). It has become a franchise on the level of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in terms of how sprawling it has become, […]

Review: "Beware the Batman: Season One Part Two" Blu-ray Embraces the Darkness

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I am not sure what level of corporate dysfunction led to Warner Bros paying for an entire 26-episode order of Beware the Batman and then failing to air it to completion on a cable network which they also own (at least until the show returned to the air in late-nights, where it was a notable […]

Review: "Michiko and Hatchin" Part 1 Is So Good, It's Outlawed

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Welcome to the sunny seas and shining sands of this land where escaped prisoner Michiko seeks out a girl named Hana, claiming that Hana’s father Hiroshi was once her lover. Everyone believes Hiroshi to be dead, but Michiko believes her former love is still alive. Hana is quickly nicknamed Hatchin, and joins Michiko in the […]

Review: "Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown!" Offers a Fun Trip Up Nostalgia River

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Charles Schulz, Lee Mendelson, and Bill Melendez only produced four theatrical Peanuts movies, and Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown is a solid contribution to the animated Peanuts body of work, even if I don’t think anyone would consider it among the best of them. It is definitely one of the better animated Peanuts productions […]

Review: "Pom Poko" Blu-ray - The Tanuki are Restless

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I need to clear up one thing before we get too deep into things. Tanuki are not raccoons. They’re a type of dog that lives in Japan and looks kind of like a raccoon, but they are in no way related to North American raccoons, despite Disney’s insistence on calling them raccoons in the dub […]

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