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Review: “Inside Out” – Right-Side Up and Best Foot Forward

by Ed Liuon June 19, 2015
In his book Creativity, Inc., Ed Catmull describes a “Braintrust” meeting discussing a challenging scene in Inside Out, when Brad Bird told director Pete Docter, “You’re trying to do a triple back flip in a gale force wind, and you’re mad at yourself for not sticking the landing. Like, it’s amazing you’re alive!” Inside Out […]
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Review: “Spirited Away”: Miyazaki’s Encouragement To Children

by Neo Yion June 17, 2015
Life couldn’t get any worse for ten-year-old Chihiro. Her family is moving to a new home, meaning she had to leave her friends and old life behind. In an attempt to reach their destination faster, her parents take a detour that leads them into what they assume to be a theme park. The two unwittingly […]

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Review: “Batman Beyond” #1, “Bat-Mite” #1, and “Bizarro” #1 – DC is Go for (Re-)Launch

by Ed Liuon June 15, 2015
The impact of DC Comics’ latest “everything you thought you knew was wrong” re-vision/re-vamp/do-over is smashing together the future world(s) of the DC Universe as we knew it before (which involved stuff like the Legion of Super-Heroes and a whole lot of glorious Jack Kirby fever dreams) with the world of the Batman Beyond animated […]
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Review: “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” – A Little Arid

by Classic Speedyon June 3, 2015
So I watched The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, and I was less than enthused. I initially asked myself, “Am I just too old for SpongeBob?” but I don’t think that’s it. There are still plenty of episodes of the show that entertain me, and the first movie still holds up. This, despite some […]

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Review: “Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts” Blu-ray – A Decently Wild Time

by Ed Liuon May 29, 2015
Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts is fine, fun, and diverting entertainment that brings DC’s Dark Knight to a younger audience, even if it has a few flaws that are difficult to overlook. Like Batman Beyond, Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts throws Batman into a futuristic Gotham and seems to have been inspired largely from a new line […]
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Review: “Naruto Shippuden” Set 22 – Loose Lips Sink Shonen

by macattackon May 27, 2015
The biggest difficulty with writing this review is that it’s difficult to articulate the same points that I did in the previous boxset without using the same words. The same issues that plagued the previous set of episodes are all throughout this one, although sometimes in lesser capacity. There are obvious, heavy-handed efforts to stall and […]

Strange Magic

Review: “Strange Magic” – I Can’t Help Falling In Love with This Cliché

by Neo Yion May 26, 2015
 As billions of movies, books, TV shows, internet blogs, and hand puppet shows can attest to, love is an endearingly popular subject. The problem is that love stories are hard to write. Misguided attempts include flimsy chemistry because there’s no build up; a relationship upgrade through questionable circumstances; and the dreaded, dreaded love triangle threatening […]
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How New York City Launched the Animation Industry – An AMPAS Event with Tommy Stathes and J.J. Sedelmaier

by Ed Liuon May 20, 2015
On May 19, 2015, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosted a screening of some of the earliest animated short films ever made, hosted by early animation archivist, collector, and historian Tommy Stathes with renowned animator J.J. Sedelmaier. Academy director of New York programs and membership Patrick Harrison introduced the event by noting […]

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Review: “ThunderCats (2011)” Blu-ray – Thunder…THUNder…BLUDERC…ahh, Forget It

by Weathermanon May 19, 2015
In the not so distant past someone had the idea to revive the ThunderCats for a new era. It would be bold and breathtaking, with amazing animation from the best hands in Japan and the kind of story fans of the show always wanted. None of annoying Snarf factor that occasionally made the older show […]
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Review: “Tokyo Ravens” Season One Part One – Taking Flight

by macattackon May 8, 2015
Another review, another anime series based on a light novel series. It would be so easy to just go “ho hum,” right? Light novels have almost supplanted manga as source material for anime adaptations, and while there might be any number of reasons why the format is so appealing, it is a trend that feels […]