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Review: Mashup Monday with “Tom and Jerry: Spy Quest” and “Scooby-Doo Meets KISS”

by Ed Liuon August 31, 2015
It’s Mashup Monday, where we look at two slightly unlikely properties combining to make some surprisingly fun entertainment value. I freely admit I wasn’t impressed enough by Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes enough to keep seeking out the subsequent Tom and Jerry movies. That film struck me as a movie made by people who […]
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Review: “Michiko & Hatchin” Complete Series Blu-ray is Criminally Compelling

by Neo Yion August 28, 2015
Cynicism is a rampant beast. At its worst, a cesspool of negativity and hopelessness. In the world of Michiko & Hatchin, cynicism dominates its rural streets. Crime is frequent and violent, children are treated as objects to be sold, regular folks are forced into uncompromising situations, and survival is a fact of life. For nine-year-old […]

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Review: “Toriko” Is the Low-Calorie, Less-Entertaining Snack

by Chad Boninon August 27, 2015
Legend states that there is a show about culinary warriors, but which rarely sets its scenes in a kitchen. A tale of giant beasts that roam the countryside of a mysterious world filled with delectable meats that companies and individuals will fight over. Two men rise above the others to bring these dishes to the […]
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Review: “Space Dandy Season 2 Blu-ray (UK Edition)”: Make Room For Seconds, Baby

by Grant Whiteon August 25, 2015
Space Dandy, as the opening to nearly every episode informs us, is a dandy guy in space. In many ways, that’s about all you need to know going into the show even as it begins its second season, though there are of course wider details. Dandy resides in a familiar anime vision of the future […]

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Review: “Miles from Tomorrowland: Let’s Rocket!” – Fun with a Side of Science

by Ed Liuon August 24, 2015
Distill the exploratory spirit of the original Star Trek TV series, mix in the family dynamics of Lost in Space, blend until smooth, strain out most of the violence, and serve in 11-minute animated serving sizes and you’ll get something like Disney’s Miles from Tomorrowland, a delightful new entry in the TV shows aimed at […]
Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem

Review: “Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem” – Ten Tons of Fun

by Ed Liuon August 21, 2015
There’s a scene late in Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem where I envision Heath Corson pitching it at a story meeting, followed by numerous games of one-upmanship by animators, producers, and director Butch Lukic, ultimately yielding a scene of divinely inspired ridiculousness that left me cackling with laughter at the sheer audacity on display. Despite a […]

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Review: “The Seventh Dwarf” – No Prince Charming

by Ed Liuon August 19, 2015
The worst thing about The Seventh Dwarf isn’t that it’s a bad movie (although it is undeniably a bad movie). The worst thing about it is that every now and then, this Shrek derivative shows the briefest flashes of inspiration, suggesting that there’s a much better movie in there somewhere. That sense of untapped potential […]
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Review: “Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection” – Small Wonders

by Ed Liuon August 17, 2015
Even the most stringent critics must admit that the Walt Disney Animation Studios has come a long way since the late 90’s and most of the 2000’s, with a string of critical and commercial successes restoring much of the studio’s lost luster. However, along with a healthy feature film division, Disney has also revived its […]

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Review: Streaming Kidvid Roundup with “Wishenpoof” and “Dinotrux”

by Ed Liuon August 14, 2015
In a lot of TV and movies (for kids and adults alike), something with a male lead character is assumed to be “for all audiences,” but something with a female lead character is “for girls.” Kids cartoons “for girls” also don’t seem to have evolved much from the cartoons Lauren Faust described to Ms. magazine […]
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Review: “Guilty Crown Complete Series” – The Crime of Being a Mess

by macattackon August 10, 2015
On the surface, Guilty Crown has a lot of what it takes to be a spectacular sci-fi action series. It has a near-future societal outlook. It borrows liberally from recent headlines detailing biological outbreaks and social unrest (perhaps it even hits harder for Americans due to the increasing Ebola scare). It has creative, unique mecha […]