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Mystery Train: All Aboard "Baccano!"

If the past really is another country, then Baccano! is doubly foreign; a view of America’s past seen through Japanese eyes. Set in the early 1930s—the heyday of Prohibition, gangsters, and the Great Depression—the show is an intricately constructed mare’s nest. Put in motion by a mob family feud in New York, it relates what […]

Cool Stuff: Round 6 - The Last Round

Round 6 is a 3D animated short by Snowball Studios. In short, it’s a cinematic trailer for a video game that doesn’t exist: Fragball. Say hello to Snap. Snap is after a detonation device that looks suspiciously similar to a football. Does he frag or get fragged? Well, there’s one way to find out….. (via […]

Cool Stuff: Jona/Tomberry

Today we feature the animated short Jona/Tomberry by Rosto, a Dutch filmmaker and creator of Studio Rosto A.D. in Amsterdam. It is one of three short films that tell part of the story of Mind My Gap, which is described as an online graphic novel. Its website is here; the website for Jona/Tomberry itself is […]

Cool Stuff: Jo Jo in the Stars

Directed and written by Marc Craste, Jo Jo in the Stars is officially described as “…a 12 minute story of love, self-sacrifice, and jealousy played out against a black and white world that is both nightmarish and hauntingly beautiful.” Indeed. I’d say that the mark of great execution is when you can’t imagine a different […]

The Censorship of South Park and Our Culture's Courage

  I am of course confident that I will fulfill my tasks as a writer in all circumstances—from my grave even more successfully and more irrefutably than in my lifetime. No one can bar the road to truth, and to advance its cause I am prepared to accept even death. But may it be that […]

"The Great Mouse Detective": Of Mice and Mysteries

I suppose I’m confessing to a form of thought crime when I say so, but there it is: I was never much of a fan of Disney’s Katzenberg-era animated features. I liked The Little Mermaid well enough. But I thought the admittedly lavish Beauty and the Beast an odious perversion of the original fairy tale; […]

"Generator Rex": One Well-Machined Teenage Tool

Generator Rex, Cartoon Network’s new action-adventure series, is a handsome and well-mounted show, made by professionals who have done a professional study of the formula and followed up with a professional job of tricking it out with every well-polished cliché that formula demands. It looks good and moves well and shows just enough imagination in […]

Anaheim Comic Con 2010: A Chat with Actor Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr is a long-time veteran of animation and acting for the better part of two decades. On the live action end of the spectrum, Phil LaMarr was one of the featured cast members of the sketch comedy series, MADTV, and also appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. In animation, LaMarr has done time in […]

MoCCA "Interview with an Animator" Launches with Jackson Publick on Apr. 22, 2010

Venture Bros. creator Jackson Publick will be the first subject in the “Interview with an Animator” series on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 7:00 PM at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) in New York City. The series will be hosted by reporter Joe Strike, with future interviews featuring many animators in and […]

Cool Stuff: Look Around

In Look Around, local villagers gather to slay a monster. One warrior becomes so consumed with training towards this goal that he ignores all else in life. This delightful short was written, directed and animated by Lee kyu-tae while attending the Korea National University of Arts, Department of Animation in 2008. Lee kyu-tae’s characters have a […]

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