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"Emma: A Victorian Romance" Season 1: Love, Victorian Style (in Japanese)

To many in the United States, anime consists of giant fighting robots, ninjas, game adaptations, and the occasional bit of tentacle porn. Even true fans of anime should admit that non-Japanese audiences are exposed to relatively few of its many genres. In more ways than one, then, Emma: A Victorian Romance represents a quirky offering […]

"Freedom" Blu-ray Boxed Set: It's Not Always Nice. But It's Awesome.

I am sure it caused no small amount of anguish at Bandai Visual when Toshiba threw in the towel on HD DVD, since they had placed an early bet on the format with Freedom, a hard-science-fiction story about a futuristic city on the moon that was released in six hybrid DVD/HD DVD volumes (read my […]

Newsarama Interviews "Bolt" Co-Directors

Newsarama’s Animated Shorts has interviewed Chris Williams and Byron Howard, co-directors of Disney’s upcoming movie Bolt. The pair discuss what it’s like working under John Lasseter and their casting choices and their reactions to the actors in the movie. Bolt opens tomorrow, November 21, 2008.

USA Today on "Coraline;" Film Clips on Movie Official Site

Director Coraline.com, the upcoming stop-motion animated movie from Laika Animation Studios which adapts Neil Gaiman’s novella into a feature film, coming in February 2009. Selick his views of the movie, describing it as “like Alice in Wonderland meets Hansel and Gretel,” and also digs into his affinity for stop-motion animation over CGI. Elsewhere, author Neil […]

Choppy Waters: The Highs and Lows of "Black Lagoon: Second Barrage" Vol. 1

When I think of pirates and smugglers, I conjure up visions of Han Solo types: slightly abrasive, silver-tongued men who lurk in cantinas trying to make an honest living quite dishonestly. I have no idea what real smugglers are like—probably a little less partial to waist-coats I guess. Pirates even less so. I somewhat doubt […]

"Kung Fu Panda" Has Real Kick on DVD and Blu-ray

, along with the closing credits). In some ways, it’s a bit of a disappointment when the movie shifts to a more traditional 3-D CGI style. This disappointment doesn’t last long, though, since the CGI on display is beautiful, especially on the Blu-ray edition of the movie. We’re reaching a point when the technological leaps […]

Matt Senreich and Seth Green on "Robot Chicken: Star Wars: Episode II"

Comic Book Resources has interviewed Robot Chicken co-creator Matt Senreich about the second Star Wars-themed episode of the show. Among other topics, Senreich discusses how this second episode differs from the first, what it was like to work with Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher, and the “rivalry” between Robot Chicken and Family Guy. Elsewhere, […]

Wired Posts Video Interview with Neil Gaiman on "Coraline"

The Wired weblog has posted a video interview with writer Neil Gaiman on the stop-motion feature film based on his novella Coraline, where he describes the movie as, “the biggest, most strange, expressive, peculiar, enormous stop-motion film I think that’s ever been made.”

"Shrek the Halls"? Skip It and Stick with the Classics

I’m not a huge fan of the Shrek films, finding them cynical and highly artificial cinematic exercises that are only intermittently funny. If I’ve lost you already, then odds are that Shrek the Halls is just the holiday special you’ve been waiting for, and you should stop reading now, since everything else in this review […]

The Brave. The Bold. The Deeply Ambivalent.

As a Batman fan for many years, I have come to appreciate many things about the character. I have also come to realise that, as DC’s most popular superhero and a mainstream icon, he is going to get treatments that I am not going to like. So I loyally sat though Batman And Robin; more […]

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