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"Dora's Christmas Carol Adventure": Seasonal Lessons, Sweetly Told

You know, I have to admit it: Dora’s Christmas Carol Adventure is actually pretty good. Now, before you accuse me of going all soft and gooey on account the Christmas theme, I’ll just thank you to click over and read this little notice; does that sound like the work of a man ready to roll […]

Cool Stuff: Witches Brew

Witches Brew takes us briefly into the lives and hut of a witch and her apprentice. I wasn’t supremely impressed by the short. The animation seemed a little stiff, but the character designs were cute and the sight gag at the end made it worth it. This short was created by Gergana Hristova, a student […]

"SpongeBob" and "Fanboy": Familiarity, Meet Contempt

When you’ve been making SpongeBob SquarePants cartoons for ten years, I suppose it’s okay if you start phoning it in. And since anniversary specials are almost never all that special, I don’t guess there’s anything wrong when you decide to goof off instead of making one. Okay, obviously I don’t know that the makers of […]

"Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure" Neatly Avoids the Sophomore Slump

I was as surprised as any when I found myself enjoying the first Tinker Bell direct-to-video movie, despite its long and troubled path from script to screen (and the fact that I am well outside its target demographic of girls too old for Princesses and too young for Hannah Montana). However, it seems that John […]

"Tying Your Own Shoes" Wins Golden Dove Award at Leipzig Festival

The National Film Board of Canada’s animated documentary “Tying Your Own Shoes” has won the Golden Dove Award at the 52nd International Leipzig Film Festival for Documentary and Animated Film. The film by Shira Avni lets four artists with Down Syndrome provide their own unique perspectives on their work. A trailer for the film, along […]

"Saturday Morning Cartoons: The 1970s Vol. 2": The Nightmare Continues

I recently confessed to being a child of the 1970s, which in animation terms is like confessing to having grown up on a Nevada A-bomb test site. If you want to extend the analogy, that would make the sale and distribution of Saturday Morning Cartoons: The 1970s, Vol. 2 roughly equivalent to the sale and […]

Plastic Man: The Complete Collection. Not Quite "Complete," but Chockfull of Fun

“He can spring! He can stretch! He can fly! He can bounce! He can change his shape! And… he can even dance!” That booming introduction from Michael Rye effectively introduces the stretchy star of the Plastic Man: The Complete Collection DVD set. For the uninitiated, The Plastic Man Comedy-Adventure Show was a 1979 Ruby Spears […]

"Saturday Morning Cartoons: The 1960s, Vol. 2": Frustratingly Uneven

The second volume of the high concept Saturday Morning Cartoons: The 1960s is out, and like the first volume it has its ups and downs, both in the cartoon selection itself and the presentation. Volume 2 provides more Looney Tunes than Vol. 1 did, which of course pleases me as a LT fan. True, some […]

"The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack" Vol. 1: It Got The Weird Infusion, Mateys!

When I reviewed the series premiere of The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, I declared that it really needed a weirdness infusion. The pilot episode was pleasant enough, but not as funny as I was hoping for. I would invoke the cliché of being careful what you wish for, but in this case, I don’t see […]

"G.I. Joe: Resolute" & "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" on DVD on Nov 3, 2009 (UPDATED)

Paramount Home Entertainment has announced that G.I. Joe: Resolute and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra will be coming to home video on November 3, 2009. G.I. Joe: Resolute returns the Real American Heroes to animation in a grittier, more realistic version written by Warren Ellis and directed by Joaquim Dos Santos. The DVD will […]

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