The New York Times has taken a look at George Lucas’ return to the Star Wars universe for Star Wars: The Clone Wars (free registration required), the upcoming TV series which will debut in a limited theatrical release on August 15, 2008. The article notes that Lucas has yet to make good on his promise […]
Between Avatar the Last Airbender, Yin Yang Yo!, Skunk Fu, Chop Socky Chooks, and Kung Fu Panda, there seems to be a bit of a glut of cartoons on the market that are exploiting kung fu as a plot element. Some of these cartoons aim for reverent lifts from the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon school […]
Newsarama’s Animated Shorts has interviewed voice actor Billy West on his multiple roles in the newly released direct-to-video movie Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs. West discusses the latest plot twists in the on-going Leela/Fry relationship, the next two DTV Futurama movies, and his other upcoming projects.
Normally, I try to let the bad movies—even the bad sequels to beloved classics—roll off my back. After all, what with Sturgeon’s Law and all (“Ninety percent of everything is crud”) it’s rarely any use getting worked up. And you have to be a little forgiving: animators and directors and writers have mortgages and tuitions, […]
The World’s Finest Online has interviewed writer Michael Reaves about his work with Batman, starting with his contributions to Batman the Animated Series and running all the way to the Mystery of the Batwoman direct-to-video movie. Reaves discusses the differences between working on a TV show and a DTV, how he feels about his lesser […]
I grew up in the 1980′s, the golden age of toy-commercials disguised as animated entertainment, and while I watched my share of these shows, I never managed to get into The Transformers. In hindsight, this seems like an odd omission, considering the number of my friends who were fans and the number of elements in […]
The American Film Institute has released a “10 TOP 10″ set of lists, naming the top 10 films in 10 different film genres. Listing “Animation” as a genre (much to the chagrin of many animation fans), the AFI named the following movies: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) Pinocchio (1940) Bambi (1942) The Lion […]
Some classics are best appreciated in modern times as building blocks. Any understanding of history will show that they broke new ground at the time they were made and formed the foundation for much of what would follow. However, for most modern audiences, they have much more interest as history than as entertainment. There are […]