"Legion of Superheroes, Vol. 3": An Innocent and Interesting Show, Warts and All

by Alex Weitzmanon September 25, 2008
When push comes to shove, I remain a stalwart opponent of all single-disc releases of TV episodes. Recognizing that such releases are sadly inevitable has been a bitter pill to swallow, but it follows from the apparently proven success of the so-called “impulse market”: DVD buyers who pick them up on the impulse of a […]

PR: VIZ Media Announces Naruto, Bleach, & Death Note Episodes on

by Ed Liuon September 25, 2008
VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF NARUTO, BLEACH and DEATH NOTE EPISODES ON HULU.COM Innovative New Online Video Streaming Service To Carry Original Uncut Japanese Episodes From Three Smash Hit Animated Action Series San Francisco, CA, September 25, 2008 — VIZ Media, LLC., one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and […]

Israel to Submit Animated "Waltz with Bashir" for Best Foreign Language Oscar

by Ed Liuon September 25, 2008
The Cinemascope weblog is reporting that Israel will submit the animated documentary Waltz with Bashir as their entry for the Best Foreign Language Academy Award. The movie has gathered much attention since its debut at the Cannes Film Festival, and swept Israel’s Ophir Awards (their equivalent of the Oscars) landing Best Direction, Best Screenplay, and […]

Disney Shows Off New Movies; Mocap "Christmas Carol" with Jim Carrey

by Ed Liuon September 25, 2008
The New York Times reports on a gala event held by Disney to promote its upcoming movies (free registration required). The day-long event showcased several of their upcoming animated movies, including the CGI Bolt and the hand-drawn The Princess and the Frog, and the mixed-medium Tron 2. Breaking news from the event included the following: […]

New York Anime Festival Announces Final Star-Studded Lineup of Guests for 2008 Show

by Ed Liuon September 24, 2008
The New York Anime Festival has announced its final lineup of guests for the 2008 show, which will expand from anime and manga to the broader world of Japanese pop culture, including fashion, music, and food. Guests this year will include Chef Masaharu Morimoto, artist Yoshitaka Amano, designers from the “Baby, the Stars Shine Bright” […]

"WhoBob WhatPants?" to Air on Oct 13, 2008, Guest-Starring Ray Liotta

by Ed Liuon September 24, 2008
Nickelodeon has announced that the next SpongeBob SquarePants special, “WhoBob WhatPants?” will be airing on Monday, October 13, 2008, at 8:00 PM (Eastern/Pacific). In the special, SpongeBob is struck with amnesia and wanders away from Bikini Bottom, causing his friends to fear that they’ve lost him forever. The memory-impaired sponge will have a fateful encounter […]

"Dinosaur King" is Prehistoric Poop

by Ed Liuon September 24, 2008
I’m not sure what’s worse about Dinosaur King: the fact that such an abysmally bad toy commercial disguised as a cartoon was made at all, or the fact that the few, clumsily inserted factoids in each episode means it probably qualifies as “educational and informational programming.” About the only good thing about it is its […]

PR: NY Anime Festival Presents Star-Studded Line Up at 2008 Event

by Ed Liuon September 24, 2008
NY ANIME FESTIVAL PRESENTS STAR-STUDDED LINE UP AT 2008 EVENT Cross Cultural Influence at Festival is Evident in Variety of Guests “An entire world unto itself …” notes Show Manager, “with an enormous and dedicated fan base.” Norwalk, CT, September 24, 2008: The second annual New York Anime Festival (NYAF), which will take place in […]

PR: SpongeBob SquarePants "WhoBob WhatPants?" Guest-Starring Ray Liotta

by Ed Liuon September 24, 2008
SpongeBob’s Friends Fear They Have Lost Him Forever in All-New Special, SpongeBob SquarePants’ “WhoBob WhatPants?”, Guest-Starring Ray Liotta Premiering Monday, Oct. 13, at 8:00 p.m. on Nickelodeon Half-Hour Special Preceded by Four-Hour SpongeBob SquarePants Marathon Burbank, Calif. – Sept. 24, 2008 – When SpongeBob is struck with amnesia and drifts from Bikini Bottom, his friends […]

"Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries" Vol. 1: Flawed Concept, Fitful Laughs

by Classic Speedyon September 23, 2008
Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries is a mish-mash of two very different genres: Scooby Doo-esque mystery show and slapstick comedy. Unfortunately, it doesn’t excel at either one. The plot has Granny starting a detective agency, which takes her globe-trotting with cat Sylvester, bird Tweety, and dog Hector. While Granny is solving the cases, Sylvester is using […]