Door Guardians Teaser Will Change the Way You Think About Chinese Animation

Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 6:32 am

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You may be saying to yourself, "Wow, that's presumptuous. How does HE know what I think about Chinese animation?"

But let's say you already somehow had in mind sophisticated CG that sometimes borders on photo-realistic in its environments. Like, that's the way you think about Chinese animation. I'll still bet you didn't predict I'd do a post about it at exactly 6:32 a.m. and 31 seconds Pacific time, didja, HUH?

Just watch the trailer. I've no clue what it's about but it looks amazing.

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He-Man's Great-Great-Great-Great Grandma Is One Sexy Toy!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 8:00 am

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I may be off by a couple of "great"s - however many it takes to span 500 Eternian years, and considering that Eternia is a smaller planet than Earth, you might expect it to be close...I'm boring you already, aren't I?

Point is, Veena here is the wife of He-Man's ancestor King Grayskull, and also the ancestor of the Sorceress, who's the mother of Teela, which means one of these days He-Man's gonna commit incest. Queen Grayskull is another of the figures available in the 6-figure add-on subscription at Mattycollector.com.

When 500 years old you reach, look as good you will not.

Watership Down May Be Getting a Remake...for the Wrong Goddamn Reasons

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 1:26 pm

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As a fan of the book, I am - in theory - okay with a new filmed version, if the reasoning behind it is to go back and do the full story properly, without having to condense it into two hours or having any Art Garfunkel on the soundtrack.

Naturally, that's not the reason being given for doing one.

"People love the 1978 film in but with new CGI technology we can do amazing things - you can see the wind blowing the fur which you didn't get with the cartoon film," a mole (or should that rabbit?) tells RadioTimes.com.
Yeah, and you'll also traumatize the kids way more when photo-realistic bunnies tear each others' throats out. The book doesn't over-emphasize the violence, but by not shying away from it, the cartoon inevitably did relative to other cartoons about animals.

Then again, the Radio Times article that's claiming this also seems to think Thumper from Bambi is a character in Watership Down, so maybe, mercifully, this is BS.

[Nice book cover, by the way. Who is the potential reader who thinks, "Watership Down, eh? I wonder if this is by the same guy who wrote the follow-up to Watership Down?"]

via Cartoon Brew

Tim Burton Will Direct Live-Action Dumbo, Because God Hates Us All

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 11:46 am

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Oh, Tim. You almost had your credibility back with Big Eyes. Did its lack of awards love send you back to the [poseur version of the] dark side?

And Disney, oh, Disney - some creativity here would have been nice. Like, I would love to see what Spike Lee would have done with those jive-talking crows. Instead, literally the only part of this project I'm interested in is the Pink Elephants number, because it'll probably be stop-motion. The rest, I can already picture in my head, and as the mash-up I made above indicates, it ain't pretty.

Top-Down Smackdown: Fruity Pebbles

Monday, March 9, 2015 at 4:56 pm

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The Flintstones/WWE crossover movie Stone Age Smackdown is about what you'd expect from both sides - a formulaic, extended sitcom episode with enough funny in-jokes to make it worth a viewing.

It's also a good Exhibit A in how long animation takes versus how quickly WWE storylines change - C.M. Punk is the primary villain, and a single scene with Daniel Bryan - in which he and John Cena do a variation on the old "duck season/wabbit season" gag by yelling "Yes!" and "No!" - was pretty clearly added late in the game once it became apparent Bryan would be a top guy by the time the Blu-ray came out.

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Who Needs the Kwik-E-Mart? LEGO!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 11:26 am

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I'm delighted that Lego is not done with The Simpsons yet.

Less delighted that it will probably be exclusive to Lego VIP members. On the other hand, making customers pay the extra mark-up jump through an extra hoop to join is exactly the kind of sales tactic Apu would approve of.

Hasbro Reveals Animated-Style Darth Vader and Older Ahsoka Figures

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 9:34 am

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We knew Hasbro kept Episode VII merchandise under wraps at Toy Fair, but good on them for keeping these a secret too, even though they could have just brushed it off as doing existing characters with an animated look. (As the Rebels finale aired Monday, I don't consider this to still be spoiler-material.)

USA Today revealed them yesterday as part of a lengthier conversation with Dave Filoni, who drops some tidbits about where Rebels is headed.

With Vader especially, "we don't want to diminish this guy,'' Filoni says. "We cannot have him on a TV scenario where he is going to suffer weekly defeats. ''That's just not going to work -- that's not what he's about.''
Sounds like he too grew up sick of moments like in the G.I. Joe cartoon where any regular Joe could just punch out Cobra's supposed master ninjas like Storm Shadow.

via The Mary Sue

If the Cyber-Brigadier from Doctor Who's "Death in Heaven" Had His Own Cartoon Show....

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 9:00 am

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For many of us old-school Doctor Who fans, the best part of the last season finale was the way the day was partly saved by a revived Cyberman Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, finding a way to bring back the character despite the fact that actor Nicholas Courtney is dead.

Now, thanks to the Internet, we look at what the logical next step might be to capitalize on that popularity, because if there's one thing Steven Moffat never fails to do, it's cash in on - and overdo - something he knows fans already like. (Maybe not quite to this extent, but would you put it past him entirely?)

Presenting...CYBER-BRIG!

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Adi Shankar's James Bond Fan Film Is Less Ambitious Than His Power Rangers.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 8:00 am

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Having finally settled things with Saban and re-uploaded "Power/Rangers" with more specifically negotiated legalese, Adi Shankar has dropped his new "gritty reboot": a James Bond fan film starring an aging Sean Connery Bond in the present day. Part RED and part Hollis Mason death scene in Watchmen, it's done in animatic storyboard form, and features Bond pining for the old days when he didn't have to pay for sex and could kill with impunity. Decent Connery impression too.

I typed this late at night when this video went up, so I hope it still appears below!

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Ooo...C'mon and Grab Your Friends for an Adventure Time Movie

Friday, February 27, 2015 at 4:20 pm

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'Bout time we had some good news today.

Come along with me, as two producers of The Lego Movie are making a big-screen Adventure Time cartoon. Jake the Dog and Finn the Human have faced many challenges, but the biggest yet may be sustaining an hour-and-a-half adventure.

There'll probably be time enough to fit in every major character, but who do you want to see the most?