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Hasbro Studios gave a press release to make the announcement that they have formed a partnership with Shout! Factory (distributors for Cop RockMystery Science Theater 3000) to distribute the 30th Anniversary release of Transformers – The Movie. The announcement was made yesterday by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, and Hasbro’s Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer Stephen Davis. Check out the trailer for the film and relive those memories from 1986. (more…)

Chuck (Josh Gad) and Red (Jason Sudeikis) on the beach in Columbia Pictures and Rovio Animation's ANGRY BIRDS.

Sometimes an animated film comes along that blows away your expectations and sets new landmarks in animation. The Angry Birds Movie is not such a film, but it’s still pretty darn entertaining. Come on, did anyone honestly expect a movie based on a smartphone game to be some kind of existential masterpiece? This is certainly a case of “it is what it is,” but in a good way. (more…)

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Far from a new idea, a film of The Goon comic series was first launched on Kickstarter in 2012. It was planned to be a feature length animated production based on Eric Powell‘s fifty comic series. It seemed to have a fair amount of steam behind it, too, with over 7,500 fans raising almost $450,000 to put towards it. The project even attracted the attention of big names including David Fincher of House of Cards.
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It wasn’t too long ago when Rovio‘s Angry Birds mega-franchise infested every nook and cranny of mobile gaming: from ill-considered Pixar licensing to a Star Wars expansion to the obligatory space simulator, the game took the concept of flightless birds vs limbless pigs tossing and just ran with it. However, the recently released international trailer for the film seems to raise more questions than it answers in the first place…

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What’s there left to say about the Simpsons? What begun as a series of not-so-funny throwaway Tracy Ullman show segments evolved into pretty much the longest-running cartoon show in TV history, starring some of the most recognizable animated small-screen personalities. While some fans may argue that the show is slowly but surely slipping off its own rocker, the developers have recently decided to try something that’s…well, completely different.

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Is There A New Justice League Cartoon In The Works?

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Well, the internet seems to think there is… This morning a picture started making the rounds on Reddit (and we all know that they can’t post something there if it’s not true…) reportedly from an alleged Warner Bros. Animation office of some kind showing what appears to be posters of possible animated productions that the studio may or may not be producing. One of these supposed posters features what could possible be an indication of what could be an all new Justice League cartoon… Begin wild speculation now! (more…)

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The Justice League is goin’ dark! No, this is not another non-story about how Guillermo del Toro still wants to make a movie based on Justice League Dark in the midst of his exceptionally busy schedule, and no, this is not a reference to the Zack Snyder live-action Justice League movie that’s supposed to follow-up 2016’s Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Nope, in this instance we’re looking to the animated realm, and a new limited series called Justice League: Gods & Monsters Chronicles which will lead up to the 2015 release of Justice League: Gods & Monsters, a new animated film from an original script by Alan Burnett.  And yes, sources say that this new JL is going to have a darker spin than past incarnations. Yay? (more…)

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I’m just going to throw this out there: If you’ve never had the opportunity to view any of Animation Domination High-Def’s series of “Scientifically Accurate” cartoon jingles, based on the opening theme  songs and credits of some of pop culture’s most beloved animated characters, then you are doing  yourself a grave disservice. Let me tell ya, they are a beauty to behold. ADHD has already tackled  DuckTales and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but the animation group has a new target: Chip ‘n  Dale’s Rescue Rangers. If you’re ancient like me, you’ll remember the series featuring the title  characters solving crimes and what-not with their mice companions Monterey Jack and Gadget and the  housefly Zipper. No set up I could give this video would do it justice, so just give it a look. (more…)

Studio Ghibli Not Closing, Just Taking a Breather

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You can’t talk about Japanese animation without citing the works of Studio Ghibli; it would be like talking about American animation and forgetting to mention the name Walt Disney, or Pixar. Studio Ghibli still makes animation the old-fashioned way, by hand drawing it, and it’s a skill that’s undervalued and underused in the current animation market, which is why it was of some concern when news started being spread that Studio Ghibli was closing up shop for good. Animation fans the world over got out their sackcloth and ashes and prepared to mark the passing of an art form, but before you get too deeply into those funeral preparations, it seems that news of Studio Ghibli’s departure from this mortal coil of animation has been greatly exaggerated. (more…)

New ‘Lion King’ Sequel Series Coming to Disney Jr

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Was that really 20 years ago? The Lion King became the biggest animated film of its time exactly 20 summers ago this year, and although Disney’s already franchised it with two direct-to-video sequels, a TV series spin-off and a Broadway show, the House of Mouse is once again getting goofy for the lion, and has announced that a new sequel series is in the works for the Disney Junior channel. With the full understanding of how you just can’t wait for more information about this show, let’s look at what Disney has in store. (more…)