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Disney Decides to Let Olaf’s Frozen Adventure Go

You’ve heard the hype: Pixar’s Coco is an animation triumph that does authentic artistic justice to Mexican culture. The Dia de los Muertos-centered tale opened to rave reviews from fans, critics, and the Latino community at large. It’s the first film ever to cross one billion pesos in Mexico, and won the New York Film Critics Circle award for best animated film. So, you decide to see what all the fuss is about for yourself. The trailers wrap up, and next thing you know you’re... Read More

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Cartoon Network is Serving Up All-New Steven Universe Content

You’ve been patient since May to scratch that itch, Steven Universe fans, and the wait is over! The “Wanted” four-part miniseries that ran five months ago left us with more questions than answers (and a borderline diabolical cliffhanger) when it comes to everyone’s favorite human-Gem hybrid, but show-creator Rebecca Sugar and the animation wizards over at Cartoon Network are ready to reward you with a feast—and I’m not just talking about new episodes. Let me break down this... Read More

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Batman and Harley Quinn Coming to a Theater Near You for One Night

Nostalgia has been all the rage thus far this century, with more reboots and sequels of classic 70s – 90s pop and cult classic entertainment than one could sanely list. We’ve had our peaks and valleys over the course—more valleys, but let’s not dwell on the cringe-worthy. Every once and a while, though, someone’s come along and given us something old and new: Enter Batman and Harley Quinn, coming to theaters nationwide for one night before its digital/home-video release later this... Read More

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More Than a Nostalgic Cashgrab: A Look at Netflix’s Castlevania

The kid in me would be tempted to begin this review with as many vampire puns and fan-gushing moments over the Castlevania franchise as possible; when your first console is an NES and Castlevania 3 the game you played most often with your brother, that leaves a lasting impact. As I got older, I became swept away by the story and grandeur of PlayStation’s Symphony of the Night—hell, my first Dungeons & Dragons character was a working-version of Alucard. We even... Read More

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Nickelodeon Gives a Sneak Peek at Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling

Do you miss the 90s? That nostalgic, pre-9/11, pre-Great Recession world where things felt simpler, with a hint of gritty innocence? Where you only really had to worry about wearing the latest trendy clothing line and listening to the right tunes? Reboots, sequels, and remakes have been a hallmark of the 21st-century with some successes, like the DreamWorks/Netflix Voltron reboot, and more than a few flops (I’m looking at you, Fantastic Four, you were barely ten years old). Thankfully,... Read More

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Warner Bros. is Releasing a DC Animation Box Set

With all the DC/Warner Bros hype focused on their Hall H panel at San Diego Comic Con for Justice League and Aquaman, some fantastic news may have slipped under the radar last week. Having cranked out thirty animated feature films over the last decade, the powers that be have decided to give fans a special treat: a complete 32-disc box set in celebration of the DC Animated Universe 10th anniversary! Whereas it can be argued that Marvel Studios has been dominating the big screen via... Read More

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Exclusive Interview with Kevin Altieri, Batman: The Animated Series Director

For any comic book fan growing up in the 90s, there was one definitive shared after-school ritual: Watching Batman: The Animated Series on Fox. The Warner Bros. Animation cartoon series ran from 1992 to 1995, and yet in just those three years it redefined the capped crusader in more ways than we could list here and introduced an entire new generation to the greater DC Comics universe. Borrowing from the aesthetic style and tone of the two Tim Burton Batman films, Batman: The Animated Series... Read More

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Adventure Time is Back With the New ‘Elements’ Miniseries

Returning after a brief few-month hiatus, the hit Cartoon Network series Adventure Time is kicking off its final miniseries Elements on Monday, April 24th at 7:30pm EST. This four-night special event picks up right where we left off with Finn (Jeremy Shada), Jake (John DiMaggio), and BMO (Niki Yang) on their return trip from the islands to the Land of Ooo. As it turns out, things have radically changed in their absence. Bridging the gap between the Islands and Elements miniseries,... Read More

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Beauty and the Beast: A Comparative Study

I think we can all agree on one thing: 1991’s Beauty and the Beast is the best Disney film. Is it my favorite? No—that award goes to The Great Mouse Detective—however, it’s close. We’re given a strong female protagonist, a story of unrequited love, an arguably perfect villain, snappy song and dance numbers, and gorgeous animation. Put it all together and you have the first animated film nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award. The movie is almost perfect, and what few... Read More

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Squeedly-spooch, Doom Songs, and Waffles: The Top 5 Invader Zim Episodes

Those inept, megalomaniac proclamations of doom, the manic shrill exclamations in the background, and one kid clearly cursed with a really big head not standing between them and global domination. Since it first premiered on Nickelodeon back in 2001, Invader Zim’s been an obsession bordering on practical religion for an endless hoard of GIR (Rikki Simons)-quoting fans. With the recent news that the network finally came to their senses and are bringing back the Irken Invader and company for... Read More