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Month: April 2010

Jonah Hex shoots at movie screens June 18th

Jonah Hex shoots at movie screens June 18th

A tough and stoic gunslinger, Jonah Hex is a trained bounty hunter who can track down anyone and anything. Jonah’s history is a mix of myth and legend, and has left him with one foot in the natural world and one on the other side. Jonah’s life comes full circle when the U.S. military makes him an offer he cant refuse: in exchange for his freedom from the warrants on his head, he must track down and stop the dangerous terrorist Quentin Turnbull; the very man who ruined his life. We got a look at Jonah Hex twice during the heyday of DC animation. First, the character appeared on Batman: The Animated Series, facing Ra’s al Ghul in a flashback episode entitled Showdown. Years later, Cartoon Network’s Justice League Unlimited featured the character in a time traveling episode titled The Once and Future Thing. Take a look at clips of the two, and let us know which you prefer

Light the Signal, Batman The Dark Knight Returns to theaters July 20, 2012

Light the Signal, Batman The Dark Knight Returns to theaters July 20, 2012

Even with a number of animated DVD appearances, Batman, the famed caped crusader of DC Comics’ Gotham City, hasn’t been seen in a feature film since 2008’s The Dark Knight, and Batman Begins before that. That film became the then-second (now third, thanks to Avatar) highest grossing film of all time with $533 million in the US, $1 billion worldwide. Now, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, along with Christopher Nolan, have officially announced “Batman 3“, a followup sequel to the blockbuster franchise, hitting theaters, and IMAX, on July 20th, 2012. Information on the cast and plot, at this point, is nothing more than speculation, though it is assumed the core actors will reprise their roles: Christian Bale as Batman, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Michael Caine as Alfred, etc. The date comes almost 4 years after The Dark Knight hit theaters, but a mere 2 and a half weeks after Disney and Marvel’s Spider-Man returns. Will you see them both?

Pixar goes viral with fake Lots-o-Huggin Bear commercial ads for Disney’s Toy Story 3

Pixar goes viral with fake Lots-o-Huggin Bear commercial ads for Disney's Toy Story 3

The Toy Story universe is filled with toys. The original featured all the classics, from Mr. Potato Head to Monkeys in a Barrel. With the sequel Toy Story 2, we got a few new cowboy and cowgirl toys, amongst others. In the third Disney and Pixar film, the CG, 3D, and HD Toy Story 3, our lovable group of toys is dropped off at a daycare center filled with new toys added to the mix; some classic (Like Barbie’s Ken) and some not-so-authentic, like Lots’-o-Huggin’ Bear. In an effort to make the not-actually-real toy products seem real, Disney and Pixar created a number of fake commercial ads, pretending to be from 1983. First up is Lots’-o-Huggin’ Bear, voiced by Ned Beatty in the film, who even gets a Japanese version of the commercial. Check them out! Think they’ll help build a buzz (Buzz!) for the film’s launch on June 18th?

Marvel reveals the first look at Chris Hemsworth’s Thor

Marvel reveals the first look at Thor

Thor, the Norse God of Thunder, and also one of Marvel’s best selling comic book super heroes, is soon to also add “movie star” to his resume. The latest film from the Disney owned Marvel Studios is set to hit theaters on May 20th of 2011, almost exactly a year from today. In honor of the upcoming date, Paramount Pictures today revealed a first teaser glance at Chris Hemsworth as the Thunder God in full Thor style. Take a look at the teaser image and let us know what you think! Did they pull it off? Is this just a trick from the evil Loki? Will we get a better preview of the film and full cast during next week’s Iron Man 2 debut? Stay TOONed!

DreamWorks has How to Train Your Dragon sequel in the works

DreamWorks has How to Train Your Dragon sequel in the works

Shrek has sequels. Madagascar has sequels. Kung Fu Panda is working on a sequel. Clearly, DreamWorks Animation has done a great job at building franchises with their CG animated hits, so it’s no surprise that their latest and greatest adventure How to Train Your Dragon will become the next to get the sequel treatment. The original “Dragon” is currently a repeat box office champion, with no signs of slowing down. Now, DreamWorks is set to release the next chapter in the franchise, dating the second film for the spring or summer of 2013. With Hiccup and Toothless a matching pair in the world of Dragons and Vikings, what could be next in store for the new universe?

Teletoon and Cyber Group’s Academie Royale

Teletoon and Cyber Group's Academie Royale

Teletoon, the animation juggernaut, is teaming up with Cyber Group Studios, another animation juggernaut, on a brand new upcoming CG animated series called Academy Royal (aka Academie Royale). The series, created by Cyber Group and Sieun Design, follows three tween apprentice princesses in a talent competition, the world-famous Academie Royale. Ange, Melle, and Liz are determined to win its ultimate prize, the Sparkling Diadem.

B.C. and Wizard of Id from comics to toons

B.C. and Wizard of Id from comics to toons

Over 50 years ago, Johnny Hart started what would later become an icon of comic books: a strip called B.C. Not ten years later, Hart again struck gold with a comic strip of his creation called The Wizard of Id. During the next 6 decades, the two toons have run in thousands of newspapers, both national and international, evolving to a legendary status like Peanuts. Now, each has a shot of moving to the next rank, as both are being worked on by Mark Simon to become an animated TV series and animated film. As far as we’re concerned, the more, the merrier!

Marvel’s Iron Man: The Complete Animated Series

Marvel's Iron Man: The Complete Animated Series

On May 7th, theaters are opening up millions of seats for adoring fans to see the premiere of Iron Man 2. It might be difficult to grab a ticket for the premiere, but what if we told you Marvel, Disney, and good ole Stan Lee were bringing some metallic super hero straight to your home on May 4th? In steps Iron Man: The Complete 1994 Animated Television Series on DVD! Considered the Ultimate Collection, the 3 disc box set features all 26 episodes of the mid 90’s toon. While the show may still run in some areas on Jetix or Toon Disney or Disney XD, we much prefer having the whole collection home with us!

Nickelodeon welcomes Pocoyo

Nickelodeon welcomes Pocoyo

Nickelodeon has long since been known as a pioneer in the world of animated series. Helping continue that streak, the company’s sister channel, Nick Jr., will soon be broadcasting the CG animated series Pocoyo. The series, produced by Zinkia and ITV Studios Global Entertainment, will make its English-language premiere in the US, but it has long since been popular in other areas of the globe. The toon follows the adventures of a 3 year old boy named Pocoyo (which means “little me” in Spanish) and his animal pals: Elly the elephant, Pato the duck, and Loula the dog. Take an early preview look at the show in action

Ultimate Spidermonkey, Ben 10 Ultimate Alien

Ultimate Spidermonkey, Ben 10 Ultimate Alien

Ben 10 Ultimate Alien is like an enhanced version of Ben 10 and Ben 10 Alien force. And, with that logic in place, it’s easy to see how the aliens and various forms Ben can transfer into have become enhanced, themselves. How? The power of the Ultrimatrix, the new series’ upgraded Omnitrix. Through that, we’ve seen Ultimate Swampfire, Utlimate Humongousaur, Ultimate Cannonbolt, Ultimate Big Chill, and Ultimate Echo Echo. Now, we get a look at Ultimate Spidermonkeya gorilla-like form with four spider arm/legs coming from the back of him to provide him mobility due to his shrunken legs. In this state, Ultimate Spidermonkey can shoot webs from his mouth.

TheCW4Kids to become Toonzai, says 4Kids Entertainment

TheCW4Kids to become Toonzai, says 4Kids Entertainment

There once was a time, before 4KidsTV, when Fox’s Saturday morning cartoon block was called FoxBox. Before The WB’s cartoon block became TheCW4Kids, it was the KidsWB. It seems like cartoons are always evolving and changing, and apparently the people at 4Kids Entertainment and The CW felt it was time for a re-branding of their Saturday block, as well. To kick off this Fall’s 2010-2011 season, the pair announced that the Saturday morning block between 7am and 12pm will now be known as Toonzai – perhaps a notable nod to the recently acquired Dragon Ball Z Kai? Z Kai = zai?

New trailer for Batman: Under the Red Hood

New trailer for Batman: Under the Red Hood

There is lots of great super hero news going on lately; not the least of which is Marvel’s upcoming Iron Man 2 film. Not to be outdone, DC Comics and Warner Bros. team once again under the Warner Premiere name for the next DC Direct-to-Video animated hit, Batman: Under the Red Hood. The movie will adapt Judd Winick’s 2005 comic book storyline; Batman is pitted against a mysterious new vigilante (the Red Hood) who is cleaning up Gotham City by killing all the criminals he can find. We got our first look at the film on the Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths DVD. The film stars Bruce Greenwood as Batman, Jensen Ackles as the Red Hood, Neil Patrick Harris as Nightwing, John DiMaggio as the Joker, and Jason Isaacs as Ra’s al-Ghul. Take a look at the latest teaser trailer

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