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Month: December 2013

Croatian Children’s Animation Program Scheduled for January 8

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As part of the ongoing cultural exchange between the California Film Institute and Croatia, Čakovec, Croatia’s School of Animated Film co-director Bijelić Ljubić has accompanied three of her best students, Vedran Horvat, Eva Jalusic and Iva Ruzic (ages 12, 13 and 16), for a screening of recent works from the SAF.

The films that will be screened were animated by students in the 8 to 18 age range, and have already one numerous international prizes and exhibit deft observation and humor typical of adult animators in Eastern Europe. The films use various animation styles – from puppetry, to clay, cutouts, and even hand-drawn and computerized.

New Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind Trailer

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A new trailer has just been released for Spike Chunsoft’s Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind 3DS game, this time focusing on the previously announced DLC that lets players play the game from the perspective of Levi and Sasha. The trailer is heavy on the action this time around, featuring a fight against the female Titan and Sasha’s trademark fork and knife.

You can check out the trailer below:

Superman Retrospective ’86 – ’99 pt. 5

You can check out the previous installments of this rather lengthy series here: http://www.toonbarn.com/tag/mxysuperman

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Adventures of Superman #427

Superman invades the country that sent a terrorist Voltron to Metropolis a couple of issues ago. The country is named Qurac, and is being lead by a certain president Marlo who’s-okay, screw this. The country is obviously modeled after Iraq and President Marlo looks like Saddam Hussein or one of his many body doubles. It was 1987.

So basically, Superman went to Qurac and used his super alien powers to throw tanks around whoop a few Quracis until he reaches the office of President Marlo and pushes him against a wall. Here comes the swerve: A couple of mysterious butt-ugly mutants living in Qurac’s sewers telepathically mess with Superman’s head, making him think he’s back on Krypton with his parents, who tell him he should be ruling the world. Superman has to abandon his meeting with the president and go for a nap in his hotel room (or Clark’s hotel room). Once there, the sewer mutants go back to messing with Superman’s head, making him see visions of past villains and potential lovers (Lois, Lana and Cat) taunting him about his motives for helping people. Superman resists, though, and the main mutant, Prana, dies from all the mental stress.

Gal Gadot Addresses Criticisms Over Wonder Woman Casting

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A lot of fans all over the Internet were up in arms when it was announced that Batman vs. Superman has cast Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, with the main criticisms being based on the fact that Gadot’s physique is a bit leaner and less stocky than what people expect from a Wonder Woman.

A recent Israeli talk show was a little bit more blunt, with the host noting that Wonder Woman as portrayed in various media is a little bit heavy on the chest, and asking whether Gadot’s casting will change that.

Disney Takes Phase 4 to Court Over Frozen Land

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Over the past few years, the number of animated features that take advantage of consumers’ familiarity with popular titles from Disney and Dreamworks has risen, and it seems like the House of Mouse has finally had enough. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has recently filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Phase 4 Films, which has recently released a movie called “Frozen Land,” which is basically just one of the studio’s previous films titled The Legend of Sarila, with the title, packaging, and logo changed.

The Simpsons Collaborate with Moleskine

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As part of The Simpsons’ celebration of its 25th year on the air, the hit animated family sitcom has signed a deal with popular notebook maker Moleskine in order to produce a limited edition of notebooks bearing designs based on The Simpsons.

Moleskine’s line of The Simpsons notebook include yellow and black designs bearing Bart and Homer Simpson’s likenesses. The packaging will include the classic blue sky opening from the series, and will also come with stickers, custom drawings, and a whole lot more. You can check out the designs below:

First Screenshots for Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Released

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A couple of new screenshots has just been released for the upcoming game Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, which is the latest in the long line of Digimon games, after quite a bit of downtime. There’s already been a teaser video released a few days ago, but these two images somehow show much more of what you can expect from the game. Check out the screenshots below:

Pokemon Bank and Poke Transporter Launch Delayed

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The headline is a bit confusing with regard to whether it’s good or bad news, but it’s actually a bit of both: Nintendo originally scheduled the North American launch of their Pokemon Bank app for December 27, but the sheer number of fans who wanted to download the subscription-based (yet temporarily free) app and register for new Nintendo Network Ids on the Japanese side has resulted in their servers being overwhelmed by unexpectedly large volumes of traffic.

For the time being, Nintendo has decided to remove the Pokemon Bank app from the Japanese eShop, while the North American and European release dates have been pushed back to an unspecified date (“to be determined.”)

The Middle East’s First Anime: Torkaizer

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Abu Dhabi’s Alter Ego has recently released the second promo video for Torkaizer, which is a mecha anime homage that they refer to as “the Middle East’s first anime.” The promo certainly looks good, and even provides English subtitles, but you won’t be able to watch the anime in full yet because the studio is still looking for funding in order to complete the whole series.

You can check out the video below:

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