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A decree from the countess of cartoon storytelling: a book review of Animating Short Stories by Cheryl Briggs

Once upon a time . . . they lived happily ever after. The reason for such everlasting bliss is that they – ambitious, upstart animation pros – have devoured Cheryl Briggs’ newest publication entitled Animating Short Stories: Narrative Techniques and Visual Design (Bloomsbury Academic).

Disney XD to Add New Series Penn Zero to Slate

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Disney XD is poised to bolster their already impressive animated slate with an order for the new animated comedy adventure series titled Penn Zero: Part Time Hero. The series will be executive produced and written by Jared Bush (All of Us, Zootopia), with Sam Levine (Wreck-it Ralph, Bolt) serving as co-executive producer and director.

Penn Zero: Part Time Hero focuses on the titular boy, who finds himself saddled with one of the coolest part time jobs in the world – as a hero and leader of a superhero group who zap to other worlds in order to save the day. Production is already underway for a scheduled fall 2014 premiere.

Voltron Force: the Voltron Formula Still Works

Voltron Force: the Voltron Formula Still Works

After my 8-year-old son and I finished watching NickToons’ Voltron Force (Episode 4: Coran, Coran) on Thursday, he said something to me that was very profound about the show, and true of a lot of shows in general.  He concluded that there is a distinct formula in these shows that is simple, yet effective. (1.) The Evil Villain starts the show by hatching a diabolical plan to put an end to our hero. (2.) Our hero spends most of the show in turmoil, fighting insurmountable odds at every turn, as the Evil Villain continues to have the upper hand. (3.) Just as the Evil Villain appears to strike the final blow, our hero, through the use of teamwork, special skills or powers, and clever thinking, defeats the Evil Villain’s plan, but not permanently keeping the Evil Villain from doing more harm in the future. (4.) Our hero has triumphed over the Evil Villain, and our hero feels he has learned something and become better from the experience, but remains vigilant, knowing there will be more conflicts yet to come. So does this formula hold up over time? And will it work in tonight’s episode?

First look at Adrianne Palicki in Wonder Woman costume

First look at Adrianne Palicki in Wonder Woman costume

Adrianne Palicki is walking tall as Diana Prince, Amazonian Princess of Themyscira. In other words, Wonder Woman! The actress formerly known for her role on Friday Night Lights will be filling the star-spangled outfit in the upcoming Wonder Woman reboot. The DC Comics heroine was portrayed last by Lynda Carter, who donned the classic getup in the 1970s series. This time around, David E. Kelley, Bill D’Elia, and Jeffrey Reiner hope to set a new direction based on the success with Superman that WB has had with Smallville. So what do you think of your first look at Adrianne Palicki as the new Wonder Woman?

Rango commercial appears at Super Bowl XLV

Rango commercial appears at Super Bowl XLV

Super Bowl Sunday isn’t quite a holiday, but maybe it should be. At least enough so to get us all the day off on the following Super Bowl Monday! But if there’s one reason why we’re more than happy to head to school and work the next day, it’s to chat about all the awesome commercial spots that aired the night before during the game. The case of Super Bowl XLV is no different, with Rango making a star appearance around half time. The CG film, a joint venture between Nickelodeon Movies, Blind Wink, GK Films, Industrial Light & Magic, and Paramount Pictures, stars Johnny Depp as the voice of Rango, a pet chameleon who ventures to an Old West town called Dirt. It’s there that he must prove himself a hero, or dying trying. Check out the trailer commercial spot!

DreamWorks brings Megamind to theaters November 5th

DreamWorks brings Megamind to theaters November 5th

In just days now, we will truly know evil. DreamWorks Animation is showcasing their latest and greatest film, Megamind, in theaters November 5th. Megamind is the most brilliant super-villain the world has ever known… and the least successful. Over the years, he has tried to conquer Metro City in every imaginable way. Each attempt, a colossal failure thanks to the caped superhero known as Metro Man, until the day Megamind actually defeats him in the throes of one of his botched evil plans. Suddenly, the fate of Metro City is threatened when a new villain arrives and chaos runs rampant leaving everyone to wonder: Can the world’s biggest mind actually be the one to save the day?

Avengers Assemble Marvel debuts Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes

Avengers Assemble! Marvel debuts Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes

This fall, Marvel and their new bestest pal Disney will showcase a collection of their greatest super heroes and villains as Disney XD welcomes The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. The Marvel Animation and Film Roman toon, set to debut just after this summer, will feature a number of Marvel’s giants, including; Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, the Hulk, the Wasp, Absorbing Man, Ant-Man, Hawkeye, JARVIS, Wonder Man, Black Panther, the Masters of Evil, Loki, and Odin. Lucky fans attending Comic Con 2010 got an early look at the series, but they shouldn’t be alone! Thus, ToonBarn is offering you True Believers the same sneak peek teaser trailer. Check it out right here, along with Marvel’s official write up

Dominic Cooper to play Iron Man’s dad in Captain America: The First Avenger

Dominic Cooper to play Iron Man's dad in Captain America: The First Avenger

Iron Man 2 has had a great run in theaters, pulling in just under $300 million at the box office in it’s first 30 days. As the sequel to Marvel’s first Iron Man film, we now can see how the Disney owned company has developed a franchise. The second film also gave us a deeper glimpse into Tony Stark’s family life, with scenes of his father, Howard Stark, and how the elder Stark was a pivotal player in the hero world before there was an Iron Man. Playing on that idea, Marvel has cast Dominic Cooper to play an even younger version of Iron Man’s dad Howard Stark in the retro scenes of the upcoming Captain America film due out July 22nd, 2011, Captain America: The First Avenger. Marvel is creeping closer and closer to getting the entire universe of super heroes on film in the Avengers!

DreamWorks Megamind debuts with an evil teaser trailer

DreamWorks Megamind debuts with an evil teaser trailer

At one time, there was only heroes – but this November, all of that fades into the past as Megamind takes over. The upcoming DreamWorks Animation CG film (formerly known as Oobermind) stars the most brilliant supervillain of all time. Over the years, he has tried to conquer Metro City in every imaginable way, but he’s always stopped by the caped superhero known as Metro Man. But when Megamind actually defeats Metro Man, he realizes achieving his life’s ambition is the worst thing ever, and quickly decides to create Titan, a new hero opponent. Unfortunately, Titan picks up on Megamind’s evil intentions, and sets out on destroying the world himself. Now, Megamind must decide: can the evil genius become the unlikely hero of his own story? Take a look at the teaser trailer

Batman: The Brave and the Bold, The Power of Shazam

Batman: The Brave and the Bold, The Power of Shazam

Alone, Batman is a force to be reckoned with. But no villain stands a chance when he teams up with heroes across the DC Universe on Warner Bros.’ Batman: The Brave and the Bold. This week, in “The Power of Shazam”, Batman teams with Captain Marvel, the superhero alter ego of the young Billy Batson, to battle Dr. Sivana and Black Adam. The evil pair plans to usurp the magic of Shazam, which gives Billy his power — but not if Batman and Captain Marvel have anything to say about it! Tune in to Cartoon Network tonight at 7:30pm, but check out these previews in the meantime

Batman 3, The Dark Knight suits up again

Batman 3, The Dark Knight suits up again

What?! There’s going to be a third Batman film, to follow up after The Dark Knight?? OK, OK, I know. It’s not exactly blockbuster information to think there will be a Batman 3 in theaters after the first two amazingly successful films. Everyone knew it was coming, but this past week is the first time it was confirmed people were working on it. When we learned there was development on the Superman movie franchise, we got details that director Christopher Nolan was hard at work on (Dark Knight 2?) Batman 3. Great news for fans superhero films; Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Green Lantern… whether it’s Warner Bros.’ DC Comics or Disney’s Marvel Comics, the film list continues to grow, making comic book fans happy. Who is your favorite?

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