You have to admit that even in this age of CG and slick high res 2D animation, Cartoons that were made using more primitive methods, from stop motion, claymation, and even rough pixelwork, still have their own distinct charm and appeal.
15 years ago, back in 1996, DC Comics published a limited comic book series dedicated to Batman. Nothing unusual there, right? Well, this particular book series not only required authors to tell a short, punchy story in an 8 page sequence, but artists were reduced to a pallet of nothing but blacks and whites. Aptly, the collection was titled Batman Black and White (certainly not to be confused with Pokemon Black and White) and included some of the biggest names to ever grace the industry, strutting around in their simplified, but beautiful works. Eventually, the title expanded into a longer run, many of which have been collected in various forms. Just recently, Warner Bros. decided to kick it up a notch, and bring the amazing tales to the world of animation, reworking each as a motion comic. Take a look at a few, and get into the Art Deco mode we’ve been fixated in all day because of them!
The long wait is over, as Disney’s Marvel announces the latest motion comic DVD is available today, Astonishing X-Men Gifted. Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s Eisner award-winning take on Marvel’s Mightiest Mutants comes to life with the help of comics legend Neal Adams in the ASTONISHING X-MEN motion comic, adapting the acclaimed “Gifted” storyline! Things start off in a big way, right away, as the first episode shows Kitty Pryde’s return to the Xavier Institute – only to find that much has changed in her absence! Former enemy Emma Frost is now running the school, Wolverine is at Cyclops’ throat and a brand new threat is on the horizon. Thank goodness the disc is out today (September 28) to find out what happens next
With just over 14 days to go before the newest Marvel story takes hold at home, fans are eager to see what the comic book company has in store for the X-Men. Thankfully, September 28th quickly approaches, and the latest Disney and Marvel motion comic DVD has the whole story laid out. Anti-mutant sentiment; tension between Cyclops and Wolverine; a potential cure for the mutant gene; a new enemy named Ord; the return of Kitty Pryde, etc. No wonder Professor X always seemed to have his hands full. Check out the teaser trailer for the DVD and stay TOONed for more info on it!
Looks like motion comics are becoming all the rage! Just a few weeks after we announced the Jonah Hex motion comic from the DC Universe, Marvel strikes back featuring an X-Men title. The animated DVD, Astonishing X-Men: Gifted, is a production from Marvel Knights Animation and Shout! Factory, sporting Joss Whedon’s and John Cassaday’s team of mutants. Marvel claims the film, due for release on September 28th, will “remain true to the heritage of panel-by-panel graphic storytelling, with groundbreaking visuals, sensational soundscapes and, of course, the explosiveness of the Mighty Marvel Universe.”
He may be a few hundred years old by today’s calendar, but 2010 was definitely a big year for Jonah Hex. He made his big screen debut earlier this summer, and later made his digital debut with an iTunes motion comic. Now, fans lucky enough to get their hands on Warner Premiere’s latest animated DVD, Batman: Under the Red Hood, will be treated to a special extra; DC Showcase Jonah Hex. While the motion comic brought comic book panels to life via Flash animation, the DC Showcase is a brand new, 10+ minute animated adventure starring the scarred cowboy. Written by Joe R. Lansdale, the animated feature stars the movie’s Thomas Jane as Jonah Hex, Linda Hamilton as Madame Lorraine, and Michael Rooker as Red Doc. Take a look at the feature in action