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Month: November 2014

VIDEO: Candy Crush Soda Saga Live-Action/CG Spot

It’s easy to imagine a live-action spot for games like Call of Duty or even Final Fantasy. The scenarios are exaggerated and the costumes would require work to reproduce in real life, but you’re mostly still working with human characters. But how do you do a live action spot for Candy Crush: Soda Saga and still have it look exciting? It’s not like you can just scatter a bunch of candies and chocolates on a table and leave it at that.

Traktor and MPC shows you how. In the new live-action/CG hybrid spot for the downloadable game, we see a woman turn the city into Candy Crush: Soda Saga and play the gigantic game with her fingertips. In case you have trouble wrapping your mind around the description, you can watch the spot yourself:

Nintendo of Japan to Cease Production of Original 3DS XL Models

Nintendo of Japan has recently announced via their official website that the original 3DS XL, regardless of color and model, will soon be discontinued. The announcement is odd considering that a range of colors for the original 3DS will continue to be produced and sold.

The possible reason for the 3DS XL being discontinued is a push for the new Nintendo 3DS and 3DS LL, which has been released in Japan last October. The newer models a re required to use Amiibo figures in game, so it makes sense to push them over the older models.

10 Minute Gundam Breaker 2 Gameplay Video

Bandai Namco Games has just posted a new gameplay video for the Gunpla-themed 3rd person action game Gundam Breaker 2, which is only a few days away from its Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita debut. The new promotional video features characters Takehito Koysu and Romi Park of Turn A Gundam providing an overview of the game features.

What makes this even better is that the video clocks in at a hefty 10 minutes, which should be enough time to highlight some of the key features of the game, such as the in-depth customization options for the mobile suits (allowing gamers the freedom to mix and match weapons, parts, coloring, and even add several mods.)

You can check out the video below:

Nova Will Not Appear in Guardians of the Galaxy 2

With the appearance of the Nova Corps in Guardians of the Galaxy, fans of Nova got excited at the possibility of Richard Rider eventually appearing in the sequel, particularly because the movie already introduced Rhomman Dey, the man who will eventually recruit Rider into the corps. However, Marvel chief Kevin Feige has recently clarified that Nova will not be appearing in the sequel. Note that Feige’s words does not completely rule out Nova appearing in the big screen, just that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 isn’t the right time to introduce the character.

English Subbed Trailer for The Last: Naruto the Movie

Australian distributor Madman Entertainment has recently released the full traler for The Last: Naruto The Movie. The trailer originally premiered in Japan on October 31, and features the theme song “Hoshi no Utsuwa” by Sukima Switch. The biggest difference with Madman Entertainment’s version? It has English subtitles. Check it out below:

Cbeebies Reveals Q Pootle 5 Xmas Special

After a successful first season, Snapper Productions’ out of this world animated series Q Pootle 5 has just secured a deal with CBeebies, which gives the network the UK rights to the show’s Christmas special, Pootle All the Way. The 27 minute holiday episode is scheduled to air as part of Cbeebies’ Holiday lineup.

Pootle All the Way follows Q Pootle 5 and his friends as they get ready to enjoy the holiday season, rehearsing for the Christmas pantomime. However, a mayday call interrupts their rehearsal and they suddenly find themselves enmeshed in an epic adventure that will decide the future of Christmas itself.

Wild Kratts’ Worldwide Popularity Goes Beyond Cartoons


Kratt Brothers Company and 9 Story Media Group have recently announced several new exciting developments regarding the show Wild Kratts, which is a wildlife-oriented edutainment cartoon based on the exploits of the real life zoologist brothers. The show has recently gained the no. 1 spot with kids aged 4 to 8 and 6 to 11 across several networks, including its debut channel PBS.

Clip: Teen Titans Go! – The Best Robin

Warner Bros. Animation has just released a brand new clip for the next episode of Teen Titans Go!, titled “The Best Robin.” The episode is scheduled to air on Thursday, December 4 at 6:00/5:00c on Cartoon Network.

In the episode “The Best Robin,” the Titans’ leader is once again struggling with his leadership duties, on account of his teammates being too lazy to actually fight Brother Blood. Instead of fighting Blood by himself, Robin opts to call in his secondary team of crime fighters: Team Robin.

If the name hasn’t implied it yet, Team Robin is a group consisting of different Robins. You can check out the preview clip below:

BENT Image Lab Produces New Animated Short of Hallmark

Internationally acclaimed animation and digital arts studio BENT Image Lab has recently announced the release of a new original holiday short for Hallmark. Titled ‘Polariffic: Yeti or Not,’ the short is set in the North Pole and focuses on a quartet of Arctic friends on a journey.

The characters in the holiday short consist of Snowby, a gentle polar bear, Jaz, who is a be-bopping penguin, Flitter the nimble arctic fox, and Cupcake the thoughtful baby seal. When they encounter a young friendly Yeti named Charlie, the four friends are faced with the challenge of overcoming their fear of the creature in order to learn to trust and save themselves.

Is it Berenstein or Berenstain?

Quick, try to remember if it was Berenstein Bears or Berenstain Bears. No cheating, don’t look at any books or images yet. If you’re one of the many who remember it as Berenstein, go ahead and do a google image search. Try to find a single book cover or image that spells it as “-stein.” Chances are you’re not going to find any. Every single image you have will have spell it as Berenstain, after the writers’ surname.

The fine folks at Godlike Productions happened upon this phenomenon. It seems like there are a lot of people who remember the Berenstein spelling, although not a single one has found proof that it was ever spelled that way and not Berenstain. Even fellow toonbarn contributor Neil once made a post where he spelled it as Stein, even though the quoted message on the post spells it as Stain.

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