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Batman fights Joker on The Brave and the Bold, Triumvirate of Terror

Batman fights Joker on The Brave and the Bold, Triumvirate of Terror

Batman is all over the cartoon news lately, huh? Whether it’s the announcement of DC’s upcoming Beware the Batman CG series, the highly anticipated Batman: Year One DVD, or even the can’t-wait-to-happen conclusion of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises; Batman is everywhere. Best still – he’s on tonight, October 7th at 6pm! In Cartoon Network’s latest episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Triumvirate of Terror, Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman face off against their arch nemesis Lex Luthor, Joker and Cheetah who gain the upper hand by switching opponents. Do the heroes stand a chance? TOON in to the Warner Bros. cartoon find out!!

The JLI joins Batman: The Brave and the Bold in Time Out for Vengeance

The JLI joins Batman: The Brave and the Bold in Time Out for Vengeance

If you feel like you haven’t been getting enough Batman in your life, then Cartoon Network has something special for you! In the September 23rd episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, the CN dishes out a whole new legion of Batmen through all different eras of time travel. In order to save the current Batman, the Justice League International must travel through time and aid a Batman in each era from his old foe, Equinox. Fans of DC Comics might recognize bits from the recent pre-reboot storyline, Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne. Everyone else will just recognize this as a fun story! Time Out for Vengeance starts at 6:00pm, and with no time machine to help, you’d better get there on time! TOON in tonight!

Fanimation: Conroy Cat in The Pizza Alchemist

Based on the webcomic for animation fans (which can be read here), Conroy Cat is a toon trying to become a cartoon star, but first he has to train in the ways of cartoon physics or do odd jobs to get his name out in Cartoon Land. In this animated short based on one of the strips, we see Conroy do the latter, and meet characters from the popular “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood”!

Fanimation: From Pixar to Richard Sargent robots asking where’s Wall-E

Fanimation: From Pixar to Richard Sargent robots asking where's Wall-E

Throughout the history of Hollywood, there’s been an incredible collection of robots. C-3PO and R2-D2 from Star Wars, Bender from Futurama, Rosie from the Jetsons, countless Tarnsformers and Go-Bots, etc. Hopewell Studio’s Richard Sargent, through a process that must have seemed bionic, actually sat down to draw a collage of nearly 200 bots, posing together in a classic group shot, and hiding one of animation’s favorite bots: Wall-E from the recent Disney and Pixar film. It’s a Where’s Wall-E game, just like the classic Where’s Waldo ones. Sure, it’s awesome to hunt for the little guy, but even more enjoyable just going through the entire project, looking for all the other robots you remember. In fact, there’s even a blank version so that you can number your guesses to see how many you can name. Give it a try!

Fanimation: Half Bear, Half Shark, All BearShark, a Harry Partridge creation

Fanimation: Half Bear, Half Shark, All BearShark, a Harry Partridge creation

The world of fan animation is far and varied, with some individuals piecing together a flip book from post-its, and others grabbing studio time with AfterEffects and ProTools to produce theater-quality productions. From what we’ve seen of Harry Partridge’s work, he’s much closer to the latter. For years now, Happy Harry Toons have made themselves viral across the interwebs, including favorites like Saturday Morning Watchmen and The American Akira, with amazing quality, humor, and attention to detail. The latest effort, BearShark, perfectly falls in line with the rest; another masterpiece.

1980s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in HD, Fanimation

1980s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in HD, Fanimation

Nickelodeon may not be the only one with plans to rejuvenate the Turtles! Happy Dragon Pictures, a collection of super fans that include Davd A. Rose, decided they’d remake the opening sequence from the 1980s TMNT cartoon for an all new, HD look at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The 1980s Team Green never looked better! We last saw those boys in 4Kids Entertainments Ninja Turtles “farewell,” Turtles Forever. TF told the story of the 4Kids’ era Turtles joining forces with the 80s gang, along with a few other TMNT groupings. But this recreation of the original intro is a pure (and wonderful) homage to just the original 80s toon that kicked off the Ninja Turtles 25 year run in animation – soon to be continued by the good folks at Nick. So take a look at this wonderful fanimation, and let us and them know what you think!

Fanimation: John Banana celebrates The Rocketeer 20th anniversary

Fanimation: John Banana celebrates The Rocketeer 20th anniversary

Twenty years ago, Disney brought a classic super hero to the live action big screen: The Rocketeer. Set in the Indiana Jones-friendly WWII era, the Rocketeer was a regular, non super-powered man with two advantages: a rocket jet pack strapped to his back, and an unparalleled amount of bravery to have a rocket jet pack strapped to his back! The result was a flying man, whose helmet (that allowed him to steer) helped give him a very retro Iron Man look. Marvel’s Tony Stark would be proud! Though the film was live action, John Banana decided to take the adventure in a new direction – perfectly suited for CG animation. This fan created animation (aka “Fanimation”) is an astonishing, Pixar-like piece that perfectly immortalizes the Disney icon, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the film.

Sonic the Hedgehog Fanfilm in the works

Sonic the Hedgehog Fanfilm in the works

Since Sonic’s 20th Anniversary is arriving, why not celebrate the blue Hedgehog with an awesome fanfilm? Eddie Lebron, writer and director of the amazing feature length “Megaman” fanfilm, decided he’d deliver just that, and recently announced that feature our favorite Blue blur! The film will be a non-profit 10-20 minute short, free to download and to watch. It will be based around mostly about the games and some Satam elements, but is said to be a prequel, taking place before the very first game. Characters so far announced include: Sonic, Eggman and E series droids, which have taken the place of swatbots.  Other characters are still up for consideration (*cough* Tails and Knuckles *cough*). Despite being a live action film, Sonic will be completely CGI. Release information and other details are quickly approaching, which Lebron hoping for a June or July release. In the meantime, check out the first trailer

Fanimation: Wile E. Coyote wields Portal’s Tool of Destruction

Fanimation: Wile E. Coyote wields Portal's Tool of Destruction

Wile E. Coyote has tried many things over the years to catch the Road Runner, through decades of efforts via Warner Bros. classic tunes, to the new CG look he sports in Cartoon Network’s The Looney Tunes Show. Typically, most of his gear comes from ACME supplies, whether that’s his giant sling shot or some kind of weird helicopter hat. However, every time, he simply falls flat. Often literally. But what would happen if Wile E. Coyote updated his tech? Like, say, with a Portal Gun from Valve’s hit Portal series? Particularly the Portal 2 brand, via Nuclear Monkey Software. That’s what Scott Johnson from Extra Life had in mind with his recent web comic.

Fanimation: Doodle v.s. Doodle

Fanimation: Doodle v.s. Doodle

Fan animation has been around as long as professional animation – in fact, many would argue longer. We’ve featured a few spots in the past months highlighting some of the work we’ve found on the net, hoping to shed some fame towards the hard work of some loyal toonists out there. This latest piece, Doodle vs Doodle, is yet the newest addition to the segment we’ll title “Fanimation” from now on. The production is entirely created in stop-motion video by Jace D, at the young age of 13! As a bonus to Jace’s great work, we also liked spotting some of the animation influences within the project: Toy Story’s Buzz, T.U.F.F. Puppy, Phineas and Ferb, and more. Check out Jace’s work, and see what else you notice!

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