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Review – Justice League: Gods and Monsters

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Review – Justice League: Gods and Monsters

To say DC Animation has and continues to have a huge impact on my life would be a bit of an understatement. While I may have made a bit of departure from the DC Comics Universe during its New 52 tenure, the TV and Animation departments have certainly picked up the slack. That’s not saying that the last couple of DC Animated films (Suicide Squad: Assault on Arkam and Batman Vs Robin) didn’t have their flaws.

I was more than relieved to see a departure from the New 52 and a focus on what really for me made the DC Animated universe what it is today: Bruce Timm. When I heard that he was working on an animated film, which would be something of an Else World’s tale, I was more than excited. Is DC Animation back in full force? Or is this just another diamond in the rough.

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Review: Batman vs Robin – Did anyone read the Books?

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Review: Batman vs Robin – Did anyone read the Books?

As one of DC’s most popular characters, Batman has no shortage of excellent story arcs. In recent years though, none have kept me on the edge of my seat quite like Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s run on Batman featuring the Court of Owls. It seemed like the glimmering diamond in the New 52, and when Batman vs Robin was first announced, it seemed like my dreams had true; Court of Owls and the Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason run of Batman & Robin would finally be melded into one animated feature. It’s DC Animation; their track record is solid. What could possibly go wrong?

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WonderCon 2015 – Batman v Robin Interviews

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WonderCon 2015 – Batman v Robin Interviews

This week DC Entertainment released the latest in their line of straight-to-home-video animated movies mostly based on storylines from the comics. Not letting the dust settle on their last release, January’s Throne of Atlanis, they bring us Batman v Robin, starring returning voice actors Jason O’Mara, Stuart Allan, and Sean Maher along with Jeremy Sisto as the villain, Talon. While at WonderCon this year our favorite Villainous Correspondents Sara Winchester and Skratch Okami spoke with some of the cast and crew about coming back to Gotham City with one of Batman’s greatest stories in recent time and what it was like putting on the tights again… metaphorically that is… maybe.

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Song of the Sea Review: A Journey to the World of Old

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Song of the Sea Review: A Journey to the World of Old

The ocean is never still and neither is life. As I get older in my lifetime I’m beginning to accept that change is going to be a constant in this world. The world of animation is currently going through a changing of the guards, as fabled director Hayo Miyazaki retires. Those are some rather large shoes to fill, and my hope has always been that someone would step up and bring forth a groundbreaking animated feature. There have been some decent attempts, but no studio has come closer than Cartoon Saloon.

They made a splash with their first animated feature, The Secret of Kells, a film whose trailer alone had me rushing out to purchase a Blu-ray copy. Well, Cartoon Saloon’s second feature, Song of the Sea, is officially hitting theaters with a limited release while also being nominated for best Animated Feature in the 2015 Oscars. I had the opportunity to sit down and watch a screening of the movie. So how does it compare to The Secret of Kells? Is Cartoon Saloon the next Studio Ghibli?

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Review – The Wind Rises: Blu Ray

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Review – The Wind Rises: Blu Ray

There are those few people in the world who truly touch your heart and are a source of inspiration for all your creative endeavors. In this case, I’m talking about the works of Hayao Miyazaki.  His work has been some of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen in animation. If you haven’t seen any of his movies yet (Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, My Neighbor Tororo, Kiki’s Delivery Service, among others), please put down this review and go watch one. Miyazaki has said that The Wind Rises is his final feature-length film. How does it compare to his other works?

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Review – Batman Brave and The Bold – Blu Ray

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Review – Batman Brave and The Bold – Blu Ray

When I was growing up my introduction to Batman wasn’t a dark or broody character. He was very campy and helping the Scooby Doo Gang solve mysteries, or chilling out with his Super Friends. Granted, as I was growing up, so was the character of Batman, into that dark character that I love today. The point is it was a gradual transition.

Enter, the series “Batman: Brave and the Bold,” where Batman is more campy but altogether fun. It felt quite refreshing to see Batman like this. The question is, how does the series hold up? What kind of Batman is “Brave and the Bold?”

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Comic Issues #176 – Catching Up Chronologically

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Comic Issues #176 – Catching Up Chronologically

This week Anthony and Elizabeth dig deep into the World of Geek and catch up on current events from the sad death of film, radio, and geek icon Casey Kasem, to Han Solo’s battlefield injuries, to DC’s casting rumors and possible slate of movies for the rest of the decade.  Along the way your heroes break down what a Sandman film/series should be, why Jason Momoma not the Aquaman for them.

After getting caught up the dynamic duo get elbow deep into the comics they’ve been reading, recommending, and want to get into.  Jump in and get up on this very informative edition of Comic Issues!

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Studio Ghibli Blu-ray Release Announced

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Studio Ghibli Blu-ray Release Announced

Fans of Hayao Miyazaki’s work are in for a treat.  According to Studio Ghibli’s official Twitter account, international Blu-ray releases of both The Cat Returns and Princess Mononoke are currently in the works.  This announcement comes one month after both films were released on Blu-ray in Japan.

Only one Studio Ghibli film not currently playing in theaters has not had a Blu-ray release.  The studio promises that when Spirited Away finally gets a Blu-ray release, it will have been well worth the wait. Read On

Black Widow and Punisher come to Marvel Animation

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Black Widow and Punisher come to Marvel Animation

Following yesterday’s announcement of DC Animated’s Son of Batman, today Marvel Animation has released a trailer for their first animated movie since Hulk Vs. (motion comics are too creepy to count).  From Madhouse Studios, who made the anime styled Iron Man, Wolverine, and X-Men cartoons that are better than you’d think, comes an original story featuring Black Widow (Jennifer Carpenter) and the Punisher (Brian Bloom). Oh, and guest starring the Avengers and SHIELD.

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The Son of Batman is Coming

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The Son of Batman is Coming

Yesterday TV Guide (another source of geek news apparently) released the first trailer for the next DC Original Animated movie following Justice League: War.  Based of off Grant Morrison’s Batman and Son story line where he first introduced Damian Wayne, the preteen son of Bruce Wayne and Talia Al Ghul.  In the story the young assassin becomes the next Robin after Tim Drake, but his training from the League of Shadows clashes with the rules of the bat as Damian proves himself to be utterly ruthless.

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