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One of the most iconic Star Wars actors has finished his work on the new film, plus a new actor has some thoughts for the old guard and more in this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Details on the Star Wars Episode VII shoot in the Forest of Dean have been revealed.
  • Anthony Daniels has finished his shooting on Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Oscar Isaac wishes George Lucas had left the original trilogy alone.
  • What does Ron Burgundy dressed as Han Solo look like?
  • David Oyelowo confirms there will be exciting cameos in Star Wars Rebels.
  • Learn the secrets of The Phantom, part of The Ghost, in Star Wars Rebels.
  • John Boyega is adding his voice to a cartoon.

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Pixar theory

The films of Pixar seem as if they are primarily separate stories. (With the exception of the obvious relationship between sequels.) One theory, however, posits an elaborate timeline in which the advanced technology seen in Wall-E is developed over the course of hundreds of years, with a starting point seen in Up and the Toy Story films, and which explains the stars of Cars and the ever-evolving intelligence of animals. And Boo, the young heroine of Monsters Inc., has a surprising role in the whole cycle. Watch the Pixar Theory video below. Read More »

Don Hertzfeldt Simpsons

In the past couple years the producers of The Simpsons have allowed a few different filmmakers and artists to go wild in revamping the show’s opening “couch gag.” Banksy envisioned a mine in which slave labor animates the show and grinds up kittens to stuff Bart Simpsons dolls; Guillermo del Toro scripted kaiju battles and cameos from Alfred Hitchcock, Stephen King, and a legion of other horror characters from his own films and others. This week, Oscar-nominated animator Don Hertzfeldt got his shot, and the Don Hertzfeldt Simpsons couch gag has got to be the most bonkers animation that will run on mainstream TV this year. Read More »

The 20 Best Saturday Morning Cartoons of All Time

The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons

It’s the end of an era, and the Saturday Morning Cartoon is officially dead. So I thought now would be the perfect time to take a look back at the best Saturday Morning Cartoons. Hit the jump to find out the 20 best Saturday morning cartoons of all time, according to me. I have even included the opening credits song (whenever available) so that you can take a trip back in time to revisit the pop culture that owned the saturday mornings of our childhoods.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons Are Officially Dead

Saturday Morning Cartoons

I feel like I’m really getting old because I’m tempted to tell stories of “back in my day” and “when I was a kid,” but time passes and with every new generation things change. I used to look forward to Saturday mornings for the block of morning cartoons that ran on weekends. From 8am to noon, most of the television networks were filled with the latest and greatest cartoon series, sandwiched between commercials for the best new toys of the era. (Some of those series were, in fact, also commercials for toys.) Over the years, the cartoons have started to disappear from Saturday morning. Why? A combination of cable networks which allow 24-hour access to cartoon programing and a 1996 FCC mandate.

Over the weekend, The CW’s Vortexx programming block (which included episodes of CubixSonic XDragon Ball Z and KaiDigimon FusionYu-Gi-Oh! and more) aired for the last time. Next week The CW will replace the animation with “One Magnificent Morning”, a live-action television block filled with educational shows for kids. This is officially the end of broadcast television’s Saturday Morning Cartoons, as it has been known since the 1960s. Find out more about why the Saturday Morning Cartoons have been killed off and take a look back at the glory days of Saturday Morning Cartoons of the 1980s and 1990s.
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Eric Tan Rebels Propaganda 3

Star Wars Rebels is the focus of this edition of Star Wars Bits, including connections to Episode VII, VIII and IX, but there are rumors, cool Marvel Comics teases and more. Below, read about the following:

  • See three Star Wars Rebels propaganda posters designed by Eric Tan.
  • Disney executives are placing extra special pressure on Star Wars Episode VII.
  • A popular supporting character in The Clone Wars returns for Star Wars Rebels.
  • Read the descriptions of the first six episodes in the series.
  • Scott Derrickson is not up for a Star Wars project.
  • Carrie Fisher talks about Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Marvel Comics is working on a Star Wars comic from a new era.
  • Simon Kinberg talks Rebels connecting to Episode VII and The Inquisitor.
  • The New York Times covers Star Wars Rebels.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Chronological Episode Order List

Star Wars fans who want to be in the know have a lot of work to do before Episode VII. Of course there’s Star Wars Rebels, which is released online Friday, and which starts a whole new chapter in the Star Wars canon. Many of us also have to catch up on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the six-season cartoon that tells the official story of the legendary battle between the Galactic Senate, Jedi Order and Clone Troopers versus the Separatists, Sith and Trade Federations.

A new video on StarWars.com tells us about the legacy of the The Clone Wars and also reveal three new stories that are still coming from that era in history. There’s a new Darth Maul comic book coming, a new Asajj Ventress novel and a never-finished arc of The Clone Wars called Crystal Crisis on Utapau. In fact, you can watch that third one right now. Below, check out both Star Wars Clone Wars videos. Read More »

Disney Animated Movie Timeline

Disney fan Aish has put together an infographic mapping most of the Disney animated movies in a chronological timeline based on the order of historical setting. The graphic sorts almost 50 films into 47 time periods. Not all of the Disney animation catalog is included, specifically the package films. Aish notes:

Some films, eg The Lion King, are impossible to pin down exactly and some, like Aladdin and Treasure Planet, are anachronistic, so these are estimations. A few have been split into 2 if there is more than one time period in the movie, and sequels have been put together.)

Check out the Disney Animated Movie Timeline in full, after the jump.

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