Posted on Sunday, September 25th, 2016 by Fred Topel
The Simpsons is entering its 28th year, yet I still have new questions every time I see showrunner Al Jean at the Fox Television Critics Association party. Jean has been the show runner for 26 of the 28 years. He took two years to do the short-lived animated series The Critic, and may be the only other person besides myself who has watched every single episode of The Simpsons.
This year, Fox made some announcements during their TCA executive session. Amy Schumer is doing a voice role on all of their Sunday night animated shows, and The Simpsons will do their first ever one-hour episode. Read our interview with Al Jean below. Read More »
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In recent years, The Simpsons has been executing some very elaborate and outstanding sequences for their traditional couch gag for the opening credits. Earlier this year The Simpsons got a Disney style makeover by Aladdin animator Eric Goldberg and last year featured references to Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty and even another opening done by Ren & Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi.
Now The Simpsons is getting the Adventure Time treatment, and going through Springfield in the same style of the opening credits of the popular Cartoon Network animated series that kids and adults alike rather enjoy. It’s an impressive sequence, and it’s actually twice as long as the usual Adventure Time opening credits. See which Adventure Time characters The Simpsons become and see if you can spot all the Easter eggs, including a monorail reference, in the full couch gag after the jump. Read More »
Back in 2014, FXX had the honor of hosting a marathon of every single episode of The Simpsons ever in honor of all the episodes being made available to stream for the first time ever. Since then, FX’s sister network has been running reruns non-stop from every season (except whatever season is current). Now FXX will be having another marathon of every episode of The Simpsons ever again, but this time it will be even longer, breaking the record it previously set as the longest-running marathon in TV history.
Get details on The Simpsons marathon after the jump. Read More »
The third season premiere of Star Wars Rebels will air over the weekend. As you probably know, fans went crazy when it was revealed that Grand Admiral Thrawn had been resurrected from Legends and has rejoined the Star Wars universe canon as the season’s big villain. The morning after the episode was screened at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 I was lucky to get a chance to sit down with Star Wars Rebels creator Dave Filoni and talk about the upcoming season.
We talk about a wide variety of topics, including where we are now in the Star Wars timeline, how Ezra has made so much progress since we last saw him, when we will finally get some X-Wings in the rebellion, his thoughts on The Force Awakens, if it’s possible to actually kill off a good guy or turn them to the dark side on a kid show, if Darth Vader or more Inquisitors will appear in Season 3 of Rebels, the idea of Force neutral characters, how Saw Gerrera ended up in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Wedge Antilles new canon backstory, if Rebels will end before A New Hope begins, the process of adapting Grand Admiral Thrawn back into canon, and much more. Some of these answers have been broken out into stories on the site already, but there is also a wealth of material never published before as well.
And don’t worry, the interview is season three spoiler free. Read our complete Dave Filoni Star Wars Rebels Season 3 interview, after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
After nearly six months of waiting, we are now just two days away from the season 3 premiere of Star Wars Rebels. But if patience isn’t your strong suit (and who could blame you, given all the exciting stuff about to go down next season?), Disney XD has dropped a couple new clips for you to pore over while you wait. In one, Ezra (Taylor Gray) consults a Sith Holocron, while in another, Ezra and Hera (Vanessa Marshall) go undercover and find themselves face-to-face with Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen).
Watch the Star Wars Rebels season 3 clips below. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
Studio Ghibli is venturing into new territory. The animation house’s first international co-production is The Red Turtle, a gorgeous fable from Dutch animator Michaël Dudok De Wit. While not a Studio Ghibli release per se, this wordless wonder is certainly worthy of standing with the Japanese giant’s other titles. The story and art are deceptively simple, spinning a tale of an unfortunate man stranded on a desert island, but what eventually emerges is a moving meditation on the cycle of life.
The Red Turtle has already won over audiences at Cannes and TIFF (among other festivals) and is now preparing to set sail for U.S. theaters. Check out the new The Red Turtle trailer below. Read More »
Today we are excited to exclusively premiere Cyclops Print Works‘ 41st print, artist Jisoo Kim‘s take on the popular Disney animated short film Paperman. Find out more details about the Jisoo Kim Paperman print, see the details and learn when and where you’ll have a chance to get it, after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 by Angie Han
The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2 were box office hits, if not exactly critical darlings, but the tiny blue creatures are headed in a different direction for their next big screen outing. Smurfs: The Lost Village is ditching the live-action component of the last two films, and instead will be a fully animated CG adventure about Smurfette (voiced by Demi Lovato) setting out to find her purpose in life.
Joe Manganiello, Jack McBrayer, and Danny Pudi voice three of the boy Smurfs who join Smurfette on her adventure, Rainn Wilson voices the evil Gargamel, and Mandy Patinkin is Papa Smurf. Watch the Smurfs: The Lost Village teaser trailer, plus an international teaser trailer, below. Read More »
Even though the Transformers films are pretty popular around the world, not many of our favorite pop culture artists are lining up to pay tribute to Michael Bay’s take on the iconic toys of the 1980s But there’s plenty of love to be given to the animated versions of our favorite Autobots and Decepticons, and this time it’s artist Tom Whalen delivering a series of colorful prints paying tribute to to the cartoon versions of the Transformers.
Check out the set of Tom Whalen Transformers prints after the jump. Read More »