new ducktales logo

We first learned that DuckTales was being revived as a new Disney XD series back in early 2015, but it took over a year for our first look at the show to arrive. And that single preview image (sampled on the top of this article) left quite an impression. While some purists and fans of the original animated series may scoff, I instantly fell in love with the new arty style, which looks to blend classic Disney character design with plenty of stylized, modern touches. It feels familiar while also feeling fresh. That’s a tricky combination.

However, those looking for one aspect of this series to match the show they grew up with can take comfort in the new logo, which has arrived looking pretty much the same as ever.

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Before Cartoon Network created their late night programming block called Adult Swim, they already realized that grown ups liked staying up late and watching more mature animated programming. One of the shows that Cartoon Network produced for the late night hours was Space Ghost: Coast to Coast. The animated talk show parody featured the Hanna-Barbera created cartoon superhero as a dry, sarcastic late night host interviewing real life celebrities who always seemed to be either confused or unaware of the kind of show they were appearing on.

Premiering in 1994, the show was a clear predecessor to what would become Adult Swim, and it would eventually become part of the programming block itself in 2001. If you’re too young to have experienced the show all those years ago and no one has introduced you to the magic of this comedic wonder on DVD, we have good news. Dozens of episodes of Space Ghost: Coast to Coast are now available to watch for free online without any kind of subscription. However, the reason these episodes have been made so readily available is rather sad. Read More »

Star Wars Rebels in 3 Minutes

Since the iconic character Grand Admiral Thrawn is coming to Star Wars Rebels for the Disney XD animated series’ third season, there are probably some Star Wars fans out there keen on seeing how that plays out, even if they haven’t watched a single episode of the show yet. There’s only two seasons to catch up on made up of 37 episodes, but if you find yourself short of time to watch all those episodes, a new video will allow you to catch up on all the key things that have happened so far in just three minutes. Read More »

Angela Lansbury Sings Beauty and the Beast Live

Sadly we don’t get to see the  new live-action take on Beauty and the Beast until March 17, 2017. But it just so happens that this year marks the 25th anniversary of the animated adaptation of the classic tale, and in honor of that milestone, Disney just released a special edition Blu-ray with a special sneak peek of the new version starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens as the title couple. You can watch that featurette right here, but today we have a special treat calling back to the original animated classic.

A special 25th anniversary screening of Beauty and the Beast was just held at New York City’s Lincoln Center, and following the film, Angela Lansbury (who voiced Mrs. Potts) sang her rendition of the film’s beautiful theme song with composer Alan Menken accompanying her on the piano. At 90 years old, Lansbury proves that she still has impeccable singing chops, and she even added a lovely little tag at the end of the song as well.

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a town called panic double fun trailer

When I first sat down to watch A Town Called Panic a few years ago, I knew that it was the feature film adaptation of a well-liked series of Belgian stop-motion animated comedy shorts and nothing more. So I spent the next 75 minutes being blown away by this endlessly inventive, hilarious, and surreal thing that honestly felt like it had to right to exist. Here was a feature film starring a crudely animated plastic horse (named Horse) and his crudely animated buddies (Cowboy and Indian) that managed to squeeze a dozen charming and/or crazy gags into each minute of screen time, using stream-of-consciousness storytelling to barrel from one subplot to another at such a pace that you never realize that there’s not plot to speak of. A Town Called Panic begins as one movie and ends as a completely different movie and you have no idea how you got there. It’s sublime.

Now, seven years later, a sequel-of-sorts is here in the form of A Town Called Panic: Double Fun, which has unveiled a new trailer.

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A Hologram for the King animated sequence

Despite the fact that it’s directed by Tom Tykwer, based on a book by Dave Eggers, and stars Tom Hanks, A Hologram for the King came and went earlier this year without making so much as a ripple. It made a paltry $4 million in U.S. theaters and scored a so-so 71% on Rotten Tomatoes — neither good nor bad enough to make people wonder. Heck, our review of it was titled There’s a Tom Hanks Movie in Theaters and You Didn’t Even Know About It.

But now that it’s made its way to home video, you’ll have another chance to check it out. And that seems like as good an excuse as any to check out a longer version of the film’s first and best sequence, a partially animated fantasy from Austrian animation studio NÖT. It’s weird and colorful and feels kind of desperate, in a way that really suits the movie. Watch the A Hologram for the King opening sequence, which features a cartoon Tom Hanks and a choreographed dance sequence, below.  Read More »

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How 9/11 Changed Lilo and Stitch

Just a few days ago we passed the 15th anniversary of the devastating terrorist attacks that hit the United States on September 11th, 2001. It’s a day that many won’t soon forget. However, what’s strange is that this year brings high schools the first group of freshman who weren’t even alive when the events of that day transpired, leaving them to learn about how that day changed our country forever from contemporary history.

Undoubtedly the lives lost and the aftermath of the attacks was what dominated news headlines and kept cable news busy for months. But the entertainment world also felt the impact of these attacks as the had to figure out how to approach the action sequences of particular movies without sparking trauma among audiences still recovering from the events of that day. We know that movies like Spider-Man and Men in Black II changed key scenes and plot elements after 9/11, and it turns out Lilo & Stitch had to do the same thing.

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Moana Trailer

Disney’s next new animated adventure is preparing to set sail, and to help us all get ready for the journey they’ve released a brand-new full-length trailer. Moana stars Auli’i Cravalho as a young Polynesian princess who sets out on a daring voyage to save her people. Also along for the ride are her rooster Heihei (Alan Tudyk) and the demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson). Watch the Moana trailer below.  Read More »

Trolls trailer

At Comic-Con, DreamWorks showed 15 minutes from their upcoming animated film Trolls. Based on the toys from the ’90s, it looked like co-directors Mike Mitchell (Sky High) and Walter Dohn‘s (SpongeBob SquarePants) were aiming higher than most movies based on toys. For starters, its soundtrack is produced by Justin Timberlake, who recorded his first single for the film since 2013. Some of the music choices added personality to the animation, but one sequence played to Gorillaz’ “Clint Eastwood,” as unsubtle as that sounds, made Trolls look more charming than we may have expected before Comic-Con.

Below, watch the new Trolls trailer.

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