Growing up for Steven Universe (Zach Callison) is no picnic. What happens in “Snow Day” is minuscule but momentous, yet another idyllic day-in-the-life without punching antagonists. 16-year-old Steven is so frazzled and focused on the Little Homeworld school that his childlike spirit has been siphoned away. He is no longer partaking in the child relics of Steven Universe. He rebuffs Pearl’s (Deedee Magno) attempt to dress him, the Gems whipping up the infamous Together Breakfast, Garnet’s (Estelle) offer of pepperoni pizza (Steven is now vegetarian), and the Crystal Gems’ insistence to play tag. Read More »
Here we are in the future. Rebecca Sugar’s Steven Universe is back, not with a new season, but an epilogue limited series, Steven Universe Future, set two years after the first series.
The half-Gem, half-human boy Steven Universe (Zach Callison) has defended his beloved Earth while being raised lovingly by his three Gem guardians, Garnet (Estelle), Pearl (Deedee Magno Hall), and Amethyst (Michaela Dietz). He has finally established peace across the stars and reformed the three other Diamond Authorities, who can essentially be considered his Gem aunts, into disbanding their tyrannical and colonizing ways to improve Gem life on the Gem Homeworld and Earth for “Era 3.” Last we left off in The Steven Universe Movie, Steven realizes he still got a lot of Gem work to do, despite the relative peace on Earth since his complicated Gem mother, Rose Quartz, left plenty of centuries-old loose ends he is still cleaning up. And he creates new messes as well.
The first four episodes of Future intensely explores the idyllic and intense aftermath.
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When the first trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker debuted during Star Wars Celebration this past spring, fans went absolutely nuts when the return of Emperor Palpatine was teased with his signature evil laugh. But many wondered exactly how the villain would be returning after being chucked down a reactor shaft by Darth Vader. And why was he suddenly returning after seemingly having no presence in the first two installments of the new trilogy? Well, those answers could be coming, because director J.J. Abrams says the Emperor returning in The Rise of Skywalker has been planned since The Force Awakens. Read More »
After a long wait that felt as excruciating as existence does for a Mr. Meeseeks, Rick and Morty is finally back. If you were worried that the story would get old, or that the toxic, riot-causing fanbase would affect the quality of the episodes in any way, you can put those worries to rest. The season 4 premiere is as smart and funny as anything the show has done before, and it paves the way for a confident future – even if it’s just basically more of the same.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 by Jacob Hall
If you’re smart enough to get the jokes on Rick and Morty (because only the most intelligent people out there can understand it’s scathing blend of high-minded science fiction and poop jokes), maybe you’ll be smart enough to sign up for HBO Max, which will be the new streaming home for the hit Cartoon Network show.
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As Adventure Time taught us over and over, the fun (and adventure) will never end. A year after the acclaimed Cartoon Network series went off the air, HBO Max is bringing back the animated fantasy-adventure for four new specials. The Adventure Time HBO Max specials will be an hour long each, and will not only bring back everyone’s favorite talking dog and human but give the spotlight to a slew of the Land of Ooo’s most colorful denizens.
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Fan of Cartoon Network’s critically acclaimed Steven Universe assembled at New York Comic Con 2019 for a musical celebration and a slew of surprises.
Creator Rebecca Sugar, along with voice stars Estelle (Garnet), Michaela Dietz (Amethyst), and Deedee Magno-Hall (Pearl) opened the panel with bangers of fan favorite songs from The Steven Universe Movie, kicking off with “Happily Ever After.” Fans roared at the surprise appearance of Sarah Stiles, who voiced the beloved tragic antagonist of the movie, and she reprised her villain song “Other Friends” and the tear-jerking “Drift Away,” respectively. But the biggest surprise was yet to come. Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 27th, 2019 by Jacob Hall
Genndy Tartakovsky is coming home. The master animator behind Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack and the original Star Wars: The Clone Wars is returning to Cartoon Network with Primal, a miniseries about a caveman and the dinosaur he hunts with. While that premise may sound like something for a younger audience, consider putting the kids to bed before you hit play on this one. Primal is a violent and intense show about surviving in a harsh world, and a new clip from the series really sells the violence and intense tone.
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Infinity Train is a promising Cartoon Network project that comes our way courtesy of Owen Denis, previously a writer and storyboard artist for Regular Show. You might have caught it as a hatchling in its 2016 pilot. But in 2019, it has unraveled into a 10-episode miniseries that is a must-see for animation fans.
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If you love watching Cartoon Network’s late night, grown up programming block called Adult Swim, you’ll probably be happy to hear it will finally get a channel of its own. But you might not be as happy to hear that you’ll have to live in Canada if you want to take advantage of it. Yet again, our neighbors to the North have come out on top, literally and figuratively. Read More »