Animation

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Top Ten Ways to Spot a Bad Anime

The article explores ten known identifiers for sinking-ship anime, and what precautions you should take to not board one in the first place.

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"How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?": An Anime That Will Pump You Up

"How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift" is a 2019 anime based on the manga series by Yabako Sandrovich. While the show lasted a season with a rushed conclusion, the rest is genuinely educational with likable characters and humor that will help anyone get positively motivated.

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"Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection" Blu-ray Review

Bugs Bunny has been one of the most popular characters in animation for 80 years. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is paying tribute to the "wascally wabbit" with an anniversary collection Blu-ray box set. Marshall Fish finds out "What's up, Doc?" with this new release.

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Disney/Pixar's "Soul": The Must-See and Feel-Good Animated 2020 Film

"Soul" is a 2020 Disney/Pixar animated drama-comedy directed by Pete Docter that is exclusively streaming on Disney+. This highly-anticipated and delayed film ends 2020 with a bang. Its thought-provoking concept, creative visuals, and unforgettable characters breathe new life into animation.

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Rankin/Bass Retrospective: "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus"

For over 20 years, Rankin/Bass delighted audiences with a steady stream of holiday stories told in the Animagic style. But all good things must come to an end, with their final such special arriving in a 1985 adaptation of book written by L. Frank Baum.

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"Wonder Woman" '09: Over a Decade Later

A look back at the direct-to-video animated Wonder Woman movie from 2009 and how it's aged in the past decade.

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Rankin/Bass Retrospective: "The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold"

For Christmas 1981, Rankin/Bass mixed Christmas and St. Patricks Day to create a new leprechaun-flavored holiday special.

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"Frosty Returns": AKA Frosty's After-School Special

"Frosty Returns" is a 1992 CBS television special starring John Goodman as Frosty the Snowman. While it may be confusing and lacking substance, the standalone special is straightforward and charming with a comedic cast, familiar animation, and a nice environmental message for children.

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Top 10 Strongest Girls in "Sailor Moon"

Explore the ten strongest Sailor Scouts in the anime "Sailor Moon"!

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Rankin/Bass Retrospective: "Pinocchio's Christmas"

The very first Rankin/Bass creation was a series based on Pinocchio, so when it came time to make a Christmas special for their 20th anniversary, it was time for Pinocchio to return.

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Blu-ray Review - 'Lupin III: The First' (2020)

The 3DCG film is the first time the Lupin III character has been in the format in its 50+ year history. It reunites most of the original English voice cast and is totally beautiful through and through.

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Two Different Takes on Doing the Tragic Anime Heroine: Abigail Jones and Revy

I'm drawn most to characters with dark histories and hard cases. In the anime series Black Lagoon and The Great Pretender, both have two of the best examples of this archetype. So similar that fans have compared them to each other.

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Top 10 Strongest Characters in "One-Punch Man"

Explore the ten strongest heroes and monsters in the anime "One-Punch Man"!

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"The Croods: A New Age": An Unexpected and Evolving Step From Extinction

"The Croods: A New Age" is a 2020 sequel to the 2013 DreamWorks prehistoric animated comedy "The Croods." Conceptually, the story sounds rehashed from its predecessor at first. But the sequel is executed in a more humorous, imaginative, and astonishing manner.

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10 Great DC Animated Movies

A look at 10 of DC's best feature-length animated movies.

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'Wolfwalkers' Review: Hand-Drawn Heaven

Tomm Moore and Cartoon Saloon bring their Celtic animation trilogy to a close with Wolfwalkers.

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Movie Review: “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”

This is a non-spoiler review of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” starring Adriana Caselotti, Lucille La Verne, Roy Atwell, and more!

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"Olive, the Other Reindeer": An Underdog Christmas Classic

"Olive, the Other Reindeer" is a computer-animated Christmas musical special based on the book by Vivian Walsh. At first, the special may be average with a foolish concept. However, with Matt Groening and Drew Barrymore attached, the special is executed in the most charming and innovative way.

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"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie": An Obscure Retelling of a Christmas Classic

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie" is a 1998 animated musical produced by GoodTimes Entertainment and based on the titular poem by Robert L. May. It is a rare breed where it started as a mediocre sell-out to a cult classic with ambition, creativity, voice acting, and talented singing.

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"Digimon Adventure tri. Chapter 1: Reunion": A Self-Explanatory Beginning of the Six-Film Saga

"Reunion" is the first chapter of the "Digimon Adventure tri." six-film series, a sequel to the original "Digimon Adventure/02" anime. As the title suggested, it is a warm-welcoming returns for fans with an interesting set-up, impressive animation, and a mixed variety of characters.

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"Scary Godmother: The Revenge of Jimmy": A Satisfactory, Spooktacular Sequel

"Scary Godmother: The Revenge of Jimmy" is the 2005 sequel to the 2003 film based on the children's illustration books by Jill Thompson. It improves and maintains the charm of the first film with updated animation, matured characters, inventive scenarios and fun for both kids and adults to enjoy.

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Anime Gets Religion: A Retrospective of "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya"

"The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya" was a breakout hit anime series that helped bring the otaku lifestyle out of the underground and into the mainstream. Let's take a look back at the series that started its own religion.

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Everyone and Everything Will Kill You! Must See Horror Anime

Japanese horror tends to follow a quite different formula than Western horror, and here, we discuss what makes horror anime unique, and recommend the best of the best.

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"Scary Godmother: Halloween Spooktacular": A Simple and Sweet Halloween Family Treat

"Scary Godmother: Halloween Spooktacular" is a computer-animated direct-to-video film based on the children's books by Jill Thompson. While it has aged computer animation and simplicity, its innocent charm, innovative visuals, and memorable characters make up for it.

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Fantasia Fest 2020: 'A Costume for Nicolas' Review

Premiering at Fantasia Fest 2020 back in August, A Costume for Nicolas makes the most of its tiny budget and is an animated adventure loaded with imagination and heart.

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"Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf": A Silly-Dooby-Doo Conclusion With Monsters and Racing

Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf is the final Scooby-Doo television film in the Hanna-Barbera Superstar 10 series. With the movie given a more comedic direction and artistic shift, it ends both on a vibrant, humorous yet slow and bland note.

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Movie Review: “One Hundred and One Dalmatians”

This is a non-spoiler review of “One Hundred and One Dalmatians” starring Rod Taylor, Betty Lou Gerson, J. Pat O’Malley, and more!

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"Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School": A Cult Classic Among the Scooby-Doo Movie Lineup

"Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School" is the second Scooby-Doo movie in the Hanna-Barbera Superstar 10 series. It has been regarded by fans as a cult classic for its distinctive concept, creative animation, and unforgettable characters.

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"Scooby-Doo! Meets the Boo Brothers": The First Supernatural Scooby-Doo Movie With Mixed Results

"Scooby-Doo! Meets the Boo Brothers" is a TV movie which is part of the Hanna-Barbera Superstar 10 series. Though the plot can get all over the place and has mixed humor, the rest gets serviceable with an interesting concept, thoughtful clues, nicely executed animation and entertaining voice-work.

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"Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw": A Random Cash Cow on a Toyline

"Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw" is a film based on both the Tonka toyline and Hanna-Barbera cartoon of the same name. While harmless, in some regards, this movie tries way too hard to be taken serious with a ridiculous plot, cheap animation, bland characters, and forgettable songs.

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"Bojack Horseman": The View From Halfway Down, An Analysis

An analysis of the best episode on this show.

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"The Powerpuff Girls Movie": CN's First and Only Theatrical Film

The Powerpuff Girls Movie is Cartoon Network's first and only theatrical movie, based on the series of the same name. While the movie initially caused concern for its violence and flopped, the rest makes up for it with a decent origin story, updated animation, thrilling action and performances.

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"Dexter's Laboratory: Ego Trip" - CN's First Original TV Movie

Dexter's Laboratory: Ego Trip is the first television movie produced by Cartoon Network and originally intended as the series finale to Dexter's Laboratory. While the story sounds standard and formulaic, the movie gradually evolves with creative animation, fun action and memorable characters.

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"2 Stupid Dogs": A Simple but Revolutionary "Ren & Stimpy" Clone

On the surface, this short-lived animated series would be considered a simple Ren & Stimpy knock-off. In practice, however, this show not only revitalized Hanna-Barbera's legacy but a launched a new legacy for the animators involved making the show.

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"Bojack Horseman" Season 6: A Review

My review of the final season of "Bojack Horseman."

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Top 10 Strongest Saiyans in "Dragon Ball Z/Super"

Explore the ten strongest Saiyan warriors throughout the Dragon Ball franchise!

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Movie Review: “Toy Story 4”

This is a non-spoiler review of “Toy Story 4” starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, and more!

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Rick Sanchez: An Extremely Detailed Character Analysis

He's not a nihilist, he's a cynic. Yes, there is a difference that matters between the two. Also, he "does an arc", whether he wants to admit that or not.

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Anime for People Who Hate Anime

If you don't get what anime is about, or why it gets so much love, check out this list of anime for people who hate anime!

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Movie Review: “Toy Story 3”

This is a non-spoiler review of “Toy Story 3” starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, and more!

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"Animal Crackers": A Sweet Family Movie With Average Taste

After struggling to reach the top, Animal Crackers is an average family flick with a playful concept, colorful animation and a talented voice cast. Though the plot could get predictable and the jokes are hit-and-miss, the effort is still present and its heart in the right place.

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"Freakazoid!": A Zany, Overlooked Superhero Cartoon

Freakazoid! is an Emmy-winning animated series produced by Stephen Spielberg that mixes superheroes and comedy. While it may have started with a lack of focus in its format and got canceled after two seasons, it gained a cult following for its characters, animation, and non-stop humor.

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Top 10 Kim Possible Villains

Explore the ten most threatening villains in the Kim Possible cartoon!

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Movie Review: “Toy Story 2”

This is a non-spoiler review of “Toy Story 2” starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, and more!

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Reaper's Reviews: 'Cowboy Bebop'

A classic of the medium through and through, Cowboy Bebop merges an irresistible sense of style with nuanced characters, smooth animation and an unforgettable soundtrack to create one of anime's very best offerings.

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The Best Worst Dub: A "Samurai Pizza Cats" Retrospective

Samurai Pizza Cats was an anime series that aired in the early and mid-90s, licensed in North America by Saban. It's about time to reflect on the series and look at it critically.

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Top 5 Anime of Summer 2020

There wasn't much to pick from, but this article includes the best anime to hit streaming sites in summer 2020.

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Movie Review: “Toy Story”

This is a non-spoiler review of “Toy Story” starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, and more!

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"9" (2009): Science Vs Witchcraft Vs Religion

The message behind "9" is one of hope and progression.

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'Close Enough' (2020) Review: Hilariously Absurd, Adult-Oriented Perfection

Regular Show's J.G. Quintel is back with a brand new animated series called Close Enough filled with cursing, nudity, booze, and clown strippers.