When Cartoon Hangover launched its Kickstarter to fund a full first season of Natasha Allegri's Bee and PuppyCat animated series back in October, fans quickly noticed that comic books were among its backer rewards -- and just as quickly deduced which publisher would be bringing them to life. Boom! quickly confirmed it was working with Allegri (with a teaser that playfully read "Of Course we're doing the comic!"), following their successful team-up on her Adventure Time: Fionna and Cake comics and now the publisher is ready to confirm the book's full launch details. Bee and PuppyCat #1, co-written by Allegri and Garrett Jackson, with art by Allegri, and colors by Allegri and Patrick Seery, is set to arrive in stores and digitally in May.
Over the past 20 years, the music of Batman: The Animated Series, composed by a team led by the amazing Shirley Walker, has been praised to the high heavens. There's a good reason for that, too, since it's basically amazing, but one of the side effects is that it's overshadowed the music of Warner Bros Animation's other shows based on the DC Comics supheroes. Now, two of them are finally getting their due in the form of a special edition release from La-La Land Records.
Released this week, the four-disc soundtrack album for the classic 1990s Superman: The Animated Series and a two-disc set for contemporary favorite Batman: The Brave and the Bold are now shipping from La-La Land, with selections from the best episodes of each series, comprising hours of audio alongside in-depth liner notes.
Season two of Nickelodeon's CG animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series has expanded the show's cast of characters significantly, but for as many hideous new mutants as it's introduced, the show's also welcomed a steady stream of new vehicles. Both figure prominently into the latest batch of Playmates products arriving in toy stores in the near future, as stores welcome new figures of Mutagen Man, Kirby Bat and a Squirrelanoid, plus vehicles like the Shell Flyer, the Grass Kicker and the Turtle Sub.
Between its new animated feature, launching The Simpsons sets and about a dozen other things, LEGO's got a lot going on this year. That's why it's a bit surprising to know that there won't just be one line of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles LEGO sets this year, but two. Sets based on the upcoming live action/CGI hybrid TMNT film are in the works, of course, but are still largely shrouded in mystery. Box art for more sets based on Nickelodeon's CG animated series have surfaced, though, and... well, those are probably the ones most fans are going to be the most excited about.
The early ’90s were spoiled for choice when it came to comic book adaptations. Not only was Batman: The Animated Series on the air, but X-Men led Marvel’s push to get on the small screen, diving right into the often convoluted continuity of everyone’s favorite mutants, luring in a generation of fans, and paving the way for cartoons to follow. That’s why we’ve set out to review every single episode of the ’90s X-Men animated series. This week: The Phoenix Saga finally concludes, due to absolutely no involvement whatsoever from our protagonists.
A variant cover for a new issue of IDW Publishing's Powerpuff Girls comic book sparked a bit of a debate over its depiction of the titular, pint-sized heroines as young adults in revealing outfits and heavy makeup. Although the piece by Mimi Yoon was commissioned by PPG licensor Cartoon Network to be offered specifically to direct market comics shops as a collector's item -- as opposed to the "mass market" version for readers of all ages featuring a more traditional PPG cover -- the company has decided to cancel the variant over fans' and retailer concerns about its appropriateness.
Between all of their brawls -- both with criminals and each other -- the cast of Teen Titans Go! channels more than their collective share of aggression. On tonight's new "Breakfast Cheese" episode on Cartoon Network, Starfire sees how it's affecting her friends and suggests a (perhaps) better alternative. After all, what does violence solve? Furthermore, what does cheese have to do with it? Fans will be able to see if the heroine's proposed lives of peace and nonviolence stick tonight, but in the meantime, you can catch our clip from the latest episode of TTG! after the jump.
If you weren't paying close attention to Warner Bros. Home Video's release schedule -- or if, like me, you just skim over it waiting for Scooby-Doo: The WrestleMania Mystery -- then there's a pretty good chance you missed a pretty interesting release this week. JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time hit shelves at Target stores, seemingly without a whole lot of fanfare, even for a direct-to-video release. I mean, really, you can't swing a cat without hearing about Justice League War, the animated adaptation of the forgettable first arc of the New 52's Justice League, but if it wasn't for stumbling across a Tumblr post, I wouldn't have known Trapped In Time was out this week.
And that's a shame. Trapped In Time might not have the pedigree of being inspired by a best-selling comic, but it's exactly the kind of project DC's animated movies should be focusing on.
The Marvel Movie Universe is getting another entry in its straight-to-video animated film arm, this time teaming up one of its mightiest Avengers heroes, Black Widow, with The Punisher.
The new movie, titled Avengers Confidential: Black Widow and Punisher, brings the Japanese animation studio Madhouse back after its work on Iron Man: Rise of the Technovore last year. Dexter actress Jennifer Carpenter stars as Black Widow while seasoned voice actor Brian Bloom takes on the role of The Punisher. And all the rest of the Avengers are there, too. Check out the first teaser after the cut!
Like it or not, Grant Morrison's run on Batman was one of the longest and most definitive runs on a character in the past decade. So it makes perfect sense that Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment would look to it as inspiration for one of its animated features.
The new Son of Batman movie appears to loosely adapt Grant Morrison and Andy Kubert's "Batman and Son," the first arc of Morrison's seven-year Batman run. It introduces Damian, but also throws Deathstroke into the mix, something that was never part of the story in the comics. Check out the first trailer for the movie after the jump.