If there’s one thing fantasy has taught us it’s that hot and cold don’t get along, a thematic struggle perhaps best distilled in Ralph Bakshi’s 1983 film Fire and Ice. Bakshi’s infamous rotoscope animation technique gets a big aesthetic boost for designs by Frank Frazetta. Along with Bakshi’s great talent as a…
This week I finally got around to watching the 2016 animated version of 1966's Power of the Daleks, the first serial of the Second Doctor’s tenure on Doctor Who. The original live action episodes from the serial, with the exception of a few clips and stills, are lost due to the BBC’s ill-advised junking policy. Audio…
Why would I watch the 1986 animated TV movie version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? I don’t plan on watching every adaptation. Though I might end up doing that. But I guess I was in the mood for cheesy 80s animation and that’s just what I got. From Australia’s Burbank Films, a studio that has produced cheap animated…
If you are into Disney-inspired local animated movies, you might want to check out Stolen Princess by the Ukrainian studio Amigrad, loosely based on the poem by Aleksander Pushkin ‘Ruslan and Liudmila’, which in its turn was loosely based on the Kyivan Rus heroic ballads.
In the struggle between logic and magic, sometimes the winner is the background artist. 1982's The Flight of the Dragons uses the old idea of a world of logic and science usurping the old dominance of magic, a worthy enough story to-day when politicians and media figures are increasingly making headway with the smoke…
If I had a nightmare after staying awake for two days spent drinking and reading Tolkien it might be something like Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 Lord of the Rings. I have a lot of respect for Bakshi and there are a lot of good ideas in this movie. It is often effectively frightening but it comes nowhere near being all the…
Zane Plays Proboid is a clever animated short from Polaris about a deep space explorer cut off from all forms of communication... except Twitch chat. Somehow, livestream viewers find his emergency channel and think it’s a video game stream. Things do not go well for him.
In addition to finally receiving a streaming release date, the hand-drawn sci-fi epic is launching a chatbot game. March is the month of Nova Seed. Strap yourself in, it’s gonna get weird.
When Disney makes an animated film about how real life is messy, how messy can it be? 2016's Zootopia has unavenged violence against children, debate about biological justifications for racial stereotypes, positive portrayals of mobsters, and a song by Shakira called “Try Everything”. I don’t think the implications of…
I first heard this song on LiveJournal about ten years ago — and love it still. A couple of days ago I came across this animation for it.
Does anyone here have the power to make this a full show?
Nick DiLiberto’s film drops a second trailer before it tours North American film festivals. Last year, less than a minute of footage had us enthralled. Here’s about triple that.
This is a music video for a song ‘The Star Has Risen’by the Ukrainian folk rock band Ocheretiany Kit (swamp lynx) animated by a self-taught animator Sashko Danylenko.
So this is stretching the bounds of relevance and “science fiction” a bit because the show is more about depression and Hollywood. But hey, there is an underwater episode with crazy tech and talking animals so... you know.
So, for those of you who watch this show, what did you think of Season 3?
We have now arrived at the final round of our May Madness adventure. What started out as a competition between 64 contenders has come down to a battle between the 1980's DuckTales and the 1990's Animaniacs. Only one can be champion. Which will it be?
We’ve now reached the penultimate round of our May Madness. Only four cartoon theme songs remain to fight it out to see who moves on to the Championship round. But which ones will they be? It’s time to find out.
[Update] Polls are working again] It’s time for the Elite 8 in our May Madness adventure. Only 8 cartoons remain to fight it out. Which ones will survive to the Final Four? Will it be the ones you want? Let’s find out.
We’re now at the Sweet 16 stage of our O-Deck May Madness. Only 16 cartoons remain out of the original 64. Which cartoon theme song will continue on the Elite 8? Let’s find out.
This month we’re trying to decide which cartoon from the golden age of cartoons had the greatest theme song. We started out with 64 of the best cartoons of the 80's and the 90's, but it’s time to whittle that number down further. So let’s go vote!