The Fairly Odd Phantom – Crossover Short of Butch Hartman’s Creations

Nickelodeon is launching a new series called Bunsen is a Beast created by Butch Hartman, which is continuing the network’s efforts in creating new animated series that appeal to both new and older viewers. In one promotional effort to highlight the new Nicktoon, we see Danny Phantom encounter Butch’s other creations including Fairly Odd Parents and T.U.F.F. Puppy in addition to a new Nicktoon.

It’s a charming little short and I was personally really happy to see Danny Phantom back again. I grew up watching that alongside shows like Fairly Odd Parents, Spongebob and Avatar: The Last Airbender. So it’s great seeing older IP from Nick get some spotlight. This joins other efforts to revive older shows including the upcoming Hey Arnold and Rocko’s Modern Life hour specials releasing later this year.

Highlight – Sword Art Online Abridged from ‘Something Witty Entertainment’

SAO is a series many love and enjoy, but an equal amount loath & hate. It’s a divisive series for sure but ones I both enjoy and have issues with at the same time. I wrote lengthy reviews for Season One and Two last year on 3WIREL and had mixed thoughts on both of them, but noted the bright points each one offered. With any popular series, there will be an abridged series linked to it.

Abridged Series is something fans work together on to make a more comedic and self referential experience to something they respect and/or enjoy. SAO Abridged is something I wanted to highlight today due to one factor; the characters.

The cast of SAO might share names with the incarnations of people here, but that is the only similar thing about them (mostly). They are completely unique people that in many cases, are nuts. Kirito and Asuna are wonderful examples of this, as both are psychotic in many ways. It leads to really funny moments that can make one laugh even if they don’t enjoy the source material.

I highly recommend you give this series a shot and I provided a link to the series above this text. It’s not complete yet, but episodes are still set for release in the future.

The Lego Batman Movie Review – Master Building Across Gotham City

Who doesn’t love LEGO? They are lovely little blocks you snap together to create anything your mind comes up with and are filled with personality. The year 2014 saw the release of a film called The LEGO Movie that was far better then it had any right to be. Offering a charming story presenting the core theme of why LEGO’s are so important, it was a wonderful experience many loved.

This started a new series of movies from WB Animation Studios, with them producing two films this year. The first of the two films releasing is The LEGO Batman Movie and by using LEGO Movie’s take on Batman as the staring role, we take a LEGO-ized tour through Gotham City. Does Batman master build his way to the hearts of fans and young audiences alike? Or does his creations crumble under heavy expectations?

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Remembering ‘Mr. Sprinkles’ – A Dark Comedy from the Minds Behind Rick & Morty

Animation is a powerful medium that can be used to tell all kinds of stories. You can make laugh through sharp comedy, tell powerful stories that can move someone, and just do something completely nuts that is unique. Rick & Morty creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon had a number of projects completed before that series was unleashed on Adult Swim.

One such series was called ‘Mr. Sprinkles’. Telling a story of a Cat in the Hat styled creature, we go on a moving story that in many cases feels like the preface too what we got in Rick & Morty. Mr. Sprinkles starts out as a darker parody of Dr. Seuss stories with it’s wacky characters but sets out to tell a profound narrative.

Growing over the course of this short series, Mr. Sprinkles adjusts to a changing world around him and realizes how vile it can be sometimes. Similar to Rick and Morty, it’s not afraid to go in bleak directions but the humor is on-point, making watching the series enjoyable. The ending is powerful, telling viewers a message that will stick with them long after the show is over. I highly recommend you watch the series as it does a number of things right. Specifically if you love Rick & Morty, this show is important to watch; many elements present here in terms of writing and tone mirror what we saw with later works from Justin and Dan.

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Pokemon Sun & Moon Anime – Should You Watch It?

Pokemon is a series that has lasted years as a long running anime series. Many of us grew up following Ash & Pikachu on various adventures across the different regions of the Pokemon world. I fondly remember vividly memories of the original three seasons and loved the show growing up. Today I continue to watch the series and in late 2016, Pokemon got a new season for the anime branch of the IP.

Linking with the launch of the ‘Sun & Moon’ games on the Nintendo 3DS, Pokemon Sun & Moon got it’s own anime series that as of this writing currently aired thirteen episodes. Today I will be talking about why I am enjoying the series so far and highlighting aspects of the show I feel are some of the best in the series anime run.

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The LEGO Ninjago Movie – Official Trailer Releases & September Release Confirmed

While older audiences might scratch there heads when hearing the world ‘Ninjago’ but it’s a major IP for the LEGO brand. Having numerous TV show seasons on Cartoon Network, lots of LEGO sets, comic books and even portable games for the PS Vita & 3DS (including being a major franchise in the LEGO Dimensions series); this is a major franchise. The next major step is a feature film and with the success of LEGO in theaters, it makes a lot of sense to give Ninjago some further attention.

A new animated adventure in Warner Bros. Pictures’ LEGO® franchise, “The LEGO NINJAGO Movie” stars Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, Zach Woods, and the legendary Jackie Chan. In this big-screen NINJAGO adventure, the battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu.

Jackie Chan (“Kung Fu Panda,” The Karate Kid”) stars as Master Wu; Justin Theroux (“Magamind 2,” “The Leftovers”) is Garmadon; Dave Franco (“Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising”) plays Lloyd; and Olivia Munn (“X-Men: Apocalypse”) is Lloyd’s mom, Koko. Making up the secret ninja crew, Fred Armisen (“The Jim Gaffigan Show,” “SNL”) voices Cole; Abbi Jacobson (“Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising”) plays Nya; Kumail Nanjiani (“Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates”) is Jay; Michael Peña (“Ant-Man,” “The Martian”) is Kai; and Zach Woods (“Silicon Valley”) voices Zane.

“The LEGO NINJAGO Movie” marks the feature film directorial debut of Charlie Bean (“Tron: Uprising”). The screenplay is by Hilary Winston & Bob Logan & Paul Fisher, story by Kevin Hageman & Dan Hageman and Hilary Winston & Bob Logan & Paul Fisher, based on LEGO Construction Toys.  “The LEGO NINJAGO Movie” is produced by Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Roy Lee, who previously collaborated on the worldwide box-office phenomenon “The LEGO Movie,” along with Maryann Garger (“Flushed Away”). Serving as executive producers are John Powers Middleton, Seth Graham

As someone who enjoyed the cartoon and The LEGO Movie, I feel this holds promise. While the overall story is similar to the series (stop Garmadon) from early seasons, the characters and personalities seem very different. But this is a good move; the movie might be many people’s first introduction to the brand and being set within the LEGO Movie universe will allow it to bounce off that movies successes. The animation looks great, writing is quite sharp and general story could be good; I really enjoyed the trailer.

Skylanders Academy: Season 3 Greenlight & Season 2 Details (Activision Press Release)

Skylanders is a series that face a few issues recently. With rumors of the 2017 game being scrapped and the announcement of a Switch version of Imaginators hitting launch, the future of Skylanders is a bit confused. While the game side of the franchise isn’t clear, what is however is the Skylanders Academy will continue not only with an already confirmed Season 2 but a recently green-lit Season 3.

The full press release can be found below but one thing I to note is how Cynder is joining the main cast in Season 2. She is a female dragon part of the Spyro series of games and joined Skylanders with Spyro & Sparx in Spyro’s Adventure. Seeing her in the show is honestly really cool and happy more of the Spyro side of Skylanders is getting major focus.

Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced that its Netflix original series “Skylanders TM Academy” has been renewed for a third season. Production on the third season of “Skylanders Academy” — the first television series developed and produced by Activision Blizzard Studios — will begin in February, with animation again created by the renowned TeamTO studio in France.

“Activision Blizzard Studios celebrates the opportunity to bring another season of quality programming to families around the world,” said studio Co-President Nick van Dyk. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Netflix on this iconic franchise.”

Season 3 will launch in 2018. This year, audiences can enjoy Season 2 of “Skylanders Academy,” which brings back Justin Long as Spyro, Ashley Tisdale as Stealth Elf, Jonathan Banks as Eruptor and Norm Macdonald as Glumshanks.

New addition Felicia Day ( The Guild, Supernatural and Buffy the Vampire Slayer) will join the cast in Season 2, voicing the role of Cynder, a new cadet at the Academy with a mysterious past. The Diamond Minecart (Daniel Middleton) will reprise his role as Cy and Daniel Wu returns as King Pen. Additional voice talent in Season 2 includes Susan Sarandon, Parker Posey, James Hetfield, Catherine O’Hara, Bobcat Goldthwait, Chris Diamantopoulos, Jonny Rees, Harland Williams and Richard Horvitz. The series features the exclusive song “Harmony” (Skylanders Academy Theme) produced by GRAMMY® Award winner Timbaland and performed by Timbaland fet. Dalton Diehl.

“Response to the show has been incredibly enthusiastic and we’ve taken a lot of creative inspiration from fans’ excitement,” said studio Co-President Stacey Sher. “We have a lot of fun in store for season three and are thrilled to give audiences even more of the characters they love.”

Based on Activision Blizzard’s record-breaking $3.5 billion Skylanders® game franchise 1, “Skylanders Academy” is high quality entertainment for the whole family. This Netflix original series follows the heroic adventures of Spyro, Eruptor, Stealth Elf, Jet-Vac and Pop Fizz as they travel the vast Skylands universe, protecting it from evil-doers. The award-winning Skylanders franchise, created by Toys for Bob, has sold through more than 300 million toys since pioneering the toys-to-life category in 2011 1, and late last year Activision launched Skylanders® Imaginators, the latest innovation in the franchise.

Activision Blizzard Studios launched last year to create original content based on the company’s extensive library of iconic and globally-recognised intellectual properties, which includes some of the most popular entertainment franchises in the world. “Skylanders Academy” is the first production by Sher and van Dyk, who are joined by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick as the series’ executive producers.

Source: NeoGaf

Han Solo Movie Begins Production: First Set Photo Released

The world of Star Wars keeps on growing day-by-day and with Rouge One being such a success for Disney & Lucasfilm, the Han Solo film coming along nicely isn’t surprising. First images of the set can be found in the above video released on IGN and we will likely learn more about the production as we get closer to it’s 2018 release.

Nostalgia Critic: Disneycember 2016 – Disney Sequels & TV Pilots

Disney is famous for producing quality movies and films over the years, but many also remember seeing the odd Disney sequel pop up sometimes on your VHS shelf that your parent got you. Disney produced many of them and in honor of past years, Doug Walker had another round of an event called ‘Disneycember’. This is a yearly tradition where he takes a look across various Disney films.

Past years focused on the mainline Disney animated films, Pixar’s various works, and live-action productions. In 2016, Doug focused on the Disney sequels and the end result? It was work I greatly enjoyed watching. He covers films like Return of JafarTinker Bell, Lilo & Stitch 2 and many more. While I don’t fully agree with the comments he gives to some movies, he brings up interesting points that made me consider going back and rewatching some of these films myself.

Highly recommend watching the over 30+ videos I linked above and consider watching his other Disneycember videos which you can find by clicking the following link. 

[EP8] Star Wars: The Last Jedi Confirmed, Coming December 15, 2017

It’s been finally confirmed and the wait is almost over. Star Wars Episode 8 will be officially called “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and will be released on December 15th 2017. It will be written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski, continuing off from Star Wars: The Force Awakens presumably (no spoilers, please). A press release will be later released providing the fans around the world with more information about the next chapter.

Source: Official Star Wars Blog