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Darwyn Cooke’s Batman Beyond Animated Short

Bruce Wayne (voiced by Kevin Conroy) and Terry McGinnis (voiced by Will Friedle) confront a very familiar foe.

Smith Micro Lets Us Know About the Professional Animator and Artist Job Market

Software company Smith Micro has put together this interesting infographic concerning some stats about the professional animator and artist job market and career path. For those interested in pursuing that field, hopefully this’ll help you out a bit.

SMSI Graphic Artist Infographic

The Son of Batman World Premiere at Wondercon

Son of Batman, the 20th DC Universe Animated Original Movie, will have its World Premiere as the featured event at WonderCon on Friday, April 18 in the Arena starting at 6:00pm. The premiere will be followed by a panel discussion amongst voice cast and filmmakers, including several members of the stellar voice cast — Jason O’Mara (Batman), Sean Maher (Nightwing), Xander Berkeley (Langstrom), Stuart Allan (Damian) — and filmmakers James Tucker (producer), Ethan Spaulding (director), Phil Bourassa (character designer) and Andrea Romano (dialogue director).

Son of Batman activities at WonderCon include an hour-long autograph session for fans on Friday, April 18 from 3:30-4:30pm in the DC Entertainment booth. All members of the panel are expected to be present for the signing, which will include an exclusive-to-WonderCon Son of Batman mini-poster. As the Friday night premiere of DCU films traditionally sells out, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will give fans an additional opportunity to see the film with an encore screening of Son of Batman on Sunday, April 20 at 1:15pm in the Arena.
Here’s the description for the premiere and panel:

Friday, 4/18/14

6:00–8:00pm World Premiere: Son of Batman – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation present the World Premiere of Son of Batman, the landmark 20th entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. In the film, Batman learns he has a son, Damian – and to further complicate matters, the mother is Talia al Ghul, daughter of one of Batman’s most dreaded enemies, Ra’s Al Ghul. When the odds quickly turn against Batman and Damian, Batman must become both father and mentor to the aggressive, agile new Robin. Together they form an uneasy alliance to try and thwart the criminal enterprise of Deathstroke and his army of ninja man-bats before there are international consequences. Be among the first to see this new film, then stay for a star-studded panel led by the voice of Batman, Jason O’Mara (Terra Nova, Life on Mars) and fellow cast members Sean Maher (Firefly, Arrow), Xander Berkeley (Transcendence, Salem), Stuart Allan (Bad Teacher, Rise of the Guardians), and filmmakers including producer James Tucker (Justice League: War), director Ethan Spaulding (The Simpsons, Avatar: The Last Airbender), dialogue director Andrea Romano (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns), character designer Phil Bourassa (Justice League: War) and some potential surprise special guests. The panel will be moderated by TV Guide Magazine senior editor Rich Sands. Based on Grant Morrison’s famed DC storyline, Son of Batman arrives May 6, 2014 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. Arena

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“Batman: Strange Days” – Bruce Timm’s Batman 75th Anniversary Short

A brand new short from producer Bruce Timm featuring a lost tale from Batman’s past, the Dark Knight tracks a strange giant to the mysterious lair of Dr. Hugo Strange.

Transformers Prime Beast Hunters – Predacons Rising Available Digitally

Transformers Prime Predacons RisingGet ready to roll out with the highly popular feature-length epilogue to Hasbro Studio’s Emmy Award-winning series Transformers Prime on a variety of digital entertainment platforms in North America. Today Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising is now available for rental or purchase on iTunes, VUDU, CinemaNow, Google Play, Rovi, Sony PlayStation Network and Xbox, as well as available through Amazon Instant Video on April 1.

Brimming with spectacular CG animation, a captivating storyline and unforgettable characters from the Transformers Prime lore, Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising delivers entertaining cinematic adventure the whole family will enjoy.  A resurrected Unicron has taken over the now-lifeless body of Megatron to seek vengeance on the Autobots and ultimately, the destruction of Cybertron.  This formidable enemy forces an unlikely alliance between the Autobots , Decepticons, Predaking and two new Predacons, who come together in an epic battle to help protect their newly restored planet.

Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Josh Keaton, Jeffrey Combs, Kevin Michael Richardson, Steve Blum, Will Friedle and Sumalee Montano lend their voices to this hit series produced by Hasbro Studios. Spearheading the creative efforts on TRANSFORMERS PRIME are executive producers Jeff Kline, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Duane Capizzi and Stephen Davis.

Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Risingis also available now on  Blu-ray™ + DVD combo pack and on DVD from Shout! Factory.

VIZ Media Debuts Classic Ranma 1/2 Anime in Limited Edition Blu-ray Set

Ranma_Set1-3D-BlurayLimitedEditionVIZ Media has announced the March 25th release of the first of seven sets of the venerable Ranma ½ anime series as a special new Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set and also as a Standard Edition DVD Set.

For the first time, all Ranma ½ episodes will be presented in their original Japanese series order. The Blu-ray Box Set features a special 3-disc set containing the first 23-episodes of the acclaimed martial arts action comedy, presented in full 1080p High Definition resolution for the first time, taken straight from the original Japanese Blu-ray masters giving fans the original, un-cropped 4:3 aspect ratio.

After taking a surprise dip in a cursed spring while on a training journey in China, martial artist Ranma Saotome and his father, Genma, aren’t quite themselves anymore. Now Ranma turns into a girl whenever he’s splashed with cold water, and Genma turns into a panda! Their new forms cause nothing but confusion at the Tendo Dojo, where Soun Tendo is waiting to introduce one of his three daughters to Ranma – as his fiancée! Turns out Genma and Soun arranged the match long ago, but the girl, Akane, and the boy, Ranma, aren’t exactly crazy about the idea, or each other! Or are they? Watch the gender switching, jealous rages, and martial arts battles unfold all over again!

The Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set comes packaged in a premium chipboard box with gold foil stamping with beautifully illustrated art by Rumiko Takahashi, and also includes a 64-page booklet with a full color episode guide along with a manga sampler from the brand new VIZ Media 2-in-1 omnibus release. Dialogue options are available for original Japanese with English subtitles or with dubbed English audio tracks, and a secondary subtitle track for signs and songs will also be included.

An extensive selection of bonus features for the Blu-ray Box Set will make it a must-own for North American fans. In addition to trailers and upcoming episode previews, the Blu-ray set includes footage of the packed-capacity Ranma ½ panel from the 2013 New York Comic Con, a highlight reel of the 2013 New York Comic Con VIZ Media events, and an exclusive “We Love Ranma” Part 1 – Manga Re-Mastering interview with VIZ Media Editor Hope Donovan that details some of the processes of the latest manga release.

The Ranma ½ Standard DVD Edition features 23 episodes presented with the original, un-cropped 4:3 aspect ratio, the 2013 New York Comic Con highlight reel, and official series trailers. Dialogue options are available for original Japanese with English subtitles or with dubbed English audio tracks.

Transformers Energon: The Complete Series in a 7-DVD set debuts May 6

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This spring, get ready to relive some of the most exciting classic action battles of the Autobots through the complete series release of Transformers Energon. In 2004, Transformers fans were introduced to the animated series Transformers Energon, the second part of the rare Unicron Trilogy – consisting of Armada, Energon and Cybertron. The heroic Optimus Prime, his legions of Autobots and their human friends are in search of the valuable substance Energon, which they find on Earth. A mysterious force has discovered the Energon as well and will stop at nothing to gain control all of it. It’s up to the Autobots to save the fate of mankind and planet Earth from total destruction.

On May 6, 2014, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, will release Transformers Energon: The Complete Serieson home entertainment shelves, featuring all 51 unforgettable episodes collected in one deluxe 7-DVD set. Whether discovering this series for the first time or reliving the childhood memory, this collectible DVD set is a must-have for every fan and collectors to complete their Transformers home entertainment library. Transformers Energon: The Complete Seriesis priced to own at $44.99 SRP.

Green Lantern: The Complete Animated Series Out March 18

GreenLanternBDOn March 18, Warner Archive Collection continues to treat fans to Blu-ray releases of popular animated television with Green Lantern: The Comlete Animated Series. The complete 26-episode series on Blu-ray to is now available for pre-order via Amazon.

Josh Keaton leads the way as the voice of Hal Jordan/Green Lantern, alongside voice-acting stars Kevin Michael Richardson (as Kilowog), Grey DeLisle (as Aya) and Jason Spisak (as Razer). The stellar guest cast includes Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption), Wayne Knight (Seinfeld), Juliet Landau (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Kurtwood Smith (That 70s Show, Resurrection), Phil Morris (Smallville), Brian George (Seinfeld) and many more.

Executive produced by Sam Register, and Bruce Timm , Green Lantern: The Comlete Animated Series is produced by Giancarlo Volpe and Jim Krieg.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ISDJUYI

SpongeMen SquareWatch is Watchmen Meets Spongebob Squarepants

Created by El Cid, this just needs to be seen to be believed.

Movie Review: Justice League: War

justice-league-war-postBased on Geoff Johns and Jim Lee and DC Comic’s New-52 flagship launch Justice League Vol. 1: Origin, Justice League: War goes back to a time when super heroes were new to our world. We learn how the Justice League came together during an alien attack of Earth.

When the powerful Darkseid and his massive, relentless forces invade Earth, a group of previously unaligned super heroes — misunderstood and, in some cases, hunted by the authorities — discover the only way to fend off the attack will be to work together as a cohesive unit. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Shazam and, in his origin story, Cyborg combine their respective talents in an all-out battle to save the planet.

Being based off of the first story arc of the comic series, the movie suffers much of the same issues as the comic. The dialogue at times is stilted and at times laughable and the character development is fairly non-existent. Those are issues with the source material that carried over. But, the comic was written with a movie feel to it all, and that cinematic vision translates well to an animated movie. That vision is a lot of fights. The story is fivesomevery action filled, with not a whole lot else. Quieter scenes break up the action, but the movie is lots of punching, lots of explosions, lots of excess destruction.

The animation itself is pretty good. There’s some use of computer graphics for background images that’s a bit jarring and it’s clear there’s different ways things were put together. This is mostly in the beginning. With me not being an expert, I can’t exactly pinpoint what the difference is, but I think it was a mixing of hand drawn and computer animated elements. The rendering of the characters is pretty good as well. The one exception is Superman who at times has a rather thick neck. That might seem weird, but he’s a bit off compared to all of the other renderings.

TrioThe voice acting is the other component. I’m not beholden to a single voice, so none of the casting to me was bad. Wonder Woman’s voice seems a bit young, but considering she’s early in her career, it fits pretty well. I mentioned the dialogue being a bit off, and the actors do what they can with it. Highlights are Flash, Green Lantern and Batman who have the best interactions out of everyone, especially Flash and Green Lantern.

Stick around for the credits, you’ll find out what next obstacle these heroes face next. It’s clear that much like the DC New 52, this is the beginning of something new, a cartoon movie universe instead of numerous one-shot films. That makes me forgive some scenes and interactions I might have otherwise cut from the film.

The DVD/Blu Ray is filled with extras. I especially enjoyed a mini-documentary about artist Jim Lee. There’s a lot I learned about him from that. The extras enhance the release.

Much like the first arc of the Justice League comic it’s based on, the movie is a solid start, not perfect, but definitely entertaining.

Direction: 7.5 Acting: 7.5 Plot: 7.5 Overall: 7.5

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