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Transformers: War for Cybertron: Siege Gets a Final Trailer

Netflix, Hasbro, and Rooster Teeth, have released the final main trailer for Chapter One of the highly anticipated Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy, premiering on Netflix July 30, 2020. The Series raises the stakes of the Autobot and Decepticon war with Chapter One having six, twenty-two minute episodes, complete with a new animation look and style that presents the Transformers bots like you’ve never seen them before. The Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy plunges us deep into events that live at the heart of this legendary franchise, with SIEGE shining a spotlight on a critical timeframe in Transformers history on Cybertron.

Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Siege begins in the final hours of the devastating civil war between the Autobots and Decepticons. The war that has torn apart their home planet of Cybertron is at a tipping point. Two leaders, Optimus Prime and Megatron, both want to save their world and unify their people, but only on their own terms. In an attempt to end the conflict, Megatron is forced to consider using the Allspark, the source of all life and power on Cybertron, to “reformat” the Autobots, thus “unifying” Cybertron. Outnumbered, outgunned, and under SIEGE, the battle-weary Autobots orchestrate a desperate series of counterstrikes on a mission that, if everything somehow goes right, will end with an unthinkable choice: kill their planet in order to save it.

Rooster Teeth (RWBY, gen:LOCK) is producing the original series for Netflix, and Polygon Pictures (GodzillaKnights of Sidonia) is serving as the animation studio. Transformers veteran F.J. DeSanto (Transformers: Titans ReturnTransformers: Power of the Primes) is serving as showrunner on the series with several contributing writers, including George Krstic (Megas XLR), Gavin Hignight (Transformers: Cyberverse), and Brandon Easton (Agent Carter, Transformers: Rescue Bots).

The Series voice talent cast includes Jake Foushee (Optimus Prime), Jason Marnocha (Megatron), Linsay Rousseau (Elita-1), Joe Zieja (Bumblebee), Frank Todaro (Starscream), Rafael Goldstein (Ratchet), Keith Silverstein (Jetfire), Todd Haberkorn (Shockwave, Red Alert), Edward Bosco (Ultra Magnus, Soundwave), Bill Rogers (Wheeljack), Sophia Isabella (Arcee), Brook Chalmers (Impactor), Shawn Hawkins (Mirage), Kaiser Johnson (Ironhide), Miles Luna (Teletraan I, Cliffjumper) and Mark Whitten (Sideswipe, Skywarp).

Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Siege

Hamish Steele’s DeadEndia Goes from Graphic Novels to Netflix Animated Series

DeadEndia Book 1

Hamish Steele‘s graphic novel series DeadEndia is being adapted into an animated series for Netflix. Blink Industries studio in London is producing the series which is set to premiere in 2021.

DeadEndia follows Barney, Norma, and a magical-talking-dog named Pugsley as they battle supernature forces that dwell within a haunted house at the local theme park they work at.

The graphic novel has been praised for its diversity including Barney who’s a transgender teenager and Norma who’s non-neurotypical.

Zach Barack will voice Barney (“Spider-Man: Far from Home”), with Kody Kavitha as Norma (“Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”), Emily Osment as Courtney (“Almost Family,” “The Kominsky Method”), Alex Brightman as Pugsley (“Beetlejuice The Musical”), Clinton Leupp a.k.a. Miss Coco Peru as Pauline Phoenix (“Will & Grace”), Kenny Tran as Logs (“Maybe Happy Ending”), and Kathreen Khavari as Badyah (“Insecure,” “Big Little Lies”).

DeadEndia‘s first graphic novel was released in 2018 from Nowbrow and you can get book 1 and book 2 now.

(via The Wrap)

Legion of Superheroes: The Complete Series The Complete Series Comes to Blu-Ray

Warner Archive Collection continues its tradition of distributing Warner Bros. Animation’s robust library of DC-based productions with the release of Legion of Superheroes: The Complete Series on Blu-ray starting July 14, 2020. Pre-orders are now available via wbshop.com and your favorite online retailer.

Presented in full 16×9 widescreen across three Blu-ray discs, Legion of Superheroes: The Complete Seriesincludes all 26 episodes of the popular show, which aired on The CW from 2006-2008, as well as a pair of bonus features: the involving featurette “We Are Legion”; and an Exclusive Audio Commentary on the series’ heralded two-part finale, “Dark Victory, Parts One and Two,” with producer James Tucker, director Brandon Vietti and the voice of Saturn Girl, Kari Wahlgren (Rick and Morty, DC Super Hero Girls, Supergirl).

Also now available for pre-order is Legion of Superheroes: The Complete Second Season on DVD.

One thousand years from now, the legendary Man of Steel inspires a group of emerging young heroes from the 31st century to band together and defend the newly formed United Planets. That is, if they don’t kill each other first. In Season One, Legionnaires Bouncing Boy (Michael Cornacchia), Brainiac 5 (Adam Wylie), Saturn Girl (Kari Wahlgren) and Lightning Lad (Andy Milder) travel back in time to convince an awkward teen named Clark Kent (Yuri Lowenthal) to join their Legion of Superheroes and battle their archnemeses, the Fatal Five. The insecure teen is, in turn, inspired by his new friends and, with their help, begins his journey to become the galaxy’s greatest hero. Catching up two years later, Season Two presents Superman and the Legion with an even greater challenge: Kell-El, the Superman of the 41st century!

“The June of Goon” See 30 Cartoons in 30 Days by Goon Cartoons

Goon Cartoons

Goon Cartoons, an original comedy animation channel on YouTube founded in 2012, has announced the launch of their website and redesign of their YouTube channel, as well as the launch of “The June of Goon,” a new original animated cartoon for every day for the month of June 2020.

The brainchild of filmmaker, animator, and comics creator Frank Forte, Goon Cartoons serves as an outlet for him and his fellow animation professionals to create their own original content. Goon Cartoons’ cast and crew includes writer/story artist/voice talent Tom Connor (Venture Bros., Bob’s Burgers, Mike Tyson Mysteries, SCOOB!), writer/actor Bobby Gaylor (Phineas and Ferb, Johnny Test, Snoopy), writer/actor/voice talent Jesse Bernstein (Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods and Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes, CobraGator, S.W.A.T.), animator Gene McGuckin (Ren and Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends), writer Elizabeth J. Musgrave (Soundman, Farmhouse, Darwin’s Pate), voice talent Mark Covell (Family Guy, Ted), actor/director Debi Bradshaw (Veep, Grace and Frankie, Hot Cake) and newcomer voice talents Eliah Prichard and Mellissa Dunkleberger.

Goon Cartoons will be releasing all new animated shorts which include: Buck Billy, Cosmic Kandi’s Like Total EDM Vlog, Pissed off Possum, The Cletus and Floyd Show, The Ultra Mega Super Squad, Garry Goth, The Devil, The Moonshine Shanty as well as Cuphead, and various pop-culture parodies.

New Goon Cartoons will be released every day in June at 9am (PDT). Viewers can also expect Goon Cartoons behind the scenes videos, storyboard animatics, and animation pencil tests to give the fans a look at how cartoons are made. Also, the Goon Cartoons’ artists will be posting behind the scenes drawings in the channel’s community tab along will model sheets and other “how to” instructions for making animated cartoons.

THE CARTOONS:

Buck Billy, an agitated hillbilly who lives in a trailer park in the southern Midwest. Buck Billy’s character is that of an opinionated podcaster who can’t help but spout out about the goings on in the world. Buck Billy’s previous podcasts include rants on alcohol, Viagra, Cardi B, Corey Feldman, holiday parking, and more.

Co-created by artist/director Frank Forte and actor/director Jesse Bernstein, Buck Billy is a short form comedic animated series that’s done in a rough cartoon style that matches its coarse and edgy content.

Pissed off Possum: a small angry misinformed marsupial spouts off on daily news stories and things that bother him, which is pretty much everything.

Mr. Pigglesworth: is a tribute to the classic cartoons like Old Warner Brothers Looney Tunes and Ren and Stimpy. Mr. Pigglesworth is a pathetic little pig who finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Expertly animated by Gene McGuckin.

Mr. Pigglesworth

Cosmic Kandi’s Like Total EDM Vlog, a twenty-something millennial Raver girl podcasts from her bedroom and any EDM club she might be at. She’s trying to find herself in the midst of going clubbing, dating DJs, and trying to find a ride to Burning Man.

The Ultra Mega Super Squad, a reality show styled Superhero documentary. This animated dysfunctional group of superheroes may be able to do some good for the earth if they could only stop talking behind each other’s backs.

The Devil, a reluctant Lucifer. The Devil has a podcast. Yes, believe it or not Satan is tired of getting blamed for all the bad things that happen in the world and he’s here to set things straight.

The Devil

ANIME! ANIME! Meet Jazen. The most enthusiastic fan of Anime you’ll ever know! He somehow finds himself meeting up with all of his Anime idols. He tries to have a conversation with them, but his fast talking, annoying, ADHD personality always gets in the way.

ANIME! ANIME!

Garry Goth, a teenage goth kid, trying to get along in high school. Girls, parties, exams, these are all the things Garry is trying to deal with as he invites us into his world.

The Cletus and Floyd Show, is the tale of two hillbilly brothers. Cletus is a big brawny overbearing Alpha male and his little brother Floyd is a nervous, jittery paranoid fool. The two of them get into all sorts of mischief. Also inspired by Classic cartoons of the 1950s.

TPub Comics’ The Theory Goes from Comics to Animated Sci-Fi Series

TPub Comics has been busy developing its comics for feature films and television. Their first project to go into development is an animated sci-fi series The Theory, based on the graphic novel of the same name.

The pilot episode will premier by Razer on May 29th, 8am PT. You can watch the proof of concept pilot episode “Battlesuit” below.

“Battlesuit” was Directed and Produced by sci-fi director Hasraf ‘HaZ’ Dulull (The Beyond, Disney’s Fast Layne & 2036 Origin Unknown) and written by Neil Gibson (Twisted Dark, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man & The Traveller). “Battlesuit” will be officially released in mid-May.

The Theory is based on a story by David Court, co-written by Forrest C. Helvie and Neil Gibson, and features a rotating team of artists. Artists include letterer Justin Burch, illustrators Amrit Birdi, Phil Buckenham, Jake Elphick, Cem Iroz, Davide Puppo, Atula Siriwardane, and Jim Terry, as well as colorist Liezl Buenavenura.

The pilot episode was finished remotely during Covid and created using high-performance Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition laptops with NVIDIA graphics and software from Unreal and Glassbox.

Razer and Tpub will be launching a competition in conjunction with pilot where a lucky winner will both receive a new Razer computer and the chance to star in the next issue of The Theory.

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War Gets a Watch Party and Panel this Afternoon

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and IGN will put newly-released Justice League Dark: Apokolips War in the spotlight this Saturday, May 9 with a Virtual Watch Party followed by an all-star Digital Panel – the latter to be hosted by IGN, and starring several of the movie’s filmmakers and actors.

The Watch Party will commence at 1:00pm PT/4:00 pm ET. Fans are encouraged to purchase the Digital version of Justice League Dark: Apokolips War from their favorite online retailer, and then cue up the film to watch and simultaneously follow several of the actors and filmmakers as they live-tweet their thoughts, anecdotes and observances on Twitter. Fans posing questions over Twitter might even get a few answers from the stars and filmmakers.

Panelists confirmed for the one-hour panel – which will premiere at 3:00 pm PT/6:00 pm ET Saturday on IGN and its affiliated YouTube and Facebook pages – include Jerry O’Connell (Stand By Me, Jerry Maguire), voice of Superman for seven films; Matt Ryan (Legends of Tomorrow, Constantine), the voice of Constantine for both of the Justice League Dark films in the arc; Jason O’Mara (The Man in the High Castle, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), the series’ voice of Batman for 11 DC Universe Movies; Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs, Insatiable, Ugly Betty), the voice of The Flash in six films; co-directors Matt Peters (LEGO DC: Batman – Family Matters) and Christina Sotta (Young Justice); screenwriter Ernie Altbacker (Batman: Hush, Justice League Dark); and executive producer James Tucker (Reign of the Supermen, Justice League Dark), the maestro overseeing the continuous Justice League arc for the past seven years.

Those wishing to play along with the Watch Party should begin following these actors and filmmakers confirmed to participate in the live-tweeting:

  • Matt Ryan – @mattryanreal
  • Jason O’Mara – @jason_omara
  • Christopher Gorham – @ChrisGorham
  • Co-Director Christina Sotta – @sodasotta
  • Screenwriter Ernie Altbacker – @ejaltbacker
  • Screenwriter Mairghread Scott – @MairghreadScott
  • Executive Producer James Tucker – @JTuckerAnimator

Additional participants will be announced as they are confirmed.

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War is Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout and some language.

Transformers is Getting an Animated Prequel

Transformers

Toy Story 4‘s Josh Colley is going to show us there’s More than Meets the Eye as he’s set to direct an animated Transformers prequel for Hasbro/eOne and Paramount.

The prequel is currently set for theaters and will to an origin story. Taking place on Cybetron the film will focus on the relationship between Optimus Prime and Megatron.

The script was written by Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari. They did production work on Ant-Man and were the credited writers on Ant-Man and the Wasp.

The film is separate from any live-action films which are still being worked on. The animated film has been worked on for several years and is being pushed as animation can be done under the current pandemic environment.

(via Deadline)

Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpions Revenge Gets a New Clip and New Images

One of the most popular videogame franchises in history comes to animated life in Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge, an all-new, feature-length film produced by Warner Bros. Animation in coordination with NeatherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The film arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting April 12, 2020, and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on April 28, 2020.

Check out the first official Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge clip. The clip finds Hollywood star-turned-fighter Johnny Cage trying to get a handle on his new project, not yet realizing it’s a war, not a film, chatting with his new “teammates Liu Kang and Sonya Blade, and leader Raiden. Joel McHale (Community, The CW’s upcoming Stargirl) gives voice to Johnny Cage, Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter, Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) voices all-business warrior Sonya Blade, Jordan Rodrigues (Lady Bird, The Fosters) is Liu Kang, and David B. Mitchell (Mortal Kombat 11, World of Warcraft franchise) is Raiden.

Based on the worldwide hit game created by Ed Boon and John Tobias, Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge spotlights the once-in-a-generation tournament between the champions of Outworld and Earthrealm – a competition that will ultimately determine the fate of Earth and all its citizens. Lord Raiden, protector of Earthrealm, must gather the greatest fighters of his realm to defend it from the evil Shang Tsung in the battle to end all battles – Mortal Kombat!

Iron Circus Kickstarts Webcomic Lackadaisy into an Original Animated Short

Iron Circus Comics Publisher Spike Trotman, cartoonist Tracy Butler, and director Fable Siegel are partnering for an ambitious multimedia crowdfunding campaign to adapt Butler’s webcomic phenomenon Lackadaisy into an original animated short, along with a new collection of art and never before published mini-comics, The Lackadaisy Essentials.

The 32-day campaign is the first ever multimedia undertaking for Iron Circus Comics. The trailblazing comics publisher that has funded more
than 20 graphic novels and raised close to $1.5 million in funding on Kickstarter.

Set in St. Louis, Missouri during the days of Prohibition, Tracy Butler’s Eisner Award-nominated webcomic Lackadaisy features the Lackadaisy, a speakeasy tucked away in a cave beneath the Little Daisy Cafe, where flashing the club symbol from a deck of cards grants every cat in-the-know access to more moonshine than they could ever drink. The joint’s packed full of tough dames, crooked cops, rum-runners, and wide-eyed ingenues. And they are, literally, all cool cats. The jazzy, sepia-toned crime story features action and adventure, comedy and crime, and a colorful cast of cats, including the Lackadaisy proprietors Atlas and Mitzi May, rumrunner Rocky Rickaby, and the sharp-tongued heiress to the quickly-dwindling Lackadaisy fortune, Ivy Pepper.

As the creator of the comic, Tracy will play a role as co-director on the animated short, overseeing art direction. Voice actors include:

  • Michael Kovach  (@kovox) as Rocky Rickaby! 
  •  Belsheber Rusape (@BelRusapeVO) as Calvin “Freckle” McMurray! 
  •  Lisa Reimold (@lisareimold)  as Ivy Pepper! 
  •  Ashe Wagner (@TheQueenViking)  as Mitzi May! 
  • and SungWon Cho (@ProZD) as Mordecai Heller! 

Pledges for Lackadaisy range from The Lackadaisy Essentials eBook to The Complete Lackadaisy Goodie Bag (featuring the Lackadaisy Essentials art book, volumes one and two of the Lackadaisy comic collections in ebook form, a digital wallpaper set, the completed film as an HD digital download, and a download of the soundtrack and storyboards). Lackadaisy even includes a pledge level to receive an Associate Producer credit on the Lackadaisy Animated Short.

If funded through Kickstarter, pledges will be delivered to backers this fall. Lackadaisy is live as of March 16, 2020 and runs for 32 days.

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