First Trailer for The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle

Amazon has debuted the first official trailer for its upcoming animated series, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle. The new trailer shows off the series’ fancy new hand-drawn aesthetic, that is meant to evoke the original, iconic series.

The new series has Tara Strong (The Powerpuff Girls, Teen Titans Go!) doing the voice of Rocket J. Squirrel, and Brad Norman (America’s Most Haunted) as Bullwinkle J. Moose. It’s executive produced by Scott Fellows (The Fairly OddParents) and Tiffany Ward, daughter of original series creator Jay Ward. The series hits Amazon Prime on May 11th.

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R.I.P. Isao Takahata

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Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata has passed away at the age of 82 yesterday. Takahata had a distinguished career as a producer, director, and animator starting with Toei Animation in 1959, where he met his longtime collaborator, and fellow animator Hayao Miyazaki, with whom he founded Studio Ghibli alongside Toshio Suzuki.

Takahata was the director of many Ghibli classics such as the heartbreaking Grave of the Fireflies, My Neighbor the Yamadas, and The Tale of Princess Kaguya. His impact on the animation industry, and proving that animation can be a storytelling tool for any use will be felt for generations.

Could Smallville: The Animated Series Happen?

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At this year’s Awesome-Con, a Smallville panel was hosted with stars Tom Welling and Michael Rosenbaum that played Clark Kent and Lex Luthor, respectively. The series lasted for an impressive 10 seasons and paved the way for superhero television as we know it.

During a half-hour Q&A session with the stars, a question was brought up about potentially bringing the series to the DC streaming service in animated form, and the actors attention was piqued. Michael Reosenbaum’s response is below, and the full panel can be found after the jump. Do you think Smallville could return in animated form on DC’s upcoming streaming service? That would be amazing!

“I said to Al [Gough, one of Smallville’s creators], we should do an animated Smallville. That would be huge! I mean, Smallville: The Animated Series, with all the real voices? And I wouldn’t have to shave my head! We’ve got to do that. Can you imagine us on mics doing the same dialogue?”

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Sonic Mania Adventures Part 1 Debuts

Sega has debuted the first episode of their series of animated shorts titled Sonic Mania Adventures that will help promote the upcoming physical release of Sonic Mania Plus! The first episode is only a few short minutes, but adorably charming for fans of the fastest hedgehog alive hoping to see him in his animated glory again.

The story is short and to the point, but does a great job of establishing the world and how these characters interact, including a short post-credit scene that viewers should definitely stay for!

Rejected Deadpool Test Footage Now Online

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It’s been a rough go of things between Donald Glover and FX after the company cancelled plans the creator’s upcoming Deadpool animated series. After the announcement was made, the actor leaked a 15-page script for the series, which has been called fantastic. Now, Titmouse, one of the animation studios originally hoping to get the series (Floyd County of Archer fame won the contract) has released their reel of test footage for the world to see.

The test footage utilizes dialogue from Ryan Reynolds’ live-action adaptation, with animation going back and forth between finished and unfinished. It’s everything you’d expect from Deadpool, and works surprisingly well. Hit the jump to check it out.

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The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle Voice Cast Unveiled

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Robert Downey Jr. took to Twitter earlier today to unveil the official voice cast for his upcoming animation feature, The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, directed by Stephen Gaghan. The cast is massive, featuring the voices of Tom Holland, Kumail Nanjiani, Octavia Spencer, John Cena, Rami Malek, Craig Robinson, Marion Cotillard, Frances de la Tour and Carmen Ejogo.

It’s a star-studded cast to be sure, but not much is known about the film as of yet. Hit the jump to check out the image shared by RDJ featuring the characters each will be playing, as well.

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First Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trailer

Nickelodeon has released the first official trailer for their newest animated series, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which is a return to 2D form for the turtles in a prequel series that sees them learning about their abilities and the mystical underbelly of New York City.

The series stars the voice talent of Omar Miller (Ballers) as Raphael, Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) as Leonardo, Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) as Donatello, Brandon Mychal Smith (You’re The Worst) as Michelangelo, Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) as April O’Neil and Eric Bauza (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) as Splinter. WWE Superstar John Cena lends his voice as villain, Baron Draxum, an evil warrior attempting to turn all of humanity into mutants.

FILA x Pokémon Announced for Korea

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FILA Korea has announced a Korean-exclusive partnership with The Pokemon Company featuring five limited edition sneakers inspired by Pikachu, Squirtle, Charmander, Bulbasaur, and Jigglypuff. There’s no word on an international release yet, but it should be possible to find them online via an importer when they release.

Hit the jump to check out more adorable images of the sneakers via Instagram.

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Teen Titans GO! Getting Its Justice League

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Warner Bros. Animation is slowly releasing the voice cast for its upcoming Teen Titans GO! To The Movies, and it’s Justice League is shaping up to be something special. Lil Yachty is set to play Green Lantern John Stewart, singer-songwriter Halsey will play Wonder Woman, and Nicolas Cage will finally get his chance to play Superman.

This is most certainly a ton of stunt-casting, but it’s going to make for one hell of a fun movie, which this is most certainly shaping up to be.

Constantine Animated Series to Debut at WonderCon

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Warner Bros. Animation, and Warner Bros. Television have announced their WonderCon line-up and, as expected, it’s full of DCTV mainstays on The CW such as Arrow, Legends of TomorrowThe Flash and Supergirl. Additionally, the Constantine animated series will debut on March 24th at the panel, at the same time it becomes available on CWSeed.com, with episodes clocking in at around 10 minutes.
Matt Ryan is back to voice the main protagonist in the webseries, which was written by  comic book writer J. M. DeMatteis.  The webseries has already been compared to darkness of the original Hellblazer comics from Vertigo.

Wreck-It Ralph 2 Teaser Trailer Released

Disney has unveiled the first official teaser trailer for Wreck-it Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks The Internet. In the sequel, Wreck-It Ralph (John C, Reilly) and Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) travel to the internet and meet plenty of new and interesting characters.

“Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2” leaves Litwak’s video arcade behind, venturing into the uncharted, expansive and thrilling world of the internet —which may or may not survive Ralph’s wrecking. Video game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) must risk it all by traveling to the world wide web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, Sugar Rush. In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet—the netizens—to help navigate their way, including a webite entrepreneur named Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson), who is the head algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making site “BuzzzTube.”

New Zoids Anime Releasing in Japan

Studio OLM, an animation studio out of Japan has announced that they’re working on a new Zoids animated series titled Zoids Wild that will be released later this year in Japan. In addition, a tie-in game for the series will release on Nintendo Switch, as well.

It’s been a while since our last Zoids animated series, but the fan-base is still very much loyal, and I imagine the excitement should help make this quite a success.

The Incredibles 2 Olympics Sneak Peek

Disney Pixar has finally unveiled an incredible first look at The Incredibles 2, and it looks just as fantastic as the first film. The jokes are great, and the animation looks even more fluid than the first film, albeit with its now-trademark retro-styling.

The Incredibles 2 is due in theaters June 15th, 2018, with Craig T. Nelson, and Holly Hunter reprising their roles, joined by Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Samuel L. Jackson, Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Jonathan Banks, Sophia Bush, Isabella Rossellini and Brad Bird.

New Batman Ninja Trailer Released

Warner Bros. Animation has released a new trailer for Batman Ninja that features the debut of the English voice-cast as well as the final release date for the much-anticipated film, set for May 8th, on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital.

Batman: Arkham Origins‘ Roger Craig Smith returns to the role of Batman for the upcoming film, with Tony Hale as the Joker. Grey Griffin (Scooby-Doo franchise) and Tara Strong (Batman: The Killing Joke) supply the voices of the antagonist & protagonist’s closest allies – Catwoman and Harley Quinn, respectively – while Fred Tatasciore (Family Guy) provides the voice of Gorilla Grodd. Other voice actors include Bat-family members Yuri Lowenthal (Ben 10: Omniverse) as Robin, Adam Croasdell (Reign) as Nightwing and Alfred, and Will Friedle (Boy Meets World) as Red Robin.

Disney Reveals New Incredibles 2 Poster

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Disney and Pixar have revealed a new poster for the long-awaited The Incredibles 2, ahead of a special first-look at the film on February 14th, during the Winter Olympic Games coverage. The poster does a fine job at showing the family getting “Back to Work” as it were with superheroes coming back into the spotlight in their world.

The Incredibles 2 is due in theaters June 15th, 2018, with Craig T. Nelson, and Holly Hunter reprising their roles, joined by Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Samuel L. Jackson, Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Jonathan Banks, Sophia Bush, Isabella Rossellini and Brad Bird. Hit the jump for a full look at the new poster.

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