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  • ARTaylor

    Comic-Con 2016 Wrap Up

    July 25, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Marvel Animation held yet another panel at San Diego's famous Comic-Con.

    First up, Avengers Assemble will be renamed once again. This time it will become Avengers: Secret wars. The new team of Avengers will feature Black Panther, Ms. Marvel, Captain Marvel, Ant-Man, Wasp, and Vision when some of the Avengers go missing. It was stated that at some point Black Panther would lead the team. The Jane Foster-Thor will also be appearing.

    Guardians of the Galaxy has been renewed for a second season. An unspecified cosmic character that "fans have demanded the most" will appear.

    Guardians of the Galaxy will spin off into a series of shorts featuring Rocket Racoon and Groot. They will be created by Passion Pictures and directed by Arnauld Delord. Newsarama h…

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the release for the limited run of Batman: The Killing Joke. The film is an adaptation of the famous and controversial DC Comics graphic novel by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. It follows the Dark Knight as he battles his archnemesis the Joker who tries to drive Commissioner Gordon insane. Directed by Sam Liu, it features the talents of Mark Hamill returning once more as Joker, Tara Strong also returning as Batgirl/Barbara Gordon, John DiMaggio as Francesco, Robin Atkin Downes as Detective Harvey Bullock, Nolan North as Mitch, Fred Tatasciore as the carney owner, and Kari Wahlgren as a call girl.

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  • ARTaylor

    30 Years of Aliens

    July 18, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is the thirtieth anniversary of Aliens. The classic film is one of the most beloved in the genres of action, science fiction, and horror. A follow up to the equally beloved 1979 film, it follows the continuing adventures Ellen Ripley as she wakes up eighty years after the events of the first film and must confront her own worst fears when she joins a group of marines to defend a colony against an invasion of more alien creatures. It features the talents of Lance Henriksen, in his first of several roles in the franchise, who plays the android Bishop.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the thirty-fifth anniversary of the premiere of The Fox and the Hound. A much more lighthearted version of the Daniel P. Mannix novel, it is the twenty-fourth film by Walt Disney Animation Studios. The film follows a red fox named Tod and a hound named Copper as they grow up best friends but are forced to become enemies. At the time, it was the most expensive animated film ever made, and became a minor hit for Disney though was highly praised for its animation.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the thirty-fifth anniversary of Donkey Kong, one of the most popular and influential arcade games ever made. The video game featured the main character Jumpman, later to be renamed Mario, trying to save his girlfriend, later renamed Pauline, from the clutches of the villainous barrel-throwing gorilla Donkey Kong. It was the origin of the incredibly popular characters Donkey Kong and Mario, the later eventually becoming the flagship character of Nintendo. Both would go on to star in numerous video games, animated series, and even a theatrical film. Donkey Kong would go on to be voiced by Hank Azaria in an episode of The Simpsons and Fred Tatasciore on Mad. Mario would eventually be voiced by Peter Cullen on Saturday Supercade, Azaria on …

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the release of The Secret Life of Pets. The film follows the adventures of two dogs who become lost and make their way back to their owner while learning to be friends. It features the talents of Tara Strong as the parakeet Sweat Pea as well as Bob Bergen, Jason Marsden, Jim Cummings, Jess Harnell, and Jim Ward doing additional voices.

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  • ARTaylor

    In the United States of America, today is Independence Day. A day celebrating when the nation's founders declared their independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain by signing the Declaration of Independence written by Thomas Jefferson. Most cities and people celebrate with barbecue and a fireworks display, so enjoy the show.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the release of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the much beloved sequel in the famous The Terminator series. In the landmark film, Sarah Connor and her son John, the future savior of humanity, must contend with a newer, more advanced Terminator sent from the future to kill them while teaming up with another model of the original cyborg that tried to kill them before. It revolutionized computer generated effects and become one of the most beloved films ever as a critical and financial success. The film features the talents of Robert Patrick as the villainous liquid terminator T-1000, Earl Boen returning to the role as the psychiatrist Dr. Peter Silberman who sees Sarah as a patient, Xander Berkeley as the i…

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  • ARTaylor

    If a recent alien invasion movie seems somewhat familiar, that's because it's the sequel to Independence Day, which has its twentieth anniversary today. The film helped to reinvent the disaster film and summer blockbuster. It focuses on a group of people struggling to survive as alien spaceships arrive over the Fourth of July weekend to destroy entire cities. The film features the talents of Brent Spiner as Dr. Brackish Okun, the quirky head scientist of Area 51; as well as Frank Welker doing special vocal effects.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the thirtieth anniversary of the premiere of The Great Mouse Detective. The twenty-sixth feature by Walt Disney Animation Studios, it is based on the book series Basil of Baker Street by Eve Titus and was influenced by the works featuring Sherlock Holmes. The film follows the mouse detective Basil as he and his assistant Dr. Dawson try to uncover the mystery of the evil plot of Professor Ratigan. The box office success of the film helped reassure The Walt Disney Company that animation was still viable and helped set the stage for the famous Disney Renaissance. The movie features the talents of Frank Welker as Toby the Dog and Felicia the Cat.

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  • ARTaylor

    Canada Day 2016

    July 2, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is Canada Day, celebrating the anniversary of when three colonies united to become the nation of Canada within the British Empire.

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  • ARTaylor

    June has come and gone meaning another monthly poll has wrapped up (though you can still view and vote for old polls here). Last month we asked, if you had superpowers where would you fall on the alignment system.

    1. With 55% of the votes, the clear winner was Neutral Good, like the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. A neutral good character does the best that a good person can do. Plenty seem to think of themselves as noble instruments of positivity.
    2. Coming in second with 20% was Chaotic Good, as in Wolverine. A chaotic good character acts as his conscience directs him with little regard for what others expect of him. More than a few will do good regardless of how it's done.
    3. Tied with 5% for third are True Netural, like Galactus; Chaotic Neutral…
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  • ARTaylor

    The BFG Released

    July 1, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is the release of The BFG. The latest film by legendary director Steven Spielberg, it the second adaptation of the book that follows an orphan girl who befriends a big friendly giant as they try to stop man-eating giants. It features the talents of Matt Frewer as a general.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the release of The Legend of Tarzan. In the latest film based on the famous Edgar Rice Burroughs character, the king of the jungle has spent years in England and returns to help with a trade agreement only to become a pawn in a plan of revenge. It features the talents of Djimon Hounsou as leader of an African tribe Chief Mbonga.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the fifteenth anniversary of A.I. Artificial Intelligence. The film was one of the last projects of famous director Stanley Kubrick and completed by Steven Spielberg. It follows a robotic boy programmed to love as he navigates a world hostile to his kind. The film features the talents of Jack Angel as Teddy, David's robotic companion and protector, as well as Clark Gregg as a super nerd.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the twentieth anniversary of The Nutty Professor. The film was a remake of the 1963 film of the same name, which itself was based on the Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. It follows a morbidly obese professor named Sherman Klump who takes an experimental serum to impress the woman of his dreams turning himself into the handsome but arrogant alter-ego Buddy Love. The film features the talents of Sara Ballantine as a nurse.

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  • ARTaylor

    Drake Bell Turns 30

    June 27, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is the thirtieth birthday of Drake Bell. The actor and musician is Marvel's current go-to voice for everybody's favorite webslinger. He has voiced the character on Ultimate Spider-Man, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Avengers Assemble, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload, Marvel Heroes, and Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes,.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Independence Day: Resurgence. Twenty years after the events of the first film, it follows humanity after it has rebuilt from the alien attack as more aliens come to destroy Earth. The film features the talents of Brent Spiner returning the role as Dr. Brakish Okun.

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  • ARTaylor

    Tim Russ Turns 60

    June 22, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is the diamond birthday for Tim Russ. The actor is most famous as the Vulcan Tuvok, and various minor roles, in the Star Trek franchise as well as Frank on Samantha Who?, Principal Ted Franklin on iCarly, and one of the desert combers in Spaceballs. Marvel fans will know him as Prowler on Spider-Man and Black Panther on the video game Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2.

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  • ARTaylor

    Marvel Entertainment is working with a French animation company to bring two new animated series, one on Ant-Man and another on Rocket Racoon and Groot. The French national film commission confirmed that the titles have qualified for French tax breaks. Both will be short series. Ant-Man will be made by directorial duo Ugo Bienvenu and Kevin Manach while Rocket and Groot will be direct by Arnaud Delord.

    No word if either of these series will be connected to Avengers Assemble and Guardians of the Galaxy, any other multimedia universe, or even each other.

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  • ARTaylor

    Stan Lee is teaming up with The Hollywood Reporter and Deadpool co-creator Fabian Nicieza to create a new adult animated series. Lee's POW! Entertainment has partnered with THR to launch a series based on Stan Lee's Cosmic Crusaders. Based on Lee's concepts, Cosmic Crusaders was written by Nicieza. Lee will edit and voice himself as one of the main characters. The show follows Lee, who, having come down with a case of writer's block, meets seven aliens who have crash-landed on Earth. Each of the aliens has superpowers; however, they can only use their powers in their homeland. On the verge of being captured by "the men in white coats," Lee offers the aliens sanctuary and puts them through intensive superhero immersion training, helping them le…

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the twentieth anniversary of the premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The thirty-fourth feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios, it is an adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel of the same name. The film follows the adventures of the hunchback Quasimodo, the bell-ringer of the Notre Dame cathedral, as he struggles to gain acceptance in society. The film features the talents of Tony Jay as the evil Judge Claude Frollo, Frank Welker as Djali (Esmeralda's pet goat) and a baby bird, Mary Kay Bergman as Quasimodo's mother, Corey Burton as a brutish guard, Jim Cummings as guards and gypsies, Bill Fagerbakke as an oafish guard, as well as Jack Angel, Philip Proctor, Kath Soucie doing additional voices.

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  • ARTaylor

    Spider-Man, the upcoming animated film from Sony Animation, has found its director. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Bob Persichetti will direct the film being written and produced by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Persichetti's credits include Walt Disney Animation Studios films Hercules, Mulan, Tarzan, Fantasia 2000, The Emperor's New Groove, and Treasure Planet as well as Shrek 2, Shrek the Halls, Monsters vs. Aliens, and Puss in Boots. The film is currently slated for a December 21st, 2018 release.

    Sony is keeping quiet on the rumors that the series will focus on Miles Morales.

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  • ARTaylor

    Father's Day 2016

    June 19, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is Father's Day, celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. There have, of course, been many fathers in the Marvel Universe, though not all of them have been seen in animation.

    • Richard Parker and Philip Watson both appeared in flashbacks on Spider-Man, while the show's fifth season dealt with Peter clearing the names of both parents. And there's always his relationship with his adopted father, his Uncle Ben.
    • The show also explored in depth the relationship between Harry Osborn and his father Norman.
    • The Venom Symbiote is technically the father of the Carnage Symbiote.
    • Felicia Hardy's father John Hardesky appeared briefly on Spider-Man.
    • One episode of X-Men saw Rogue being turned away from her father for …
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  • ARTaylor

    Finding Dory Released

    June 17, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Finding Dory. A sequel to the beloved 2003 film, it follows the regal blue tang with the memory problems as she tries to find her family. The film features the talents of Ty Burrell as beluga whale Bailey as well as Brad Garrett returning to the role of the pufferfish Bloat. John Lasseter served as producer.

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  • ARTaylor

    RIP Janet Waldo

    June 14, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Actress Janet Waldo has passed away at the age of ninety-six. Born on February 4, 1920, Waldo was a long time actress known for many roles for Hanna-Barbera Productions including Judy Jetson on The Jetsons, Josie on Josie and the Pussycats, and Morticia Addams in the first The Addams Family animated series. To DC Comic fans she was the voice of Lana Lang on The New Adventures of Superman. Marvel fans will remember her as Princess Pearla on Fantastic Four (1967) as well as Shanna the She-Devil and Zerona on Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.

    Five years ago, Waldo was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Her daughter, Lucy Lee, told ABC7 about her death. She follows her husband, Robert Edwin Lee, who died in 1994.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the seventy-third birthday of actor Malcolm McDowell. He is best remembered as Alex in the highly controversial film A Clockwork Orange, Dr. Soran in Star Trek Generations, and Dr. Loomis in the remakes of Halloween and Halloween II. Comic book fans would known him for his roles in Tank Girl, Superman the animated series, Justice League, and Teen Titans. Marvel fans would known him as the first person to play Whistler on Spider-Man.

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  • ARTaylor

    Grab your fedora, put on your leather jacket, and brush up on your ancient civilizations. Today is the thirty-fifth anniversary of the release of Raiders of the Lost Ark. The classic Oscar-nominated film was the highest grossing film of 1981 and is still one of the highest grossing films ever. It spawned three sequels with a fourth on the way. The feature follows the adventures of Professor Indiana Jones as he travels the world to stop the Nazis from getting their hands on an ancient object that would make them invincible. The film features the talents of John Rhys-Davies as Sallah, Indiana's close friend and the best digger in Cairo who helps him discover the Ark of the Covenant as well as Frank Welker who did special vocal effects.

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  • ARTaylor

    Warcraft Released

    June 10, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Warcraft. Based on the popular video game, it follows the first encounter between humans and orcs. The film features the talents of Clancy Brown as orc chieftain Blackhand.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the release of The Conjuring 2. A sequel to the 2013 film, it again follows two paranormal investigators looking into a case based on a real life incident. The film features Robin Atkin Downes as the demon voice.

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  • ARTaylor

    June has come and that means the May poll is over. Last month we asked how much you wanted to see Spider-Man completely released on DVD.

    The results were unanimous and every single person wanted a complete series release more than anything. Spider-Man was one of the first to feature long complex storylines and mature themes. The series, Marvel's second longest running animated series, is one of the best regarded superhero animated series. Relatively few episodes have been released and those stopped in 2007. There is something you can do about it. Head over to Change.org to sign the petition to tell The Walt Disney Company that you want to see the series released.

    Check out this month's poll to vote where you would, honestly, be on the alignment sy…

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  • ARTaylor

    Memorial Day 2016

    May 30, 2016 by ARTaylor

    In the United States of America, today is Memorial Day, a day for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. Originally started as Decoration Day following the Civil War for Union soldiers, it was extended to encompass all Americans in the military who have passed. It is also considered the start of the summer vacation season.

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  • ARTaylor

    Take this with a grain of salt, true believers, and remember that it currently is just an unconfirmed rumor. According to Heroic Hollywood, an unnamed source claims that the animated Spider-Man film will follow Miles Morales rather than Peter Parker. Miles is a half-black, half-Puerto Rican created by Brian Michael Bendis to take the mantle of Spider-Man following the death of Peter. The rumored titles for the film are Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man and The Ultimate Spider-Man: Miles Morales.

    They also claim the animated film will co-exist with the live-action projects though it will be independent. Heroic Hollywood seems to think this means it will be in the same continuity as the live films, which are now in the Marvel Cinematic Univer…

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the release of X-Men: Apocalypse. It is the ninth X-Men film and third in the prequel series. Set in the 1980s, the children of the atom are forced to confront the incredibly powerful Apocalypse, the world's first mutant, while he and his horsemen, friendly mutants converted to his cause, help him take over the world. Keep an eye out for Stan Lee in another one of his famous cameos, this time appearing along with lovely wife Joan.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Alice Through the Looking Glass. A sequel to the 2010 film, both from The Walt Disney Company, it follows Alice as she returns to Wonderland and confronts Time. The film features the talents of Wally Wingert as Humpty Dumpty.

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  • ARTaylor

    Spider-Man (1967), X-Men, Iron Man, Fantastic Four, Spider-Man: The New Animated Series, Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Wolverine and the X-Men, Iron Man: Armored Adventures, The Super Hero Squad Show, Black Panther, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Marvel Anime: Iron Man, Marvel Anime: Wolverine, Marvel Anime: X-Men, and Marvel Anime: Blade. What do all these series have in common? They are all entirely available on DVD.

    But there is one series that is tragically missing from store shelves. One series that continues to rank among the greatest superhero animated series and is beloved by fans today. That series is the 1994 series Spider-Man. There have been some releases, but the vast majority of the show is unava…

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  • ARTaylor

    RIP Alan Young

    May 20, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Alan Young passed away yesterday at the age of ninety-six. Young is perhaps most famous for his role as Wilbur Post in the beloved series Mister Ed, the human straightman to the talking horse, as well as Disney's voice of Scrooge McDuck in various animated series and videos. He became known for many voice roles. Marvel fans would know him as the Fantastic Mr. Frump on Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends and the Cyclops Computer on The Incredible Hulk. He died of natural causes in his California home.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the release of The Angry Birds Movie. Based on the series of mobile games, the game follows angry birds as they confront pigs who have stolen their eggs. It features the talents of Maya Rudolph as Matilda, the anger management teacher, and Fred Tatasciore as Monty Pig.

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  • ARTaylor

    30 Years of Top Gun

    May 16, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Grab those aviator glasses and prepare for another trip down the highway to the danger zone. Today is the thirtieth anniversary of the release of Top Gun. The film follows Maverick and his friend Goose as they train with elite fighter pilots. It became a landmark film for the Air Force, driving up recruitment, and an iconic feature for the actors involved. Michael Ironside played Lieutenant Commander Rick "Jester" Heatherly, a trainer at the school, while Adrian Pasdar played Lieutenant Charles "Chipper" Piper, a fellow trainee at the school.

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  • ARTaylor

    Mother's Day 2016

    May 8, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is Mother's Day, honoring one's own mother, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. There have, of course, been many mothers in the Marvel Universe, though not all of them have been seen in animation.

    • Mary Parker and Madeline Watson both appeared in flashbacks on Spider-Man, while the show's fifth season dealt with Peter clearing the names of both parents. And there's always his relationship with his adopted mother, his Aunt May.
    • Felicia Hardy's mother Anastasia was a recurring character on Spider-Man.
    • Several episodes of X-Men dealt with Mystique and her relationships to her biological children Nightcrawler and Graydon Creed Jr. as well as adopted daughter Rogue.
    • Jubilee had a foster mother named Mart…
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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Captain America: Civil War. The thirteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and third in the Captain America series, the film follows the Avengers as they are torn apart when the governments of the world force them to accept oversight of their actions while facing off against Helmut Zemo. It features the talents of Stan Lee in another of his famous cameos as a FedEx delivery driver.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the seventy-second birthday of John Rhys-Davies. The actor is well known as Sallah in the Indiana Jones series, Maximillian Arturo on Sliders, Macbeth in the Gargoyles franchise, and Gimli and Treebeard in The Lord of the Rings series. He is known Marvel fans as Wilson Fisk in The Trial of the Incredible Hulk as well as Thor on Fantastic Four and The Incredible Hulk.

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  • ARTaylor

    Big Hero 6, the animated superhero sensation from Walt Disney Animation Studios, is getting its very own Disneyland ride. Though you better get your passport ready because it will not be coming to California or Florida but to Japan. Tokyo Disneyland and its sister park Tokyo DisneySea have several new attractions planned. The Big Hero 6 ride will be a musical whip ride. This will be the first Marvel-themed attraction in any of the parks, as opposed to incorporating Marvel characters into existing attractions.

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  • ARTaylor

    Another month come and gone and so too is another poll concluded. Last month we asked which member of the Guardians of the Galaxy is your favorite. Everyone got a vote but there was one clear winner.


    1. It wasn't even close as one member got double the next highest. Coming in with 46.2% was Star-Lord, also known as Peter Quill, as voiced by Will Friedle.
    2. In second place with 23.1% is Rocket Raccoon as played by Trevor Devall.
    3. Getting 15.4% for third place is the Kevin Michael Richardson voiced Groot.
    4. Tied for fourth place with 7.7% is Gamora, played by Vanessa Marshall, and Drax, voiced by David Sobolov.

    Check out this month's poll to show just how much you want a complete series DVD release of Spider-Man.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Ratchet & Clank. The film is an adaptation of the popular video game series. It features the voice talents of James Arnold Taylor as Ratchet, David Kaye as Clank, Jim Ward as Captain Qwark, and Vincent Tong as Brax.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today marks the four-hundredth anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, who died on this day in 1616 at the age of fifty-two. The famed English poet is considered the greatest writer in English language history and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. His works have been adapted numerous times and referenced many more.

    • Beast quoted the Bard of Avon's works The Merchant of Venice in "Enter Magneto" and Romeo and Juliet in "Death Do Us Part, Part One".
    • Doctor Octopus quoted Romeo and Juliet in "Doctor Octopus: Armed and Dangerous".
    • Mary Jane Watson participated in a Shakespeare Festival in "Day of the Chameleon".
    • In "Flash Memory", Mary Jane Watson was impressed by Flash Thompson's interpretation of Shakespeare when he had increased intelligence…
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  • ARTaylor

    Earth Day 2016

    April 22, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is Earth Day, a day where events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection.


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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the release of The Huntsman: Winter's War. The sequel to the 2012 film follows the title hero as he gets caught in the middle of a war between sisters. The movie features the talents of Fred Tatasciore taking over the voice of Mirror Man.

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  • ARTaylor

    George Takei Turns 79

    April 20, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is the seventy-ninth birthday of George Takei. Primarily known for his work as Hikaru Sulu in the Star Trek franchise, he voiced Wong on Spider-Man, Galactus on The Super Hero Squad Show, and the elder monk on Ultimate Spider-Man.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the release of The Jungle Book. The latest film by The Walt Disney Company is the most recent adaptation, including one by Marvel Comics, of the famous Rudyard Kipling novel and a remake of the Walt Disney Animation Studios classic. The feature follows Mowgli as he journeys through the Indian jungle, meeting anthropomorphic animals, and learning valuable lessons all the while being hunted by a vengeful tiger. It features the talents of Dee Bradley Baker doing various animal voices.

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