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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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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Barbershop: The Next Cut. This is the fourth film in the series and a direct sequel to the second film. The story follows Calvin and the others as they attempt to stop trigger-happy gang members in the neighborhood. The film features the talents of Eve Jihan Jeffers returning to the role of Terri Jones.

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  • ARTaylor

    Ron Perlman Turns 66

    April 14, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is the sixty-sixth birthday of actor Ron Perlman. He is known for many iconic roles including Walt Disney Animation Studios' Tangled, Sons of Anarchy, and Pacific Rim. Comic book fans will remember him as Hellboy in the film franchise as well as DC Comics roles including Deathstroke, Clayface, Bane, and Killer Croc. Marvel fans will know him as Reinhardt on Blade II as well as Wizard, Bruce Banner, and the incredible Hulk on Fantastic Four and Iron Man.

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  • ARTaylor

    RIP Don Francks

    April 4, 2016 by ARTaylor

    The world lost another great acting talent yesterday. Don Francks passed away at the age of eighty-four following a battle with lung cancer. Marvel fans will remember Francks as the voice of Sabretooth, Puck, and Shaman on X-Men as well as the voice of Kalek on Silver Surfer. He is also known for roles in Mission: Impossible, Mannix, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and the first person to play Boba Fett in The Star Wars Holiday Special as well as his jazz music. He is survived by his wife Lili and his children Cree Summer, Rainbow, Trane, and Tyler.


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  • ARTaylor

    Clark Gregg Turns 54

    April 2, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is the fifty-fourth birthday of Clark Gregg. Known for playing the role of Agent Phil Coulson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he reprised the role on Ultimate Spider-Man.

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  • ARTaylor

    April is here so that means the the March poll results are in. Last month we asked which series you would like to see Netflix revive if they were to.

    1. First place was a tight race but it came down to a tie with 42%: Wolverine and the X-Men and The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Wolverine and the X-Men was the shortest-lived series of the choice having only one season. The last episode ended with a tease of the Age of Apocalypse but financial problems, and a rumored dispute between Marvel and Fox over the film rights, kept it from continuing. The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes was beloved by fans but cancelled to make way for the less-popular Avengers Assemble. The second season teased the looming threat of Surtur, but ended with the defeat …
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  • ARTaylor

    X-Men '92 Begins

    March 30, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is the first day for the ongoing comic book series X-Men '92. It is the first in the ongoing series, following a short stint as part of last year's Secret Wars. In the issue, the X-Men reopen the Xavier School for Gifted Children but encounter Omega Red and the Soviet Super Soldiers.

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  • ARTaylor

    15 Years of Spy Kids

    March 30, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is the fifteenth anniversary of the release of Spy Kids. The film follows two siblings who discover that their parents are actually spies and must join them to save the world. The film features the talents of Danny Trejo in his first turn as the heroic Uncle Machete and Dick Clark as a financier.

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  • ARTaylor

    Easter 2016

    March 27, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is Easter Sunday, the holiest day in the Christian faith. It is the observation of the day that Jesus, the son of God, rose from his tomb having been crucified on the cross three days before for the sins of mankind.

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    Good Friday 2016

    March 26, 2016 by ARTaylor

    In the Christian faith, today is Good Friday. It is the observed day when Jesus, the son of God, was crucified on the cross for the sins of humanity only to rise from the dead three days later.

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  • ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Following up on the highly divisive 2013 film, the movie features the two iconic superheroes battling it out because of the over-the-top destruction in Man of Steel. It is intended to launch their own cinematic universe, because they are trying desperately to play catch-up to Marvel Studios. The movie features motion capture and voice talents by Robin Atkin Downes as Doomsday.

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  • ARTaylor

    Will an Avenger Die?

    March 19, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Comic Book Resources spoke to Steve Wacker, vice president of animation at Marvel Entertainment, about the third season of Avengers Assemble. He teased that one member of Earth's mightiest may not survive the season. The season, retitled Avengers: Ultron Revolution, features the Inhumans, World War Hulk, Ultron of course, Civil War, and the addition of characters like Captain Marvel, Black Panther, and Ms. Marvel.

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  • ARTaylor

    15 Years of Memento

    March 17, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today marks the fifteenth anniversary of the release of Memento. The landmark film, told in reverse, explores the life of a man who constantly loses his memory while trying to avenge the death of his wife. The movie features the talents of Carrie-Anne Moss as Natalie, a bartender who manipulates the protagonist.

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  • ARTaylor

    Alan Tudyk Turns 45

    March 17, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is the forty-fifth birthday of actor Alan Tudyk. He is known to Marvel fans as the voice of the red herring "villain" Alistair Krei on Big Hero 6. Most fans would know him as Wash on Firefly and Serenity as well as his other Disney works Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, and Zootopia.

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  • ARTaylor

    FitzSimmons Interview

    March 11, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Marvel Entertainment spoke to Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caestecker about their upcoming appearance on Ultimate Spider-Man, reprising their role from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. The duo makes their animated debut on Disney XD this Sunday at 9:00 AM ET.

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  • ARTaylor

    Zootopia Released

    March 4, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Zootopia, the fifty-fourth feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios. Set in a world where animals inhabit the world like humans do, the story follows a rabbit police officer who stumbles across a conspiracy threatening the city. The film is the second to use Hyperion, a software developed for Disney's previous film Big Hero 6, to create realistic lighting. It features the talents of J. K. Simmons as Mayor Leodore Lionheart, Alan Tudyk as small-time crook Duke Weaselton, Maurice LaMarche as crime boss Mr. Big, John DiMaggio as ice cream parlor owner Jerry Jumbeaux Jr., and Kath Soucie as the young version of main character Nicholas P. Wilde.

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  • ARTaylor

    Remember in 2014 when the world gave us Big Hero 6, the first superhero film to win an Academy Award? Well true believers, we're getting more of San Fransokyo's favorite superhero team. A Big Hero 6 animated series is coming to Disney XD. It will follow the events of the film as Hiro attends the Institute of Technology facing academic challenges while the team protects the city from scientifically enhanced villains. Currently set for a 2017 release, Kim Possible alums Mark McCorkle, Bob Schooley, and Nick Filippi will create the series.

    President and Chief Creative Officer of Disney Channels Worldwide Gary Marsh said "Our colleagues at Walt Disney Animation Studios have created a brilliant new world, inspired by Marvel, with vivid, unique charac…

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  • ARTaylor

    March is here which can only mean that the February poll results are in. Last month we asked visitors which decade they felt Marvel's animation most shined in.

    1. It was a landslide victory with 50% for the 1990s. That was an amazing decade for superhero animation. DC Comics had landmark series like Batman, Superman, and Batman Beyond. Marvel had their own acclaimed series with X-Men and Spider-Man, which still remain their longest two running animated series with five seasons each and are still considered among Marvel's best efforts. Fantastic Four and Iron Man were both criticized for their first seasons but saw significant improvements in their second. Conversely, The Incredible Hulk was praised for its first season but criticized its second. Silver Sur…
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  • ARTaylor

    Lacey Chabert is Expecting

    February 29, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Lacey Chabert, the voice actress known as Gwen Stacy on The Spectacular Spider-Man and Quake on The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, is pregnant with her first child. The thirty-three year-old actress revealed on her Twitter account that she and her husband Dave Nehdar are expecting.

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  • ARTaylor

    Triple 9 Released

    February 26, 2016 by ARTaylor

    Today is the release of Triple 9. It is about a group of criminals who are blackmailed into performing an extremely challenging heist. The film features the talents of Norman Reedus as Russell Welch.

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