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“Powerpuff Girls” Reboot Footage Revealed

Cartoon Network has begun rolling out the hype wagon for their reboot of their classic hit, “Powerpuff Girls”, and yesterday the channel gave viewers their first taste of what to expect.

Spotlighting a snippet from the upcoming episode “I Am Not A Princess,” the clip features Manboy, a baddie that wants to turn the city of Townsville into the city of Mansville – because why not. Needless to say, the girls are not too happy with this, and the rest is in the clip below:

While the spirit of the girls themselves are mostly intact, the animation style has changed noticeably along with a higher production value for it. This is also our first time hearing the new voiceover actors, Amanda Leighton, Kristen Li, and Natalie Palamides as Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup (respectively). These ladies have some big shoes to fill, but I am on board to see how things shape up since 2016 is truly a perfect year for this show to have new life breathed back into it.

The world premiere of the show will take place not on TV, but at the SXSW Film Festival from March 11-19 in Austin, Texas. Directors Nick Jennings and Bob Boyle are scheduled appear at the screening on Monday, March 14. The show will debut on Cartoon Network later this spring.

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Dreamworks gives first look at new “Voltron” series with first image

Fans of ’80’s nostalgia have much to look forward to this year, as the beloved “Voltron: Defender of the Universe” animated series is getting a reboot, and we finally have our first tease of what the titular mech will look like.

The Nerdist got the lucky scoop on this piece of news, which you can see below:

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There is your first peek at what Voltron will look like once he is fully assembled (a bit curvier and more organic-looking than his original incarnation), as well as the sleek logo. Nothing else is known about the show at this time, but the word on the street is that this is planned to be a “re-imagining” of the original series. Additional announcements are expected to come out in the coming weeks.

The show is attributed to a deal between Dreamworks and Netflix with the intent to double their original content in 2016, which also will include a show based on Guillermo del Toro’s “Trollhunters” project. The deal will also include new shows based on pre-existing Dreamworks shows, as well as older films in their library.

“Voltron: Legendary Defender” is the first time since 2011 that we have had a new Voltron cartoon, the last one being Nickelodeon’s “Voltron Force,” which sadly only lasted a single season.

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“X-Men: Danger Room Protocols” fan-series shut down by Disney/ Marvel Comics

A few weeks ago, we reported on a fan-made animated series by Joel Furtado called “X-Men: Danger Room Protocols”. This self-funded Youtube show, a pixel-perfect homage to the 1990’s animated series, would have been free to the public. Unfortunately, those plans have been stopped dead in their tracks due to Disney/ Marvel.

In a video posted on his Youtube page, Joel explained the unfortunate circumstances behind the cancellation, as well as his opinion on why their decision makes little sense.

Joel discusses how he invested much of his time and personal funds to create this show, but due to a lawsuit from Disney/ Marvel Comics, he has been forced to pull down all videos about the project and will be unable to upload any future ones from it. In his rebuttal, Joel states that the show was not meant to be a threat to Marvel and was meant to be non-for-profit, and is extremely confused how Marvel views this as a problem as opposed to the erotic and hentai art of their brand that can be easily found sold in plenty of well-known online art galleries.

The video received plenty of responses from Youtubers, some in support of Joel while others seeming to revel in his bad situation, informing him that he “should have known better”, which he admittedly did by confirming the video series was intended to never make a profit and therefore should never have been an issue.

The most important comment came from Larry Houston, who directed 62 episodes of “X-Men: The Animated Series”, as well as working on other nearly every awesome animated show from the ’80’s and ’90’s among a portfolio of modern animation and live-action work. He wrote:

As the Director of the 90s X-Men:TAS TV series, I want to applaud your efforts, Joel, and I respect the passion you put into your work. Unfortunately, the Marvel I worked with and the Marvel/Disney (M/D) you’ve just experienced are not the same company and they are very litigious. A really smart PR department would’ve found a way to work with you so that their interests are protected and the free publicity you’d generate would be a win-win. But M/D really wants the rights to the X-Men back and your high quality of work and publicity is not what they want to happen at this time. M/D has taken very extreme measures to undercut the franchise, rewriting their comic book mythology to replace the word mutant with Inhuman, in a major power play against Fox. You are now, officially, just part of the collateral damage in the ongoing corporate battle of egos.

It is very sad that Joel has had to deal with this and suffered terrible losses here with his time, money, and the soul that he put into his great work. However, Joel has brought more attention to himself in the public eye in a positive way and his video about the situation demonstrates a great deal of class and professionalism. It is disappointing that the series will not come to fruition, but we salute and praise Joel Furtado for his hard work and are positive that this will be the last time we see his videos online in a big way.

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‘Transformers: Robots in Disguise’ Returns to Cartoon Network for Season 2

Hasbro Studios, the Los Angeles-based entertainment division of Hasbro Inc., announced today that the popular kids television series Transformers: Robots in Disguise will return for a second season on Cartoon Network in the U.S., which consistently ranks as a top-rated network in Total Day for kids ages 6-11. The latest installment in the global TRANSFORMERS franchise will debut its second season in the first quarter of 2016.

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“Transformers: Robots in Disguise continues to be a massive hit with kids across the country, launching with an outstanding debut season on Cartoon Network,” said Hasbro’s Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer Stephen Davis. “Season two will bring back Bumblebee and his Autobots team for all new action-packed battles, fun-filled adventures and other humorous new characters with vibrant personalities that made season one a hit with kids. We continue to listen to our viewers’ feedback and are bringing back many fan-favorite characters, as well as some great surprises we know kids of all ages are going to love.”

Set years after “Transformers: Prime,” Robots in Disguise stars the lovable Bumblebee character, summoned by Optimus Prime to lead in a fight to save Earth from a new faction of escaped Decepticon prisoners by assembling a rogue team of unlikely Autobot heroes to capture their new enemies. Season two will see the return of a more confident, battle-tested Bumblebee as the leader of the Autobots, including his teammates Grimlock, Sideswipe, Strongarm, Fixit, Windblade and Drift. Protecting Earth becomes a mighty task as the team prepares to battle against menacing pairs of Cyclone Mini-Cons, who partner with Deployers to unleash the most powerful attacks and wreak even more destruction than ever. Our hero Bumblebee and his team prepare for battle with new power-ups and mini-con allies of their own, as they maintain their mission to protect the planet as robots in disguise. The series will continue to celebrate the continuous underlying themes of teamwork, companionship and the importance of standing up to wrongdoers.

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Get your ’90’s on with fan-made “X-men: Danger Room Protocols” Cartoons

Joel Furtado, an animator who has worked for plenty of big companies, unveiled a trailer for a new web-series he has been developing, starting everyone’s favorite mutant team of superheroes.

“X-Men: Danger Room Protocols” is planned as an action-packed 18-episode animated fan series, with each episode featuring the titular characters trying to survive one of the various missions from the Danger Room, the X-Men’s famous training grounds. In it, they will meet plenty of familiar foes including Magneto, Sentinels, Nimrod, and Mr. Sinister to name a few that have been revealed thus far. The best part – the look is that of their 1990’s cartoon show that used to air on Fox Kids! This is the series that certainly made many kids fall in love with the X-Men and jump into the comics, and the look of the characters has since become iconic.

Here is hoping that Marvel Comics/ Disney is not too litigious about this sort of thing. Furtado is truly testing the legal limits of what Disney will allow when it comes to their franchise rights, but one thing is for sure – the man has already made a name for himself based around all of the hype around this well-made trailer.

The debut episode will arrive on Youtube (for free) starting January 19, so suit up and get ready for this epic-looking show!

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“Adventure Time: The Enchiridion & Marcy’s Super Secret Scrapbook” Book Review

“Holy schmow-zow!” That was basically me after reading “Adventure Time: The Enchiridion & Marcy’s Super Secret Scrapbook.” Released by Abrams Books, this double-sided beast of book is actually two-in-one. Depending on how you view it, the first half is the Enchiridion AKA the guide on how to be a hero, and the other side after you flip it over is the journal of Simon Petrikov AKA The Ice King and Marceline, who would later become the Vampire Queen. Any fan of the cartoon show is going to love this book, so I better start explaining why instead of gushing over how awesome it is.

This book has a great team behind it, aside from the creator of the show Pendleton Ward and Adventure Time artist extraordinaire Adam Muto being a part of it. There is also artwork by Tony Millionaire, Renee French, Mahendra Singh, Anthony Vukosevich, and Celeste Moreno to a name a few. Olivia & Martin Olson have truly put together a great band of heroes to help them on this journey through the end of the world and into the start of a new age on whatever is left of this Earth.

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The front-half of the book is The Enchiridion, although it is actually a replica that Marceline’s father, Hunson Abadeer, gave to her as a gift since the real book was destroyed a few seasons ago (along with the back-section, which is the journal we will get to later). Through a magical texting app, characters in the book are able to chat with each other on the borders of certain pages, giving us their insight, funny commentaries and random dialogues between Finn, Jake, BeeMo, Ice King, Lumpy Space Princess, and Marceline.

The Enchiridion is broken up into two segments, the first for warriors and the second for wizards only (serious wiz-biz going on in there). Here, you will learn things like the seven rules for being a righteous hero, how to deal with wizards, ordering the right sword for you, the principles of magic, and choosing between a girlfriend or being a hero. There is also a Bestiarium Vocabulum, or guidebook to the many evils you will face in the land of Oo, which has names and info for all of the oddities that you have seen on Adventure Time so far. You will also learn more to the mystical backstory of the show, such as info about the four elementals, and get a section all about the famous hero, Billy.

This part of the book might start off silly but it is equally informative as it is funny, and as the book rolls on, it becomes much more serious. Being a hero ain’t easy, and and while there is plenty of whimsy to be read, there is also much to be learned of the lore of Adventure Time, but telling you what happened would be spoilers (so read it for yourself, ).

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“Marcy’s super secret scrapbook” section was what really sold me on this book. The book starts off being Simon’s survivor journal immediately after the destruction of the world. It’s revealed how he found little Marcy, and re-tells the episode parts from a few Adventure Time episodes, except now we get them exclusively from the point of view of Simon. We also get to see how the Crown drove him deeper into madness, as well as the story of how Marceline eventually met her father. As time goes on, the Crown eventually overpowers Simon and turns him into the Ice King, leaving the book in Marceline’s hands, who goes on to talk about a lot of things that I do not want to spoil, making this section a bit more difficult to review. Take my word for it – you will want to read these things yourself!

At the time of writing this review, new episodes of the series are on the way that will be explaining more of Marceline’s history, and it makes me wonder how this book and the show will fit together. This book certainly feels canonical, and that is why a hardcore fan needs to own this. It does not tell us all of the details, but it certainly gives us much more than I expected, especially with the new discussion about her mother (GASP), who will be voiced by Rebecca Sugar (DOUBLE GASP).

You can order “Adventure Time: The Enchiridion & Marcy’s Super Secret Scrapbook” from Amazon.com for less than $16, and I definitely give it a must-read rating for any fans of the series. Come for The Enchiridion, but stay for Marcy’s Super Secret Scrapbook. That alone is worth the price of this book, and having the handbook for heroics come along with it make it an even sweeter deal. This book captures the tone of the show exactly the way it should – a few laughs, a few tears, and something to make you think. It answers plenty of questions and brings up a few new ones, too, so I suppose that means we should keep watching to see what happens next on “Adventure Time”.

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Celebrate Superman’s 75th Anniversary with this animated short by Timm & Snyder

From the creative minds of Zack Snyder (Man of Steel) and Bruce Timm (Superman: The Animated Series) and produced by Warner Bros. Animation, this short follows Superman through the years, from his first appearance on the cover of Action Comics #1 to Henry Cavill in this year’s Man of Steel…all in two minutes.

“It was Zack Snyder’s idea,” Timm told Entertainment Weekly. “We had approached him about maybe doing a short for the DC Nation program on Cartoon Network. He said, ‘I’ll think about it,’ and then he had this idea to do basically the entire history of Superman in, like, a minute. We said, ‘Okay … whoooo.’ We started working and quickly realized there was no way to do it, even in a minute.”

This short will be available on the Man of Steel Blu-ray release in November, which you can order at this link here. In the meantime, what was your favorite part of this short?

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“Bravest Warriors” Bendies Figures revealed at NYCC 2013

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Breakout hit from the Cartoon Hangover webseries, “Bravest Warriors” will be receiving an action figure treatment by early next year.

Based on Pendleton Ward’s other immensely popular animated series (the first being “Adventure Time”), these bendy figures will come from Pop Culture Shock Toys, which had them making their world debut at New York Comic Con 2013. On display were Chris, Beth, Wallow and Danny, but sadly no Catbug has joined them just yet (luckily, there already plushies of that adorable insectoid feline). Pop CUlture Shock will also be releasing plush and bobblehead items to join the first quarter 2014 release of these bendies, so stay tuned for more info to be revealed most likely by Toy Fair 2014.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles releases entire cartoon series in special “Party Van” edition

Cowabunga! Collect the Complete TMNT Classic TV Series Set – all 10 seasons together for the first time in a 23-disc set in totally awesome collectible packaging! Experience the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle saga in this totally tubular 23-disc set of the original animated series, featuring all 10 seasons in one complete cowabunga collection! From their origins on the comic book page to the depths of Dimension X and beyond, the pizza- loving, shell-busting Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo, with the guidance of their Sensei Master Splinter, have been delighting fans for decades with their turtle power. Whether it’s facing fierce enemies Krang, Shredder and Lord Dregg, saving humanity from near extinction, or battling against life-altering mutations, the half-shell heroes are always ready for heart-stopping, time-bending, straight outta the sewer action!

Lionsgate Entertainment has announced to retailers today that on November 13th they’re making a 23-DVD gift set available for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – The Complete Classic Series Collection. Packaged inside an exclusive, plastic molded collectible “party van” that passionate fans will be sure to want, you’ll get all 10 seasons (including all the same on-disc bonus content found in the previous individual releases) at a cost of $99.98 SRP.

Stay tuned for pre-order information, as this is definitely a must-buy… unless you bought the previous releases, but chances are you will still want this one!

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DC Comics set to unleash six-issue mini-series of He-Man

Fans of 80’s nostalgia are in for a treat, as DC Comics announced a new six-issue limited series of “He-Man and The Masters of the Universe!”

The short run will be a continuation of the continuity we all know and love, but hardcore He-fans need not worry about this being canon or not (since we are still not sure if it will or will not be). The story we now so far is Skeletor has figured out a way to rewrite the reality of Eternia, casting himself as the ruler of Castle Grayskull, and our heroes – including He-Man – as regular peasants with no memory of their previous life. And while simple woodsman Adam may dream of wielding a massive sword, and fighting in battles, he thinks they’re just dreams. That is, until a mysterious sorceress approaches him, and sends him on an epic journey to save all of Eternia.

“I know for a fact that a certain generation of people, who grew up at the right time, hold genuine affection for Masters of the Universe,” said James Robinson to MTV Geek, who is also currently writing Earth 2 and Shade for DC. “The challenge is to write something that raises the standard for the series, with a cool, modern story that nevertheless honors the fans of the animated series and toy line.”

DC has printed Masters of the Universe comic books before, notably a 1982 issue of DC Comics Presents featuring a mind-controlled He-Man fighting Superman. Mattel is in the midst of their Masters of the Universe Classics toy line, which this nerd has been collecting for about a year now. What other mysteries await He-Man in this new world? We will know soon enough!

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