Stop-motion film of the first six-minutes of “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

Youtuber Covert Operatives AKA Jeff Gurwood, has created this impressive stop-motion animation of the first six minutes of “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Each set is hand-built, made mainly from foam core and papier mache, while the characters are the 3 3/4 inch figures made by Hasbro. It took Jeff three months to craft the scenes, and another three months to shoot the animated short.

For a fan-made stop-motion film, this is pretty awesome. Given that the Hasbro figures are especially ugly and poorly articulated, this short is even more impressive. How accurate is it to the actual film? Watch it and find out!

Sneak peek of the first scene from “Spartacus: Vengeance”

Starz has just released the first scene from the follow-up series to “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” entitled “Spartacus: Vengeance,” and let’s just say things kick off with a bang

IGN has the exclusive first look at the opening scene of this show which debuts next month. The premise continues the story of Spartacus and the other slaves from the House of Batiatus breaking free at the end of the last season (spoiler alert? Too late now). The video also features a special introduction from new Spartacus star Liam McIntyre, as he explains what you are about to see.

Just a quick warning, if you don’t like blood (CG or otherwise), this is probably not the vid for you. But, if you have never seen the show before, this should start your bloodlust for more episodes!

“Legend of Zelda” history lesson in 60 seconds

PeanutButterGamer offers you a chance to catch up on the entire canonical history of “Legend of Zelda,” from the creation of the triforce to what it all means. Of course, how serious it is may be up for debate, but the important info is there, and now you can fake your way through any conversation with Zelda fans. If only they explained why all the creatures in that world have such bizarre names.

Stop-Motion “Johnny Quest” Video Blows Up Nostalgia

Jonny Quest Opening Titles from Roger D. Evans on Vimeo.

Here is something for you fans of retro animation – an amazing stop-motion video that captures the opening credits of the cult-classic “Johnny Quest” cartoon show.

Here is the explanation from the man responsible for this video, Roger Evans:

In 1964, “Johnny Quest” aired to rave reviews as the first, adult action/adventure cartoon in prime time. It had cool jazz music by Hoyt Curtin and terrific, high contrast pen and ink design work by Doug Wildey. As an animator and long time JQ junkie, I had always wanted a set of Jonny Quest action figures but, due to high production costs, the show only lasted one season; not long enough to spawn any kind of serious toys or other merchandising tie-ins. So, almost 50 years later, I made my own. Here is my Valentine to one of the coolest, if not THE coolest, cartoons ever to spin up the imagination of a 53 year old man now going on six. Enjoy!

You can see the behind-the-scenes video on how this short was made at this link here.

100 Ways to Die in “Skyrim”

Youtuber HunterNormandy has a morbid sense of humor, as demonstrated by this amazing 15-minute long video he made of 100 different ways to die in “Skyrim.”

The open-world game from the “Elder Scroll” series has many options to keep you involved in the game for weeks on end, but quite often they tend to lead to death (or if not death, maiming by a large toothsome beast). In this video, HunterNormandy demonstrates one hundred of the more unique ways to die, and he really gets creative with it. Plus, he uses Elvis Presley for his music instead of something lame like Drowning Pool or Linkin Park. Bleh.

Is it appropriate to end this post with me saying, “Rise from your grave?”

Racing Anime “Redline” Breaks Speed Limits & Blows Your Mind

In celebration of its 20th Anniversary, Anchor Bay Entertainment’s Manga brand is set to release one of the most highly anticipated animated films. “Redline” will have a limited theatrical run in Los Angeles starting December 2nd and in NYC starting on January 6th. On January 17, 2012, “Redline” will be released on Blu-ray™ and DVD.

“Redline” won the Audience Official Selection Award for Animation at Fantasia and the Outstanding Achievement in Feature Filmmaking – Animation Award at the Newport Beach Film Festival. It has received rave reviews even from those admittedly not anime fans.

“Redline” is a racing film created by studio Madhouse (Paprika, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars). “Redline” is about the biggest and most deadly racing tournament in the universe. Only held once every five years, everyone wants to stake their claim to fame, including JP, a reckless dare-devil driver oblivious tospeed limits with his ultra-customized car – all the while, organized crime and militaristic governments want to leverage the race to their own ends. Amongst the other elite rival drivers in the tournament, JP falls for the alluring Sonoshee – but will she prove his undoing, or can a high speed romance survive a mass destruction race?

Check out the trailer, this movie looks gorgeous and very creative. I can not wait to see the full version, and you can count on an in-depth review once I do!

Winter is coming, and so is season two of “Game of Thrones” – new trailer

Tonight on HBO, the channel unveiled a new teaser trailer with snippets of behind-the-scenes footage from their television adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones.”

The second season picks up where the first one left off, following GRRM’s sequel book entitled “Clash of Kings.” This is a spoiler-free zone, so I won’t tell you what happened next in the book, nor what happened in season one for those who have missed it, but it’s a good time to start catching up on the many events of the series. If you thought the first season was crazy, you have no idea what to expect from the next one! All of your favorites (that survived the first season) are about to get neck-deep in a whole new world, so prepare for some serious shocks.

The second season of “Game of Thrones” will debut in April, 2012, only on HBO.

First full trailer for “The Hunger Games”

Lionsgate has released the first official full trailer for their upcoming movie, “The Hunger Games,” based on the best-selling book by Suzanne Collins. If you are not familiar with the book, or even all the hype behind this film, your attention will definitely be grabbed after watching this video. I really don’t want to spoil your fun with this one, so give it a view – I guarantee you will be hooked!

The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, along with appearanes from Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland, and is set to debut in theaters on March 23, 2012. May the Odds Ever Be in Your Favor!

“Abobo’s Big Adventure” mashes up retro-game goodness – TRAILER

Are you a fan of “Super Smash Bros” but wanted to enjoy it as a side-scroller rather than just a fighter? I have, and now we have the chance, courtesy of I-Mockery‘s upcoming flash game, “Abobo’s Big Adventure!”

Starring everyone’s favorite baddie from “Double Dragon,” Abobo must rescue his son from the clutches of an evil group of classic gaming jerks, and battle his way through so many video game references, it will make your head spin.

No release date is official, but you can expect it very soon. You can play it for free on the game’s official website once it is out.