The original 2003-2006 Teen Titans animated series ran for 65 episodes, but for whatever reason, it never got around to a holiday episode (the closest it came was with a story in its tie-in comic book). That all changes tonight on Cartoon Network, though, as the Teen Titans Go! crew hatches a scheme to double up on holiday fun in the new “Second Christmas” episode at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT. Robin, Cyborg, Raven, Beast Boy and Starfire have so much fun this Christmas that it’s hard to get back to the humdrum of winter. Inspiration strikes, however, when Starfire’s otherworldly naiveté about Earth’s holiday seasons inspires her friends to create a Second Christmas — complete with a Second Santa — in a bid to get her to deck the halls for them all over again. Get into the second holiday spirit with new clips — including one exclusive to CA — as well as stills from tonight’s episode of Teen Titans Go! after the cut.
By Joe Hughes
Here’s another project to throw in the “I wish this would have been made” file we all keep in our heads. Back in 1971, legendary animators Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata began production on an animated adaptation ofAstrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking books. After meeting with the animators, Lindgren ultimately decided not to give them permission to produce the film. But now we can all look at some of the watercolor concept art that Miyazaki created, featuring the strongest girl in the world, and wonder what could have been.
It’s a big month for anniversaries. Doctor Who has turned 50. Mystery Science Theater 3000 is 25. One anniversary that doesn’t seem to be getting as much attention is the one that might make all of us feel the oldest. The Powerpuff Girls have officially been around for 15 years, debuting on Cartoon Network on November 18, 1998. If fans count creator Craig McCracken’s original “Whoopass Girls” concept that he created while in college at CalArts and debuted in 1992 as “Whoopass Stew!,” though, the team is old enough to drink.
By Chris Sims
It’s not often that you get a piece of comics news that’s completely unsurprising and completely welcome at the same time, but that’s exactly what we got this week when Boom! Studios announced that their Kaboom imprint will be publishing a comic book version of Natasha Allegri’s Bee and Puppycat. The official announcement about Bee and Puppycat joining its fellow Frederator shows, Adventure Time and Bravest Warriors, even included the phrase “Of course we’re doing the comic.”
But like I said, it’s every bit as welcome as it is expected, so to get a little insight on where Bee and Puppycat is coming from, we asked a few questions to Allegri, who took a moment out of her busy schedule to tell us about her influences, the tone of the show, and her love of Garfield.
By Chris Sims
This week, the first sesason of Batman: The Brave and the Bold was released on Blu-ray, marking the first time that the entire season of the Caped Crusader’s animated team-up has been available. That’s why we’re marking the occasion — because I will take literally any excuse to talk about BATB — by taking a look back at the highlights of those first 26 episodes.
If you’ve never seen it, or even if you have and are just getting ready to dive back in to all the HD goodness, then here are the bits and pieces to watch out for that made the show so great: The Ten Best Moments from Batman: The Brave and the Bold Season 1!
Even though Cartoon Network’s ThunderCats reboot never took off, the original animated series is retaining all of its nine lives with continued toys — this time from Funko. Lion-O, Cheetara, Panthro, Mumm-Ra and, yes, Snarf are all getting figures as part of the Pop! Vinyl line.
By Chris Sims
I’ve never really liked slasher movies. To be honest, they scared the living hell out of me when I was a kid, and even though I’ve long since realized that, say, Chucky could be pretty easily punted into the next county, I never really got over that distaste. As a result, while other people load up on Fridays andNightmares when the calendar flips over to October, I tend to go for a different route. Much like I do at Christmas, I spend halloween watching cartoons.
Whether they’re actual Halloween specials or just extra-spooky episodes, I love these things, and that’s why today, I’m handing out the treats of a spoooooky sextet of my favorite Halloween episodes!
By Chris Sims
Today we’re reaching back into the vault for one of our favorite Halloween features about the hilariously terrible anime Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned.
I’ve mentioned before that Marvel’s long-running Tomb of Dracula comic by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan features my favorite version of the Lord of All Vampires, and reading through the series I remember thinking that it would be a great source for a TV or movie adaptation. Little did I know that that already happened in Japan, thanks to a feature-length anime special from 1980 called Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned, which largely centered around Dracula stealing the girlfriend of the actual Devil and trying to keep Satan himself from getting laid. Like so many things in the 21st century, the entire film has made its way to Youtubein six parts, and we’ve got commentary to take you through the whole thing.
By Joe Hughes
If you’ve been following ComicsAlliance for the last few months, you’ll know that we are somewhat fascinated by the ’90s X-Men cartoon. It was an important moment for Marvel, as the show introduced many kids to both the X-Men and the Marvel universe. In the process the show helped create a new generation of fans, including Saturday Night Livestar Taran Killam. On hand at New York Comic Con to promote The Illegitimates, the comic he created with writer Marc Andreyko, Killam made a guest appearance at the Marvel booth, where he recreated the pilot episode of the show while playing every character. His Gambit is appropriately creepy, his Cyclops is appropriately dickish, and his Jubilee recreates the weirdest rhetorical question we have ever heard anyone ask. It’s pretty great.
Cartoon Network has pulled Beware the Batman off the air, even though it’s only been part of its Saturday morning schedule since mid-July. The next episode, which was scheduled for this Saturday, won’t be running.
Fans can hold out a little hope, though: Anthony Ruivivar, the actor who voices Batman on the show, Tweeted that it may return in January.