The Marvel Movie Universe is getting another entry in its straight-to-video animated film arm, this time teaming up one of its mightiest Avengers heroes, Black Widow, with The Punisher.
The new movie, titled Avengers Confidential: Black Widow and Punisher, brings the Japanese animation studio Madhouse back after its work on Iron Man: Rise of the Technovore last year. Dexter actress Jennifer Carpenter stars as Black Widow while seasoned voice actor Brian Bloom takes on the role of The Punisher. And all the rest of the Avengers are there, too.
Like it or not, Grant Morrison’s run on Batman was one of the longest and most definitive runs on a character in the past decade. So it makes perfect sense that Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment would look to it as inspiration for one of its animated features.
The new Son of Batman movie appears to loosely adapt Grant Morrison and Andy Kubert’s “Batman and Son,” the first arc of Morrison’s seven-year Batman run. It introduces Damian, but also throws Deathstroke into the mix, something that was never part of the story in the comics.
Many of the obituaries for actor James Avery, who died late Tuesday night at age 68, have focused on his work playing Uncle Phil on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
And while that show was certainly Avery’s most visible role, he spent decades compiling an incredibly impressive voice acting resume, providing the voices for characters including Shredder on the 1980s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series, War Machine/James Rhodes on the 1990s Iron Man and Spider-Man cartoons, and Sir Bryant on The Legend of Prince Valiant.
By Joe Hughes
Last week Cartoon Network revealed plans to air a brand new Powerpuff Girls special in January. The special, titled “Powerpuff Girls: Dance Pantsed,” in no way involves series creator Craig McCracken. As such, it features a completely reimagined look for Townsville’s heroes, as the Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup get the CG treatment. While the show has a different look, it does reunite the original voice cast, and along for the ride this time is Ringo Starr, debuting a brand new song and giving voice to the “flamboyant mathemetician Fibonacci Sequins,” a character with one of the best names I’ve come across in any show in years.
I’ve got good news, bad news and strange news. Which do you guys want first?
The good? OK. A new CGI-ish Powerpuff Girls special, titled “Dance Pantsed,” will debut on Cartoon Network January 20 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time. The bad news is that show creator Craig McCracken doesn’t seem to have anything to do with it. The strange news: It will prominently feature former Beatle Ringo Starr.
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.