See What You’ve Been Missing in New ‘TRON: Uprising’ Music Video
By Andy Khouri
Just released to the web in support of the Walt Disney Records’ soundtrack album, this TRON: Uprising music video sets to music some of the most inspired moments of visual splendor that characterize this audacious animated series. Helmed by visionary director Charlie Bean and featuring the brilliant character designs of Robert Valley, boundary-pushing storyboard work by ComicsAlliance favorite Eric Canete and contributions from so many other talented artists, the Disney XD series has been nominated for numerous Annie awards and should be appointment viewing for adventure comic book readers and all lovers of stylish design, animation and moody sci-fi story.
Unfortunately, a mass audience and Uprising have yet to truly find each other — a challenge enhanced by the show’s cascading timeslots, which have included midnight broadcasts — and multiple outlets are reporting that the show will not be returning for a second season. If you’ve never given TRON: Uprising a shot, the clip below will give you an eye(and ear)full of what you’ve been missing.
Get Your First Look Inside ‘Bravest Warriors’ #1 [Preview]
By Caleb Goellner
Frederator Studios has been busy preparing to launch Adventure Time creator Pen Ward’s new animated series Bravest Warriors online this fall, and Boom! Studios has been right there with them getting the first issue of its tie-in comic book by writer Joey Comeau and artist Mike Holmes ready to roll. We’ve seen covers for the debut issue (along with issue #2), but thanks to Boom!, we now have a first-look at some of Holmes’ interiors. Chris, Wallow, Beth and Danny are all present and accounted for, along with a… sentient peeled banana buddy? And a planet is exploding?
This book isn’t wasting any time. You can see what’s up in our preview of Bravest Warriors #1 at ComicsAlliance.
‘Superman’s Best Friend’ Sees Krypto Do His Dirty Doggy Business
By Caleb Goellner
There’s nothing quite like the cognitive dissonance dog owners every time they take their pooch out to, uh… eliminate. On one hand, you’re proud of your pup — especially if you house trained it yourself — for doing its thing outside. On the other hand “its thing” is totally pooping. It’s weird, man. That’s why it’s a relief (HAW!) to see that Superman deals with the same disparity when he takes Krypto on a walk to unleash his sheesh in Brett Underhill’s animated short, Super Man’s Best Friend. As described by Underhill, “After a long day working two jobs, Superman’s duties never seem to end when Krypto decides that this must be the place.” In this short, however, something totally unexpected happens when Krypto finds just the right spot to unload. You can catch Krypto’s adventures in elimination after the cut. Just be warned: It’s a wonderfully gross and NSFW.
‘Beware The Batman’ Producers On The Show’s Villains, Themes And Environments [SDCC]
By Chris Sims
With the release of the first teaser image for Beware the Batman, the new animated series set to debut next year, Warner Bros. raised a lot of questions about where they were taking the Caped Crusader in his next iteration. Now, we have a few answers: Show producers Mitch Watson and Glen Murakami spoke to us at Comic-Con, revealing several details about the new show.
In addition to other interesting tidbits, Murakami and Watson discussed the new emphasis on Batman’s detective skills as well as their plan to not use any villains that had been seen on other cartoons, instead choosing to go with lesser-known characters like Anarky and Professor Pyg. Believe it or not, we did not follow-up with a demand to see KGBeast in action.
‘Batman: The Animated Series Rises’
By Andy Khouri
Perhaps taking a cue from the Internet’s instinct to remix and mash-up things with other things, The Hub cable network has released a new advertisement in support of an upcoming programming block of Batman: The Animated Series — the classic cartoon to which many ComicsAlliance contributors owe their livelihoods — that recuts clips from the show to match up with the The Dark Knight Rises trailer. But what sets this clip apart from other montages edited to the music and dialogue of live-action movie trailers is that the Hub commissioned original voice actors Kevin Conroy and Adrienne Barbeau to recreate the memorably grim dialogue from the trailer for Christopher Nolan’s new Batman film. The results are predictably cool and even fascinating in how differently Conroy’s Batman interprets the dialogue written for Dark Knight Rises star Christian Bale.
J.G. Quintel Is Not A Bird: The ‘Regular Show’ Roundtable [SDCC]
By Chris Sims
Cartoon Network’s Regular Show is hands down one of the most enjoyable shows on television, and it can also be one of the hardest to figure out. Centered on a pair of slackers in their 20s — who are also a bluejay and a raccoon — and their job working for a park with an immortal white gorilla, a ghost, and an extremely angry gumball machine, it often takes a strange turn into magical realism. Clearly, it raises a lot of questions, and thanks to Comic-Con International, I was able to ask a few of them, finding out about the show’s guest stars, the way the characters have developed, how they’ve managed to get away with some of the edgier scenes, and the upcoming half-hour special that’s slated to kick off Season 4.
Check out our roundtable discussions with show creator and star J.G. Quintel (Mordecai), supervising producer Sean Szeles, creative director Mike Roth, voice actor Bill Salyers (Rigby), animator Sam Marin (Muscle Man) and writer Matt Price!
Toonami Returning to Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim Block on May 26
By Caleb Goellner
Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block will officially restore your chance to anime your life away via basic cable next week. That’s right, the fan-favorite Toonami will return on Saturday, May 26, reviving the anime-centric programming block that ran from 1997-2008 and introduced a generation to the likes of Dragon Ball Z, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Cowboy Bebop, Mobile Suit Gundam and dozens of other action shows.
The announcement comes via the Adult Swim Twitter feed - the same source that teased fans with a potential Toonami return this past April Fools’ Day (while the network itself ran select Toonami programming along with new CG animated bumpers of the block’s space suited mascot, T.O.M.), before asking fans to request its actual restoration with an official #BringBackToonami hashtag after admitting to the prank.
Toonami’s official schedule has not been announced, but ANN observed that TV Guide lists the following schedule for May 27:
12:00 a.m. - Bleach
12:30 a.m. - Fullmetal Alchemist
1:00 a.m. - Durarara!!
1:30 a.m. - Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
2:00 a.m. - FLCL
2:30 a.m. - Cowboy Bebop
3:00 a.m. - Bleach
3:30 a.m. - Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG
4:00 a.m. - Bleach
4:30 a.m. - Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
5:00 a.m. - Durarara!!
5:30 a.m. - Cowboy Bebop
Provided the listing is accurate, it seems Toonami might blend some of its classic lineup with newer shows. Either way, T.O.M. will be donning his helmet once again.