By Joe Hughes
Lou Scheimer, an animation producer whose work spanned four decades, has passed away, according to his biographer. One of the founders of the animation company Filmation, Scheimer worked on several memorable cartoons, from Mighty Mouse to Star Trek: The Animated Series, but is best known for his contributions in the creation of Fat Albert And The Cosby Kids, He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe, and She-Ra, Princess Of Power.
Between its Superbook and Sailor Moon-inspired aesthetic, hearty humor and intriguing premise, it’s not hard to see why Natasha Allegri's two Bee and PuppyCat shorts from Frederator’s Cartoon Hangover have amassed more than 4 million views online over the past few months. With fan demand fully in tow, Cartoon Hangover has turned to Kickstarter to expedite the creation of six (or more, according to stretch goals) new 6-minute installments set to start rolling out by the summer of 2014. Should backers succeed in funding the project, they won’t just get more cartoons to watch. Rewards include a Bee and PuppyCat #1 comic book, with certain backing levels indicating that the series could run long enough to supply two years’ worth of collected editions.
SUPERMAN: 75 Years of Heroic History. A In honor of the hero’s 75th anniversary, Man of Steel director Zack Snyder and DC animated universe maestro Bruce Timm have crafted this two-minute animated short, which blasts through the highlights of the character’s many incarnations, from comics, to movies, video games, and even pop art. [x]
Man of Steel Henry Cavill represents the iconic superhero in the modern cinema and you can catch him at the end of the animation. The transition from John Williams’ Superman theme to Hans Zimmer’s Man of Steel theme is just amazing. GREAT SHORT! -A
By Joe Hughes
In yet another moment clearly meant to remind you that you are no longer young, The Simpsons is about to air it’s 24th “Treehouse of Horror” Halloween special. Any current or lapsed fan of the show is familiar with a few of the traditions that go into the annual episode, including the altered opening and horror-inspired Couch Gag. The theme continues this year, and this time the producers of the show brought on Guillermo del Toro to create the opening. Just under three minutes long, the animation features guest appearances by a few comic characters, as well as a nod to Futurama, and some inspiration from Mad magazine and former Hellboy artist and frequent del Toro collaborator Guy Davis.
By Andy Khouri
There’s probably more than enough Alphonse Mucha-inspired, art nouveau fan-art to go around on the Internet, but rarely have we seen any that’s so well done or so thematically appropriate. The Pixiv artist calling themselves Marlboro took their cue from the original artist himself when creating these art nouveau tributes to Hayao Miyazaki, the legendary Studio Ghibili animator of such classics as Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky and Ponyo, among others.
It looks like Capcom’s recently released DuckTales Remastered isn’t the only game in town when it comes to adventuring with Uncle Scrooge and Launchpad. Disney has rolled out an all-new and all-different kind of game featuring Duckburg’s wealthiest resident called DuckTales: Scrooge’s Loot on iOS and Android. Unlike the DuckTales games on NES and Game Boy and the new DTR, Scrooge’s Loot isn’t a sidescrolling adventure title, but rather a 3D multiplayer battle game complete with feathered customizable characters. Considering this is a game starring the miserly McDuck, it’s also a bit surprising to find out the mobile title is free.
By Chris Sims
Q: Outside of the opening credits to Batman: The Animated Series, what’s the most effective opening to an 80s/90s “kids” show? —@chudleycannons
A: You know, Chudley, I like that you went as far as putting the quotation marks around “kids” as though being a 31-year-old who gets up every morning to watch an episode of Jem and the Holograms over a cup of coffee is something that is perfectly normal for my demographic. But there’s no shame in my game, friend, so let’s talk a little about cartoons and how they open.
By Joe Hughes
After 14 years of amazing animation, mathematical humor, annual cancellation threats, and Hedonismbot, Futurama's series finale aired last night, bringing to a close one of the best animated series of its time, and possibly ever. And to further celebrate the show's run you can check out this eBay auction of original Futurama art, revealed at this year’s Comic-Con and signed by nearly the entire cast of the show, as well as series creator Matt Groening, Executive Producer David X. Cohen and Bongo Comics co-founder Bill Morrison, who illustrated the piece.
By Chris Sims
Hitting at the height of the franchise’s popularity, the 1992 X-Men animated series translated all the action and melodrama that made the comic such a success to the world of Saturday morning cartoons, and it got its hooks into me like almost nothing else. That’s why ComicsAlliance is heading back through the archives for an in-depth look at every single episode of X-Men. This week: 'The Final Decision,’ the explosive (literally) finale of Season One!