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.
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.
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 Chris Sims
October is finally upon is, and here at ComicsAlliance, and one of the best parts of the month is gearing up for Halloween with costumes! It’s the one time of year when even people like me who could never cut it in our Best Cosplay Ever feature can drop by the local department store and walk out with the ability to dress up as our favorite characters.
But is that really a good thing? I have my doubts, which is why I’m spending every day taking on the store-bought costumes inspired by our favorite things. Today, we’re running down the costumes based on Adventure Time, featuring Sexy Lumpy Space Princess and the best Finn and Jake costume ever!