After 22 years, Tom Ruegger’s iconic, Kids TV series, The Animaniacs are back! The new show will start streaming on Hulu on Nov 20th, 2020! The Animaniacs were known for their comedy, variety show skits, music and celebrity cameos. The show ran for roughly 5 years and spawned an animated film (1999) and two spin-offs. To this day its considered one of the most iconic and memorable animated TV series to be produced by Warner Bros and Steven Spielberg.
Fast forward 22 years, The Animaniacs are back! Although character designs and voice actors for the lead characters remained the same, the new show will integrate new and current topics, subcultures and genres including, the now, easily accessible Anime genre.
Getting in touch with modern and current subcultures, in the newest trailer, lead characters Yakko, Wakko and Dot are shown with anime style animation, leaving fans to wonder what type of skit is in store in this new series.
Although this is not the first time we’ve seen anime style animation in western TV shows as seen in The Amazing World of Gumball, this is the VERY first time its been used in a revival for a series that’s been off air for 22 years.
Those who watched Saturday morning cartoons (aka SatAM) in the ’90s may remember Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Underground. Garry Chalk was one of many voice actors from these shows, voicing Grounder in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and Dr.Robotnik in Sonic Underground, a dystopian version of the Sonic the Hedgehog TV universe.
Garry can be seen among the government officials sitting down during a meeting discussing the ‘anomaly‘ detected. It is unclear if Garry Chalk’s character in the film is more than just a minor cameo, or if there’s more than meets the eye.
Hill Top Zone
A road sign with ‘Hill Top Zone‘ can be seen seconds into the trailer. Hill Top Zone is the fifth Zone in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. The level is most notable for its geographical location, amidst the high peaks of West Side Island, which makes one wonder of its location within the film.
Green Hill Zone
This one’s pretty in your face. Right at the beginning of the trailer, Green Hill Zone can be seen right before Sonic travels into our world. It is unclear if the film will explore more of this zone (or any other) as a setting.
Sonic The Hedgehog Title Screen Emblem
The title screen emblem from Sonic The Hedgehog can be seen on Sonic’s headband. The game was originally released in 1991 for the Sega Mega Drive (Japan) and quickly became one of the most recognizable logos among hardcore Sonic fans.
Many who played Sonic The Hedgehog may remember the giant ring that would appear at the end of a level and teleport the player to special stages. The film drew inspiration from this, having sonic apparently teleport from one part of the world to another. Variations of this ability have been shown throughout the games and TV series.
Misa Amane (Death Note) and Fabiola Iglesias (Black Lagoon)
Among voice actor cameos is Shannon Chan-Kent, a Canadian based voice actress, who has voiced numerous notable characters such as Misa Amane from the hit anime series, Death Note and Fabiola Iglesias from Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail.
She is also the singing voice of Pinkie pie, Sonata Dusk and speaking voice of Silver Spoon in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
Jeff Fowler’s Gopher Broke cameo
This film will feature the theatrical, directorial debut of Jeff Fowler, who previously worked on Gopher Broke, a 2004 short, animated film written and directed by Jeff Fowler.
The short film follows a hungry gopher who hatches a clever plan to get a quick snack but discovers that even the best-laid plans can go udderly awry. The opening title can be seen during Sonic’s exploration of the motel room.
A more modern and more ‘realistic‘ version of the Egg-O-Matic can be seen through half of the trailer. Although it has not been confirmed that this is, in fact, a representation of the Egg-O-Matic, it does share some similarities.
Blur Studio, although its name is not a direct reference to Sonic’s nickname “The Blue Blur“, the studio has had ties to the Sonic The Hedgehog games before the film. Blur Studios produced several CGI animated cutscenes for Shadow the Hedgehog and Sonic The Hedgehog 2006.
According to an interview, by Di-O-Matic, Inc, with then Animation supervisor Leo Santos, “One particular challenge we had on the Sonic opening cinematic (and the Shadow the Hedgehog cinematics) is the fact that Sonic’s mouth is sometimes on the side, sometimes on the middle.” With Blur Studio’s experience with animating Sonic in the past, why was there a need to redesign?
Doctor Ovi Kintobor or Dr. Ivo Kintobor
This one is probably a long stretch but, Jim Carrey’s portrayal of a ‘thin‘ Robotnik is similar in appearance (somewhat) to that of Doctor Ovi Kintobor, a character that appears in the Sonic the Comic series published by Fleetway Editions in the UK. The character served as a background origin story to the present day Eggman. In other comic series published by Archie Comics, Carrey’s portrayal is similar to that of, alternate universe Robotnik, Dr. Ivo Kintobor, who is kind, generous and friendly.
Needless to say, there will probably be more hidden gems within the movie. Be on the lookout and mark your calendars for February 14th, 2020! Watch the newly released trailer here:
HBO Max will be the US streaming home to the entire Studio Ghibli film library, one of the world’s most coveted and revered animation catalogues.
HBO Max will be the US streaming home to the entire Studio Ghibli film library, one of the world’s most coveted and revered animation catalogues. The landmark deal with North American distributor GKIDS for the twenty-one Studio Ghibli feature films marks the first time these beloved films have been licensed to a streaming platform.
“We are excited to be working with HBO Max to bring the complete collection of Studio Ghibli films to streaming audiences in the US. As a premium content brand, HBO Max is an ideal home for our films,” said Koji Hoshino, Chairman of Studio Ghibli. “Upon launch of the service this spring, existing Ghibli fans will be able enjoy their favorites and delve deeper into the library, while whole new audiences will be able to discover our films for the first time.”
Studio Ghibli is one of the most acclaimed and influential animation studios in the world, inspiring filmmakers and audiences alike over the last 30 years with beloved stories and breathtaking visuals. Under the brilliance of visionary animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, and producer Toshio Suzuki, the studio’s films have won countless international awards, including an Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature for Spirited Away, as well as four additional Academy Award® nominations for Howl’s Moving Castle, The Wind Rises, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, and When Marnie Was There.
Director and studio co-founder Hayao Miyazaki was separately given an Honorary Award at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards in 2014, and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will pay tribute to his artwork with a special exhibit when the Museum opens in 2020.*
HBO Max is debuting in spring 2020, with over 10,000 hours of curated premium content anticipated at launch, HBO Max will offer powerhouse programming for everyone in the home, bringing together HBO, a robust slate of new original series, key third-party licensed programs and movies, and fan favorites from Warner Media’s rich library including Warner Bros., New Line, DC, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Looney Tunes and more. Sign up for updates at HBOMax.com.
Studio Ghibli’s acclaimed catalogue of films include:
Castle in the Sky
The Cat Returns
From Up On Poppy Hill
Howl’s Moving Castle
Kiki’s Delivery Service
My Neighbor Totoro
My Neighbors the Yamadas
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
The Secret World of Arrietty
The Tale of The Princess Kaguya
Tales From Earthsea
When Marnie Was There
Whisper of the Heart
The Wind Rises (launching Fall 2020)
*The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is a museum currently under construction by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles, California. Set to open in early 2020, the Academy Museum will be the nation’s first large-scale museum entirely dedicated to the art, science, craft, business, and history of film. For more information visit The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures website.
Last weekend marked the 20th year Anniversary of Pokemon!
Pokemon has been part of our childhood, at least for most of us, for 20 years now! To celebrate, clothing shop Japan LA located in West Hollywood, held a Pokemon 20th Anniversary event in which they relieved pokemon based clothing
Loads of pokemon fans came far and wide just to celebrate the 20th Anniversary!
Meitantei Pikachu: Shin Konbi Tanjo other wise known as Great Detective Pikachu: Birth of a New Duo. The newest addition in the Pokemon spin-off series. Oringinally, revealed in October 2013 during an episode of the Japanese television show, The Professionals.
The game follows a talking Pikachu who is intelligent and claims to be a great detective. One day he meets a boy named, Tim Goodman, who is able to understand what he is saying, the two then, begin to solve mysteries together.
The game has since been on the Nintendo 3DS in Japan only.
As if a talking Pikachu wasn’t already weird, Pokemon fans in the U.S. want Pikachu to be dubbed by Hollywood Actor, Danny DeVito! There’s a petition already set on Change.org. The petition has nearly 45,000 signatures in an attempt to have Nintendo of America cast Danny DiVeto!
Christy Marx probably wasn’t aware of what she was getting into when she created the hit TV show, Jem and the Holograms. Since its release in 1985 many people fell in love with Jerrica/Jem, including men. The show was so popular that it had its own doll line, at some point, the dolls were more popular than the Barbie doll itself. Of course, all this was 30 years ago. 30 years of Jem and the Holograms. The show ended in 1988, soon after the dolls were discontinued leaving the show with unreleased episodes and toys.
In 2015 Hasbro and IDW comics released the reboot the Jem series in comic book format.
Hasbro also teamed up with universal to make the ‘anticipated‘ live action version, Jem and the Holograms the movie. Fans would finally be able to relive the excitement and fun of ’80s cartoon show.
Well at least at Cinefamily they would. Christy Marx and Samantha Newark joined forces to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Jem and the Holograms with fans. Brought to by THE FRONT, the celebration included a Q&A with Christy Marx, Live performances, Art gallery and an autograph session with Christy Marx and Samantha Newark.
Samantha Newark was kind enough to autograph an extra autograph for us to giveaway here on the site to luck winner! Check out the Giveaway Page here to see the giveaway. Make sure you read the Rules and Conditions. Click here for more info/rules and good luck!