Cartoons that should’ve entered public domain in 2016 (but didn’t)

Much has been written about how various books, music, films, and so forth have been withheld from entering the public domain. This is due to corporate lobbying of Congress to extend the lengths of copyright retroactively. The main proponent of this has been Disney, in order to protect their cash cow Mickey Mouse. Since said … Continue reading “Cartoons that should’ve entered public domain in 2016 (but didn’t)”

Teletoon Retro to shut down September 1, 2015

While I’m not Canadian, I have kept tabs occasionally on the goings-on with Canada’s premiere animation cable channel, Teletoon. For years, it’s been the main analog of Cartoon Network in Canada—until recently, Canada’s been a noteworthy standout that didn’t have an actual Cartoon Network version. Just as Cartoon Network has a sibling channel Boomerang, since 2007 … Continue reading “Teletoon Retro to shut down September 1, 2015”

Anthony’s miscellaneous comics picks for October 2015

Here’s a look at what’s coming out for non-DC and Marvel comics in October 2015. Archie A full list of solicitations is available here. The Black Hood, vol. 1: The Bullet’s Kiss, on sale Oct. 7, $15 IDW A full list of solicitations is available here. Back to the Future #1 (of 5), $4 Jem … Continue reading “Anthony’s miscellaneous comics picks for October 2015”

Minorities in cartoons: Monique (“Kim Possible”)

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Monique, a character on the Disney Channel series “Kim Possible.” Monique is the best female friend of series star Kim Possible. Monique’s interests lied heavily in the area of fashion. This proved to pay off when she used her skills to get employment at “Club Banana,” the show’s … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: Monique (“Kim Possible”)”

Minorities in cartoons: Wade (“Kim Possible”)

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Wade, a supporting character on the 2002-2007 Disney Channel series “Kim Possible.” Like fellow kid cartoon characters Cameron, A.J., and Oliver Wendell Jones, Wade‘s a super-intelligent child genius—by the age of 10, he’d already finished college. As a genius inventor, Wade’s invents and manages many of the gadgets … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: Wade (“Kim Possible”)”

Minorities in cartoons: Disney’s “Mulan”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Mulan,” a 1998 Disney animated feature. “Mulan” is based on the ancient Chinese ballad “The Ballad of Mulan.” The film’s story: when China is being invaded by Huns, the nation’s emperor enlists a draft of all families to send a male member to repel the enemy. Fa Mulan, … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: Disney’s “Mulan””

Sequel news for “Star Wars,” “Frozen”

Word came from Disney today on two upcoming sequel films for two popular franchises, “Star Wars” and “Frozen.” Star Wars: Episode VIII, Rogue One A press release earlier today reported that “Star Wars” Episode VIII—the next film after “The Force Awakens” this December—will be released on May 26, 2017. That’s 40 years to the day after the … Continue reading “Sequel news for “Star Wars,” “Frozen””

New trailer for Pixar’s “Inside Out”

A new trailer’s been released earlier today for the upcoming Pixar movie “Inside Out.” It gives more of a feel for the film’s “world,” aka the inside of a middle school student’s head. The film looks pretty good so far. Apparently the family (or at least the father) is a hockey fan. Nice joke about San Francisco/west … Continue reading “New trailer for Pixar’s “Inside Out””

“DuckTales” is being revived for Disney XD in 2017

The classic 1987 animated series “DuckTales” is coming back to TV in a revival (or reboot). Disney’s announced a new “DuckTales” series will be produced for Disney XD, and will debut sometime in 2017. “DuckTales” was a turning point for TV animation, and in my opinion, the TV cartoon that helped spark the modern era of … Continue reading ““DuckTales” is being revived for Disney XD in 2017″

Disney sweeps the 2015 animation Oscars, “Birdman” flies off with Best Picture

This year’s Oscars are over, and Disney’s swept this year’s animation categories. The winners are in bold type below. Animated Feature Film Big Hero 6 The Boxtrolls How to Train Your Dragon 2 Song of the Sea The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Animated Short Film The Bigger Picture The Dam Keeper Feast Me and My … Continue reading “Disney sweeps the 2015 animation Oscars, “Birdman” flies off with Best Picture”