Headsup: Kids’ Corner #2

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of the first title featured below. The opinions I share are my own.

 

Out now are three new titles to help your kids get in some laughter and adventure:

 
Elmo's Wonderful World DVDFirst we have Sesame Street: Elmo’s Wonderful World, where the beloved muppet takes his preschool audience on an exploration of sharing, counting, kindness, playing dress up, meeting bees, and more.  Along for the ride are Elmo’s friends Smartie, Mr. Noodle, and Mr. Noodle’s dog Schmoodle.  In addition to the thirteen new Elmo’s World episodes, bonus features on this one include two episodes of Sesame Street‘s new spin-off Furchester Hotel (a fun new show featuring Elmo and Cookie Monster as they try to help the well-meaning but less-than-competent Furchester-Fuzz family run an upscale hotel), along with three classic Elmo’s World Episodes (“Frogs,” “Violins,” and “Helping”).

Sesame Street: Elmo’s Wonderful World is out now from Warner Brothers on DVD, which includes over two hours of Elmo’s World episodes.  The DVD is now available on Amazon for $9.19 and you can get a taste of the show with the clip below.

Rating: Not Rated

Episode Runtime: 5-7 minutes
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By | 2017-09-24T22:24:19+00:00 August 15th, 2017|Animation, Headsup|0 Comments

Headsup: Animation

 
Out now are two new releases from the animation world to help us see the lighter side of life:

 

Powerpuff Girls Tiara Trouble DVDFirst we have The Powerpuff Girls: Tiara Trouble.  After over a decade since they left the air in 2005, Buttercup, Bubbles, and Blossom returned to Cartoon Network in April of 2016 to continue to fight crime in Townsville, coming up against villainous foes such as Mojo Jojo, Fuzzy Lumpkins, Princess Morbucks, Manboy, the Gangreen Gang, and others.  The reboot follows the successful run of the Powerpuff Girls series (fun tidbit: it was originally titled Whoopass Stew!), which garnered several award nominations and wins in addition to a feature film, a series of video games, and a merchandise line.  The new series (starring Natalie Palamides as Buttercup, Kristen Li as Bubbles, and Amanda Leighton as Blossom) has itself received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Short Form Animated Program and has enjoyed respectable viewership numbers, reaching over 19 million viewers its first four weeks on the air.  New and old fans of the Powerpuff heroine trio will be happy to know that the first season of the reimagined series is now out on DVD, including all twelve episodes plus a bonus sticker pack (available on Amazon for $9.96).  The series is also available on both iTunes and Amazon video for $2.99 per episode or $19.99 for the complete season (be aware that on both it’s simply titled The Powerpuff Girls: Vol. 1 even though it’s the new Tiara Trouble series).  The full season streaming options do also include the bonus 2-minute music video for “Who’s Got the Power?”, but in my opinion that certainly isn’t worth doubling the price.  Remember also that these episodes are geared toward the goldfish-like attention spans of kids at eleven minutes each, so keep that in mind when considering how much content you get in relation to cost.

 

Next is Beavis and Butt-Head: The Complete Collection, the story of two teenage delinquents Beavis and Butt-Head The Complete Collection DVDwho love heavy metal, music videos, couch surfing, and voicing monosyllabic critiques of their environment and culture.  The series, created by (and starring) Mike Judge (King of the Hill, Office Space, Idiocracy), originated from the 1992 short film Frog Baseball and was later developed by MTV into the show fans would grow to love (and emulate).  The series ran from 1993-1997 and later was brought back for an eighth season in 2011; it was also turned into the 1996 feature film Beavis and Butthead Do America.  This collection is a compilation of the previously released Mike Judge Collection sets, series revival, and the feature film, including bonus features such as the MTV 20th Anniversary Special, VMA appearances, a Thanksgiving Special with Kurt Loder, a panel discussion from 2011 Comic-Con with Mike Judge, and more.  (No new material for this collection–it’s more a case of just having it all in one set.)  It’s also important to note that the episodes themselves are edited (by Judge himself) because there are still rights complications for music, television, etc that weren’t an issue during the airing of the original series but are, of course, for home release.  If you’re expecting a complete-complete-complete collection, therefore, you may be waiting a while, but if you’re a fan who’s just happy to have everything available to-date in one place, this may be a set for you.  If so, you can snag it on DVD on Amazon for $26.99 (no Blu-ray option for this one right now…maybe in the future.)

By | 2017-09-24T22:24:37+00:00 February 20th, 2017|Animation, Headsup|0 Comments

The Original Illustrated Catalog of ACME Products

ACME Do It Yourself Tornado Kit

After our previous post, Bailey and I were marveling over the ability of people to find time to do things on the internet, when we barely have time to, you know, live.

Case in point: somebody’s created a listing of all the ACME products featured in various Warner Brothers cartoons.

We don’t know where you found the time, but bless you regardless.

Found via WebZen.

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By | 2008-01-12T18:01:49+00:00 January 12th, 2008|Animation|0 Comments

Neil Gaiman’s Xmas Gift to Everyone

The Neil provided a great present for his fans: an extraordinarily tasty snippet of the movie Coraline:

This is directed by Henry Selick (who did, among other things, Nightmare Before Christmas) and stars the voices of Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, Keith David, Ian McShane and French & Saunders. If you have not read the original book, you owe it yourself to buy it now. It’s probably the best YA dark fantasy/horror book I’ve ever read. You can read my review of it here.

Direct link for the feedreaders.

To see it in high-res Quicktime, check it out here.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:23:28+00:00 December 25th, 2007|Animation|0 Comments

Bullwinkle’s June Foray and Bill Scott

Here’s a great segment from 1985 that talks to June Foray and Bill Scott about their career providing voices for many of the characters appearing in Rocky & Bullwinkle. As Mark Evanier points out (in his post, which is where we found this), this might actually be Scott’s last public appearance before his death.

This is a great find, since the previous video we had posted of Foray and Scott got yanked.

Direct link for the feedreaders.
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By | 2017-09-24T23:23:45+00:00 December 12th, 2007|Animation|0 Comments

A Plethora of Cartoon Openings From the 80s

Cap’n D writes in to tell us about this, a supposed Top 10 of cartoon openings from the 80s, judged by the song and the opening sequence.

However, this list is null and void. You can’t have a list like this and ignore Robotech. That song kicked ass and the opening sequence was badass. Yes, when you got into the cartoon proper the music took a sharp left turn and you found yourself wanting to just stitch Minmei’s mouth shut, but we’re talking just the openings here.

The good Cap’n points out somebody also did a solid half-hour of 80s cartoon openings and one of 90s cartoon openings as well.

There, we’ve shot your productivity full of holes, either for tonight or in the morning. You’re welcome.

Direct link for the feedreaders.

I mean, Christ, when was the last time you thought about the Pole Position cartoon?

By | 2017-09-24T23:24:15+00:00 December 6th, 2007|Animation|0 Comments

Bugs Bunny “A Hare Grows in Manhattan” Pencil Test

Bugs Bunny A Hare Grows in Manhattan pencil test

Stephen Worth over at the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive Project Blog has some of Virgil Ross’ drawings of the cartoon, “A Hare Grows in Manhattan.” (We previously posted about magazine illustrations of that particular short here–that was also due to the fine folks at ASIFA.) Worth has taken the drawings and turned them into a flipbook pencil test, so you can see them in action. It’s short, but man, it’s pretty cool.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:24:23+00:00 December 1st, 2007|Animation|0 Comments