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6 items from 2009

Last Minute Video Considerations - Family Edition

23 December 2009 10:29 AM, PST | | See recent Comicmix news »

The Blu-ray conversion process continued throughout the year and there’s something for everyone. As the hours dwindle towards Santa’s arrival, here’s a trio of family-friendly Blu-ray offerings that are perfect – as long as you don’t have these on standard DVD. Warner Home Video wisely released A Charlie Brown Christmas and Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas some weeks back, completing the hat trick with the Blu-ray debut of Horton Hears a Who!

These are basically the standard DVDs upgraded to Blu-ray so everything looks and sounds marvelous. All the standard DVD extras are still here so there’s little to compel you to upgrade, especially since the prices treat these like the full-length feature films when the reality is, these were thirty minute television specials.

None of the above robs the trio from their power to entertain. The Charlie Brown special, which has been collected in multiple DVD sets, »

- Robert Greenberger

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"Up," "Coraline" Top 2009 Annie Award Nominees

1 December 2009 3:51 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The International Animated Film Society has announced the 2009 Annie Award nominations! "Up" and "Coraline" led the pack in the film categories.

Award recipients will claim their trophies at the 37th Annual Annie Awards scheduled for Saturday, February 6, 2010 at UCLA's Royce Hall in Los Angeles, California.

Here's the list of nominees of the 37th Annual Annie Awards:

Production Categories

Best Animated Feature

* Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs . Sony Pictures Animation

* Coraline . Laika

* Fantastic Mr. Fox . 20th Century Fox

* The Princess and the Frog . Walt Disney Animation Studios

* The Secret of Kells . Cartoon Saloon

* Up . Pixar Animation Studios

Best Home Entertainment Production

* Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas . Universal Animation Studios

* Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder . The Curiosity Company in association with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

* Green Latern: First Flight . Warner Bros. Animation

* Open Season 2 . Sony Pictures Animation

* SpongeBob vs. The Big One . Nickelodeon

Best Animated Short Subject »

- Manny

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Internet Influence on Comic-Con

28 July 2009 9:17 AM, PDT | | See recent ReelzChannel news »

When Comic-Con began 40 years ago, it was pretty much a bunch of guys and their comic books. My how times have changed. Now it's a multi-day, multi-million dollar tent pole event. Gaming, TV, and movies are all using the convention as a springboard to success, though not all succeed. It's less a comic convention now and more a convention about what would interest comic book fans. A big recurring theme this year was not just the increase in exposure for other meduims, but also the growing influence of the internet on each of them.

In his panel for The Frog Princess and Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo, John Lasseter announced that Disney/Pixar would be releasing exclusive content to their Facebook page with shorts and behind the scenes footage of the animation process.

Huge on YouTube, the comedy group Derrick Comedy was picked up by Roadside Attractions for the feature film Mystery Team. »

- reelz reelz

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A Charlie Brown Christmas, Dr Seuss Classics on Blu-ray

15 July 2009 2:49 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Warner is bringing the holiday cheer to Blu-ray Disc later this year with a trio of classics meant to be replayed year after year. On October 6, Warner will release A Charlie Brown Christmas, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! on Blu-ray Disc for the first time. These are in addition to the National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation tin already announced. Each cartoon has been remastered for high definition and will be presented in its original 1.37:1 aspect ratio in 1080p video with 2.0 Dolby Digital audio. The roughly 30-minute cartoons will come with bonus features, a digital copy, and a DVD version packed into the Blu-ray case that includes a foil-embossed outer sleeve. The complete bonus features are as follows: A Charlie Brown Christmas

Christmas Miracle: The Making of A Charlie Brown Christmas . An in-depth look at how the producers brought a newspaper »

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More women at Comic-Con 2009: June Foray, Women in Manga, Women of Marvel, Emily The Strange

12 July 2009 8:05 PM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

So, there's even more crap going on Saturday and Sunday July 25th and 26th at the San Diego ComicCon that celebrates women/acknowledges them. Cartoon voice legend June Foray gets her own panel, as do Women in Manga and the Women of Marvel, plus Emily The Strange creators, including writer Jessica Gruner, talk about the little gril goth cult phenomenon...

Saturday, July 25th

11:00-12:00 Women in Manga— Newsflash! Women read manga! We all know that teenage girls have been driving much of the manga boom, but did you know that women are making massive contributions to fandom, the industry, and beyond? Moderated by Eva Volin, this panel will feature Leyla Aker, Deb Aoki, Robin Brenner, Becky Cloonan, Lillian Diaz-Przybyl, and JuYoun Lee as they discuss the state of women in the manga industry, female fans within the manga community, and just where women go from here in supporting »

- Superheidi

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Review: 'Saturday Morning Cartoons 1960s Volume 1'

23 May 2009 10:10 AM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

Back in the days after the dinosaurs died out, Saturday mornings meant all three networks would run children’s programming from as early as 7:30 until noon or so. Every fall, as we started a new school year, we eagerly anticipated what new animated fare there might be and were mesmerized by the cartoon antics of anthropomorphic animals, adventurous humans and some downright silly-looking monsters. The baby boomers born at the end of the generation were raised on this diet animated diet as it proved cheaper to produce than live-action fare.

Warner Home Video has collected a wonderful sampling of those shows in Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960s Vol. 1 , going on sale Tuesday. There are 12 different series presented on two discs, providing me with five hours or reliving my childhood.

Back in the day, with few channels to pick from, we would watch these shows endlessly, repeated throughout the year and »

- Robert Greenberger

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