UPDATE: Added Warner Bros. movies!
I don’t usually post a lot about new acquisitions and announcements of upcoming DVD/Blu-rays — mainly because I just get so many of them.
But a few have crossed my desk in the last couple days that I feel deserve some special attention because of the awesomeness involved with the properties.
The latest is the long-awaited release of the final seasons of “Animaniacs” from Warner Bros. I first saw the notice at TVshowsonDVD.com and have been able to confirm it with Warner Bros., which had the cover art available.
The three-disc set will contain 24 episodes from the third-fifth seasons (obviously, not many new ones were made the last couple years). Faboo!
It will be out Feb. 5. Here’s the official description:
Reunite with your favorite cast of characters … Yakko, Wakko, and Dot from the Warner Movie Lot in their fourth and final volume of the outrageously zany Animaniacs adventures! Anytime this rowdy bunch of misfits comes together, whether they are putting a twisted spin on a classic tale or charting insane new territory, hilarious hijinks are sure to follow. So catch up with the whole gang including Slappy the Squirel, Goodfeathers, and Dr. Otto Scratchansniff as they set out to conquer the world, seek answers to life’s biggest questions, and skewer entertainment’s most treasured icons along the way. This gut busting 3 DVD saves the best laughs for last!
Meanwhile, Funimation made a couple acquisition announcements this week. The one that caught my attention was “Wolf Children Ame and Yuki.” That’s because it’s from Mamoru Hosoda, who gave us the excellent “Summer Wars” and “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” movies.
This one, due sometime in 2013, sounds like a winner, too:
From the visionary, award-winning creator of “Summer Wars” and “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time,” Mamoru Hosoda, comes a beautiful tale of love and triumph. 19-year-old Hana finds herself falling in love with a wolf-man and over the years becomes the mother of two half wolf/ half human children. Ame, born on a rainy day and Yuki, born in the snowy winter must move with their mother to a rural town to hide the secret of their mysterious lineage.
And, finally, Disney shows how dynamic its ownership of Marvel has made it, outpacing Warner Bros. and DC, which really ticked off fans this past weekend by pulling “Young Justice” and “Green Lantern” cartoons from the Cartoon Network lineup after airing just two new episodes of each after a previous long delay. New eps aren’t due until January.
Disney XD will launch two new shows next summer: “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” and “Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.” Of course some fans aren’t happy with Disney for giving Marvel shows short runs before cutting them off and launching new ones, but at least they’re being replaced with something that sounds like fun:
In “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” an animated series parallel to the record-breaking blockbuster movie “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Iron Man leads the team of mightiest heroes – Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow and newcomer Falcon – who combine their powers to battle threats no single hero could overcome. When the Avengers assemble, evil doesn’t stand a chance. The voice cast includes: Adrian Pasdar (“Heroes”) as Iron Man, Fred Tatasciore (“Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness”) reprising his role as Hulk, Roger Craig Smith (“Wreck-It Ralph”) as Captain America, Travis Willingham (“Shelf Life”) as Thor, Troy Baker (“Ultimate Spider-Man”) as Hawkeye, Laura Bailey (“The Super Hero Squad Show”) as Black Widow and Bumper Robinson (“The Game”) as Falcon. Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle of Man of Action Studios (“Ben 10,” “Generator Rex”) will serve as executive producers.
“Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.” stars Marvel’s biggest, hardest-hitting super hero, Hulk, as he is joined by his larger-than-life teammates and unconventional family – his cousin She-Hulk, the irascible Red Hulk, the exuberant A-Bomb and the savage Skaar – to tackle threats that are too enormous for other heroes to handle. The creative talents of Emmy Award-winning Paul Dini (“Batman: The Animated Series,” “Lost”) and Henry Gilroy (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars”) have been tapped for this series. The voice cast includes: Fred Tatasciore (“Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness”) as Hulk, Clancy Brown (“SpongeBob SquarePants”) as Red Hulk, Eliza Dushku (“Dollhouse”) as She-Hulk, Ben Diskin (“Codename: Kids Next Door”) as Skaar and Emmy Award-winning Seth Green (“Robot Chicken”) as A-Bomb.
And Warner Bros. announced its 2013 slate of animated movies. We get part two of “The Dark Knight Returns” in January or February. Mid-year sees “Superman: Unbound,” based on Geoff Johns’ “Superman/Brainiac.” That’s followed by “Justice League: Flashpoint,” based on, well, “Flashpoint.”
But the one that got me most jazzed is “Lego Batman: The Movie — DC Superheroes Unite.” It’s based on the video game, which I wasn’t able to finish because something about it kept frying the laser on my PS3. So now I’ll be able to see how it would have played out. He’s not in the trailer, but there better be some Aquaman action!