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From the creators of Ice Age and Rio comes a new 3D CG action-adventure comedy called Epic that reveals a hidden world unlike any other.

Epic tells the story of an ongoing battle deep in the forest between the forces of good and the forces of evil. When a teenage girl (Amanda Seyfried) finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she must band together with a rag-tag team of fun and whimsical characters (ie. Aziz Ansari from Parks & Recreation as a slug) in order to save their world… and ours.

The animated features is jam-packed with the voices of many other well known actors & musicians including Josh Hutcherson, Beyoncé Knowles, Colin Farrell, Johnny Knoxville, Pitbull, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler, Blake Anderson, and Judah Friedlander. The music playing in the background really compliments all of the animated action that is going on and makes the trailer more or less live up to the title of the movie. It looks like a really cute, well-made film! Check out the first trailer below.

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Disney and Barney’s New York have just released a new video called “Electric Holiday” to get people (and cartoons) excited about holiday fashion.

As the video starts off, Minnie Mouse finds herself on a fashion adventure in Paris at a fashion show where she and all the other Disney characters will be walking the runway in Lanvin. They get their makeup done, but it’s Tinkerbell’s magic touch that turns these cute characters, into runway divas. Minnie and essentially becomes “Skinny Minnie“.

Watch as Minnie embarks on a fantastical fashion adventure in Paris, where she walks the runway in Lanvin and rubs elbows with the cartoon version of fashion-world figures like Linda Evangelista, Daphne Guinness, Naomi Campbell, Sarah Jessica Parker, Lady Gaga and many more. There are so many Disney characters in it too – either walking the runway, or in the audience like Cinderella‘s evil stepmother and step sisters, Drizella and Anastasia.

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Just in time for Halloween, a new movie trailer for Despicable Me 2 just came out with a spooky Halloween theme. The film doesn’t come out until next summer, but this insanely cute trailer should hold you over for a while.

In the trailer, the minions are singing a lullaby to the little girl and then decide to play some golf when they hear a strange noise coming from outside. When they go to check out the situation, the actually theme from Hallloween starts playing as the suspense builds. Turns out it was a false alarm…or was it? I’ll give you a hint, the scene looks like it could have been inspired by 1993’s Fire In The Sky. That movie freaked me the eff out.

Before the trailer ends, there’s another cute scene where one of the minions is wearing a maid outfit and vacuuming when the doorbell rings…

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I grew up watching the ‘Golden Girls‘ and if you are/were a fan of the Emmy Award-winning show, you will love the video you’re about to watch.

What happens when four superhero friends retire and move to Miami to share a ranch style home? The following video. Someone remade the Golden Girls intro into a cartoon and replaced all of the characters with superheros. In the video, we have Batman as the grumpy Dorothy, Robin as the outspoken Sophia, Aquaman as naive Rose, and Superman as the slutty Blanche.

The creator of the video writes, “This is a pilot I’d like to propose to Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, if I knew anyone who worked there, and if all the licenses could be obtained.” Can you imagine? I would totally watch this cartoon. The part in the intro where Blanche/Superman does the sway walk down the hall is my favorite. I’ve included both the parody and the original intro should you want to compare for accuracy.

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One Direction Gets Animated

In: Donovan, Music

I have to admit, I’ve definitely jumped on the One Direction bandwagon. Their songs are super catchy and their stylist dresses them in some slick outfits. While I know some songs lyrics and embarrassingly know a few of the dance moves, I am nowhere near as fanatic as some of the group’s fans. Case in point Mark Parsons. This guy is beyond hardcore, and that’s putting it mildly.

Parsons created an 18-minute cartoon adventure featuring the boys of 1D. The quality of work is outstanding and the plot is surprisingly entertaining. He even throws in a few fun facts about the group à la pop-up video. I should probably mention that Parsons isn’t your typical fan still in junior high, but rather a lead animator for FX’s “Archer” which explains the superb animation. He also voiced all the characters. I guess his bosses now know what Mark does in his spare time.

I don’t want to give away too much of the plot, but it’s definitely worth watching. Dressed like Power Rangers, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, and Liam Payne are on a mission to save pussycats from the evil Lord Faptaguise. From dressing up in drag, eating tacos, hitting each other in the balls, the boys will stop at nothing to accomplish the mission at hand. Simon Cowell and Paul McCartney both make cameos in the cartoon. Cowell is PSYMON, a holographic image who informs 1D of their mission, while McCartney takes on a mentorship role dressed up as Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Watch the clip below. It’s perfect Saturday morning viewing material. It’ll remind you of your childhood when you used to watch cartoons the second you woke up.

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Get Ready To Practice Your Care Bear Stare

In: Donovan, Movies

Even though this bit of news is not only random, but also a few weeks old, I just had to chat about it. For those who didn’t know, I worked at a kids and teen online magazine for several years. Given that my job was to know everything kid-oriented, I was quite knowledgeable on cartoons and developed a love for vintage 80s kids shows. In addition, I babysit my niece once a week so I get my weekly fix of kids animation there as well.

Hands down, one of my cartoon guilty pleasures are the Care Bears. Who doesn’t love the cuddly bears with logos emblazoned on their adorable tummies. Tenderheart, Love-A-Lot, Cheer Bear come to mind? They should really include a gay one… oh wait, there was Funshine Bear *wink*. The Care Bears were created by American Greetings in 1981 to sell greeting cards. They were like the Smurfs, but with a fierce Care Bare stare.

Well, the crew is coming back for an original new show for The Hub debuting this summer. Coming off the success of their “My Little Pony” reboot, The Hub is looking to duplicate it with the residents of Care-a-Lot. This time around, they’re receiving the CGI treatment and their signature tummy symbols have been rebranded as “belly badges“. Check out the official synopsis.

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Not too long ago, I wrote an article about these awesome pictures of Disney Princes on the covers of men’s magazines. Today, I came across an amazing assortment of photos portraying Disney Male Heroes being re-imagined into sexy underwear models. That’s right, these Disney Heroes are not suitable for young viewers. It’s the work of talented deviantArt artist, David Kawena.

I know they’re only cartoons, but some of these images are very sexy. Who knew Prince Naveen from The Princess and the Frog was so well endowed. Check out the Disney Heroes like you’ve never seen them before below and let me know who your favorite is. I’ve also included a link below to check out the full gallery on Kawena’s website.

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I officially have a new favorite show. In the pained hiatus during which we true tv-philes have been awaiting the return of cartoon brilliance “Archer”, there has a arisen a new shinning star onto the FOX network lineup: “Allen Gregory“. It is modern, hilarious, simply drawn and insanely well-written. Oh, and the voices… my god the voices.

Assembling a motley crew of some of the best voice actors out there, this show includes Jonah Hill of “Superbad” fame as the protagonist Allen Gregory, Will Forte and Nasim Pedrad from “Saturday Night Live”, “Party of Five” fave Lacey Chabert (clearly making up for skipping out on the role of a lifetime as Meg from “Family Guy”) and to a less exciting extent “3rd Rock From the Sun”‘s French Stewart. Iconic voices aside, it is the writing that brings this show to life. Created by Jonah Hill himself, this 22-minute cartoon will have you busting a gut from opening credits till close. Gay dads, nouveau-pauvre New York elite, condescension and racist humour out the ying yang, “Allen Gregory” can do no wrong in my eyes.

Click through to read more of my accolades and see the trailer and another killer scene from this puppy

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