TV on DVD: “The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: Top Gear Trucks”

The word “wholesome” gets thrown around a lot with regards to children’s/family programming, and it’s usually sarcastic shorthand for “boring” or “uncool.” To me, it is an all-important indication that as a parent, I can turn it on and not have to ...

Catching Up With The Venture Brothers

One of television’s sharpest, funniest and most convoluted animated series, The Venture Brothers returns for its fifth season on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block beginning June 2. It was originally scheduled to return two weeks earlier on May 23 but was delayed ...

The Popdose Interview: Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer

It’s hard to think of two more beloved figures in the world of animation right now than Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer. For ten years the duo have written and produced four seasons of one of the most popular original shows on ...

Top 10 Venture Bros. Episodes

It’s not often I get genuinely excited over the return of a TV show anymore, but there is one notable exception. On June 2, one of the best television series currently in production — The Venture Bros. — returns to Cartoon ...

Short Film Watch: Cabbit

Animation is a vastly huge enterprise that requires hundreds, if not thousands, of artists to toil on Macs; untold numbers of man-hours to produce even a few minutes of movement; a “render farm” of computing power that would take up a ...

Shameless Nostalgia: Daria

Shhh… wait, what’s that? Do you hear that? It’s… it’s… yes! We’re finally here! The moment when cultural nostalgia for the 1980s is no longer really a thing!

Oh, okay, so that hasn’t really happened yet. Movie studios are still ...

TV on DVD: “The PJ’s: Season One”

Anyone who felt that Eddie Murphy had lost his edge after the string of family friendly films he made in the mid to late 90’s should have taken a look at The PJ’s, the stop motion animated series Murphy co-created with ...

TV on DVD: “The Wild Thornberrys: Season One”

The 90’s saw a resurgence in animation thanks in part to Nickelodeon’s rise in stature. The Nicktoons the network produced varied in style and content, but they were all quality shows with mass appeal. One of the underrated programs of that ...

How Bad Can It Be?: One Eskimo, “All Balloons”

It is a truth universally acknowledged that in popular culture, innovation engenders imitation. When something works, for whatever reason, elements of it will invariably show up in subsequent cultural product, sometimes as recontextualized bits and bobs, sometimes as entire ...

How Bad Can It Be?: “Star Trek: The Animated Series”

My usual modus operandi with this column — and the reason why its title is phrased as a question — is to look for signs of quality in cultural products for which I have no reasonable expectation of finding ...

Film Review: “Up”

The new Disney/Pixar collaboration, Up, has just opened to some of the best reviews the studio’s ever received. While it’s a very enjoyable film, I have to say it certainly isn’t among their best, in spite of the talent behind it.

As a ...

TV on DVD: “Gigantor: The Collection Volume 1″

Gigantor: The Collection Volume 1 (2009, Koch Vision)
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Things my son said to me when I put on Gigantor to watch: “What is THAT? Is that a robot?” “I like the theme song! (singing) Gi-GAN-tor. ...