Category Archives: Animation

Wanted ’99: Anime Through The Year 2000

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Remember once upon a time, back before Netflix and Crunchyroll, before Facebook and Wikipedia, back when there were few ways to find out about anime beyond obscure internet fora or trawling your local video store?

When I was a kid, it was a difficult–and expensive–proposition to find new anime. In west Cobb county, we didn’t have access to a hearty VHS sharing community, and the nearest Japanese shops were 30+ miles away in Gwinnett County. We did, however, have Hollywood Video on Dallas Highway and Suncoast Motion Picture Company at Town Center Mall!

Hollywood Video did manage to have a decent selection of anime for a video store in suburban Georgia in the 1990s–Macross, Fist of the North Star, and Ranma 1/2 to name but a few. Mostly older titles at the time, but it was a great introduction to the classics. Suncoast, being a retail store, stocked the latest titles being released by Bandai and Pioneer–they just happened to cost around $25 per VHS tape (a veritable fortune, considering only 2 episodes per tape). A series might cost someone upwards of $150, and you have no way to preview it!

To help sell these outrageously priced VHS tapes, Suncoast occasionally published a catalogue of upcoming titles to generate buzz. I grabbed one of these one afternoon while I was at the mall and, for some reason, held onto it these last 17 years or so. Obviously, I’ve seen a few of these titles in the intervening years, but I thought it fun to use it as a springboard to get back into anime as I haven’t really paid much attention to it since giant robots faded into obscurity. Keep an eye on this space; I’ll review each of these titles as I watch them and maybe get a little insight and reminisce about a bygone era in animation.

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Safetyville

The Los Angeles Metro has published a new series of safety videos for the opening of the new Expo Line because, apparently, the Westside doesn’t know what a train is.

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If UNO Was an Anime

It’s already better than Yu-Gi-Oh!

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DREAMWORKS VOLTRON LEGENDARY DEFENDER: Official Trailer

Activate Interlock….Form Blazing SQUEEEEEE!!!!

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Lilo & Stitch Meet Vaporwave

I think I laughed way too hard at this.

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Toys vs Toys

Brilliant stop-motion animation by a Viner-turned-Robot-Chicken-staffer. Link versus Darth Vader in a most epic battle of ultimate destiny.

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Animaniacs: “Who’s on Stage?”

You’re doing that owl thing again, Skippy.

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The Untold Story Behind The Force Awakens’ Best Easter Egg

There’s a ton of fan service in the blockbuster. But the reappearance of a holographic board game just might be the best.

Source: The Untold Story Behind The Force Awakens’ Best Easter Egg | WIRED

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Aw yes, children, this is happening

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Tra la laa, laa la la laa. Tra la laa, laa la la laaaa…

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When Disney got adult – and trippy

I like a lot of Disney’s experimental work. Everyone seems to think his name synonymous with “saccharine family-friendly entertainment”, but there was a deeper (often darker) side to Disney, and it’s arguably better.

At one time the animation mogul’s films veered toward radical, experimental art. These works still appealed to children even if they also went over their heads, writes Leonard Maltin.

Source: BBC – Culture – When Disney got adult – and trippy

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