Princess Mononoke 🐺

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Princess Mononoke, Studio Ghibli (1997)

   So, I guess, I’ve been living under a rock for roughly 20 years now. I have never seen this movie. Sure, I’ve heard of it, but when I watch Japanese Animation it’s usually containing Ninja, Samurai or Giant Mechs & Kaiju. It is entirely understandable how a movie about a “Princess” could fly under my radar. Last week it was being played in select theaters, and a much younger co-worker was all about it. I was curious so that evening I went home and found a trailer for the film. I was surprised to find out that it was just my sort of thing. My wife was impressed as well. I found it on Netflix, the next thing you know it’s here and we’re enjoying it immensely.

   According to the young man that I work with, I have more to look forward to in other titles from Studio Ghibli. I cannot wait!

The Last Unicorn (1982)

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   Today we are enjoying a Rankin|Bass production, The Last Unicorn. This is a movie that I have seen on a few occasions, but apparently I’ve never really paid attention to it. The classic cell animation style is a joy to behold, much of the music is provided by America, and the voice talent is perfect. At times there are a few cringe worthy moments, yet on the whole it’s a wonderful film. You can view it for yourself on Netflix.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mazes & Mutants

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   Today, we are enjoying another episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It’s a great episode that combines Dungeons & Dragons with our favorite four brothers.

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Star Wars: TIE Fighter

   Am I tardy to the party? Nope, but somebody brought this little gem back into my consciousness, today. This short film is some of the best Star Wars traditional animation that I’ve ever seen. It was uploaded to YouTube back in 2015, and has garnered over 6,742,808 views! OtaKing77077 is a master of his craft.

Go Nagai’s Mazinger Z: Dynamic Super Battle Robots | AniMonday

  While I am not familiar with all of the robots, two of them are new to me, I love some animated giant robot on Kaiju action. This has made Monday a bit more bearable. I may have to make every Monday an AniMonday.

  1. Mazinger Z
  2. Great Mazinger
  3. Jeeg
  4. Govarian
  5. God Mazinger
  6. Grendizer
  7. Shin Getta
  8. Mazinkaizer

Higher Res: Marvel’s new Animated Spider-Man

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Spider-Man is getting back to his roots in a new animated TV series.

   "Spider-Man is the biggest action hero in the world. He is an iconic 
character whose duality  makes him both relatable and  aspirational for 
the  Disney  XD  audience,"  says  Marc Buhaj,  senior vice president, 
programming and general manager for Disney XD.     He promises "a fresh 
take on a beloved classic that will engage both new and existing Spidey 
fans with its compelling drama, exciting action and the signature sense 
of comedy."

  More about the next Spider-Man series here:  Exclusive: New ‘Spider-Man’ animated series coming in 2017

Let’s Go, Voltron…

   Voltron: Legendary Defender, was released on June 10th. I cannot recommend this new show enough. I was 15 when Voltron: Defender of the Universe was released in North America from a retooled Beast King: Go Lion. Back then, I enjoyed the show a lot, it wasn’t my favorite but is was fun… until they tried splicing in Armored Fleet Dairugger XV. They quickly re-retooled their show and phased out the “Vehicle Voltron” for the more popular lion version. Clever as it was, they milked the footage for all they could. Coupled with the specialty shops importing Go Lion toys, Matchbox releasing a version then Panosh Place taking a shot at the license, the world seemed to be crazy for Voltron.

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#Animation: The Jonny Quest #Documentary You Never Knew You Needed.

jonny-quest-   I am watching this right now. The beginning is a bit silent, and I am not a fan of the font he uses, but tough it out and be both entertained and educated. Watch as the early days of animation specifically created to be televised unfold before you. I wrote this show off a while ago as just another cartoon mill show, but there is something special about it and I am going to dust off my copies and rewatch them.

   We I first saw Jonny Quest, the  show had been off the air for some time. I would place it around the late 70’s. It was a staple of Sunday viewing for a long time. Religion never played a big part in my life so Sunday morning cartoons were a must for me. It’s where I was exposed to such shows as George of the Jungle, King Kong, The Banana Splits (which was apparently a favorite of mine before I could speak), along with Jonny Quest.

   I cannot recommend this documentary enough. Watch it now and visit the YouTube user’s page (ronvailvideos) and give his work a few more likes 🙂