Animation news: Adult Swim, Billy and Mandy's Adventure, Smurfs, and stuff for the kids
Interesting things in the world of animation have happened. I will now tell you about them:
First of all, if you're a fan of The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, or you have kids who love the show, the recently-released DVD Billy and Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure is definitely worth the purchase. In this made-for-TV movie --which originally aired on Cartoon Network-- Billy, Mandy and Grim must race against Boogey (a.k.a. "the Boogeyman") to retrieve Horror's Hand, an ancient artifact that give its possessor the power to conjure up everyone's deepest fears, but only if one conquers their own fears first. Kids will enjoy the silly characters and booger jokes, and there are plenty of pop cultural references for adults: within the first five minutes of the movie we're treated to homages to Terminator 2, Stargate, Star Wars and Fractured Fairy Tales, just to name a few. Also, there's a nice lesson about facing your fears that ties all the random insanity together.
I mentioned before that Aqua Teen Hunger Force co-creator Matt Maiellaro was making a new live-action horror series for Adult Swim with the working title of Stiff. Now Sci Fi is reporting that Dave Willis, the other ATHF creator, is developing his own live-action series called Sea to Shining Sea, plus a 3D series.
Speaking of Aqua Teen, you can see their origin on this episode of Space Ghost: Coast to Coast. Also, check out this great Aqua Teen / Tim and Eric crossover interview with Dana Snyder, the voice of Master Shake.
Oh yeah, and if you dig Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! you'll be happy to know that thirty new episodes have been ordered.
In Adult Swim DVD news: the third and finally volume of Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law will hit stores July 24.
Steering away from adult cartoons to more kid-friendly fare, the Kids' WB block on the CW has added five new shows for 2007-08: Eon Kid, about a young boy who "becomes the human extension of the Fist of Eon" that endows him with super fighting powers; World of Quest, based on the graphic novel series; Magi-Nation, an interactive series about a boy who travels to a mystical land created by a group of beings known as the Magi; Will & Dewitt, about a young boy named Will and his shape-shifting frog; and Spider-Man, which is about Spider-Man.
Little kids might also dig Wilbur, a combination puppets/animation series (think It's a Big Big World) for Discovery Kids debuting April 16 at 11:00 a.m. The show features Wilbur, a calf who lives on a farm and has storybook adventures with his animal pals.
Speaking of old time super heroes: both The New Adventures of Superman and The New Adventures of Batman will be coming out on DVD. The New Adventures of Superman: Season One and The New Adventures of Batman: The Complete Series will be released on June 26. Both series aired on CBS (Superman in the late '60s and Batman in the late '70s).
Finally, Dark Horizons reports that a CG film version of The Smurfs may be hitting screens sometime in 2009.