In 2008, there was a trailer for what turned out to be – in my not-so-humble (I WILL FIGHT YOU AND EVERYONE YOU LOVE ) opinion – the best animated film of all time. The trailer told us next to nothing about the film itself. Other than a couple quick shots of a robot collecting trash (which were shockingly realistic for the state of animation at the time, mind you) the entire trailer focussed on the fact that Pixar was the studio making the film. Callbacks to several of Pixar’s other films were thrown into the mix. The message was…
With Ninjago: Hands of Time finally right around the corner (although I think I’m in the minority, not having watched any subtitled leaks, as the season aired in non-English speaking countries starting in January) I finally managed to get my hands on the third and final final part of the Dark Island graphic novel trilogy at the local library.
For reasons unknown, the volume has been stupidly hard to find, not even officially being stocked by Amazon. (In fact, another Ninjago graphic novel released around the same time is also only available via third party sellers? What the heck happened? Maybe taking the Ninjago comics license away from Papercutz to public in-house wasn’t the best idea.)
Thoughts, reactions, and predictions for the next two seasons after the break. Also, spoilers for everything up through Day of the Departed.
How embarrassing! It’s my first year with a blog entirely my own, I posted my predictions for the winners of the 2017 Annie Awards, and they turned out to be very, very off. One of the hosts themselves called this year’s event weird on stage, and a variety of titles put out by studios that aren’t often mentioned took home a superb number of awards.
But I’m not here to make excuses – I’m here to figure out exactly why me, and so many of my friends who screamed in a chat along with me during our streaming party, were so far off the mark.
It’s been a long time since I have been as dumbfounded about the hype over a show as I am after sampling Konosuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World.
Normally, I’d start predictions off with a rousing, snarky comment about how much awards season disappoints me every year, but last year’s Annie Awards were a pleasant surprise; no one film swept up every single award and an extremely underrated series took home the award for best television production for children. This year, the nomination list looks robust and the horribly overrated “it’s adult and edgy” film industry sweetheart has been all but shafted. Maybe a little positive thinking is due… at least until the Academy Awards announce their nominations.
Until then, here are my predictions for the 2017 Annie Awards:
Yesterday, Cartoon Hangover – a Youtube channel by Frederator known for shows such as Bravest Warriors and Bee and Puppycat – awoke from a long hiatus of no new original content beyond commentary about popular animation by other companies to finally announce new episodes of the aforementioned series. These episodes, they said, would be available exclusively in the United States via a paid subscription to the VRV app.