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This tale of famous Japanese artists – a man and his daughter – is told using Buddhist ideas of life’s simple pleasures, rather than trying to fit a Western-style genre. Its rewards are subtle and may be unexpected.
Adventure Time: Islands
The event mini-series fulfills its promise of revealing the answers to a few of the hit series’ greatest mysteries, as Finn, Jake, and Susan Stong sail off on a journey to find more humans and the secrets to their pasts.
Lego Star Wars – The Freemaker Adventures: Complete Season One
This slick and exciting Lucasfilm show earns a surprising amount of credit for crafting a credible Star Wars story, even if it is told in a humorous fashion.
The Venture Bros.: The Complete Sixth Season
The Ventures relocate to NYC, The Monarch takes on a bold new identity as his wife also takes a new job, and this very funny show finds its best rhythm yet.
Adventure Time: The Complete Sixth Season
Finn finds his newly found father to be a crushing disappointment, Gunter gets an origin, and lots of crazy stuff happens in the latest run of Cartoon Network’s insane hit.
Star Wars – Rebels: Complete Season Two
All the excitement of Star Wars is present in Rebels, with solid specs and the addition of great bonus features in this second season set.
April And The Extraordinary World
GKids gives us yet another slick international feature, this time an exciting steampunk adventure that utilizes the conceptual skills of cartoonist Jacques Tardi.
A young woman from Tokyo reflects back to her life at age ten, leading to a re-evaluation of who she is now. The final theatrical Studio Ghibli film to make it to disc in North America is now here.
Batman: Bad Blood
Following Batman’s disappearance, Dick Grayson dons the cowl of the Bat, and is joined by more members of an expanding Bat-family.
Star Wars – Rebels: Complete Season One
Bridging the gap between the film trilogies, Rebels’ initial season inches its way towards being epic, setting up what promises to be an even stronger second season.
Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem
The caped crusader gets yet another incarnation, this time living in a high tech Gotham threatened with computer terrorism by The Joker. Kids will enjoy the many guest stars and action aplenty.
Lego Justice League: Attack Of The Legion Of Doom
There’s nothing more fun than mixing Lego and superheroes, as in this kid-friendly movie starring DC’s biggest heroes. Add in a great extra on the sound, and you have a hit!
Justice League: Gods And Monsters
A darker League from an alternate timeline must fight the law while solving a murder mystery. Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett craft a wonderfully unique tale for this DC animated movie.
Adventure Time: The Complete Fifth Season
Season number five of the Cartoon Network phenomenon is here to dazzle us with strange romance, endearingly bizarre characters, and of course mathematical adventures.
Miyazaki’s greatest film finally comes to Blu-ray, with top-notch technical quality showing this masterpiece in the best possible light.
Insider Access To Inside Out
The sneak peek at Pixar’s latest was a worthwhile evening that included some nice bonus features, but the main attraction was Pete Docter’s extraordinary film.
Batman Vs. Robin: Exclusive Figure Edition
The script tries hard to make a sophisticated story of father-son conflict, but the movie’s action-fueled direction brings it close to being just another fight-filled exercise in excess.
More Cartoons For Victory!
More Thunderbean greatness! Foreign propaganda, rare Private Snafu Quick Facts, footage from the First Motion Picture Unit, and rarities from Disney and UPA make this an outstanding collection of wartime shorts.
Noveltoons: Original Classics
Thunderbean shows us how Famous Studios lived up to the Fleischer name, at least in the 1940s, with this collection of wonderful cartoons. Those that thought Famous meant “second rate” are in for a surprise.
Tinker Bell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast
The Disney Fairy series gets a little darker with this tale of a monster-like creature, but the movie stays true to the messages of friendship and learning positive life lessons.
The Kingdom Of Dreams And Madness
This wonderful documentary grants a fascinating glimpse at how Studio Ghibli functioned in its final year with master director Hayao Miyazaki.
The Wind Rises
The final Miyazaki is a fictional account of the life of a major figure in Japanese history. It’s a tricky and even controversial subject, leading to conflicted viewer reactions, but the filmmaker’s craft has never been stronger.
Kiki’s Delivery Service
This charming Studio Ghibli film about a good little witch lands on Blu-ray with improved picture, and all of the improtant DVD features.
The Studio Ghibli masterpiece finally comes to Blu-ray, sporting a vastly improved picture and new-to-disc supplements, but dropping the literal translation subtitle track.
Phineas And Ferb Star Wars
Disney allows its hit TV show to cross over with its newly bought Lucasfilm franchise, and the result is a fun celebration of both.
Star Wars – The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions
The post-cancellation episodes of the excellent Star Wars program push the mythology further, and accomplish the task of making the prequels better, simply by giving them context.
Adventure Time: The Complete Fourth Season
Cable television’s most popular show reins in the craziness just enough to produce a season’s worth of charming stories that are about as insane as ever, but are becoming more cohesive, heartfelt, and often even poignant.
Jack And The Cuckoo-Clock Heart
The astounding clock-punk rock opera masterpiece from Europe comes to North America. Read the review to find out more about one of the year’s best releases.
Thunder And The House Of Magic
Shout! Factory brings us a wonderful animated movie from Europe that may not transcend the family film genre, but it does provide quality entertainment, while also providing one of the best 3D experiences out there.
Son Of Batman
Talia al Ghul has a surprise for Batman, in the form of an arrogant but accomplished ten-year-old. It’s a great premise, but the presentation has some problems in terms of believability and basic taste.