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Mickey And The Roadster Racers
This Mickey Mouse Clubhouse spin-off offers plenty of slapstick-heavy action for kids, even as some adults wonder how much mileage Disney can get out of it.
The Powerpuff Girls: Tiara Trouble
Though it may not capture the absurd magic of the original series, the new Powerpuff Girls still provides plenty of laughs for both kids and adults.
Back In Time
Back In Time strives to entertain with stories of making Back To The Future and the fan community that has built up around the trilogy, but you’ll end up using your remote to travel forward and save a few minutes.
All Things Must Pass: The Rise And Fall Of Tower Records
It used to be the place to buy your LaserDiscs and soundtracks, remembered fondly in this entertainingly celebrational retrospective.
DC Superhero Girls: Hero of the Year
Cute, spunky, and light on its feet, DC Superhero Girls: Hero of the Year should be super fun for its target audience.
The Force isn’t too strong with this peek behind the masks of a bunch of Star Wars actors and bit-parters that’s as down to earth as its personalities and lacking a true spark of real content over curiosity.
Lego Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles
The Force is fun with this one, providing cheeky Robot Chicken-style humor that Star Wars fans of all ages should find hilarious.
The Seventh Dwarf
Lazy, unfunny, and annoying, this German Disney knock-off offers very little to like. In fact, it will probably leave you feeling very “Grumpy” when it’s over.
Miles From Tomorrowland: Let’s Rocket!
“Blastastic!” Slick animation, likable characters, and engaging plots make Miles From Tomorrowland an unexpectedly smart children’s show.
Where is Jar Jar Binks when you need him? Only interminable tedium is to be found in George Lucas’ jukebox musical, which you get the feeling Disney has (quite rightly) dumped out due to a contractual obligation.
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.
Gladiators Of Rome
Lazy storytelling, uneven comedy and questionable subject matter combine in this Italian animation; somehow both bizarre and generic at the same time. Zero extras and mediocre audio tempt a big thumbs down.
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.
Uncle Grandpa: Tiger Trails
This fairly new Cartoon Network series gets its first DVD, without any special features to speak of. But the show itself ends up being hilarious, with a cast of fun, wacky characters and an enjoyably zany nature behind it all.
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.
Marine Boy: The Complete First Season
As some of us clamor for more 1960s classics, Warner Archive surprises us with instead digging up an obscure anime production from that era, dubbed by the Speed Racer team.
Help! …It’s The Hair Bear Bunch!: The Complete Series
It’s not all that original, but this 1971 escape-from-the-zoo show did predate Madagascar by a few decades. It also provides the typical mix of good-natured humor and great voice actors that Hanna-Barbera fans love.
Captain Caveman And The Teen Angels: The Complete Series
Warner Archive reaches back to 1977 – an era of crime-solving teens and crime-fighting ladies. This Hanna-Barbera show has all that, plus a Caveman. Unga bunga!
Robotech 2-Movie Collection
For one low price, you get a pretty decent sequel to a beloved saga, plus one glorified clip show. There are great extras too, but they’ve been seen before.
The High Fructose Adventures Of Annoying Orange: Season 1
The YouTube hit first came to cable, and now appears on DVD. It’s the best talking fruit show on television, but is that saying much?
A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story Of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman
An uneven film still makes for a visually interesting and sporadically amusing take on the life of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman.
Tiny Toon Adventures Volume 3: Crazy Crew Rescues
The Tiny Toons are back on top form after their Vacation movie suffered less than notable treatment from Warners: this is the first of two final sets that will wrap up the show on DVD.
The Charlie Brown And Snoopy Show: The Complete Animated Series
The Emmy-nominated Saturday morning series finally gets a complete series set thanks to the Warner Archive program. The creations of Charles Schulz dispense gentle wisdom about the harshness of life.
Bugs Bunny Superstar
Larry Jackson and Bob Clampett’s documentary tribute to Termite Terrace is a unique, one of a kind retrospective that should be on any serious cartoon buff’s shelf!
The Flintstones Prime-Time Specials Collection: Volume 1
These TV specials from the 1970s show that there was still life in the Flintstones franchise a decade after the original series ended. Fred and Barney fight monsters and battle each other on the ball diamond.
The Halloween Tree
In time for All Hallows Eve, Ray Bradbury’s tale of ghosts and magic debuts on DVD from the Warner Archive. The disc is skeleton barebones but contains enough other mummies, witches and creatures to spell a suitably spooky Halloween treat.
Hanna-Barbera’s animated musical take on the classic story of Heidi provides all the elements you’d expect, but with an artistry of craftsmanship rarely seen from the Studio. WB’s disc adds nothing to a lovely presentation.
Mia And The Migoo
The mystical elements turn out ot be an unncessary diversion in a story about two kids seperated from their fathers. Focus on that aspect, and the beautiful hand-drawn animation, and you will enjoy this lovely film.
The Heathcliff And Dingbat Show
A cat who creates fun for himself while annoying others, and a crew of creepy but goofy friends are a part of this 1980 Ruby-Spears show. It’s tempting to dismiss it as mediocre entertainment, but the voice cast does shine.