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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.


Heidi’s Song

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.


Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation

Exceptionally bad video and low-volume sound remove any of the fizz to be had in this classic video premiere, the 21st anniversary of which goes unmentioned or, it seems, cared about. What a shambles!


Wolverine Anime

Marvel’s mutant antihero travels to Japan to save his lady love. But is the trip worthwhile? This is likely the weakest of the four Marvel Anime series, though violence-loving Wolverine fans may enjoy it.


Blade Anime

The vampire who hunts vampires may have a lower profile than other Marvel heroes, but this is probably the strongest of the four Marvel Anime series. A solid story, gory action, original ideas, and a tour of Asia provide plenty of thrills for mature viewers.


Sealab 2020: The Complete Series

Is it as boring as it’s reputation suggests? Or is it an exciting and educational gem? Is it more SeaQuest or Jonny Quest? Read our review to find out!


Batman & Mr. Freeze: Subzero / Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm

With Christopher Nolan defining Batman for a new generation, now is a good time to revisit two of Batman’s more revered animated adventures, where we find that one fares better than the other.


Iron Man Anime

The armored Avenger makes a slick transition into the anime world, taking on a variety of mecha (and public opinion) while trying to save the world.


X-Men Anime

Marvel Comics’ uncanny heroes get adapted into a Japanese cartoon series. Great visuals, intense action, and strong characterization make this a worthy effort that should make most fans happy.


Shazzan: The Complete Series

More 1960s Hanna-Barbera fun from Warner Archive, as two siblings find themselves in ancient Arabia among much magic and myth.


The Real Adventures Of Jonny Quest : Season One, Volume Two

Warner comes to the rescue for the rest of the beleaguered show’s initial “season”: globetrotting adventure in a classic vein, with a modern twist. Shaky video and animation, but we do get bonus material!


VeggieTales: Robin Good And His Not-So-Merry Men

Goofy humor, silly songs, and a good heart fill this latest in the popular VeggieTales series: short and clever enough that it just might be worth a look.


Mad: Season One, Part Two

The usual gang of idiots return for a second helping of the original satirical magazine’s surprisingly consistent transition to the screen, and even if the strike rate isn’t quite as strong as the first episodes there are still (“cheap!”) laughs to be had.


Scooby-Doo – Mystery, Incorporated: Crystal Cove Curse (Season One, Part 2)

The final half of the reimagined Scooby show hits DVD in a two-disc set. Purists may balk at the changes in the show’s premise, but the season-long storyline pays off nicely.


The Essential Daffy Duck

An overpriced random selection of milestones, also-rans and specials don’t really add anything to the Daffy Duck legend, but a couple of nostalgic TV specials may help to round out some collections.


Beauty and the Beast: Belle’s Magical World

Belle’s adventures with the Beast and the enchanted servants are filled with magic and moral life lessons, but they loose their heart-warming meaning if you’re over twelve.


Dr. Seuss’s Holidays On The Loose!

A rather odd grouping of previously released Grinch specials, collected together under the pretence of the holidays when only one of them is actually tied to one, with undistinguished audio and video on all but the classic Christmas show.


Frosty’s Winter Wonderland

Frosty returns in the animated sequel to Frosty the Snowman with his wife Crystal, while Jack Frost grows jealous.


Happiness Is… Peanuts – Snow Days

This DVD may not do much to promote oodles of happiness, but it does manage to evoke a smile or two at least.


Tom and Jerry: Fur Flying Adventures Vol. 3

Despite having some of the best Chuck Jones directed cartoons, Warner Brothers Home Video fails to impress with this random playlist of Tom and Jerry shorts.


Young Justice: Season 1, Volume 2

Young Justice is an exciting series for the pre-teen crowd, but its unoriginal plots do not live up to Warner Brothers Animation’s previous top quality shows.


Robotech: Complete Original Series

Robotech follows three generations of humans and their relationships as they defend Earth from hostile aliens bent on retrieving mysterious energy source protoculture. It not only has a significant role in anime history, but also for all US cartoons.


Aesop’s Fables: Volumes 1 & 2

This was one of the most prolific of all the old-time animation series, even if the studio and its cartoons are barely remembered today. Two neat volumes from Thunderbean shed light on some vintage gems from the 1930s.


Phineas And Ferb: The Movie – Across The 2nd Dimension

While not classic Disney, or even classic Disney television animation, I’m sure long-time fans will get a huge buzz from Disney Channel’s Phineas And Ferb’s first big movie and this packed disc presentation.


Captain America (1990)

Contrary to popular belief, this is not the worst live action movie ever made featuring Captain America. It is, however, not very good either. Still, it makes for a fun movie night for superhero fans in search of laughs.


Mad: Season One, Part One

The original satirical magazine makes a truly genuine translation from page to screen in a Warner Bros. Animation animated program that feels close in freewheeling spirit to the unit’s classic 1990s animated comedies.


Private Snafu Golden Classics

The classic World War II cartoons, done primarily by the Looney Tunes crew for the military, appear in restored form from Thunderbean. This is certainly the best way we’ve had yet to watch these funny and historically relevant shorts.


M.A.S.K.: Volume One

Another 1980s toy tie-in, this show strives to combine Transformers and G.I. Joe, but fails to live up to its premise.



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