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The Hub Will Premiere A Cartoon Featuring The First Cross-Dressing Superhero

Meet SheZow!

Comic books have been making great strides in showcasing same-sex characters in recent years … whether it’s same-sex marriage, coming out stories or something as simple as a same-sex kiss, the comic book world has really been doing much for gay visibility. And now … cartoons are getting in on the action. This summer, the cartoon network The Hub will premiere an animated cartoon that features a male character that turns into a female superhero … all he has to do is utter the phrase, You go girl and POOF! He becomes a female superhero named SheZow. Amazing. Keep in mind, it doesn’t appear that this will be a gay ‘toon, but it will deffo be the first cartoon to feature a cross-dressing superhero. Click below to learn more. More »

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Disney Pixar Now Promises The ‘Integrity & Appearance’ Of Princess Merida Will Be Kept Intact

It Looks Like the Protest was a Success

Earlier this month the Walt Disney Company crowned Brave character Princess Merida as its 11th Disney Princess and celebrated by giving the character a makeover that slimmed her down and “sexed” her up. As a result, angry fans launched a public protest of the changes and demanded that Disney Pixar undo the changes to the character so that she can “exist” as non-glam character she was created to be. Today we hear from Disney Pixar officially on Facebook that they are listening to the fan backlash and have promised that the “integrity and appearance” of Princess Merida will NOT be changed after all. I’d say that the angry fans handily won this battle. Click below to read the full text of Disney Pixar‘s Merida statement. More »

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Disney/Pixar Announces That A New ‘Toy Story’ Toon Is Coming To TV This Fall

The 'Toy Story' Gang is Coming to the Small Screen

While we await the news about whether or not Disney/Pixar will make a 4th Toy Story film we learn today that plans are in the works to release a new Toy Story Toon that will make its debut on network television this Fall. As you may recall, Disney/Pixar created 3 Toy Story Toons that were released as shorts in front of feature-length films (Hawaiian Vacation, Small Fry and Partysaurus Rex) but today we learn that the studio will next release a short titled Toy Story of Terror! as a TV special for ABC. Click below to check out the first promo image from Toy Story of Terror! and learn more about the upcoming TV special. More »

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Watch: Justin Bieber Makes His Animated Debut On ‘The Simpsons’

Blink And You Miss It

On Sunday we learned that Justin Bieber was scheduled to make his animated debut on The Simpsons later that night and today, in case you missed it (and honestly, if you blinked at the right moment you probably did miss it) you can watch his Simpsons debut below. JB‘s appearance on the show was short … very short. As you can see in the screencaps and video below, Bieber was turned away from Bart Simpson‘s 10-and-Below Talent Show because, of course, The Biebs is over 10 years old. That was the gag, seriously. Click below to see Bieber in animated action … I mean, let’s be real, you know you want to see. More »

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First Look: Justin Bieber Guest Stars On ‘The Simpsons’

Tune In Tonight

It’s been a rite of passage for the past 20 years or so that celebrities make a cameo appearance on The Simpsons when they finally “make it”. Britney Spears has done it, *NSync have done it, Green Day has done it … all the cool kids have done it. Tonight … Justin Bieber does it. That’s right, folks, the crown prince of pop and heartthrob du jour for tweens all over the world will be guest starring on The Simpsons tonight! Click below to get your first look at Justin Bieber in animated Simpsons form and set those DVRs … you don’t want to miss this episode … do you? More »

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Disney/Pixar Announces ‘Finding Dory’ As The Sequel Film To ‘Finding Nemo’

Swimming into theaters in 2015

Back in July of last year we learned that Disney/Pixar had begun early pre-production on an animated sequel film to Finding Nemo. In August we learned that Ellen DeGeneres had signed on to reprise her role as Dory in the as-yet untitled film. In February of this year, Albert Brooks followed suit and signed on to reprise his role as Marlin in the film. Today we learn that the sequel will be centered on the Dory character and will be titled Finding Dory! The film is scheduled to hit theaters in November of 2015, click below to learn more. More »

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First Look: Beyoncé Gets Animated In The New Film ‘Epic’

Queen Bey becomes Queen Tara

Beyoncé Knowles is no stranger to acting but her upcoming new film will be a first for her … because in it, she will appear as an animated character. Bey plays Queen Tara in the new animated film Epic, due out in May, which showcases the heroic character as “beautiful, agile and strong”. The film’s first trailer was released last Summer but Beyoncé‘s character doesn’t appear in it … but you can click below and get your first look at Bey in animated film as Queen Tara in Epic. More »

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Disney Releases The First Mickey Mouse-ified ‘Star Wars’ Promo Image

May the Farce Be With You

Last October we learned the somewhat surprising news that the Walt Disney Company purchased the Lucasfilm Company (including all of its properties, like Star Wars and Indiana Jones) for a little over $4 billion dollars. Since that sale took place, we’ve been hearing a lot about the forthcoming release of new Star Wars films from the Disney Company. But it wasn’t until this week that Disney decided to release the first Star Wars promo image that shows the world that the Mouse is Boss of the Star Wars universe now. Click below to see the just released Mickey Mouse-ified Star Wars promo image and get your first taste of the new world order. More »

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Disney Is Interested In The Production Of A Live Action ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Film

Disney is Also KILLING Traditional 2D Animation

Now that the live action Disney film Oz the Great and Powerful is the first blockbuster hit of 2013 the company is looking forward to other films to bring to the theatrical market. Beauty and the Beast is one of Disney‘s greatest and most beloved animated films … so it should come as no surprise that the company is reportedly interested in adapting the tale for a live action film. While this may sound like good news to some, I must also share the bad news that Disney has reportedly decided to stop making traditional 2D hand-drawn animated films :( That means that masterpiece films like Disney‘s Beauty and the Beast will likely never be made again … at least, not in the foreseeable future. More »

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Superman Faces Off Against General Zod In New ‘Man Of Steel’ Promo Art

Toon Time

The new Superman film, Man of Steel, is due to hit theaters in June but the promo push for the flick is chugging along … very quietly. Back in December we got our first look at the first movie poster for Man of Steel, then we got the second movie trailer for the film (the first tease came back in July of last year around Comic-Con time). Since then, there hasn’t been much promo save for that Empire magazine coverstory in January. Today we get to see some new promo art for Superman books aimed at kids that will tie-in with the Man of Steel release in June. The art was created by Jeremy Roberts and gives us an animated look at what Superman and his nemesis General Zod will look like in the film. The illustrations are neat, check ‘em out below. More »

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