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My Saturday was a pretty decent day. I spend the afternoon taking care of some errands before I met up with a friend for a hang session in Downtown LA. Josh Z. has been on an anime kick lately and he heard about a one-night only screening of Blue Exorcist: The Movie so we decided to check it out. We spent the rest of the night hanging downtown and had a really fun night out. Nothing too exciting, just good times with a friend. More »

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Watch: ‘The Boxtrolls’ Is The First Animated Film To Feature Same-Sex Parents In A Teaser Trailer

Family Values
"... Sometimes you have 2 fathers"

A new animated film that is targeted to viewers of all ages is making history by being the first to feature a set of same-sex parents in one of its movie trailers. Laika is the film company that brought us the animated feature film Coraline (based on the novel by the same name by Neil Gaiman) and last year’s Oscar-nominated animated film ParaNorman. Norman, as you may know, featured an out gay character in the story … so Laika is already quite familiar with making history. Today we get to see the just-released teaser trailer for the new animated film The Boxtrolls which, I understand, will try to show just how different families can be. In the teaser trailer embedded above, you will see different forms of parents … including single and same-sex parents. Check out the teaser, see what you think. Is this pretty damn cool, or what?

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Watch: ‘Monsters University’ Releases A Final Movie Trailer

"How do I become a scarer?"
June 21

We are just weeks away from the theatrical release of the new Disney Pixar animated prequel film Monsters University and today we get to check out the final trailer from the film’s promo campaign. I have been anxiously awaiting the release of this movie for MONTHS now and we are now so close to finally being able to see it. The the final trailer, which you can watch in full above, is one of the best trailers that has been released so I think you’ll enjoy it. I think there is so much potential for fun in this movie, I can’t WAIT to see what the folks at Pixar came up with. Monsters University opens on July 21, see you there?

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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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