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‘Frozen’s’ ending just needed a few more mutants

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With a $1.1 billion global box office and a certified-platinum soundtrack, Disney‘s Frozen is more that a blockbuster — it’s a pop-culture phenomenon. However, the folks at How It Should Have Ended found the animated film lacked a certain … something. Namely, an appearance by X-Men.

After all, where better than Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters for Elsa to learn more about her powers — and, of course, organize the joint faculty-student chorus?

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Animator creates awesome custom ‘Dragon Ball’ short for son

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Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball has been delighting fans worldwide, first as a manga and then as an anime, for three decades. Clearly there’s something magical about the adventures of Goku that transcends national boundaries and generations — and Robson Menezes dos Santos tapped into that for his son’s birthday present.

The Brazilian animator spent five and a half months to create a short that recasts himself and his young son Rasdael as Toriyama’s heroes. He even went so far as to enlist the talents of Wendel Bezerra and Tania Gaidarji, voice actors who worked on the official Brazilian dubs.

“This is my greatest gift to my son,” Robson writes in the video below, “a fan animation in the style of the anime we enjoy most together …”

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‘The Simpsons’ reveals ‘ugly true story’ of that Oscars selfie

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By now we’ve all seen, or at least heard about, the Twitter-rocking star-studded selfie orchestrated by Ellen DeGeneres during Sunday’s 86th Academy Awards ceremony. Snapped by Bradley Cooper (who actually owns the rights to the image), the photo was retweeted a 3.2 million times, shattering the previous record of more than 778,000 set in November 2012 with the election-night post from President Obama.

While the not entirely spontaneous stunt certainly paid off for ABC and Samsung, which was reportedly promised airtime for the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone as part of its $20 million sponsorship and ad buy, they weren’t the only ones to get promotional mileage out of the photo.

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Dark Knight returns in animated Batman vs. Terminator fan short

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Batman has taken on Predator and, with assistance from Superman, both Aliens and Predator. Yet somehow he’s never faced the Terminator — until now, that is.

In this tense short conceived by Tony Guerrero and animated by Mitchell Hammond, we’re reintroduced to Bruce Wayne, 30 years after Skynet’s nuclear blasts, as he tries to make his way across the wasteland of the United States “to join forces with the man determined to neutralize the electronic menace — John Conner.”

Batman Vs. The Terminator feels very much like The Dark Knight Returns meets Akira meets Heavy Metal. And at a little less than five minutes long, it’s far too short.

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Paul Hornschemeier introduces Forlorn TV

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Cartoonist Paul Hornschemeier (Mother, Come Home), who created the animated opening and other work for IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang!, has launched Forlorn TV, which he describes as “a weekly series of animated monologues, shorts, and existential farts.”

In the first episode, which premiered today, “a trip to the dermatologist leads to the inevitable question: what if everyone disappeared from the face of the earth?” New installments are promised each Monday.

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Bam! Pow! Amazing ‘Fantastic Four’ cels actually justify this title

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I somehow missed this incredible auction when it took place in November, but thanks to Tumblr I still get to marvel at the art (not that I would’ve plunked down $850, mind you): 16 crash effects cels from Hanna-Barbera’s 1967 animated series The Fantastic Four.

Of course, those effects, coupled with Alex Toth’s character designs, are pretty much the best things about the cartoon, which like other series of the era was crippled by poor animation. These, however, are suitable for framing.

Check out some of them below, and more here.

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‘The Simpsons’ pays tribute to Hayao Miyazaki

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In addition to guest appearances by Stan Lee and Harlan Ellison, Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons will also feature a tribute to anime legend Hayao Miyazaki, who announced his retirement from filmmaking in September, only to return his attention to manga.

The hallucinatory sequence, which you can watch below, features Homer and a salaryman stumbling through the streets after a night of drinking, and encounter a veritable parade of nods to Miyazaki’s classics, from Otto as Catbus to Patty and Selma flying on broomsticks to a moving Kwik-E-Mart.

In case you don’t recognize all of the references, Salon.com has put together a video that annotates most of them (also below).

The Simpsons airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

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Watch Stan Lee & Harlan Ellison discuss their ‘Simpsons’ cameos

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Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons, “Married to the Blob,” not only spotlights a blossoming relationship between Comic Book Guy and a manga creator (which naturally threatens to be ruined by Homer), but also features guest appearances by Stan Lee and Harlan Ellison.

The Hollywood Reporter has debuted a featurette that goes behind the scenes with the two legends; it’s Lee’s second visit to Springfield, but for Ellison, it’s a new experience.

“I was here 12 years ago,” explains Lee, who plays himself as a Watcher-type character, “and I think I impressed them so that after 12 years they figured they had to have me back.”

Lee previously appeared in the 13th-season episode “I Am Furious (Yellow).” The Simpsons airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

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Forget the Avengers, Iron Man belongs in ‘Sailor Moon’

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I’m hard pressed to think of a better or, frankly, stranger way to cap off the day than with this video of Tony Stark doing his best imitation of the Sailor Moon S transformation to don his Iron Man armor.

Called “Iron Moon,” it was created by first-year animation students at South Korea’s Chungkang College of Cultural Industries as a second-semester project. I’d give them an A-minus, at least.

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Rafael Grampá’s work animated into Nike ‘Dare to be Brazilian’ ad

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Rafael  Grampá’s art has already featured in one high-profile advertising campaign this year, for Absolut vodka. Now his work is featuring in an promo for Nike that strikes straight to the core of the Brazilian national self-image: soccer.  For any sports lovers looking forward to the 2014 World Cup, it’s an amusing piece of film, maybe even the equal of the famous 1998 airport kickabout short.

Brazil is hosting the tournament after a year of civil unrest, which featured protesters calling for the international community to boycott the World Cup amid spiraling costs and accusations of corruption. But soccer is the true national religion of Brazil, and I expect the World Cup to result in a wave of euphoria and national reconciliation, just as the 2012  Olympics caused in the United Kingdom after the riots of 2011. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if this joyous advert prompts the start of this process.

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Superman’s a pain in the neck in ‘Man of Steel: The Animated Series’

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Although the Superman-doesn’t-kill controversy surrounding Man of Steel has died down significantly since the film’s June premiere, it will probably flare up a little with the Blu-ray release next week. And so while Screen Junkies is definitely late for Round 1, it’s coming out swinging with its send-up “Man of Steel: The Animated Series.”

There’s no point in spoiling the brief video, so I’ll just say that, as the title suggests, it combines the morality and logic of the film with the tone and look of the beloved cartoon, with comical results.

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‘The Simpsons’ pays moving tribute to Marcia Wallace

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Although the tribute didn’t go exactly as planned, The Simpsons last night bid a touchingly appropriate farewell to actress Marcia Wallace, and her character Edna Krabappel, with a somber chalkboard gag in which a sad-eyed Bart writes “We’ll really miss you Mrs. K.”

Fox originally announced it would send off Wallace, who passed away Oct. 25 at age 70, with a 7:30 showing of “Bart the Lover,” the 1992 episode for which the actress received an Emmy Award. However, “technical issues” led to its last-minute replacement by “The Ned-Liest Catch,” the Season 22 finale in which Edna begins dating Ned Flanders.

The chalkboard bit was added to the opening of the new episode that followed, “4 Regrettings and a Funeral. Showrunner Al Jean announced the day after Wallace’s death that The Simpsons will “retire” Edna Krabappel.

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‘The Simpsons’ to honor Marcia Wallace on Sunday

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The Simpsons will pay tribute Sunday to Marcia Wallace, who for the past 23 years was the voice of Bart’s teacher Edna Krabappel. The actress passed away Oct. 25 at age 70.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Fox will first replace a repeat of American Dad at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT with the 1992 Simpsons episode “Bart the Lover,” for which Wallace received an Emmy Award.

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‘Addams Family’ animated movie in the works at MGM

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Charles Addams’ creepy and kooky comic creation the Addams Family is being revived again for the big screen — this time in animated form.

Variety reports that MGM is tying up a deal with media company BermanBraun for the macabre movie, which will be written by Pamela Pettler (Corpse Bride, Monster House). A stop-motion adaptation based on Addams’ original drawings was previously in the works at Illumination Entertainment, with Tim Burton set to co-write and co-produce, but that was revealed in July to be canceled.

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‘The Simpsons’ will retire Edna Krabappel

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The producers of The Simpsons plan to “retire” Bart’s jaded yet hopelessly romantic teacher Edna Krabappel following the death on Friday of voice actor Marcia Wallace.

“I was tremendously saddened to learn this morning of the passing of the brilliant and gracious Marcia Wallace,” showrunner Al Jean said in a statement issued Saturday. “She was beloved by all at The Simpsons and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character.”

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