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‘Princess Mononoke’ is the retro video game we always wanted

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If you didn’t think it was possible to love Hayao Miyazaki’s anime classic Princess Mononoke more than you already do, prepare to be proved wrong.

The folks at Cinefex have reimagined the beloved 1997 film as an 8-bit video game (with a sprinkling of 16-bit), touching upon the major characters, settings and plot points, in a mere fraction of its 133-minute run time. It doesn’t hold back on the bloodshed, either.

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‘Adventure Time’ meets ‘Mad Max’ in glorious animated parody

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Oh, my glob! When artist/musician Ryan Murphy created those wonderful mashups of Adventure Time and Mad Max: Fury Road, he not only made us smile, he inspired Egor Zhgun to take the concept a step or two further.

Borrowing music and dialogue from one of the Fury Road trailers, the Russian artist brings us “Madventure Time,” an animated parody that once again casts Finn as the Road Warrior, the Ice King as Immortan Joe, Princess Bubblegum as Furiosa, Marceline as the Doof Warrior and Lemongrab as Nux.

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Cursing ‘Minions’ toys at McDonald’s lead to not-so-Happy Meals (& parents)

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You know the Minions. They’re the possibly lovable, definitely mischievous yellow creatures from the Despicable Me films who help Gru out with his evil (and not so evil) plans. Kids love them, and tomorrow marks the release of their new animated movie, appropriately titled Minions, which some Hollywood analysts expect to do Toy Story 3 numbers at the box office. Parents, on the other hand, aren’t so sure about them, especially now that their toy counterparts in McDonald’s Happy Meals are allegedly using curse words.

Bradley Merten, a concerned grandparent, spoke with WFTV 9 Eyewitness News in Orlando, Florida after becoming convinced his grandchild’s “Caveman Minion” toy was saying “What the f—.” According to the report below, the station investigated for two days, unable to come to consensus about what was being said before contacting McDonald’s.

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Stop-motion Baby Groot scores James Gunn seal of approval

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The Dancing Baby Groot sequence from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy sparked a pop-culture sensation that launched a seemingly endless parade of merchandise and introduced a new generation (or two) to The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.” It also inspired stop-motion filmmakers Kyle Roberts and Nathan Poppe to collaborate on a new video.

Using a hand-drawn background and more than 1,000 photos of Hot Toys 1/4th-scale Groot and Marvel Legends 6-inch Drax, Roberts spent “dozens of hours” to recreate that scene (with a Jackson 5 cover by Denver Duncan). The result caught the attention of “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn, who commented this morning on their YouTube page, and then tweeted his appreciation for their work.

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Brad Bird’s 1980 pencil trailer reveals ‘The Spirit’ movie we could’ve had

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Decades before Frank Miller’s adaptation of The Spirit landed with a resounding thud in theaters, a group of young filmmakers that included Brad Bird, Gary Kurtz and John Lasseter hoped to bring Will Eisner’s crimefighter to animated life. Now, thanks to producer Steven Paul Leiva, we finally get a glimpse of what could’ve been in a 1980 pencil test “trailer.”

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‘Game of Thrones’ meets ‘Legend of Zelda’ in beautiful mashup

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The worlds of Westeros and Hyrule collide in the best possible ways with this mesmerizing CG-animated video from MegaSteakMan that combines the opening credits of HBO’s Game of Thrones with the world map from The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past.

“Netflix should hire us to do the intro for their ‘canceled’ Hyrule romp,” states the comedy group’s YouTube page. “I hope you guys like it, and remember: in the Game of Hyrule you win … or you look up the answer to that puzzle online.”

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Spider-Man moves to the country in this cute animated short

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Last year, Spider-Man mulled a move to the suburbs in an animated short written by CBR’s own Brett White, but now the wall-crawler has forsaken the hustle and bustle of New York City for the restfulness of the countryside. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, he has trouble adjusting to his surroundings.

In the clever (if all too brief) short from Stodoe Studios, titled “Spider-Man Moves to the Country,” Peter Parker quickly discovers he misses those conveniently placed buildings and street lights.

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It’s Goku vs. Frieza in epic ‘Dragon Ball Z’ dance-off

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Before Frieza reveals his new golden form in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection of F, the iconic villain shows off his fierce dance moves in a new TV commercial for Kirin Beverage’s Mets grape soda.

Already widely considered the most powerful being in the universe, the galactic tyrant demonstrates there’s more to him death and destruction — namely, moves to rival Beyonce. I mean, just look at that choreography and those backup dancers!

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‘Attack on Titan’ creator draws box art for movie Blu-ray release

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Attack on Titan author Hajime Isayama has created new box art for the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release of the first compilation film Attack on Titan: The Crimson Bow and Arrow.

The first 13 episodes of the blockbuster anime series were combined (and abridged) into a feature film that debuted Nov. 22 in Japan;  that will be followed in June by a second film, Wings of Freedom, adapting the remaining episodes of Season 1.

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Ay caramba! This ‘Simpsons’ pixel tribute video is incredible

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Animators Paul Robertson and Ivan Dixon collaborated on an inspired tribute to The Simpsons that recreates the iconic opening using pixel art, right down to an incredible couch gag that rivals any seen on the show.

There are some wonderful touches throughout the nearly two-minute video, from the pixelated theme music recreated by Jeremy Dower to Bart writing “Pixel art is not real art” on the chalkboard to the nods to classic video games in the Kwik-E-Mart and sidewalk sequences. But that couch gag … you just have to watch it for yourself.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson is threat to galaxy in ‘Sailor Moon’ sendup

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A lot happened in the nearly 17 years between the end of Sailor Moon and the revival last summer with Sailor Moon Crystal: The world ushered in a new millennium, governments rose and fell, the human genome was mapped, Pluto was downgraded to a dwarf planet …

It’s that last development, however, that most concerns the Sailor Soldiers in the latest video from ADHD (Animation Domination High-Def). It turns out there’s a pecking order in this team of magical girls, and now beleaguered Sailor Pluto is at the bottom.

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Batman and Gotham rogues teach about bats in TED Ed video

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To help dispel the belief “that bats are dangerous villains,” Amy Wray and the TED Ed team turned to an expert on bats — if not on the science, then at least on the symbolism: Batman.

In this breezy and informative animated video, the Dark Knight, Alfred Pennyworth, Jim Gordon and a handful of Gotham’s rogues — Poison Ivy, The Penguin, Two-Face and The Joker — are used to help educate about the benefits of bats to pest control, pollination and even recovering stroke victims.

“Batman might want to keep his identity secret,” the video concludes, “but a great way to help real bats is by continuing to learn about them and spreading the truth that they are real heroes — even if their good deeds are often unseen.”

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Droid from ‘Star Wars’ trailer already has a fan-made video

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The 88-second teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens left fans with a lot of questions: “Is John Boyega’s character a Stormtrooper?” “Who’s the shadowy figure with the crazy/impractical lightsaber?” “What’s up with that crazy/impractical lightsaber?” and “D’aw, who’s the cutest droid ever?”

The latter, it turns out, is BB-8 (which Mark Hamill revealed isn’t created with CGI), and he’s already the star of his own fan-made video. Created by Julien Leterrier over four days, the 10-second clip finds the li’l droid speeding across a desert landscape, weaving between and beneath X-Wings. It’s effectively an extension of BB-8’s appearance in the trailer, which, like this video, was all too brief.

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Lost 1927 Disney Christmas short discovered in Norway

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For decades, only 25 seconds was thought to exist of Empty Socks, the 1927 Walt Disney short starring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. However, Agence France-Presse reports a near-complete copy has been discovered at a National Library of Norway facility in Mo i Rana, a small town near the Arctic Circle.

With an original run time of 5 minutes, 30 seconds, Empty Socks is notable as the first Christmas film produced by Disney. In the short, Mickey Mouse predecessor Oswald plays Santa for a group of orphans.

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Happy 86th birthday, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse

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Eighty-six years ago today, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse made their official debut in “Steamboat Willie,” the 1928 animated short that helped to launch an entertainment empire (their actual first appearance was in a May 1928 test screening of “Plane Crazy”).

To celebrate the occasion, Biography has released a history of Mickey Mouse (sorry, Minnie), highlighting the iconic character’s origins, his 1935 makeover, and his promotional role during World War II.

Disney, meanwhile, sent a rickshaw-driving Mickey on a trip across India for his birthday in a new animated short called “Mickey Mumbai Madness,” which debuted today on Disney Channel India (you can watch it below, along with “Steamboat Willie”).

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