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Watch: ‘Suicide Squad’ trailer recreated in the DC Animated Universe

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You may have thought the latest Suicide Squad movie trailer couldn’t possibly get any better, but that’s only because you hadn’t seen it remade using footage from the classic DC Animated Universe.

Retaining the dialogue, sound effects and music, the video is impressively faithful to the original trailer, as YouTuber Reuven White clearly spent a good deal of time tracking down just the right footage. And when he couldn’t find what he needed (certain characters, for instance), he did an admirable job of improvising.

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‘X-Men: Danger Room Protocols’ shut down after one episode

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“X-Men: Danger Room Protocols,” a fan-made animated tribute to the 1990s cartoon and comics, has ended after just one episode, purportedly due to legal pressure from Marvel.

“When I set out to make this project, I never really thought this was going to be an issue,” creator Joel Furtado said in a video posted this morning. “I didn’t think that Marvel was going to react this way, and this outcome, for me, is a little bit shocking.”

When contacted by ROBOT 6, Marvel declined comment.

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Fan-made ‘X-Men: Danger Room Protocols’ calls in the Sentinels

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Wolverine and Jean Grey team up against the Sentinels in the premiere episode of the animated web series X-Men: Danger Room Protocols, a fan tribute to the 1990s cartoon and comics.

Announced earlier this month, the biweekly project by Joel Furtado is exactly as advertised: Classic X-Men are placed by Professor X into teams of two and put through their paces in the Danger Room.

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See how this fun LEGO ‘Star Wars’ stop-motion short was made

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This week LEGO kicked off a series of stop-motions shorts for its Star Wars toys, beginning with “Freeze Frame,” a lighthearted spot set in Cloud City. It’s a fun 15-second spot that, as it turns out, required a lot of work.

Brotherhood Workshop breaks down the laborious process in a fascinating video that takes us from the storyboards and the construction of the tiny carbon freezing chamber to the practical lighting effects and post-production work.

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Animated ‘X-Men: Danger Room Protocols’ will take you back to the ’90s

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If you’re a bit nostalgic for the 1990s X-Men cartoon, you may want to brace yourself, because you’re about to be transported back to your childhood.

Joel Furtado has debuted the introduction to X-Men: Danger Room Protocols, a new animated web series that’s about as ’90s as you can get without involving Mayim Bialik. A tribute to the ’90s cartoons and comics, the biweekly series features a cast of mutants that’ll be instantly familiar to fans of the era.

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Indie studio crafts ‘Spider-Gwen’ animated video

Art by Robbi Rodriguez (Credit: Marvel)

Art by Robbi Rodriguez (Credit: Marvel)

Independent animation company Allegra Town Studio has put together their own brief animated “Spider-Gwen” clip, making us desperately want a Gwen Stacy cartoon ASAP.

Check out their seven-second animation below.

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Captain America fights Nazi zombies in bloody LEGO fan short

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If Marvel Studios executives are wondering where to take Captain America after the upcoming Civil War, they need look no further than this incredible — and incredibly bloody — LEGO stop-motion short, in which the Sentinel of Liberty faces off against hordes of zombies. Nazi zombies. Gun-wielding, tank-driving Nazi zombies.

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Lost Disney ‘Oswald’ short film rediscovered after 87 years

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A long-lost short film starring Walt Disney’s first animated character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, will be screened next month for the first time in 87 years.

The six-minute “Sleigh Bells” hasn’t been seen since its original release in 1928, and was feared lost forever. However, a print of the film was rediscovered by a researcher browsing the online catalog of the British Film Institute’s National Archive and restored by Walt Disney Animation Studios.

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You can carve your own ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ pumpkins

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Although they may be cutting it a little close, the folks at DC Collectibles are bringing some of Gotham’s most notorious to your door for Halloween with pumpkin-carving patterns inspired by Batman: The Animated Series.

If you’ve not already created your jack-o’-lanterns, here’s your chance to go rogue with The Riddler, Catwoman, Harley Quinn and the Creeper. (You can download the PDFs by clicking the photos on the DC Comics website.)

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Watch ‘The Real Ghostbusters’ intro recreated in 3D animation

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As beloved as the first two Ghostbusters movies are, for many kids in the mid-1980s and early ’90s, the animated television series was effectively the “real” Ghostbusters.

Airing for a whopping seven seasons, The Real Ghostbusters continued the story of the original film, albeit with drastically different-sounding, and -looking, characters (Egon’s gravity-defying blond coif was a supernatural phenomenon all its own). The series also retained Ray Parker Jr.’s infectious movie theme, which was used for the cartoon’s minute-long premise-establishing opening credits.

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Hogwarts rises from pages of book in ‘Harry Potter’ stop-motion tribute

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As a tribute to author J.K. Rowling, and the magical world of Harry Potter, the stop-motion animators at unPOP built a replica of Hogwarts using pages from The Prisoner of Azkaban.

They worked for more than a month on this charming short film, in which a boy sets aside the novel at bedtime, only for the spires of Hogwarts to rise (as if by magic!) from within, leaving enough paper to create an owl. Presumably Hedwig.

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Watch the animated TV spot for Toyota’s Gundam-inspired car

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Because simply selling a Gundam-inspired car wasn’t cool enough, Toyota Japan has debuted a new animated commercial for the Zeonic Toyota.

Based on the franchise character Char Aznable, the customized Auris RS was introduced in 2012 as a concept car before being placed into production the following year. You’ll note the special edition’s Gundam accents, like the zeon insignia and stenciled lettering. Red-and-gold uniform is, presumably, sold separately.

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How ‘Big Hero 6′ should’ve ended (much sooner, apparently)

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Disney’s animated Big Hero 6 was a box-office hit, grossing more than $657 million and transforming the lovable Baymax into an international superstar (and a merchandising goldmine). That’s not to say the 2014 film was without its faults, mind you.

Luckily the folks at How It Should Have Ended have stepped in to shore up a couple of those shortcomings in their latest “Shortcut” video. In a sendup of the police-station scene, they plug a couple of plot holes, instantly making the animated feature a lot shorter. Like, half-hour-TV-comedy short.

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How much would it cost the Simpsons to live in Springfield?

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Despite Montgomery Burns’ unflattering reputation, the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant must pay at least fairly well. How else could Homer and Marge Simpson afford that four-bedroom house and two cars, plus still plenty of money for shopping excursions, vacations and Homer’s flights of fancy? His tab at Moe’s Tavern alone must run hundreds of dollars a month.

Curious to know how much it might cost to live like a Simpson, consumer website Fat Wallet looked at five real-world Springfields — in Oregon, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio and Massachusetts — to get an idea.

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USPS celebrates ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ with limited edition stamps

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The United States Postal Service gets into the holiday spirit with the Oct. 1 release of A Charlie Brown Christmas-themed Forever stamps. Though it may seem like they’re arriving a bit early, especially given the anti-commercialism themes of Charles Schulz’s animated special, the timing is a deliberate celebration of the strip’s Oct. 2 1950 newspaper debut.

Featuring ten images taken directly from the special, the limited edition release will be available as 20-stamp booklets.

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