Next Club Meeting:April 22, 2023,at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Animatrix Network is an anime & manga fan club located in the Southwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. We usually meet on the third Saturday of each month (except when holidays or conventions coincide). The meetings are free and open to the public. Join us for a day filled with anime.
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Teenage outsider Adam sets out on an epic and daring quest to uncover the mystery behind his long-lost dad, only to find out that he is none other than the legendary Bigfoot! He has been hiding deep in the forest for years to protect himself and his family from HairCo., a giant corporation eager to run scientific experiments with his special DNA. As father and son start making up for lost time after the boy's initial disbelief, Adam soon discovers that he too is gifted with superpowers beyond his imagination. But little do they know, HairCo. is on their tail as Adam's traces have led them to Bigfoot!
Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! (commonly known by its initialism, SRMTHFG) is an American/Japanese animated television series, and was created by Ciro Nieli, one of the directors of Teen Titans, produced by Jetix Animation Concepts with animation being done by a Japanese studio known as The Answer Studio (who would later work on the Cartoon Network original series Transformers: Animated). Set mainly on the fictional planet of Shuggazoom, the series follows the adventures of five cyborg monkeys and a human boy named Chiro as they struggle to protect their planet - and the rest of the universe - from the forces of evil.
SRMTHFG is reminiscent of classic 1960's anime like Astro Boy and Speed Racer. Its simplistic designs and animation style seem to pay homage to those beloved shows of yester-year. And what makes this a worthy recommendation is the engaging storyline and likeable characters that make it a step above and beyond your typical kids show. Suit up and join the SRMTHFG!
Uncover the world of Blade Runner 2049 and go behind the scenes with Ridley Scott, Denis Villeneuve, Ryan Gosling, and Harrison Ford.
In theaters October 6
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.
In an advanced city far into the future, a unique race called “The Human Cannonball Tournament” takes place. Contestants are fired from a series of cannons from a platform, and compete through the circular city hovering high in the sky for the highest honor. Back in the tournament’s maintenance bay, the technician Zazel has a childhood dream of entering the race one day. By an unexpected turn of events, she accidentally gets mistaken for one of the contestants and is thrown into tournament. With no experience and equipment, can she fulfill her dream and reach the finish line?
Brace yourself for the ultimate crossover mash-up battle of all time! MARVEL, DC, STAR WARS, LORD OF THE RINGS, AVATAR, X-MEN, WATCHMEN, TERMINATOR, INDIANA JONES, JAMES BOND, GAME OF THRONES, HARRY POTTER, THE MATRIX… If you can name an absurdly expensive movie franchise, it’s here and it’s doing battle with every other! Over 100 characters - who will be the last one standing? Place your bets and fasten your utility belts for the rumble to end all rumbles!!!
CHARACTERS IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE: Spider-Man, Maximus (from Gladiator), Trinity, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor, Captain America, Indiana Jones, Gimli, Princess Leia, Rorschach, Captain Kirk, Spock, William Wallace (from Braveheart), Mad Max, Lara Croft, Luke Skywalker, Mystique, Cyclops, Beast, Jean Grey, Gandalf, Eowyn, Aragorn, Legolas, Blade, Deadpool, The Bride (from Kill Bill), Leeloo (from The Fifth Element), Hartigan (from Sin City), Leonidas (from 300), Harry Potter, Snake Plissken (from Escape From New York), Nick Fury, Inigo Montoya, Jack Sparrow, James Bond, Jason Bourne, Jack Bauer (from 24), Ethan Hunt (from Mission: Impossible), John Wayne, Clint Eastwood (as The Man With No Name), Wolverine, Black Panther, Batman, John McClane (from Die Hard), Neo, Quicksilver, Doctor Strange, The Winter Soldier, Falcon, War Machine, Scarlet Witch, Hulk, Thing, Human Torch, Iceman, Jon Snow, Katniss Everdeen, Hawkeye, Neytiri, Jay & Kay (from Men in Black), Drax, Gamora, Rocket, Star Lord, Groot, Green Lantern, Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Liam Neeson, Chuck Norris, Jason Statham, Steven Seagal, Sylvester Stallone (as Rambo), Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock), Vision, Storm, Han Solo, Rick Deckard (from Blade Runner), Jack Ryan, President Marshall (from Air Force One), Rey, Judge Dredd, Robocop, The Terminator, Sarah Connor, Bilbo Baggins, Drogon, Daenerys, Ellen Ripley (from Aliens), Ghost Rider, Peter Venkman & Abby Yates (from Ghostbusters), Ant-Man, Johnny Rico (from Starship Troopers), Optimus Prime, Dr Manhattan, Silk Spectre, Clarice Starling (from The Silence of the Lambs), Nite Owl, (+ End screen: Henry Jones Sr, The Ancient One, Yoda, Morpheus, Galadriel)
Released all the way back in 1989, Kiki's Delivery Service (or 魔女の宅急便, Majô no Takkyûbin) is one of Studio Ghibli's most beloved animated movies.
Now Kiki's back in this beautiful commercial for -- you guessed it -- Nissin Cup Noodle! Kiki's a high school student now, studying alongside her best friend Tombo and putting her magical skills to good use in her slightly less than typical schoolgirl life.
Nissin's released two animated ads for their Hungry Days campaign, both featuring art by Eisaku Kubonouchi (check out the other video posted below) following the theme of adolescence as the school year draws to a close.
If there's one thing the beloved instant noodle brand is known for, it's the unusual way they market their brand. We can't wait to see the next offering from this classic Japanese company.
The drama of when will we finally see CBS' new STAR TREK: DISCOVERY series has been answered! Variety got the scoop - and it is looking as though we're just about 3 months from seeing the show take flight. Here's what Variety had to say:
The series will launch Sunday, Sept. 24 at 8:30 p.m./7:30c on CBS, though that time is approximate due to NFL Football and “60 Minutes” also airing that night. The series premiere will also be available on-demand on CBS All Access and the second episode of the series will be available on the service that same night immediately following the broadcast premiere.
“Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project," said a statement from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
[Source: HollywoodReporter] Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are no longer directing the Han Solo Star Wars spinoff.
"Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon," Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said Tuesday in a statement.
"Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project," a statement from Lord and Miller read. "We normally aren’t fans of the phrase 'creative differences' but for once this cliché is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew."
Christopher Miller (left) and Phil Lord
Lord and Miller, helmers of The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street and its sequel 22 Jump Street, signed on to direct the Star Wars stand-alone in July 2015. The film features Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, while Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson and Donald Glover also star.
The pic has been shooting in London since February. Sources say there are several weeks left on the shoot (who will be helming those is currently under wraps), with reshoots scheduled for later this summer.
The release date of May 25, 2018, remains unchanged.
This isn't the first Star Wars film to face a director issue. On Rogue One, which was helmed by Gareth Edwards, Tony Gilroy was brought in to rewrite and help oversee extensive reshoots.
The issue of "creative differences" has been the cause of several director exits over the past couple years on studio tentpoles. Tim Miller left Fox's sequel Deadpool 2; Rick Famuyiwa left Warner Bros. and DC's The Flash; and Michelle MacLaren left Wonder Woman (which was then directed by Patty Jenkins, who had previously exited Thor 2).
RAKKA is the story of broken humanity following the invasion of a technologically superior alien species. Bleak harrowing and unrelenting, the humans we meet must find enough courage to go on fighting. Oats Studios makes experimental short films – a testing ground for ideas and creativity. Leading to full scale feature films based on ideas created here. Our wish is to receive funding sourced directly from our audience, as we establish a studio fueled by pure creativity and passion. We have many, many more worlds to create and stories to tell, but we need help from people around the globe. Our goal is to create Volumes 2, 3 and more and eventually, full scale-scale features. If you feel positive about what you’ve seen and want more, please support us by checking out our Oats Studios - Volume 1 Assets page where you will be able to purchase additional content.
Olaf's Frozen Adventure is an upcoming 2017 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy featurette short film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures, directed by Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers. The film features the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, and Josh Gad reprising their roles from the original 2013 film, Frozen. It will be released in 3D in theaters along with Disney·Pixar's Coco on November 22, 2017.
Based on the Emmy Award-winning series treasured by a generation of viewers, Disney XD's animated comedy-adventure series "DuckTales" chronicles the high-flying adventures of Duckburg's most famous trillionaire Scrooge McDuck, his mischief-making triplet grandnephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie, temperamental nephew Donald Duck and the trusted McDuck Manor team: big-hearted, fearless chauffer/pilot Launchpad McQuack, no-nonsense housekeeper Mrs. Beakley and Mrs. Beakley's granddaughter, Webby Vanderquack, resident adventurer and the triplet's newfound fierce friend.
"DuckTales" will premiere in a one-hour television movie to be presented for 24 consecutive hours, SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 (beginning at midnight, EDT/PDT) on Disney XD. Then, the series will debut with two new episodes SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 (7:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 10:30 p.m., EDT/PDT). Each will also be available on the Disney XD app and Disney XD VOD on these same dates.
[Source: Yahoo!News] The animated Fox series will pay tribute to Adam West by re-airing the episode “The Dating Game” featuring the late actor in his recurring role of Mayor Adam West. “The Dating Game,” which features the Quahog mayor winning an auction for Medieval Castle, aired in March. A tribute card will run at the beginning of the episode, which will be rebroadcast at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT.
West, who died June 9 at the age of 88 after a short battle with leukemia, played the delusional mayor of Quahog in more than 100 episodes. Series creator Seth MacFarlane mourned West last weekend on Twitter, saying, “Family Guy has lost its mayor, and I have lost a friend. Adam West was a joy to work with, and the kind of guy you always wanted to be around. His positivity, good nature, and sense of fun were undeniable, and it was always a big jolt of the best kind of energy when he walked in to record the show. He knew comedy, and he knew humanity…. I am beyond fortunate to have had the privilege of working with him, and he will be profoundly missed by all of us. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have given, Mr. Mayor. You’re irreplaceable.
From Santa Monica Studio and creative director Cory Barlog comes a new beginning for one of gaming’s most recognizable icons. Living as a man outside the shadow of the gods, Kratos must adapt to unfamiliar lands, unexpected threats, and a second chance at being a father. Together with his son Atreus, the pair will venture into the brutal Norse wilds and fight to fulfill a deeply personal quest.
In the quiet mountain town of South Park, darkness has spread across the land. A new power is rising to combat this evil. An entire squad of superheroes will rise, led by a nocturnal scavenger sworn to clean the trash can of South Park society. The kids are playing superheroes, and Cartman is determined to turn Coon and Friends into the biggest superhero franchise of all time. However, the villainous Professor Chaos emerges with an evil plan to eliminate Coon and Friends. The heroes need to work as a team to fight the chaos and terror that that grips the town. From the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, comes South Park™: The Fractured But Whole™, a sequel to South Park™: The Stick of Truth™, winner of 25 video game awards. Players will once again assume the role of the New Kid. As the newest member of Coon and Friends, you must create your own superhero, build up your notoriety, and use your superpowers to save South Park. Only then will Coon and Friends take their rightful place as the greatest team of superheroes ever assembled, and get the movie deal they so richly deserve. In a city gripped by chaos, Coon and Friends rise to save the day. A HERO’S ORIGIN REVEALED Every hero has a beginning. Are you an alien, a high-tech wonder, or a genetically altered mutant? Create your own one-of-a-kind costume, craft your origin story, and build out your unique superpowers to become the hero this city needs. EXPLORE SOUTH PARK AT NIGHT Not only has South Park grown with new places to explore and new characters to discover, but when the sun sets, havoc and chaos reign as the seedy underbelly of South Park comes alive. At night, a whole new world opens up where your alter ego can harness its powers to do whatever it takes to save the town. COON AND FRIENDS, ASSEMBLE! Recruit up to 13 members of Coon and Friends to your cause, including Mysterion, The Human Kite, and the infamous Coon himself. Combine your special powers with the heroes from Coon and Friends to eliminate anyone that gets in your way and defeat the dark power that has spread its evil tentacles over South Park. AN OUTRAGEOUS RPG ADVENTURE An all-new dynamic combat system offers new opportunities to manipulate time and space on the battlefield, and a revamped looting and crafting system gives you the freedom to develop and refine your powers as you progress through the game. Find loot hidden throughout the land and follow recipes to craft your own outrageous equipment to aid you in battle. AUTHENTIC SOUTH PARK This highly anticipated sequel features more than twice as much content as South Park: The Stick of Truth. Created, written, voiced, and directed by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, South Park: The Fractured But Whole is authentic, interactive South Park at its finest – hilarious, outrageous, and a whole lot of fun. Everything is bigger, longer, and goes deeper than before. Come on down to South Park and have yourself a time.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is the highly anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed first-person shooter, Wolfenstein: The New Order developed by the award-winning studio MachineGames. Learn.
An exhilarating adventure brought to life by the industry-leading id Tech 6, Wolfenstein II sends players to Nazi-controlled America on a mission to recruit the boldest resistance leaders left. Fight the Nazis in iconic locations such as small-town Roswell, New Mexico, the flooded streets of New Orleans, and a post-nuclear Manhattan. Equip an arsenal of badass guns, and unleash new abilities to blast your way through legions of advanced Nazi soldiers, cyborgs, and über soldiers in this definitive first-person shooter.
America, 1961. Your assassination of Nazi General Deathshead was a short-lived victory. Despite the setback, the Nazis maintain their stranglehold on the world. You are BJ Blazkowicz, aka “Terror-Billy,” member of the Resistance, scourge of the Nazi empire, and humanity’s last hope for liberty. Only you have the guts, guns, and gumption to return stateside, kill every Nazi in sight, and spark the second American Revolution.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus will release on October 27, 2017 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
Journey to System 3, for the prequel to one of Ubisoft’s most beloved games! Fight alongside unforgettable characters in a stunning new solar system, as you struggle for freedom and the right to determine your own fate among the stars. Play the adventure by yourself or with friends in a vast and seamless online playground.
Beyond Good and Evil 2 is the spiritual successor to the cult classic, a prequel that will transport players into a profoundly multicultural world, capturing the spirit of the original with grandiose decors and intense dramas that play out across a vast universe. Through the Space Monkey Program, Ubisoft Montpellier will be developing the game alongside its community of fans.
System 3 has become the center of interstellar trade and colonization in the Milky Way of the 24th century, thanks to the creation of Hybrid slaves. While private enterprises fight over resources and power, the first colonists weave together the rich and diverse spiritual and cultural heritages of Old Earth to give meaning to their existence. In this new era of piracy, we will rise from lowly pirate to legendary captain at the helm of massive star-faring vessels, adventuring alongside crews of colorful characters to fight for freedom and the right to determine our own fate among the stars!
After the events of Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, King T'Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country's new leader. However, T'Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakanadan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.
Release date: February 16, 2018
Black Panther is the new adventure movie by Ryan Coogler, starring Chadwick Boseman, Andy Serkis and Michael B. Jordan. The script was written by Joe Robert Cole.
A D A M W E S T ( September 19, 1928 - June 9, 2017)
Adam West, the actor who played Batman in the 1960s series, died Friday night in Los Angeles. He was 88 years old. A representative said he died after a short battle with leukemia. West’s portrayal of the superhero and his alter ego, Bruce Wayne, made it hard for him to get other roles. He worked throughout his career, but his options remained limited because of his association with the character. He is survived by his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
[Source: Syfy] The original Caped Crusader has passed away. Adam West, an actor beloved by Batman fans for generations, died on Friday night after a short battle with leukemia. He was 88-years-old.
In a statement this morning, West's family said, "Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight, and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ lives. He was and always will be our hero."
West rocketed to fame in 1966 when he donned the cape and cowl of Batman on ABC. The show ran for three seasons, becoming a cultural touchstone to fans and a thorn in the side of West's career. The actor struggled to book roles in the following years due to his association with the character.
Despite those struggles, West continued to work throughout his long career in Hollywood, making appearances in TV and movies right up until this year, even returning several times to the character that made him a household name. He published two books, including 1994's Back to the Batcave, which offered a behind the scenes look at the 1960s series.
West's co-stars, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar, who played Robin and Catwoman, respectively, have reached out to express their sadness at the actor's death. Says Ward, "I am devastated at the loss of one my very dearest friends. Adam and I had a special friendship for more than 50 years. We shared some of the most fun times of our lives together. Our families have deep love and respect for each other. This is a terribly unexpected loss of my lifelong friend. I will forever miss him. There are several fine actors who have portrayed Batman in films. In my eyes, there was only one real Batman that is and always will be Adam West. He was truly the Bright Knight."
"He was bright, witty and fun to work with," added Newmar. "I will miss him in the physical world and savor him always in the world of imagination and creativity. He meant so much to people. A friend said: ‘The father that we wanted.’ That is a great gift, no matter how you live it."
West is survived by his wife, Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history. Directed by Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist “Monsters University”) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”), Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017.
In the first "Star Wars" film, Obi-Wan Kenobi said, "in my experience there is no such thing as luck." Steve Sansweet thinks differently.
Sansweet, the owner of the largest privately owned collection of Star Wars memorabilia in the world, said Monday he feels lucky he found out about the theft of $200,000 worth of prized vintage action figures from his California nonprofit museum before it was too late.
About 120 pieces were stolen between 2015 and 2016 by a friend who stayed at the compound four times during that period, Sansweet said.
The sprawling collections are set up on shelves and are not behind glass or under lock and key.
About 100 of the stolen items have been recovered, he said.
Police arrested Carl Edward Cunningham, 45, of Marietta, Georgia, and in March, the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office charged him with felony grand theft.
Cunningham is free on $25,000 bail and is scheduled to be in court June 27 for a preliminary hearing.
Neither Cunningham, nor his lawyer, Amy Chapman, returned calls for comment.
"It was very lucky we found out when we did — but not so lucky that he had a year to steal things," Sansweet said.
Sansweet, the founder of Rancho Obi-Wan in Petaluma, California, owns roughly 400,000 pieces of Star Wars memorabilia that are on display and shown to visitors.
That includes everything from the original banner Lucasfilm used to promote Star Wars at fan conventions in 1976, to a Darth Vader costume and all of the more than 2,500 small action figures issued over the past 40 years.
The thefts surfaced after a collector learned he had inadvertently purchased a Boba Fett action figure stolen from a Texas warehouse, Sansweet said.
Star Wars actors Mark Hamill and Peter Mayhew tweeted about Sansweet's news Monday.
"Maybe publish a list of stolen items to protect potential victims from purchasing 'hot' merchandise. #TheFraudIsStrongInThisOne #SithHappens," Hamill said.
"This is despicable. Keep an eye out. Get the word out," Mayhew tweeted.
[Source: ToonZone] Raise a slice of Wensleydale cheese today for Peter Sallis, the voice behind the absentminded inventor Wallace of Aardman Animation’s Wallace and Gromit series. He passed away on June 2 at Denville Hall, a retirement home for actors, surrounded by friends and family. The news was released by the BBC this morning.
Nick Park, creator of Wallace and Gromit, said in a public statement “I’m so sad, but feel so grateful and privileged to have known and worked with Peter over so many years. He was always my first and only choice for Wallace.” Tony Hall, BBC’s directing general, added “He was a marvelous actor — who could forget that remarkable voice? Peter will be greatly missed by his many fans. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”
The four Wallace and Gromit shorts — A Grand Day Out, The Wrong Trousers, A Close Shave and A Matter Of Loaf and Death — remain some of the most beloved examples of stop-motion animation in the world. They led to a feature-length movie, Curse of the Were-Rabbit, as well as the spinoff Shaun the Sheep, which recently got a movie of its own.
In his home country, Sallis was also popular for being the only actor to star in all 300 episodes of the UK sitcom Last of the Summer Wine.