Next Club Meeting: December 21, 2019, at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Animatrix Network is an anime & manga fan club located in the Southwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. We usually meet on the fourth 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.

This site provides news, reviews, commentaries, and previews of the world of anime and everything it inspires, such as live-action films, comics, music, art, and other weird things to enjoy and contemplate.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Lego Harry Potter & the Poorly Written Parody


LEGO Harry Potter Parody
"Holy s#!t guys it's finally here, months in the making but it's finally done, thank you so much to the talented voice cast who agreed to be in this pile of garbage."

Monday, October 29, 2018

Official Trailer for Castlevania: Season 2


CASTLEVANIA - SEASON TWO
Netflix is the world's leading internet entertainment service with 130 million memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

New Trailer for How to Train Your Dragon 3

How to Train Your Dragon:
~ The Hidden World ~
From DreamWorks Animation comes a surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown…and how nothing can ever train you to let go. What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic adventure spanning their lives. Welcome to the most astonishing chapter of one of the most beloved animated franchises in film history: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden appearance of female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. As their true destines are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together—to the very ends of the Earth—to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure. 

For How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, series director Dean DeBlois returns alongside the all-star cast. The film is produced by Brad Lewis (Ratatouille, ANTZ) and Bonnie Arnold (Toy Story, How to Train Your Dragon,How to Train Your Dragon 2).

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Next Club Meeting is November 3, 2018

 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Is it the gruesome remains of some unspeakable evil?
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Nah! It's just the next Animatrix Meeting!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Wood Dale Public Library
520 N. Wood Dale Road
Wood Dale, IL  60191
Main Meeting Room
Saturday, November 3, 2018
10:15 AM - 5:00 PM
 

Our next club meeting will be at the Wood Dale Public Library
Main Meeting Room (on your far right as you enter the front doors), 
from 10:15 AM to 5:00 PM 
(until the library closes).

There is public transportation available. 
A Metra train-stop is located within walking distance. 

Please note: If you are driving, please park your car 
on the south side of the building (not the front) in order to 
make room for other library patrons.
 
A Viewing Schedule will be posted soon.
 
Hope to see you all there!

(Click below for maps

Friday, October 26, 2018

Trailer for "Mary Poppins Returns"

Mary Poppins Returns
In Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” an all new original musical and sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. Emily Blunt stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London. 

“Mary Poppins Returns” is directed by Rob Marshall. The screenplay is by David Magee and the screen story is by Magee & Rob Marshall & John DeLuca based upon the Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers. The producers are John DeLuca, p.g.a., Rob Marshall, p.g.a. and Marc Platt, p.g.a. with Callum McDougall serving as executive producer. The music score is by Marc Shaiman and the film features all new original songs with music by Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman. The film also stars Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks; Julie Walters as the Banks’ housekeeper Ellen; Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and introducing Joel Dawson as the Banks’ children, with Colin Firth as Fidelity Fiduciary Bank’s William Weatherall Wilkins; and Meryl Streep as Mary’s eccentric cousin, Topsy. Angela Lansbury appears as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from the PL Travers books and Dick Van Dyke is Mr. Dawes, Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth’s character.

Watch a new special look at the music and magic of Mary Poppins Returns, and see the film in theatres December 19

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Tidelands: There's something in the water


TIDELANDS on NETFLIX
Cal McTeer must unlock the secrets that lie beneath the surface of Orphelin Bay before it's too late. Tidelands, the first Australian Netflix original series, comes December 14th.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Ilvermorny Origins (American Hogwarts)


ILVERMORNY
Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, shortened Ilvermorny, is a fictional American school of magic, which serves as the school for the North American continent. It first appeared in a short story by J. K. Rowling on Pottermore on June 28, 2016, and its first onscreen mention was in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The school was founded in the seventeenth century in Adams, Massachusetts, on Mount Greylock, the highest natural point in the state. It is concealed from the non-magic world by enchantments which may sometimes appear as a cloud surrounding the peak. Modeled after Hogwarts, the school has four Houses into which the students are sorted upon arrival.

Ilvermorny was founded by Isolt Sayre after she travelled from Ireland via England to North America on the Mayflower in 1620 and named after the cottage in which she had been born. She had not had the opportunity to attend Hogwarts during her childhood, and partially modelled Ilvermorny after what she had heard of Hogwarts, as well as her own imagination. Her first students were her own adopted children, Chadwick Boot and Webster Boot.

Ilvermorny is divided into four houses; Thunderbird, Horned Serpent, Pukwudgie, and Wampus, each said to represent a different part of the ideal wizard. The names were chosen by Isolt Sayre and her family after their favourite magical creatures. Chadwick being "intelligent but also temperamental" chose the Thunderbird, his brother Webster "argumentative and fiercely loyal" chose the Wampus. Isolt herself was a Parselmouth and chose the Horned Serpent, and her No-Maj (Muggle or non-magical) husband James Steward picked the Pukwudgie, since Isolt's stories about one made him laugh. Ilvermorny has no house colours, but every student wears blue and cranberry robes, fastened by a gold Gordian Knot.

The Sorting process is also different to that of Hogwarts. While the rest of the school watches from the circular balcony overhead, new students file into the round entrance hall. They stand around the walls and, one by one, are called to stand on the symbol of the Gordian Knot set into the middle of the stone floor. In silence the school then waits for the enchanted carvings to react. If the Horned Serpent wants the student, the crystal set into its forehead will light up. If the Wampus wants the student, it roars. The Thunderbird signifies its approval by beating its wings, and the Pukwudgie will raise its arrow into the air. Unlike Hogwarts, more than one Ilvermorny house can claim a student; when two or more carvings react, the student is entitled to choose their house

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET

Wreck-it Ralph 2:
RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET
Ralph’s back, with an all new trailer now loading! 
 
Join Ralph and Vanellope in their newest buddy-comedy adventure, and explore the worldwide web in a whole new way... with humour, heart and some unexpected guests that only Disney can bring along! 
 
Vanellope von Schweetz and Wreck-It Ralph leave the arcade world behind to explore the uncharted and thrilling world of the internet. On a quest to save Vanellope’s racing game, how will these two misfits ever succeed in this vast new world? 
 
Featuring the voices of Sarah Silverman as Vanellope and John C. Reilly as Ralph, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2” loads into UK cinemas November 30. 
 
Sit down, login in and get ready to experience “Ralph Breaks The Internet”.

Monday, October 22, 2018

DuckFAILS -- Woo-Ooops!


DUCKFAILS
Introducing Webby, Huey, Dewey, and Louie's most epic fails! Woo-oops!

Strap in for high-flying adventures with Duckburg’s most famous trillionaire, Scrooge McDuck, and his mischief-making triplet grandnephews; Huey, Dewey and Louie. After a long overdue family reunion reunites Scrooge with his nephew Donald Duck, grandnephews and epic past, the family of ducks dive into a life more exciting than they could have ever imagined. Intrigued by the wonder of McDuck Manor, the triplets along with Mrs. Beakley’s granddaughter, Webby, learn of long-kept family secrets from Scrooge’s epic past, sending the family on daring escapades around the world!


Sunday, October 21, 2018

New Promo Video for Crimes of Grindelwald


FANTASTIC BEASTS: The CRIMES of GRINDELWALD
The Wizarding World you know... the story you don’t.
Watch the Final Trailer for #FantasticBeasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, in cinemas November 16

Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second of five all new adventures in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World™. At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world. 

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Live-Action Remake of Disney's ALADDIN


A  L  A  D  D  N
“Aladdin” is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Ritchie, who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, the film is written by John August and Ritchie based on Disney’s “Aladdin.” 

“Aladdin” stars Will Smith as the larger-than-life Genie; Mena Massoud as the charming scoundrel Aladdin; Naomi Scott as Jasmine, the beautiful, self-determined princess; Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, the powerful sorcerer; Navid Negahban as the Sultan concerned with his daughter’s future; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia, Princess Jasmine’s free-spirited best friend and confidante; Billy Magnussen as the handsome and arrogant suitor Prince Anders; and Numan Acar as Hakim, Jafar’s right-hand man and captain of the palace guards. The film is produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich with Marc Platt and Kevin De La Noy serving as executive producers. Alan Menken provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and two new songs written by Menken and songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.The film, which was shot on practical stages in London and on location amidst the stunning desert vistas of Jordan, has a talented creative team helping to bring Agrabah to life, including: director of photography Alan Stewart, production designer Gemma Jackson and costume designer Michael Wilkinson.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Official First Look at The Mandalorian (2019)


STAR WARS: THE  MANDALORIAN
We have new details on The Mandalorian, the first Star Wars live-action streaming series led by Jon Favreau, including the first image from the show and exciting news on episodic directors.

Plot summary: After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.. 

 The Mandalorian is an upcoming American drama web television series, based on and set in the #StarWars universe created by George Lucas, that is set to premiere on the forthcoming Disney streaming service. The series is set to be written by Jon Favreau, who will also executive produce alongside Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson.
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Production on the first Star Wars live-action streaming series has begun! After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic. The series will be written and executive produced by Emmy-nominated producer and actor Jon Favreau, as previously announced, with Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels) directing the first episode. Additional episodic directors include Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok). It will be executive produced by Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson. Karen Gilchrist will serve as co-executive producer. 

The idea of a Star Wars live action TV show goes back to at least 2005, following the premiere of The Revenge of the Sith. It wouldn't be until Disney grabbed the reins from George Lucas and greatly expanded the franchise that we'd finally get a Star Wars adventure fit for TV—or at the very least, a streaming service. 

Favreau's production is wholly separate from Lucas's, which would have been set in the seedy underbelly of Coruscant between the original and prequel trilogies. Instead, The Mandalorian will take place three years after Return of the Jedi (originally reported as 7 years but corrected to 3). 

With the fall of the Empire being so recent, the Star Wars galaxy will likely be a galactic Wild West as a very young New Republic grapples with its newfound powers. Right now the only piece of current Star Wars canon that falls within that time frame is the novel Last Shot, which details the continuing adventures of Han Solo and Lando Calrissian. 

But the biggest piece of news we have about the show's plot is its name—The Mandalorian. Although a well-known piece of lore for devout Star Wars fans, Mandalorians, and their home planet Mandalore, is a relatively deep cut in the Star Wars mythos. 

In the original and prequel films, the Mandalorians are most memorably represented by Jango Fett and his clone/son Boba Fett. While not born on Mandalore, these famous bounty hunters wore Mandalorian armor, which is why the only official image from the show (very top) feels so very Fett-ian. 

Aside from the Lone Gunman and the particularly Western feel of the promo image, we're in the dark about other characters who will be in the show. But we do know who will not be in the show—anyone from previous Star Wars films. While it's possible considering the timeline that someone familiar could make an appearance, Favreau stated in an interview in May that his Star Wars show would feature "all new characters." 

Disney is working hard to get its exclusive streaming service up and running by fall 2019, and The Mandalorian is set to debut on that service. Whether it will launch with the service or arrive at a later date is uncertain. 

Long story short, we've still got quite awhile before we see Favreau's journey into the Star Wars universe, but I have a feeling many more details will flesh out The Mandalorian while we wait.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Scary Spotify Ad Pulled from TV

SPOTIFY pulls Horror-themed Ad from U.K.
After Complaints from Terrified Kids
[Source: Syfy] A Spotify ad designed to look and feel like a short horror film has been banned in the United Kingdom, thanks to (if that’s the right phrase) the U.K. consumer watchdog group, the Advertising Standards Authority. 
 
The horror-themed ad features a bunch of young, pretty, hip people using Spotify to play the Camila Cabello song “Havana,” which awakens some sort of doll/mannequin/robot from hell, which stalks the hapless music lovers. But of course, after a parent complained that the ad upset their kids, the ASA looked into it and said, absolutely not.

Now, to be fair to the ASA, the ad is pretty freakin’ terrifying — see for yourself:

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Anime Viewing Schedule for October 20, 2018

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Wood Dale Public Library
Follow Hilda onto the next "woff" you see
and fly to Week's End for the Club Meeting!

Main Meeting Room, 10:15 am to 5:00 pm
10:15 - 11:05   Planet With 3-4
11:05 - 11:55   Goblin Slayer 1-2
11:55 - 12:45   Hinamatsuri 5-6
12:45 - 1:15     Club Meeting / Announcements
1:15 - 2:05       Megalo Box 6-7
2:05 - 2:55       S.S.S.S. Gridman 1-2
2:55 - 4:40       Bleach (Live-Action Movie)

All anime presented are fan-subtitled unless otherwise noted.
 
Don't miss the exciting anime series: Goblin Slayer and S.S.S.S. Gridman
ANIME DESCRIPTIONS ARE BELOW

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

"Thermostat 6" - Animation Short Film 2018


"thermostat 6"
Diane can't ignore anymore the leak coming from the ceiling above the family diner…

Monday, October 15, 2018

Second Trailer for MORTAL ENGINES


MORTAL ENGINES
Welcome to the age of predator cities. Peter Jackson presents #MortalEngines, in theaters December 14. 

Hundreds of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, a mysterious young woman, Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar), emerges as the only one who can stop London — now a giant, predator city on wheels — from devouring everything in its path. Feral, and fiercely driven by the memory of her mother, Hester joins forces with Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan), an outcast from London, along with Anna Fang (Jihae), a dangerous outlaw with a bounty on her head. 

Mortal Engines is the startling, new epic adventure directed by Oscar®-winning visual-effects artist Christian Rivers (King Kong). Joining Rivers are The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies three-time Academy Award®-winning filmmakers Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, who have penned the screenplay. Visual effects are created by a Weta Digital team led by Ken McGaugh, Kevin Smith, Luke Millar and Dennis Yoo. The Universal and MRC adaptation is from the award-winning book series by Philip Reeve, published in 2001 by Scholastic. 

On board as producers are Zane Weiner (The Hobbit trilogy), Amanda Walker (The Hobbit trilogy) and Deborah Forte (Goosebumps), as well as Walsh and Jackson. Ken Kamins (The Hobbit trilogy) joins Boyens as executive producer. Universal will distribute the film worldwide. www.mortalengines.com

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Next Club Meeting is October 20, 2018

 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Where do you want me to put the dead bodies?
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Wood Dale Public Library
520 N. Wood Dale Road
Wood Dale, IL  60191
Main Meeting Room
Saturday, October 20, 2018
10:15 AM - 5:00 PM
 

Our next club meeting will be at the Wood Dale Public Library
Main Meeting Room (on your far right as you enter the front doors), 
from 10:15 AM to 5:00 PM 
(until the library closes).

There is public transportation available. 
A Metra train-stop is located within walking distance. 

Please note: If you are driving, please park your car 
on the south side of the building (not the front) in order to 
make room for other library patrons.
 
A Viewing Schedule will be posted soon.
 
Hope to see you all there!

(Click below for maps

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Star Trek: Discovery - Comic-Con Trailer


STAR TREK: DISCOVERY - Season Two
Discover the next adventure of Starfleet. Watch a new trailer of the highly anticipated season two premiere of Star Trek: Discovery, which makes its epic return to CBS All Access on January 17, 2019! Debuted at New York Comic Con during its Madison Square Garden panel with cast and executive producers, this trailer previews the continued voyage of the U.S.S. Discovery and its crews' mission to discover new worlds and new life forms.

Friday, October 12, 2018

New AQUAMAN Trailer from NYCC 2018


A  Q  U  A  M  A  N
Watch the official extended trailer for DCEU adventure "Aquaman" starring Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Temuera Morrison, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Patrick Wilson, and Nicole Kidman. Directed by James Wan. 

Release date: December 21st, 2018 

Aquaman finds himself caught between a surface world that ravages the sea and the underwater Atlanteans who are ready to revolt.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

New Trailer for SHE-RA


S H E - R A
Adora's destiny turns out to be far greater than she could have ever imagined. As the legendary warrior princess, She-Ra, it's up to her and a spirited group of rebel princesses to restore balance in Etheria by defending it from the place she once called home. Join The Rebellion November 16th when She-Ra and the Princesses of Power begins streaming on Netflix!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Best Cosplay Of New York Comic Con 2018


New York Comic-Con 2018
Whitney Moore looks at the best cosplay of New York Comic Con and gives out the prestigious paper plate awards to the best of the best.

New York Comic Con is the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting popular culture convention. Our show floor plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. Our panels and autograph sessions give fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators. Our screening rooms feature sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either big or small screens. And with dedicated professional hours, New York Comic Con is a marketplace, bringing together the major players in the entertainment industry. New York Comic Con is the second largest pop culture convention in America and the only one that takes place in the comic book, publishing, media, and licensing capital of the world — Gotham City.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

"One Small Step" by TAIKO Studios


"One Small Step"
TAIKO Studios presents the story of Luna, a vibrant young Chinese-American girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut. From the day she witnesses a rocket launching into space on TV, Luna is driven to reach for the stars. In the big city, Luna lives with her loving father Chu, who supports her with a humble shoe repair business he runs out of his garage. As Luna grows up, she enters college, facing adversity of all kinds in pursuit of her dreams.

Monday, October 8, 2018

The Summoning - from GO! Cartoons


T H E   S U M M O N I N G
A new cartoon is here on Cartoon Hangover! "The Summoning" is the first of 12 full episodes of the GO! Cartoons shorts series from Frederator Studios and Sony Pictures Animation.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

CGI Animated Short Film: "Tentatrice"


T E N T A T R I C E
During the Roaring Twenties of Chicago, Myrtille is desperately attracted to the the Cabaret's Singer. One night, the power of a peculiar perfume gives her a chance to step out of the shadows...

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Beyond Ghibli


 Beyond Ghibli 
A look at Japan's best anime directors
"Studio Ghibli has a bit of a monopoly when it comes to anime in the west. This video series, Beyond Ghibli, takes a look at the best of the business outside of their bubble. In this video I take a look at the best directors in Japan, both living and dead, and my favorite films from their portfolios."
- Joe O'Connell

Friday, October 5, 2018

Egyxos

Egyxos
An ancient civilization lost in time and space, is coming back - the Egyxos. They are incredible creatures gifted with superpowers split into two factions endlessly battling for the domination over their kingdom. During the fighting between the two warrior brothers Kefer and Exaton, the earthly boy Leo is involved despite his will. He doesn't know he has inherited a great power - The last Pharaoh's one. Once Leo finds out his gift, his life will change forever and a big adventure between two worlds, where danger is always lurking, will begin.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Animated Short: "Mice" by ISART DIGITAL


I  C  E
In a dark subway tunnel, a group of mice find a gold ring-pull that seems to have a mysterious effect on one of them. Not so far from them, an owl and his enslaved rats are watching. The owl sends his rats to get hold of this strange object... 

Directed by: Jade Baillargeault, Nazli Doale, Dimitri James, Quang Daniel La, Morgane Lau, Mélanie Pango et Manon Pringault 

Music and Sound Design: Thomas Tillard, Alexandre Tron et Maxime Vatopoulos

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

When Rumik Worlds Collide


Yeah, this should be a thing. All of Rumiko Takahashi's best creations meet in one anime.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Netflix’s new animated series "HILDA"


H  I  L  D  A
[Source: Polygon] Review by Charlie Hall. 
Netflix’s newest cartoon series, Hilda, based on the Eisner Award-nominated comics written and illustrated by Luke Pearson, premiered on the streaming network in September. My family instantly became obsessed with it.

Not only is it beautiful to look at, but the cartoon adamantly refuses either a wink or a nod at the real world. It is a fully enclosed narrative universe, with its own internal rules and logic. It’s about as pure as children’s television can get and, if I’m being honest, it’s served as a bit of an escape for me as well.

Our family’s first introduction to Hilda came a few years back when it was a feature title on Free Comic Book Day. Since then, my oldest daughter has kept it close to the top of the stack of her free-time reading books. My wife and I have both heard that same story read aloud a dozen times, and it’s little wonder that it resonated so much with an eight-year-old: The bright colors and wild storyline filled with magical creatures stands out in the sea of dumbed-down superhero and science-fiction comic offerings aimed at kids.

Suffice it to say that when Hilda appeared in the new releases column on Netflix, my daughter was ecstatic. Sitting down after school one day and watching the first few episodes with her, I was floored.
 
Netflix’s Hilda, like the comics, focuses on a young girl living in a modern, pseudo-Scandinavian country. The colors used to illustrate each episode standout; warm, autumnal pastels during the day and deep, rich blues at night. The animation is remarkably unique with joyful, flowing movements emphasized by a sort of syncopated rhythm in the details.
The first few episodes of Netflix’s Hilda are based on the second book in the series by Luke Pearson, Hilda And The Midnight Giant. - Luke Pearson
 
As it turns out, the valley is bursting with an entire elven civilization. Hilda and her mother find themselves terrorized at night, as invisible elves tear up their house. The young girl embarks on a quest to discover what’s angered the elves, and in the process discovers the ancient history of the giants wandering the mountains all around her.

The two-episode arc is a modern day parable about growing up, leaving the comfortable world that you knew as a child and leaping off into a new environment. It’s an empowering tale, especially for young viewers challenged by new classmates and new expectations as they head back to school.
It seems as if many modern children’s cartoons to take the easy road, retelling the same old stories for audiences that were just born yesterday. Many others, including My Little Pony and the critically-acclaimed reboot of DuckTales, spend just as much time pandering to the adults in the room as they do generating pap for their kids.

Hilda is taking an entirely different approach: reframing the struggles of youth as magical challenges, filled with fantastical creatures and plenty of love and support. It’s wonderful to be able to share that with my oldest child, to watch its metaphors bloom inside her head. I’m excited to see where the show takes her.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Dragon Ball Super: Broly Movie Trailer



Dragon Ball Super: Broly
Dragon Ball Super lives on with Dragon Ball Super: Broly. The twentieth Dragon Ball film hits theaters in North American in January 2019. Check out our exclusive* first look!