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‘The Jetsons’ Animated Film Coming From WB; Matt Lieberman To Write
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Warners Bros. will be making an animated Jetsons movie and has hired Matt Lieberman to write the script, according to Deadline, who added that the writer got the gig after his work on the animated Scooby-Doo movie for the studio.

The animated feature film will be based on the 1960s Hanna-Barbera series The Jetsons, for which WB now owns the archives (they acquired this in 1996 when they merged with Turner, which had held the rights since 1991). The cartoon TV series, which was the Space Age answer to the prehistoric Flintstones, centered on Orbit City residents, The Jetsons: George Jetson, his wife Jane, daughter Judy, and son Elroy, along with their dog Astro and robot maid Rosie.

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Disney In Depth: Disney’s 2014 Hits and Misses
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2014 may be complete, but the year’s impact will continue to mark all facets of The Walt Disney Company. The corporation’s hands in nearly all aspects of entertainment (film, television, theater, merchandise, theme parks, and music, among other forms) has experienced its shares of highs and lows. Let’s reflect on where and how Disney succeeded in 2014, as well as analyze components it could have improved.

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Deal: ‘Scooby-Doo’ & ‘Looney Tunes’ DVD Box Sets
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Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: Complete Series DVD Box Set

The Gold Box spotlight deal of the day over at Amazon today is the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: Complete Series DVD box set for only $26.99 (that’s 70% the list price of $89.97).

This 8-disc DVD box set contains 41 episodes spanning the 3 seasons of the Hanna-Barbera animated television series. There’s several bonus features in this set, including one on how the series began, as well as several with trivia featurettes about the show. The discs are housed in a limited edition Mystery Machine packaging.

Also on sale today is the Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. 1-6 DVD box set for $47.99 (that’s 66% the list price of $144.92).

Visit the MAIN SALE PAGE for more details.

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Was The Plot Of ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Inspired By A 1957 Gumby Cartoon?
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Did you know that Christopher Nolan based his screenplay for Inception on a Scrooge McDuck comic? Were you aware that James Cameron got the idea for The Terminator by ripping off a few Harlan Ellison short stories? Cameron might have gotten away with the unacknowledged plagiarism if he hadn’t shot his mouth off about it an interview around the time of the film’s release.

Inspiration can be found in the most unexpected places. Take for instance the upcoming summer 2015 blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron. The titular villain is a robotic menace (played by James Spader) originally created by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) to serve as a global peacekeeping program so that he and the other Avengers can breathe a little. When Ultron becomes self-aware and declares that the human race is the real enemy Earth’s Mightiest Heroes must come together to save the world from the horror that Stark has inadvertently wrought.

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NYCC 2014: ‘Mike Tyson Mysteries’ Extended Clip At The WB Premiere Panel!
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Unbeknownst to WB fans at New York Comic-Con this weekend, at the premiere panel (the last panel on Thursday night), they got treated to an extended clip of the new Mike Tyson Mysteries premiering on Adult Swim on 10/27 at 10:30pm ET.

As with most Adult Swim programming, it plays with dark comedic ridiculousness. Mike Tyson, along with a potty-mouthed pigeon (Norm MacDonald), his adopted Korean daughter Yung Hee (who looks like a Korean Velma played by Rachel Ramras), and a British ghost (Jim Rash), solves any mystery thrown his way. This cartoon looks like loads of fun.

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Simon Pegg, Nick Frost To Reprise ‘Shaun Of The Dead’ Roles
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If you weren’t already super cerealously excited for the fast approaching fall and Halloween season, how’s this for a slice of fried gold.

Simon Pegg took to the Twitter to reveal that he and Nick Frost would be once again be playing the roles of Shaun and Ed from the 2004 hit Shaun of the Dead. The duo will reprise their roles for the Phineas and Ferb Halloween special.

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4-Minute Preview Of ‘The Simpsons’ & ‘Family Guy’ Crossover Episode
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Family Guy & The Simpsons Crossover -- Peter and Homer

A lengthy preview video has been released for the upcoming crossover episode of The Simpsons and Family Guy that runs a little over four minutes long. The episode, titled “The Simpsons Guy,” will air on September 28th.

The preview shows the Griffin family arriving in Springfield plus some of the interactions between the characters of the two hit shows, mainly focusing on the most obvious duo, Homer Simpson and Peter Griffin, plus a little bit of Bart and Stewie.

If interested, you can watch the four-minute preview of this special hour-long crossover episode of The Simpsons and Family Guy below.

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Disney In Depth: Farewell, Valiant – Remembering Bob Hoskins
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After many years I recently revisited the landmark film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, an inventive and monumental movie that ushered in a new era of animation. Sadly and quite coincidental based on timing, Bob Hoskins, its star, passed away within days of me re-watching this modern masterpiece. Hoskins’ role lent the comedy its soul and substance and will always be cherished. We at Geeks of Doom mourn his loss, not only for his impact in film, but also for how much he influenced Roger Rabbit.

Bob Hoskins, who passed away from pneumonia on April 29, 2014 at the age of 71, had been suffering from Parkinson’s. Hoskins left the acting profession after being diagnosed a few years ago. Over his career that spanned more than four decades, he provided film with numerous memorable characters. Perhaps his best role was as Eddie Valiant. We depart the detective character’s office with a closed case and much nostalgia in tow.

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Remembering Bob Clampett, Innovative Warner Brothers Cartoon Animator
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Bob Clampett, one of the true pioneers of American animation, who had directed Warner Brothers cartoons (and helped design characters like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig) and had massive success with the children’s program Beany and Cecil, died 30 years ago today on May 2, 1984.

Although not one of the more readily household names when it comes to rattling off animation legends (legends like Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng, Tex Avery, Walter Lantz, and Walt Disney among others), Bob Clampett nonetheless took a stranglehold on the genre, infusing it with a wide array of visual absurdities only rivaled by the eclectically demented works of the aforementioned Tex Avery. For Clampett, anything BUT tradition and playing it safe were the true orders of the day. While many of his colleagues at Warner’s during his tenure there (during the 1930s and 1940s) decried Clampett’s alleged plagiarism and a propensity to steal ideas, Bob Clampett still nonetheless carved his niche in a steel block of titanium as some of his cartoons still hold up as not only the best Warner Brothers had to offer — and that’s saying a lot considering the overflowing wellspring of talent that emanated from there — but also some of the best the entire animation field itself had to offer.

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Dark Horse To Publish ‘The Art of The Venture Bros.’
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One of the announcements coming out this weekend from WonderCon 2014 in Anaheim, CA comes from Dark Horse, with word that they will finally be releasing The Art of Venture Bros. The good news is that the book has finally been confirmed for release, having been rumored to exist since 2013’s Comic-Con International: San Diego; The bad news is the book won’t be out until October 22, 2014.

As announced by Dark Horse Books, “This massive coffee table book includes original artwork, character designs, storyboards, painted backgrounds, and props from every episode of The Venture Bros. to date, with accompanying commentary on the development of the series from co-creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer!” The Art of The Venture Bros. will also have a forward by comedian and Venture Bros. guest voice actor Patton Oswalt.

You can pre-order The Art of Venture Bros. now.

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