‘What If…?’: Finding the Right Timeless Look for the MCUs Animated Anthology

Through the first four episodes of  “What If…?,” the animated anthology has managed to turn the MCU on its head with inspired alternative narratives while embracing a graphic style that elevates the characters and environments. What if Peggy Carter (Haley Atwell) became the first Captain America through the lens of World War II expressionism? What if T’Challa/Black Panther (the late

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'My Hero Academia': All Might Voice Actor Once Revealed His Hilarious Real-Life Quirk

My Hero Academia is dominating the anime scene with season 5, with both the Japanese and English-dubbed versions of the TV show drawing millions of fans each week. Over the years, several characters have become fan favorites in manga and anime, including Deku, Todoroki, and of course, All Might. Between their personalities, story arcs, and cool Quirks, they have some

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How Disney Turned ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ Into a Princess Meets ‘Avengers’ Action-Adventure

With “Raya and the Last Dragon,” Disney has not only turned the titular Southeast Asian princess (voiced by Kelly Marie Tran) into a badass warrior, but has also veered further into Marvel territory as an action-adventure. Thus, the animation studio has combined elements of  the Oscar-winning “Big Hero 6” with “Moana” to create a more epic, culturally diverse story about

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New Denis Leary Animated Shorts to Premiere During Fox NFL Pregame Coverage

Fox’s NFL pregame coverage will include a special treat for Denis Leary fans and animation aficionados in the form of two football-oriented animated shorts. Fox Entertainment announced on Friday that it will premiere two animated shorts based on the Icebox series “Poker Night,” inspired by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge’s iconic 1900s art series, “Dogs Playing Poker.” Per Fox, “Dogs Playing Poker”

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TIFF 2020: How Hand-Crafted Animation Turned ‘Wolfwalkers’ into an Irish Folklore Tour de Force

With “Wolfwalkers,” Cartoon Saloon has achieved a hand-animated tour de force in completing its Irish folklore trilogy, led by Oscar-nominated director Tomm Moore (“Song of the Sea,” “The Secret of Kells”) and art director-turned director Ross Stewart. The mystical adventure about two young girls saving the hunted wolf population of Kilkenny (home of Cartoon Saloon) in the mid-17th century offers

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Children’s Programming and Animation Serve as the Playground for Disabled Characters

This is part of an ongoing series that looks at the history of disability issues in television. You can find Part One in the series here and Part Two here. As a disabled writer, I will use both person-first and identity-first language interchangeably for purposes of brevity and clarity. Animation and children’s programming long have been at the forefront of

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The Best Studio Ghibli Merchandise

All products and services featured by Variety are independently selected by Variety editors. However, Variety may receive a commission on orders placed through its retail links, and the retailer may receive certain auditable data for accounting purposes. Studio Ghibli’s animated films are works of wonder that are unparalleled in their creativity and beauty. The collection was recently added to HBO

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‘Big Mouth’ Confronted Sexual Harassment with ‘Disclosure the Movie: The Musical!’

For “Big Mouth” co-creators and childhood pals Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg, “Disclosure,” the Michael Douglas/Demi Moore sexual harassment drama from 1994, played a big part, cinematically, in their sexual awakening as teenagers. Resurrecting it as a provocative musical play for their animated sitcom became the perfect vehicle for embracing #MeToo and puberty — and earned them an Emmy nomination

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‘Rick and Morty’: How Season 4 Was Thrown Into ‘The Vat of Acid’ for an Existential Adventure

“Rick and Morty” truly hit its stride in Season 4 for showrunners Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, which is ironic since Season 3’s ingeniously character-driven and hilarious “Pickle Rick” earned them their first Emmy. But this was the year the duo signed a 70-episode renewal deal with Adult Swim — and became much more efficient and collaborative. It all came

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